Meeting Marian

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of lunching with Marian Crkon of The Feature, as in “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature”. Marian interviewed Paul and me over IM month ago, and he recently interviewed David “IC Unbalanced Journals” Haimes. Marian is in Portland on a project, so we decided to have bite to eat.… Read More

Acquisition Wednesday

I woke this morning to news that Oracle had agreed to acquire BEA (press release by friend of the ‘Lab Karen Tillman), Sun had agreed to acquire MySQL AB, and that Wednesday, after a struggle to remain relevant despite its “Happy Humpday” campaign had agreed to a merger of equals with Tuesday. Oh and Twitter’s… Read More

More Fixes for Mix

We’ve had some growing pains lately here at the ‘Lab. As more people use Mix, Anthony and Rich have more to fix and tweak, which forces us to balance the enhancements we want to make with bug fixes and critical changes. The people use Mix and Connect, the more they want these apps to do.… Read More

Amazon SimpleDB and the Lazyweb

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program. Amazon released the latest offering in their AWS suite last month, SimpleDB. I tagged this and subsequent analysis posts for later consumption, and I’m just now getting back to it; a post from Web Worker Daily yesterday on LongJump and their new Database-as-a-Service offering jolted my… Read More

So Very Tired

Anyone interested in the reasons why I started the blog tag game should read this. Anyone who has permanently judged me should skip it. The game is a tried-and-true meme that’s been around for years. I didn’t invent it. Justin alluded to this in his response; his last go-round was in a tag from Jeff… Read More

I’m it.

Ok, per Rich’s post. Here goes: 1. I like lots of things, but nothing as much as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I run Norcal BJJ Academy and it consumes me. I had my first introduction by being soundly beaten by someone I outweighted by 50lbs over 9years ago. After that rather humiliating experience, I knew I had… Read More

PeopleSoft Tech Blog

This must have slipped our radar — Jeff Robbins and his crew of PeopleTools experts started a blog back in October last year.  However, looks like they need some traffic sent their way.  There are a few other PeopleSoft related blogs out there.  Here are some that pop into mind: Jim’s PeopleSoft Journal — Jim… Read More

Tagged!

I’m it — Floyd tagged me. So, here are my 8 things (for context on what this is, read this): January 6th marked my 11th year at Oracle (8 w/PeopleSoft and 3 w/Oracle). Seems like a long time to be in a company. The cool thing is that I’ve managed to wear many different hats… Read More

On Acquiring Innovation

I’ve been mulling a post on acquired innovation since OpenWorld. Marian asked about it during our interview. Dennis and some of the other Enterprise Irregulars have been critical of the term as Charles uses it, and I’m not planning to defend the term or the concept per se. I can speak from my own experience… Read More

Orablog Tag or 8 Things

The Oracle blogosphere has been around for a while, and recently, with Twitter and Facebook usage on the rise, we are becoming a more tight-knit community. As a follow up to my Oracle Tweeters post, I’m proposing a good, old-fashioned game of blog tag. I’m not sure if this has already been done in the… Read More

Oracle Tweeters

Inspired by a post from Rick Turoczy, the Silicon Florist, in which he spread Twitter goodness across the Portland area and beyond, I’ve decided to attempt something similar for Oracle Tweeters. Rick’s post yesterday accounted for about 25 new Twitter friends in the Portland/Washington area. We were sharing storm news last night as the wind… Read More

Don’t SaaS Me Bro!

I just love the acronym SaaS. The puns never end. Anyway, as Justin also reported, Phil Wainewright is coming to Oracle on January 18 to talk about you guessed it “Software as a Service”. The event is free as in beer, so register immediately if you’re going to be around Redwood Shore that day between… Read More

The iPhone Still Rules

I’m sure many of you out there got iPhones over the Holidays, just like David did. Rich finally joined the iranks, but he went the iPod touch route, an interesting choice, all the cool features, minus the uncool AT&T and the molasses-in- January slow Edge network. This blog has become an iPhone resource for Oracle… Read More

It’s That Time of Year

To usher out 2007, it’s time to do the retrospective. Cue the music. Looking back on this past year elicits “wow” moments for me. This time last year, I worked in a different team, Fusion Financials Strategy; I was neck-deep in the requirements for Secure Enterprise Search integration into Apps. I lived in a different… Read More

Welcome Anthony

I should have done this months ago. AppsLab added a new family member back in September, Anthony Lai. If you’ve read here for long, you know we are a small team: Paul drives the bus, Rich writes the code, and I . . . blog? We realized over the summer after IdeaFactory and Connect we… Read More

Mix So Far

We just got site analytics installed on Mix. It would have been nice to see the traffic patterns the week of OpenWorld. Sometimes duh stuff like that takes longer than anticipated, but oh well. We’re about three weeks in, give or take a holiday, so I figured I’d check out the ideas and share some… Read More

Mix is for Everyone

Paul announced our new community, Oracle Mix, during OpenWorld. Rich blogged about the experience he and ThoughtWorks had building Mix in 4-ish weeks. Depending on whom you ask, Mix took anywhere from 6-3 weeks to execute, so it was a classic agile project. Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know already, Mix is built in… Read More