Archive for January, 2007

Oracle End Of Year Seminars

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 by

It’s that time of year for the Oracle End of Year seminars. If you need the EOY patch you should have already been contacted by Oracle but here are the forthcoming seminar details, and they will take late applications if they have room.

 I’m booked in at TVP on the 21st February.

“As in previous years, we will be providing customer seminars on the legislative and technical changes that apply for Tax Year End 2006/2007. The agenda for each seminar will be the same as last year:
Registration and Coffee
Legislation Update & New Functionality
Oracle Payroll - Setup & Processing of Tax Year End
All seminars will take place in Oracle Offices and the dates will be:
Wednesday 31st January 2007 - Thames Valley Park, Reading (Henley Suite)
One session at 10.30am (registration from 10.15)
Wednesday 7th February 2007 - Edinburgh (Arran Suite)
One session at 10.30 am (registration from 10.15)
Wednesday 14th February 2007 - Blythe Valley Park, Solihull (Hockley Suite)
Two sessions at 10.30am and 2.30pm (registration 15 minutes earlier)
Wednesday 21st February 2007 - Thames Valley Park, Reading (Henley Suite)
One session at 10.30am (registration from 10.15)
Each session will last for approximately 2 hours.  No charge is made for attending the seminars.
To register for these seminars, please send the information below to me ( by 19th January.  Owing to the popularity of these seminars, and our expanding customer base, this year we must again restrict registration to 3 attendees per company. To ensure you are able to attend your preferred session, please book as early as possible.
The seminar will be recorded and made available on MetaLink for those customers who are unable to attend in person.
Information Required:
Company -
Preferred Date / Time -
Alternative Date / Time -
Name(s) of attendee(s) - (up to 3)”

Are you as excited as I am about Release 12?

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 by

….that is - not very?

Naturally, I have a professional curiosity about Release 12.  I’m curious about any new features that will save me having the conversations with clients that go: “I know it ought to do that but…blah blah…workaround…blah blah”.

I’m also very curious to know whether it will feel like a positive, forward step - like when 11i came along (”yipee! It looks like windows!”), or whether it will feel as if we’re heading backwards - like when version 10 came along (”Yuk! It looks like it was built by 7 year old school children as a class project!”).

But mostly I feel the same way about Oracle Apps Release 12 as I do about the latest model Mercedes; I’m sure it’s very nice and it does a good job, but it will be quite a long time before I get my hands on one for anything other than a quick trip around the block. 

Like a lot of Oracle customers, my client isn’t constantly on the phone to the nearest Oracle office to find out when the next release is coming.  They have had an upgrade project underway for a few months and will be moving to version 11.5.10 this coming Easter.  That’s the current release - the one you can actually plan around.

To them and to me, version 12 is still brochureware and it will remain so until a few brave / lucky companies have successfully and visibly implemented it.

Release 12 is finally here …

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 by

Well, after about 48 hours of non-stop downloading, I finally have a Release 12 system.  I have installed it on a SUSE 10.2 Linux server.

I will post more once I have dug into exactly how it ticks and what changes are of any use.

All I currently know is that just the VISION install takes 161Gb and you need at least 1Gb of memory for the database to start (you actually need ~2Gb to be able to run it with any sort of performance). I would not advise installing it on less than 1Gb as the SGA just swaps to disk all the time and your machine will be swamped with disk I/O.

Initial impressions are:

+ : Quicker, more flexible, User interface looks far better.

- : Requires more CPU, Memory & Disk space (but they are getting cheaper all the time).

All in all it is a step in the right direction. What I will be looking at next are any specific 10g optimization the application has had.

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 by Kirsten Campbell

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 by

Continuing on from last week regarding the sorts of components an adpatch wrapper script could contain, here are a few more ideas.

Just to reiterate, my key objective is to minimise the chances of a mistake being made while applying patches and using an adpatch wrapper script removes errors caused by typos.

By default, my wrapper script always runs the adpatch session in the background. This was particularly important when kicking off sessions from home over a dial up modem but I think it still has value over an ADSL line. Obviously, for this to work, it is necessary to use the adpatch defaults file to avoid the prompts.

Another component to include is which driver file to apply. For instance, it could be a merged driver file, a universal driver, a HR legislation driver file or in the old days the c,d,g driver files. The approach I use is to look at which directory the patch is being applied from (e.g. for HR legislation patches, they’re installed from the $PER_TOP directory) and examine what driver files are present. For instance, if the patch is being applied from $PER_TOP and the hrglobal.drv file is present, then apply that one. Otherwise, if a merged driver file is present, then apply that one, etc. The whole point is to remove the chances of making typos which is more likely late at night!

Finally, I always default in the option to postpone the database compile. There’s no point in running a database compile for each patch - do this as a last step using adadmin when all of the patches have been applied.

I shall publish the actual code I use in the wrapper script next week.

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