APEX 5.0 Early Adopter has arrived

Suddenly a big thunder rolled through the APEX community -> Version 5.0 has arrived in an early adopter version, as published on Joel Kallmans Blog (as usual on a friday, late night over here in europe).

Over the past 10-15 month we saw numerous presentations of what we can expect in APEX 5, and many of us had our own ideas.

As soon as I got word through twitter I applied for a workspace (more...)

My Latin American Tour in March

At March I will be presenting my very successful seminar “Mastering Backup and Recovery” in some countries of Latin America for the very first time. Thank you Panama, Chile and Brazil OUGs for inviting me to your amazing countries! Please, use the following links for registration and also to find more information about the seminar: […]

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 […]

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,

OOW 2012, allá voy!

Cada año se realiza el Oracle Open World, al cual somos cordialmente invitados todos los Oracle ACE. Pero nunca faltaba algún contratiempo (léase proyecto en marcha con plazos ajustados) que me obligaba a postergar mi asistencia, pero al iniciar este año tomé la decisión de asistir sí o sí.

Desde Junio hice la compra de los respectivos boletos de avión, que -gracias a los KM acumulados- me salieron gratis! Y ya que entraba en (more...)

ORA600 Oracle News Aggregator decommissioned

I've decided today to decommission my oracle news aggregator.

I started it a couple of years ago when orablogs.com stopped its RSS aggregation. I was a big of orablogs but I was too late in offering the owner a price for the domain. Otherwise I would have continued orablogs.com.

As it happened - I was too late and some other guy swept up the domain to make a quick buck. If I remember correctly, he was asking around 6000$ for the domain.

So - I decided to start my own RSS aggregator under the ora600 site.

I only (more...)

6-digit USSGL and GTAS Implementation Postponed 1 Year, until FY14

Treasury announced on Friday, July 13th that the implementation of GTAS and the proposed 6-digit USSGL has been postponed until Dec, 2013.

Here’s a copy of the memo sent out:

Signed Memo to All CFOs and Deputy CFO GTAS 7 13 12

Should you go to OpenWorld 2012

| Jul 11, 2012
Oracle OpenWorld is still over 11 weeks away (September 30 – October 4) but those considering going need to decide soon whether to participate this year. Registration costs will increase $300 at the end of this week. More importantly, hotel and flight options become more scarce and expensive as each day passes. OpenWorld has become [...]

Collaborate 2012 reflections

| May 16, 2012
Collaborate is always worthwhile but it forces you to work hard to catch back up after a week out of the office.  The time since Collaborate has given me a chance to reflect on all that I learned there.  This posting will net out my reactions to a great conference. The JD Edwards community was [...]

Collaborate 2012 – one of the best ever!

| Apr 27, 2012
Attendance at Collaborate this year was up roughly 50% from 2011 with over 1,100 people from JDE customer organizations and a total of over 6,000 attendees. The move back to Vegas certainly helped but the turnout is also a sign of an improving business atmosphere and a renewed interest in investing in IT. Monday at [...]

Why Oracle President Mark Hurd won’t be at Collaborate

| Apr 23, 2012
At the first few Collaborate conferences after Oracle acquired PeopleSoft and JD Edwards then President Charles Phillips gave the opening keynote speech. A key message was that Oracle cared deeply about all of its application customers and especially those new to Oracle. I was fortunate enough to interview him on two of those occasions. His [...]

Oracle Spring ’12 Federal Development Update

I didn’t attend, but there was an Oracle Federal Financial Briefing on 17-Apr in Reston where information was shared about some of the upcoming GTAS enhancements and target patch release dates.  Personally, besides focusing on our Fed R12.1.3 stabilization efforts on my current gig, I’m working to get smart on some of the basics associated with GTAS, the upcoming 6-digit USSGL standard and new Federal Accounting/System process changes associated.

As soon as we can get our hands on these new GTAS patches, we need to jump on them to start understanding some of the impacts to our (more...)

First pervasive-post

Today I'm writing this post from a Samsung Galaxy, my hand sized tablet, camera included, microphone and lots of fun.

I have been busy this year and that is thanks to the tremendous success of the Database Machine/Exadata.

Traveled all over the caribbean and south america, plus my first OOW experience as Oracle employee: always exciting!

Bandeja Paisa / Paisa "tray" - Medellin, Colombia

Sao Paulo Subway System

Oracle Open World 2011

Oct’11 Federal Financials Update

I was able to get a copy of the E-Business Suite Federal Financials Update slides presented at this year’s Oracle Federal Forum on October 18th. Most of the content revolves around the upcoming Federal interface changes and transition to the Governmentwide Treasury Account Symbol Adjusted Trial Balance System (GTAS) to replace FACTS I & II.  I’m sure these changes are definitely going to keep us busy!!

Here is the link:

OracleFedForum EBS Directions

JDE at OpenWorld

| Oct 10, 2011
OpenWorld is so big it is really many conferences all held together.  To cover as much as possible,I brought along three associates who spent all their time attending JDE specific sessions and talking to JDE customers and partners.  I focused on the keynotes and Oracle big picture sessions while fitting in as many JDE sessions [...]

The cloud must go on

| Oct 6, 2011
Salesforce.com CEO Mark Benioff has become the newest addition to the enemies of Ellison list. Benioff had paid a million dollars for the right to offer a speech at OpenWorld but was told late in the day before his presentation that it was being cancelled. Apparently, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was worried that Benioff’s message [...]

How big is your data?

| Oct 5, 2011
After two days OpenWorld could be called Oracle Hardware World since “engineered systems” is all that Oracle executives seem to want to talk about. The only other topic that has gotten any serious airtime so far is “big data”. A huge sign by the entrance to the main presentation hall declares: Oracle is big data. [...]

We have a lot of hardware up here!

| Oct 4, 2011
OpenWorld was kicked off Sunday with the customary CEO presentation. Larry Ellison, however, is not in the habit of doing anything in a customary way. For the fourth year in a row the CEO chose to focus on only one facet Oracle’s complex business –hardware/software appliances, now called “engineered systems”. Oracle’s software offerings were only [...]

Getting ready for OpenWorld

| Sep 30, 2011
OpenWorld begins this coming Sunday and, as usual, I will be there from start to finish. Oracle never telegraphs what is coming, especially what CEO Larry Ellison plans to address in his annual presentation. Recent years have seen Ellison personally focus on database appliances, especially since the Sun acquisition and that will almost certainly continue [...]

The two best ways to meet Larry Ellison in person.

| Sep 1, 2011
        Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is famously elusive.  It is harder to get a private meeting with him than the Pope.  Outsiders, especially reporters and analysts, have almost no chance of ever meeting him.  Only the inner circle within Oracle itself ever has a real two-way dialog with Ellison.  There are, however, two proven ways [...]