To Oracle Database 12c or Not to Oracle Database 12c – Carts and Horses (A reoccurring series – Number two)

Oracle Database 11gR2 is moving from Premiere Support to Extended Support in January 2015. What does this mean to you?

Here is the basic definition of the services provided by Premiere Support:

* Major product and technology releases
* Technical support
* My Oracle Support
* Updates, fixes, security alerts, data fixes, and critical patch updates
* Tax, legal, and regulatory updates
* Upgrade scripts
* Certification with most new third party products/versions
* Certification (more...)

force_match => TRUE option of DBMS_SQLTUNE.IMPORT_SQL_PROFILE

Yesterday and today I’ve read or heard two people mention the force_match => TRUE parameter value for DBMS_SQLTUNE.IMPORT_SQL_PROFILE and how it forces a profile to work on all SQL statements that are the same except for their literal values.  So, I ran a quick test using the coe_xfr_sql_profile.sql utility that comes with the SQLT scripts that are available for download on Oracle’s support site.

I’ve mentioned in earlier posts how we use (more...)

Schedule Builder is Live Today

Plan and optimize your experience with the Schedule Builder.  Search, filter, choose, mix, pre-enroll, change and track sessions, Birds of a Feather (BOFs) and Hands-On Labs (HOLs).  Additional key features are:

    * Personalize your schedule for a really busy week
    * A recommendation engine provides a list of "recommended sessions" that are most relevant to you
    * A newsfeed stream with the latest news on JavaOne.

You need to (more...)

10 PaaS patterns to extend Sales Cloud. A MUST SEE!

Sales Cloud's Extensibility framework is a robust tool that lets you customize a Sales process to your business need. If the desired customization/extension can be achieved using Extensibility framework, it is advised to go that route. However, there may be cases where declarative customization proves suboptimal in sufficiently addressing the business case. In such an instance, it is beneficial to explore options on PaaS.

In this post by Oracle Niranjan Kumbi, you will be able (more...)

The Social Spotlight is Going to Shine on #OOW14

Want to see an example of “busy” and “everywhere”? Then keep an eye on the Oracle Social Cloud team as they head into this year’s Oracle OpenWorld. Famous for their motto of “surely we can tackle even more,” Oracle’s top socializers will be all over Moscone, from the Social Intelligence Center in CX Central to 16+ social track sessions to live demos to comprehensive social coverage.

Oracle Social Cloud will be trumpeting the social (more...)

GM Uses Social to Drive Customer Engagement and Improve CX

Every day more than 500 GM employees engage customers across 400 social media channels. Learn how GM is using Oracle’s Social Intelligence Center to transform itself and its service, marketing, and public relations.

Watch this short yet very interesting YouTube video report about their Social approach and learn how this company promote and protect its brands with the help of Oracle Social solutions.

New Video: How Innovation Happens Today

How do you make innovation happen at your organization? If whiteboards, spreadsheets, point solutions or complicated systems are involved, you'll want to watch this new video!  See how Oracle Innovation Management can make it easier to know which ideas to pursue.  Remove guesswork and turn innovation into a structured, consistent and effective business process.  Become an innovation hero!  Watch in HD for supreme viewing experience, and learn how you can build your (more...)

My Speaking Schedule for Oracle Open World 2014

A quick post to let you know about the two presentations that I’ll be doing at Oracle Open World 2014.

Session ID:         UGF4482
Session Title:     “Getting Started with SQL Pattern Matching in Oracle Database 12c
Venue / Room:  Moscone South – 301
Date and Time:  9/28/14, 13:30 – 14:15

Session ID:          CON4493
Session Title:      “Regular Expressions (more...)

Java EE 8 Takes Off!

| Aug 27, 2014

A big day for Java EE - Java EE 8 is now officially launched as JSR 366 via the JCP process. As you might have expected the primary focus areas are HTTP 2/HTML 5 support, CDI/managed bean alignment, cloud support and Java SE alignment.

Here is some of the very high level content:

Web Standards

  • HTTP 2
  • Server-Sent Events (SSE)
  • JSON binding
  • Action oriented web framework to complement JSF
  • More support for Hypermedia
  • Enhancements to (more...)

In-memory Consistency

A comment on one of my early blogs about the 12c in-memory database option asked how Oracle would deal with read-consistency. I came up with a couple of comments outlining the sort of thing I would look for in a solution, and this note is an outline on how I started to tackle the question – with a couple of the subsequent observations. The data is (nearly) the same as the data I generated for my previous article on the (more...)

RMA Calculates Tax as a Positive Value

Are you seeing positive tax values on Return Material Authorizations (RMAs) and negative tax values on the actual Credit Memo? 

If this is occurring, the calculated order total will be incorrect.  Also if you are using credit checking with exposure, the exposure calculation will also be calculated incorrectly.  Which may cause an incorrect credit hold.

If you are seeing positive tax values on RMAs and negative tax values on the actual Credit (more...)

The power of sales Performance Management in the Cloud

Visit and bookmark the new Oracle Sales Cloud Sales Performance Management dedicated landing page on Oracle.com: oracle.com/spm

It is full of useful information and references around Oracle Sales Performance Management solutions, featuring Fusion Incentive Compensation

Brendan Gregg’s Quick Reference Page for Linux Performance

| Aug 27, 2014

You may know about Brendan Gregg because of his contributions to DTrace and other Oracle Solaris technologies. Here are two resources to refresh your memory.

Recently, Brendan turned his high-performance spectacles on Linux:

Linux Performance Quick Reference

In his own words, "This page links to various Linux performance material I've created, including the tools maps on the right, which (more...)

Demo: Consolidation Planner

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Consolidation Planner is a great tool that helps you plan and consolidate multiple targets on to a single machine such as Oracle Exadata. This solution helps you visualize what you have running in your environment and where you can take advantage of consolidation in order to maximize resources and lower IT operational costs. Watch the demo below to get a better understand of how Consolidation Planner works.


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A Journey from Customization to Standardization – Umer Aziz

| Aug 27, 2014
It was a cold evening back in fall 2010 when a succinct but impressive cake cutting ceremony was held at Oslo’s massive indoor stadium, Telenor Arena. The ceremony progressed with some speeches and presentations, leading to a delicious cake and refreshments.  The gathering also comprised of brilliant IT Security and Identity & Access Management professionals, who were accompanied by personnel from other IT disciplines. Most of the audience showed great enthusiasm and pitched very (more...)

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the DBA Kevlar Way

I believe you do your best when you follow in what you believe.

Kellyn’s …. Hold the ice…:)



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Oracle Key Vault Interview with Vipin Samar, Vice President of Oracle Database Security

| Aug 27, 2014

I had an opportunity to discuss Oracle Key Vault with Oracle's vice president of database security, Vipin Samar. Vipin talks about the challenges facing security professionals and database administrators as they try to manage encryption keys and other secrets, such as SSL certificates and Java keystores, across the enterprise. Watch the below video and learn how Oracle Key Vault, a new centralized key manager, secures, shares, and manages keys and secrets for the enterprise.

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New User Interface Features in Release 12.2.4

As I wrote several months ago,  we have been working on a major refresh of the Oracle E-Business Suite user interface.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 makes a big jump in our user interface.  Here are some of the new features you will see after upgrading to Release 12.2.4:
  • New skin
  • Rich table interactions
  • Simplified home page
  • Support for gestures on tablets

This is the first in a series (more...)

New Oracle Program Eases Common Pains of Cloud Migration

| Aug 27, 2014

By Alison Weiss - Originally posted on Profit

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Cloud computing has forever changed the economics of enterprise IT—but for many, the savings of cost and time are not being fully realized. According to Rod Johnson, group vice president, Oracle Applications and Industries Solutions Group, the rush to move to the cloud left many line-of-business managers spending IT budget on new cloud features, while the IT team still had to run and maintain (and pay for) (more...)

Tech Article: Exploring Java 8 Profiles

| Aug 27, 2014

Java 8 introduces the concept of Compact Profiles, which are reduced versions of the Java runtime environment (JRE) that do not contain the usual full contents of rt.jar. In the technical article "Exploring Java 8 Profiles," Java expert Ben Evans explores the advantages of using Compact Profiles and how they point the way toward a modular future for the JDK.

As Evans explains, reducing the size of the Java platform footprint and (more...)