Convergence

Convergence (\kən-ˈvər-jən(t)s\)

1  :  the act of converging and especially moving toward union or uniformity; especially :  coordinated movement of the two eyes so that the image of a single point is formed on corresponding retinal areas

2  :  the state or property of being convergent

3  :  independent development of similar characters (as of bodily structure of unrelated organisms or cultural traits) often (more...)

UX – No Time To Kill

There’s no time to kill between the cradle and the grave
Father Time still takes a toll on every minute that you save
Legal tenders never gonna change the number of your days
The highest cost of livin’s dyin’, that’s one everybody pays
So have it spent before you get the bill, there’s no time to kill
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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 […]

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 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...)

In the end, Love… always wins!

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In the past 18 months I’ve researched and learned at least a dozen new (to me) and recent technologies. Any of them belongs to 2 interesting areas that I’ve focused in that period… Cloud and Mobile. I’m an early Amazon Web Services adopter and I’ve deployed several services and infrastructures on (more...)

Amazon announces Redshift, a data warehouse service!

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Today at Amazon AWS re:invent, Amazon announced a cloud service for data warehouse customers. It allows to easily analyse petabytes of data, interacts with known BI solutions, and it’s usually 10 times faster than traditional implementations… queries run really blazing fast! This service is certified by MicroStrategy and Jaspersoft.

Redshift runs (more...)

Cloud Databases : MongoDB

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For several years I’ve been using Oracle and other SQL relational databases. I’ve dedicated most of the time of my researching and developing on Oracle technology. There’s no question that Oracle leads on site installations and that the quality of the products and the ROI is one of the best. (more...)

Follow Beyond Oracle on facebook

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Hi folks,

We can’t stop the social flow! Social networks are ruling the world. So as I had some free time lately, I decided do create a facebook fan page. For most of us with a facebook profile visited daily, it’s easier to follow syndications and we’ve got a better (more...)

EclipseLink 2.4:

EclipseLink 2.4.0 Juno - RELEASED

As part of the Juno Eclipse release train the EclipseLink project has released EclipseLink 2.4.0. The release landing page describes some of the new and noteworthy features as well as providing links to documentation and examples so you can get started. (more...)