A Work-Around for Salesforce Bulk API v2.0 (in Dell Boomi)

Summary: Salesforce Bulk API Usage, though it offers performance benefits over regular APIs is a scarce resource for organizations. It is important to conserve and optimally use the Bulk API. ——- The Dell Boomi Salesforce connector does not support the Bulk API v2.0 (which essentially makes a determination automatically whether to use the regular or bulk API) at the time of writing. This feature is sought-after in the forums since organizations hit their Bulk API usage limits frequently. Processing much lower volumes of documents through the Bulk API (Bulk API accepts 10,000 documents in a single go) may be a wasted … Read More

A Guide to the Changes at the Analytics and Data Summit 2018 (Formerly BIWA Summit)

Changes at Analytics and Data Summit 2018 (Formerly BIWA Summit)

What a year for the BIWA User Community and Oracle Spatial & Graph Special Interest Group (SIG)! Both groups have expanded their leadership teams, as well as rebranding and moving the date of their flagship event, the Analytics and Data Summit (formerly known as the Oracle Business Intelligence, Warehousing, and Analytics (BIWA) Summit.  As a new member of the board of both BIWA and the Summit, we wanted to let you in on the exciting changes, and what they mean to you. The BIWA User Community was founded in 2006 as a special interest group (SIG) of the Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) … Read More

Lambda Functions with Newer Version of boto3 than Available by Default

During development of an AWS Lambda function utilizing the recently released AWS Cost Explorer API, the latest version of boto3 and botocore was discovered to be unavailable in the Lambda execution environment. The Lambda execution environment supported version of an AWS SDK can lag behind the latest release found on GitHub, which can cause supportability issues when writing Lambda code attempting to use the most recently added features of AWS SDKs. This blog post will explore using boto3 1.4.8 and botocore 1.8.0 despite (at the time of this writing) the Lambda execution environment defaulting to boto3 1.4.7 and botocore 1.7.37. This … Read More

Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Analyzers

It’s month end close and something is preventing close. You open a service request (SR) with Oracle and begin narrowing down what the problem is. If this is not an issue you’ve seen before, you and the analyst might have to narrow down where the issue even is. If this is something you’ve seen before, you might be wishing you’d had an easy way to identify this before close rolled around again. Oracle’s E-Business Suite Support Analyzers offer a way to get ahead of potential problems before the day of month end close. Oracle provides analyzers for different areas–payables, receivables, … Read More

VMware hosted on AWS?

Some exciting news came out of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware last year with the announcement of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware has been the bedrock of enterprise virtualization and the leading software-as-a-datacenter for years. AWS presented the world with a new way to think about datacenters and quickly became a leader in cloud computing. A limiting factor in using AWS was the vast differences in how AWS and VMware worked to accomplish similar tasks. You will find the same buzz words, such as snapshots, but not the same actions from them. This has presented the industry with a … Read More

Oracle Cloud DevOps and Cloud Native Applications

Ever heard of DevOps? Well, if you’ve been in the hip scene of agile development then you might have heard this term. Development Operations is a consolidated platform of tools that are meant to promote communication between developers and IT operations while giving the ability to provide a quick development response in the form of continuous delivery. Those who have adopted the agile methodology have seen the benefits of quick delivery with the ability to adjust to rapidly changing business requirements. Oracle is trying to build on top of that type of methodology and consolidate the tools surrounding it with … Read More

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

One choice that faced institutions implementing Ellucian’s Banner ERP was deciding between the proverbial “vanilla” install, where schools conformed their processes to Ellucian’s pre-packaged solution; and a highly customized environment that better suited existing business requirements, but required coding customizations not only at the outset, but on a recurring basis… because customizations needed to be re-coded each time Banner re-released a particular form. Ellucian is promising to take some of the pain out of this choice with Banner XE. The “XE” stands for eXtensible Ecosystem, and a key feature is a complete redesign of their administrative and self-service forms. Simpler … Read More

What is Salesforce.com?

I find that this kind of defining question seems simple enough, but so many people (even supposed experts) really do not have a grasp of the words they seem to use each day. Words they take for granted. You’d be surprised what kinds of answers I get when I ask people to define the word “shirt”. And you’ll really enjoy watching as I ask them what Google is. Even before the restructuring and introduction of Alphabet, very few people would say (or recognize/internalize) that Google is a company — as opposed a website or search engine — a brand with multiple offerings. In … Read More