A day in the life of an Oracle Applications Consultant


Thursday, May 11, 2006

New Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Blog

OK it’s not so new but I haven’t mentioned it yet on this blog and wanted to plug it. Steven Chan, Director, Applications Technology Integration has started an Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Blog which is really hot. Loads of interesting news and features and updated on a regular basis.

The about section of the blog states its:

An Oracle insider’s take on technology stack-related topics for the Oracle E-Business Suite, with sneak previews of upcoming releases, new product announcements, glimpses into the inner workings of Oracle Development, in-depth discussions of technology-stack architectures, and the occasional desupport notice.

Some recent posts from the Blog:

Friday, April 14, 2006

Oracle Buys Portal Software

I got the following mail from Charles Phillips this morning informing me of the purchase of Portal Software by Oracle. It stated: -

Oracle Buys Portal SoftwareToday Oracle announced our agreement to buy Portal Software, a leading global provider of billing and revenue management solutions for the communications and media industry. We expect the transaction to close in June 2006, subject to regulatory and other approvals. Until such time, each company will continue to operate independently. We would like to take this opportunity to pledge our continued commitment to the success of your business and outline the benefits this transaction will deliver, once completed.

We currently supply technology and applications to over 90% of communications companies worldwide, and 17 of the top 20 most profitable communications companies run Oracle Applications. Additionally, Oracle’s Siebel Telecom applications have become the standard for telco call centers and customer care. Oracle Database 10g is the leading relational database and TimesTen is the most widely used in-memory database for the communications industry. Oracle Fusion Middleware is the fastest growing service delivery platform for next generation networks using network independent standards.

Portal offers the only billing and revenue management solution with a modern, object-oriented architecture built on Oracle that can bill and manage all communications services including wireline, wireless, broadband, cable, voice over IP, IPTV, music, and video. As communications, publishing, media, and entertainment services converge, Oracle can support companies with a proven offering for billing, customer interaction, and management of digital services and content. Together, we plan to deliver the first end-to-end packaged enterprise software suite for the communications and media industry.

The combination is expected to provide partners with the following benefits:

  • Work with a single vendor to address customer needs for billing, CRM, ERP, analytics, and infrastructure software: Portal partners to benefit from Oracle’s worldwide resources and partner ecosystem, as well as preserving their investments and experience with Portal products. Oracle partners to benefit from Portal’s best-in-class, real-time billing solutions. Both companies’ partners to benefit from the complementary solutions that create the first end-to-end packaged enterprise software suite for the communications industry.
  • Continuity of Oracle’s partnership with Network Equipment Providers in the convergent charging area: Oracle expects no change to the partnerships we have built with network equipment providers, particularly IN-based charging solutions. The addition of Portal enhances Oracle’s portfolio to the communications industry, and is complementary to network equipment providers’ charging initiatives.
  • Commitment from Oracle to continue supporting other billing ISVs: Oracle is committed to helping billing ISVs with the provision of Oracle’s infrastructure software, including our relational database, in-memory database, middleware, and analytics. Oracle is also committed to helping enable integrations between billing ISVs and Oracle’s other enterprise applications. The provision of technology support and collaboration for these activities will be conducted independently from the business unit led by Portal.

Other news entries on this topic: -

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Oracle share price and financial information on Google Finance

Google Finance just launched and you might want to check out the latest share price and financial information on Oracle. What’s most interesting is that when you do a search for a company the results returned also incorporate the latest blog entries on that company.

What exactly is Google Finance? According to their site:

Google Finance is an early beta product that offers a broad range of information about North American stocks, mutual funds and public and private companies along with charts, news and fundamental financial data.

Features include:

Company Search — With Google Finance you can search for stocks, mutual funds, public and private companies, using both company names and (where available) ticker symbols.

Interactive Charts — Google Finance charts correlate market data with corresponding dated news stories to help you determine if there is a relationship between them (for instance, by seeing news stories that came out about a certain company in the context of what that company’s stock did that day). You can also click and drag the charts to see different time periods and zoom in to see more detailed information.

News and More News — Google Finance incorporates our Google News service, which gathers stories from more than 4,500 English news sources worldwide. Stories are clustered by topic so you can see different opinions on a single subject; you can also review news stories by monthly date range and by importance (which is determined by algorithms).

Blogs — If you want the opinions of citizen journalists, you got ‘em; Google Finance includes company-related postings from Google Blog Search.

Company Management Team — Google Finance helps you put a face to a name. Mousing over an executive name shows you their picture as well as links, where available, to their biography, compensation details and trading activity.

Discussion Groups — Talk amongst yourselves. Google Finance offers high-quality Discussion Groups whose dedicated team of moderators work to keep conversations on and spam-free.

Portfolios — Google Finance offers a fast, easy and powerful way to keep create and maintain your portfolio of stocks and mutual funds.

Related entries from Blogs I read:

Oracle announces impressive Q3 profits for 2006

According to the press statement:

Oracle Corporation today announced that in Q3 fiscal 2006 GAAP earnings per share were $0.14, up 40% compared to the same quarter last year. Third quarter GAAP revenues were up 18% to $3.5 billion, while quarterly GAAP net income was up 42% to $765 million. Total GAAP software revenues were up 20% to $2.8 billion with GAAP database and middleware new license revenues up 5% and GAAP applications new license revenues up 77%. GAAP services revenues were up 9% to $671 million compared to the same quarter last year.


Some other interesting related press releases:

Strategic Deals Drive Growth For Oracle During Its Third Quarter of 2006 – Oracle’s Commitment to Strong, Strategic Customer Relationships Continues to Contribute to The Company’s Growth.

Leading Organizations Worldwide Continue to Choose Oracle Applications over SAP – Small, Midsize and Large Organizations across Industries Invest in Oracle to Achieve Greater Business Insight and Flexible Business Processes.

Oracle Europe, Middle East & Africa Reports Increased Revenues For the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2006, Over Same Period Last Year – Customers in the region endorse Oracle products and services over that of competitors as applications new license revenues increase by 119%

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Oracle to buy communications infrastructure software vendor HotSip

According to a recent Press Release:

HotSip is a provider of telecommunications infrastructure software and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) enabled applications for IP telephony, presence, messaging and conferencing on new converged networks. “The addition of HotSip’s technology will allow Oracle to build on its leadership in middleware and in carrier-grade communications infrastructures,” said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president, Oracle Server Technologies.

This is Oracle’s 16th acquisition in just under 14 months. I assume we will see some sort of  “fusion” with Oracle Collaboration Suite.


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