Speaking of strategies, Misha (@mishavaughan) asked me to write up an article–not a post, there’s a difference–describing how this team goes about its business, i.e. researching, designing and developing solutions for the emerging technologies that will affect our users in the near and not-so-near future.
You can, and should, read the resulting article over at the mothership, Usableapps (@usableapps). Check it out:
New emphasis on emerging technology shapes Oracle’s user (more...)
"Many of the things which can never be, often are."
- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Oracle’s most recent database release has an interesting problem involving ANSI joins and tables having 500 or more columns. Yes, this is likely a rare situation in OLTP systems but it exists, nonetheless. [Data warehouses are different and it’s likely that tables of 500 columns or more could exist.] It was brought to light in a forum (more...)
So, apparently Apple is launching a watch soon, which has people asking us, i.e. Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps), what our strategy is for the watch of watches.
If you read here, you probably already know we’ve been looking at smart watches, super watches, and wearables of all kinds for a few years. So, the strategy is already in place.
Build a framework that does most of the work and (more...)
The kid in me loves this behemoth so very much, h/t to Kottke. This rail refresher is a Swietelsky RU 800-S.
There are lots of videos showing this dream machine at work.Possibly Related Posts:
Right after I finished wearing the Nike+ Fuelband for three weeks, I moved straight on to another wearable device, the Basis Peak.
The Peak falls into a category Ultan (@ultan, @usableapps) calls the “super watch,” a term that nicely differentiates watches like the Peak (and the Fitbit Surge) from fitness bands (e.g. Jawbone UP24, Nike+ Fuelband, Fitbit Flex), smartwatches (e.g. Android Wear, (more...)
Editor’s note: Here’s a review of the Fitbit Surge from Ultan (@ultan, @usableapps); if anyone can road-test a fitness tracker, it’s him. As luck would have it, the Surge is on my list of wearables to test as well. So, watch this space for a comparison review from a much less active person. Enjoy.
I’ve upgraded my Fitbit experience to the Fitbit Surge, the “Fitness Super Watch.”
I’ve been (more...)
I’m currently in Washington D.C. at Oracle HCM World. It’s been a busy conference; on Wednesday, Thao and Ben ran a brainstorming session on wearables as part of the HCM product strategy council’s day of activities.
Then yesterday, the dynamic duo ran a focus group around emerging technologies and their impact on HCM, specifically wearables and Internet of Things (IoT). I haven’t got a full download of the session yet, but I hear the discussion was (more...)
For those of you who enjoy our content via the feed (thank you), I have news.
Next week, I’ll be changing the feed’s name, so if you want to continue to receive AppsLab goodness in your feed reader of choice or in your inbox, you’ll need to come back here and subscribe again.
Or maybe it’s time to switch over to our Twitter (@theappslab) or Facebook Page, if that’s your thing. I did nuke (more...)
Here come some rapid fire tidbits about upcoming and recently past Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps) events.
Events of the Near Past
Laurie Pattison’s (@lsptahoe) team (@InnovateOracle) has been organizing events focused around stimulating and fostering innovation for quite some time now.
I’ve always been a big fan of group-think-and-work exercises, e.g. design jams, hackathons, ShipIts, code sprints, etc.
Our team frequently participates in and supports (more...)
"Just because you have a choice, it doesn't mean that any of them 'has' to be right."
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
In an Oracle forum that I frequent a user posted that he found cardinality values to be severely inflated when using an analytic function. This user posted an example that will be used here to demonstrate the problem. It will also be used to demonstrate another issue that can make this problem (more...)
I don’t like wearing stuff on my wrist, but in my ongoing quest to learn more about the wearables our users wear, I have embarked on a journey.
For science! And for better living through math, a.k.a. the quantified self.
And because I’ll be at HCM World later this month talking about wearables, and because wearables are a thing, and we have a Storify to prove it, and we need to (more...)
This is a follow up to my previous post (“Where are the Mobile Windows Devices?“) in which I gave my initial impressions of mobile windows devices. As part of our assessment of these devices we also developed a few apps and this post details how that went.
Windows Phone 8.1 applications have to be developed on Windows 8.1. I am using a Mac so I installed Windows 8.1 (more...)
That was one of the questions one of the Oracle’s Executives asked when we presented our new Cloud UX Lab to them. The short answer was that there were none. As far as I am aware, we never did any testing of any of our prototypes and applications on Windows Phones or tablets because, frankly, we thought it didn’t matter. Windows phones (and tablets) are a distant third to the 2 behemoths in this space, Android (more...)
"There are no wrong roads to anywhere."
- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Oracle can do some, well, strange things when fixing issues caused by the optimizer. For 10g releases up to 10.2.0.x Oracle chose to silently ignore a message and eliminate an outer join on the MERGE statement under certain conditions. Let’s examine this and see exactly what Oracle implements.
Occasionally in a 10046 trace file generated from 10g releases (more...)
Editor’s note: Here’s the first post from one of our newish team members, Ben. Ben is a usability engineer with a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, and by his own account, he’s also a below average driver. Those two factoids are not necessarily related; I just don’t know what his likes and dislikes are so I’m spit-balling.
Ben applied his research chops to himself and his driving using Automatic (@automatic), a doodad that measures (more...)
New tool sqld360 is now available! Mauro Pagano released this cool new tool a few hours ago. And yes, it is free for all!
So, what is sqld360? Well, it is an install-nothing free software that tells you a lot about one SQL statement. And if your site has an Oracle Tuning Pack or Diagnostics Pack license, then you get a lot more from sqld360. Sample snapshot below shows you the dynamic menu for a (more...)
A very interesting question was posted in one of the forums I participate in:
is there any way how I can revoke the right from a normal user to change it's own password in the database?
This, obviously, sparked a fairly lively thread (which I will not re-post here) regarding security and the underlying reason such a request was made. The user who posted the original question continued in the thread to explain:
Of course (more...)
When there's an email id displayed on a page, wouldn't it be cool for your users to be able click on it and have their email client (like Microsoft Outlook) open up a blank mail with the email id and subject line filled in? Here's how to do it in PeopleCode.
A couple days ago, I was preparing to show some development work Luis (@lsgaleana) did for Android Wear using the Samsung Gear Live.
One of the interesting problems we’ve encountered lately is projecting our device work onto larger screens to show to an audience. I know, bit of a first world problem, which is why I said “interesting.”
At OpenWorld last year, I used an IPEVO camera to project two watches, the Gear Live and (more...)
“You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and not get wet.”
― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
In previous posts compression options have been discussed, and now it’s time to see how Oracle performs basic compression. It isn’t really compression, it’e de-duplication, but it does result in space savings for data that won’t be modified after it’s ‘compressed’. Let’s look at how Oracle saves space with your data.
Oracle de-duplicates the (more...)