Alas poor 2007, we knew him so well

Goodbye 2007, its been good, but all good things come to an end. I’m working at home and I’m looking out from my desk to where the San Francisco fireworks will be in about seven hours time. That big green tower wasn’t there this time last year, which might spoil the view a bit, but I feel very lucky to live in the heart of a great city.

San Francisco 2007

View from my home office

For me it’s been a big year, my second child was born in early January and then another baby I’ve been helping nurture for some time; Oracle Ebusiness Suite Release 12 was sent out into the world that month too. One thing I really enjoyed was the field training for R12 financials, we did a number of sessions in HQ and then one on the East Coast and one in Nice, France. The Nice session would have been a great opportunity for me to visit Europe maybe take time off and visit my family in the UK too, small problem was our 4 week old baby at home. So I flew in, did my half day presenting and flew out again, I spent 32 hours on the ground and 36 hours traveling. People thought this was tough, but with a 2 year old boy and a 4 week old baby, I saw 16 hours on a plane as a chance for some ‘me time’ and I got the best sleep I have had in 2007. Delivering the sessions was a great learning experience for me, I met consulting, sales and support staff as well as Oracle partners, all of whom impressed me with their detailed knowledge of 11i and gave me insight into the issues they and our customers face and also reminded me that we made huge strides with R12. It also helped me realize that I needed to get out more, get out from the bubble of development that is.

Although R12 was the big release, Continue reading

Top 5 posts of 2007

So this is the time of the year when every media outlet takes a break from creating real content and creates top lists of anything they can think of from the past year and why should I be any different? Letterman has a whole team of writers that help him do this all year round and he reached a deal with them, when other show hosts will have to write their own monologues – poor things. I think I have proved in the short time I’ve been blogging that I am capable of creating a post with little real content, yet people still read them – so you only have yourselves to blame, by clicking on the more link that is coming up very soon you are just encouraging me. Continue reading

One Laptop per Child – Better than an iPhone?

The One Laptop per Child program has had somewhat of a rocky ride, it was envisaged that they would cost $100 and be made available to all school age children in developing countries. However they’re costing $200 and the orders have not been flooding in from the governments of developing countries. They’re now not known as the $100 laptop and are called the XO.

However these things do appear to be amazing devices, a review in laptop magazine mused that they are more revolutionary than the iPhone. Now I have a bunch of macs around the house and am a big fan of apple products, but I think the XO which can be dropped, withstand 120F temperatures and hase a great mesh network and some nice looking collaboration software designed to connect kids in devloping countries has to be better than a phone, even one made by apple.

Although the XO is intended for developing countries, many people in the US were interested so they came up with another innovative idea, if you want to buy one you need to give one. Reading my good friend Alvin’s blog I saw his had arrived and I look forward to seeing how his kids get along with it. Alvin has done a good job of introducing his kids to all kinds of tech gear; computers, photography and he even tought his daughter how to DJ so they should pick the XO up pretty quick.

So I just decided to Give One Get One, the program has been extended until the end of the year so you still have a few days left if you’re interested.

UPDATE:

I see a great comparison of the OLPC, Kimble and iPhone by Mike Hendrickson on O’Reilly

Legal Entity Configurator – Why?

LEIn Oracle Ebusiness Suite 11i, the Legal Entity is tied closely to a set of books and operating Unit, so your Legal Structure has to be defined in the way you set up your apps partitions (OU, Set of Books etc.). In R12 financials breaks away from that with the introduction of the Legal Entity Configurator allowing you to model your Legal Structure separately from the partitions in your ERP system. Then you mark certain items with an owning LE, rather than use the OU or set of books to derive the LE. So let’s see what this buys you. Continue reading

Friday Night Writes

My primary reason for starting this blog was to discuss issues customers asked me a lot at about at Open World and on various forums. My rationale being that if I blog about our products we might help people understand them and a) Make informed choices implementing them, get more value from them and maybe log less support calls and bugs for us to look at; b) Learn how people use our apps, or why they can’t use them and be in a position to engineer better apps. What I didn’t have in mind was being able to sound off about whatever I want to on a Friday night and people actually read it and link to it from other blogs, which is dangerous because it just encourages me. I was also encouraged this week reading Meg’s girl on a rant, nice to see other people getting things off their chest too. The last few days I’ve been thinking about what I wrote about Google last week. Why? Because on Monday I was asked by Terrance if I could go to the Google office and talk to them about Intercompany. Doh! My first question was, Continue reading

Can I assign an Operating Unit to Multiple Legal Entities?

The short answer is sort of. Which is not much help to anyone, hopefully you will have a few moments to read on and I can explain myself. This post assumes that you understand the relationship between Legal Entities and Ledgers which I discussed in an earlier post.

XLE brandIn R12, a new Legal Entity Configurator was introduced in financials and Legal Entities defined here are are assigned to Ledgers and/or Balancing Segments (Company Codes). However it is not possible to assign a Financials Legal Entity to an Operating Unit, you can only define a Default Legal Context (DLC) to an Operating Unit. This assignment can cause confusion as it is only possible to assign one DLC, but I can use more than one LE in that Operating Unit. The key word in DLC is default. Continue reading

Is Google Just an Oracle Wannabee?

I was surprised that my pondering if Oracle was cool again got so much attention, the piece from turning around my comment to ask if Oracle is as cutting edge and risk taking as google I think was intentionally provocative, but I’ll bite.

web20title.jpgSo what do Google and Oracle do, where do they make money? Oracle sells software and associated services to enterprises, a company thinks Oracle software can improve the way they run their business so they pony up for the license fee. I see Google as more like a broadcaster, like TV and radio stations they provide content that attracts viewers who they advertise to. When internet habits change and traffic moves to other sites, google need to own those sites to keep their ratings up. Continue reading