Oracle Applications User Experience: The New Cool. And Hip With It Too!

Great shout out for the Oracle Applications Cloud Release 8 Simplified UI by all-round Oracle Applications UX champ and enterprise applications guru Floyd Teter (@fteter). He tells us: “Simple is the new cool.

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Simplified UI Home Page. A tablet-first crisp experience from the cloud.

Nicely put. But, if that’s not enough kudos, try this Dutch language article, “Oracle doet hip en demonstreert interfaces”. The article is about the AMIS-hosted (more...)

Come back when we’re open

I subscribe to Microsoft Office 365 and had a payment stuck on an expired credit card. Even though there was a new card, the billing system kept trying the old one.

In a modern cloud service, I would open a service request and expect things to be handled for me. But this is Microsoft. And with the arrogance of the monopolist they used to be, they require you to please show up when they feel (more...)

Moving Forward

Seems to be quite a bit of buzz in the enterprise software user community these days about moving forward.  Budgets have loosened up, users want better experiences, in-house IT providers want to reduce maintenance and infrastructure investments, C-level officers want better and more timely information on strategic initiatives, and everybody wants to be agile (even though there are multiple visions of agile, we all want it).  So it seems the big question lately is "how (more...)

Oracle on Windows Azure pricing revealed

I just noticed that prices for Oracle Database running on Windows Azure have now been published.



The prices for the virtual machines with the Oracle license included run from about USD 820 per month for Oracle Standard Edition (SE) running on 2 cores, to a whopping USD 9300 per month for Oracle Enterprise Edition (EE) running on 8 cores. These prices are for Oracle software only and do not include the cost of the VM, (more...)

The death grip of Enterprise vendors

I’ve just been comparing a number of online Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems. In this project, I had the opportunity to sign up to the free trial for various services as well as cancelling these demo accounts.

Modern CRM systems like Highrise, CapsuleCRM, and Batchbook all had a button or a link to cancel or delete an account, with appropriate warnings. But the 800-pound gorilla of CRM, Salesforce, did not. In fact, (more...)

Join me at the next OTN Virtual Developer Day

    Hi All, On February 4, 2014 at 9:30 am PT I will be talking on the next OTN Virtual Developer Day about Oracle VM and Oracle Database. Come and discover the answers for the following questions: Does an Oracle Database perform well on a virtualized environment? What virtualization technology is more stable and […]

Problems when doing a V2V or P2V of a windows server to Oracle VM

Some time ago, I received the request to migrate some Windows 2008 Servers to my Oracle VM farm and after complete the P2V migration the newly create VM would not start. It would crash on boot with blue screen and error: STOP: 0x0000007B (0xXXXXXXXX,0xXXXXXXXX,0×00000000,0×00000000) This issue is related to the storage drivers needed for the guest […]

Could Oracle Cloud Trump Amazon Web Services?

OK, we all read or heard it recently in one form or another.  Oracle has told Amazon that it’s “game on” for leadership in the “commodity” Infrastructure as a Service (“IaaS”) market.  In other words, “we’ll beat you on price”.  Lots have folks have called the declaration crazy - Oracle can’t compete with Amazon on the basis of commodity pricing and never will.  Funny thing is, I think Oracle could actually (more...)

Xprtly – Extreme Coolness

Something cool happened today…something extremely cool.  Xprtly was released into public beta.

What in the heck is Xprtly?  The best way to describe it is a cloud-based support platform, with a mobile application and a web interface for administration.  The idea is to connect users with support personnel who can respond to issues as they arise.  Xprtly also allows for data collection of both user and support personnel behavior, plus analytics (more...)

14 for 14

So all the cool kids are sharing their predictions for 2014.  While I'm not much of a prognosticator, I thought it would be fun to share my own thoughts on the upcoming year.  If nothing else, we can all have a good laugh in 12 months over how poorly my (more...)

Joint Webinar with Oracle – Top 5 Key Reasons Why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database

Top 5 Key Reasons Why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database When: Tuesday December 17th , 10am PST Register Here: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=725350&s=1&k=1512E332202610FE9518AB8B01354C6A&partnerref=Francisco Oracle VM application-driven architecture is designed for rapid deployment and ease of lifecycle management providing IT a highly scalable and cost effective virtualization solution for Oracle (more...)

Oracle Fusion HCM – The Kettle Is Beginning To Boil

It appears as though Oracle Fusion HCM is beginning to make some serious traction in the marketplace.  We're seeing more interest and more customer acceptance.  I offer three items to make my point:


1.  Ventana Research awarded their 2013 Technology Innovation Award for Business Innovation in Human Capital Management to (more...)

Changes In Attitude

It's these changes in attitude, changes in latitude
Nothing remains quite the same
For all of our running and all of our cunning
If we didn't laugh, we would all go insane
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The Impact of SaaS – The Times They Are A-Changin’

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they (more...)

Oracle Cloud: Demonstrating Dark User Experience Patterns

You know there are good User Experience Design Patterns. There are also anti-patterns – bad stuff done by people who don’t know better.

And then there are Dark Patterns – User Experience deliberately crafted by clever people to trick users. The Oracle Cloud trial is unfortunately an example of the (more...)

Moving blog to new hosting provider, Research and Results!

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Last months I’ve noticed that my blog was a bit slow. The first bytes that I received in the first network requests took around 3-4 seconds and loading the front page in some hours of the day was a pain. I believe that an optimal website should load in less (more...)

Deploy your Node/Couchbase application to the cloud with Clever Cloud

Introduction Clever Cloud is the first PaaS to provide Couchbase as a service allowing developers to run applications in a fully managed environment. This article shows how to deploy an existing application to Clever Cloud. I am using a very simple Node application that I have documented in a previous article: (more...)

Why use OVM for Oracle Databases

Some time ago I made a benchmark exercise to compare the performance of an Oracle Database running in a bare metal environment versus a virtualized environment to clear some of the main questions our team and clients in Revera have, such as:  Does an Oracle Database performs well on a (more...)

How One Man Killed the Cloud

While I was not surprised that the U.S. intelligence agencies monitor web activity, I was surprised at the scale revealed by the Edward Snowdon leaks.

If there are still American cloud providers that do not routinely provide the NSA with wholesale access to their customers’ data, it will only (more...)

A beautiful weather app for Brazil and Portugal

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Last post I wrote about evolution. Professional evolution… from legacy technology  to new IT paradigms, cloud and mobile. This week, as a result of that evolution, the weather app I  developed with a friend, was deployed and it’s available at App Store.

I hope users from Portugal and Brazil find (more...)