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...)
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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...)
Friend of the ‘Lab, Kathy (@usableapps), has been using Storify for a while now to compile easy-to-consume, erm, stories about the exploits of Oracle Applications User Experience.
You might remember Storify from past stories such as the In the U.K.: Special events and Apps 14 with UKOUG and Our OpenWorld 2014 Journey.
Anyway, Kathy has a new story, The Internet of Things and the Oracle user experience, which just so (more...)
Maybe you remember Busytown, Richard Scarry’s famous town, from your childhood or from reading it to your kids.
Tony Ruth has created the Silicon Valley equivalent, BusinessTown, (h/t The Verge) populated by the archetypes we all know and sometimes love. What do the inhabitants of BusinessTown do? “What Value-Creating Winners Do All Day,” natch.
Who’s up for a SiliconValley marathon?Possibly Related Posts:
No more an “honorary” but now a full-blown member of the AppsLab team, I gave a presentation at the Chicago & Dubai Oracle Usability Advisory Board in November on REST and Web APIs and how they can facilitate the transition from on-premise software to cloud-based solutions (the content of which can be fodder for a future post).
As we all are transitioning from on-premise implementations to cloud-based solutions, there seems to be a growing fear among customers and partners (ISV, OEM) (more...)
Editor’s note: John and Noel (@noelportugal) need to chat about Google’s Physical Web gBeacons.
I have been a tad skeptical about the usefulness of smart watches, but my colleague Julia Blyumen has changed my thinking.
In her recent blog post, Julia noted that a smart watch could become both a detector and a universal remote control for all IoT “smart things”. She backed this up with a link to an excellent academic paper (pdf) (more...)
For one of the client, standby server went down. We had another standby server which was kept down for more than a month. Decision was taken to start the server and apply incremental SCN based backup on the standby database.
The standby was on ASM and the Primary on filesystem.Incremental backup was started from the SCN reported by below query
select min(fhscn) from x$kcvfh;
Once the backup completed, it was transferred to standby, standby (more...)
Julia’s recent post about her experiences with the Samsung Gear watches triggered a lively conversation here at the AppsLab. I’m going to share my response here and sprinkle in some of Julia’s replies. I’ll also make a separate post about the interesting paper she referenced.
You embraced the idea of the smart watch as a fully functional replacement for the smart phone (nicely captured by your Fred Flintstone image). I am on the other end (more...)