A day in the life of an Oracle Applications Consultant


Thursday, October 06, 2005

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Blog

I came across a really cool Oracle BI blog the other day and have been meaning to let y’all know about it so that you can add it to your list of feeds. 

According to the blog description Oracle Business Intelligence Blog, is a Blog for all things Oracle Business Intelligence. Includes musings and postings on Oracle Discoverer, OLAP, and other Oracle BI products, technologies and tools.

Blog contributors are:

Abhinav Agarwal – Product manager for Oracle Discoverer since 2002. And a whole lot of varied work experience before that.
Keith Laker – Product manager for Oracle BI Beans since 2002. Previously worked in both Oracle consultancy and support.

Last 10 posts:

  1. More on the bubble graph
  2. Making more of BI Graphs….
  3. Creative Use of the IQY Export Format
  4. Loose lips sink ships
  5. Performance improvements and SQL optimizations
  6. Larry Ellison on BI
  7. On Vendor Weirdness
  8. UIX Hack 3 - Removing the ‘type’ column from a portlet
  9. How read is a blog before you can call it a well-read blog
  10. Activity Guide to OOW BI&DW Sessions

Friday, September 30, 2005

Oracle Executive Blogs and Corporate or CEO Blog lists

Niall Litchfield mentioned the other day that Oracle Executives are now blogging. I thought I’d give it a quick mention on this blog as well as provide some links to other corporate and CEO blogs.

It’s nice to see that they’ve finally caught up with SAP who’ve had executive blogs for quite some time.

The executives blogging so far and their profiles are as follows: -

John Wookey
John Wookey is senior vice president of Applications Development, responsible for the strategic direction and development of JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Oracle business applications. He has worked with Oracle applications including Customer Relationship Management, Financials, and Projects, as well as Oracle’s Healthcare, Financial Services, Life Sciences, and Student Systems groups.

Jesper Andersen
Jesper Andersen is senior vice president of Application Strategy, where he is responsible for the overall product strategy and direction for Oracle’s business applications. He brings more than 15 years of development and technical experience to his role with the company.

Cliff Godwin
Cliff Godwin is senior vice president of Applications Technology. His Applications Technology Group is responsible for ensuring that Oracle Applications effectively leverage Oracle’s systems technologies, and for building the common objects and services used throughout Oracle Applications.

Although these are called blogs they aren’t interactive as they don’t have comments enabled. It would be nice to see Oracle follow in the footsteps of the General Motors fastlane blog and have comments enabled. Certainly this would allow them to have a two way conversation with their customers. Secondly, these Exec blogs don’t have RSS support, hopefully this will be provided in the future.

If you’re interested in taking a look at other Corporate or CEO blogs then browse the following lists maintained at the New PR Wiki:

CEO Blogs List
CEO Intranet Blogs List
Corporate Blogs List
Product Blogs List

Related entries:

SAP versus Oracle Blogs
Oracle Executive Biographies

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Download Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco presentations

Although I’m not physically present at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco it’s nice to be able to follow what’s happening through OpenWorld online where you can view keynotes, sessions, online demos, webcams and the photo gallery. The blog center also provides some interesting analysis and commentary.

I’ve noticed a couple of people linking to presentations and was frustrated that I couldn’t access them as a username and password was required. Little did I realise that there is a publicly available username and password.

Featured Applications Tracks at OpenWorld this year are:

  • Applications Strategy
  • Applications Technology
  • Corporate Performance Management
  • Customer Data Management
  • Financials
  • Fulfillment
  • Human Resources
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • PIM Data Hub and PLM
  • Procurement
  • Projects
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Service
  • Supply Chain Planning

The Content catalog has a comprehensive listing of presentations that you can download. Use the following username and password:

username: cboracle
password: oraclec6

You should also check out the Oracle OpenWorld archives where you can download presentations from previous events.

There’s really enough presentations to keep you busy until OpenWorld 2006. I’m going to try and come up with a listing of the best ones I come across.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

JD Edwards Blog by Andy Klee at ITtoolbox

There’s a new JD Edwards blog at ITtoolbox called What’s Hot & What’s Not with JD Edwards. Looks like it’s going to have some good content.

The About section of the Blog says:

Welcome to my blog for the JD Edwards community. I’ve been a JD Edwards consultant for the past 16 years, and in the last 5 years I’ve headed up Klee Associates, Inc, providing consulting and training services for JD Edwards, Oracle, and SAP clients. Reading this blog will keep you up to date on the important (and no so important) happenings at Oracle, the current custodians of the JD Edwards product line.

The Author Bio reads as follows:

As President of Klee Associates, Andy leads one of the premier independent JD Edwards consulting firms in North America. He considers himself very fortunate to have been able to attract some of the best people in the business to the Klee team. He is totally committed to differentiating Klee Associates from the teaming masses of consulting firms roaming the ERP landscape.

He started with JD Edwards in 1989 and has been involved in training, consulting, and project management for over 16 years. He was one of the first consultants to implement the Energy and Chemical Suite. He also has over 10 years experience with Advanced Pricing, dating back to before the first release on A7.1.

Andy developed the concept of Mastery Workshops for the install base in 2001, and is busy creating more value-add services for both new clients, and the install base. In late 2002, Andy made a decision to start SAPtips, and OraTips was rolled out in mid 2005.

Andy moved to the Western Slope of Colorado in 1999 after living 22 years in Denver.

Andy’s first post is entitled Blog 1 - What’s Up (or Down) With Fusion? and makes this interesting statement:

Gazing into my crystal ball, I predict that by 2008, Oracle will release Fusion Financials. That will allow them to claim victory, but still leave most of us wondering when there will be enough rationale to make the move. The whole thing will be done by 2014, forcing Oracle to extend the 2013 deadline for support for World and EnterpriseOne to 2016.

I like what Andy has done here and I’m sure it will educate people as to what’s going on in Project Fusion. Recommend you add the ITtoolbox Popular Blogs and New Blogs RSS feeds to your feed reader.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Upgrade to ExpressionEngine v1.3.1 and Discussion Forum v1.1

I’ve just completed an upgrade to the latest version of ExpressionEngine. In addition to this upgrade, I’ve just installed the latest release of the Discussion Forum module.

According to the pMachine site:

ExpressionEngine 1.3.1 is primarily a maintenance release, providing fixes for bugs that have been reported recently, including a problem experienced by people running PHP 4.4.0.  EE 1.3.1 also has a number of small enhancements and minor code updates.

The latest release of the Discussion Forum, v1.1, enables you to submit forum posts along with weblog entries and content for your site, and associate forum posts with those entries.  In other words, you can have a “discuss this in the forums” link in your weblog/site entries. I really like this feature and I blogged about it here.

For a complete list of changes, please see the change log.

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