Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
"With the introduction of CPU Cumulative Patches for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2, starting with CPUJan2010, things have changed in an important way. E-Business Suite Release 11i sysadmins now have a convenient way of getting up-to-date on the latest Critical Patch Updates with a single patch."
Read more about this here: http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2010/01/cumulative_ebs_cpu.html
As many of you may have known Oracle has been moving towards adding Sun microsystems to the list of other high level aquired companies. This week that aquistion was finalized. This is big news for our customers who run Oracle applications on Sun machines. On Wednesday, January 27th, 2010, Oracle hosted several webcasts to discuss the strategy of the combined company and how our customers will see improved performance and greater ROI.
You can view the recorded sessions, the official press release and more on this topic at the offical website: http://www.oracle.com/us/sun/index.html
Monday, January 25, 2010
In an effort to streamline the process for customers to receive Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs) and make it more efficient for us internally, the ERDs are now available on My Oracle Support. Customers no longer have to open a SRS ticket. Customers can find them on My Oracle Support using the Note ID or from this central ERD page (note ID 1051533.1).
ERDs are available for:
EPM: 9.0/8.9 Note: 985535.1
Portal: 8.9 Note: 988728.1
Additional ERDs will be posted when they are available.
All ERD postings on My Oracle Support have the following disclaimer:
Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs) are available only for selected PeopleSoft Enterprise products at the sole discretion of Oracle. Your existing license agreements with Oracle guide the use of this information. The information contained within the ERDs and the associated documents themselves are proprietary and confidential information and should not be distributed or otherwise made available without the expressed written consent of Oracle.
Oracle makes no statement regarding the completeness or accuracy of these diagrams. Since ERD's apply only to a specific version of a specific product, they may or may not apply to any products or versions of the product other than those specified. By providing these ERD's, Oracle makes no commitment to update or correct these diagrams, nor does Oracle commit to continue providing them for any products or versions of the product.
ERD's are provided ‘as-is’ and Oracle does not provide technical support or offer any warranties for these programs. By using the data in these document, the recipient assumes full responsibility for any liabilities encountered while using them and the information contained in them.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I just noticed a PeopleSoft Wiki out there. The wiki is one of the better concepts of the new Web 2.0 apps (think of how many times you've used Wikipedia in the last month and you'll see what I mean). So I submit for your consideration the (unofficial) PeopleSoft Wiki
Another item of interest this week is Performance Metrics and XML Reporting in PeopleSoft
over at the PeopleSoft DBA blog.SOA
I'm happy to note that there are more SOA blogs out there by the day. Many of them are internal blogs with lots of nice grotty technical details. Example: A posting on How does Restricted Task Reassignment Work in SOA 11g at the Oracle SOA Best Practice And Troubleshooting blog.
This week at the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:
Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite
BPEL 10.1.3.5 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12 SOA Integrations
Deploying E-Business Suite on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Elastic clouds? Sure hate to see a non-elastic one. It would be a great challenge to air travel)
Oracle Internet Directory 11g (18.104.22.168) Certified on Eight New Platforms for EBS
I was going to title this 'Index Rebuilds, For or Against', but I can't really find articles and discussions from Oak Table members favoring regular rebuilds. Of those who do advocate them, some seem to be in a very limited subset of large data warehouses with very specific load routines that do benefit from the rebuilds. the prevailing sentiment of other postings seems mainly along the lines of: Well, we've always done that, and it's certainly no harm. Well, I'm not sure it's no harm. If you are doing regular index rebuilds please dig around in the following articles and discussions and judge for your yourselves:
Options from Jonathan Lewis:
Want to see the leading lights in Oracle performance gathered in one place, many of them holding beers and eating BBQ? Consider the Hotsos 2010 Symposium. This is always one of the best conferences of the year. Remember that it is limited to 500 participants, so you may want to sign up sooner rather than later.
PeopleSoft 9.0 Business Process Maps are now available in PDF format on My Oracle Support. The link to the My Oracle Support posting is below.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
The January 2010 Critical Patch Update (CPU) has been released. Learn more at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/security/critical-patch-updates/cpujan2010.html
The Oracle Lifetime Support Policies have updated with additional support dates. Download the latest copy of the documents from: http://www.oracle.com/support/lifetime-support-policy.html?origref=http://www.oracle.com/us/support/index.htm
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
PeopleTools 8.50: A Tool Kit to Help Craft a Better User Experience
With PeopleTools 8.50, PeopleSoft has provided a set of cool, new user interface features that focus on usability. This has allowed PeopleSoft to kick off a substantial ripple effect across all of its applications, which has the potential to improve the user experience for every PeopleSoft user. More...
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Security in the Ether: Cloud Computing? Or "Swamp" Computing?
[From NNSquad, Network Neutrality Squad, http://www.nnsquad.org]
An important article worth reading: http://bit.ly/4uYabf (MIT Technology Review)
My personal "thumbnail" view on this is that:
a) Cloud Computing" holds enormous promise.
b) Most of the key security and other operational issues associated with cloud
computing are solvable, including aspects of pervasive encryption that would
protect cloud computing clients from potential snooping by theoretically
postulated unscrupulous cloud service providers.
c) The financial and intellectual resources (including basic policy analysis)
required to understand and solve these problems on an *a priori* basis, rather
than on an "after there's a mess" reactive basis, are in general insufficiently
emphasized and deployed.
d) Given (c), not all of the current rush to cloud computing on today's widely
available platforms can necessarily be justified as wise, particularly where
sensitive and/or privacy-critical data is involved. Or in other words, Cloud
Computing can be a Really Good Thing if done right, but let's not get the cart
in front of the horse.
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