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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Find an Oracle Partner using the PartnerNetwork’s Solutions Catalog

This post outlines how you can find and contact an Oracle Partner using the Oracle PartnerNetwork’s Solutions Catalog.

If you are looking for an Oracle Job or you are a prospective implementor of any Oracle Software, the Oracle PartnerNetwork’s Solutions Catalogue will provide you with easy access to information relating to Oracle Partners as well as their contact details. According to this site,

The Oracle PartnerNetwork’s Solutions Catalog is your gateway to Oracle Partner products and services worldwide. You will find that many of the world’s premier hardware, software, system integration, and services vendors are Oracle Partners.

There are 3 ways you can perform a search using this site. Firstly, you can perform a simple search which will return a maximum of 200 results. Secondly you can perform an advanced which will allow you to find Partner solutions by: -

  • Keyword
  • Partner Name
  • Solution Name
  • Membership Levels
    •  
    • Certified Advantage Partner
    • Certified Partner
    • Member Partner
  • Partner Categories
    • Association
    • Content Provider
    • Education Provider
    • Hardware and Infrastructure Vendor
    • Independent Software Vendor (ISV)
    • System Integrator
    • Value Added Distributor (VAD)
    • Value Added Reseller (VAR)
    • Other
  • Solution Availability (by country or region)
  • Industries
  • Oracle Products
  • Database Versions
  • Operating Systems

Lastly, you can Browse the solutions Catalog by the following categories: -

  • Applications - Business
  • Applications - Industry Specific
  • Services - Consulting, Development and Integration
  • Tools - Application and Web Development
  • Tools - Infrastructure and Systems Management

If you are an Oracle Partner and have your login information handy, you can also update your profile from this site so that anyone trying to find you will be given relevant and up to date information about you or your organisation.

Oracle Partner Feature - Red Rock Consulting Group

This post contains a review of the Red Rock Consulting Group web site and highlights some useful downloads they have.

Recently I came across the Red Rock Consulting Group web site. Red Rock is an Oracle Certified Advantage Partner and according to their site: -

Red Rock Consulting is an innovative, dynamic and energetic consultancy formed to support clients who have chosen Oracle business solutions. Red Rock is the largest independent Oracle consulting firm in Australia and New Zealand, with a highly skilled and experienced pool of Oracle consultants across the Asia-Pacific region including offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Auckland.

They have some really good white papers, articles and presentations which have been delivered at numerous Oracle Conferences and User Groups or featured in reputable Oracle Publications and Magazines. In particular, there’s quite a bit of information available on upgrades. Highlights are as follows: -

Whitepapers

Articles

Presentations

As an when I get the chance to take a detailed look at each of these articles, white papers and presentations I will prepare a write up for this site. In the mean time, happy downloading and reading. You should also consider subscribing to the Red Rock Newsletter entitled HotRocks.

If you are reading this post and you know of any really good partner sites where you can get useful information and downloads, then please add your comments.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Atlanta OAUG - August Meeting Agenda

This post contains details of the upcoming Atlanta Oracle Applications User Group (ATLOAUG) monthly meeting.

The next meeting of the Atlanta OAUG is scheduled to take place on Friday the 20th of August 2004 and you can find the Agenda here. Highlights are as follows

Presentation abstracts and descriptions relating to the highlights can be found on the User Group site where you can also register to attend. Registration is FREE so if you are in the vicinity you should make the most of this opportunity.

You can download historical presentations and white papers delivered at Atlanta Oracle Applications User Group Meetings from 1997 -2004 here - there’s certainly plenty of good material to take a look at. grin

Other areas of interest on this site are the newsletters section where you can download/subscribe to their newsletter.

Oracle Appsnet gets a face lift

This post discusses the new look and design of the Oracle Appsnet web site.

Recently Oracle Appsnet updated their site to give it a more consistent look and feel with their main Oracle Site as well as better integration with the Oracle Technology Network site. The site now looks as illustrated in Fig. 1

Figure 1: The new look of Oracle Appsnet

Click on this image to see an enlarged picture of the new Oracle Appsnet Web Site

I’m sure that in the long run this site will be just as good as it’s former self but I have to say that as of now it’s rather frustrating to use and I don’t believe that Oracle did a particularly good job of the migration. I’m not sure what their web development standards are but typically when you remove an old page from a site you should create a redirect to the new page that has replaced it. I’ve noticed that a lot of the links I had to this site are now broken. Please bear with me whilst I update the links - I may in some instances have to wait for Oracle to create the new page where that information is now stored as I’ve noticed that in some instances certain pages have been removed completely and have yet to be replaced by new pages.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Printing Reports in PDF format with Oracle Applications

This post explains how you can modify an Oracle Applications report output format so that it displays as a PDF document. It also outlines how to fix a recent error I received when trying to generate PDF reports.

Oracle Applications allows you to print your reports in a variety of formats. To change the report output format you will need to have access to system administrator responsibility and navigate as follows: - Concurrent > Program > Define. Using the Query or find facilities retrieve the report name you would like to print in PDF format. In the “Output” area of the form as displayed in Fig.1 you will notice a drop down box which gives you the following options: -

  • HTML
  • PCL (HP’s Printer Control Language)
  • PDF
  • PostScript
  • Text
  • XML

It should be noted that if you choose HTML or PDF as the output type with Oracle Reports Programmes, you should use a printer driver that handles HTML or PDF files. Selecting PDF as the format output will ensure that the next time you print the report and view the output, it generates in PDF format (you will only be able to view it if you have Acrobat PDF Reader installed on your PC).

Figure 1: How to modify your report output format to print a PDF Document

Click to view an enlarged image of where you should choose the report output format

Personally, I quite like this option to view output in a PDF document type since it looks a lot “prettier” than looking at the report in plain text or HTML format. You also have the option of saving a copy of the file to your local PC in much the save way as you could save the text or HTML output locally.

One thing I would like to know from any readers that have utilised this feature is whether it’s possible to make use of the security features of Acrobat (such as controlling content copying or extraction) within Oracle Applications so that when the report is generated you have control over the content and form of the document.

Fixing an error received on PDF generation

Last week I received a bizarre error message when trying to view the output of a report whose format was PDF. The error message was - File does not begin with ‘%PDF-’. Considering I was not encountering this message when using other PC’s it became clear to me that the problem was related specifically to my PC. A quick search on Metalink revealed note 206727.1 which made me realise that somewhere along the line I needed to change my browser settings for Internet Explorer. I made the following changes to my brower options which rectified the problem.

Selected Tools > Internet Options > General tab > Settings. Under “Check for newer versions of stored pages” there were four possible selections: -

  • Every visit to the page
  • Every time you start Internet Explorer
  • Automatically
  • Never

I had “Every visit to the page” selected and discovered that choosing any of the other three options would now successfully generate my PDF report within IE when choosing to view report output.

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