Thursday, January 22, 2009

Top, Spinning, Hyperion, EBS, Dataguard, Security, Certification


If you're like I was in my DBA days, you just brought up top in Unix and fished for what you were looking for. Well, the Coskan's Approach to Oracle blog brings us a way to customize Top to get exactly what you want. So you can toss the fishing pole.

Spins and Latches

You'll find a lot of chapters in a lot of performance books about spinning and latching. To tell the truth, many of them get a bit carried away on what it often an area where there is little to be gained. The I'm Just a Simple DBA blog has a good article on exploring the fascinating world of Oracle latching and spinning and some good links to Oak Table authorities on all things optimization.


The Look Smarter Than You Are blog has some kind words to say about Hyperion 11 here.

Also in the realm of Hyperion is Tim Tow's announcement (confession?) that he is a CPA. In the article he introduces some very interesting links on the future of Hyperion, such as cloud computing and Essbase.


This week at the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:


Over at Alejandro Vargas' Blog we have something to keep you busy for a while: Data Guard Fast Start Failover Implementation Step by Step Do it with data you love.


One of the better Oracle security blogs out there is Slavik's Musings on Database Security. He has a real must read article on the CPU this week. The article shows that you should be applying the CPU, applying as soon as feasible for your business, but also a very important lesson. It's not enough. Imagine you get a whole bunch of gold and put it in a house. You'd put a good lock on the door, but you'd also put in an alarm system, maybe even hire a guard to sit nearby. That's the kind of triple security you need for your company's gold, your data. Yes, change the combination lock on the door (passwords), repair the places around the edge where thieves tools can get an edge in (the CPUs), but also consider setting up automated scripts and keeping everyone in your IT organization up to date on their security responsibilities. Keep an eye out for strange activities and resist social engineering attacks (both part of that security guard in the metaphor).


There's a new certification over at the Oracle Certification blog, as of 21-JAN-2009, the Oracle EBS R12: Install, Patch and Maintain Applications (1Z0-238) certification.

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