The Old Bugaboo

So after a bit of a hiatus, I've decided it's time to get off my butt and start writing again...

Today I'm raising an old bugaboo, but I'm adding a new perspective.  The bugaboo? Customizing packaged software.  It's more expensive than either building your own apps from scratch or buying software off the shelve.  But you all already know that because we've previously hashed that out at length here.

On to the new perspective.  As (more...)

Oracle and Microsoft to Interconnect Oracle Cloud and Microsoft Azure

On the 5th of June 2019, both Oracle and Microsoft made a joint announcement on the interconnection between Oracle Cloud and Microsoft Azure:

Oracle’s Press Release
Microsoft Press Release

The key aspects of the announcement are:

  1. A direct interconnect between Oracle Cloud and Azure Cloud, starting in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future.
  2. Unified identity and access management, via a unified single sign-on experience (more...)

Running Oracle JET on Heroku with Node.js (JET Showcase)

I have implemented JET (more about Oracle JET) showcase app with data visualization components usage. This app shows historical weather data in Boston city, the dataset is taken from Kaggle. Switching years makes data visualization to change and show new data - I love how polar chat is updated. Calendar displays temperature for each day during the year using JET picto chart component:

App is deployed on Heroku and available by this URL. Heroku (more...)

Ubuntu Server: eBook

For testing waagent (Microsoft Azure Linux Guest Agent) i downloaded Ubuntu Server. Ubuntu advertised an ebook for administrators:

Here the short summary from this webpage:

Server provisioning: what Network Admins and IT pros need to know

This document is designed to help system administrators and DevOps focused organisations to understand bare metal server provisioning, understand its value proposition, and learn about how leading companies are using server provisioning solutions within their hyperscale environments.
Canonical’s (more...)

The Elephant in the Data Lake and Snowflake

Originally posted on Jeffrey Jacobs, Consulting Data Architect:
Let’s talk about the elephant in the data lake, Hadoop, and the constant evolution of technology. Hadoop, (symbolized by an elephant), was created to handle massive amounts of raw data that were beyond the capabilities of existing database technologies. At its core, Hadoop is simply a distributed…

Cloud : Who are the gatekeepers now?

There’s something you might consider sinister lurking in the cloud, and it might cause a big disruption in who are considered the gatekeepers of your company’s services. I’ve mentioned governance in passing before, but maybe it’s time for me to do some thinking out loud to get this straight in my own head.

In the on-prem world the IT departments tend to be the gatekeepers, because they are responsible for provisioning, developing and maintaining the (more...)

Differences between CloudFormation, Terraform and Ansible in deployment of objects in AWS

In this article, I will deploy a simple solution in AWS in three ways: via the AWS templates of CloudFormation, via a Terraform script and via an Ansible script. By doing so, I will show the differences between the mentioned scripts. In the article, I will highlight a few examples to give an idea about the possibilities of a tool. The full scripts can be downloaded, see the links at the end of the article. (more...)

Seven Fishbowl Team Members Earn Google Cloud Certifications

Fishbowl is excited to announce that seven Fishbowl team members have earned Google Cloud certifications. These certifications demonstrate Fishbowl’s continued commitment to mastering the sales and deployment of Google Cloud technologies.

Fishbowl Solutions President Tim Gruidl (bottom left), Director of Sales Jon Paradis (top left), and sales reps Dan Grubb (not pictured) and Kyle Thornton (top center) have been recognized for Google Cloud Sales competency. Technical Team Lead Andy Weaver (bottom right), Product Manager Kim (more...)

Run Oracle VBCS Application on Your Own Server

Latest VBCS release brings an option to export VBCS application and run on your own server (or different cloud provider). This is a truly strong step forward for VCBS. Read more about it in Shay Shmeltzer blog post. If you decide to keep running VBCS app within VBCS itself, then you get additional functionality of VBCS Business Services, Oracle Cloud security, etc. out of the box. If you export VBCS application and run on your (more...)

Review at amazon: SAP Cloud Platform

Last week i read this book:
Before starting with the Oracle Cloud i wanted to read something other than AWS or Microsoft Azure. I was surprised at the completely different target of this cloud in respect to AWS and Azure. It is much more focused on business and business value - which is clearly one core domains of SAP.

This book contains a very well written introduction into cloud services - many other books could (more...)

Machine Learning Tools and Workbenches

The following is a list of the most commonly used tools and workbenches for machine learning. These are specific to machine learning only. This list does not include any library or frameworks. These are tools and workbenches only. Most offering machine learning tools will include the following features:

  • Easy drag and drop capabilities
  • Data collection
  • Data preparation and cleaning
  • Model building
  • Data Visualization
  • Model Deployment
  • Integration with other tools and languages

As more and more (more...)

Time Series Forecasting in Oracle – Part 2

This is the second part about time-series data modeling using Oracle. Check out the first part here.

In this post I will take a time-series data set and using the in-database time-series functions model the data, that in turn can be used for predicting future values and trends.

The data set used in these examples is the Rossmann Store Sales data set. It is available on Kaggle and was used in one of their competitions.


AWS: Accessing S3 buckets from the internet and from ec2 instances (2)

After accessing a S3 bucket from an ec2 instance by adding an IAM role to my EC2 instance, i tried to get the access from an ec2 instance by using a AWS endpoint.

First step: Launch an ec2 instance within your VPC and try to access your S3 bucket:

[ec2-user@ip-172-31-30-93 ~]$ wget
--2019-02-02 18:29:28--
Auflösen des Hostnamen » («... 52.218. (more...)

Bits And Pieces

Lots of innovative change afoot in the Oracle HCM Cloud space, so I thought I'd catch y'all up on the more significant bits and pieces.

  • Enhanced Talent Profiles:  Oracle Recruiting Cloud ("ORC") and Oracle Learning Cloud ("OLC")customers must upgrade to Enhanced Talent Profiles as part of their 19A uptake.  See My Oracle Support Doc ID 2421964.1 "Upgrading Fusion Profile Management" for more info. This is a really cool upgrade for the ORC and (more...)

review at amazon: Azure for Architects

This weekend i read "Azure for Architects - Implementing cloud design, DevOps, containers, IoT and serverless solutions on your public cloud".

After i had some trouble to publish my review on and i put in onto my blog (take a look here), i wrote a smaller review only about 2 chapters. And this worked...

One statement i liked, was:
This is not only true for security, but sometimes it is important to (more...)

AWS: overview of all postings

After nearly an half year of looking into AWS, here a summary of all postings related to that topic:
ECS & S3 (Computing & Storage):

Install Terraform on Macbook

This post is mostly for my general reference and so I don’t have to look it up again…. 🙂

To install Terrafrom on Macbook, you simply have to download the Terraform binary from HashiCorp download site. Once on the download site, select the version you need for your operating system. Once the corresponding zip file is downloaded, unzip the binary to a location that is easily referenced.

After the binary has been unzipped, you can either (more...)

Microsoft Azure: Adding user requires more work as expected

Just to try some things in Microsoft Azure i wanted to add an additional user to my test account. But this was not so easy:

Go to "Azure Active Directory" and "Users":


 But then:

I thought this is not really a problem, because is my domain, so let's try to verify this one:

The problem is, that i am not able to change this settings. So i tried, if i am lucky, (more...)

Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) training with Rittman Mead

Rittman Mead have today launched it's new Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) Bootcamp. Run on OAC, the course lasts four days and covers everything you need to know in order to manage your Cloud BI platform and assumes no prior knowledge up-front.

As the course is modular, you are able to choose which days you'd like to attend. Day 1 covers an OAC overview, provisioning, systems management, integration and security. Day 2 covers RPD Modelling and (more...)

review: architecting microsoft azure solutions

Last week i read the exam ref "architecting microsoft azure solutions"

The book cover states
Designed for architects and other cloud professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.
The book "Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions" comes with 320 pages and 6 chapters. The claim of the book: "This book teaches you how to design and architect secure, highly-available, performant, monitored (more...)