Why should you attend Oracle OpenXperience on 25 October in Brussels?

Because it’s there that you’ll find out how your organisation can benefit from Oracle’s new technologies!

Are mobility and the cloud opportunities for your organization or threats to its security?

Can applicationshardware and software really work together?

Is Oracle 12c a sensible investment?

Is drowning in (big) data unavoidable?

How can business intelligence become an integral part of IT structure?

If at least one of these questions rings a bell, you should attend Oracle OpenXperience. It’s where 10 of Oracle’s most valued partners will present their (local) views on today’s IT challenges and Oracle’s solutions for tackling them. It’s where you’ll discover the practical approach of our partners, in 12 sessions divided into 3 distinct tracks.

For the bigger picture, don’t miss the keynote sessions. Mario Derba, Regional Vice President Systems Sales, South Europe, will share his insight on Oracle’s worldwide strategy. After lunch, famous Belgian innovator, consultant and strategic influencer Jo Caudron will talk about current trends and how they affect IT and your business.

Where?
The Event Lounge
Generaal Wahislaan/Boulevard Général Wahis 16/F
1030 Brussels

When?
Thursday 25 October 2012
10.00-18.00

Register here

Oracle Open World 2012: the first day

I hope today was the hardest day of the trip…
We landed In San Francisco on saturday afternoon.
From the airport to Moscone West for our conferences passes because we had our presentation at 9am on sunday morning.
A late dinner and off to bed, but after being awake for 24 hours, something called jetlag wakes you up in the middle of the night.
And like I said, we had to be at Moscone South at 9am for our session: “Oracle ADF Immersion: How an Oracle Forms Developer Immersed Himself in the Oracle ADF World“.
It was a session for ADF EMG, hosted by Chris Muir.
A nice turnout for a sunday morning, allthough I don’t think all 120 pre-registered were there that early.
I hope we could convince some Forms developers that they really can start with ADF and that they will conquer the barriers like the Oracle Forms Community blog writes.

The other sessions I followed of the ADF EMG were very interesting:

  • ” A Peek into the Oracle ADF Architecture of Oracle Fusion Applications”: Simon Haslam had invited Ken Mizuta of Oracle Applications and he answered questions about how they developed and set up Oracle Applications.
  • And the 3 hour live demo: “Oracle Fusion Middleware Live Application Development Demo ” of Lucas Jellema, Ronald van Luttikhuizen, Guido Schmutz, Luc Bors and Aino Andriessen.  Very interesting to see how they worked out a complete application with BPM, SOA and ADF.

Also two announcements at the ADF EMG sessions:

And of course at the end of the day there was the Keynote of Fujitsu(mainly about Big Data) and Larry Ellison.
A lot of strange faces when Larry had a remote control to change slides…everybody seemed to think ‘no more “Next slide, please!”?’, but then it happened…he said it.  On purpose?  Maybe :-)

Larry did some announcements:

  • IaaS(Infrastructure as a Service)
  • Private Cloud: you own cloud behind the firewall
  • Database 12C: the first multi-tenant database
  • Exadata X3 with……..26TB (flash)memory!

Off to bed now!

Oracle Forms community at Oracle Open World 2012

Less than 3 weeks before the biggest Oracle event in the world kicks off: Oracle Open World 2012!

I already wrote about some interesting events: ADF EMG Sunday and the Oracle Benelux Architectural event.

In case you’re into Oracle Forms, you can add an extra event to that: The Oracle Forms Community Event.

After the session of Mia Urman and Grant Ronald “CON5639 - Give Your Forms a Face-lift: Tips and Tricks for Oracle Forms GUI Modernization“(Tuesday, Oct 2, 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – Marriott Marquis – Foothill F) there will be an “Ask the experts” event.
Here we will answer questions from the audience with Grant Ronald (Oracle Forms Product Manager) as our moderator and a panel of experts(with Lucas Jellema, Oracle Ace Director, as one of them) both solution providers and consultants.

I will be one of the experts too:
- 14 years of Oracle Forms experience
- Presented on several conferences and seminars on Forms and Forms Modernization(OOW, UKOUG, …)
- Presenting this year on OOW: UGF3783 - Oracle ADF Immersion: How an Oracle Forms Developer Immersed Himself in the Oracle ADF World

You can register and add questions using this form.

All things Oracle: Generating XML from SQL

Did you ever needed your table data in an XML format?
Well, it isn’t that hard…  Oracle provides several ways to generate XML, in both SQL and PL/SQL.

I wrote an article on All Things Oracle in which I explain step by step how you can generate XML from table data.
In this first part I show you some SQL functions which are easy to use.  Check it out!

BeNeLux Architectural Networking Event at Oracle Open World 2012

The events at Oracle Open World are rolling in.  Here’s a very interesting one in case your from the Benelux(Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg): BeNeLux Architectural Networking Event.

 

Target audience
Anybody who would like to discuss projects, architectures, product combinations, or technical issues is welcome to attend.

There will be some experts that will help you with your questions, among them: Wim Coeckaerts (Sr. Vice President, Linux and Virtualization), Jeff Davies (Sr. Principal PM Product Manager, SOA & BMP), Scott Howley (VP, Middleware), Xavier Verhaeghe (VP Emerging Technologies & Security) and many more(see the event page for the list).

In case you want to talk to us, iAdvise will also be present.

Oracle Open World 2012 and ADF EMG

Indeed, it’s almost “that” time of the year again, the week that San Francisco will turn red and is full of Oracle people.
There so much to do, but I still have to build my agenda.

But there are already some things to schedule…
One day, one Moscone room, one main topic…ADF EMG Sunday.
A whole day of interesting presentations on ADF, kicking off with our own:

UGF3783 - Oracle ADF Immersion: How an Oracle Forms Developer Immersed Himself in the Oracle ADF World - 9am-10am Moscone South room 305

As I wrote in a previous blog post, we created an ADF course to introduce ADF to Forms/non-Java developers.
So if you’re a Forms developer or you don’t have any java experience and want to get introduced to ADF, this will be the right session to start.

You’ll find a nice overview on Chris Muir’s blog of the other ADF EMG sessions that day.

This one will be very interesting:
UGF10464 - Oracle Fusion Middleware Live Application Development Demo - 12:45-3:45pm Moscone South room 305

A three hour live demo by Lucas Jellema, Lonneke Dikmans and Duncan Mills.
Check this out!!!

Oracle ADF Immersion

When taking a look at the tools Oracle used to develop its own products, we see that the E-business suite is build in Forms and Reports. Later, new modules were developed according Java EE standards.  Those new modules/applications were released on the same application servers that ran Forms and reports,  where they shared services and infrastructure.

Nowadays Oracle Fusion Applications is the new standard for business.
Oracle Fusion Applications is based on the Java platform, SOA and web 2.0 and is built with the Oracle Application Development Framework.
Not only Fusion Applications, but also My Oracle Support and Oracle Enterprise Manager are built with ADF.

Like Forms did in the past(and still does!), Oracle JDeveloper  offers a visual and declarative development environment for ADF.

And while Oracle uses it’s own framework to build it’s own Applications, probably a lot of companies will use the same tools to build their own Enterprise applications.

Forms and Reports developers are using Forms for years  and are very experienced in building Enterprise applications, but usual don’t have Java Experience or are even scared of Java(I know I was years ago when I read about concepts like “Polymorphism”).
iAdvise still has Forms developers and to let them experience ADF, we created the “ADF Immersion course”.
In this two day hands-on course we “immerse” them in  JDeveloper and ADF.
First day was all about ADF Business Components(entity objects and associations, view objects, Application Module, validation rules,…).
The second was about creating a User Interface: ADF Faces, ADF Model(bindings), application flow, data visualization.

A lot for a two day course, but it wasn’t meant to be as a real course. We tried to show that JDeveloper and ADF aren’t something to be scared of.  And that somebody with experience in building applications can easely start with ADF.
I think it worked out very well!  At the first try out we choosed a mixed audience of Forms developers and java developers and the best feedback we got was from a Forms developer who moved to Java years ago: “After this course every forms developer should be able to work with ADF”.
This is what we aimed for!
After the “real” courses we got the same feedback!
Mission accomplished :-)

APEX & mobile seminar

On May 12 iAdvise hosted the “APEX and mobile seminar”.
With a turnout of more than 50 customers and interested developers, it indicates that mobile development is a real hype and the demand for mobile applications is rising.

This was the starting point for Stijn who started with an overview of the current situation and evolution of mobile applications.
It became clear that as a developer you can’t ignore mobile devices in the future.
He continued with explaining the challenges in mobile development and which guidelines and strategies could help in choosing the right technology for mobile applications.

Bart took the word and focused on developing web application for mobile devices using APEX.
By combining APEX with JQuery Mobile, HTML5 and CSS3, one could develop a mobile web application rather fast and simple.
Also implementing specific mobile behaviour(eg. “swiping”) and generating extra content on a tablet are rather simple using APEX.

After Bart, Jan showed a demo about the opportunities on offering APEX applications to users as a native app.
This sounds rather strange, but is possible. He had worked out a demo using PhoneGap, a javascript library which create the communication between a web application and the API of the mobile device.
The demo showed how the APEX application from the other demos was wrapped in a native app.
This makes it possible to add a new contact in the contact list of Jan’s IPhone.

After the demos, they gaves us a look at the future of mobile development with APEX, what we could expect in APEX 4.2 and how PhoneGap will take its place in this future.

At the end Johan Byl of Hestia showed us some points which had to be taken in mind when using mobile devices in a company.
This was also very interesting for application developers.
When developing applications, they’re not always keeping in mind that there will be a maintenance phase.
Eg. The support for the application will be allright, but what about the devices itself?
How will we get the application on all the mobile devices of our company?
Can everybody connect to the company network with his or her device?
Or should we prepare a different infrastructure/security?
These and a lot of other questions were explained and answered by Johan and showed us there are a lot of things we have to think over again before putting a mobile application in production.

At the end, a lucky attendee won an IPad3.
For him, iAdvise and regarding the positive feedback for others as well, it was a succesful seminar.

If you missed this seminar, there will another one at the office of our dutch colleagues in Breda, The Netherlands on May 24 2012.

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