So, I have returned from vacation on Hawai’i, a.k.a. da Big Island. Yes, it ruled, and yes, I’m suffering from post-vacation hangover. If you’re ever there and want an absolute thrill, take a doors-off helicopter ride up to the molten lava flowing at Kilauea. When the helicopter turns to your side, there’s only a shoulder… Read More
David’s Excellent Adventure
Another blog-worthy happening from last week was a long chat I had with David. He, and our friends over at TalentedApps and Financials Strategy are a few of the people who have taken the blogging plunge to share the knowledge locked away in their heads. David and I talked about some of the cool side-effects… Read More
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
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
More from the ASU ERP Implementation
Following last week’s coverage of the Arizona State ERP implementation, the Dr. Adrian Sannier, the University Technology Officer, has responded in his blog. It’s an interesting read. He points out that the mainstream coverage has focused primarily on the Payroll problems the new system had, which is understandable; it’s human interest, and yeah, it totally… Read More
On Social Apps, Trying Again
So, Billy and I had a whimsical dust–up over the differences (or lack thereof) between our approaches to the enterprise-ification of New Web. A few other voices chimed in too. Right, wrong, indifferent, it’s been a slow week. Mr. Long Tail, Chris Anderson, posted an entry yesterday that hits the core of the differences between… Read More
Are You a Keyboard Wizard?
Oracle Financials is 20 this year. Joe managed to dig up a screen capture. I found a higher resolution HR one. He refers to the cult of users who loved character mode because it was optimized for data entry and keystrokes, a totally lost art in applications today. Of course, Financials users at the time… Read More
Power to the People 2.0
Billy Cripe, of the Fusion ECM (Enterprise Content Management) team threw us a trackback today for my bit on social apps. Billy came Oracle in the Stellent acquisition, and he’s 2.0 savvy. His status in Connect is DONT TASE ME BRO, alluding to the latest meme floating around the Interwebs. I started to write a… Read More
Applications User Experience Wants You . . .
For a “new web” focus group. Apps UX as we fondly call them internally, is a team shepherded by Jeremy Ashley, focused on making our Applications better. They are looking for Oracle employees and non-employees with experience and zest for new web. From the blurb they sent me: “The Applications User Experience Group at Oracle… Read More
More Oracle for Your Browser Search Bar
I promised more Oracle search plugins, and I’m happy to deliver 3 new ones today, Oracle Blogs, Oracle Documentation and Oracle Sites. You can install them here, along with the MetaLink plugin. If you’ve recently started reading, here’s the MetaLink plugin post.
Google Apps Suite Plows Ahead
Business Week has an article today about Google Apps. The suite looks more complete every day. Witness the Postini acquisition, the anticipated release of presentations (a combination of Zenter, Tonic Systems and probably some homegrown mojo too) this summer, the integration of JotSpot features and now, enterprise YouTube. This one jumped off the page for… Read More
Tune Your Browser with Custom Search and Plugins
Lost over the weekend was a del.icio.us link from Rich to PeopleSoft Search. ChiliJoe has put together a sweet combination of a Google Custom Search Engine and OpenSearch plugins to make it easier to find PeopleSoft technical content. Eddie Awad has a custom search engine for his OraNA news aggregregator as well. A Google Custom… Read More
Plugins for Employees
The reaction to the MetaLink plugin has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to all who have linked, commented or downloaded. It seems we’ve tapped a reservoir of productivity tools that have existed for a while, but haven’t been shared. I’m interested to know if you have browser plugins or add-ons that make you more productive. Let… Read More
Using Search for Currency Conversion
A friend of mine saw the MetaLink plugin post I did and asked about currency conversion with a plugin. Many people may already know that Google does conversions if you pass it a certain sequence of keywords. Both IE7 and FF2 ship with a Google OpenSearch plugin, and the FF one implements search suggestions. Typing… Read More
Firefox 2 Certified for E-Business Suite 11i and 12
A timely announcement from our friends at the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog today says that Firefox 2 is certified for use with E-Business Suite versions 11.5.9, 11.5.10 and 12. Internet Explorer 7 was already certified for these flavors. For those EBS readers who have installed my MetaLink search plugin, you can use it to… Read More
MetaLink (and More) in Your Browser Search Bar
Do you use the search box in your browser? If you’re not familiar with it, here’s what it looks like in Firefox 2: And in Internet Explorer 7: If you don’t use these boxes, you should. They save loads of time. Surprisingly, both use a standard called OpenSearch that allows for quick and easy development… Read More
We’re Number 45!
Eddie Awad today posted a list of Oracle blogs ranked by Technorati Authority. AppsLab is 45 on his list. The list ranks all the blogs he aggregates using OraNA aggregator. I have embedded his Google Spreadsheet below; Eddie, I hope that’s fine with you. Tom Kyte, no surprise, is number 1. Eddie, Justin and Steven… Read More
Why Ruby on Rails is the perfect framework for building next generation Enterprise Apps
Despite what Joel has to say on this topic, I think Rails is ready for the enterprise. And companies who create enterprise apps should definitely be looking at Rails. Here’s why… Having worked with PeopleSoft for over ten years, I’ve had the pleasure to experience the joy in building enterprise applications with a rapid and… Read More
Googleforce.com Coming Soon?
I can’t keep quiet anymore, so I’m whispering into the blogosphere echo chamber. I think, wait for it . . . Google’s acquisition frenzy isn’t over yet. Nothing like going out on a limb, stunning prognostication. Which company you ask, assuming you’re still reading? How about salesforce.com? How does that strike you? This isn’t a… Read More