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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Software 2005 Conference - more on Project Fusion?

The conference kicks off today at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. I understand Charles Phillips, Oracle’s President, will be speaking there so hopefully we’ll get to hear more on Project Fusion, Oracle’s effort to merge the JD Edwards, Peoplesoft and Oracle EBS Software.

According to the organiser’s, , this event is the largest conference for software executives. They also state that the event is a vendor-neutral forum where all software business leaders could candidly debate strategic issues, share ideas and opinions - all for the common good of the industry. At the conference Industry leaders will share their perspectives on the building blocks of an organization’s lifecycle - from funding to launch to growth to liquidity. Attendees will gain a year’s worth of knowledge under one roof in just two days.

I’ve mailed a couple of speakers and attendees to see if we can get the low down on Charles Phillips speech as well as some pics of the conference. In the mean time I’ve listed below the Keynotes, Speakers, Moderators, Panelists and provided links to other blog posts on the conference: -

Keynotes

  • Scott Cook, Chairman Executive Committee, Intuit
  • Jim Goodnight, Chairman & CEO, SAS
  • Scott Kriens, Chairman & CEO, Juniper Networks
  • Roger McNamee, Co-founder and general partner of Integral Capital Partners, Silver Lake Partners, and Elevation Partners
  • Charles Phillips, President, Oracle
  • S. Ramadorai, Managing Director, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Shane Robison, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Hewlett-Packard Company

You’ll find for each of these speakers on the conference site. I quoted Charles Phillips Biography as it’s the first time I’ve read it and have to say it’s quite impressive:

Charles Phillips is President of Oracle Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors. He is responsible for global field operations including consulting, marketing, sales, alliances and channels, and customer programs, as well as corporate strategy. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Phillips was a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley in its technology group. Prior to his career on Wall Street, Mr. Phillips was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Phillips holds a BS in Computer Science from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from Hampton University, and a JD from New York Law School and is a member of the bar in Washington D.C. and Georgia. Mr. Phillips is on the boards of Viacom Corporation, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and New York Law School.

Speakers/Moderators/Panelists

  • James Bedard, President & CEO, Aberdeen Group
  • Neil Cameron, Chief Information Officer of Unilever PLC and Unilever NV
  • Jim Cashman, President & CEO, ANSYS
  • Joseph R. Cleveland, Chief Information Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation, President, Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems
  • Mike Greenough, President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, SSA Global™ Executive Management
  • Quentin Hardy, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, Forbes Magazine
  • Erik Keller, Principal, Wapiti
  • David Kirkpatrick, Technology Editor Fortune
  • Amnon Landan, CEO, Mercury Interactive
  • John S Leggate, CBE CIO and Group Vice President, BP
  • Bernard Liautaud, Chairman & CEO, Business Objects
  • Jorge Lopez, Vice President, Gartner G2
  • Iain Morris, Senior Vice President, Personal Connectivity Solutions Group, AMD
  • Nicholas Negroponte, Professor MIT & Chairman MIT Media Laboratory
  • Teresa Peters, Executive Director, Bridges.org
  • Bruce Richardson, Senior VP, AMR Research
  • John Rymer, Vice-President, Forrester Research
  • Brian Turchin, President, Cape Horn Strategies
  • Ernest M. von Simson, Senior Partner, Ostriker von Simson
  • David Watson, Vice President & CTO, Kaiser Permanente Information Technology

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Monday, April 25, 2005

JD Edwards and Peoplesoft Product Packs now downloadable via Oracle’s e-delivery site

Last week I mentioned that you can now download the latest Oracle Software and Updates via Oracle’s e-delivery web site. I was rather chuffed to discover today that JD Edwards World, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Peoplesoft Enterprise have been added to the list of available downloads on this site.

This post from last week outlines how to access Oracle’s e-delivery site. The following additional software and products can now be downloaded from this site:

JD Edwards World

According to the JD Edwards World Product Lines Page: -

JD Edwards World is the leading enterprise software solution for the IBM iSeries platform. The applications offer small businesses a reliable, functionality-rich, web-enabled environment for world-class management of plants, inventories, equipment, finances, and people as a synchronized, integrated whole and are tightly integrated and pre-bundled on a single database, reducing implementation cost and complexity.

The following CD/Media Packs are available for this product on the IBM iSeries OS/400 platform: -

  • JD Edwards World Express V1.2
  • JD Edwards World A73 Multi Language Documentation
  • JD Edwards World A73SP15 MP2 Web Enablement
  • Letter: Crystal Reports Install
  • Crystal Reports for JD Edwards World
  • Crystal Enterprise for J. D. Edwards World
  • Crystal Reports ERP Direct 2032
  • Crystal Enterprise Direct 2032

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

According to the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Product Lines Page

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is a complete suite of modular, pre-integrated industry-specific business applications designed for rapid deployment and ease of administration on a pure internet architecture. It is ideally suited for organizations that manufacture, construct, distribute, service, or manage products or physical assets.

The following CD/Media Packs are available for download via the Electronic Product Delivery (EPD) system: -

  • Crystal Reports and Enterprise Applications
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.11 Applications
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.11 Application with Translations
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.10 Applications
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.10 Application with Translations
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.10 Application Localizations
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne User Productivity Kits Development Tool 2.5.4

These packs are available for the following platforms: -

  • AIX5L Based Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • IBM iSeries OS/400
  • Linux x86
  • Microsoft Windows (32-bit)
  • Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit)

Peoplesoft Enterprise

According to the Peoplesoft Enterprise Product Lines Page: -

PeopleSoft Enterprise is a suite of best-in-class applications built on our Pure Internet Architecture and designed for the most complex business requirements. Ideally suited for large, company-wide functions across all industries, it provides industry-leading web services integration with multivendor and homegrown applications. PeopleSoft Enterprise can be easily configured and adapted to meet the most unique customer requirements. In addition, it supports the broadest choice of technology infrastructure in the industry.

The following CD/Media Packs are available for download via the EPD system: -

  • Process Modeler Client 8.91
  • Enterprise Learning Solution 8.81
  • PeopleTools Enterprise Development 8.46
  • Supply Chain Planning 8.11
  • Customer Relationship Management 8.9
  • Human Resources Management System and Campus Solutions 8.9
  • Portal Solutions 8.9
  • Revenue Management Solution 8.9
  • Incentive Management 8.9
  • Enterprise Performance Management 8.8
  • Financial & Supply Chain Management 8.8
  • Human Resources Management System and Campus Solutions 8.8
  • Portal Solutions 8.8
  • Staffing 8.8
  • Enterprise Performance Management 8.8
  • User Productivity Kits Development Tool 2.5.4

These packs are available for the following platforms: -

  • AIX5L Based Systems (64-bit)
  • HP Tru64 UNIX
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (32-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • IBM z/OS (OS/390)
  • Linux x86
  • Microsoft Windows (32-bit)
  • Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit)

Looks like I’ve got some serious downloading to start tonight!!

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Monday, April 18, 2005

Metalink announces new Electronic Product Delivery (EPD) System for Oracle Products and Updates

Metalink has recently announced the Electronic Product Delivery (EPD) System for Oracle Products and Updates. In the past, orders for Oracle Software and Updates had to made by requesting a media shipment using a TAR or the phone. This post discusses how you can now obtain this software on demand - no more waiting for those CD’s to arrive in the post!!

The Electronic Product Delivery (EPD) system can be accessed by clicking on the Patches & Updates button (formerly just a patches button) on Metalink. After clicking on the Patches and Updates button you should click on the e-delivery link as highlighted in red on Figure 1 below: -

Click to see a full image of how to gain access to Oracle's new edelivery site

Figure 1: Accessing Updates and Patches Button via Metalink

Having access the e-delivery site, downloading the software can be performed in three simple steps below as outlined on the e-delivery site: -

  1. Complete an Export Validation. This is a short process that will require you to enter a minimal amount of information (name, company, email address, and country)
  2. Once you complete the export validation you will need to specify the product pack and platform that you want to download
  3. After selecting a product pack, you will be able to download individual zip files. Once you download all the zip files for a given product, you will be able to continue with installation of your Oracle product(s)

Via e-delivery you can download the following product packs for a variety of platforms: -

  • E-Business Suite
  • Financial Services Applications
  • iLearning Applications
  • On Demand
  • Oracle Application Server Products
  • Oracle Collaboration Suite
  • Oracle Database
  • Oracle Development Tools
  • Oracle RDB
  • Pharmaceutical Applications

The diagram below (Figure 2) shows step two of this process and highights the three stages that you go through to download your Oracle Software.

An illustration of how to download Oracle Software Products and Updates via Metalink

Figure 2: Downloading Oracle Software and Updates Online

I think this is a great new feature which will be especially helpful to those who have broadband access as the files are obviously quite large in size.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Project Fusion - merging the Oracle, J.D. Edwards and Peoplesoft Software

In a press release in January 2005, John Wookey unveiled the combined Oracle and PeopleSoft product roadmap and support plans. This post contains the details of Project Fusion, the new effort to merge the JDE, Peoplesoft and Oracle Software.

According to the press release, Project Fusion is "revolutionary technology that will follow an evolutionary path."

Wookey stated: -

The new “Project Fusion” is a new information age architecture based on industry standards that will be modularized for flexible deployment, optimal performance and easy maintenance. New information-driven applications will incorporate key strengths of all product lines and focus on business process automation, industry-specific capabilities, superior usability, real-time information access and reporting, and a shared data model to provide customers with a single source of truth. The “Project Fusion” architecture will leverage the latest Oracle technology for scalability, availability, security and performance. The new architecture and the results companies will achieve will be truly revolutionary, but the path to the new successor product line will be evolutionary.

What was most interesting to see that there is already a timeline for the rollout of the upcoming releases of the software under discussion as well as an estimated release date for Project Fusion which is as follows: -

  • PeopleSoft Enterprise 8.9 (2005)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12 (2006)
  • PeopleSoft Enterprise 9 (2006)
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.12 (2006)
  • Ongoing JD Edwards World enhancements planned to be delivered continuously
  • First Project Fusion components, specifically data hubs and transaction bases, (beginning in 2006)
  • Initial "Project Fusion" applications (2007)
  • "Project Fusion" applications (2008)

The press release also contains support milestones and other useful links. There’s also an interesting page on the Oracle site entitled Strategic Direction and Vision that has more information on Project Fusion. It states that Oracle will continue to support Peoplesoft until 2013 and has the following to say about Project Fusion:

Project Fusion: The Successor Product
In addition to continuing development of the three existing lines, we plan to develop a successor suite of products—which is called ‘Project Fusion’—where we hope to merge the features and functions of the J.D. Edwards products and the PeopleSoft products and the Oracle products together. We’ll build, if you will, a super-set application suite using modern technology.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Enabling Timezone feature in Oracle 11i

Timezone (with day light savings!) feature is available in Oracle 9i Release 2 onwards. This post attempts to describe the steps required to enable Timezone functionality in Oracle Service module.

Recently I was at a client site and the client is desperately looking for this feature mainly to handle increasing number of client calls from multiple timezones. When customer support personnel attend a client call, it is important to know the client’s timezone and talk in terms of their timezone. It is also helpful to see all the date/time information in local timezone to better perceieve about the actual start time or scheduled start time for any activity. The database timezone is setup as GMT but the user wants to setup their own timezone based on their work location. This is exactly what Oracle 11i provides ( with Oracle database 9i Release 2 onwards).

After playing with the setups for few hours with some help from the dba I was able to make the timezone feature work in the client’s test instance (11.5.9). We also noticed that new functionality has been added in the calendar popup window to convert date/time into a different timezone. Here is how the new calendar window looks:

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The following are the setup steps:

Oracle Environment variable Setup ( DBA Setup)

Please make sure that timezlrg.dat file exists in the database $ORACLE_HOME directory.

[1]. Add ORA_TZFILE environment variable in SID_hostname.env file present in database and application $ORACLE_HOME directory.

Example:
a) enter the following command in Unix:
ORA_TZFILE=$ORACLE_HOME/oracore/zoneinfo/timezlrg.dat
export ORA_TZFILE

b) save the SID_hostname.env file in the in the database $ORACLE_HOME directory

c) shutdown and restart the database.

[2]. Run the following query in Sqlplus to verify that the v$timezone_names view is populated:

>select count(*) from v$timezone_names;
COUNT(*)
—————
1286
The number of count should be increased due to new environment variable.

[3]. Try to login to Applications again with the client timezone set.

System Profile Options( Apps sysadmin setup)

Responsibility: System Administrator
Navigation: profile > System

Client Timezone : (GMT -06:00) Central Time
Enable Timezone Conversions : Yes
Server Timezone : (GMT +00:00) GMT
Service: Default value for Service Request Timezone type List Item:  Agent

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User Preference( User setup)

Navigation : E-Business Suite Home > Preferences

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