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Ten Signs Your Boss Sees You As A Threat

Every person has a gift, or an ability that sets them apart from the crowd. Good managers recognize this and try to use it to their advantage. Great managers try to surround themselves with talent...they recognize that with that much talent in their corner, they can't fail. Bad managers feel threatened and try to discredit […]

Digital Badges Are Now an Essential Tool for Employers and Candidates Alike

In an increasingly competitive jobs market rife with candidate fraud, digital badges are the breakthrough that allows companies to immediately verify candidate qualifications and avoid the costs, inconvenience, and business risk of unqualified hires. Digital badges also enable genuine job applicants to benefit from instant credibility and avoid losing out on career opportunities to unqualified fraudsters, whose numbers are currently on the rise.

Job Applications in a World of Increasing Competition

With the technical skills (more...)

Get Your Exam Voucher and Free Retake

We’re excited about the Exam Prep Seminar Packages!  Here's why; we added a FREE retake voucher if you fail your exam, we lowered the pricing and we think they offer a great value.

But most important is what you think.  Want to see what they’re like? Preview the Java SE 8 Programmer I

You can purchase the seminar all by itself.  They are 4-6 hours in length and recorded by a great Oracle instructor (more...)

Building Classrooms in the Cloud

Jumpbox Lab Server

Let’s face it: education without interaction is about as effective as shouting origami instructions at a lumberjack who is cutting down trees. Sure, your informative lessons will come in handy when the product of their work finally becomes paper, but it will be long forgotten and ultimately worthless by then. The only way a student is going to learn is if they can put (more...)

Oracle Student Cloud’s aka Oracle CX for Higher Education

Oracle Student Cloud’s new Oracle CX for Higher Education uses Oracle’s intuitive mobile technology to help recruiters boost their pipeline by targeting and qualifying best-fit prospects via social, email, and SMS CRM capabilities. Oracle Student Recruiting Cloud’s embedded analytics also help improve forecasting and monitor and optimize recruiters’ performance in their territories. Student Engagement broadly […]

APEX Frühstück Meetup Wien

Kurz notiert: am 4.11.2016 gibts ein APEX Frühstücks-Meetup mit vielen neuen Infos zu Oracle APEX.

Bitte hier anmelden: https://www.meetup.com/orclapex-Vienna/events/234665282/

Oracle Buys NetSuite

Oracle set the ball rolling with Netsuite acquisition. Oracle OpenWorld Keynote—Cloud Innovation, Mike Hurd (Oracle CEO) predicted that by year 2025 - "Two software-as-a-service (SaaS) suite providers will have 80 percent of the cloud enterprise application market. I volunteer us to be one of them Everything came full circle with NetSuite last week, when Oracle […]

What’s new in Oracle APEX 5.0.4

As announced on Twitter, Oracle APEX Patchset 5.0.4 is released. Download the full release or get the Patch 23192730 from support.oracle.com.

What’s new/changed, besides the obvious listed in the Patch Release notes?

APEX Views

  • got an improved security check. They now look for read privilege on the apex-admin-role instead of full admin privileges.
  • APEX_DEBUG_MESSAGES finally lists the Call Stack where a message was written (level 9 debug, only)
  • new View APEX_INSTANCE_PARAMETERS

APEX (more...)

Provisioning Virtual ASM (vASM)

Create vFiles

In this post, we’re going to use Delphix to create a virtual ASM diskgroup, and provision a clone of the virtual ASM diskgroup to a target system. I call it vASM, which is pronounced “vawesome.” Let’s make it happen.

She’s always hungry. She always needs to feed. She must eat. – Gollum

Most viewers assume Gollum was talking about Shelob the giant spider here, but I have it on good authority that he was (more...)

Real Push Button Refresh with Raspberry Pi

Push Button

In this post, we’re going to perform a push button refresh of an Oracle Database, Application Express (APEX) installation, and Tomcat webserver.

“But Oracle Alchemist,” you’re probably thinking, “we know about that. You’ve told us about how Delphix can provision and refresh data.” And yes, you’d be right. But I wasn’t done yet.

We’re going to perform a refresh of an Oracle Database, APEX installation, and Tomcat running in Amazon Web Services, replicated from (more...)

Oracle APEX 5.0 Available for Download!

After a longer development cycle than usual, Oracle Application Express 5.0 is finally available for download! I think it was worth the wait. It comes with a ton of features, here are just a few marquee features. Page Designer Universal … Continue reading

Deploying Application Express with Delphix

VDBs

Seamless cloning of an application stack is an outstanding goal. Seamless cloning of an application stack including the full production database, application server, and webserver in a few minutes with next to zero disk space used or configuration required is the best goal since Alexander Graham Bell decided he wanted a better way tell Mr. Watson to “come here.”

So in the spirit of discovery, I’ve installed Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) 2.0 (more...)

I am back

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It's been a very long time not coming here, about 2 years and half ... and I missed it big time.

Now I moved to Oracle Systems (formerly Sun Microsystems) on a role support-programmer mixed, within RPE (Revenue Product Engineering) on the Extra Care team, with focus on Solaris, Engineered Systems with Solaris, ZFS Storage Appliance and Ops Center. I'm very happy since my job is closer to development, something was (more...)

Managing your Database in a Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie Server Room

Only two things are really certain: network latency over long distances, and the fact that humanity will soon rapidly degenerate into undead brain-eaters.

When that day comes, when the dead are crowding at your door and the windows are busted out and ripped up rotted arms are clawing at the inside of your home, I know what you’ll be thinking: is my database protected?

Don’t worry, my friends. The Oracle Alchemist has you covered. We (more...)

Another Great OpenWorld

Steve at the Delphix Booth

Last week I attended Oracle OpenWorld 2014, and it was an outstanding event filled with great people, awesome sessions, and a few outstanding notable experiences.

Personally I thought the messaging behind the conference itself wasn’t as amazing and upbeat as OpenWorld 2013, but that’s almost to be expected. Last year there was a ton of buzz around the introduction of Oracle 12c, Big Data was a buzzword that people were totally excited (more...)

Openworld 2014

Oracle OpenWorld

Are you going to Oracle OpenWorld 2014? I am, and I hope to see you there! As you probably know, OpenWorld is a humongous event with tens of thousands of people in attendance and some amazing presentations. Why, I even hear Oracle’s new CTO might be there. I wonder if he has anything to talk about?

This year we’ll have a ton of activity at the Delphix booth. You can check out the speaking schedule, (more...)

Teach Your Children Well

computerroom

Today’s the first day of school in my city, and the plethora of “OMG 1st day of school!” posts of Facebook and my own kids heading back in to slog through another year of fundamentals got me thinking about education. My own kids (12/daughter and 10/son) came home and went swimming since it was about 104 degrees today…the hottest day of the summer, as it were.

minecraft-2__140227213724Anyways, after that activity my son decided to (more...)

The Customer Experience

The Apple Experience

I’m going to kick this post off by taking sides in a long-standing feud.

Apple is amazing.

There. Edgy, right? Okay, so maybe you don’t agree with me, but you have to admit that a whole lot of people do. Why is that?

NOT part of the Customer Experience. Image from AppleFanSite.com

Image from AppleFanSite.com

Sure, there’s the snarky few that believe Apple products are successful due to an (more...)

Frequently Misused Metrics in Oracle

Lying Businessman

Back in March of last year I wrote an article on the five frequently misused metrics in Oracle: These Aren’t the Metrics You’re Looking For.

To sum up, my five picks for the most misused metrics were:

Business Graph

  1. db file scattered read – Scattered reads aren’t always full table scans, and they’re certainly not always bad.
  2. Parse to Execute Ratio – This is not a metric that shows how often you’re hard parsing, no matter how (more...)