At a recent Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, “even SAP” was mentioned as having a foothold in social media. Oracle, on the other hand, has a “complete lack of mindshare in this area,” he wrote. Oracle often gets credit for embracing new technologies early (like Linux in the past, and podcasting more recently) — why, he wonders, not in this realm? Maybe because readers assume that Oracle employees’ blogs must be clogged with marketing hype or somehow directed or controlled from above?
Blogger Robert Scoble suggests that it has to do with a lack of actual community building: “I can’t remember when they did what JD did — link out to people and join the conversation. I can’t remember getting an invite to any Oracle blogging event.” A commenter on that post and one blogger at IT-eye wonder if Oracle’s general lack of respect in this community is a function of its Unbreakable Linux offering. (Offend Linux fans and offend the geek community at large?)
I myself check in on the Oracle blogs every week; it’s another source of information adding to a fuller picture of what’s going on in the Oracle world, blogwise and otherwise. But I admit that I sometimes take what I read there with a grain of salt, and the commentary often comes off as a little, well, defensive.
If you’re in the same boat, read yesterday’s entry on Peeyush Tugnawat’s blog. Tugnawat is a principal consultant with Oracle specializing in SOA and enterprise integration technologies. In this post he provides some “common sense” answers to the most frequently asked questions he encounters about SOA. These questions include:
Tugnawat explains the concept of “service” in a non-technical way. He writes:
Service means the performance of any duties or work for another. Service is provided by a service provider and consumed by the service consumer. Simple!
Think about it. We all use and provide services almost everyday in our day-to-day life. Following are some examples of well-known services:
Service Provider: Government
Services Provided: Education Services, Infrastructure Services, Police and Fire Services, Postal Services, and other regulatory services
He goes on to use the example of flight service to illustrate the terms service extraction, loose coupling and service orchestration. Click here to read the rest of his explanation.
“We have announced lifetime support. That’s not just marketing,” Bendjedou said. “No one is going to push you to move to Fusion until you’re ready.” However, she said, many customers are asking what they can do now to prepare for the Fusion platform when it arrives.
Here are Nadia’s 10 tips:
Click here to find out how you can prepare for Fusion if you’re a PeopleSoft customer.
During the conference I stopped by a session entitled “The PL/SQL Challenge: 20 Key Tips Everyone Must Know,” and I must say I was really impressed with the featured speaker, Joseph C. Trezzo, the president and chief operating officer of TUSC and the author of Oracle PL/SQL Tips & Techniques. Not only was he a good speaker, but he was clearly way smarter than me.
Trezzo said he’s labored for the last five years to come up with a definitive list of the top PL/SQL developer tips. He said he put the list together because there’s been so much PL/SQL change over the years that it’s tough to know what’s useful anymore and what isn’t. The list he compiled is made up of “the best” tips and scripts that work with both older and newer PL/SQL versions.
So my tip to you is this: Keep an eye on the white paper section of the TUSC Web site, where Trezzo says he’ll be posting the tips soon.
Here on SearchOracle.com, we’ve also got a great deal of useful content around PL/SQL development. Here’s a rundown of some popular articles and podcasts we’ve published on the topic:
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The whole SearchOracle.com team is at the show, in America’s mecca of excess, Las Vegas. Here are some random observations…
Stay tuned for more coverage of the show, including a podcast with author Mike Ault. In the meantime, here is a selection of other bloggers that are commenting on their Collaborate experience:
If you’re blogging from Vegas, let me know and we’ll put up a link.
Tim, Mark and I wondered if Oracle and IBM would be making some sort of announcement at the conference. This didn’t seem to be the case; the main purpose of the speech was to broadly explain the nature of the ongoing relationship between Oracle and IBM and to demonstrate its success through a couple of case studies.
Shearer opened up by noting that user group meetings like Collaborate are “one of the greatest catalysts for innovation” in the industry. He then outlined his primary points, which included a focus on solutions for small and midsized businesses. In reference to the Applications Unlimited program, Shearer said, “You were excited 12 months ago, but you said, ‘The proof is in the pudding,’” and went on to claim that the program was proving successful with thousands of clients.
The presentation included two videos which summarized how Oracle and IBM had worked together on implementations. The first video centered on U.K.-based NHS, the largest employer in Europe. (The IBM-Oracle partnership “really does span the globe,” Shearer said.) The video outlined how NHS successfully overhauled its enormous human resources system with Oracle software on IBM hardware. The second video focused on how SNC Lavalin Profac, the largest Canadian outsourced services provider, moved its JD Edwards applications from Intel to the i Series platform, enabling greater scalability and reliability.
Shearer also emphasized Oracle and IBM’s concentration on providing products and services for specific industries, including banking, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, and on hosting/outsourcing.
Today after scrambling to grab lunch I caught a very interesting and interactive session called “What impact does automation have on the role of the DBA?” The session caught my eye because the description referred to an article our own Mark Brunelli wrote last year at OpenWorld: “Increased automation means changing roles for DBAs.” It also reminded me of our very popular article “Are DBAs needed anymore?” from back in 2005, which covered a similar session at that year’s IOUG Live conference.
Well, the question hasn’t gone away. And this panel discussion assembled a group of Oracle experts and DBAs, including Steve Lemme, an Oracle Master DBA and a director in the IOUG, and Dan Norris, a consultant working on Oracle DBA issues such as tuning and troubleshooting for 10 years, to address it. In general, the consensus among the panelists was that automation is a good thing—something to be embraced, not feared. Norris noted that many DBAs feel unnecessarily threatened as the Oracle product changes and their job roles inevitably change. “I don’t think there’s any chance of us being out of a job any time soon,” he said. Norris and the other panelists pointed out that we still need DBAs for what they called “firefighting”—what I took to mean high-pressure problem-solving and recovery. Automation, on the other hand, mainly addresses repetitive, “mundane tasks.”
Almost everyone agreed that DBAs spend the majority of their time on such tasks, like daily monitoring and statistics gathering. When such administrative work eats up most hours of the day, there’s less time, if any, for doing what Lemme called “the real work.” (Another panelist quipped that DBA stands for “doing business after hours.”) One audience member said, “I don’t think we’re realizing the benefit of all the automation already out there.” Another disagreed, claiming that only about 20% of what he does in a day can really be automated anyway. The panelists mostly sided with the first DBA, stating, “We tend to say, ‘Oh, that cannot be automated,’” thinking most tasks are too complicated, when in reality they can. Lemme said that one of the “key challenges” of automation is “breaking your current cycle”—DBAs have to realize that once they give it a chance, and put in the initial time and effort needed to figure out how to automate certain daily tasks, the “ultimate result” will be better for everybody.
DBAs, what do you think? Do you worry that increasing automation will suck the life out of your job? Eliminate it completely? Or does automation just give you more breathing room to perform your job better? What tasks are the best candidates for automation? Which of your job functions will never fall into that category and always need real people?
As of Monday, you can search the full list of sessions available from the IOUG, OAUG and Quest. I hope you’ve got some time on your hands — there are thousands! And lots of them sound very promising. Here are a few that we’re going to try to attend:
Check back with us during and after the show for coverage of these and other technical sessions, the keynote presentations and more. And if you’re going to be at Collaborate, and you see Tim, Mark or me wandering around, stop and say hi!
See you in Vegas!
A petabyte is a difficult concept to comprehend. Consider this:
For this post, I began compiling what I thought would be a short list of petabyte-sized data collections (not necessarily single databases) to show what was on the horizon for DBAs. To my amazement, the list went on and on, for example:
I soon gave up compiling an exhaustive list (email me at email@example.com with your suggestions). Are petabyte data stores really the new normal? Not quite, but we’re getting suprisingly close.
In all, the world has seen the amount of data grow from 5 exabytes in 2003 to 161 exabytes in 2006, according to IDC. The world’s storage systems can no longer store all of the data being created. This year,
the amount of information created and replicated (255 exabytes) will surpass, for the first time, the storage capacity available (246 exabytes).
Database and storage admins: your jobs are safe! (Edit: Or maybe not. MySpace has NO storage admins for its petabytes.)]]>