Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Oracle OpenWorld 2009 Registration Now Open
Oracle OpenWorld 2009, Oct. 11 - 15, is the world's largest event dedicated to helping enterprises understand and harness the power of information. Connect with the people, products, and trends at the forefront of business and information technology in San Francisco. Customers can:
- Experience the latest in Oracle applications, technologies and solutions
- Meet and exchange insights with their peers and Oracle business partners
- Gain inspiration from industry thought leaders and featured keynote speakers
In years past the field has been the most successful weapon in helping drive demand for the event. Your help is needed this year as well. Conference Details
Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control Architecture for Very Large Sites Need to guarantee high scalability for Enterprise Manager Grid Control? This architecture, described by Oracle ACE Director Porus Homi Havewala based on real-world experiences, may be for you. Learn about the internals of Grid Control and how to maintain peak performance.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Simple, predictable, and the most comprehensive policy available, Lifetime Support helps drive your business success. Oracle's industry-leading Lifetime Support covers your entire technology stack, from database to middleware to applications. It puts you in control of your upgrade strategy so you can enjoy continued peace of mind, knowing that no matter which product release you're running, we'll be there to support your business. See this link for the latest updates: http://www.oracle.com/support/lifetime-support-policy.html
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Extended Support Fees Waived for Several Major Oracle Product Lines
Our customers spoke and we listened. Unprecedented economic pressure across the globe is making business as usual a thing of the past. As part of Oracle’s continued commitment to provide the industry’s leading support offering, we’ve waived Extended Support fees for a number of major Oracle product lines through 2010 and 2011. Now customers have more time to optimize their existing infrastructure and can choose when to upgrade to Oracle future releases when the time is right for their business.
First Year Extended Support fees waived:
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Release 10 through November 2011·
JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.11 through December 2010·
Siebel Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 7.8 through May 2011·
Oracle Database 10g Release 2 through July 2011
Extended Support fees waived:
PeopleSoft Enterprise 8.9 through June 2011
Extended Access to Fixes:
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Release 9 through June 2010
Resolution of severity-one technical issues and US year-end 1099 support
Even More Time to Upgrade
Oracle’s Lifetime Support puts customers in control of their upgrade strategy. This flexible support policy makes it easier for customers to plan and budget for Oracle’s exclusive product upgrades allowing them to upgrade at the speed of their business. And with Oracle Lifetime Support, upgrades are always included at no additional charge beyond their annual support contract.
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Oracle Customer Services Support is focused on one thing: customer success. This announcement further demonstrates Oracle’s commitment to protect and extend customer investments as part of its Applications Unlimited and Lifetime Support programs.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Robin and I began our investigation by loading the data on our own 32 bit Essbase version - to see what we could see, as it were. The load completed in about ~4900 seconds.
As I monitored the database statistics using esscmd, I noticed fragmentation statistics. The data was not sorted. (Not sorted?!? Good grief! Robin and I hadn’t seen that in a decade). When we performed a load with sorted data it completed in ~900 seconds. Repeating the customer’s load procedures, we noticed that data loaded efficiently up to approximately ~70,000 blocks but bogged down considerably from that point until all ~350,000 blocks were created.
When I mentioned fragmentation/sorting to the customer it was clear from his initial response to me that he was not entirely aware of the relation between sorting data and loading data to a BSO cube. Rather, he stated that he did not really care whether the load was optimal because a 20‑minute data load time fits easily within his batch window. Given that my test results did not speak to the issue of 64-bit load times, we agreed to convene the next workday, online, to examine the issue together.
After we confirmed every setting between the two cubes environments were identical, we initiated a load on the 64-bit server. We killed the data load after it was clear that it had bogged down, and began to crawl. It would have been more eventful to sit and watch the grass grow. Since watching Windows performance monitor is even more fun than watching grass grow, we opened up a session there - to see what we could see.
CPU activity was down at that grass growing pace. When we investigated further we noticed there was a disk bottleneck by observing the average disk queue metric. After the initial (~70K)data blocks were created, the queue dramatically increased per the image below.
Compare the above chart to the queue that is created during the sorted data load:
Checking the commit level (default 3000) caused me to experience internally the sound of a fingernail scratching across a blackboard. The reason that this was bothering me is that the negative impact of unsorted data was being exacerbated by the commit level. Together for this customer, they caused some sort of code issue to rear an ugly head in the 64‑bit version.
Say what? Here is what I think is happening.
As blocks are being created and handed over to the Windows OS to be written, new data is being read from the source files. That the data is not sorted means that Essbase may have to fetch data already sent to disk in order to update that block with new (unsorted) input data.
What happens when the block fetch request is in fact still in the next batch of 3000 blocks waiting to be committed? I think that Windows will need to commit the block to disk before it can respond to the fetch request. In the meantime, the data load has stopped, and the CPUs are sitting around, probably having a smoke.
I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to speculate that this situation creates a disk I/O nightmare that eventually impacts CPU utilization. The unacceptable disk queue is ultimately the result of not sorting the source data.
Notwithstanding the fact that something may be seriously wrong with the 64-bit Essbase data load routines, the disk I/O bottleneck really is occurring on the 32‑bit server, but only to a lesser extent.
On the customer’s test environment we were able to use 64‑bit Essbase to load the unsorted data in approximately 500 seconds. This was accomplished simply by setting the commit block parameter to 0 (zero) causing Essbase to delay commits until the load had successfully completed. Be aware that not all customer Essbase environments can accommodate this setting.
You tell me why anybody would ever consider ensuring that their Essbase server is optimally tuned and configured? If it ain’t broked, don’t fix it! Right?
How many customers out there have Essbase environments that are just waiting to self destruct because the next change to processing requirements happens?
Next month, I hope to do a web presentation to show what to look for in their Essbase application logs to determine whether they need to tweak tune, perform open heart surgery, or perhaps order a coffin. Interested?
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Test for Success To compete, companies need to deploy their applications sooner, at lower cost, and without service interruption—and the way to do that is through rigorous testing in real-world conditions. Find out how Oracle can ensure bulletproof application quality and help organizations meet their mission-critical operational goals with new testing solutions.
Today’s economic environment is forcing organizations to maximize what they’ve already got in terms of both people and technology. Aberdeen’s latest Research Brief shows how companies with an integrated software solution comprised of ERP, HRIS, and talent management suite software all from the same vendor are achieving impressive results.
Internet Seminar: PeopleSoft Workforce Communications: How to Lower Costs and Engage Your Workforce
Peoplesoft Workforce Communications (WFC) is a comprehensive solution for planning and deploying HR programs and and the delivery of surveys to the workforce for the purpose of workforce alignment to organizational goals, as well as reduction of risk and reduction or containment of workforce costs.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
As the volume of information in data centers continues to grow exponentially, IT professionals are faced with a number of challenges: increased hardware, energy, and cooling costs; real estate, facility, and space expansion costs; resource underutilization; and scalability, reliability, and availability issues. At the same time budgets are shrinking and IT has to do much more with much less. Oracle helps customers' address these challenges with Oracle VM, a free, next generation server virtualization solution that makes enterprise applications easier to deploy and manage, and enables customers to lower their overall data center costs.
Latest Release of Oracle E-Business Suite Helps Reduce Costs, Improve Controls
Expanded support for shared services was introduced in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 and continues with the latest release. Release 12.1 offers additional capabilities for supporting shared service centers, improving transaction-processing efficiency, and addressing higher levels of regulatory scrutiny. More...
Risk Management Takes on New Importance in Volatile Times
In today's tumultuous economic times successful firms will be those that manage risk effectively, while those that avoid risk or mismanage it could stagnate or find themselves fighting for survival. More...
Hyperion Strategic Finance on OTN
Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance is a financial modeling application that lets executives identify and understand the full financial impact of alternative corporate strategies. Explore the Hyperion pages on OTN to find documentation, utilities and code, and discussion forums. More...
Monday, May 4, 2009
The Industry's Best Support Policy Just Got Even Better. You spoke. We listened. Unprecedented economic pressure across the globe is making business as usual a thing of the past. As part of Oracle's continued commitment to provide the industry's leading support offering, we've waived Extended Support fees for a number of major Oracle product lines through 2010 and 2011. Now you have more time to optimize your existing infrastructure and can choose when to upgrade to Oracle future releases when the time is right for your business. Learn more at this link:
A No-Travel Training Option: Live Virtual Classes
Oracle University Live Virtual Class is online learning with live delivery of lectures and labs. The trainer is an Oracle University expert instructor using state-of-the-art interactive Web conferencing tools. You receive an educational experience that is comparable to our traditional in-class training—without the need for expensive travel. Get details about Live Virtual Classes, including an illustrative video, course availability, and registration.
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