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Bye Bye Metalink, Hello MOS - My Oracle Support. Fingers crossed for continued HTML content!

Tue, 2009-11-03 20:26

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Only a couple of days of Metalink access left, with the change over to full My Oracle Support due on Friday - 6 November 09.

For me this is a somewhat sad occasion. Metalink has been around for such a long time, and has been a great companion, it will be a shame to see it go.

We now herald in the era of MOS (My Oracle Support). And of course, with any shiny new thing, there have been discussions and more discussions. With that debate there has been some good feedback, some negative. To be honest I'm a bit nervous about this change. I'd be keen to know why the APEX interface of Metalink is on the out, when APEX was just brought in for the latest Oracle Store, and with some very sexy functionality on the horizon. The answer is sure to be a double edged sword ;-)

At the end of the day MOS as I've seen so far just doesn't tick all the boxes for me. That will hopefully change. Hopefully soon. My biggest gripe of course would be Flash versus HTML. Given Oracle's current catchphrase "Open. Complete. Integrated." I'd have thought Flash would be a little further down the list than HTML for many of the MOS components. One issue related to this can be summed up by the following screenshot. The eagle-eyed amongst you will spot the problem in the following picture:

… with the issue being the Firefox "Find" not finding "Font" when it was present many times on the MOS search results presented. A bit of a hassle that something I use regularly ain't gonna work. Guess I'll need to have two sessions up, one Flash, one HTML.

Fortunately, it seems an HTML interface will still be available according to Note 841061.1, with limited functionality including SR Management? BUT WAIT ... while I was writing this post I got another MOS related announcement... No SR Management??? Hmm, this is specific to "On Demand" functionality. Fingers crossed for SR Management through the HTML only interface!

The HTML option will not support the following On Demand functionality:

  • Service Request management
  • Change Request Management
  • Viewing performance reports

And there are some other little things that will probably come out in the wash, like email notifications no longer linking directly to an SR:

Prior:

New:

Oh, and of course, let's hope the powers that be manage to keep the gremlins away...

Exception Gremlin:

I/O Gremlin:

Error 1088 Gremlin:

Internal Gremlin:

Well ... I guess we'll find out where we stand in a couple of days!

Catch ya!
Gareth
This is a post from Gareth's blog at http://garethroberts.blogspot.com
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NZOUG Conference 2010 Call for Papers - 15-16 March

Tue, 2009-10-20 18:16

If you're interesting in presenting please take a moment to read this message from the New Zealand Oracle Users Group, and note the deadline for submissions is at the end of next week 31-Oct-09! For full information please see the NZOUG Website. Disclaimer: I'm on the NZOUG Committee.

The New Zealand Oracle Users Group is pleased to announce…

Call for Papers and Training for the 2010 Conference

15th and 16th March 2010

We only require your presentation or training topic and short abstract at this stage.

We invite all users and suppliers of Oracle technology, Oracle applications and related products and services to submit presentations or training sessions including:

  • Stories from Oracle Users – everyone wants to hear them! Tell us your story, case study or any useful tips
  • Oracle Partners playing a key role in the Oracle world
  • Third party suppliers of products and services that will assist Oracle technology and application users

Presentation topics may include but are not limited to Oracle Applications such as EBS, JDE and Peoplesoft, BI Applications, Oracle Development, Middleware and Database technologies. Everything is welcome for submission but delegates are especially interested in hearing case studies of real life scenarios and situations, lessons learnt and best practices.

Both Technical and Business streams will run throughout the conference programme with presentations covering the implementation, use and support of the whole range of Oracle and associated third party products and services.

If your paper is selected for presentation:

  • You’ll be admitted to the conference free of charge upon submission of your full written paper, and
  • Your paper will be published in the conference proceedings.

SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT

How do I submit an abstract? Visit our abstract submission website and complete the Call for Papers submission, by 31 October 2009. We encourage you to submit your topic or interest by this time as last year we had a great selection from the first call.

You are welcome to suggest a topic you’d like to hear at the conference and we’ll try to source a presenter, also any questions, suggestions or comments are welcome at anytime to papers@nzoug.org

Remember to visit our website for all up to date information on regional events, the conference, and other news.

We look forward to receiving your submissions by 31 October 2009

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE?

Simply click here to register for the conference at our online registration page.

WHAT DISCOUNTS CAN WE GET?

There will be an early bird discount for all registrations before the 1st January 2010. After that standard rates apply so get registering now.

Amazing 2010 Offer!!!! 

Register 3 Full Registration Attendees and get an additional Full Registration, for another member of your team, absolutely free. So if you have more than 3 people who would like to attend this great exciting educational event then it is even cheaper than ever before.

Conditions Apply.

PRICES

Early Bird Standard Rate

Full Registration: NZOUG Member

$695.00

$795.00

Full Registration: Non Member
This fee includes the cost of NZOUG Individual Membership

$895.00

$995.00

Day Registration (includes Monday dinner)

$495.00

$495.00

Additional Exhibitor/Sponsor Staff Registration

$350.00

$350.00

VENUE AND DATES

15th and 16th March 2010

Rotorua - Energy Events Centre – Same city, new location!

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Contact us via our website or for any other questions please contact our conference management company, The Conference Company.

By phone on 09 360 1240 or by email at nzoug@tcc.co.nz

Oracle OpenWorld 2009: From Silicon Welly to Silicon Valley Again

Wed, 2009-10-07 04:00

Off to Openworld 2009 in a couple of days. Given that it's my second time I know a lot more of what to expect. But of course my schedule is overflowing again - even more of a mixed bag this time with fewer conference sessions, but more meetups and unconference sessions that I should have looked at more closely last year!

Here's what my main schedule looks like:

Hope to see you there - And a huge thanks to Oracle for the blogger's pass - wouldn't be there without it!

Catch ya!
Gareth

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NZOUG Wellington Regional Meet this week 1-May-09: Public Appearance

Wed, 2009-04-29 06:55

NZOUG Regional Events this week and next week!

Yes, I'll be out of the cave for a change on Friday!

If you'd like to discuss anything from my recent bag of tricks:
OBIA/OBIEE with Oracle eBusiness Suite and all things Business Intelligence related, EBS and APEX Integration, advanced BI Publisher techniques, complex EBS auditing and AuditTrail, scanning documents to EBS, EBS and custom JSPs, Discoverer, OAF, Oracle VPD, CPU/Security Updates, EBS R12 on a Laptop, EBS with Firefox/Greasemonkey, hacking adpatch or even MySQL, Drupal, SugarCRM:
come down to the NZOUG Event at the the Oracle Wellington on Friday 3.30pm - make sure you drop through an email to register.

NZOUG Regional Events are happening:

  • Friday 1st May: Wellington, Hamilton, Auckland,
  • Tuesday 5th May: Christchurch,
  • To be confirmed: Dunedin.

Check out the NZOUG website for details.

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