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PSOUG / By Request: How to send email from Oracle
« on: June 02, 2009, 08:51:49 AM »
We've had numerous requests asking how to send email from's one way:

Code: [Select]
create or replace procedure E_MAIL(

p_to in varchar2,
p_from in varchar2,
p_subject in varchar2,
p_text in varchar2 default null,
p_html in varchar2 default null,
p_smtp_hostname in varchar2,
p_smtp_portnum in varchar2)
l_boundary varchar2(255) default ‘a1b2c3d4e3f2g1′;
l_connection utl_smtp.connection;
l_body_html clob := empty_clob; –This LOB will be the email message
l_offset number;
l_ammount number;
l_temp varchar2(32767) default null;
l_connection := utl_smtp.open_connection( p_smtp_hostname, p_smtp_portnum );
utl_smtp.helo( l_connection, p_smtp_hostname );
utl_smtp.mail( l_connection, p_from );
utl_smtp.rcpt( l_connection, p_to );

l_temp := l_temp || ‘MIME-Version: 1.0′ || chr(13) || chr(10);
l_temp := l_temp || ‘To: ‘ || p_to || chr(13) || chr(10);
l_temp := l_temp || ‘From: ‘ || p_from || chr(13) || chr(10);
l_temp := l_temp || ‘Subject: ‘ || p_subject || chr(13) || chr(10);
l_temp := l_temp || ‘Reply-To: ‘ || p_from || chr(13) || chr(10);
l_temp := l_temp || ‘Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary=’ ||
chr(34) || l_boundary || chr(34) || chr(13) ||

– Write the headers
dbms_lob.createtemporary( l_body_html, false, 10 );

– Write the text boundary
l_offset := dbms_lob.getlength(l_body_html) + 1;
l_temp := ‘–’ || l_boundary || chr(13)||chr(10);
l_temp := l_temp || ‘content-type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii’ ||
chr(13) || chr(10) || chr(13) || chr(10);

– Write the plain text portion of the email
l_offset := dbms_lob.getlength(l_body_html) + 1;

– Write the HTML boundary
l_temp := chr(13)||chr(10)||chr(13)||chr(10)||’–’ || l_boundary ||
chr(13) || chr(10);
l_temp := l_temp || ‘content-type: text/html;’ ||
chr(13) || chr(10) || chr(13) || chr(10);
l_offset := dbms_lob.getlength(l_body_html) + 1;

– Write the HTML portion of the message
l_offset := dbms_lob.getlength(l_body_html) + 1;

– Write the final html boundary
l_temp := chr(13) || chr(10) || ‘–’ || l_boundary || ‘–’ || chr(13);
l_offset := dbms_lob.getlength(l_body_html) + 1;

– Send the email in 1900 byte chunks to UTL_SMTP
l_offset := 1;
l_ammount := 1900;
while l_offset < dbms_lob.getlength(l_body_html) loop
l_offset := l_offset + l_ammount ;
l_ammount := least(1900,dbms_lob.getlength(l_body_html) – l_ammount);
end loop;
utl_smtp.quit( l_connection );

After creating this procedure, just call it from any form or trigger.

PSOUG / A neat trick from Denes Kubicek's ApEx BLOG....
« on: June 02, 2009, 08:28:19 AM »
A neat trick from Denes Kubicek's ApEx BLOG....

In Apex you can create links out of your columns in a report. What you currently can't do is to put a condition behind this link and generate it upon that condition - if there is a link then it is there for all the rows. The only workarround for this is to create the link in your SQL. In that case your SQL may look quite clumsy and hard to read. Something like this:

Code: [Select]
          WHEN deptno = 10
             THEN    '<a href="java-script:popUp2('''
                  || 'f?p=&APP_ID.:500:&SESSION.::&DEBUG.::'
                  || 'P500_DEPTNO:'
                  || deptno
                  || ''', 700, 700);">'
                  || '<img src="#IMAGE_PREFIX#gobut.gif">'
                  || '</a>'
          WHEN deptno = 20
             THEN    '<a href="java-script:popUp2('''
                  || 'f?p=&APP_ID.:501:&SESSION.::&DEBUG.::'
                  || 'P501_DEPTNO:'
                  || deptno
                  || ''', 700, 700);">'
                  || '<img src="#IMAGE_PREFIX#go_search.gif">'
                  || '</a>'
          ELSE    '<a href="java-script:popUp2('''
               || 'f?p=&APP_ID.:502:&SESSION.::&DEBUG.::'
               || 'P502_DEPTNO:'
               || deptno
               || ''', 700, 700);">'
               || '<img src='
               || '"#WORKSPACE_IMAGES#go_button.gif">'
               || '</a>'
       END LINK,
       ename, job, hiredate
  FROM emp

The solution for this problem you can find here. Back in 2006 I created a function for generating links. This function can do the following for you:

  • create a link based on a target page you provide, without having to code a full apex link,
  • replace the link with an image if desired,
  • sort the links based on any columns in your source,
  • open the target page in the same window or in a popup window,
  • add a request to your link,
  • reset pagination if required,
  • add a checksum to your link.

At the end, your query looks much better if you use that function:

Code: [Select]
          WHEN deptno = 10
             THEN return_link_fn (p_page         => 500,
                                  p_item         => 'P500_DEPTNO',
                                  p_value        => deptno,
                                  p_image_n      => 'gobut.gif'
          WHEN deptno = 20
             THEN return_link_fn (p_page         => 501,
                                  p_item         => 'P501_DEPTNO',
                                  p_value        => deptno,
                                  p_image_n      => 'go_search.gif'
             ELSE return_link_fn (p_page         => 502,
                                  p_item         => 'P502_DEPTNO',
                                  p_value        => deptno,
                                  p_image_n      => 'go_button.gif'
       END LINK,
       ename, job, hiredate
  FROM emp

PSOUG / Oracle Lawsuit Against SAP Delayed Until 2010
« on: June 02, 2009, 08:21:58 AM »

FRANKFURT -(Dow Jones)- The trial in Oracle Corp.'s (ORCL) lawsuit against German software company SAP AG (SAP) over SAP's former subsidiary TomorrowNow has again been postponed to Nov. 1, 2010, according to a court document posted on a Web site run by SAP.

The trial was originally scheduled to be heard by a U.S. district court in San Francisco in February 2010, but in May the two companies asked to have the start of litigation postponed until June 2010.

U.S. software firm Oracle brought a lawsuit against SAP in March 2007, alleging that TomorrowNow Inc., which SAP bought in 2005, illegally obtained and reused Oracle software-support documentation.

SAP has already admitted some wrongdoing by TomorrowNow employees, and SAP shut down TomorrowNow in October 2008.

PSOUG / OAUG (Oracle Applications Users Group) News
« on: May 13, 2009, 08:28:16 AM »
President’s Corner

2009 OAUG President Ray Payne

COLLABORATE 09: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community was, once again, a big success, bringing attendees an intensive and relevant learning experience. I was very pleased to hear from many attendees that the education sessions, executive presentations, hands-on labs and conversations with peers were invaluable and sure to translate into immediate and positive contributions back on the job — so critical as demands continue to grow while resources dwindle.

I also heard that it was a challenge for conference attendees to choose from the many, many excellent sessions presented at COLLABORATE — too many choices, not enough time. But it’s not too late to catch a session that you may have missed or share your favorite session with a colleague. And, if you were unable to attend the conference, the OAUG is making it possible for COLLABORATE 09 to come to you. How?

    * New this year, we recorded 150 hours of content from the COLLABORATE 09 — OAUG Forum. These recordings will be available for purchase in the next few weeks. You will have the flexibility to select a single session or create a customized learning package.
    * In addition, hundreds of informative papers from the COLLABORATE 09 — OAUG Forum will soon be available, free to OAUG members. We anticipate that the papers will be available for download before the end of June.

Watch for announcements about the availability of the COLLABORATE 09 conference papers and audio recordings.

Providing relevant, high-quality educational opportunities and resources for members is one of the cornerstones of the OAUG’s mission. We hope you find the conference papers and recorded sessions useful additions to your learning and development tool kit.

Let us hear from you. What did you like about COLLABORATE 09? What can we do better? The conference survey is open through Friday, May 22. Please take 10 minutes to share your opinions, which are important to us as we plan for COLLABORATE 10 and beyond.

For more on the happenings and highlights at COLLABORATE 09, read on in this issue of OAUG eNews.

OAUG Users Community Grows Through Geo/SIG Membership Campaign

Three groups participated in the 2009 Geo/SIG Membership Campaign for OAUG to recruit new OAUG members. We appreciate your participation in this program.

    * Atlanta OAUG, Andrew Snyder, Geo Coordinator
    * Contracts SIG, Chiranjib Sarkar, SIG Coordinator
    * Michigan OAUG, Betty Noel, Geo Coordinator

Thanks to these Geo/SIG groups for a job well done and for their support in expanding the outreach of the OAUG community.

Upcoming Geo/SIG Meetings

    * Process Manufacturing SIG Conference Call
      May 12, 2009
    * ORUG Functional SIG Teleconference
      May 14, 2009
    * British Columbia OAUG
      May 14, 2009
      Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
    * Twin Cities Financial OAUG
      May 21, 2009
      Bloomington, MN
    * Michigan OAUG
      June 3, 2009
      Warren, MI
    * Healthcare Industry Users Group
      Interact 09
      June 7 - 10, 2009
      Scottsdale, AZ
    * New England OAUG
      June 8, 2009
      Worcester, MA
    * Process Manufacturing SIG Conference Call
      June 9, 2009
    * Atlanta OAUG
      June 19, 2009
    * Ohio Valley OAUG
      June 19, 2009
      Wilmington, OH
    * Pittsburgh OAUG
      June 19, 2009
      Washington, PA
    * OTM SIG Conference
      June 21 - 24, 2009
      Philadelphia, PA
    * Southwest Regional OAUG
      July 24, 2009
      Newport Beach, CA
    * Michigan OAUG
      July 27, 2009
      Plymouth, MI

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Now Available

Oracle has announced general availability of the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 to help companies and organizations more effectively compete in today’s economy. This latest release of the Oracle E-Business Suite provides product enhancements across human resources, supply chain management, procurement, projects, master data management, customer relationship management and financials.

BI Consulting Group Announces Support for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Release 7.9.6

With the new release of Oracle BI Applications, BI Consulting Group extends its BI solution offering to include Project Analytics and Loyalty Analytics

Minneapolis, MN, May 07, 2009 -- BI Consulting Group today announced that it will be offering expanded professional services expertise based on the newly introduced Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications Release 7.9.6. The new capabilities in Oracle BI Applications Release 7.9.6 surrounding Project Analytics and Loyalty Analytics will provide BI Consulting Group an opportunity to help organizations to manage and execute with greater business insights and agility.

In addition, BI Consulting Group continues to provide services around the enhanced Oracle Human Resource Analytics and Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics in this latest release of Oracle BI Applications. Oracle Human Resources Analytics introduces new monitoring and reporting capabilities for Recruitment Learning Management and Leave and Absence Analytics to help organizations further improve overall workforce performance and managerial effectiveness. Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics features enhancements to help purchasing and procurement organizations glean greater insight into spend, supplier performance, and expenses.

"BICG has developed tried and true best practices for implementing all of Oracle BI Applications. These best practices are part of our standard project protocol and have also been incorporated into our BICG University training courses. Our customers are leveraging this knowledge of the Oracle BI Applications to extend intelligence quickly and efficiently throughout their enterprise," said Mike Jelen, Vice President of BICG University, the education arm of BI Consulting Group.

"Oracle Project Analytics is certainly drawing the most excitement of the new and enhanced applications as most organizations in some way shape or form manage projects," said Amy Mayer, President of BI Consulting Group. "The content available in the new Project Analytics is extremely comprehensive allowing you to analyze project costs compared to budgets, project revenues, billings and collections allowing you to drastically reduce the risk and manage projects much more effectively. I see strong interest for this application amongst both Oracle and non-Oracle customers as the content, data models and ETLs can be leveraged no matter the back-end system," continued Mayer.

Oracle BI Applications are complete, pre-built BI solutions that deliver intuitive, role-based intelligence for everyone in an organization – from front-line employees to senior management – that enable better decisions, actions, and business processes. Based on best practices, these solutions enable organizations to gain greater insight and value from a range of data sources and applications including the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle’s Siebel CRM, Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and third party systems such as SAP.

About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 20,000 companies who deliver innovative software solutions based on Oracle software. Through access to Oracle’s premier products, education, technical services, marketing and sales support, the Oracle PartnerNetwork program provides partners with the resources they need to be successful in today’s global economy. Oracle partners are able to offer their customers leading-edge solutions backed by Oracle’s position as the world’s largest enterprise software company. Partners who are able to demonstrate superior product knowledge, technical expertise, and a commitment to doing business with Oracle qualify for the Certified Partner levels.

About BI Consulting Group
BI Consulting Group is a Oracle consulting partner focused exclusively on Oracle Business Intelligence. Service offerings include consulting services, education services, support services as well as product services. BICG's sole focus is Oracle Business Intelligence. BICG’s experience with Oracle Business Intelligence is rooted in the origins of the software suite. Their consultants began using the business intelligence suite of products offered by Minnesota-based nQuire Software in late 1999. Siebel acquired nQuire in 2001, and Oracle acquired Siebel in 2006. The experts at BI Consulting Group have collectively completed over 280 successful implementations of Oracle BI. Along the way, BICG has been honored with Oracle's Most Valuable Partner Award for Business Intelligence and the Oracle Excellence Award for creatively using Oracle Fusion Middleware with Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel, JD Edwards etc) to create innovative and standards-based technology solutions.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates.

Jeremiah Johnson
BI Consulting Group
Minneapolis, MN

PSOUG / Welcome to the NWOUG Fall Conference!
« on: May 07, 2009, 06:11:52 AM »
Welcome to the NWOUG Fall Conference!

September 15th, 2009

Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center

Lloyd Center Double Tree Hotel

1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon 97232

Mark Sunday, Oracle CIO, will be the Keynote Speaker

This exciting conference will bring the best of Oracle innovation and leadership to the Pacific Northwest!

Do you want to be at the forefront and be recognized as a leader in your field of expertise?

You can become a leader by being a supporter of the event through your presentation or participation in the vendor fair. Consider sponsoring lunch, breakfast or one of the breaks; this is a great way to raise your corporate visibility. Would you like a private “breakout room” to meet with your clients and prospects during the day without having to leave the premises? Let us know what you need so we can make necessary arrangements.

Members want to know what you have to say, and are eager to learn! Be a presenter in one of our Technical, Applications or Vendor tracks.

Presenters who wish to be considered for the Fall Conference must submit a 50 - 75 word abstract of their presentation to The time line and steps for presentation submittal, selection and preparation is as follows:

    *  presentation abstract submission opens NOW!
    *  presentation abstract submission closes: June 15, 2009
    *  presentation abstract selection results communicated: June 26, 2009
    *  full presentation due for conference package preparation: August 31, 2009
    *  presentation at the conference: September 15, 2009

This year, Vendor displays will be at the heart of the event, centrally located in the conference area; in the middle of traffic and the primary focal point of activities. You will have an excellent opportunity to interface with all the attendees. Visit the Vendor’s Corner of our website ( to download exhibit applications and regulations.

Additional information regarding the Fall Conference will soon become available on the NWOUG web site (

Do you want more information or have questions? Contact us at

PSOUG / Sample Classes Now Available In the Online Learning Center
« on: April 23, 2009, 10:14:59 AM »
The full version of the Online Learning Center (OLC)will be available shortly. In the meantime, please feel free to watch these excerpts of classes from Dan Morgan, Dr Steven Lewis, and Joe Celko.

FlashBack Database (Dan Morgan
Instructional video on using FlashBack to return the database to a point in the past using either the SCN (system change number) or a specified time.

FlashBack Drop (Dan Morgan
Instructional video on using FlashBack to recover a dropped table.

FlashBack Query (Dan Morgan)
Instructional video on using FlashBack to run queries against the database at any specific time in the past.

Date Functions Demystified (Dan Morgan)
Instructional video on working with some of the various date functions in Oracle 10g and 11g.

Thinking In Sets (Joe Celko)
The fantastic "Thinking In Sets" lecture by Joe Celko.

Three Programming Tricks (Joe Celko)
Joe Celko's "Three Programming Tricks" lecture.

Intro to Java I (Dr. Steven Lewis)
Instructional video by Dr. Steven Lewis, Java Basics, Part 1.

Intro to Java II (Dr. Steven Lewis)
Instructional video by Dr. Steven Lewis, Java Basics, Part 2.

PSOUG / Oracle Buys Sun
« on: April 20, 2009, 06:59:00 AM »
Oracle Buys Sun

Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) and Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt.

'We expect this acquisition to be accretive to Oracle's earnings by at least 15 cents on a non-GAAP basis in the first full year after closing. We estimate that the acquired business will contribute over $1.5 billion to Oracle's non-GAAP operating profit in the first year, increasing to over $2 billion in the second year. This would make the Sun acquisition more profitable in per share contribution in the first year than we had planned for the acquisitions of BEA, PeopleSoft and Siebel combined,' said Oracle President Safra Catz.

Register online now for this complimentary event featuring successful grid techniques for the next-generation data center. Or call 1.800.820.5592 ext. 6257.

Master Change: Consolidate, Virtualize, and Standardize Your Data Center

Learn proven grid computing best practices for reaching new levels of efficiency and agility

Join us for a free half-day seminar, Grid Computing: The Next-Generation Data Center. You'll learn best practices for transforming your central IT operations into a high-performance next-generation data center.

Today's data centers must be ready for rapid and unpredictable changes driven by dynamic business demands, market and regulatory pressures, and operational imperatives for green computing and lower costs. At this Grid Computing seminar, we will show you how grid computing pools and provisions groups of networked computers on demand to meet the changing needs of your business. And you will see how multiple applications can share the same computing infrastructure for greater efficiency, agility, availability, and scalability than dedicated servers and storage can provide.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Governor Hotel - Jakes Catering
614 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Map & Directions

Oracle experts and customer success stories will illustrate how you can:

    * Improve efficiency with server clustering, load balancing, and application grid technologies
    * Drive IT agility with on-demand provisioning, automation, and real-time predictive monitoring
    * Boost availability with disaster protection, failover strategies, and quality-of-service management
    * Green your operations with server consolidation, virtualization, and energy-saving best practices

Come meet with your peers and Oracle technology professionals to discuss how grid techniques can transform your business, budget, and timetable. See how grid best practices are helping thousands of customers modernize their operations to create the next-generation data center.

Register online now for this complimentary event. Or call 1.800.820.5592 ext. 6257.


8:30 a.m.    Breakfast and Registration
9:00 a.m.    Oracle Keynote: Grid Techniques for the Next-Generation Data Center
10:00 a.m.    Break
10:15 a.m.    Breakout Session 1: Achieving Agile IT Operations
11:15 a.m.    Breakout Session 2: Ensuring Continuous Availability
12:15 p.m.    Lunch and Demo
1:15 p.m.    Wrap Up and Raffle

PSOUG / Conficker Update: Creating Spam-Spewing Drones?
« on: April 10, 2009, 10:15:45 AM »
By Stefanie Hoffman, ChannelWeb
8:16 PM EDT Thu. Apr. 09, 2009

More than a week after its April 1 deadline, the Conficker C worm released an update that could activate the botnet to deliver spam and turn infected PCs into zombies.

Researchers say that the latest update could include a connection between the Conficker worm to the active spam bot W32.Waledac. Specifically, researchers said they have seen circumstantial evidence that the latest strain of Conficker, known as Downadup E, might drop a Waledac binary on machines infected with Conficker C. That binary is designed to steal information and turn infected PCs into spam-spewing drones under the control of the malware authors, experts say.

Full Article:

Conficker Eye Chart:

PSOUG / RSA Conference: April 20-24, Moscone Center, San Francisco
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:38:52 PM »

RSA Conference 2009

Then RSA® Conference 2009 is your information security event! As the information security field continues to grow in importance and influence, RSA® Conference plays an integral role in educating and connecting security professionals across the globe.

RSA® Conference 2009 offers enterprise and technical professionals one-stop learning. With targeted classroom sessions, innovative and interactive programs, provocative keynotes and a solutions-filled expo hall, RSA® Conference 2009 is the unbiased third party resource information security professionals rely upon.

Don’t miss events include the First-Time Attendee Orientation, Welcome Reception, "Table for 6" Dinners and topic-driven Peer2Peer Sessions to the renowned RSA® Conference Codebreakers Bash - among many others.

PSOUG / Enterprise Manager 10gR5 Released
« on: April 09, 2009, 05:00:30 PM »
Enterprise Manager 10g Release 5 Now Available

Lower cost with faster performance diagnostics and tighter integration with Oracle Applications and Oracle Fusion Middleware

Oracle Enterprise Manager's unique top-down approach to application management enables customers to reduce complexity and increase efficiencies in their IT environments and optimally run their enterprise applications. Oracle Enterprise Manager achieves this through an unrivaled blend of broad application management and quality assurance solutions with deep management solutions for Oracle technologies including Oracle packaged applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database and Oracle VM.

"Customers are battling economic conditions that require a rigorous focus on delivering business operations and IT efficiencies at a lower cost," said Richard Sarwal, Oracle senior vice president Product Development. "Oracle Enterprise Manager supports both endeavors through automated management of business workflows, processes and services, as well as supporting the full Oracle software stack through its unique top-down application management approach."

    * Watch the first video OTN TechCast with Justin Kestelyn, Richard Sarwal, and Leng Tan
    * Watch the announcement Webcast on demand
    * Learn more about Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Release 5

COLLABORATE 09 to Feature Educational Sessions from BI Consulting Group
Collaborate is the Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community in Orlando

Added: 04/06/2009 - Jeremiah Johnson

Orlando, FL, USA, April 06, 2009 -- For the fourth consecutive year, the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest) join forces to host the leading technology and applications forum for the Oracle community.

BI Consulting Group, Oracle’s premier partner for Oracle Business Intelligence.

BI Consulting Group is a 2009 conference exhibitor and is presenting during two educational sessions during the conference.

At BI Consulting Group’s booth, attendees can:

  • See demonstrations of BICG IMPACT, the data-lineage and impact analysis tool for OBIEE.
  • See demonstrations of IDENTITY, BICG’s comprehensive branding & customization service for OBIEE interfaces.
  • Speak with members of BICG leadership who can provide insight into all BICG’s service offerings and share their thoughts on all things related to Oracle Business Intelligence.
  • Learn more about UGOBI. BICG is a proud sponsor of the User Group for Oracle Business Intelligence (UGOBI).

BI Consulting Group is conducting the following educational sessions:

Bulletproof Single Sign-On (SSO) for OBIEE. Monday, May 4 at 3:45pm. Room 1128.
Buy vs. Build - What's The Real Value of Pre-Built BI Analytic Applications?. Wednesday, May 6 at 11am. Room 1129.

May 3-7, 2009

BI Consulting Group Exhibit: Booth # 4358
Orange County Convention Center West, Orlando, Florida, USA

About Bi Consulting Group

BI Consulting Group is Oracle's premier consulting partner focused exclusively on Oracle Business Intelligence. Service offerings include consulting services, education services, support services as well as product services.

BICG's sole focus is Oracle Business Intelligence. Our experience with OBIEE is rooted in the origins of the software. Our consultants began using the business intelligence suite of products offered by Minnesota-based nQuire Software in late 1999. Siebel aquired nQuire in 2001, and Oracle aquired Siebel in 2006.

The experts at BI Consulting Group have collectively completed over 280 successful implementations of Oracle BI. Along the way, BICG has been honored with Oracle's Most Valuable Partner Award for Business Intelligence and the Oracle Excellence Award for creatively using Oracle Fusion Middleware with Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel, JD Edwards etc) to create innovative and standards-based technology solutions. For further information about BICG, visit


COLLABORATE 09 is designed to help users of the full family of Oracle business applications and database technologies gain greater value from their Oracle investments. Created by and for users, COLLABORATE 09 offers an expert blend of customer-to-customer interaction and insights from technology visionaries and Oracle strategists. Representation at COLLABORATE 09 will include Oracle users, solution providers, consultants, developers and representatives from Oracle Corporation.

Jeremiah Johnson
Sr. Marketing Manager
BI Consulting Group
Orlando, FL

Lol, April Fools!  ;D

PSOUG / Ellison mocks cloud computing, sells it anyway
« on: March 30, 2009, 09:36:30 AM »
Full Article:

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has had a tough year. The man who was once dubbed the "Muhammad Ali of software" is helplessly watching as the competitive landscape shifts and his personal wealth takes a hammering.

And don't get Larry started on nansy-pansy buzzwords taking over the industry. The term that really rubs him the wrong way is "cloud computing," as an audience of analysts discovered last October during a Q&A session:

    "The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?"

Unfortunately for Ellison, not any time soon. This morning's Wall Street Journal notes that there is some confusion over the definition of cloud computing. Still, that hasn't stopped practically every major IT vendor from jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon with products that promote the potential of Internet-based storage, processing, and software services.

Full Article:

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