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    I asked Shaun Smith, product manager of Oracle Application Container Cloud (ACC), what he considers its top 5 features to be.

    He responded with this list:

    1. Polyglot platform. Use the language of your choice. Today we have Java SE, Node.js, PHP, and will be adding support for Java EE WAR deployment, as well as Python and Ruby. We're open to supporting other languages if the demand is there.

    2. Open platform. Run anything. This is an ideal platform for running open source stacks and containers like Tomcat, Jetty, Express, etc.

    3. Elastic. Applications can be scaled in/out and up/down to meet demand. Auto-scaling is coming soon so that, based on metrics, scaling actions can be triggered.

    4. Integrated with Oracle Developer Cloud Service. Handy for end-to-end continuous integration, build, test, and deployment.

    5. Integrated withOracle Public Cloud ecosystem. This combination is ideal for building cloud native (microservice style) applications that need messaging, storage, etc.

    Also, Java SE Advanced is included, i.e., you're able to interact with Flight Recorder under the Admin tab.  Once there, you'll see "Recordings".  The help text explains what you can do. The best strategy in production is to turn on Flight Recorder in "continuous" mode so that it is recording all the time, keeping a  user-specified amount of data/minutes of data. Then, in ACCS, one can trigger the dump of this data if any anomalous behavior is detected. From ACCS, you can download Flight Recorder data dumps and open in Mission Control on your desktop.

    Watch Shaun in action here, where he provides a really great overview of the key features of ACC:


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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 October 2016 and released as DSTv27.

    DSTv28 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2. This update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2016g.  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 DSTv28 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/Rangoon
    • Asia/Istanbul
    • Europe/Istanbul
    • Turkey

    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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    Oracle released new patches some weeks ago, and to keep your JDeveloper updated for SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus there are three products you should patch:

    • Oracle SOA Suite
    • Oracle Service Bus
    • Weblogic

    When you search My Oracle Support (MOS) for patches - you can see which ones are the recommended ones. There are also notes in MOS which are updated regularly:

    • OSB 11g and 12c: Bundle Patch Reference (Doc ID 1499170.1)
    • SOA 11g and 12c: Bundle Patch Reference (Doc ID 1485949.1)
    • Master Note on WebLogic Server Patch Set Updates (PSUs) (Doc ID 1470197.1)

    In the environment I used for this example. Patch 19707784: SOA Bundle Patch 12.1.3.0.1 was applied before. This will be detected by OPatch, and that patch will be rolled back.

    The patching is simplified in the 12c-version, because now there is only one OPatch-folder to care about (in version 11 there were one per product). You can read more about it here: Oracle Documentation link

    For each patch there is a README.txt, whick you should read. It contains Pre-Installation Instructions, Install and Post-Instructions. For the SOA-patch, you should look through the steps for the Post-steps

    I use Windows environment in this example, so I set the environment variables first (run as Administrator): 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 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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    This Oracle Web advisor webcast session will provide information on changes for ACA 1095-C reporting requirements in 2016. This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for Benefit Administrators who need to comply with the Employer Shared Responsibility reporting under the Affordable Care Act.


    Topics Include:

        ACA 1095-C Reporting Requirement Changes for 2016
        ACA Archive
        Generating 1095-Cs
        Q & A Time

    Dates and Times:

    • Wednesday, December 07, 2016 11:00 AM (US Pacific Time)
    • Wednesday, December 07, 2016 02:00 PM (US Eastern Time)
    • Wednesday, December 07, 2016 08:00 PM (Central European Time)
    • Thursday , December 08, 2016 12:30 AM (India Standard Time)

    Click here to register:

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    Details & Registration


    You can access recorded webcasts on My Oracle Support, via the notes:  E-Business Suite HCM Advisor Webcast Schedule and Archived Recordings (Doc ID 1455851.1) or Oracle E-Business Suite Advisor Webcast (Doc ID 1455369.1).  

    Follow our ACA information center and My Oracle Support Compensation and Benefits Community , category ACA for Oracle EBS ACA Benefits Issues.



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    I got a question over the weekend if SQLcl could be leveraged as library from inside a Jython program. This may seem like it's the same thing as adding jython to SQLcl to use instead of Javascript but it's a significant difference. This method allows for the use of SQLcl in any existing program. That means when the program needs to interact with the database, all the code in SQLcl that is tried


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  • 11/15/16--12:33: Are Your DBA Tasks Changing?
  • I came across this blog post, in it Christoph Burandt, Senior Principal Instructor, Oracle University tells about his first experience with the cloud.

    He asksGoing tothe Cloud” - what does this mean for databases, as well as database administrators?  He says “Using the Cloud technology, I still feel I'm working as a database administrator, but with changing tasks.” 

    Are your day-to-day tasks changing too?  How prepared are you?  

    Add data management skills in a Cloud environment to your Oracle Certified Associate or Professional credential.

    See what’s required here Oracle Database Cloud Administrator Certificationand be ready for any changes the cloud brings to your role.


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    The following patch has been released on My Oracle Support

    Dutch legislation - Dutch PGGM Report - 01-Jan-2017
    Release 12.1 : Patch 24316015:R12.PAY.B





    Please note: Post Install Steps need to be run after patch installation.

    The following My Oracle Support notes have been updated:

      Netherlands : Legislative Updates for 2016 (Doc ID 2081080.1)
      Netherlands Payroll Mandatory Patches Release 12.1 (Doc ID 863866.1)

    If you encounter any issues with these patches, please raise a Service Request via My Oracle Support


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    The E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC) tool helps you identify missing application tier or database bugfixes that need to be applied to your E-Business Suite Release 12.2 system. ETCC maps missing bugfixes to the default corresponding patches and displays them in a patch recommendation summary.

    What's New

    ETCC was recently updated to include bug fixes and patching combinations for the following:

    • October 2016 WebLogic Server (WLS) Patch Set Update (PSU)
    • October 2016 Database Patch Set Update and Bundle Patch
    • July 2016 Database Patch Set Update and Bundle Patch
    • July 2016 Database Cloud Service (DBCS) / Exadata Cloud Service (ExaCS) service

    Obtaining ETCC

    We recommend always using the latest version of ETCC, as new bugfixes will not be checked by older versions of the utility. The latest version of the ETCC tool can be downloaded via Patch 17537119 from My Oracle Support.

    Related Articles

    References


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    This article explains how the process of doing performance measurements of an OSB Proxy Service and presenting them in a “performance analysis document” was partly automated. After running a SoapUI based Test Step (sending a request to the service), extracting the service performance metrics was done by using the ServiceDomainMBean in the public API of the Oracle Service Bus. These service performance metrics can be seen in the Oracle Service Bus Console via the Service Monitoring Details. Furthermore this article explains how these service performance metrics are used by a PowerPoint VBA module and slide with placeholders, to generate an image, using injected service performance metric values. This image is used to present the measurements in a “performance analysis document”.

    Performance issues

    In a web application we had performance issues in a page where data was being shown that was loaded using a web service (deployed on Oracle Service Bus 11gR1). In the web page, an application user can fill in some search criteria and when a search button is pressed, data is being retrieved (from a database) , via the MyProxyService, and shown on the page in table format.

    Performance analysis document

    Based on knowledge about the data, the business owner of the application, put together a number of test cases that should be used to do performance measurements, in order to determine if the performance requirements are met. All in all there were 9 different test cases. For some of these test cases, data was being retrieved for example concerning a period of 2 weeks and for others a period of 2 months.

    Because it was not certain what caused the lack of performance, besides the front-end, also the back-end OSB Proxy Service was to be investigated and performance measurement results were to be documented (in the “performance analysis document ”). It was known from the start that once the problem was pinpointed and a solution was chosen and put in place, again performance measurements should be carried out and the results were again to be documented. 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 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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    Written by Darron Knox, Vice President, Oracle University Global Sales Programs & Delivery Logistics

    The cloud is more than just coming of age. It is beginning to dominate all aspects of our personal and professional lives - transforming our workplace, what and how we buy, and our social interactions.

    But what about how we learn?

    Traditionally, formal educational establishments have not been known for embracing new technology – the famous bricks and mortar classroom, lectern, and blackboard were commonplace for decades, used well past the invention of the computer and beyond its introduction into the classroom.

    For a long time the business world followed a similar tack.

    Training small groups of learners in this classroom format – albeit replacing the blackboard with a whiteboard and marker -- making the best use of the technology of the day, including overhead projectors and PowerPoint slide presentations.

    However, the traditional classroom format has presented and continues to present several problems for modern business efficiency, including:

    Employee Time Away

    Unlike academia, most firms do not have learning as a core activity.

    No matter how badly employees need to learn about new or changing business policies and processes, or update skills, no manager likes to have an employee or worse, a whole department out of office for 5 days for training purposes.

    Planning and scheduling classroom training sometimes months in advance can become a logistical nightmare; it requires juggling business priorities to ensure training can take place during periods of relative business calm.

    But even with the best laid plans, these training windows never quite turn out to be as quiet as expected: learners are interrupted by frequent phone calls, urgent emails, and business-critical tasks that sometimes pull attendees out of training for a day or more.

    Expensive Training Overheads – Trainers, Facilities, Travel, and Accommodation

    And then there’s your classroom training budget.

    • How many employees need to be flown in from other locations and put up in hotels? 
    • What is the cost of hiring training facilities? 
    • How much do individual training instructors cost - with their travel and accommodation included?

    And besides, how many employees can you comfortably fit in a single room to allow for optimal training and personal engagement?

    It all adds up to an expensive per-participant training cost.

    Maintaining Currency of Content

    As the pace of doing business accelerates, a carefully crafted classroom course may become irrelevant by the time of delivery.

    Business policies change, processes are reengineered, and systems are upgraded. How will changes to course content be handled?

    How will employees who have already been through training be retrained?

    Building and disseminating content on an agile platform becomes a requirement that live classroom training cannot scale to provide without multiple instructors and an endless budget.

    Accounting for Learning Differences

    Lastly, learning efficiency is hindered by the one-size-fits-all component of classroom training.

    Consistency in learning is certainly important for business cohesion; however, individuals learn at different paces, have different learning needs, and may find particular hours or even days of a classroom training too advanced, too simple, or indeed not at all relevant to their job function and duties.

    Enter Cloud-Based Learning

    Today’s cloud leaders have long been championing the benefits using Cloud as a learning tool.

    According to research from the Harvard Business Review, training is currently one of the top five overall functions for cloud use – and number one among cloud leaders and cloud followers.

    For the modern professional learner, the cloud offers:

    • Flexible education: learn whenever, wherever, and for as long as needed – from any device, and at your own pace.
    • Just-in-time learning: instant accessibility to the specific content needed to solve the business task at hand
    • Up-to-date content: incorporating the latest product releases and features
    • Hands-on lab environments to practice and reinforce key concepts
    • Collaborative learning: easy to share relevant content with colleagues

    For the modern enterprise, a cloud learning solution offers:

    • Reduced costs– considerable savings in per participant costs; eliminating travel and accommodation
    • Easier administration– simplified planning and monitoring of training
    • Smooth integration with various Learning Management Solutions
    • Standardized learning across the company – adapted to individual learning needs
    • A digitized training solution without needing to invest in infrastructure
    • Minimal business disruption; more convenient learning for time-constrained employees
    • Increased employee engagement and retention

    The trend towards cloud-based learning is now so prevalent that even traditional educational establishments such as schools and universities are rapidly coming on board.

    They're following in the footsteps of organizations like Open University and the Khan Academy to bring early learning in the cloud to today’s young students and tomorrow’s business leaders.

    Treat yourself to a modern education. Reach for the cloud.

    Oracle Universityprovides all the benefits of learning in the cloud described above, and also offers:

    • A comprehensive range of courses in the latest Oracle technologies
    • Global partnerships that bring cloud learning directly into your SaaS application
    • Digital, virtual, and live training depending upon your needs
    • Courses tailored to specific job roles

    Explore our wide range of cloud technology courses.


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    I had the privilege of spending a few days in Argentina and Brazil last week presenting on all things SQL Developer. It turns out, they enjoy the very same tricks that folks everywhere else do – especially the split editors and multiple tab groups. Here’s what I’m talking about. You can click-drag, or... [Read More]

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    Hopefully by now everyone knows there's the ability in SQLcl to use Javascript and the same javascript can be used to make custom commands extending what SQLcl offers out of the box. Also, I hope everyone knows we are posting examples of this to github as a base for anyone to learn and try it out.  Just in case here's... [Read More]

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    Two important changes have been made to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12.1 Lifetime Support dates:

    1. Extended Support fees have been waived for the first year up to October 31, 2017
    2. Extended Support now ends on October 31, 2020 (one extra year of Extended Support)

    These changes are published here:

    Impact on EBS customers

    These support changes apply to E-Business Suite customers using Application Management Pack released as part of Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite. 

    EBS customers should consider upgrading to Enterprise Manager 13c and AMP 13.1 or higher:


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    Before IoT became ‘The’ buzzword, there was M2M (machine to machine). Some industries still refer to IoT as M2M, but overall the term Internet of Things has become the norm. I like the term M2M because it describes better what IoT is meant to do: Machines talking to other machines.

    This year our team once again participated in the AT&T Developer Summit 2016 hackathon. With M2M in our minds, we created a platform to allow machines and humans report extraordinary events in their neighborhood.  Whenever a new event was reported (by machine or human),  devices and people (notified by an app) connected to the platform could react accordingly.  We came with two possible use cases to showcase our idea.

    Virtual Gated Community

    Gated communities are a great commodity for those wanting to have privacy and security. The problem is that usually these communities come with a high price tag. So we came up with a turnkey solution for a virtual gate using M2M. We created a device using the Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c board with wifi and bluetooth capabilities. We used a common motion sensor and a camera to detect cars and people not belonging to the neighborhood. Then, we used Bluetooth beacons that could be placed in at the resident keychains. When a resident drove (or walked) by the virtual gate, it would not trigger the automated picture and report to the system, but if someone without the Bluetooth beacon drove by, the system will log and report it. 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 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 Linux is battle tested. Thousands of the world's largest enterprises trust Oracle Linux for their mission critical workloads. These companies benefit from the rich compliance reporting and remediation available with Oracle Linux.

    Join these companies on Oracle Linux by adopting Oracle Linux 7. Linux administrators can learn what is new in Oracle Linux 7 by taking the Oracle Linux 7: What's New for Administrators training in the following formats:

    • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Live-Virtual Events on the schedule include 18 January, 15 March, 26 April, and 31 May 2017.
    • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Below are a selection of the In-Class Events already on the schedule:

     Location  Date  Delivery Language
    Reading, England 25 January 2017 English
    Reading, England 3 May 2017 English
    Berlin, Germany 30 January 2017 German
    Hamburg, Germany 30 January 2017 German

      To register for an event or to learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.


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      [Guest Author: Robert Farrington]

      Many of our readers have requested training to accompany the multitude of topics that are discussed on this blog. The good news is that what you're looking for already exists - a channel dedicated to Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud via Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Subscription.

      Training is available in two key areas:

      All the training is available free of charge, on demand.


      As of this writing (17 November), we have the following content available:

      • Eleven recordings in the EBS Coexistence with SaaS Apps area. For example, Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud - Technical Insight (under the Virtual Conference category).
      • Fifteen recordings in theEBS on Oracle Cloud (IaaS + PaaS)area. For example, Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle SaaS: HCM Practical Coexistence Scenarios (under the Virtual Conference category).

      We will be rolling out more training in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to this blog for further news.

      References

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        This blog post brought to you by the letter M as in Martin . Follow @martindsouza . He asked me on twitter if SQLcl via Nashorn could use ECMA Script 6 features yet.  The answer is yes.  So, for the brave that want to try out the latest greatest ECMA Script 6 features it can be done with SQLcl. This is a good reference for what's in version 6 that could be useful.  The only caution is not


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        You want to write a query. You want to use a subquery in that query. You don’t want to type so much. What to do? Enter the Query Builder. It’s been part of your worksheet for years. Click on it. Drag a table into it. click on ‘department_id’ in the checklist – we’re going to use that... [Read More]

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      • 11/17/16--00:00: React.js and Oracle JET
      • Here is a fantastic small example that works perfectly, showing how to combine React with Require:

        http://remarkablemark.org/blog/2016/09/24/react-requirejs-amd/

        Let's take that and integrate it into an Oracle JET module.

        1. Include in Bower dependencies: "react": "15.3.2"

        2. Include in "paths" in bootstrap file, i.e., "main.js":
          'react': 'libs/react/react.min',
              'react-dom': 'libs/react/react-dom.min'
        3. In your viewModel:
          define(['ojs/ojcore', 'knockout', 'jquery', 'react', 'react-dom'],
           function(oj, ko, $, React, ReactDOM) {
              function HomeViewModel() {
                var self = this;
                self.handleAttached = function(info) {
                  ReactDOM.render(
                      React.createElement('h1', {}, 'hello from react!'),
                      document.getElementById('root')
                  );
                };
              }
              return new HomeViewModel();
            }
          );
          
        4. In your view:
          <div id="root"></div>
        And that's all. You'll see the message above in your page when you load it.


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