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    I’ll have to pass on the German Oracle User Group (DOAG) conference this year, but I have been rummaging through their conference agenda to see which topics they have selected. The DOAG conference in Nürnberg is one of the two big Oracle user group conferences in Europe, so it gives some important hints about what … Continue reading What’s Hot in Nürnberg This Year

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  • 08/28/18--04:17: Just answer the question
  • I just got back from a meeting in a community of experienced IT professionals I’m a member of. I learned about Kotlin, Kafka and React from some very smart people, but I was struck by the one question none of them could answer: What is the business problem you are trying to solve? It is … Continue reading Just answer the question

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  • 09/11/18--06:06: The Heroic Age of IT
  • In Greek mythology, the heroic age was one of the five periods of history. In the heroic age, superhuman heroes performed amazing feats. The Greek heroic age ended with the fall of Troy at the end of the Trojan War. The heroic age of IT is not over, even though it should be. The Greek … Continue reading The Heroic Age of IT

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    Thomas Kurian, who used to be Oracle’s technical no. 2, has just left the company. He said he is taking “extended time off from Oracle,” while Oracle is trying to give the impression that Thomas will return shortly. That’s seriously bad news for the entire Oracle community. “It is tidings more grievous than any in … Continue reading The person who could have saved Oracle has left

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    You are probably running some old systems you wish you could retire. Preferably before the only people who know how to operate the system retires. But you don’t have a maintenance budget that can finance the replacement, and it will be hard for you to make a business case for replacing a system with newer … Continue reading Do you know which systems are used? Most people don’t

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    If you are looking for Oracle developer content at the Oracle conferences in San Francisco this month, you are likely to be disappointed. However, the agenda for the Oracle Code One conference (that used to be Java One) looks interesting. There is Blockchain and AI, Docker and Kubernetes, Serverless and Microservices, Go and Kotlin. It … Continue reading Oracle Code One: Lots of code, not much Oracle

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    It’s tough competing with the market leader. That worked to Oracle’s benefit for many years as they were the undisputed leader in an essential technology: Relational databases. It works against them now that they are the underdog far behind Amazon Web Services (AWS). And Amazon is going to become more dominant. They are investing massively, … Continue reading Has Oracle Given Up on the Cloud?

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  • 10/23/18--06:10: Cattle, not Pets
  • In modern IT operations, the trend towards containerization has lead to the memorable saying that you should treat your servers like “cattle, not pets.” The meaning is that you don’t run systems on any one named server, but instead on a large number of virtual server instances that you don’t really care about individually. It … Continue reading Cattle, not Pets

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    Last week, I participated in Software Architecture Open Space (SAOS) 2018 in Copenhagen. This is a symposium that brings together senior IT architects for a full day of discussions, and one of our findings was that the metaphor of “architecture” we have adopted from civil engineering no longer serves us. There are three problems with … Continue reading IT Gardening, not Architecture

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    Oracle has an excellent database product, but they have been loosing database market share since 2013. Incidentally, that’s about the same time as they stopped providing updated versions of the free Oracle Express Edition database. It didn’t seem to worry Oracle, who happily discontinued the reasonably-priced Standard Edition One database and replaced it with SE2, … Continue reading With a free database, Oracle is finally fighting back