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Oracle News / Analyst's Corner: "Integration Made Simple"
« on: April 02, 2010, 12:05:02 PM »
Analyst's Corner: "Integration Made Simple"

Tools and strategies improve application implementations.

Oracle Magazine spoke with Michael Fauscette, group vice president for software business solutions at IDC, about techniques for streamlining enterprise software implementations.

Oracle Magazine: What are the primary challenges companies face when integrating enterprise applications, and how are software vendors such as Oracle addressing these challenges?

Fauscette: One of the biggest challenges involves creating and synchronizing business processes across multiple applications. For example, when you process an order, you also want to update your inventory tables, create an invoice, and coordinate packaging and shipping. Once you start looking at these business processes holistically, it makes sense for the software vendor to provide a framework for structuring those process integrations for you. Thatís why in the past many customers tried to standardize on one enterprise software suite, or at least on applications from a small number of vendors.

In todayís environment, where IT shops are often heterogeneous, itís even more critical to have an established method for integrating among disparate applications. For example, if you are aligned with a vendor such as Oracle, you can get packaged process integrations and a toolkit to simplify enterprise implementations. Thatís why more companies are standardizing on an integration toolkit for all of their integration needs. This is a real advantage for the IT organization.

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Oracle SQL Developer 2.1 Patch 1 (

There is no in-place upgrade available. To install Oracle SQL Developer 2.1.1 download the file and unzip into an empty folder. Select the "Use folder names" checkbox when unzipping the file. You can migrate your settings from Oracle SQL Developer 1.2.1, Oracle SQL Developer 1.5.x or SQL Developer 2.1. See the Release Notes 2.1.1 for more details.

JDK Support
Oracle SQL Developer 2.1.1 is shipped with JDK1.6_11. However, you can connect to and use any JDK 1.6.11 or above. To use an existing JDK, download the zip files listed below "with JDK already installed."

Berkeley DB 11gR2 (

Oracle Berkeley DB is the industry-leading open source, embeddable storage engine that provides developers a fast, reliable, local database with zero administration. Oracle Berkeley DB is a library that links directly into your application. Your application makes simple function calls, rather than sending messages to a remote server, eliminating the performance penalty of client-server architectures.

Oracle News / In the Field: "How to Learn"
« on: March 31, 2010, 12:05:01 PM »
In the Field: "How to Learn"

Choosing the best way to acquire knowledge
Keeping up with current trends, product releases, and protocols is more important than ever for todayís IT professionals. How should busy specialists acquire new information?

The methodologies are many, and in this day and age, Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) members realize that they have to make smart choices when considering how to broaden their knowledge. With so many opportunities out there, how do you decide the best way to expand your technical repertoire? Letís discuss a few of them:

Oracle News / Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer
« on: March 31, 2010, 07:53:01 AM »
Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

Oracle, having acquired Sun Microsystems, including its Unix, will no longer give away free Solaris licenses. Oracle also states that some features of its Oracle Solaris will not appear in OpenSolaris, which means OpenSolaris may start to die.

Oracle has started closing the 'free as in beer' shops of Sun Microsystem. According to reports the free Solaris operating system is no longer free of cost.

Rebranded Oracle Solaris, the UNIX OS will now be available for a 90 day trial version and then users have to pay to buy a license. Earlier, under Sun, the OS was available for free but users had an option to buy support from Sun. This may seem OK for enterprise customers as cost of OS is minuscule compared to cost of services. Companies like Oracle generate extremely thick revenues through services and support.

But bad news is for the community as Open Solaris has an uncertain future. Oracle has made clear that not all features from Oracle Solaris will be added to Open Solaris. Oracle may not even release the code of most of the new features of Oracle Solaris thus keep an edge over UNIX competitors and community version. While price factor does not matter much, the code factor does matter a lot.

Dan Roberts, director of Solaris product management at Oracle had earlier said, "There may be some things we choose not to open source going forward, similar to how MySQL manages certain value-add(s) at the top of the stack. It's important to understand the plan now is to deliver value again out of our IP investment, while at the same time measuring that with continuing to deliver OpenSolaris in the open."

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Oracle News / Peer-to-Peer: "Dogged DBAs"
« on: March 29, 2010, 11:05:01 AM »
Peer-to-Peer: "Dogged DBAs"

Ben Prusinski, Sabdar Syed, Bert Scalzo

Dogged DBAs
By Blair Campbell
Meet three hardworking peers who dog-ear reference books and make doggy dedications.

Ben Prusinski
Peer Specs
Ben Prusinski and Associates, an Oracle consulting firm focused on end-to-end delivery of Oracle data warehouse and Oracle E-Business Suite solutions

Job title/description:
Managing partner and chief architect

San Diego, California

Oracle credentials:
Oracle Certified Professional (Oracle Database 10g), Oracle Certified Associate (Oracle Database 10g), and Oracle Certified Expert (Oracle Real Application Clusters 10g Administrator), with 13 years of experience using Oracle products

Oracle ACE
Which new features in Oracle Database are you finding most valuable?
I really like the Oracle Data Guard Snapshot Standby and Oracle Real Application Testing features. They allow me to work with customers to test upgrades and perform load testing without impacting performance on the current production database server.

Youíve taken Oracle University classes in the past. What led you to do this?
After I was laid off by a past employer in 2002 due to a major restructuring, I used some of my severance money to take Oracle9i DBA training courses. It was a great investment that helped keep my knowledge up-to-date.

If you were going to the International Space Station for six months and could take only one Oracle reference book, what would it be?
Thereís a tie for the most dog-eared book on my DBA bookshelf between Oracle Database 10g Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques, by Rich Niemiec [Oracle Press, 2007], and Oracle Database 10g RMAN Backup & Recovery, by Matthew Hart and Robert G. Freeman [Oracle Press 2006]. I would take both.

Sabdar Syed
Peer Specs
Saudi Hollandi Bank, the oldest bank in Saudi Arabia

Job title/description:
Senior Oracle DBA

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Oracle credentials:
Oracle Certified Professional (Oracle8i Database, Oracle9i Database, Oracle Database 10g, and Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Applications) and Oracle Certified Expert (Oracle Real Application Clusters 10g Administrator), with 8 years of experience using Oracle products

Oracle ACE
How did you get started in IT?
After earning my computer science degree, I got a job at [Oracle Database support services provider] Oramasters in India. My team was led by Rama Velpuri, who was a director at Oracle for many years and is considered a guru in backup and recovery. At Oramasters, Velpuriís team needed a junior DBA to test the scenarios and scripts they prepared for backup and recovery, so thatís where my focus on that area began.

Whatís your favorite tool or technique on the job?
My all-time favorite tool is SQL*Plus, because itís so easy to use for defining and developing SQL and PL/SQL scripts and for controlling the database structure.

What advice do you have for getting into database development?
Working knowledge of Linux is always a value add. I recommend that new DBAs download Oracleís free trial version, Oracle Enterprise Linux, and start practicing.

Bert Scalzo
Peer Specs
Quest Software, a systems management firm

Job title/description:
Database expert and product architect

Flower Mound, Texas

Length of time using Oracle products:
25 years

Oracle ACE
What technology has most changed your life?
Virtualization. It makes jobs like mineówhere you need multiple server operating systems [OSs] and versions, multiple client OSs and versions, and multiple database versions across multiple OSs per versionódoable. I can now have four servers that cover all my needs. Virtualization also helps me be green: rather than running one dedicated server per platform, I can instead run one server-class box and boot the OSs that I needóeven concurrently. So Iíve cut my power and heat footprint by at least half.

Which new options and features in Oracle Database are you finding most valuable?
I find both Oracle Real Application Clusters [Oracle RAC] and Oracle Automatic Storage Management technologies truly intriguing. I help many people do Oracle RAC proof-of-concept projectsóand when people are well educated and prepared, Oracle RAC simply works wonders. Plus Iím curious about just how it will evolve and be used in the virtualized world.

Whatís your favorite thing to do that doesnít involve work?
Hanging out with my miniature Schnauzer, Max. Iíve managed to involve Max and my other dogs in my work life, too: Iíve written seven books, and all but one are dedicated to my dogs.

Oracle News / Browser-Based: "Advanced Interactive Reporting"
« on: March 25, 2010, 12:05:03 PM »
Browser-Based: "Advanced Interactive Reporting"

Extend interactive reports with Oracle Application Express.

Oracle Application Express has included interactive reporting capabilities since Release 3.1. With interactive reporting, end users can modify their own data layouts directly in the Web application. Each user can rearrange a reportís data and save multiple layouts for later reference without having an impact on other users.

A previous column, "Building Interactive Reports" (Oracle Magazine, March/April 2008), explains how to build these reports. This column will take you through some of the more advanced techniques you can employ with Oracle Application Express interactive reports.

PSOUG / Oracle/Sun Enforces Pay-For-Security-Updates Plan
« on: March 23, 2010, 11:59:56 AM »
Oracle/Sun Enforces Pay-For-Security-Updates Plan

Recently, the Oracle/Sun conglomerate has denied public download access to all service packs for Solaris unless you have a support contract.

Now, paying a premium for gold-class service is nothing new in the industry, but withholding critical security updates smacks of extortion. While this pay-for-play model may be de rigueur for enterprise database systems, it is certainly not the norm for OS manufactures.

What may be more interesting is how Oracle/Sun is able to sidestep GNU licensing requirements since several of the Solaris cluster packs contain patches to GNU utilities and applications.

ADF Desktop Integration Component and Feature Demo

ADF and Excel working together

Oracle News / Up Close: "Filling the Needs of Higher Education"
« on: March 22, 2010, 12:05:02 PM »
Up Close: "Filling the Needs of Higher Education"

Ted Simpson, vice president of communications for the Higher Education
User Group (HEUG), shares his thoughts on IT and higher education.

Oracle News / HEUG's VP of Communications Ted Simpson
« on: March 22, 2010, 12:05:02 PM »
HEUG's VP of Communications Ted Simpson

HEUG's VP of Communications Ted Simpson in Oracle Magazine Up Close

Oracle News / Partitions: "Partition Virtually"
« on: March 22, 2010, 12:05:02 PM »
Partitions: "Partition Virtually"

Save space by deactivating index partitions, and use virtual columns to
partition more logically.

Oracle News / OTN Bulletin: "Best Reads of 2009"
« on: March 22, 2010, 12:05:02 PM »
OTN Bulletin: "Best Reads of 2009"

Learn what's happening with Oracle's most dynamic online community.

Oracle News / Architect: "Making Architecture Success Visible"
« on: March 22, 2010, 12:05:01 PM »
Architect: "Making Architecture Success Visible"

Make architecture success visible.

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