A day in the life of an Oracle Applications Consultant


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

More Oracle Execs doing the blogging thing

The list now looks as follows:

  1. Jesper Andersen – Senior Vice President of Application Strategy, where he is responsible for the overall product strategy and direction for Oracle’s business applications.
  2. John Hall – Senior VP of Oracle University, the education and training division of Oracle.
  3. Luiz Meisler – Senior Vice President for Oracle Latin America and serves on Oracle’s Executive Management Committee.
  4. Wim Coekaerts – Principal Member of Technical Staff, Linux Kernel Group, Corporate Architecture for Oracle Corporation.
  5. Lenley Hensarling – Vice president and General Manager for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne product line.
  6. Scott Rae – VP of Business Assessment and Audit at Oracle, where he is responsible for global internal audit and business assessment services.
  7. Don Deutsch – Vice President of Standards Strategy and Architecture for Oracle Corporation.
  8. Christophe Job – Vice President of Application Development Tools at Oracle Corporation.
  9. John Schiff – Vice President and General Manager of JD Edwards World for Oracle
  10. Sergio Giacoletto – Executive Vice President of Oracle Corporation, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and serves as a member of Oracle’s Executive Management Committee.
  11. Doug Kennedy – Vice President of Global Alliances and Channels at Oracle Corporation.
  12. John Wookey – Senior Vice president of Applications Development, responsible for the strategic direction and development of JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Oracle business applications.

Nice to see some JD Edwards contributions in the mix and that Oracle finally caught up with SAP in this area.

It’s a feature - a new Oracle Applications Blog

I’ve come across a few new Oracle and Peoplesoft blogs recently, check out SmartDB Blog, Extra Hot, The Oracle Fusion Blog, Peoplesoft Corner and CRM Blog

In particular I wanted to mention It’s a Feature, another Oracle Apps Blog, which has some good content and is updated regularly.

Marian Crkon write’s in the About Us section of the blog as follows:

It’s not a bug - it’s a feature!

This is a new web log about implementing and using Oracle ERP Applications. It’s a Feature! is here to provide an alternative platform for independent, in-depth reviews and analysis of current Oracle Applications releases and features; an opportunity to share knowledge and resources, voice opinions and show a little attitude! Where else can you do that?

I plan to seek out a diverse group of Oracle professionals - users, consultants, managers, business analysts with a lot of Oracle expertise and something interesting to say who are passionate about the applications and motivated to share their experiences.

I want this site to be about the functionality (not just technology) of Oracle Applications. The clients keep reminding me they do not care about how it’s done, but rather that it is done right. I want this blog to be useful to other people in the Oracle community. I want to provide a productive feedback to Oracle program managers and developers who design the applications. I want to give a “second opinion” for clients who buy them, a sounding board for consultants and business analysts who implement them, and last but not least, a valuable resource for users who use them every day. I promise no sales pitches, no bragging, no censorship, only practical advice.

A couple of recent entries from the blog:

  1.’s Survey of SAP Customers
  2. Oracle Applications Day Continues in Select Cities
  3. OAUG Releases Skills Marketplace
  4. CIO Article About Fusion and SOA
  5. Oracle To Lay Off About 2,000 Employees
  6. Oracle Has Its Eyes on Open Source Competitors
  7. Are You Eligible for Oracle Fusion Upgrade?
  8. Conversations with iExpenses Users from Avenue A | Razorfish
  9. Do Not Forward Oracle Notifications from Outlook!
  10. Oracle Applications Security Is Changing in Project Fusion

Marian is interviewing me over Skype next Tuesday and I’m sure the notes from that conversation will be posted on this blog.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

ClustrMaps analysis tool tracks Oracle Apps Blog Traffic

I have to rave about this really cool web site traffic analysis tool I’ve just added to the site . ClustrMaps graphically depicts where in the world your traffic is coming from by means of clustered dots on the world map.

If you take a look down the left hand pane of this site you’ll see the OracleAppsBlog ClustrMap which displays up to date traffic information for the blog. Clicking on the map will take you to a bigger picture of this blogs traffic distribution around the planet. Here’s an example of the world wide traffic distribution since I put the cluster map on the blog. It shows a heavy amount of traffic coming from the United States, Europe, United Kingdom and India which doesn’t suprise me at all since these are pretty much the most wired or internet savvy nations in the world.

World Wide Clustr Map for OracleAppsBlog

I’ve subscribed to ClustrMaps Plus which for a small monthly fee provides unlimited archives of old maps and allows you to zoom to continents. Below is an example of a drill down I performed to the United Kingdom traffic information. Talking of Stats, you’ll find further traffic analysis information for this blog at Statcounter, MyBlogLog and Site Meter

Uk Traffic Clustr Map for OracleAppsBlog

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Oracle Buys Open Source Software Company Sleepycat

Oracle today announced that it has added Berkeley DB to its embedded database product line which includes Oracle Lite for mobile devices and Oracle TimesTen for high performance in-memory database applications.

In this press release: Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies stated:

Sleepycat’s products enhance Oracle’s market-leading database product family by offering enterprise-class support to customers who need to embed a fast, reliable database at a lower cost.

In a related blog entry, Mike Olson CEO of SleepyCat also provides some insight into the acquisition.


Thursday, February 09, 2006

Official Oracle Blogs site goes live

It looks like the official Oracle Blogs site has just gone live. I’ve noticed a lot of inbound links coming from the site yesterday.

At this point in time the site pretty much consists of a list of links to Oracle Blogs. Hopefully there’ll be some further development and we’ll see more contributions from Oracle Executives and employees. You can see some of Brian Duff’s comments on this new development here.

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