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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Oracle Fusion Middleware:  Who Stole Mark Drake?

For a not so technical but far more entertaining introduction to Oracle Fusion Middleware, take a look at the suspense thriller “Who Stole Mark Drake?”.

Posted By: Michael Siebert

Who Stole Mark Drake

The folks at Oracle Studios have been hard at work, setting the stage for a modern game of stolen identity.  Starring a cast of international cyber cops and robbers, this 11 minute whodunnit tale takes you on a global journey across several time zones and continents.  Now I won’t spoil the ending, but I will tell you it

doesn’t

end with Larry firing a few RPG’s from his Italian jet fighter into an abandoned warehouse filled with eBay scammers (perhaps Oracle Game Studios can work on that one).  It probably won’t win any Academy Awards either - although the soundtrack isn’t too shabby.  It will, however, give you a good introduction to the various products and components of Oracle Fusion Middleware and how it all came together to answer the question of “Who Stole Mark Drake?”.  After the film is over and you’ve regained your composure, be sure to go through the nine “Debrief Videos” , each of which answers various questions about how the mystery was solved through the use of Oracle technologies such as the Customer Data Hub, BPEL Process Manager and BAM, and Oracle Identity Management to name a few.

If you’re like me, you’ve made a commitment for 2007 to better understand Oracle Fusion.  But what is Fusion?  Applications?  Architecture?  Middleware?  Actually, it can be all of these.  The good news is that there is plenty of information out there to help us sort through the confusion about Fusion.  I’ll be focusing on the trials and tribulations of my journey to better understand the various concepts, products, and components of Oracle Fusion in future posts.  Until then, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

OracleContractors.com Launches E-Business Suite Technical and Functional Q & A Forum

I just received an e-mail from Jason Howlett of OracleContractors.com informing me that today they have launched an E-Business Suite Technical and Functional Q & A Forum.

An excerpt of the mail states:

We are pleased to announce the launch today of the OracleContractors.com E-Business Suite Technical and Functional Forums.

The OracleContractors.com E-Business Suite Forum is a free of charge web support service created by and available to Oracle Apps Contractors that won’t clog your inbox!

With an intended global contribution it has been created to encourage collaboration between Contractors to offer a way to access and leverage Q & A support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It is hoped that it will be a gateway to what we believe to be the largest and most powerful global Oracle E Business Suite knowledgebase - “The Contractors”.

The Following Tracks have been created:

  • Oracle Apps Database Administration
  • Oracle Apps Project Management
  • Oracle Business Intelligence
  • Oracle CRM
  • Oracle Development Subjects
  • Oracle Financials
  • Oracle Fusion
  • Oracle HRMS
  • Oracle Manufacturing
  • Oracle OA Framework & XML Publisher
  • Oracle Order Management
  • Oracle Process Management
  • Oracle Product Lifecycle Management
  • Oracle Projects Suite
  • Oracle Supply Chain
  • Oracle Training Topics

Their blog has some very good contributions to date so I’m sure the forum will prove to be a very useful information source for anyone interested in Oracle technical and functional questions and answers. When I first started implementing Oracle, there were very few decent forums around, now there’s an abundance of forums one can use to post questions and review answers on - see this listing of other Oracle Applications and E-Business Suite Forums and if you know of any not on the list, then add your comments and I’ll be sure to include them.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Kudos: OracleAppsBlog Recognized as Top Oracle Blog Site by WhatIS.com

Posted By: Michael Siebert

OracleAppsBlog.com was recently recognized by WhatIs.com as a “must read” blog for information technology topics covering Oracle.


We are pleased to announce that OracleAppsBlog has recently been recognized as a top blog site for Oracle technology by WhatIs.com.  Specifically, we’ve been deemed a “Favorite Technology Blog” under the Oracle category.  Three other blog sites were also recognized for their contributioins to the Oracle community:

Lewis Cunningham - covers a variety of Oracle technology, especially databases and development;
Mark Rittman - a must read site for all things related to Oracle and Business Intelligence; and
Oracle’s Blogging Network - basically, every executive, developer, or product manager blogger who works for Oracle.  But if I had to place my vote for the most outstanding blog that falls under the Oracle corporate umbrella, it would undoubtedly go to Steven Chan’s blog on Oracle Applications Technology.

Of course, we have our bloggers, readers and over 3,500 forum members from all over the globe to thank for their contributions to the site and their support.  Being recognized as a top site is certainly an honor, and is also a testament to the Oracle applications community and its ability to support one another through blogs and forums.  Keep up the good work!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Oracle EBS Release 11.5.10.2 Vision Instance

I noticed that Solution Beacon now has a Vision Instance of the latest release before R12, namely 11.5.10.2

You can now access any of these three Vision Instances:

Release 11.5.10.2 (a510vis5)
(11.5.10.2 Installation from Media Pack/9.2.0.7. ATG RUP#3 applied. Family Pack applied current except for HR and BIS)
Output listing from patchsets.sh for 11.5.10.2 from 10/15/2006

Release 11.5.10 (a510vis1)
(11.5.10.0 Installation from Media Pack/9.2.0.5. No ATG RUPs applied. No additional Consolidated Updates or Family Pack patches applied)
Output listing from patchsets.sh for 11.5.10.0 from 3/27/06

Release 11.5.9 (a159vis2)
(11.5.9.0 Installation from Media Pack/9.2.0.3. No ATG RUPs applied. No additional Consolidated Updates or Family Pack patches applied)
Output listing from patchsets.sh for 11.5.9 from 3/27/06

Although these environments are all publicly accessible I noticed that when registering for the 11.5.10.2 instance I had to supply them with a CSI (Customer Support Identifier). According to the registration form:-

*NEW - 12/21/2006 - In order for Solution Beacon to be able to continue to provide Vision environments for public use, Oracle now requires us to ask for a Customer Support Identifier (CSI) number which can be obtained through Oracle Support.

Hopefully they’ll have an R12 Vision Instance ready to look at shortly!!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Oracle e-Business Suite Online Documentation Library Release 12

Following the recent release of the Oracle EBS 12i media packs, Oracle has now released the full documentation pack for download. You can download the entire documentation CD (only 408.08MB this time) or the individual documents as illustrated below. A lot more posts will be coming up on R12 in the next few days, keep an eye on my del.icio.us R12 links to see what’s on my radar screen.

Oracle Release 12i Documentation Library

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