Thursday, June 4, 2009

Risk, Linux, Exadata, BI, PeopleSoft, EBS, Indexing

Risk, Again

I speak here often of risk, the unpleasant edge that reality sometimes takes on. Chris Warticki discusses the matter this week in a posting on backup and recovery. Run practise recoveries, really. You don't want to suddenly find out that the recovery takes ten times longer than you thought when the VP is on the phone asking when your store is going back online. The posting is here.


Already running Unbreakable Linux? Thinking about it? Gavin's Blog has a link to the Oracle Public Yum Server. And no, it has nothing to do with the Pasta posting from last week.


Gerard Braat passes along the voice of experience in advocating a new phrase in place of the traditional buy vs. build options of setting up a BI system: Buy and Build Less. Building it from stratch is just not economical. But if someone tells you 'just pop this in place and push the button and our system will run your business, make tea and do your laundry' check to make sure you still have your wallet. The term 'some assembly required' comes to mind. Sometimes it would be more honest to use the label: 'An incredible amount of detailed and laborious assembly required'. But it's still less work than building from the ground up, so buy and build less is where the smart money is.


My background is in core database work, so I'm a bit short on PeopleSoft wisdom. But I can recognize something that looks elegant and useful, and this posting on nPlosioin over at the Grey Sperling Solutions blog is exactly that.


Lots of goodies this week at the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:

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