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    Thomas Kurian, President of Oracle Product Development, delivers a keynote address at Oracle CloudWorld NYC 2017. Kurian details the best-in-class services of the Oracle Cloud across SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS and in your own data center. Watch the video here.


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    Thanks to all partners attending and special thanks to the speakers presenting at the PaaS Partner Community Forum 2017. Our annual community conference is booked out – like every year! Looking forward to see many PaaS & Middleware expert. And of course network and have some drinks with many friends. In the next weeks I will be out of the office, will use the time to get on the road to Croatia early. Send us pictures from your trip via Twitter #PaaSForum!

    Jürgen Kress

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    No. The Oracle E-Business Suite database ORACLE_HOME cannot be shared between multiple EBS instances.

    The Oracle E-Business Suite database ORACLE_HOME must be used exclusively for a single EBS database.  It cannot be shared with other Oracle E-Business Suite instances or other applications.  This applies to all EBS releases, including EBS 12.1 and 12.2.

    Why does this restriction exist?

    Configurations, log files, and more must be unique to a given instance.  Existing tools are designed to work with the a single database associated with a single application.  For example, the EBS pre-clone tool creates a clone directory that is related to a specific database.  AutoConfig is designed to run for a particular application+database combination.

    What are the support implications if you ignore this restriction?

    Running these tools in an environment where multiple applications are associated with a single database ORACLE_HOME will have unpredictable results.  If you report an issue whose root cause is found to be due to the sharing of a single database ORACLE_HOME between multiple EBS instances, our default recommendation would be to revert to a configuration where each EBS instance has its own database ORACLE_HOME.

    Oracle will produce patches only for issues that can be reproduced in an environment where a single database ORACLE_HOME is associated with a single EBS application. 

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    Some very helpful MOS Notes got published regarding the upgrade to Oracle Database MOS Note: 2173141.1Complete Checklist for Manual Upgrades to non-CDB Oracle Database 12.2. MOS Note: 2173144.1Complete Checklist for Manual Upgrade for Multitenant Architecture Oracle Databases from 12.1. to 12.2.. ... [Read More]

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    Oracle Linux

    DTrace is a dynamic tracing facility for performance analysis and troubleshooting that lets system administrators and developers examine running systems, including system calls and kernel actions. DTrace enables you to explore your system to understand how it works, track down performance problems, or locate the cause of errors. DTrace lets you create custom programs or quick "one liners" to dynamically instrument the system and provide immediate answers to arbitrary questions you can formulate using the DTrace D programming language.

    DTrace is intended for production systems, and can be used to troubleshoot performance problems and errors by gathering and aggregating information about system behavior.

    Introduced in the Oracle Solaris operating system, DTrace has been ported to Oracle Linux  running Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 or 4, and can be downloaded from the Oracle Linux DTrace download page.  Information on how to use Oracle Linux DTrace can be found on the Oracle Linux DTrace Guide and the Oracle Linux DTrace Tutorial.

    DTrace is a powerful tool for understanding system behavior, fixing problems, and identifying bottlenecks. Future articles will illustrate how you can use DTrace to optimize performance under Oracle Linux.

    For further information about Oracle Linux, please see the Oracle Linux pages.

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    PL/Scope is one of my favorite features. It answers SO many questions. Where am I declaring this, where am I calling that, when am I referencing something? And, I can get this information automatically, without hitting the bit, fat SOURCE data dictionary views. Where and what is my CURSOR (C1) doing? I’ve talked... [Read More]

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    Now that Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is available on-premise for  Linux x86-64, Solaris Sparc64, and Solaris x86-64 and on the Oracle Cloud for everybody else - the product we had the pleasure to develop and to play with for quite some time now - it's also time to introduce some of the new... [Read More]

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    The Oracle Lifetime Support Policy brochure for tech products has been updated now as well in order to reflect the addition and availability of Oracle Database 12.2 on-premises: Lifetime Support Policy - Oracle technology products Please note that this table and the brochure never makes a distinction between... [Read More]

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    Oracle VM 3.4 is the latest release of Oracle's server virtualization and management solution released as Oracle vM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager. Oracle VM 3.x is certified with E-Business Suite 12.2.x. This certification covers all current and future Oracle VM 3 updates including subsequent 3.x releases.

    Oracle VM 3 was previously certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0, and 12.1. 

    Oracle VM 3 Manager screenshot

    Oracle VM 3 supports a number of guest operating systems including various flavors and versions of Linux, Solaris and Windows. For information regarding certified platforms, installation and upgrade guidance and prerequisite requirements please refer to the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support as well as the following documentation:

    We offer a variety of Oracle VM Templates, Oracle VM Virtual Appliances, and Oracle VM Virtual Assemblies for E-Business Suite 12.2.  You can download these here:

    You can search for "e-business vm" to find the latest VM downloads for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.

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    Attend our March edition of the SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcast live on March 21st 2017 at 16:00 CET.

    Implementing DevOps and Agile Methodologies in Oracle Projects
    This session will present Oracle's solution for managing development teams and project and for automating the code to deploy cycle.
    Learn how Oracle Developer Cloud Service - which is available for free with most of the PaaS services - can help you achieve productive agile development and streamline the DevOps cycle.
    Learn how Oracle is using DevCS to optimize our development process and see how it can be applied in your project whether you are using Java, SOA, Node.JS, PHP  or SQL.
    Shay Shmeltzer is Director of Product Management for Oracle cloud development tools and frameworks. He is focused on helping developers simplify and streamline their development efforts using the right tools. He is a frequent presenter at industry events, published multiple articles, and regularly blogs at - follow him on twitter at @JDevShay

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    [Contributing Authors: Robert Farrington and Elke Phelps]

    In this article, we tell you about some terms used in the new and improved EBS on Oracle Cloud automation that was introduced in early March. These terms are used throughout our Oracle by Example tutorials, and will be employed going forward throughout all our communications, including future blog articles and training material.

    In this "Part I of II", we define some of the key tools and constructs used in the automation, including: 

    EBS Cloud Admin Tool - This tool comprises a set of menu-driven Oracle Cloud automation utilities that are used to create, manage and configure Oracle E-Business Suite environments on Oracle Cloud. The tool is delivered as part of the virtual machine created from the EBS Provisioning Tools Image in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

    EBS Cloud Backup Utility - This utility is used to back up an Oracle E-Business Suite cloud environment to a designated storage area, which can be either Oracle Compute Cloud Service account storage or the Oracle Storage Cloud Service. The resulting backup serves as the source for the EBS Cloud Admin Tool to create a clone (target) EBS environment on Oracle Cloud. In other words, the EBS Cloud Backup Utility is used in conjunction with the EBS Cloud Admin Tool to clone environments from on-premises to Oracle Cloud.

    EBS Cloud Public Container - A cloud storage location that holds the files used by the EBS Cloud Admin Tool to provision either a Vision (demo) install or fresh install Oracle E-Business Suite environment.


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    Three particular Oracle University courses will help you get started on Oracle Database 12c:

    • Oracle Database 12c R1: New Features for Administrators
    • Oracle Database 12c: Administration Workshop
    • Oracle Database 12c: Backup and Recovery Workshop

      Oracle Database 12c R1: New Features for Administratorsgives you up-front information about the features associated with Oracle Database 12c.

      Explore how these features increase performance, manageability and security using Oracle Database 12c.

      Become familiar with Oracle Database 12c terminology to gain a clear understanding of the capabilities you get when deploying Oracle Database 12c in your organization.

      Oracle Database 12c: Administration Workshopteaches you how to create and manage an Oracle Database instance. Get an overview of the Oracle Database 12c architecture, while learning to configure, manage and monitor the database for optimal performance.

      Participate in hands-on labs to gain actual experience as you learn how to administer the Oracle Database 12c. Learn basic backup and recovery responsibilities you will need to perform.

      Oracle Database 12c: Backup and Recovery Workshopguides you through backup and recovery tasks to securely back up your data and restore it. Apply your knowledge to resolve database failure issues and feel secure in your knowledge to troubleshoot issues that may occur.

      Each of these courses also incorporates cloud lessons for Oracle Database 12c so you can apply your knowledge in multiple environments.

      Discover the benefits of the latest Oracle Database 12c services as you work through these training courses.

      Learn how Oracle has simplified the cloud service infrastructure, increased performance and has allowed companies to easily adopt data management in the cloud.

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      In an increasingly competitive jobs market rife with candidate fraud, digital badges are the breakthrough that allows companies to immediately verify candidate qualifications and avoid the costs, inconvenience, and business risk of unqualified hires. Digital badges also enable genuine job applicants to benefit from instant credibility and avoid losing out on career opportunities to unqualified fraudsters, whose numbers are currently on the rise.

      Job Applications in a World of Increasing Competition

      With the technical skills gap widening, salaries in the IT field are growing as companies struggle to find the qualified talent they need. Consequentially, the rise in IT wages has produced a more competitive IT job market, as increasing numbers of recession-hit candidates apply for IT positions with the promise of interesting, in-demand work, a competitive salary, and the enhanced job security of the IT domain.

      The allure of such positions is leading many candidates to push the boundaries of truth on their CVs, studies reveal, with numerous applicants being outright untruthful about their qualifications. Companies, meanwhile, in the rush to hire seemingly qualified IT staff, are making the mistake of rushing through the candidate selection process and not verifying candidate qualifications, ending up with a potentially bad hire.

      Why Qualifications Matter: Calculating the Cost of an Unqualified Hire

      The effects of a bad hire are difficult, but not impossible, to quantify. According to a survey by AXELOS, a UK-based global best practice solution provider, in the past three years, nearly 40% of UK companies have spent more than £10,000 re-hiring staff after employing someone who was not properly qualified, with nearly 10% having spent over 4 times that amount.

      But the financial impact spreads far beyond the calculable recruitment expenditure. There are many hidden costs, such as the increased management and colleague time trying to coach the incumbent up to speed, and costs incurred through on-the-job mistakes. There are also missed opportunity costs as the business stagnates through a lack of technological innovation, in addition to the untold negative impacts on the business’s reputation – cited by 26% of the HR managers surveyed by AXELOS as the most significant risk posed by underqualified staff.

      The estimated fully-loaded costs of an unqualified hire can add up to a staggering sum.

      Qualification Checks as a Hiring Priority

      With candidate fraud on the rise and its costs so high, vetting potential employees needs to be a mandatory step in the recruitment process. And yet, the AXELOS study shows that before employing someone new, nearly half (48%) of UK-based HR professionals do not always check whether applicants’ qualifications are valid. This is a recipe for potentially wasting resources on the wrong hire. The candidate qualification check is a must-have.

      Common Problems with Validating Qualifications

      There are many reasons why qualifications are not checked correctly, if at all, even when the process is advocated.

      Firstly, how do you check qualifications? Many firms will ask a candidate to email in a scanned copy of their certificates – but these can be easily falsified, even without IT skills. Asking the candidate to bring in their credentials in person is better, but still doesn’t guarantee their validity. Proper verification traditionally requires time and resources.

      Secondly, who is responsible for checking qualifications? The hiring manager? Recruiter? HR administrator? The onboarding team? The external recruitment agency? While it’s in everyone’s interest, qualification checking frequently gets passed around with no one owning the issue.

      Thirdly, qualification checks are usually the last step in the recruitment cycle and, as time-consuming administrative tasks, too often get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list and forgotten about, as more urgent needs take priority.

      The answer to all these problems may be easier than you think – Digital Badges.

      Digital Badges – Validation Made Easy

      The use of digital certification badges is a massive boost for background checks, enabling employers to:

      • instantly and securely authenticate a prospective employee’s skills and competencies.
      • minimize potential risk to the business of hiring unqualified personnel.
      • reduce the HR administrative and ownership burden.
      • make faster, more confident and, above all, more valid hiring decisions.

      Digital Badges Are Essential for Employers and Candidates Now More Than Ever.

      Data gathered by the UK’s Office for National Statistics reveal that, in just the last three years, 14% of 138,000 HR managers and directors have dealt with at least five instances of employees not holding the qualifications they claimed. That’s nearly 100,000 employees, working in Britain, having lied to get jobs they were not qualified to do. To prevent future deceptions, companies must leverage the ingenuity of digital badges today.

      Digital badges, such as those offered for free with Oracle Certification, are also a boon for genuinely qualified job seekers, allowing them to:

      • Demonstrate qualifications on CVs as well as social media.
      • Increase the likelihood of securing a job offer over an unqualified candidate.
      • Show professionalism and concern for the employer, by minimizing their time to vet the job application.
      • Signify their readiness to perform by possessing the skills required for the role.
      • Differentiate themselves from the competition in the job market.
      • Get hired faster.

      Digital badges are the perfect solution for qualification checks, helping companies to avoid the pitfalls, perils, and price of unqualified hires, while boosting the job and career prospects of honest, certified professionals.

      If you are a candidate, earn your Oracle Certified digital badge.

      If you are an employer hiring Oracle professionals, request a digital badge as confirmation of skills and knowledge.

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      As you start building more complex applications in Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service, you'll might need to define more complex interactions between objects or validations on rows of data or specific fields.

      In the new version of ABCS that we rolled out in February we added these type of capabilities.

      There are several things you could do with the new Business Rules section of ABCS

      • Triggers - allow you create logic that will be executed in specific CRUD events such as when you insert, remove or update a record.
      • Object Validators - allowing you to define checks across multiple fields in your object
      • Field Validators - allowing you to define a check on specific field values.
      • Object Functions - reusable functions that can be called from the other points

      Note that these logic points will be running on the server side of ABCS. 

      In the video below I demonstrate a couple of these capabilities. You'll learn how to update one object when a specific value is set in another object's field. You'll also see how to check whether a combination of values in fields in a record is valid.

      Check it out:

      Here is a screenshot of the nice logic flow editor:

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      2 customers requested a bit more explanation on how to:Convert and Plugin an Oracle 12.1 non-CDB database into an Oracle 12.2 container database Cool, I like that I will do this right away and use the approach to Upgrade first, then Plugin afterwards.. Upgrading an Oracle database to Oracle ... [Read More]

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      Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.x runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OA Framework, or just OAF) user interface libraries and infrastructure. Since the original release of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 in 2013, we have released several updates to Oracle Application Framework to provide fixes for 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 previously.

      The latest OAF update for EBS 12.2.4 is now available:

      Where is the documentation for this update?

      Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are here:

      Who should apply this patch?

      All Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 users should apply this patch. Future OAF patches for EBS 12.2.4 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

      What's new in this update?

      Fixes are included for following bugs/issues:

        • 21248661 - ADA: REMOVE EXTRA SKIP NAV LINKS
        • 21460925 - 12.2.4: ONE-OFF PATCH REQUEST FOR INTERNAL BUG 18550079 FIX

        Bundle 15 is a cumulative patch for EBS 12.2.4. It includes updates previously released as Bundle 14 (Patch 24911652).

        This Bundle Patch requires the R12.ATG_PF.C.Delta.4 Release Update Pack as a mandatory prerequisite.

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      • 03/08/17--01:25: NEW ERP POST ON FORBES.COM
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        Enterprise resource planning applications are highly complex systems. But the navigation and overall user experience should be as simple as possible. Oracle Thought Leader Jeremy Ashley, the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) Group Vice President, writes about the Oracle ERP Cloud in Oracle​Voice: ERP UX Must Be Simple, Even When The Data Is Complex.

        BEHIND THE ‘WOW’ OF THE SMART OFFICE: Noel Portugal, from the AppsLab, the OAUX emerging technologies team, writes about what you can see if you catch the Smart Office demo right now in “The Future of Work: What does a Smart Office look like today?” For a look at the emerging technology research behind all of the cool things you can see, visit the UsableApps Storify page for a new post, “Building a "smart office" with today's emerging technology.”

        AUGMENTING REALITY: Oh wait, there’s more news from the emerging technology team! In a new post on the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog, “Teaching old(er) emerging-tech dogs new tricks” we talk about augmented reality and visualizations. And context. And, of course, user experience.

        CLOUD UX RAPID DEVELOPMENT KIT (RDK): Developer Timo Hahn's JDev and ADF Goodies blog posts about using the OAUX team’s Cloud UX RDK with Oracle Development Cloud Service for continuous integration. This is a four-part (!) blog series based on the DOAG DevCamp 2016 session on how to use the service, says Oracle’s Ultan O’Broin.

        WHERE HAVE WE BEEN LATELY? It’s been a globe-trotting spring. For more on what we did and where – from demos to feedback sessions to presentations – check the following posts for the details.

        Modern CX: Millennials, Oracle’s Modern CX conference, and the future of work

        Oracle Partner Summits:Oracle Partner Network invites OAUX along to HCM Cloud, ERP Cloud summits

        AppsLab Round-Up:The April That Was and Our Plans for May and June

        On-site lab activities: The Product Usability Testing Lab is Springing into Summer

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        ... Have Fun, Build Things People Will Use.. 

        In a recent Forbes article, Wim Coekaerts, SVP, Linux and Virtualization Engineering talks about what makes him happy. 

        In his long career, he’s found joy working on early database appliances, and later guiding Oracle’s effort to make Linux, the open source operating system he’d played with since his school days in Belgium, its OS of record. Now, “Linux has become the operating system of the cloud,” Coekearts says, so he sees lots more fun on the horizon.

        In his position back at Oracle, Coekaerts will have plenty of opportunities to contribute. "Linux is even more important than it was before,” he says. “There’s a lot more opportunity to contribute back and make things work in the cloud.That’s not just good for us, but it will be good for Linux. And all the work that we’ll do on containers and virtualization will help others scale in the cloud. It will be fun."

        Read more.

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