A day in the life of an Oracle Applications Consultant

Friday, June 09, 2006

Second year of existence

The OracleAppsBlog has now been in existence for two years. Its amazing to think its been going that long now. The blog has been much more successful than anticipated and I believe still has much more potential for growth of this blog and other related Oracle and ERP blogs . This year has seen the addition of 125 new posts and 1,400 new members as well as the introduction of the forum (with 155 topics posted to date) and wiki modules. I’m highly impressed with the functionality provided by the forum and I’m hoping that it will be used more this year. Sadly, I don’t have much time to devote to answering the questions but its nice to see other members helping me out in this area. The wiki will open up opportunities for members to document collaboratively.

I’d like to see more contributions by level 2 members this year so I’m going to do my best to get more authors and make it easier for existing authors to post. At the moment the documentation for level 2 members needs a bit of enhancement so that it’s clearer how to post blog entries, this was actually requested last year and I still haven’t got around to it!! Hence I’ve decided to take a blog break next week and focus on getting that done. One action I have taken to help blog authors is to purchase a group license for Blogjet, a really nice blogging software client that helps you edit and post blog entries. Also, if you have an article you want to contribute but don’t have the time or know how ot write it up into a blog entry, send it my way and I’ll do the work for you.

I thought it would be nice to take a look at some stats from the blog for this year. I’m not into comparing but rather like to see that the the blog has grown in terms of traffic, members and content. I’ve started playing with a number of different statistical tools this year so I can’t pull out last years stats for everything. Incidentally, reading this post on blog addiction it seems I’m pretty much there. Here’s the stats:

According to Statcounter, SiteMeter and MyBloglog I’m averaging about 350 visitors a day and 580 page views a day. Both of those tools only work on the main page and the pic below shows what going on at the back end as provided by the Urchin stats of my webhost pMachinehosting. As you can see I’ve had a about 5 million pageviews in total this year and am averaging about 15,000 page views a day. Of course, some of this traffic is from bots and not humans so MyBloglog, Statcounter and Sitemeter are probably a bit more realistic.

Urchin Statistics for OracleAppsBlog

I understand that the ExpressionEngine Commerce module is being released some time this year which I’m sure will make EE one of the most attractive CMS (Content Management Systems) around. I will certainly be implementing the commerce module although I’m not quite sure what I’m going to sell, I’m more interested in implementing it just to see how it all hangs together. The polling module has also been broken for a while so I hope to fix that shortly so I can get more interaction from readers in that area. The site certainly needs a redesign that will produce a consistent interface and theme between the blog, wiki and forum module. At this time last year I thought I would do a redesign myself but due to time contraints I’ve decided to hire someone to do it. It’s quite difficult to find decent web developers who know ExpressionEngine and are not busy so we might have to wait a while!!

Of course, if you have any suggestions for improvement I welcome them. I wanted to thank anyone who has made any sort of contribution to the blog to date and I hope to see more growth and better content in the coming year.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Blog Links - Ellison on YouTube, Oracle acquires whilst SAP & Microsoft search, Gartner RDMS Report

Some YouTube fun with Larry Ellison, Oracle scquires Israeli Supply Chain software company Demantra, its 20th acquisition since Peoplesoft and it’s still looking for more companies to swallow – SAP says it’s not going to take the same approach. Gartner says Oracle RDMS market share is now 48.6%. A podcast on Metalinks My Configurations and Projects feature and an announcement by the OAUG of an alliance with the Australian Oracle User Group (AUSOUG). Also another excellent post by Steven Chan on Benchmarking your Oracle Applications Performance.

Oracle E-Business Suite Integration Repository for 11i and Release 12i

Steven Chan posted recently on the Oracle Integration Repository (OTN password required for access) and I thought I’d give it a mention on this blog. According to the site:

The Oracle Integration Repository is a compilation of information about the numerous service endpoints exposed by the Oracle E-Business Suite of applications. It provides a complete catalog of Oracle E-Business Suite’s business service interfaces. The tool lets users easily discover and deploy the appropriate business service interface for integration with any system, application, or business partner.

Oracle delivers a service-oriented architecture (SOA) that exposes encapsulated business functions as well-defined interfaces, as well as a robust BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) processor. Organizations can use these tools to orchestrate business processes throughout the enterprise. To do this effectively, the business services of various applications need to be discovered, described, and documented in a uniform way and located in a single place. The Oracle Integration Repository is the solution to this problem, and much more.

The site lists the benefits as follows:

  • Better integration planning
    • Readily available information about your business service interfaces allows you to make informed decisions about your integration projects
    • Centralized information helps you assess the impact of your integrations
  • Reduced cost of implementing integrations with the E-Business Suite
    • System integrators can discover all their business service interfaces in one place
    • Uniformity of documentation lowers the learning curve
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs
    • Assurance that you are using supported public interfaces

Features include:

  • Unified Repository from which all integration interface types are exposed
  • Updates are automated and documented
  • Single source of truth for all interfaces
  • Can be searched by keywords
  • Navigable either by product or by the integration standards you wish to leverage
  • Powerful well-designed UI helps you to easily find the data that you are interested in
  • Ability to print integration information or export to CSV file format.

Lastly the site states:

The Oracle Integration Repository is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite. Over time, it will grow to include the integration capabilities of the PeopleSoft and JD Edwards family of products. Until then, you can find that information in the PeopleSoft Interactive Services Repository (located here: a PeopleSoft Customer Connection login is required to access the documentation).

In Release 12, the Oracle Integration Repository will ship as part of the E-Business Suite. As your instance is patched, the repository will automatically be updated with content appropriate for the precise revisions of interfaces in your environment. But until Release 12 is available, you can explore an on-line version of the Integration Repository for the 11i10 version of E-Business applications.

This is a really good offering from Oracle which hopefully will make life a lot easier for implementors trying to develop interfaces. I’m really interested to see how it works in R12.

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