Oracle Helps Simplify Cloud Adoption by Global Corporations


We are thrilled about Oracle’s commitment to “the cloud”. Oracle’s Public Cloud Services (aka “Oracle Cloud”) offers IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions for a myriad of enterprise challenges. With the large adoption of Oracle On-Prem solutions by enterprise organizations around the world, “Oracle Cloud at Customer” that has been announced today will be able to truly transform the way people work. It reminds us of the promise of Cloud and Hybrid-cloud environments as well as our early prototyping of technologies like OpenStack. It is wonderful to see advancement and competition in the cloud space, especially from a large enterprise player … Read More

IDaaS – Vendor + Product + Feature Matrix

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As is the case with many enterprise software packages, the ‘cloudification’ of these products has begun and many vendors have started to offer a version of their Identity and Access Management products as a PaaS or SaaS offering. At a very high level, these products are feature limited versions of traditional IdAM offerings, typically in a common cloud subscription based model. As a note, traditional vendors of IdAM products such as Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft, have been slower to uptake a true cloud offering (in a PaaS or IDaaS) model. While the vast majority of these products can be run in most … Read More

On-Premise Identity & Access Management – Vendor + Product + Feature Matrix

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As with any packaged, on-premise suite, finding the best Identity Management products for your enterprise is a not a trivial task. This is especially true when different products from different vendors, that accomplish different objectives or services, have remarkably similar (and therefore confusing) naming conventions. To make matters worse, not unlike other COTS enterprise suites, the ‘cloudification’ of these products has begun and many vendors have started to offer a version of these products as a PaaS or SaaS offering. Additionally, many of these vendors also offer an IaaS type deployment of these packaged products in their on-prem form. M&S has … Read More

Leveraging the Power of Salesforce External Objects

Here at M&S we are working on a ground-breaking new project containing multiple data sources being brought into one Salesforce org and displayed using Visualforce with Bootstrap CSS. A crucial and challenging area of our client request involved not replicating data from external enterprise systems by storing it in a Salesforce Object (neither Standard nor Custom). This led us to the use of Salesforce External Objects. External objects are similar to custom objects, except that they map to data that’s stored outside your Salesforce organization. Each external object relies on an external data source definition to connect with the external … Read More

Migrating from Oracle Portal 10g to Oracle APEX

Migrating from Oracle Portal 10g to Oracle Application Express (APEX)

There are several enterprises that are currently running the Oracle 10g middleware platform for their front-end applications. They have Oracle Portal 10g or prior versions delivering content for their Oracle Forms, Oracle Reports, and Oracle Discoverer based applications, all running on Oracle Application Server (OAS) 10g. Many of these OAS 10g environments also run Oracle Internet Directory (OID) 10g and Oracle Single Sign-On (OSSO) 10g. Oracle provides a supported and easily repeatable upgrade path for Oracle Database 11g, however, the upgrade of components running on OAS 10g moving to Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) 11g is not quite as straightforward. Oracle … Read More

Valentine’s Day Word Cloud using Oracle’s Distribution of R

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We hope you had a great Valentine’s Weekend! Whether you did or not, we knew people on twitter were talking about the big day so we thought we’d do some analysis. Check out how we made this word cloud using Oracle’s Distribution of R to pull Valentine’s Day tweets from Twitter. Once you have Oracle’s Distribution of R running, you must first install the necessary packages. > install.packages(c(“devtools”, “rjson”, “bit64”, “httr”)) > install_github("twitteR", username="geoffjentry") Then, you must load the correct libraries. > library(devtools) > library(tm) > library(wordcloud) > library(twitteR) If you do not have a twitter app already, you will need … Read More

What I Learned From Oracle’s BIWA Summit 2015 (Perspective from a Consulting Intern)


Our Big Data Team, here at M&S, packed up their bags and headed to San Francisco last week for the 2015 Oracle Business Intelligence Warehousing and Analytics Summit. Some of the major topics discussed included: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and Advanced Analytics. The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the peak of Gartner’s Hype Cycle. It is becoming increasingly talked about and there are predictions of billions and billions of sensors by 2020. But what exactly is IoT? IoT involves embedded computing devices interconnected with existing internet infrastructure, such as, wearables and connected cars. Why the hype right … Read More

Managing Negative Leave Balances in Oracle EBS R12.1.3 HCM

Managing Negative Leave Balances in Oracle EBS R12.1.3 HCM

The Challenge Managers of Oracle E-Business Suite HCM applications may wish to implement a business rule that prohibits employees from taking leave that exceeds their balance (ie result in a negative leave balance).  Until now, E-Business Suite has not provided an easy way to implement that business rule, rather, users needed to write custom code for the ‘BG_ABSENCE_DURATION’ fast formula.  For many users these seemed overly complicated. The Solution Beginning with E-Business Suite R12.1.3, following the simple steps below, Oracle has provided a profile option that can be set to prevent employees from taking leave that exceeds their balance. Authenticate … Read More