Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 29-JUN-2011


As oft happens, there are several great items at the Rittman Mead blog. I'll give you this teaser and let you explore for the rest: Oracle BI EE 11g – Reporting on Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) – Part 1.


Here, with all puns about speed and rockets intact, is a posting on: Fast, Faster, JRockit at Middleware magic.

Tools of the DBA Trade

A couple of nice ones I've run across recently in 11i. First one I came upon in the heat of battle (a conflict with corrupted control files happily won by our customer): 11g Data Recovery Advisor DRA, this particular link at Wissem's Oracle and NOSQL Tips.

The other is a nifty instrument of data integration, appropriately enough posted about at the Data Integration blog: Oracle Data Integrator Complex Files as Sources and Targets

Oracle Internals et al.

A couple of items from Tanel Poder. First this article on technical priorities in performance: Knowing what you want to achieve before thinking of how to achieve it – a query optimization example.

And for some really exciting news on the book front, Tanel has agreed to be the technical reviewer for...drum roll please...a Jonathan Lewis book on Oracle internals.


This article at OTN fills us in on Event-Driven SOA: Events meet Services (Achieve extreme loose coupling within a Service-Oriented Architecture by using event-driven interactions.)


The title reminds of the often gagged about 50s title: Better Life Through Plastic. But it's a great article nonetheless: White Paper: Reducing Costs Through Better Server Utilization


Over at the PeopleSoft Technology Blog there's a brief but useful posting on the Cumulative Feature Overview Tool.

also in PeopleSoft's dimension is this posting on Applying Hints to Objects inside Database Views at the The PeopleSoft DBA Blog.


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


Talking Identity discusses some new internet banking guidelines. Okay, that may not sound like thrill-city, but you know what, it's becoming more and more of a cliffhanger every time someone makes a transaction over the Web. And transactions over the web are becoming a quickly ballooning part of transactions over all. So this is a subject worthy of attention, even by those outside banking and security realms: FFIEC Updates Their Guidance. And The Winner Is…

Really Cool Stuff I Wish I Read Back in School Department

We all do quick estimating math in our heads. Some of it goes well, some of it, like mine..well, let's just say I like calculators. This article over at the Terry Jones blog talks about a really interesting way to supercharge those estimates: Back of the envelope calculations with The Rule of 72.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Contributor

Three Part Webcast on Making Upgrading From E-Business Suite 11.5.10 to Release 12 Easier
A successful upgrade requires careful planning, correct upgrade processing, detailed testing, and user training prior to upgrade. There are a number of tools available via My Oracle Support and as part of the E-Business Suite product offerings to assist customers in a successful upgrade. Learn more about these tools and how to use them.

Making The EBS Upgrade from 11.5.10 Easier - Part I, 28-Jun-2011
Making The EBS Upgrade from 11.5.10 Easier - Part II, 12-Jul-2011
Making The EBS Upgrade from 11.5.10 Easier - Part III, 19-Jul-2011

Sessions are recorded for future playback.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 24-JUN-2011


Over at Siebel Essentials there's a link to a great learning resource: Oracle Learning Library: New Siebel Tutorials for FREE!


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

EBS Seed Data Comparison Reports Now Available

OAUG/Collaborate Recap: Best Practices for E-Business Suite Performance Tuning


A handy technique over at the PeopleSoft Wiki on how to Retain Temp Table Data.

also of interest to PeopleSoft mavens is this article on New PeopleSoft Applications Search at the PeopleSoft Technology Blog.


This is something I've never seen laid out before, and I think it's a valuable item you should file away for those moments at 3 AM when you're shaking your head and saying: Why is the plan coming out like that? It's like it's ignoring the hint: Parallel Execution – Precedence of Hints and other Factors over at the Data Warehouse Insider blog.


Did you know we have a whole blog dedicated to Java tutorials? Well I didn't, until I found it today: The Java Tutorials' Weblog.

and once you finish all those tutorials and become a real Java superhero you're going to want certification. There's a new company involved on this as well as many other technologies that came in to Oracle from Sun: Java, Oracle Solaris, MySQL and Other Former Sun Certification Exams Now Being Delivered At Pearson VUE.

Free Stuff

You can get a free chapter from the Oracle Press book Managing Oracle Fusion Applications here (product sold separately. You still have to pay for Fusion, even if you buy the book).

And while you are making your electronic way through that document you can also look at a couple of new white papers from Oracle:

Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure


Oracle Optimized Solution for Lifecycle Content Management

Monday, June 20, 2011

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Contributor

Oracle Exadata

Gartner recently released an report on Oracle Exadata Database machine. It discusses migrating to Exadata, scaling up an Exadata system, adding storage, customer experiences and more. Read the full report at:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 15-JUN-2011


The Oracle Instructor has a whole section of his site dedicated to an introduction to Exadata technology.

Enterprise DBA

Also of interest to EBS users is this article over at Chris Warticki's Blog - Oracle Support: EBusiness Webcasts.

Storage and Clustering

RDBMS Performance

Structured Data points out two series of YouTube videos on real-world performance:


Pythian blog has some information on one of the trickier aspects of I/O in Solaris: How to confirm DIRECT IO is getting used on Solaris


Nice item from the Oracle guru Guy Harrison over at his Guy Harrison's web bits blog: A first look at Oracle on Amazon RDS


John's Blog announces the start of the APEX quiz.


Some tips on getting effective error handling from MaxL in Essbase at Cameron's Blog for Essbase Hackers, with some nice distractions into the realm of existentialist philosophy: No Exit (but not in MaxL).


For those who want the deep, rich cosmetic look of ADF Rich Faces, the Java / Oracle SOA blog posta about: Using the EJB or Java Datacontrol in ADF Rich Faces.

Hand's on With Solaris

Another excellent hands-on lab session over at the Sun wikis: Protecting Your Applications with Oracle Solaris 10 Security


Elated has a nice way for you occupy the rest of the day: Build a CMS in an Afternoon with PHP and MySQL


Here are a few items not directly related to Oracle products, but of general interest to techies:

Quantum Computing

Have you always wanted a quantum wrench (you use both sides at once and it collapses when you look at it)? Well this isn't about silly jokes from me, it's a serious lecture on learning the real underpinnings of quantum computing. If you feel comfortable with discrete mathematics, take a look: Quantum computing for the determined


There are some memorization tricks in here I'd never seen before. Have a look:

Free Courses

You don't get the credit, but you get the knowledge, so this is a remarkable resource. Berkeley has a whole batch of courses available to audit here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Contributor

Webcast Series: Discover the Cloud Advantage for Databases
Attend the new Webcast series and learn best practices to achieve maximum performance and value from your database in private clouds.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Oracle Priority Service This Week: 08-JUN-2011


The latest from the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog this week:

Sun JRE 1.6.0_26 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Glimpses of E-Business Suite 12.2: WebLogic Server and Online Patching

E-Business Suite Technology Stack Roadmap (June 2011) Now Available

WebCast Replay Available: Deploying Oracle VM Templates for E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft

Also of note on EBS this week, The Online Apps DBA blog starts giving us the basic knowledge we will need to approach Fusion in Oracle Fusion Application for Apps DBAs - Concepts.

APEX (+)

This post is an unusual request to buy a book. It's not often you can feel this positive about buying a computer book, so please read through this and see what I mean. From the Oracle Technology Network Blog (aka TechBlog): Buy This Book! (For a Good Cause)

Solaris: ZFS Hands On

Here's a good practical introduction to the subject: Hands-On Lab: Introduction to the Oracle Solaris ZFS File System.


Speaking of getting your hands dirty, Mohamed Azar takes us through the herculean task of how to Transport an entire database to a Different platform on his DBA blog.

RDBMS Performance

Jonathan Lewis, performance artist in the best sense of the word, is starting a series on how to hint: Part 1 at the Oracle Scratchpad blog.


Oracle's Linux Blog lets us know that Oracle Linux 6.1 ISO images are now available for download .

Data Warehousing

The Data Warehouse Insider blog announces a new class: Take a Class on Parallel Execution. Naturally all six sessions will be held at the same time in six different rooms arranged in a circle with one instructor at the center spinning on a chair, teaching all sessions at once.

Java Security Patch Available

From the folks at customer support:

Critical Patch Update - June 2011

The Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update - June 2011 was released on June 7th, 2011. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes the list of products affected, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and a pointer to obtain the latest releases and patches. Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products Affected" section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

The Advisory is available at the following location:

Oracle Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts

Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update - June 2011


Speaking of Java, Computerworld has an article on our new beta: Oracle offers JavaFX 2.0 beta.

Over at the Java / Oracle SOA blog there is a good posting on EJB and ADF Java or EJB DataControl features in JDeveloper 11gR2.


How sure are you that the person in the next cubicle isn't snooping on the HR files while you are reading this? How sure are you that your seemingly unflappable DBA/manager/network person/whatever is not in fact a threat to your security, an inside threat. You're not sure. That's the trouble with living life. It's like reading a detective novel, but you can't skip to the end to see who did it (or go back and edit some earlier chapters so you end up with the Maltese Falcon, for that matter). Talking Identity has some material from Nishant Kaushik to help Deploy Multi-Layered Security to Combat Insider Threats.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Contributor

The Applications Technology Group (ATG) will be offering two webcasts on the cloning of E-Business Suite using rapid clone. For Registration- and Dial-In Details, please log in to My Oracle Support to see Note 1326066.1

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Oracle Priority Service Infogram This Week: 01-JUN2011


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

IE 9, Firefox 4 Certifications Coming Soon for Oracle E-Business Suite

BPEL Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

Sun JRE 1.6.0_25 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

RDBMS Performance

It's on APEX Blogs, but it's really a very useful article to update your approach to analyzing performance on the RDBMS: Oracle Database diagnostics with ADR


In 2 Hyperion lets us know that Oracle EPM Is Available, and they will be analyzing it and letting us know all the goodies they come across (and the gotchas, one assumes) .


Learning about ADF? Marianne Horsch's blog that we pointed out last week is a treasure trove of step by step how to's. Here's an example: How to Create a Custom LOV.


Speaking of how-to, there are more installments to the very useful series on Siebel at the Siebel Essentials blog. This time the discussion is about the Unified Messaging Service.

A slightly more esoteric how-to this week from the Siebel Unleashed blog: Calling a batch file or a PL/SQL statement in Siebel eScript.

Data Warehousing

The mysteriously named RNM blog brings us: Data Warehousing and Statistics in Oracle 11g – Automatic Optimizer Statistics Collection.

Not Oracle, Just Amazing

This isn't an article on Oracle products, just an amazing person: The brain on sonar – how blind people find their way around with echoes.


Over at Oracle ACE Director Kai Yu's Oracle Blog there is a useful article on How to Store Voting Disk Files in ASM for 11g R2 Clusterware


The munz and more blog has an article on Real Cloud Computing with Oracle Databases


I like free things, chances are, you do too. Here's a free chapter from a new book on SOA Governance.


Speaking of cool stuff free, did you know we have a whole podcast center full of Oracle podcasts?

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Contributor

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