Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deep Thoughts: Digital Disruption

Recently I read a great article titled "Disrupt or Be Disrupted - Digitally Speaking" and it left me thinking about how I could see digital disruptions not only from/for external customers but our internal customers at work as well.  How often do you think about changes at work, or changes in technology, and want to embrace something that will make your life easier or provide a better service in some way?  Of course this is directed towards executives or masters of digital domains, but we can adapt some of these lessons at a lower level to think differently in our current roles.

Make sure you click through to Accenture's PDF that is also chuck full of information about what the different terms are, percentage of companies that are embracing this in varied ways, and questions that you need to ask yourself about how much of a digital disruptor you believe yourself to be.  The article from the Altimeter Group isn't too shabby either!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

R12.1.3: Unable to print A/R Invoices with BPA after patching

After reading My Oracle Support note "Bill Presentment Architecture (BPA) Issue: Unable to Print AR Invoices using BPA Transaction Print - The Print Program Does Not Produce Any PDF Output - File Size = 0" via note 1933710.1 I learned that BPA can have an issue after applying an Oracle patch related to a different issue!  While it appears a template can be changed from xslfo to XSL-FO the change actually needs to take place in the Oracle provided code so instead of being a setup change it requires another Oracle patch to be deployed.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Frits Hoogland: DB parameters from spfile

I've mentioned a few of Frits' articles before, and while this one may be a little out in left field for somebody in a Support role that never really gets to deal with pfile/spfile or even ASM, I think it is a good exercise to follow along with!  Frits has a shortcut to use ASM to get the information out of a spfile using the strings command, but as you will see shortly something is not 100% correct so he goes digging into the guts of how Oracle is working with the spfile to come up with a very interesting (and probably right) hypothesis.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekend Learning: Oracle Data as a Service

Last year I posted a nice article I found about DaaS (Data as a Service), but did you know that Oracle now has their own DaaS product?  It was news to me too!  This post from the Oracle Cloud Solutions site lead me over to the Oracle Data as a Service for Business and Oracle Data as a Service for Marketing data sheets but I thought the highlight was the mention of Oracle's BlueKai product which sounds like a centralized source to allow your customers to opt-out from multiple platforms/campaigns with a single touch point.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekend Learning: Solaris Zones

Ever wonder about virtualization or VM emulation?  How about hardware partitioning on a server?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, check out this article from the Oracle Systems Blog Austria about the 10 best features of Solaris Zones!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Network monitoring tool: iperf

Looking to add to your toolbox of commands and measurements for your network?  Then this article is for you!  Learn how to use this open source command to measure either client or server connectivity but also look at the comments section, as at least one person seems to have found a strange behavior which you may be able to replicate as well.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How do you find EBS patches?

This sounds like a simple question, but Chris Warticki links us to a great resource on My Oracle Support that really ties together the subject of EBS patching.  It has all the EBS patches, ATG patches, Support Policies, CPUs, and some other valuable documentation which make this one MOS note you cannot miss bookmarking!  Not following Chris' blog or Twitter account?  Now is the time to change that!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oracle: Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance

Were you able to catch up with Larry Ellison's keynote speeches during Oracle OpenWorld?  Did you see the announcement of Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance?  Do you think your backup strategy could use a refresher?  Maybe you want to suggest to your business how their data can be a lot more secure in the event of a disaster?  Check out the infographic, datasheet, and white paper to get up to speed for the future of data backups!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Converting cron jobs to EM jobs

Have you ever been frustrated with how little configuration there is for cron/crontab jobs?  Well boy are you in luck!  Check out this article from Oracle's Enterprise Manager blog for a great how-to guide for converting your old cron jobs from simple lines in the crontab to complex entries in the EM Job Activities.  This is particularly useful for getting cron jobs to throw out alerts when something is going wrong, and helps take you to the next level of supporting your applications.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jeff Smith on blogging & my thoughts

Do you blog?  Are you thinking of blogging?  Do you like THAT Jeff Smith and his Oracle SQL Developer tool?  If you answered yes to any of these, I would check out Jeff's LinkedIn post about what he learned by blogging for 30 days in a row.  I am not sure how many days in a row I have blogged now, I am trying for an entire year without missing a day, but I would add these to his bulleted list:

Blogging consistently makes you learn consistently.  Ever get that question about what you would tell your self years ago if you could travel through time?  I would give my younger self the advice to start blogging from my first moment on the job not only because of the opportunities like presenting that might come, or being more involved in the Oracle community, but because it would force me to get engaged and learn each and every day.

The more technical your content, the more hits you get.  I thought I had a lot of hits when I went to Hotsos in March since I finally broke the 2000 hits/month milestone, but the past 2 months have seen me hit well over 3500 hits/month due to the more technical content I have shared which was full of error messages and 12c specific information.  This month?  A lot less technical content/keywords which can be picked up by search engines so my metrics are trending for less than 3000 hits/month for October.

You need to understand what your social input bandwidth threshold is.  That is a lot of words for "do not get overwhelmed by all the stuff out there" because once you have a blog list, it will grow.  When you get on LinkedIn, your network will grow.  If you start Tweeting, you will have a lot of followers/followees/content to dig through.  Quickly, you can get overrun by input and start turning a deaf ear towards them in order to "get control".

Decide if you want to use images to enhance or show what you are talking about.  There are a lot of great blogs out there that use images to teach or reference and that is fantastic for what they are doing, or they regularly have images which really make me think of them as more professional than the pure text posts I do on a regular basis.

Do not depend on a single source for content.  If you have been visiting the blog for a while you will probably have noticed that right now I am really picking on a particular source for a lot of content right now.  That is probably related to my third point tonight, as there are just SO many inputs out there it is easy to target in on one source and keep riding it until you (or your audience) get bored with it.  I am going to try and break that trend over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

So from Jeff's list, I would say I have followed #1, #3, #5, #6 (since Google does not charge), and #8 with this post.  :}

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekend Learning: A/P Period Close Advisor

Are you looking for ways to make your A/P Close faster?  Look no further than Oracle's Period Close Advisor which has a great overview here or you can find the Advisor in MOS via document ID 335.1 "Period Close Advisor: E-Business Suite (EBS)."  You have to deal with this a dozen times a year, so you might as well check this out to save you time each Close!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weekend Learning: R12: Solaris on SPARC OS updates required

Do you run EBS R12 with the Oracle Solaris OS on a SPARC platform?  If so, do you know about changes coming in December requiring you to be above a specific release of Solaris in order to continue receiving EBS patches?  True story!!  Check out the My Oracle Support note "New Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Operating System and Tools Requirements for the Oracle Solaris on SPARC platform" via document 1912669.1 for all of the details!

Friday, October 10, 2014

RMOUG 2015: Presenting!

Last month I let you know about the RMOUG abstracts being open and today I received news that I was accepted to speak there as my first event of 2015!  You can check out the presentations that will be at the event and after that visit the registration page to sign up now to save over $100 on early bird pricing.  Where else can you get two and a half days of premium Oracle technical content for less than $600, and if you sign up now it's just over $400 for a real steal!

I hope to see you there in February!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

R12.1.3: Patches for AME Approval Sequencing issues

Were you aware that there are so many issues surrounding AME Approval Sequencing that there are several different patches which need to be applied?  Article "Oracle Patches Guide - Release 12.1.3 - Approval Sequencing - Action History Display Issues With and Without AME" via MOS note ID 1598819.1 has all of the patches listed and if they are included in previous rollup patches but most have not been added so many one-off patches will need to be downloaded!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Jonathan Lewis: Execution Plans

Are you interested in learning more about how the Optimizer works, how to walk through execution plans, or even how to generate your own plans?  Look no further than Jonathan Lewis's excellent series on execution plans courtesy of redgate and AllThingsOracle!  So far there are 10 posts, and you will probably learn something from each and every post of his!