A couple of years ago I left the warmth and comfort of the database world and joined the storage industry – a harsh unrelenting world full of cut-throat competition and vendor rivalries, where marketing is treated less as a way of communicating with customers and more as a form of (more...)
Spot the duplicate duck
Storage for DBAs: Data deduplication – or “dedupe” – is a technology which falls under the umbrella of compression, i.e. reducing the amount of capacity required to store data. In very simple terms it involves looking for repeating patterns and replacing them (more...)
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In a recent news article in the UK, supermarket giant Tesco said it threw away almost 30,000 tonnes of food in the first half of 2013. That’s about 33,000 tons for those of you who can’t cope with the metric system. The story caused a (more...)
The year 2000. Remember that? The IT industry had just spent years making money off the back of the millenium bug (which turned out not to exist). The world had spent even more money than usual on fireworks, parties and alcohol. England failed to win an international football tournament again (more...)
It’s a familiar worn-out story. A downtrodden and oppressed population are rescued from their plight by a mysterious superhero. Over time they come to rely on this new superbeing – taking him for granted even, complaining when he isn’t immediately available to save them and alleviate their pain. As the (more...)
Take a look in your data centre at all those humming boxes and flashing lights. Ignore the storage and networking gear for now and just concentrate on the servers. You probably have many different models, with different types and numbers of CPUs and DRAM inside. My question is, which CPUs (more...)
Last week I attended Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in the stunning city of San Francisco, along with 60,000 other attendees. At times it felt like we’d taken over the entire city, with every street, bus, billboard and hotel plastered in Oracle logos and pictures of engineered systems… although apparently there was (more...)
Anyone that’s been following the release of 12.2 knows that Online Patching is the BIG feature that everyone is talking about. I’ve had the opportunity to utilize this new functionality and it’s been quite interesting. Online Patching is based on the Oracle Database 11.2 feature called (more...)
In the latest release of EBS R12.2, Oracle has introduced the ability to burst in a single concurrent request. Although we predicted this was coming, we weren’t sure what it would mean for users and support admins. What we have found is that the new feature actually creates (more...)
With the release of EBS 12.2, Oracle is making the claim that they have improved the attachment printing process. After reviewing the integration, I completely disagree; they have not given users a better solution. No matter how you slice it, Oracle EBS customers are no further ahead with (more...)
Storage for DBAs: In my previous article (in this mini-series on understanding Oracle licensing costs) I explained how to calculate the cost of a mid-range Oracle database system. My motive was a concern that many people working either directly or indirectly with database software are uninformed about just how (more...)
Storage for DBAs: The strange thing about enterprise databases is that the people who design, manage and support them are often disassociated from the people who pay the bills. In fact, that’s not unusual in enterprise IT, particularly in larger organisations where purchasing departments are often at opposite ends of (more...)
Storage for DBAs: “My database is slow”… “Well then why not put your redo logs on SSDs?” Gaaaah. I still hear people having this discussion and it drives me mad. “Nobody got fired for putting Oracle redo on …<flash vendor>”. Yeah right, but does that mean it was worth (more...)
I received the following comment recently on an older Forms Personalization post:
how can i get result from the following equation through personalization
K_LINES.LINE_VALUE = K_HEADER.K_VALUE/K_HEADER.PRIME_K_NUMBER
i want to know what is the syntax and what is the required steps to get the result automatically
This blog has its fans and I am very thankful for them. But one little drawback always has been that I blog in English. And I like it the way it is. But as a German there is always the need to spread the word out to the German Java (more...)
Brought a couple new PCs up recently and ran into the subject nasty error when attempting to access EBS. We’ve run into this before and we usually get it worked out one way or another. This time proved to be a bit challenging for some reason… Thought I (more...)
So calling Google Reader dead may be a bit premature, but Googles announcement of their intention to kill their baby all but killed it. On monday it is RIP for the reader. I’ve gone through disbelief to mourning the loss to a search for a replacement that best emulates what (more...)
You probably heard that Google is going to shut down Google Reader (GR) on July 1st, 2013.
There are many theories, speculations and analysis as to why Google took the decision to kill Reader.
To me GR was not just a place I visit several times daily to get (more...)
Bringing Facebook, Gtalk styled messaging to Oracle Webcenter Portal Spaces.
If you still have this blog bookmarked – then head over to CFour where I post regularly and check out my latest WebCenter Portal Integration.
If your interested in a trial contact sales at FishbowlSolutions.com
Here is a quick breakdown of features:
- Does not require beehive, presence or XMMP servers for chat – just an authorised spaces connection
- Authenticates against webcenter and lists your webcenter Connections
- Show User online status
- Can link upto multiple XMPP Servers like the Pidgin Client but within a web browser
I came across Bug 12927519 on Metalink today that suggests that EBS R12.2 may include an enhancement to allow for bursting of BI Publisher/XML Publisher documents in one step (it says it was ‘fixed in product version 18.104.22.168X’)! I do not see anything about in the 12.2 Release Content Documents, but that’s nothing new.
Currently, to burst you have to run 2 concurrent requests. The actual concurrent request to generate your output and then a second concurrent request to actually do the bursting (XML Publisher Report Bursting Program). This is not (more...)