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    We’ve just launched a new certification for recognizing your Oracle Cloud skills. The Oracle Management Cloud certification qualifies as competency criteria for the Oracle Management Cloud 2017 Specialization.

    The Oracle Management Cloud 2017 Implementation Essentials Exam has been developed for professionals that need to manage on-premise and Cloud environments together using technology designed for increasing application size and complexity.

    Act now to request one of the limited vouchers that covers the entire exam fee. 


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    Oracle PartnerNetwork is pleased to announce that the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service 2017 Developer Essentials Exam (1Z1-346) is available in beta testing!

    This certification covers topics such as: Fundamentals, Mobile Backends, Platform Features, Connectors, Custom APIs, Analytics, and Management. We advise partners that are planning to become specialized in this area to have their mobile developers take this new exam.

    Take the exam for free while in beta testing! Request a beta voucher via the OPN Beta Certified Specialist Exam Voucher Request Form


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    The August edition of the PaaS & Middleware Partner Update contains three key topics:

    • PaaS Sales Kits
    • Internet of Things Cloud Service free trial
    • SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcasts August 30th 2016  



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    The Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud Service 2017 Implementation Essentials (1Z1-349) exam is designed for individuals who possess a strong foundation and expertise in implementing Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud Service.

    This exam is for users with at least one year of hands-on Eloqua experience, including at least three completed Eloqua implementations.

    Request a discounted beta voucher via the OPN Beta Certified Specialist Exam Voucher Request Form!


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    Oracle MiniCluster Knowledge Zone leverages Oracle MiniCluster S7-2 product which is a simple and efficient engineered system designed to run enterprise databases and applications with uncompromising security.

    Within this Knowledge Zone you can find useful information about Oracle MiniCluster 2017 Sales and Presales roles, terms and conditions for resell program and how you can apply to it.

    New Assessments for Oracle MiniCluster

    • Oracle MiniCluster 2017 Sales Specialist Assessment - This 15-question assessment test is the final component of the Oracle MiniCluster 2017 Sales Specialist training. This assessment will allow you to test your knowledge of the information learned from the Oracle MiniCluster 2017 Sales Specialist guided learning path.
    • Oracle MiniCluster 2017 Presales Specialist Assessment - This 20-question assessment test is the final component of the Oracle MiniCluster 2017 Presales Specialist training. This assessment will allow you to test your knowledge of the information learned from the Oracle MiniCluster 2017 Presales Specialist guided learning path.

    New Oracle MiniCluster Guided Learning Paths

    • Oracle MiniCluster 2017 Sales Specialist guided learning path provides you with information on the Oracle MiniCluster product, its key value propositions, typical target use cases and a detailed look at its features and capabilities.
    • Oracle MiniCluster 2017 Presales Specialist guided learning path provides you with information on the Oracle MiniCluster product, its key value propositions, typical target use cases and a detailed look at its features and capabilities.

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    Oracle MiniCluster is a complete engineered system designed for running database or applications workloads optimally. Oracle MiniCluster can be deployed in less time that DIY configurations, speeding up time to production and quickly improving operational efficiencies. Because it is an engineered system, the customer does not have to figure out the optimum combination of knobs to deliver the best performance, it is already done for you. And the system is remarkably easy to deploy and maintain.

    Review detailed criteria to resell and apply now!


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  • 08/05/16--08:47: TABs in Your Code?
  • Not to start a religious war, but white space in your code can cause havoc when you’re doing code compares and versioning. Some folks like tabs, others prefer to control how their code looks regardless of the editor’s tab display options. From what I can tell, SQL Developer’s code editors won’t... [Read More]

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    Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OAF or "OA Framework") user interface libraries and infrastructure.   Since the release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in 2013, we have released several cumulative updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues. 

    These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Pack. "Cumulative" means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

    The latest OAF update for EBS 12.2.5 is now available:

    EBS 12.2.5 Bundle Patch 5 download patch

    Where is the documentation for this update?

    Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are here:

    Who should apply this patch?

    All EBS 12.2.5 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 12.2.5 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

    What's new in this update?

    This bundle patch is cumulative: it includes all fixes released in previous EBS 12.2.5 bundle patches.

    This latest bundle patch includes new fixes for the following critical issues:

      • The getIndexedChild API throws an exception when all the subtabs are hidden in the subtab layout.
      • Adding new rows to the scroll mode table with more than 30 records leads to UI distortion and table becomes empty.    
      • The value in Table cells with style OraTableCellNumber and OraTableTotalNumber is left aligned.
      • The inline error message at the table cell is not wrapped in 12.2 code lines and consequently, the table columns are expanded to the length of error messages if the error messages are long.
      • Mechanism to render table header tag from Row wise rendering(Row Bean) is not available in OAF
      This Bundle Patch requires the R12.ATG_PF.C.Delta.5 Release Update Pack as a mandatory prerequisite.

      Related Articles



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      Our popular Friday Spotlight blogs are moving to Mondays... Watch this space to get insight to products, events and all things Oracle Linux and OpenStack.

      See you on Monday. 


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      clip_image002Oracle released its newest cloud product, the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud Service, a couple of days ago. We have shared our experience with the product at the DOAG 2015 conference where we have also shown a showcase demonstrating the capabilities of the IoT Cloud Service. With this article we are starting a series of posts showing some key aspects of the product.

      First of all, a brief introduction: what is IoT and what does the Oracle IoT Cloud Service provide?

      More than a year has passed since we have built our first IoT demo. The article gives a good overview about what the Internet of Things is, how the architecture can be set up, etc. The retrospective at the end of our pilot project back then shows the key aspects for a successful adoption.

      The high level view of the Oracle IoT Cloud Service is shown in the picture below.

      Data from “things”– devices somewhere around the world – is sent to the Oracle IoT Cloud Service. This can be a direct connection if the device supports it or an indirect one in which case the device communicates with a gateway (possibly even over a proprietary protocol) and the gateway forwards the data to the IoT Cloud Service.

      All these devices and their connections are managed by the product. Metadata attributes like device category or location can be added to devices to help find devices quickly (for example to locate a faulty device).

      Data sent to the cloud can be either forwarded directly to backend systems (which can be either in the cloud or on premise) or it can be analysed in the cloud and the result of the analysis can be forwarded to other systems – for example to a BI System for producing more detailed reports or to an ERP system to keep track of the assets. Read part I here, part II here, part III here, part IV here and part V here.

      SOA & BPM Partner Community

      For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.

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      Today I'm going to explain very powerful Big Data SQL feature - Storage Indexes. Before all, I want to note, that name "Storage Index" could mislead you. In fact, it's dynamic structure that automatically built over your data after you scan it. There is no any specific command or something that user have... [Read More]

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      clip_image001The News

      Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service is now available!  Oracle IoT Cloud Service is a secure and scalable platform to help organizations quickly build and deploy IoT applications. This new offering allows customers to gain new data-driven insights and drive actions from IoT by connecting, analyzing and integrating device data into business processes and applications like remote equipment monitoring and asset tracking.

      Value Proposition

      The three core elements of IoT Cloud Service are – connect, analyze and integrate

               Connect -  Using IoT Cloud Service, users can collect data from any device in any market—reliably and securely. It abstracts away the technical challenges of connecting to devices/gateways and accelerates your time to market with an open, secure, and scalable platform.

               Analyze -  Gathering IoT data is pointless if customers can’t get value from it. IoT Cloud Service performs real-time analytics and enables big data and predictive analytics to deliver the enriched enterprise data that enables you to identify new services and improve customer satisfaction.

               Integrate -  IoT Cloud Service extends enterprise applications using open interfaces and pre-integrations with Oracle’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS), software-as-a-service (SaaS) and on-premise applications to reduce total cost of ownership for IoT data-enriched applications and processes.

      Need to Know

      Here are some assets and information to help you effectively sell Oracle IoT Cloud Service into your accounts:

               Sales Tools and Collateral:  Customer-facing content available on cloud.oracle.com/iot

      1.      Create opportunities using IoT Discovery Workshop: contact us for more information

      2.      Access all IoT presentations from Open World 2015 here. (SOA Community membership required)

      3.      Access customer facing e-book& solution brief

               Publicity: Oracle Internet of Things was announced in a press release at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 and is included in ongoing social media activities.

               Pricing and Availability:  Oracle IoT Cloud Service is now orderable and pricing for Metered and non-Metered (Subscription) is now available in the Price Book.  Pricing will be available at cloud.oracle.com shortly.

      Who to target

               Customers interested in remote monitoring of their industrial equipments to drive proactive and predictive maintenance

               Customers interested in tracking assets to optimize their logistics operations or for safety and policy adherence

               Customers in industries such as industrial manufacturing, construction, utilities, agriculture and transportation/logistics

               Existing Oracle e-Business Suite, JD Edwards E1, Oracle Service Cloud, Oracle Transportation Management customers

      Key features

               Device Virtualization– IoT Cloud Service exposes every connected device as a set of resources. This abstracts any complexity associated with device connectivity and standardizes the integration of devices with the enterprise

               Flexible Topology - Devices can connect to the Oracle IoT Cloud Service using different types of network topologies – using client library, gateway software or directly using REST API. This offers customers flexibility to integrate their devices with IoT Cloud Service.

               Stream processing– IoT Cloud Service performs real time analysis of incoming data streams with event aggregation, filtering and correlation. With a business-friendly interface, customers can quickly identify key events and exceptions at real-time

               Event Store– Analyzed data streams can be sent to integrated cloud services or enterprise applications for further processing and driving business workflows. Customers can query and visualize massive amounts of data with integrated Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service support and enable Big Data Analysis.

               Enterprise Integration –IoT Cloud Service enables API based integration with Oracle enterprise applications such as E-Business Suite, JD Edwards Enterprise One, Oracle Transportation Management, Oracle Service Cloud as well as PaaS services like Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Oracle Integration Cloud Service

               Command & Control– Users can send messages to devices from enterprise & mobile applications, independent of device connectivity. Enterprise applications can also use the Oracle IoT Cloud Service REST API to issue commands and make queries to devices, providing customized, intelligent orchestration for business.

      Key Benefits

               Faster Time to Market -  Extend manufacturing processes & logistics operations by leveraging connected devices

               Real-Time Insight -  Optimize asset tracking by analyzing and acting on in-flight IoT data

               Integrated -  Drive predictive maintenance using pre-built integrations with applications, analytics & mobile services

               Secure & Scalable -  Enterprise-grade platform for mission critical IoT applications


      Want to try IoT Cloud Service? See the blog post here

      SOA & BPM Partner Community

      For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.

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      Luis Weir and the HCL team build an excellent PaaS showcase for predictive maintenance.

      Predictive Maintenance HCL PaaS Showcase

      • Industry value proposition solving a business problem

      • PaaS services: IoT, MCS, PCS, ICS

      Industries such as aeronautics, automotive, manufacturing, high-tech and even healthcare always deal with the management of thousands of assets. This activity is complex in very costly. Even more so due to manual business processes and disconnected systems (many of them legacy). HCL’s ServiSmart solution reduces costs by connecting assets into a streamlined and pre-built end-to-end digital business process to automate tasks such as fault recognition and diagnosis, work allocation, repairs tracking and ongoing maintenance. Watch the video here.

      SOA & BPM Partner Community

      For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.

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      Heading to Oracle OpenWorld? The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team will be hosting the usability lab at Oracle’s largest conference of the year. Sign up to participate in a one-on-one usability feedback session on Oracle Cloud Applications, an interactive focus group on financial data visualizations, or a customer-driven design jam.


      This is the first time an OAUX design jam will be conducted at OpenWorld. When you sign up to participate, you will have the opportunity to work directly with an Oracle designer, alongside other Oracle customers, to brainstorm enterprise use cases and create a prototype using Personal Assistant Technologies in the workplace. The design jam offers the unique opportunity to ideate, collaborate, and create a prototype you would love to see in the workplace. Come contribute directly to the future of the Oracle user experience!

      The usability lab will be onsite for just three days during the conference, so reserve your space today. Participation in the usability lab allows access to the front lines of Oracle’s next-generation applications. Your feedback will help Oracle continue to develop applications with a user interface that emphasizes simplicity, mobility, and extensibility. Feel free to share this information with co-workers who are also attending Oracle OpenWorld!

      Dates: Monday, September 19 – Wednesday, September 21
      Location: The San Francisco Marriott Marquis, near the Moscone Center

      Space is limited, and this event fills up quickly. Contact Jeannette Chadwick for more information. To learn more about our team’s presence at Oracle OpenWorld this year, please visit UsableApps

      *Participation requires that your company or organization has a Customer Participation Confidentiality Agreement (CPCA) on file. If your company or organization does not have a CPCA on file, we will start this simple process for you.


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      I have blogged in the past more than once about the "wonderful" topic of OJVM patching. And please don't beat me and you can be sure that even our execs are aware of this topic. Anyhow,  I'd like to summarize a few typical questions sent to me in the past months regarding OJVM patching. Do I need... [Read More]

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      "Enterprises increasingly need to manage cost, reduce time to market, and improve business agility.

      They need to ensure security, scalability, and reliability for deployment and simplify the management and support of their full solution stack, which most often includes Oracle Databases, Oracle applications, and Oracle Middleware.

      Oracle Solaris 11 is uniquely positioned to address these needs across the Oracle stack. Oracle Solaris 11 includes a full distribution of OpenStack, the leading open source software for managing diverse cloud infrastructures."

      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

      Oracle University’s OpenStack Administration Using Oracle Solaris 11training is an advanced course encompassing multiple Oracle technologies (Oracle Solaris 11.3, and Oracle VirtualBox). 

      Expert Oracle University instructors help you develop the skills required to configure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) using OpenStack with Oracle Solaris 11.

      How Can You Benefit from Taking this Course?

      By taking this course, you'll reap the benefits of participating in a series of guided hands-on labs that walk you through the full spectrum of OpenStack functionalities. 

      You'll gain hands-on, real-world experience configuring and administering single and multiple node OpenStack setups.

      These labs are designed around scenarios to enhance the learning experience of setting up the cloud infrastructure using OpenStack with Oracle Solaris 11.

      Take OpenStack Administration Using Oracle Solaris 11 training today!


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      What's NetBeans all about, what makes it special, why would anyone use NetBeans rather than something else, what are its key features, what distinguishes NetBeans from other tools, etc etc etc. Set aside those questions for a moment and take a look at this photo taken last week at JCrete:

      That's a small part of the NetBeans community around the world, most of the above are members of the NetBeans Dream Team. And the enthusiasm that jumps out at you is why NetBeans is special. Yes, the Maven integration in NetBeans is awesome; yes, NetBeans makes working with Git a piece of cake; yes, if you're doing Java EE then NetBeans should really be your weapon of choice, etc etc etc. And NetBeans is also awesome when you build software on top of it.

      But, beneath it all, is a group of fun people from all over the world—who have all kinds of different hobbies and interests, one of which is software development, which they all do in one way or another in/with/on NetBeans IDE.

      In the pic, taken by Stephen Chin, are:

      • back row: Jose Pereda (Spain), John Kostaras (Greece), Paul Anderson (USA), Gail Anderson (USA), Jaroslav Tulach (Czech Republic), Kirk Pepperdine (Hungary), Sven Reimers (Germany), Timon Veenstra (Netherlands)
      • front row: Sven Ruppert (taking the place of Ivar Grimstad, who couldn't be found), Geertjan Wielenga (Netherlands), Toni "Crazy Screaming Guy" Epple (Germany), Zoran Sevarac (Serbia)


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    • 08/09/16--03:28: Learn Oracle JET in 3 Weeks
    • Oracle JET, the open source toolkit for enterprise JavaScript, targeted at mobile and web applications, was announced at JavaOne and OpenWorld last year. In February, it was open sourced at github.com/oracle/oraclejet. Soon you'll be able to take a free course on-line, which will introduce you to all the key topics and give you many exercises to do to guide you through the process of creating JavaScript enterprise applications in a simple and logical way:

      Click here, to sign up, today!


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      Our partner OpRiskSolutions developed two solutions based on BPM Suite 12c:

      Aria4Automotive Aria4Automotive is a comprehensive solution, designed to address the specific requirements of Project Schedule Management in the Automotive Industry. The solution supports specific automotive industry planning concepts, such as enterprise-wide scheduling.
      Aria4Pharma Aria4Pharma is a comprehensive enterprise solution that addresses the specific needs, planning concepts and processes of drug development in the pharmaceutical industry.

      For more information about the Solutions Catalog & Cloud Marketplace please see the blog post: Free advertisement for Oracle partners – all details about Solutions Catalog & Cloud Marketplace

      SOA & BPM Partner Community

      For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.

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      Oracle Metadata Management

      Oracle Metadata Management is essential to solving a wide variety of critical business and technical challenges around data governance and transparency.For example, “How are those report figures are calculated?” or “How does that change impact the data upstream?”.Oracle Metadata Management is built to answer these pressing questions for customers in a lightweight browser-based interface.

      What is new in Oracle Metadata Management’s newest release

      Oracle Metadata Management 12.2.1.1includes a number of key updates including:

      • Extended support for new cloud, big data and other technology with new harvesting bridges,
      • Enhanced search and findability function to manage objects within OMM, and
      • Quick and easy naming and renaming capabilities.
      • To read the entire list click here.A few highlights include:

      Metadata Explorer – Designed for the business user

      This release provides a major redesign of the Metadata Explorer User Interface on both the look and feel in addition to actual capabilities.


      The new METADATA SEARCH/ BROWSE with FILTERING on any attributes and/or properties allows for the choice of result set displays as a classic Google like "LIST", or a new powerful "GRID" offering a spreadsheet like display of multiple attributes/properties at once. Attributes/properties can be individually selected, reordered, and sorted, offering a full metadata reporting solution. The results can of course be downloaded as CSV/Excel files.

      METADATA EDITING is now possible at various levels.Numerous new fast and easy "in place" editing to Rename objects, Edit Descriptions, and more are available. The new Search/Browse GRID display also offers efficient editing with TABULAR EDITING of multiple objects at once such as Business Glossary Terms, Data Models Tables, or Table Columns.Also, BULK CHANGE of multiple objects at once is feasible, where a search can return multiple objects (that can then be selectively sub-setted) for which changes can be performed at once (e.g. Change the Security Threat Level to Orange to a set of tables at once)

      Metadata Documentation - Capture Metadata through documentation

      Metadata Documentation has been further developed. Previously, you could import a database model but could not enrich it with your own metadata. Now databases can be documented with extra metadata and any number of custom attributes.

      Harvesting Bridges

      Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management 12.2.1.1 provides a whole set of new harvesting bridges. A few examples include:

      · Amazon Web Services AWS) RedShift Database import

      · Apache Cassandra import (including from DataStax Enterprise)

      · Apache Hadoop HiveQL DDL import (including from Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, etc.)

      · Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) (Repository Database) import bridge

      · Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2014 import bridge

      Enhancements to existing bridges are also available.For instance:

      There has been a major redesign of all DI/ETL/ELT bridges based upon a more universal DI meta-model which better supports the new generations of DI tools while reducing the volume of metadata. As a result, DI/ETL/ELT bridges now import much faster (some of them twice as fast), without losing any DI/ETL/ELT design or data flow lineage details.

      Business Intelligence bridges have also seen improvements, specifically:

      · IBM Cognos Content Manager with PowerPlay Transformer import bridge has major improvements to better support lineage for cubes

      · MicroStrategy import bridge has major improvements for scalability and protection against broken/corrupted reports

      · Tableau import bridge has major improvements to better support massive amounts of database or file connections (popular in self service BI)

      Metadata Manager and Version Handling

      This release of Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management sees major improvements in its Metadata Manager by way of performance and more efficient handling of versions themselves. The MODEL VERSION / CHANGE MANAGEMENT feature prevents the creation of unnecessary new versions of models if the source metadata (e.g. a database, or data model) has not changed since the last automatically scheduled metadata harvesting. This is new feature is achieved by taking advantage of the harvesting bridge’s new capabilities to compare the metadata of a newly imported model with a previously imported one in order to detect any change. The major benefit of this new feature is to dramatically reduce the disk space in the repository by automatically deleting unnecessary versions. CONFIGURATION / VERSION CHANGE MANAGEMENT capabilities now exist which offer a way to compare various versions of configurations.

      Again, this is just a snippet of what’s new in this release of Oracle Metadata Management 12.2.1.1 but the added value is tremendous.We hope your journey with this solution in enlightening! For more information visit the home page here.


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