Hudson's Bay Company Overnight Checkpoint

Before embarking on expeditions to parts unknown, Hudson's Bay Company voyageurs camped overnight within a half-day's walk from their starting point to assess whether they'd brought everything they needed. 

Did Someone Pack Matches?

In that spirit, we're going to stop here for a checkpoint to see how we're doing.

This blog is about six weeks old.  Between 250 to 400 of you visit daily, and hundreds of you subscribe via feedreaders and direct email bulletins.

In this short time, I've somehow amassed about 60 articles about a wide range of E-Business Suite technology stack topics, including:
Why These Subjects?

I've chosen to write about these topics because of a few idiosyncratic reasons:  they interest me, I have expertise or exposure to these areas, and customer and Oracle questions seem to abound on them.  There are lots of other worthwhile tech stack topics that I don't follow, like XML Publisher, but I'm generally leaving it to those teams to cover their own products.

And, to put it mildly, our official technology stack communications from my group can be spotty or hard to find.  In a perfect world, blogs like this would be unnecessary.

Smorgasbord or Fixed Menu?

Your posted comments and private emails suggest that I'm on the right
track, but some internal Oracle feedback has suggested that I narrow my focus.  For example, it's been suggested that I drop the
R12 screenshots and focus on one or two techstack areas instead of this broad coverage.

Blogging: Reloaded

Should I continue to offer a wide range of assorted hors d'oeuvres, or would you like to settle in for a concentrated hearty meal? 

Please feel free to click on the Comment link below to share your thoughts.


Dear Steven,

>> Should I continue to offer a wide range of assorted hors d'oeuvres.

Do you call this wide range?

I would say topics you have covered are exactly areas of interest of Oracle Apps DBA.

Being purely technology person (Oracle DBA for 9 years, Oracle Apps DBA for 5 years) I found those really focused on technical areas of OEBS.

Whose screen shoots of R12 release gave me an idea which technology (AS 10G) I have to be prepared to (which courses to take, this technology to pay attention to etc).

I would give my 200% voice to continue in the same way. Your BLOG is THE ONE REAL way I can give my feedback to your team (and generally to Oracle). that I think about technology you are implementing (how I use/don't use them in real live) and feel that somebody is listening on other end, Instead of asking the same standard STUPID questions during SR processing with ending up with nothing significant.

The information you are presenting is vital and 500% useful for my and I am sure for all others Apps DBAs.

Just my 0.02£,

Posted by Yury Velikanov on May 23, 2006 at 09:50 AM PDT #

Hi Steve.
I like a lot the current approach of your blog. In fact, the R12 references are the most appealing content for our company. Right now we are working with Oracle consulting in an eBS install for 8 of our 22 companies. (One eBS for all, with shared services taking control of all the common stuff, like AR, AP, INV, an so on). The migration to the eBS from our legacies for the next 14 companies will be done only with our own staff. Our installation is OnDemand@Oracle, so many of the coolest tech stuff its forbidden according to OnDemand standards, but that leads us to what to ask for the future technologies that OnDemand should support.
Also we have found that many of our intercompany and multi-org needs will be fulfilled only in R12 and Fusion, so is a mayor drive for the future upgrade to be able to take a closer look to the future application.
So, you can tell to your friends at Oracle that the current approach for the blog is a compelling force to keep all the customers with our applications �up to date?.

Posted by Ricardo Sanz on May 23, 2006 at 12:32 PM PDT #

You are in a right way. Continue as is, please!

Pavel Luzanov

Posted by Pavel V Luzanov on May 23, 2006 at 07:31 PM PDT #

Steve, nobody takes care about apps dba duty, i felt that this blog it's running on the correct path. In our installation we have a large 11i installation with about six apps dba that feel very interested the focus you�re giving to blog. Go ahead Steve.

Posted by Eduardo on May 24, 2006 at 01:55 AM PDT #


From my viewpoint, you're spot on. Some of my favorite posts are your R12 updates.

Thanks! -Kevin

Posted by Kevin on May 24, 2006 at 02:40 AM PDT #


I encourage my support for this kind of valuable information to be posted on this "blog".

All the information that I have gotten from here, will help me to prepare for coming Oracle Apps version, also I will know which kind of technologies will be used (and I will need to pay deeply attention on that).

Keep it up!!!

Kind regards,

Francisco Mtz.

Posted by Francisco Mtz. on May 24, 2006 at 04:17 AM PDT #

I think the current format is great the way it is, including the R12 stuff. Don't change a thing.

Posted by Jim Cassella on May 24, 2006 at 04:38 AM PDT #

Steven, keep doing what you are doing. I have found out more on Apps 11i and R12 on this blog than anywhere else! In fact, until this blog released details of R12, I had considered it vapourware. All I had heard about R12 until now was that "it was coming soon". For Apps DBAs and Architects alike, we can't plan for the future if we don't know what is coming.
As a result of the R12 information you released, I have been able to set expectations with management as to what is possible, rather than what Oracle sales has promised.



Posted by Paul Murgatroyd on May 24, 2006 at 05:28 PM PDT #

I think you're definitely on the right track. It's extremely refreshing to get information that is of current use, and future use and not having it come in hidden bits and pieces in metalink.

Posted by jay Weinshenker on May 25, 2006 at 12:26 AM PDT #

Thanks, everyone for your feedback.  I'm encouraged by your positive comments, and will keep going the same direction.  Please feel to drop me suggestions for other topics you'd like to see covered here.I have some guest columnists waiting in the wings and can potentially line up others depending on your interests, too. Regards,Steven 

Posted by Steven Chan on May 26, 2006 at 05:37 AM PDT #

I saw your comment on this yesterday, too.  Thanks for the suggestion for today's post:Process Management in Release 12Regards,Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 26, 2006 at 07:31 AM PDT #


Can you please dedicate few words to the Workflow topic?
There is no doubts that Oracle will use BEPL ar WF engine in FUSION.
What are Oracle planes in context of R12?

Thank you,


Posted by Yury Velikanov on May 26, 2006 at 10:12 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

Please do not change a thing! I love your format and approach.

I only wish other Oracle product managers, especially the ones responsible for developing the applications, followed your lead and shared some insights about functionality and direction of the appplications.

Keep up the good work!


Posted by Marian Crkon on May 30, 2006 at 09:13 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

Don't do it... Dont change anything. I have found the content to be exactly what I as an apps DBA needs. I have been waxing lyrical about this blogg to all of my customers and they have each commented on how good it is. Caveats in hand it is also fantastic to be able to get the information straight from the horses mouth from a technology buff's point of view. The range of subjects you cover enables me to be as proactive as possbile when handling the upcoming technology changes to Oracle Applications, as well as giving important updates on the the day to day issues an apps 11i dba faces. On the selfish side some of this is due to me being able to post links to customers that cover entire aspects of issues affecting them but also to lighten my conference call load when trying to exaplin the general apps roadmap. (or should that be motorway atlas)

I can't think of any other areas that you would want to remove as I find them all useful but the release 12 stuff is very helpful in answering all of the questions the customers have about the changes ahead (e.g. projected versions)

Possible Articles/Threads (More a wish list)

1:- Oracle Applications 11i and third party interfaces.
2:- Oracle Applications Framework 11i and Release 12. (e.g. useful tips etc, major changes etc)
3:- Database size reduction techniques for Applications 11i clones.
4:- Implications of Oracle Applications Release 12 and OC4J over 11i and Jserv.
5:- Oracle Applications Release 12 and Grid control.
6:- Oracle Applications and new Oracle technologies (e.g. Oracle Virtual Directory, COREid Access and Identity, COREid Provisioning, COREid Federation, Oracle Web Services Manager (WSM))



Posted by Colin Parry on June 18, 2006 at 12:42 PM PDT #

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