A ShipIt at Oracle’s Mexico Development Center

Editor’s note: Our team participated in many of the Summer of Innovation events held by Laurie (@lsptahoe) and her team. Here’s a report from Luis (@lsgaleana) on the Mexico Development Center (MDC) ShipIt held in mid-August. Enjoy.

Oracle Mexico Development Center (MDC) has grown to bring together some 700 employees, and it continues to grow weekly. However, there is only a single point of entry for every non-employee person, the receptionist.

Every visitor that (more...)

Submit an abstract for Georgia Oracle User Group (GaOUG) Tech Day 2016

In 2014, myself and a few other well known speakers in the Atlanta area were added to the board of directors for the Georgia Oracle User Group (GaOUG). With us being added to the Board of Directors, we initatied a rebranding of the user group from GOUSER to GaOUG in Feburary 2015, with much success. Then followed that event up with two quarterly events in April and July 2015, which proved to be an even (more...)

IoT Hackathon: Team Waterlytics’ entry – Part 1/2

Editor’s note: Our team participated in many of the Summer of Innovation events held by Laurie (@lsptahoe) and her team. Here’s Part 1 of Mark’s (@mvilrokx) project from the IoT Hackathon held at Oracle HQ, July 30-31. Enjoy.

Last week I participated in the IoT Hackathon at HQ which is part of “The Summer of Innovation,” a series of events that Laurie Pattison’s team is organizing to stimulate ideas and creative thinking.

Unfortunately (more...)

Another Home for Our Stuff

I’m very pleased to announce that our colleague and friend Kathy recently pushed live a page on oracle.com under the OAUX section, dedicated to our Emerging Technologies team and our work.

Our new home, circa 2015.

Our new home, circa 2015.

Big moment for us. I feel like a made guy.

Don’t worry. This little blog will continue to be our home and stream of consciousness, but now, we have another, more structured home, focused on our projects and thinking.

Like that’s (more...)

An IoT Hackathon in Utrecht

I recently attended a hackaton in Utrecht organized by Laurie Pattison (@lsptahoe) and her team as part of their “Summer of Innovation” series.

The theme was Internet of Things (IoT) and this marked the first time that they organized a hackathon specifically for an outside partner, eProseed. All the previous hackathons were internal Oracle events.  Initially the plan was for us Oracle folks to go over and mentor teams as needed, but later on, (more...)

Android Users, You Need Vysor

Despite the amount of iOS and Apple Watch chatter here lately, we still have a dedicated Android user base on the team, including me.

If you read here, you’ll know that projecting an Android device screen to an audience has always been important for us, and usually we have more than one screen to project. Over the years, I’ve used several tools for this BBQScreenAndroid Screen Monitor and lately, Chromecast’s screen mirroring feature, (more...)

Celebrating 5 Years in Oracle’s Mexico Development Center

Editor’s note: If you read here, you might recall that we have dos hermanos en Guadalajara, Luis (@lsgaleana) y Osvaldo (@vaini11a). Last month, the Mexico Development Center (MDC) celebrated its fifth anniversary. Here’s to many more. Reposted from VoX.

By Sarahi Mireles, (@sarahimireles), Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps)

As you may know, Oracle has a couple Development Centers around the globe, and one of them is in Guadalajara, (more...)

The rising of the Standard Edition (#orclse2)

It was the second half of 2011 when the broader introduction of Standard Edition database security tooling was introduced in The Benelux. Dbvisit Standby was the tool and protecting data in Standard Edition databases was the deal.

I remember the first meetings vividly! The Standard Edition database? Many people had not heard of this edition or, more frighteningly, the ones that knew about it, ignored it. Standard Edition was not something to be taken seriously, (more...)

Reducing Friction with Amazon Prime Now

A couple days after Noel (@noelportugal) wrote about reducing user friction, I got a chance to try one of Amazon’s latest friction-reducing services, Amazon Prime Now.

The likes of Webvan pioneered grocery delivery back in the dot com days, and fun fact, Amazon owns and continues to operate what is left of Webvan. In those halcyon days, I used Webvan quite a bit. Sounds a bit silly, but being able to order groceries (more...)

The Basis Peak: Take a #selfie. See How Exercise Changes You

Editor’s Note: Reposted from Ultan’s (@ultan) Tumblr, a great read. Ultan knows his fitness (and fashion), so his rousing endorsement of the Peak is legit. Read my impressions of the Basis Peak for more. Since I wore it last, Basis has updated the watch’s firmware to add some pretty cool features. Enjoy.

“You’ve been running! Take a selfie, see how exercise changes you!” I smile when that message pops into (more...)

Four Weeks with the Garmin Vivosmart

The Year of Data continues for me, and yesterday, I finished a four-week relationship with the Garmin Vivosmart.

I use relationship purposefully here because if you use a wearable to track fitness and sleep, you’re wearing it a lot, and it actually becomes a little friend (or enemy) that’s almost always with you. Wearables are very personal devices.

If you’re scoring at home, 2015 has gone thusly for me:

Reducing User Friction

A few nights ago a Domino’s Pizza commercial got my attention. It is called “Sarah Loves Emoji.”

At the end the fictional character Sarah finishes by simply saying “only Domino’s gets me.” The idea of texting an emoji, tweeting, using a Smart TV, or a smartwatch to automagically order pizza fascinates me. What Domino’s is attempting to do here is to reduce user friction, which is defined as anything that prevents a user from (more...)

OAUX Emerging Technologies in Profit Magazine

The August 2015 edition of Profit Magazine (@OracleProfit) includes a nice piece called “The Explorers” highlighting the work of our team and that of JD Edwards Labs.


This article is nice companion piece to our strategic approach to emerging technologies and how we apply the “Glance, Scan, Commit” design philosophy to our work.

I’m honored to be quoted in the article and proud to see our little team getting this level of recognition.

If you (more...)

Emerging Technologies and the ‘Glance, Scan, Commit’ Design Philosophy

Cross-posted from VoX.

Behind the Oracle user experience goals of designing for simplicity, mobility, and extensibility is a core design philosophy guiding the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team’s work in emerging technologies: “Glance, Scan, Commit.”

It nicely boils down a mountain of research and a design experience that shapes the concepts you can see from us.

The philosophy of “Glance, Scan, Commit” permeates all of our work in the Oracle Applications Cloud user (more...)

Amazon Dash — It’s Dinner Time!

Yesterday I received an Amazon Dash for ordering IZZE juice.


I think it is a great device, not that I would order tons of IZZE from Amazon, but at $5 it has wifi module + a micro controller + a LED light + a battery + nice enclosure, and it’s usually in deep sleep which means the device can last for years. That’s a bargain – a similar device would cost $20 – $40, at (more...)

Controlling NodeBox from an Apple Watch

We are always on the hunt for interesting new uses of the Apple Watch, so when my colleague Ben Bendig alerted me to AstroPad’s new iPhone/Apple Watch app, I downloaded it immediately.

The app, AstroPad Mini, is intended to let you use your iPhone as a graphics tablet and controls Photoshop nicely right out of the box. But it will work with any Mac app; it lets you map any area of your (more...)

Intel Compute Stick: Nowhere and Back Again

The Intel Compute Stick provides a full desktop experience in an ultra-portable HDMI dongle form factor. It’s like Google Chromecast, but an entire PC instead of just a web browser. I tested both the $150 Windows 8 version and the new $110 Ubuntu version.

The Intel Compute Stick (L) alongside an apple product (R).


The HDMI end goes into a display, the power goes into an outlet, (more...)

Summer Projects and a Celebration

If you follow us on Twitter (@theappslab) or on Facebook, you’ve seen some of the Summer projects coming together.

If not, here’s a recap of some of the tinkering going on in OAUX Emerging Technologies land.

Mark (@mvilrokx) caught the IoT bug from Noel (@noelportugal), and he’s been busy destroying and rebuilding a Nerf gun, which is a thing. Search for “nerf gun mods” if you don’t (more...)

“But, You Don’t Understand…”

"Let me try once more," he said in an effort to explain. "In other words--"

"You mean you have other words?" cried the bird happily. "Well, by all means, use them.
You're certainly not doing very well with the ones you have now."
- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth 

A seemingly constant battle in many forums is getting those who post questions to be clear in what they are asking. Some questions are (more...)

Issue with Perl in $ORACLE_HOME during installs

I’ve been doing some Enterprise Manager installs a bit more lately. At the same time, I’ve been working on Data Integration items such as GoldenGate and ODI.  What these products have in common are that they require an Oracle Database for a repository.  Needless to say I’ve been installing a lot of databases in test and production environments.  The one thing that has been consistent is the issue I keep seeing (more...)