Integrating Chatbots with your APEX (or non-APEX) web application.

Lots of people are talking about chatbots alongside other tech buzzwords like AI and IoT. I like to look into these up and coming technologies to see what might be useful for expanding our development toolbox, and I have presented on these three topics recently at various conferences. Of all these technologies, chatbots have stood […]

APEX, Cloud, IOT chatbots / April 26, 2018

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Oracle Cloud: Universal Credits. What you need to know…

In September 2017, Oracle announced a change to their Cloud pricing and transaction model for end users and partners alike. The change was born out of poor customer experience with contracts and billing on their previous model along with frequent internal challenges to provide a streamlined “wash, rinse, repeat” billing and payment mechanism for consuming […]

Blog, Cloud, How to, Licensing Cloud, Licensing, Oracle Cloud / March 21, 2018

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Using Oracle Cloud for Database Upgrade

Use of Oracle Cloud for Database Upgrade and Testing The Oracle Cloud provides a comprehensive set of services that can be used for fast and efficient data migration & testing between different Database versions. The notes below are based on customer upgrade project involving a 10TB Oracle 11gR2 release to 12c. Introduction The production Database […]

Cloud, How to Oracle Cloud / October 11, 2017

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A quick introduction to Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is an Engineered System designed to simplify the installation, deployment and support of Oracle and non-Oracle Application and Database workloads on a guest OS. Built with Virtualisation and scalability in mind, the PCA is a solution for organisations that are looking to consolidate general purpose workloads and virtualise each environment […]

Blog, Cloud, Review Cloud, Cost, upgrade / September 15, 2017

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The start of the end for Apex 4.2

In October 2017 (just 3 months’ time), Premier Support for Oracle Application Express 4.2 will end. This ultimately marks the end of the APEX 4 era and coincides with the fifth anniversary of the 4.2 launch. A lot has changed in those 5 years: we have had two more major versions of APEX – with […]

APEX, Blog, Cloud, Oracle Forms upgrade / August 14, 2017

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Something big is coming

“Something big is coming” @OracleCloud tweeted on 20 July 2017 along with a 12-second video that featured: The words: SOMETHING BIG IS COMING The date: 26.7.17 The brand: ORACLE All set to a roaring soundtrack and a rumbling fade-out animation between slides. Something big is coming pic.twitter.com/uSzWTuKtj9 — Oracle Cloud (@OracleCloud) 20 July 2017 What […]

APEX, Blog, Cloud APEX, Cloud, Database, upgrade / August 8, 2017

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Moving to the Cloud: A Developer’s Perspective

I have been recently working with a charity who had developed a production APEX application and hosted it on apex.oracle.com. While this environment is brilliant for quickly creating a full APEX workspace and accessing from anywhere in the world, it is definitely not supposed to be used to host a production application (the environment can […]

APEX 5.1, Blog, Cloud, Explorer Cloud, Oracle Cloud / August 7, 2017

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Oracle Code – London (2017)

Last week I attended the Oracle Code event in London; a free event hosted by Oracle showcasing the latest technologies, practices and trends in development. As a developer who spends a lot of time working with the database, this event was slightly different to the ones I’m used to. The event kicked off with Adam […]

Blog, Cloud, Explorer, JavaScript APEX, Development, low code / May 4, 2017

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License compliance is not easy

Certified Oracle Compliance Over the last decade or so, countless Oracle customers have experienced license issues by falling foul of Oracle’s ‘trust model’, complex licensing metrics and how Oracle’s policies affect third party technologies. As a result of this, numerous companies have setup ‘license consultancy’ practices and developing SAM tools suggesting they can provide a […]

Cloud, Explorer, Licensing AWS, Azure, Cloud, Compliance, Licensing, LMS / March 28, 2017

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Need more oomph from Oracle?

Need more oomph from Oracle?! Read on. Since joining Explorer in 2010 and working with customers with varying sizes of Oracle estates there are 2 key drivers that push customers to want to talk to me; reducing costs and improving performance. I’ve already shared my thoughts on reducing costs in another blog and here I […]

Blog, Cloud, Explorer, How to, Licensing / February 24, 2017

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