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Published primarily for Oracle Priority Support customers, the Oracle Infogram is an unofficial news source that combines the best of the Oracle blogs, both inside and outside the firewall, links to useful Metalink notes, announcements, etc. Comments are welcome. We want this to be a place for dialog as well as news.
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Mon, 2014-02-03 14:42
Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Deputy Editor

Oracle's Cloud
Here is an interesting article where Larry Ellison and Mark Hurd discuss Oracle's Cloud Growth and it's future. 

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 30-JAN-2014

Thu, 2014-01-30 22:07

Gathering Database Statistics in a Test Harness, from Jeff Taylor's Weblog.
SQL Developer
From the Grumpy old DBA blog (dang I wish I'd thought up that title): Two great SQL Developer presentations by Jeff Smith at NEOOUGJanuary 2014 meeting.
Big Data
From Brendan Tierney - Oralytics Blog: Oracle BigDataLite 2.4.1 is available to download.
Webcast: Introducing GoldenGate 12c
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Time: 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
Webcast on Best Practices for Oracle Exadata BackupUsing Oracle ZFS Storage.
Virtual Machine Computing
How to Protect Virtual Machines: 10 Best Practices, from eWeek.
Hands-On Lab: How to Deploy Oracle Software in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates, from the eSTEP blog.
It remains to be demonstrated, but this certainly sounds like a cool idea. Rather like changing shield frequencies in Star Trek: ShapeShifter Will Morph A Website’s Code To Deflect Malware Attacks
From JDK 7 Update 60 Early Access Release.
From the mysteriously named tl;dr: Managed JAX-RS Client.
Agile PLM
From Agile PLM: Enterprise PLM for the Product Value Chain: The Biggest Agile Installation Mistake Has Nothing to Do With Agile.
Another installment of Tuxedo Tidbits series on HA: High Availability Part 5.
From SearchOracle: Key business drivers for E-Business Suite upgrades.
From the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog:
New Release of the PO Approval Analyzer – Now Includes AME!
Upcoming CRM Product Family Webcasts
Functional Impact Documents For Monthly Service Cumulative Patches
Critical Patch Update for January 2014
North American Payroll - Year End Reminders
From the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:
Support Implications for Your EBS Customizations
From Modern HR in the Cloud, Cognitive HR: How Cognition Can Change the Way HR Works.
From the Enterprise Performance Management Blog: Scorecards in the Wild West?
This is just a great piece of fun: Regular expression crossword puzzle.
...And Finally

Okay, I know this article title sounds like a spam message, but this posting from lifehacker actually looks pretty handy: How to Monitor Your Own Credit, For Free, Forever.
This little item is the tip of a HUGE technical iceberg in the not too distant future, combined with virtual reality: 'Wearable' book allows reader to feel emotions of characters, from The Telegraph.

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Mon, 2014-01-27 14:05
Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Deputy Editor

Oracle Excellence Awards
Oracle customers and partners are technology pioneers, developing and implementing revolutionary new solutions with Oracle technology, and the Oracle Excellence Awards recognize these pioneers. In 2013, Oracle saluted outstanding achievement in nine Oracle Excellence Awards programs: CIO of the Year, Leadership, Database Administrator of the Year, Java Business Innovation, Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized Partner of the Year, Data Warehouse Leader of the Year, Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation, Eco-Enterprise Innovation, and Proactive Support: Champion.  Check out the complete list in the January - February issue of Oracle Magazine

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 23-JAN-2014

Thu, 2014-01-23 19:16

TCP backdoor 32764 or how we could patch the Internet (or part of it), from Quarkslab's Blog.
Episode #21 - Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack leading to Code Execution, from sysadmincasts.
A free e-book: Consolidate Your Applications on Oracle WebLogic Server.
Over at Oracle Scratchpad this week some invaluable steps on Optimization. I've always preferred setting Tom Kyte's famous 'MAKE_DATABASE_RUN_FASTER' parameter. But this article is the next best thing.
MySQL Workbench 6.1.1 BETA has been released, from the MySQL Workbench blog.
How Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c enables the patching of RHEL on OVCA guest OS, from the eSTEP blog.
The Best Chrome Extensions for Web Professionals, from the treehouse blog.
Web Programming
12 Essential JavaScript Libraries for Developers, from DesignZum.
From The Java Source: Java Magazine: Big Data.
Don't know how I missed the NETBEANS ZONE before, but here are a couple of nice links from there:
NetBeans Weekly News (Issue #623 - Jan 21, 2014)
5 Hints for NetBeans Newbies (Part 1)
From (YABAOAE) Yet Another Blog About Oracle Application Express, Happy Birthday, Oracle Application Express!
Oracle BI Mobile HD Now Available, from the Business Analytics - Proactive Support blog.
From the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog:
North American Payroll - Year End Reminders
Order Information Portal (OIP) Enhancements
Java Updates Are Here!
R12 Master Generic Data Fix Diagnostic for Purchase Orders and Requisitions
Oracle Discrete Manufacturing Extensions for Oracle Endeca
Configurator Build is Available!
Introducing OTL Analyzer
Oracle User Groups
Did you know about the IOUC (International Oracle User Group Community of Leaders)? I didn't until someone pointed out the Indian chapters.
Want to be famous and as Homer Simpson puts it 'rich as astronauts'? write for OTN! This article at ArchBeatdiscusses it: Hot Topics for the OTN Article You're Going to Write
...And Finally
And so, like Monty Python confronted with Camelot, some scientists have concluded  it's only a  model! Is this life real?, from Aeon Magazine.
Will Oculus Bring Immersive Virtual Reality to Consumers for $300 in 2014? from Singularity Hub. I'm hoping so since I'll be on the line to buy one as soon as they come out.

Last but certainly not least: From Quanta Magazine: A New Physics Theory of Life.

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Tue, 2014-01-21 11:39
Contributions by Angela Golla, Oracle Infogram Deputy Editor

Oracle Platinum Services 
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Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 16-JAN-2014

Thu, 2014-01-16 18:29

Critical Patch Update for January 2014 Now Available
The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2014 was released on January 14, 2014.  Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:Oracle Technology NetworkThe next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:April 15, 2014July 15, 2014October 14, 2014January 13, 2015E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 ReferenceOracle E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Critical Patch Update Knowledge Document (January 2014)(Note 1605340.1)Secure Configuration Guide for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Note 403537.1)Secure Configuration Guide for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (Note 189367.1)
SQL Developer
Defining 12c IDENTITY Columns in Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler, from that JEFF SMITH.
Also from him: Dimensional Modeling in Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler.
Hadn't seen the previous installments of this and came across an interesting series: Updating database servers using - part 3, from the MAA | Exadata blog by R. Kundersma.
From the Oracle Fusion Middleware blog: January 2014 Fusion Middleware Proactive Patches Released.
ADF performance tuning: Video demo published on the ADF Performance Monitor, from The AMIS Technology Blog.
At The Java Source: Top Java Technical Articles of 2013.
At About: Performance, a little Support assistance, a whole lot of troubleshooting, and some good lessons learned along the way: Hunting an Oracle JDBC Memory Leak Crashing an 80JVM WebSphere Cluster.
From Geertjan's Blog: Integrated AngularJS Development.
Oracle VM
From The Geek Stuffblog: How to Create an Oracle OVM VM from an Linux ISO DVD Image.
Oracle BI Mobile HD Now Available, from the Business Analytics - Proactive Support blog.
From the Oracle Primavera Analytics Blog: How to find resources without any assignments?
Ops Center
DatabaseFailover Questions from the Ops Center blog.
This is a neat page I stumbled on in someone's Twitterage: It checks several factors to make sure your SSL isn't vulnerable. Good news is that I got a good score on my primary knocking around browser. Bad news is that I didn't do as well on a couple of other browsers.
From the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog:
EBS Release 12 Certified with Mac OS X 10.9 with Safari 7 and JRE 7
Procurement Accounting - Don’t Delay, Be Proactive and Apply These Necessary Patches
Mass Additions Create Giving You Headaches? New Troubleshooting Assistant Available!
11i to R12 Upgrade Issues and Solutions for Oracle Payments
Webcast: Oracle Subledger Accounting (SLA): Accounting Flow, Transfer & Drilldown
Setting Up Collection Territory Assignments in EBS CRM R12
Webcast: Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About COGS / DCOGS
Webcast: Best Practices for Fixing Known Data Corruptions In Payables
Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 is now in Sustaining Support
...And Finally
The onslaught of trillions of tiny computers, each doing things that frustrate us on a daily basis is our future: INTEL AIMS FOR POST-SMARTPHONE ERA WITH SD CARD-SIZED COMPUTER, from The Singularity Hub.

io9 continues a theme that interests me: Can we build an artificial superintelligence that won't kill us?

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Mon, 2014-01-13 15:13
Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Deputy Editor

Being a DBA type myself, I am not sure I agree with everything in the article, but The Database Administrator is Dead is definitely an interesting read. 

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 09-JAN-2014

Thu, 2014-01-09 17:59

An exercise in troubleshooting from Pythian: Disabling Triggers in Oracle
Oracle Internals
From Oracle Scratchpad this week: CR Trivia.
It's fresh from the oven! 12c Release 1 at Technet.
SQL Developer
From that JEFF SMITH: Oracle SQL Developer 4 and the Oracle Client.
Partner Webcast – Oracle Engineered Systems & Partner Service Opportunities, coming up on Jan. 16.
3rd Dimension of Performance Management, from The Performance Institute and Oracle, coming up on 23 January.
From the Oracle Enterprise Manager blog: Create a Database Instance without DB Control Schema.
Migrate Oracle Database from HP-UX to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Randy Martineau explains the future of Oracle's tape storage solution.
Data Integration
From the Exadata Partner Community - EMEA blog: Partner webcast Jan.14th - New data integration product releases: Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c.
From RittmanMead: Customisations in BI Apps Part 1: Category 1 Changes.
Oracle Support
The latest from Chris Warticki’s All Things Oracle.
Ops Center
Notifications, from the Ops Center blog.
From the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog:
Are you thinking about Upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2?
Webcast: Oracle Subledger Accounting (SLA) Basics: Overview, Setup & Data Model
ATG Webcast:Business Intelligence (BI) Mobile App Designer Overview
Mark Your Calendars for January HCM Webcasts
Teleservice Timezone Functionality (R12.2.2)
Webcast: Understand & Resolve AutoInvoice Validation Errors With The AutoInvoice Post-Process Validation Report
Oracle Enterprise Manager: Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite
From the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:
Java (JDK) 7 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2 Servers
Which JDeveloper Version Works With Your EBS Release?
We've mentioned this before at the Infogram, but those of you who place your trust in the inherent good of human nature may need to start keeping an eye on the folks in the break room when it comes to security. Not only are internal employees carrying out security breaches, this article at InformationWeek lets us know that it is more than one third of the instances: Think Hackers Are IT's Biggest Threat? Guess Again.
The 7 best habits of effective security pros, from CSO Online.
Big Data
From Oracle PartnerNetwork News: The Future of Data Warehouses in the Age of Big Data.
...And Finally

Thomas Edison would be pleased: Researchers Are Making A 3D Printer That Can Build A House In 24 Hours.
From the ever fun lifehacker: Why Music Helps You Memorize Items.
Who would have thought something so nasty could look so cool: Harmful Viruses Made of Beautiful Glass, at Visual News.
And a neat article on fonts (this from an editor whose font scheme is usually: Times New Roman. That is all: The science behind fonts (and how they make you feel).

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Mon, 2014-01-06 13:12
Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Deputy Editor

Agile Premier Support News January 2014
The Agile Support Newsletter for January has been released.  Featured articles include new assistants designed to help you with known issues in a product area and much more.  Check out Note:211.1.

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 02-JAN-2014

Thu, 2014-01-02 17:14

From The Art of Business Intelligence: How to Add Comments in Oracle BI (OBIEE).

From Oracle Scratchpad, NVL().
The ASM Support Guyturns us on to a good script: Tell me about your ASM.
From Data Integration: GoldenGate 12c - Coordinated Delivery Example.
From knew there had to be an Oracle ninja. We just have never been able to see him for obvious reasons): Exadata Storage Server Version Released.
Big Data
Big Data - Real and Practical Use Cases, from The Data Warehouse Insider.
If you are working with ADF you are going to want to check out Oracle ADF Architecture Square over at Technet.
From Geertjan's Blog: Google Translate in NetBeans IDE 7.4.
EPS changes in Analytics (and P6 Extended Schema), from the Oracle Primavera Analytics Blog.
From retail TouchPoints: The Evolution Of Retail In 2014. Interesting article, made even more interesting from the news that SnapChat, one of the companies discussed, was just hit by a major hack attack.
How-to Install Latest Firefox ESR on Oracle Linux 6.X 32/64bit Easy Guide, from Tutorial for Linux.
Oracle VM 3.2.7 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC Updates, from Oracle's Virtualization Blog.
Ops Center
If you are working with Ops Center this page may be a good place to start: Installing and Configuring Ops Center.
From the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog:
Do you Deal with Supplier Profile Management flows?
Learn about Late Charges Functionality in Receivables
Receivables Receipts Workbench Troubleshooting Assistant (Search Helper)
What Is So Special About The Payables #1 Document - The Master GDF Script?
Concurrent Processing Tips & Tricks & CP Analyzer Update
There has got to be a better solution than passwords. In the meantime, here's some tips on not missing up using passwords: If you think just because you use different passwords for different services you're safe, think again, from ZDNet.
An overly optimistic 'jumping the gun' article from the New York Times on AI: Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience.
At InfoQ, some thoughts on Pragmatic Techniques for Maintaining a Legacy Application.
If you are a CFO you are sure to find this article useful. If not, I'm almost sure that just reading this article will give you a shot at becoming a CFO (totally not true): Eight Top Issues for CFOs in 2014, it’s at CFO, of course.
An interesting new publication popped up on the radar: SbhOracle.
...And Finally
Oculus Rift? Yes, please! I'll put in my order when this is out, hopefully about the same time Philip Rosedale is starting the alpha for his new VR project; a follow on to Second Life, his first project in the realm: Virtual reality just got real: Could the Oculus Rift change the way we play, work and learn? from the Independent.
Some spiffy stuff here, some amusing things. I particularly like the electric car race. Faster than you would expect…only you have to buy a new car for every twenty minutes of race: The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014, from the Telegraph.
We don't have those flying cars the old sci-fi stories and Popular Mechanics used to promise, but this helps to make up for it: Self-Cleaning Dishes Never Need a Dishwasher or a Sponge, from dornob.
At BELLO, the discovery of a strange and wonderful time capsule in Paris: 1942 ‘Time Capsule’ Apartment Discovered In Paris.

And what would an end of the year and start of the next issue be without a ‘best, worst, etc.’ ? of 2013 article The Weirdest Tech Stories of 2013, from PC Magazine.

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 26-DEC-2013

Thu, 2013-12-26 19:16

Deep thoughts about thinking in SQL: Double-thinking in SQL, at Explain Extended, by way of Eddie Awad's Tweetfeed.
At the Brendan Tierney - Oralytics Blog: Running PL/SQL Procedures in Parallel.
SQL Developer
Over at that Jeff Smith: Oracle SQL Developer: Potpourri and Random Thoughts.
Multitenant : Backup and Recovery of a Container Database (CDB) and a Pluggable Database (PDB) in Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1), at the Oracle-Base blog.
RDBMS Performance
From the ever-enlightening Oracle Scratchpad: Random slowdown.
Linux and Oracle
Christo Kutrovsky on Oracle, memory & Linux at Oaktable World 2013, at Kyle Hailey's blog.
How-to Install Oracle JDeveloper 12c Studio Edition on Linux Mint 13/14/15/16 32/64bit Easy Guide, at Tutorial for Linux.
Presentations Oracle OpenWorld 2013 SOA & BPM / AppAdvantage, from the SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog.
Time to get ready for Oracle Industry Connect in late March.
From the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3 Now Available
At the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog:
Service Contracts Online Renewals Explained
North American Payroll - Tax Interface
...And Finally
In the 'just daft enough to work column': This Insane Chinese Concept Train Doesn't Need To Stop At Stations To Pick Up Passengers, from Business Insider. Not only will this make the trains a lot more energy efficient and easier to keep on time, it’s going to make for some really original and horrifying accidents for the news.
At an MIT blog called Theory CSAIL that Eddie Awad tweeted about, this interesting item on random bits (in some depth, it is from MIT, after all): Can you tell if a bit is random?
From News 44, this item on a guy who is doing the whole Nazca lines thing that you can only see from above...only in snow...with his feet. Pretty cool stuff: It Looks Like A Crazy Guy Just Walking Around In The Snow. Then You Zoom Out And.. Whoa.
At this holiday season I know a lot of you are reaching deep down there in the pockets to help people in need. With the continuing state of the world and the economy they need help more than ever. As always, I recommend Modest Needs, a low overhead charity that helps people directly by paying off a key bill, that one that is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, the car repair that jeopardizes work, the terrible choice of paying the rent OR the utilities. Please consider contributing.
A few items from one of my favorite non-business blogs, io9:
The Weirdest and Fiercest Helmets from the Age of Armored Combat
An Eyepopping Collection of 100 Planetary Nebulas
The Most Incredible Historical Discoveries of 2013