Thursday, August 27, 2009

JDeveloper, Patching, AIA, Clouds, UCM, EBS, Expensive Calculator II


Over at the Dive into Oracle ADF blog there's good news on the JDeveloper front: JDeveloper Maintenance Release Now Available


I've told you about Oracle Configuration Manager, the pipeline for many exciting changes in patching technology. Now here's another part of the puzzle, PSUs. You can read about them at the DataCenter Automation and Configuration Management blog: Revisiting Patch Management - Patch Set Update (PSU).


The official AIA blog takes us on a brief sojourn in the realm AIA and SOA artifacts visibility.


The Oracle AppsLab blog has an update on some of the latest Amazon activity on cloud computing, including the wonderful concept of having your own 'virtual private cloud'. I've wandering around in one of those for years.


The word is out, from the Oracle ECM Alerts blog, that Siebel Adapter for Oracle UCM Release 2 Now Available


From the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog this week:


A long time ago, people programmed on PDP-8 minicomputers that cost a fortune and labored mightily to produce complexity and throughput that are completely blown away by even the humblest of smartphones today. In those days they created a primitive calculator program (called Expensive Calculator) and a similarly Expensive Typewriter (all caps, crude editing, but it typed things out on paper). In the spirit of those days comes this posting at the Bex Huff blog on getting a web form to use massive Java libraries to labor mightily and produce: Expensive Calculator II, the Sequel: Web Form Tip: Add Excel-Like Calculation To Input Fields. Warning, some people think the very concept is patented, so please don't make it the core of your company's new online calculator empire, get sued, and blame the blogosphere. By the way, I'm patenting the concept of suing the blogosphere, too.
Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Contributor

Oracle is rolling out My Oracle Support and retiring classic Metalink and Metalink3. A list of training courses is available in NOTE:405149.1 available here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Performance, Escalation, Storage, EBS, Lessons Learned


What's the best optimization conference of the year? On this planet it's the Hotsos symposium. The keynote for 2010 is Tom Kyte and the day-long seminar is by Tanel Poder. You can't beat that.

More info here:

Irving, Texas at the Omni Mandalay Hotel


Chris Warticki has a great article on the step by step process of escalating an SR over at his Oracle Support blog: Support Escalation Process…Again!. Remember, even with Priority Support you will benefit from going to the escalation manager process first, then your SDM.


Kevin Closson enlightens us on some of the under the hood differences between NUMA and SUMA: Intel Xeon 5500 (Nehalem EP) NUMA Versus Interleaved Memory (aka SUMA): There Is No Difference! A Forced Confession. Warning, if you're not REALLY into storage in a very technical sort of way this will lose you before the first comma.


This week's updates from the always valuable Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:

Lessons Learned

There is a very instructive tale of woe over at the adhd ocd dba blog entitled a public apology. Some good thoughts on design, reality, and the nature of the universe. Ok, well, really just design and reality. But it's a good read.
Contributions by Sherron Garnett, Infogram Contributor

OracleMetaLink 3 Upgrade to My Oracle Support Begins August 28, 2009.

Critical Go-Live Details for Customers and Partners.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Contributor

METALINK3 Upgrade Quickly Approaching
The weekend of August 29th and 30th Metalink3 will be upgraded to My Oracle Support. This change will affect PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel and Hyperion customers. Installation of Adobe Flash is required. Learn more by reading Metalink3 Note: 789174.1 located at:

It is strongly recommended that you also take the My Oracle Support training class. You can enroll at the following link:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Optimizer, Hyperion, OS, EBS


Over at the Inside the Oracle Optimizer blog we have a discussion of Understanding DBMS_STATS.SET_*_PREFS procedures. Always informative and useful. This blog is from the folks who work on the optimizer. You can't find a better source for information on the subject out there.


Consistently good stuff coming from the In 2 Hyperion blog. Two items this week:

Users Can Improve Essbase Reporting Performance (and no, they do not mean the users can improve performance by just going home and leaving the servers alone. Anybody can tune a system without users, it's getting paid for supporting no-user systems that's the trick).

and Sparse, Dense, and Blocks For Dummies, though of course our readers aren't dummies, so you can give that article to a friend to read.

Computing: New OS Kernel Fully Proven

Slashdot is reporting on a new microkernal called L4 that is fully mathematically proven. Sounds like a good line of research. Imagining a world where your OS never fails and never lets your applications misbehave is very nice. Hate to be a pessimist, but if the new systems are created by humans they are still going to have problems crop up, just less of them, hopefully. There is a philosophical view that I find attractive that posits that the universe remains in motion, moving from that which is crude to that which is refined precisely because everything in it has imperfections. there is no such thing as a perfect diamond crystal, for instance. Perfection is stasis, thus life is imperfect. Yes, 'life is imperfect' is definitely an understatement at times, but that's another story.


Another big set of updates this week over at the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Contributor

Here is an interesting white paper on hybrid data warehouse design:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Contributions by Sherron Garnett, Infogram Contributor

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Humor: Rules of Thumb

One of those viral collections of folk wisdom that a friend sent:

Humor: Murphy's Lesser Known Laws

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
2. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
3. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
4. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
5. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
6. If you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them, five or six at a time, on a hill, in the fog.
7. The things that come to those who wait will be the scraggly junk left by those who got there first.
8. The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
9. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
10. When you go into court, you are putting yourself into the hands of 12 people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.

Materialized Views, Better ROI, Big Screen Country, APEX, EBS

Materialized Views

Does this seem like a really technical title for an article?

Well, it is, and a very useful one too, for those who want to really know what's going on inside that flavor of materialized views. It's another great posting over at the melliflously named Alberto Dell'Era's Oracle blog.

Oracle's Superior ROI

I'm not much on the toot the corporate horn, look at us, we gotta gold star type postings here at the Infogram, but when someone outside the firewall notices that you can

Big Screen Country

Tom Kyte notes that simplicity is a virtue in screen design, one that seems attainable only outside one's own company. He points to a great cartoon. But how much do you want to bet that the internal apps for the companies with the slick outside interfaces shown look like the crowdathon screen at the bottom?


David Peake is announcing a book that is long overdue (I know I would have loved to have when I was working with clients moving off Forms): Latest APEX Book - Forms Converter


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

Oracle Innovation Showcase at OpenWorld

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EBS: R12 Oracle Financials Critical Patches

Oracle has announced the availability of the Critical Patch Collections (CPC) July 2009 for Payables and Receivables. These CPCs also include dependent fixes in Subledger Accounting, Tax, and Payments.
See Note 557869.1 for details.

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Coming up:

Oracle E-Business Suite

August 12
What's New in Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.1 (Part 1)

August 20
What's New in Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.1 (Part 2)

Oracle Financial

August 5
Community: Using Subledger Accounting (SLA) to Override Accounting Created by AutoAccounting

September 22
Community: Customer Standard User Interface Redesign and the Oracle Trading Community Architecture in Release 12

Oracle Database

August 12
Analyzing SQL Traces with Binds and/or Waits Generated by EVENT 10046

PeopleSoft Enterprise

September 17
New Integration Broker Failover Features in Tools 8.50

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

August 26
LDAP Integration with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

JD Edwards World

September 10
A9.2 Enhancements for the Inventory System

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