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    The Oracle Management Cloud 2017 Implementation Essentials (1Z1-500) exam is designed for individuals who demonstrate the knowledge to architect and implement Oracle Management Cloud services.

    This certification is available to all candidates but is geared toward members of the Oracle PartnerNetwork. OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists. This certification qualifies as competency criteria for the Oracle Management Cloud 2017 Specialization.

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    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in November 2015 and released as DSTv25.

    DSTv27 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2. The DSTv27 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2016f.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    The latest DSTv27 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv27 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv24 release:

    • Asia/Novosibirsk
    • America/Cayman
    • Asia/Chita
    • Asia/Tehran,
    • Haiti,
    • Palestine,
    • Azerbaijan,
    • Chile
    • America/Caracas
    • Asia/Magadan

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    Proactive backports of DST upgrade patches to all Oracle E-Business Suite tiers and platforms are not created and supplied by default. If you need this DST release and an appropriate patch is not currently available, raise a service request through support providing a business case with your version requirements.

    The following Note identifies the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

    What is the business impact of not applying these patches?

    Timezone patches update the database and other libraries that manage time. They ensure that those libraries contain the correct dates and times for the changeover between Daylight Savings Time and non-Daylight Savings Time.

    Time is used to record events, particularly financial transactions.  Time is also used to synchronize transactions between different systems.  Some organizations’ business transactions are more-sensitive to timezone changes than others. 

    If you do not apply a timezone patch, and do business with a region that has changed their timezone definitions, and record a transaction that occurs at the boundary between the “old” and the “new” time, then the transaction may be recorded incorrectly. That transaction's timestamp may be off by an hour. 

    For example:

    • An order is placed for a customer in a country which changed their DST dates in DST v27
    • The old Daylight Savings Time expiration date was Nov. 2
    • The new Daylight Savings Time expiration date is now October 31
    • An order is set to ship at 12am on November 1st
    • Under the old Daylight Savings Time rules, the revenue would be recorded for November
    • Under the new Daylight Savings Time rules, the revenue would be recorded for October

      Related Article

      Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   

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      Musical instruments sound great on their own, but they’re even better when played together: the same applies to cloud services

      For many years, cloud adoption was presented as a series of choices. These included such decisions as whether to adopt public or private cloud; or to ignore both and to stick with on-premise enterprise IT systems. Businesses also had to get to grips with a wide variety of services – starting with Software as a Service (SaaS) and then moving swiftly on to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). This raised further questions: which of these services would benefit them the most? Which should they invest in immediately and for which could they afford to wait?

      With the coming of age of cloud computing, it is now clear that while key decisions still need to be made, making the right choices for the business has never been easier. This is because it is now clear that the future for enterprise IT doesn’t lie in the implementation of one or two cloud services (no matter how strategic) so much as in a holistic adoption of the cloud in all its forms. This is because the value of cloud services and infrastructure increases exponentially when delivered as an orchestrated whole.

      In the same way the sound of a lone saxophonist is in no way comparable to the power of a full orchestra; likewise, businesses that have a holistic cloud strategy are in a different league to those that run isolated elements of the cloud. While the latter might enjoy productivity and costs benefits in the short term, the former stand to deliver far greater benefits from the complete transformation of their businesses. Read the complete article 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 (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.


      Cloud, PaaS, SOA Community,Oracle SOA,Oracle BPM,OPN,Jürgen Kress

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      Wow ... time flies ... I think it was February or March this year when I'd got invited to the UKOUG SIG for RAC, Database, Cloud, Infrastructure in London on Oct 12, 2016. Just a week ago I looked into my calendar and realized: Book a flight. Now! We have to arrange travel at least 7 days before departure as... [Read More]

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      Following up on our initial release of Mobile Solutions for Oracle E-Business Suite (Employee Self Service) and JD Edwards (Field Service), today we are happy to announce that the EBS Self Service Mobile Solution has been updated to include additional functionality and useability enhancements.

      Employee Self Service v2 now includes:

      • Support for EBS R12.1.3 and 12.2
      • Integration with EBS Absence Management
      • Detailed summary view of employee requests in manager's approval list
      • Badging support to show pending approvals for manager
      • Color coding to differentiate timecard categories
      • Enhanced navigation options (Grid/List views)


      There are two options to access to these mobile solutions (both include source code, documentation on the solution architecture, configuration and setup as well as information on how to customize the apps).

        1. Customers now have the option of purchasing these solutions on a per-user basis. Pricing details are here
          2. All MCS customers have access (at no additional cost) via the “Solution Downloads” link in the MCS Console.

            As before, Customers have the option of working with an Oracle partner to build additional extensions specifically tailored for their business requirements using these solutions.

            More Information

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            Discover why MySQL is the world’s most popular open-source database with training from Oracle University.

            Expert instructors will help you gain experience, understanding and skills as they guide you through hands-on MySQL training courses.

            MySQL Fundamentals

            This training is the first step in mastering MySQL, the world's most popular open source database. Develop a solid understanding and practical experience using relational databases, SQL and the MySQL Server and tools.

            MySQL for Database Administrators

            This training is designed for DBAs and other database professionals. You'll learn how to install and configure the MySQL Server, set up replication and security, perform database backups and performance tuning and protect MySQL databases.

            MySQL for Developers

            This course teaches developers how to develop console and web applications using MySQL, with your choice of the PHP, Java, or Python programming languages.

            You'll participate in hands-on activities to develop experience using Connectors to access MySQL databases. Practice querying the database effectively, presenting data in different formats, and using MySQL support for “NoSQL”.

            MySQL Performance Tuning

            This course teaches you how to tune MySQL for optimal performance. You will learn best practices for configuring, monitoring, and troubleshooting your server, databases and queries using a range of tools.

            Oracle University Learning Subscriptions - 24/7 Access

            The all new digital MySQL Learning Subscription includes insight from experts, topics recently recorded at the MySQL innovation Days, lessons from key instructors and more. 

            Administrators and developers can access training to advance your skills - and your career path. 

            Preview the MySQL Learning Subscription today!

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            APEXExport has been around a long time for exporting an application and anything else like images, feedback,websheets,.. into a file system so that they can be version controlled.  This is a must if there is ever a need to rollback or see what the application was X days ago.  This is a java program that is part of the... [Read More]

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            I while back I blogged about issues with "rowsets", a new Oracle 12c feature which unfortunately had two known wrong result (WQR) bugs: Switch off "_rowsets_enabled" in Oracle Database 12c  Nov 10, 2015 UPDATE: _rowsets_enabled in Oracle Database 12c ... [Read More]

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

            · Oracle OpenWorld 2016 summery

            · PaaS Summer Camps training material & cloud accounts

            · SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcasts October 25th 2016

            For regular updates please subscribe to our YouTube channel here. For the latest SOA & BPM Partner Community information please visit our Community update wiki here (Community membership required)

            SOA & BPM Partner Community

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


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            A customer was in the process of upgrading their EBS 12.1.3 environment to RPC 4 when they heard about the release of RPC 5.  They asked, "Which one should we apply?"

            This kind of question crops up frequently since we're continually producing new EBS updates. There is no definitive right answer.  For example, the answer depends upon:

            • How far a customer might have progressed in their testing of the previous update
            • The number of customizations affected by the respective updates
            • Whether the customer wants new functionality available only in the latest update
            • Whether the customer needs fixes that are only available in the latest update
            • How risk-averse the customer is (e.g. "Let other customers live on the bleeding edge")
            • etc.

            EBS 12.1.3 RPC 5 screenshot download

            What is a Recommended Patch Collection?

            Recommended Patch Collections (RPC) are collections of patches that we have already released individually for EBS 12.1.3.

            Customers can apply individual patches or they can apply a Recommended Patch Collection.  Either approach is fine.

            We periodically bundle the latest patches together to save you the trouble of applying them individually.  As an added bonus, all patches in a given RPC are tested together for compatibility, which isn't always true for individual patches that are released on an emergency basis.

            Recommended Patch Collections are not a “release.”  We currently have no plans to make a specific RPC a minimum baseline or prerequisite for new EBS 12.1 patches. 

            What is our policy for releasing EBS patches?

            Our official policy for releasing EBS 12.1 and 12.2 patches is published here:

            Our current policy is that EBS 12.1.3 users should apply the latest 12.1.3 product family patches for the products in use, plus a small number of ATG technology stack patches. We will produce new EBS patches for issues that can be reproduced in environments with those prerequisites.

            What's the best strategy for applying EBS 12.1.3 Recommended Patch Collections?

            We generally recommend applying the latest EBS updates to production as soon as it's convenient for your users.

            If you're in the middle of testing a specific RPC and it's too late to switch to a newer one, go ahead and complete your patching project on production. You can always apply the next RPC in a subsequent project.

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            OPN is pleased to announce the availability of a new Oracle Utilities Live Virtual training class, MWM Mobile Communications Platform 2.3.x Functionality for Implementers

            This Live Virtual class is an in-depth look at how to implement solutions on a mobile device.  It guides you through the implementation of a new type of activity for the mobile device from start to finish, utilizing best practices as defined by the development team. 

            Course information and a link to the detailed course description are provided below.

            Live Virtual Class Event: Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management / Mobile Communications Platform 2.3.x Functionality for Implementers

            Duration:3 Days, October 18 - 20, 2016

            Price (USD): $1350

            Learn more.

            Register now.

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            Please join Oracle Senior Vice President of Marketing Jim Gargan on October 11 at 9 a.m. PT as he announces further expansion of the Oracle Database Appliance portfolio, designed to dramatically enhance your database and application workloads. 

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            Oracle has released the Oracle Ravello Cloud Service Resell Program, Sales and Pre Sales Guided Learning Paths, and Partner Sales Tools and Resources.

            Oracle Ravello simplifies migrating on-premise applications running on VMware or KVM to the cloud to deliver increased business agility, accelerated time to market, lower cost of ownership, and faster innovation. Learn more about the new opportunities through Oracle’s acquisition of Ravello, and how to continue to expand your business with Oracle. 

            Read more.

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

            •  Oracle OpenWorld 2016 summery
            •  PaaS Summer Camps training material & cloud accounts
            •  SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcasts October 25th 2016

            Watch the video on YouTube here.

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            Once you're comfortable with Oracle JET, consider taking the next step: Application Builder Cloud Service (ABCS).

            No, ABCS isn't simply a drag-and-drop development environment for citizen developers. Instead, it's an architecture for software developers to establish a drag-and-drop development environment for citizen developers! In other words, you can extend ABCS specifically for your business developers, with components that you define yourself... using Oracle JET. Or, more exactly, by creating Knockout components, which underpin the concepts used in Oracle JET.

            Below, you see the "Hello World" scenario from the Knockout tutorials. It is part of an application created in ABCS by means of a "Custom Code" component. In the below, look on the left side in the palette, at the end, where you'll see "Custom Code": 

            Drag that into the canvas and then automatically the editors you see below open up, so that you can define your custom component:

            Above, you can see that there's an HTML view and business logic in JavaScript, using a "define" block provided by Require.js, with data binding made available by Knockout.js. With your Oracle JET background, or with a generic Knockout background, you should immediately know what to do with the above. I.e., replace the boilerplate code with something like the above, in other words, with the view and viewModel of your custom component, as shown above for the "Hello World" scenario.

            And above you see the application deployed directly from ABCS. Really neat, the concept of "developing for the Cloud, in the Cloud".

            Further reading:

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          1. 10/11/16--13:39: OTN Appreciation Day : APEX
          2. If you're following some Oracle blogs or Twitter, you'll see many blog posts starting with "OTN Appreciation Day : " today. You can read the story behind this initiative on Tim Hall's blog. "The blog post content should be short, focusing more on why you like the feature, rather than technical content."In my life... [Read More]

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            Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has been present in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Stack for many years now. With varied and powerful options such as Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) Process Manager, Service Bus, Mediator, Business Rules, Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) and others all running on WebLogic Server (WLS) since version 11g, SOA Suite has established itself as the solution of choice for achieving all kinds of on-premises integrations, as well as a comprehensive toolset for enabling the adoption and implementation of Service Orientation design principles.

            Furthermore, and looking beyond the tools, SOA itself has evolved into a modern and dynamic architectural style, aligned with business and industry trends and widely regarded as an enabler for technological innovation and digital disruption.

            Long gone are the days when SOA adoption was perceived as an almost esoteric ultimate goal, as are the proclamations that left it for dead. After its first generation, SOA reinvented itself and took hold in the IT mainstream. In this regard, SOA Suite has maintained its relevance, despite Oracle’s transformation into a Cloud-first company; so much so that, within a single year, we witnessed first the emergence of a 12c version, an Integration Cloud Service (ICS) built on top of it, and now the delivery of a full-fledged SOA Suite Cloud Service.

            In this article we discuss this new offering in detail, together with its implications, possible use cases and scenarios. Along the way, we’ll also attempt to clarify some potentially confusing elements and draw some first-hand conclusions on the present and future of the product.

            SOA Cloud Service Overview

            First, Oracle has categorized this new offering as an Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) alternative, and rightly so. Let’s look at Gartner’s definition for iPaaS:

            “…a suite of cloud services enabling development, execution and governance of integration flows connecting any combination of on premises and cloud-based processes, services, applications and data within individual or across multiple organizations”

            This is a very broad definition for a cloud-based solution, where Oracle has positioned a lightweight and simplified option in ICS; nevertheless, the need for integration within the cloud increases by the day, which definitely leaves room for much more.

            So, this is where SOA Cloud Service comes in, as a ready-made platform for running not only the bona fide functionalities of SOA-Infra and Service Bus, but also API Manager; a recent and very valuable addition to the Fusion Middleware stack (we’ll come back to this later).

            Let’s take a look at the components available in this first release: Read the complete article 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 (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.


            SOA Cloud Service, SOA, Cloud, PaaS, Robert Molken, SOA Community,Oracle SOA,Oracle BPM,OPN,Jürgen Kress

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            Its been a few weeks now since Oracle released its new and highly fanfared SOA Cloud Service.

            So what does this mean to Oracle SOA practitioners?. We personally think that this is an important moment in time, because the tide has finally led us to the existence of a fully fledged SOA platform offered in the form of an iPaaS, to go with a whole set of cloud services which already include: Integration, Process Automation, Document/Content Management, Mobile, Identity, etc.

            There’s little doubt that digital disruption is and will continue fostering increasingly complex and sizable hybrid architectures. Web APIs have become the toast of the town and mobile-first strategies are at a premium for organizations looking to keep competitive and generate new revenue streams.

            Besides the obvious use cases such as sandbox/dev environments and occasional production workload shifting, this is where SOA CS should jump in as a powerful, attainable and ready made enabler for companies looking to invest on digital transformation.

            We just wrote a fairly detailed article about all this for Oracle OTN, including an excellent contribution from Dutch stalwart Robert van Mölken. Here’s the direct link:

            SOA Cloud Service in a Nutshell

            So please enjoy the article and don’t hesitate to ask any questions or post your comments about it. 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 (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.


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            Java logoCustomers frequently ask me, "What's the best way of handling JRE requirements when I have other Java applications in addition to Oracle E-Business Suite?"

            The short answer: you should always try to use the latest JRE release, but before you do that, you need to review your enterprise JRE requirements carefully to ensure that all of your applications are compatible with it.

            Why you should always deploy the latest JRE updates

            JRE updates include fixes for stability, performance, and security.  The most-important fixes are for security, of course.  Therefore, we strongly recommend that customers stay current with the latest JRE release.  This applies to all Java customers, not just E-Business Suite customers.

            New JRE releases are always certified with EBS on day zero

            The E-Business Suite is always certified with all new JRE releases on JRE 1.6, 1.7, and 1.8.  We test all EBS releases with beta versions of JRE updates before the latter are released, so there should be no EBS compatibility issues.  Customers can even turn on Auto-Update (which ensures that a new JRE update is automatically applied to a desktop whenever it’s available) with no concerns about EBS compatibility.

            Which JRE codeline is recommended for Oracle E-Business Suite?

            Oracle E-Business Suite does not have any dependencies on a specific JRE codeline.  All three JRE releases – 1.6, 1.7, 1.8 – work the same way with EBS. 

            You should pick whichever JRE codeline works best with the rest of your third-party applications.

            Check the compatibility of all third-party Java applications in use

            Of course, Oracle cannot make any assurances about compatibility with other third-party products.  I have heard from some customers who have Java-based applications whose certifications lag behind the latest JRE release.

            Organizations need to maintain a comprehensive matrix that shows the latest certified JRE releases for all of their Java applications. This matrix should include the E-Business Suite.

            Take the "lowest-common denominator" approach

            Customers with multiple Java-based applications generally are forced to take a “lowest-common denominator” approach.  Even if Oracle E-Business Suite and the majority of your Java-based applications are compatible with the latest JRE release, any lagging application's incompatibility with the latest JRE release will force you to remain on the earliest version that is common to all of them.

            For example:

            • An organization runs Oracle E-Business Suite and four third-party Java-based applications
            • Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with the latest JRE release
            • Three of the third-party applications are certified with the latest JRE release
            • One of the third-party applications is certified only on the previous JRE release
            • The organization is forced to deploy the previous JRE release to their desktops. 

            Contact all of your third-party vendors

            Organizations whose JRE deployments are held back by a particular application's incompatibility should contact the vendor for that application and ask them test with Java Early Access downloads or to participate in the Oracle CAP Program.

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            Introduction In the Exadata Express Cloud Service (Oracle Database 12c Release 2) we have changed the way optimizer adaptive features can be controlled. In this post, I'll present what has changed and give you guidance on how to you can choose what settings to use. What’s Changed In Oracle Database 12c Release... [Read More]

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