New to Salesforce? The Ups and Downs of Chasing Certifications

Chasing Salesforce Certificates

Salesforce professionals will tell you the importance of obtaining and keeping certifications. Certifications demonstrate a set of skills and knowledge that are valuable to peers or potential employers. For an organization, the process of obtaining and maintaining certifications ensures that the holder understands best practices and is up to date with changes to the platform. In short, a certification should demonstrate that the holder has a true grasp of the subject material. However, that is not always the case. The single-minded pursuit of certifications puts the focus on passing a test; often, the knowledge gained doesn’t translate into functional knowledge … Read More

Quote 2 Cash Consulting: What’s Missing

Change is a process

In today’s consulting world there is a relentless focus on the Quote 2 Cash (Q2C) Ecosystem. This focus has brought to the forefront the need for all companies to look across the spectrum of their business and align their processes and technologies to achieve maximum agility and velocity for ever greater customer experience and revenue growth. Company owners and executive teams have finally realized that the silo mentality and approach does not work allowing the company to function as a cohesive and efficient unit. The Q2C Ecosystem is approached, described, and deciphered slightly differently based on which consulting firm you … Read More

Sharing Salesforce: Be a Multiplier

Thinking about sharing Salesforce with someone who is looking to “skill up for the jobs of the future”? Join in the Be A Multiplier movement. It is a great way to pay it forward, to blaze a trail for others to follow! Think about how you got your start in Salesforce. Likely, there was someone who had your back, encouraging you every step of the way. They were a Multiplier, willing to teach and reach others. You see, when you love what you do, people can tell. You’ll be telling everyone about it – even if you don’t realize it! … Read More

Does the SYS user really become inaccessible in Oracle Database running on Amazon Web Services (AWS)?

Is the inaccessibility of the SYS user on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Oracle only on Relational Database Service (RDS) implementations?

I had heard from a fellow DBA colleague that a known problem with Oracle Databases on AWS was that, in certain cases, the SYS user was not available to the DBA. Curious (and slightly alarmed), I did a little research online and discovered more than a few forum posts asking what to do about the apparent inability to execute common DBA tasks as SYS running Oracle Database on AWS. DBAs who were accustomed to being able to run DBMS_CRYPTO or install APEX from the command line were wondering how to get their work done in the cloud. In response, AWS had … Read More

Between a rock and a hard place: How does Oracle bug 28793062 affect Banner schools’ plans to upgrade to 18c?

Ellucian rescinded support for 12.2.0.2, AKA 18c due to a severe defect.

12.2.0.2 was renamed 18c following Oracle’s new naming convention. “18” for its 2018 release (cloud: 18.1.0 in 2/18 and on-premises: 18.3.0 on 7/18). In October of 2018, Ellucian rescinded support for 12.2.0.2, AKA 18c due to a severe defect. Some PL/SQL procedures in Banner including arguments based on table%rowtypes would no longer compile, complaining that a “PL/SQL package with user-defined type is throwing PLS-00801: [Unexpected Fragile External Reference.])”… and there was no workaround. Ellucian’s rescission of support for 18c with Banner came at a tricky time for schools. IT departments were already feeling pressure to stay on top of upgrades … Read More

Visit Us at Mid-Atlantic Banner User Group, 2018

M&S is proud to be a MABUG (Mid-Atlantic Banner User Group), 2018 sponsor! In addition to helping sponsor the event, we will be presenting on a framework M&S Consulting’s Higher Ed practice has been working to perfect: Using a Common Data Model (CDM) intermediary to integrate diverse campus systems leveraging APIs. Our team that will be attending MABUG, Kate and Tak, have decades of experience in Higher Ed tech and are excited to be in the middle of all the excitement October 14-16 in Fredericksburg, VA. If you’re going to be there we would love for you to come and say hi … Read More

Cloud-First Applications at Harvard Business Publishing

Live On Campus with M&S Consulting

Harvard Business Publishing is an organization responsible for strong corporate learning programs and prestigious publications such as the Harvard Business Review. M&S Consulting was tasked originally with performing a migration of HBP’s infrastructure from on-prem to the AWS cloud. The initial solution focused on a traditional lift-and-shift migration to get the HBP data and application infrastructure to the AWS cloud. M&S Consulting utilized infrastructure-as-code through AWS CloudFormation to build a repeatable, versioned infrastructure for the migrated applications. Once in the cloud, the solution focused on re-architecting and optimizing existing applications to take advantage of cloud infrastructure capabilities, as well as … Read More

AWS Standard Play Workshop at Bridgewater College

Bridgewater-College-AWS-Standard-Play

Bridgewater College took their first step to AWS by taking part in a new AWS program named, Standard Play. In 2018, AWS created the Standard Play program that provides a variety of workshops to help higher education customers take their first steps into the AWS Cloud. Bridgewater, in need of modernizing their website infrastructure, decided to focus on its main public-facing website for the pilot of the technology. As the AWS partner leading the Standard Play, M&S Consulting conducted a multi-day workshop to pilot the migration of Bridgewater’s website to AWS. M&S utilized infrastructure as code principals through CloudFormation to … Read More