Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Do you use Application Express with eBusiness Suite?

I am conducting a short survey to determine how you integrate Oracle Application Express with eBusiness Suite. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey here.
{We will not share information with anyone except with your explicit permission}

We believe that there are a large number of eBusiness Suite customers that are using Application Express in various ways so we are trying to quantify that and get some further information.

This is all part of a broader effort we are currently undertaking working closely with various people from the eBusiness Suite Development Team.

This survey is very important to us so please take the time to complete the survey if you use Application Express with eBusiness Suite - It is only 1 page long.


Monday, July 28, 2008

ODTUG Banner Ad

If you go to the ODTUG Site you will see various banner adds at the top.

Keep hitting refresh until you see the Oracle - Get started with the Oracle Application Express on Windows FREE Resource Kit.

Who says APEX doesn't get any Marketing.

Please click on the link and after entering in your details you will get to a page with various links including one to a live demo on "Managing the Excel and MS Access Chaos with Oracle Application Express" plus APEXposed 2008 which promises to be a great event right here in my backyard. You should also receive an email with details on the live demo and ODTUG course.

Happy clicking,
{Credit goes to Scott Spendolini for enlightening me on Oracle Marketing's handy work}

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Oracle Openworld 2008 APEX Schedule

Oracle Openworld in San Francisco is fast approaching.

I have created an APEX Application listing all the sessions with anything APEX - APEX Schedule

I have entered everything I could find from the Oracle Openworld site, including a column called Remaining Seats which indicates how many more can get into the session - I will try and update the numbers regularly.

As yet the APEX winners from the Oracle Mix voting are not in there yet (Mix Winners)
-- Congratulations Raj Mattamal for winning the voting.
-- 7 out of 25 are APEX Sessions ... Goes to show the support given by the APEX Community

Her are some other useful links:
Main Oracle Openworld Site
Schedule Builder
Content Builder

This year we will have a large contingent from the APEX Development Team in attendance.
We will be manning the Demo Ground booths and running the APEX Hands-on-Labs.
Stop by the Demo Grounds to get your chance to talk directly to the gurus.

Looks like I will have a very full dance card (again)!
I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible.


UPDATE: 07/28/2008
  • ODTUG APEX Symposium - Customer Success Stories now entered {See the description for a break-down of the schedule} ... These sessions not yet available through the Schedule Builder
  • Raj Mattamal's session now entered (Still 6 other Sessions from the Mix to be entered).
  • Remaining Seats updated

Monday, July 14, 2008

Audit Vault 10.2.3 now comes with built-in APEX

Audit Vault 10.2.3 was released recently, and from the APEX perspective one of the most important aspects is their new Reporting capabilities.

What is Audit Vault: (from OTN)

Satisfying compliance regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and mitigating the risks associated with the insider threat are among the top security challenges businesses face today. Oracle Audit Vault turns audit data into a key security resource to help address today's security and compliance challenges.

Auditing is playing an increasingly important role in the areas of compliance, privacy, and security. Today the use of audit data as a security resource remains very much a manual process, requiring IT security and audit personnel to first collect the audit data, and then sift through enormous amounts of dispersed audit data using custom scripts and other methods. Oracle Audit Vault automates the audit collection and analysis process, transparently enforcing the principle of trust-but-verify.

A browse of the Online Documentation (Using Oracle Audit Vault Reports) should reveal very familiar screens for APEX developers. This is because Oracle Audit Vault have incorporated Interactive Reporting and Runtime-Only APEX capabilities to provide their users highly customizable reporting capabilities.

This is no coincidence as our development team worked very closely with the Audit Vault team to ensure we met their requirements. We had to push up the original timetable for introducing Interactive Reports to be able to meet Audit Vault's development timeframe. In fact some of the capabilities provided in Interactive Reporting Regions are a direct result of requirements from the Audit Vault team.

Personally I think this is great for Oracle Application Express as it helps to show that APEX is strategic to Oracle, given it is now a major component of a "for-cost" option of the Oracle Database. So to those people who say that APEX has a very limited shelf life, Oracle Audit Vault can be held up as a very good reason why APEX will be here for the long-haul. The other aspect is that it goes to showing how APEX can be utilized against very large datasets.

So next time your developing an Interactive Report to wow your users give a nod to the folks from Audit Vault for helping us to deliver a better solution to you.