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

Learn About Industrial IoT Platform Services for Analytics and Machine Learning at BIWA Summit 2017

This week a team from M&S is at the BIWA Summit 2017 at the Oracle headquarters in San Francisco. The BIWA Summit focuses on topics such as Internet of Things (IoT), Data Warehousing, Advanced Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, and Cloud Computing. We are excited to have one of our Big Data and IoT practice leads, Jay Mason, invited to present a session on “Industrial IoT Platform Services for Analytics and Machine Learning.” A number of IoT platform offerings have recently entered the market. IoT platform applications began with Machine to Machine Intelligence (M2Mi) in 2006, and the M2Mi platform is … 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

Google Cloud Rebranding Summary

Google has updated it’s branding of Google for Work, Google’s Cloud Platform, and the rest of the company’s cloud-based services, not just logos in this case, but also some of the formal names as well. What was once “Google for Work” is now called “Google Cloud”. The update has caused a little confusion, so we’ve reviewed the information and hopefully, we can bring you some clarity. Within Google Cloud, we have:     Previous Name New Name Google for Work Google Cloud Google Apps for Work G Suite Google for Work Partner Program Google Cloud Partner Program Google for Work Partner … Read More

WebLogic Security – Critical Vulnerability Impacts All Recent Versions

Oracle recently released its Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2016, and there is a vulnerability addressed by this CPU that WebLogic administrators need to know about. At M&S Consulting, we have been facilitating the application of the appropriate patches required to address this and other vulnerabilities. It is very important to apply this most recent CPU as soon as possible, as one of the vulnerabilities it addresses, CVE-2016-3510, is relatively easy to exploit and can cause serious problems. About CVE-2016-3510 CVE-2016-3510 affects all versions of Oracle WebLogic Server since 10.3.6. So major versions such as 10.3.6, 12.1.3, and 12.2.1 … 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

Get Hands-On Experience with Machine Learning by Using H2O

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Machine learning is a method of teaching computers how to use data to make predictive models and perform important tasks accurately without manually programming them to do so. In other words, machine learning allows a system to learn from data and experiences so that it can improve its performance in future tasks. For example, have you ever seen on Amazon the “Frequently Bought Together” section? This is where Amazon recommends add-ons or complementary goods based on the product you are looking at. If Amazon had to manually program recommendations for each of its 200 million products, it would take a … Read More