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- 01/16/18--06:14: _How Clever are Orac...
- 01/23/18--04:22: _237 security vulner...
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- 02/19/18--06:14: _Why Oracle Changes ...
- 03/01/18--04:48: _Is Oracle a Niche P...
- 03/14/18--05:28: _Managers are not al...
- 03/20/18--00:22: _Don’t pigeonhole yo...
- 04/12/18--05:24: _Half the value of a...
- 04/17/18--06:12: _With 18.1, APEX fin...
- 04/23/18--13:10: _The Data Guardian: ...
- 04/30/18--07:04: _Why Monolithic Tool...
- 05/23/18--06:04: _Why your applicatio...
- 05/29/18--05:29: _APEX 18.1 released
- 06/04/18--04:15: _Zombie software cos...
- 06/25/18--04:21: _Do you want to stay...
- 07/03/18--05:31: _Don’t move existing...
- 07/17/18--00:21: _Using cloud service...
- 07/24/18--06:13: _Running Oracle WebL...
- 08/01/18--06:04: _How to beat Murphy’...
- 01/16/18--06:14: How Clever are Oracle Intelligent Bots?
- 01/23/18--04:22: 237 security vulnerabilities in Oracle – do you patch?
- 02/06/18--06:03: Oracle (and other) Chatbots
- 02/19/18--06:14: Why Oracle Changes Slowly
- 03/01/18--04:48: Is Oracle a Niche Player?
- 03/14/18--05:28: Managers are not allowed to write requirements
- 03/20/18--00:22: Don’t pigeonhole yourself
- 04/12/18--05:24: Half the value of an application accrues in the first three months
- 04/17/18--06:12: With 18.1, APEX finally joins the REST
- 04/30/18--07:04: Why Monolithic Tools are Bad for the Enterprise
- 05/23/18--06:04: Why your applications become un-maintainable
- 05/29/18--05:29: APEX 18.1 released
- 06/04/18--04:15: Zombie software costs money. Kill it.
- 06/25/18--04:21: Do you want to stay with PL/SQL?
- 07/03/18--05:31: Don’t move existing systems to the cloud
- 07/17/18--00:21: Using cloud services is a new risk – are you managing it?
- 07/24/18--06:13: Running Oracle WebLogic? Patch now!
- 08/01/18--06:04: How to beat Murphy’s Law
Today, I’ve started on a three-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Developing Chatbots with Oracle Intelligent Bots. With 1171 people signed up, the course is full! I’m curious to see what Oracle can offer to distinguish themselves in the crowded chatbot space. I’ve investigated 14 of the best chatbot building platforms for developers, Top … Continue reading How Clever are Oracle Intelligent Bots?
At a recent conference presentation I attended, the presenter asked how many in the audience worked in an organization where all Oracle security patches were evaluated and installed as relevant. Less than 20% raised their hands. The remainder were evenly distributed among “we often install” and “we sometimes install”. That’s not good enough. The end … Continue reading 237 security vulnerabilities in Oracle – do you patch?
I’ve completed the Oracle Intelligent Bots online course and must compliment Oracle on their Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). With videos, hands-on exercises and quizzes, this is a great way of learning their technology. I encourage you to check out the list of Oracle MOOCs. Since chatbots require a cloud subscription, participants got access to … Continue reading Oracle (and other) Chatbots
Oracle has always been slow to adopt new technologies, and the image of a supertanker trying to change course is used a lot. Why is Oracle one of the slowest supertankers to turn? Partially because Oracle employees are simply older than employees of other tech companies. The median age of an Oracle employee is 39 … Continue reading Why Oracle Changes Slowly
The lastest Gartner “Magic Quadrant” for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms is out, and it’s sobering reading for Oracle customers. Oracle customers are not used to seing Oracle languishing in the “Niche players” quadrant, but that is where Gartner considers Oracle’s BI offering to belong. Oracle have felt it necessary to publish a rebuttal on … Continue reading Is Oracle a Niche Player?
The first item on my Technology That Fits manifesto is Managers are not allowed to write requirements, only users are. The users we want to be involved in the requirements writing are typical end users, not the expert users who know every nuance of the work process. Of course, I can hear you say. It … Continue reading Managers are not allowed to write requirements
I used to consider myself an “Oracle developer,” which is someone who works with tools and servers from Oracle corporation. But I’ve stopped doing that, and if you are working with Oracle, you should, too. We might very well have reached “peak Oracle” as Oracle quarterly revenue numbers show: For the last five years, I … Continue reading Don’t pigeonhole yourself
The average age of an enterprise application is between seven and ten years, with many much older than that. How does that square with the Technology That Fits manifesto that says half the value of an application accrues in the first three months? The point is that only systems that differentiate you from your competitors … Continue reading Half the value of an application accrues in the first three months
Among Oracle tools, APEX has been the old-school, monolithic holdout, together with Oracle Forms. Much modern application architecture is based on REST web services, and other Oracle tools like JET, VBCS and ADF have long had the ability to consume and/or produce REST web services. Fortunately, APEX 18.1 is starting to join the REST party. … Continue reading With 18.1, APEX finally joins the REST
I’m in Las Vegas this week to deliver a session at Collaborate 18 on the Data Guardian: Converting GDPR Compliance from a Cost into a Benefit. Suddenly, everybody is waking up to the fact that Facebook, Google and other big companies are hoovering up data. Nobody cared when Cambridge Analytics collected the data two years … Continue reading The Data Guardian: Converting GDPR Compliance from a Cost into a Benefit
I’m don’t like monolithic architectures in an enterprise setting. Some tools are inherently monolithic, and I consequently advocate that these tools are used only in tactical applications. Monoliths are faster to build, so they have a place for applications that will not need to communicate with other applications or outside systems. But monolithic architecture is … Continue reading Why Monolithic Tools are Bad for the Enterprise
The worst horror of a CIO is an essential system that cannot be modified. Horror movies have a standard story arc involving bad decisions (going alone into a dark basement in a strange house). IT horror stories are similar. The journey to a horrible, un-maintainable system follows this narrative: You build a small system to … Continue reading Why your applications become un-maintainable
The wait is over and APEX 18.1 is now available both on apex.oracle.com and for download. It contains a host of new features. Mysteriously, the APEX Features page doesn’t list the most important: The ability to consume REST web services. With this feature, APEX starts to break out of its Oracle shell and become a … Continue reading APEX 18.1 released
You have two kinds of zombie software running in your organization: Whole applications and modules within systems. Zombie applications made sense when you built, installed or purchased them, but there is no longer any business need for them. Or they have been replaced by better functionality in other software. Zombie modules appear in large software … Continue reading Zombie software costs money. Kill it.
I regularly give my presentation “The Seven Ways of Building Oracle Applications” at conferences around the world, and a few weeks ago I gave it in Bulgaria for the Bulgarian Oracle User Group. In that presentation, I have a slide I always update to show the latest TIOBE index of the top 20 programming languages. … Continue reading Do you want to stay with PL/SQL?
The scarcest resource in IT is not hardware, software, budget or qualified employees – it’s management attention. That’s why you should spend your precious time where it makes the biggest impact. Moving an existing system to the cloud might save you some money; people who have done it typically realize a saving of 10-20%. That … Continue reading Don’t move existing systems to the cloud
Running any system in the cloud means that you are relinquishing control. That adds a risk to your IT landscape that you need to consciously manage. Recently, I read a post on Medium called “Why you should not use Google Cloud.” The author claims his services were shut down without warning and tells a spine-chilling tale. … Continue reading Using cloud services is a new risk – are you managing it?
If your organization is running Oracle WebLogic, you want to ask your operations people if they have applied the July 2018 Oracle Critical Patch Update. The most scary vulnerability is CVE-2018-2894, which has a severity score of 9.8 on the CVSS scale that maxes out at 10. From the bug description: Easily exploitable vulnerability allows … Continue reading Running Oracle WebLogic? Patch now!
As I was splitting wood at my summer cottage, I was reminded of Murphy’s Law. After playing lumberjack with a heavy axe all morning, I was looking for an alternative approach. I had noticed a strange-looking apparatus in a shed, left to me by the previous owner, and decided to investigate. As I suspected, it … Continue reading How to beat Murphy’s Law