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Archive for December, 2008

Oracle Integration Repository – a brief guide

Posted by pridham on December 22, 2008

A 20 minute guide to iRep by Sanjit Anand here.

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Oracle Top stories of 2008

Posted by pridham on December 19, 2008

SearchOracle.com’s view of top 8 stories here.

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Public Accounts Comm slate DoT for SAP incompentence

Posted by pridham on December 16, 2008

Department of Transport SAP implementation, using IBM as supplier is heavily criticised.

“Successful projects are run by experienced project managers, but the Department failed to
provide that expertise for its shared services project.”

FT story here

Full report here

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Never buy when you can rent

Posted by pridham on December 12, 2008

One of the things that is coming up in conversations with customers more and more is the question as to whether they need to own, install and maintain both software and hardware. If you have a large user base, there is the luxury of being able to have absolute control over your own systems. But even then, in these cash-strapped times, owning carries its own overhead:

  • Capital outlay
  • Peripherals and infrastructure costs
  • Administration overhead
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Internal resources required
  • Security
  • Disaster recovery, Backups
  • Disposal issues for old hardware

For SMEs, the need to maintain in-house expertise is a major item and how can you justify the cost of full DM?

If you wanted to implement Oracle EBS for example, the lead time for the hardware may stretch to months while the search for qualified DBAs* and assorted techies could take even longer. If you wanted to get up and running in the short term, the most effective way is to get the entire solution (hardware and software) hosted externally. If you really wanted to take ownership back into the organisation at a future date, the option remains open. This is the premise behind cloud computing…

For more information, see the Netstore site.

* specialist Oracle Apps DBAs are more expensive than standard DBAs…

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Cranfield report highlights CIO confusion

Posted by pridham on December 12, 2008

The ultimate objective of the CIO’s role is to create an environment in which information and technology are so intimately and fundamentally bound to every aspect of the business that the need for a CIO diminishes. In essence, IT is so integral to a business that is should be the enabler, not a distinguishing difference.

ZDnet view here.

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Should I use LinkedIn?

Posted by pridham on December 8, 2008

If you wanted to avoid any chance of identify fraud thenthe answer is no. The answer stands for LinkedIn, Facebook and the rest because you are providing the bad people with information they could use.

I must admit that I use it both to provide others with information about me and also to find out about other folks. CIO magazine recently published an etiquette guide for LinkedIn here here.

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Fusion on track?

Posted by pridham on December 4, 2008

Here by Chris Maxcer

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SAP v Oracle war continues – fusion proves avantage

Posted by pridham on December 4, 2008

Here By Courtney Bjorlin: As Oracle pushes ahead with its Fusion Applications, it now has a better strategy than SAP, which is still focused on getting its customers onto a two-year-old release of its ERP software, according to a new Forrester Research report (forrester-oracle-sap-apps-strategy2).

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Access Management

Posted by pridham on December 3, 2008

Here

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The Forrester Wave: Order Management Hubs, Q4 2008

Posted by pridham on December 3, 2008

Order management solutions – report here.

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