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Monday, September 20, 2004

Some comments on Oracle OpenWorld London

This post contains some general comments on Oracle OpenWorld London recently held at the Excel Conference and Exhibition Centre.

I had the pleasure of attending Oracle OpenWorld London which took place on the 6th - 8th of September 2004. On this site over the next few days, I will be discussing some of the things I did and saw at the conference. One of the first things that always intrigues me when registering is the conference bag. It’s kind of like those lucky dip packets you get from Father Christmas when you’re a kid - lot’s of goodies in side. I’m amazed at the different types of goodies and gadgets they come up with every year (most of which serve no useful purpose) as well as the different designs and types of conference bags that are distributed. I’ve been attending these conferences for many years now and I have a collection of about 6 or 7 bags in my cupboard - not one of them is the same! These bags tend to be nice for carrying laptops but my existing laptop has a 17 inch monitor and won’t fit in any of them. Still I always manage to find some use for them.

The Oracle OpenWorld Conference Bag

The Conference Bag for this year's London Oracle OpenWorld Conference

The conference was held at the ExCel Conference and Exhibition Centre, which is in the heart of the London Docklands on the East side of London. The conference centre and the facilities were really good. This Conference centre is quite similar to the San Diego Convention Center where I have attended various Oracle Appsworld and OAUG conferences - the feel of these two centres is very much the same since the SCC is right on the San Diego Harbour and the Excel Conference Centre is right next to the Thames.

The entrance to the ExCel Exhibition and Conference Centre at the London Docklands

The ExCel Conference Centre where Oracle OpenWorld London was held

The Millenium Dome and London Docklands as seen from the Excel Exhibition and Conference Centre

The London Docklands and Millenium Dome right next to the Thames River on the East side of London

The first thing that struck me about this conference was the sheer size of it as the attendance at the conference was very high. I’m not sure of the actual numbers but think I can safely say there were more than 5,000 people in attendance. I thought I would certainly bump into people I new, but finding people in the sea of faces proved to be very difficult. The speakers at the sessions I attended were really good (will be doing write-ups on these sessions in a day or two) and the DEMOgrounds and Exhibition Hall had some interesting stuff to take a look at. You can download conference presentations and white papers which are organised according to the following Focus Areas: -

  • Industries
    •  
    • Automotive
    • Communications
    • Financial Services
    • Healthcare
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Professional Services
    • Public Sector
    • Retail
    • Trade and Wholesale
    • Transportation Utilities
  • Line of Business
    • Business Intelligence
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Financials
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing
    • Projects
    • Supply Chain Management
  • Oracle Services
  • Small and Midsize Enterprises
  • Technology
    • Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing
    • Oracle Application Development Tools 10g
    • Oracle Application Server 10g
    • Oracle Collaboration Suite
    • Oracle Database 10g
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Technology

If you missed the conference and are interested in seeing some snapshots of the event you can find them here. Keynotes can also be viewed online.

Room for improvement

It’s always useful to compare an event with other’s I’ve attended. Being an avid Internet surfer and having a laptop with in built wireless support means I like to use this feature as often as I get the chance. All the big conferences I have attended in the States had wireless hotpots and you could essentially access the Internet from anywhere within the conference building. This did not hold true for the London Conference - I could pick up a few wireless networks but access to them was restricted. To access the Internet you had to stand in a queue to have get on to a PC - hopefully it will be different next time. I also felt the DEMOgrounds were a bit small, it was really difficult to get to see anything as there were so many people wanting to take a look at the new stuff coming out (despite this I did get a chance to take a look at Internal Controls Manager which I will be doing a write-up on shortly).

Friday, September 10, 2004

New Advanced Planning and Scheduling, Supply Chain and Demand Planning Author

This post contains details of a new author that has joined OracleAppsBlog who will be contributing in the areas of Advanced Planning and Scheduling, Supply Chain and Demand Planning

Randy Jaye, an Independant Consultant, has just become an author for OracleAppsBlog. Randy has over 20 years of experience working in the Manufacturing and Distribution sectors for numerous corporations throughout the United States of America. He holds the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification from The Educational Society for Resource Management (APICS), and holds a Masters and Bachelors degree from The California State University. He has spent the last 7 years working with Oracle Applications as a functional consultant (one year working directly for Oracle Corporation as a consultant assigned to several implementation projects and testing new functionality in the Development Department at Oracle’s Headquarters.) He specializes in all Oracle Application’s core Manufacturing modules and the Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) Suite. Presently, he is busy researching and writing several articles relating to Advanced Planning and Scheduling, and Global Supply Chain and Demand Planning. He is an experienced practitioner in the field of ERP systems implementations and looks forward to sharing articles, documentation and lessons learned with all the OracleAppsBlog members.

I wanted to welcome Randy to the Blog and introduce him to all the other members, he is highly experienced and I’m sure his contributions will be very useful to readers. You can read Randy’s membership profile here or if you’re a member you can e-mail Randy via the profile e-mail console.

Oracle Applications Auditing and Security Best Practices

This post points you to a site that has some really good presentations and white papers related to auditing and securing Oracle E-Business Suite and provides some related links.

Having been an Auditor/Accountant in a former life, I always try to make certain that when implementing an ERP system I take into account security issues and also ensure that the system can be audited by both internal and external parties. Oracle has many built in auditing and security features, but in my experience, people do not make appropriate use of them because they are not aware they exist or they do not have the time or budget to implement them. Personally, I believe awareness of the capabilities of Oracle E-Business Suite is the starting point towards ensuring system security and auditability. Hence, it’s always nice to come across some information which can give you new ideas as to what approach you should take when implementing such a system.

A really good site that I have come across which has some superb white papers and related information on Oracle Applications auditing and security is Integrigy. According to their site: -

Integrigy Corporation is a leader in application security for large enterprise, mission critical applications. Our application vulnerability assessment tool, AppSentry, assists companies in securing their largest and most important applications. Integrigy Consulting offers security assessment services for leading ERP and CRM applications.

Key Oracle Applications papers and presentations on auditing and security that you can download are as follows: -

The resources section of the site is also quite good since it not only includes white papers but also security alerts, advisories and notes, analysis and tools and scripts . There is also a quarterly newsletter published which keeps you up to date with Security Issues around Oracle Applications.

Other Resources

  • Best Practices for Securing Oracle E-Business Suite – Metalink Note ID 189367.1
  • Best Practices For Securing Oracle E-Business Suite 11i For Internet Access – Metalink Note ID 229335.1
  • 11i: A Guide to Understanding and Implementing SSL for Oracle Applications – Metalink Note ID 123718.1
  • Oracle Applications 11i System Administrator’s Guide
  • Oracle Security Alertshttp://technet.oracle.com

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Now doing the Oracle Blog thing from the UK

It’s been a week since my last blog, I’ve been experiencing withdrawal symptoms for the last few days. Here’s the reason for the absense of entries in the past 7 days.

I left Botswana on the 4th September to start a new life in the UK. Strangely enough, despite leaving my job I have more work than ever. I’m spending this week attending Oracle OpenWorld and also going for various interviews. Blogging activities will resume from today and I have some pretty good ideas and stuff lined up so keep on reading! I was hoping to start attending Oracle OpenWorld from today but didn’t get round to it with all the other things going on - nice to be busy though. I’ll be at OpenWorld tomorrow and on Wednesday and hope to come up with some interesting coverage for readers.

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