What’s New with the Oracle Database Appliance

Earlier this summer, Oracle announced single node versions of the X6 generation Oracle Database Appliance (ODA). At OpenWorld 2016, the ODA team was showing a new two node X6-HA which Principal Product Manager Paul Tsien told me would be shipping by start of 2017, and will support RAC as the name implies, as well as virtualization. I went to a presentation by Erik Brenner of Mythics (which you could think of as an EC Wise competitor with a very large Oracle practice), who reported that the X6-HA would have fewer cores but more memory and storage, and could do up Read More

Categories: Databases, Oracle Database Appliance, and OS & Virtualization.
Languages: English.

Cyberwar and Mayhem

Last month, I attended Blackhat and Def Con, Def Con is one of the biggest hacking conferences, many interesting new hacks were discussed and the conference learnings are worthy of much entertaining and interesting discourse. However, the headline is DARPA held the Cyber Grand Challenge, the world’s first all machine automated hacking competition just before the official start of Def Con. Three years in the making with a 2 million dollar prize for first place and a cost of over 50 million dollars for Darpa, it proved that machines, at machine-speed, can provide scalable cyber defense including the ability to identify Read More

Categories: Machine Learning and Security.
Languages: English.

Workflow, Forms Processing and the Passage of Time (Part 2)

In part one of this two part series, I talked about some of our experiences with workflow systems and portals, and how we have built systems where domain specific workflows were provided in the context of a portal, like LifeRay. Specifically, we build a SaaS marketing system on LifeRay, and got to the point where marketers needed to create response forms and landing pages. For the response forms, we used Orbeon, which turns out to be a very popular web form solution, and brings us back to where we started, forms and workflow. Over the past couple years, I had Read More

Categories: Databases, Integration, and Programming.

Languages: English.

Workflow, Forms Processing and the Passage of Time (Part 1)

I recently found these articles on the web that I wrote in 1999 (yes, that’s seventeen years ago, and yes, I was writing about what we were doing at EC Wise). I used to write a lot of articles, back in the pre-historic nineties, when articles were published in print magazines and had to be reviewed and vetted by editors, but I digress. One of the articles I’m referring to discussed the migration of forms based workflow systems to the web. The other, Wf-XML and Interoperability discussed Wf_XML, which was being proposed as a standard schema for representing workflows (it Read More

Categories: Integration and Programming.

Languages: English.

Integrating Information from Opaque Applications with Change Data Capture

In the IT sense, “integration” is a funny word. At EC Wise, we often claim to have experience undertaking “integration” projects, but when I think about it, it’s one of those things where there is “no there there”. What we call integration is not something that organizations do for its own sake, it’s something they do in the context of some larger project goal. We have undertaken data integration projects to support goals like building data warehouses to drive analytics and bringing data from partner or customer systems into a client system for processing. One of the challenges of integration Read More

Categories: Databases and Integration.
Languages: English.