• June 29, 2006 29 Jun'06

    Eight key Oracle developer tools

    Consultant Sridhar Bogelli provides a refresher on some of the key tools that developers use to customize Oracle E-Business Suite applications.

  • June 29, 2006 29 Jun'06

    SAP gaining favor among SMBs

    Microsoft may have a stranglehold in the midmarket with Dynamics, but SAP is beginning to make inroads starting with small businesses.

  • June 25, 2006 25 Jun'06

    Oracle vs. Microsoft: The open source software factor

    Many IT pros believe Oracle's recent endorsements of the open source movement were designed specifically to destabilize Microsoft.

  • June 20, 2006 20 Jun'06

    Survey: DBAs not planning for downtime

    Companies need to do more to reduce the amount of database downtime resulting from both planned and unplanned events, a new IOUG survey finds.

  • June 15, 2006 15 Jun'06

    Oracle developer tips: Ten things you should never do

    Consultant Sridhar Bogelli explains the top mistakes to avoid when customizing Oracle E-Business Suite applications.

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  • June 13, 2006 13 Jun'06

    Five Oracle developer best practices

    A refresher on some best practices designed to make sure that apps developers don't go messing up production boxes.

  • May 30, 2006 30 May'06

    Spotlight on RAC, grid and availability

    Availability is a hot-button issue with DBAs these days -- users want more of their data available more of the time. You can achieve this through grid computing and Oracle's Real Application Clusters (RAC). This spotlight includes breaking news on ...

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Spotlight on Oracle and open source

    Open source is hot these days, and Oracle knows it. The company is facing challenges from open source competitors by embracing open source technology in its own right -- acquiring and developing key companies and products in this area -- as well as ...

  • May 23, 2006 23 May'06

    BerkeleyDB gets an update from Oracle

    Oracle has released a new version of the open source Oracle Berkeley DB Java Edition.

  • April 13, 2006 13 Apr'06

    Collaborate '06 Preview: IOUG's Kaplan on RAC, security, mobility and more

    IOUG president Ari Kaplan explains what's on tap for the Collaborate '06 Oracle users' conference being held later this month in Nashville.

  • April 06, 2006 06 Apr'06

    PostgreSQL vs. Oracle: Users speak out

    DBAs and other IT pros respond to a recent article that touted the merits of open source PostgreSQL over Oracle.

  • March 30, 2006 30 Mar'06

    Blue Shield cleans up HR with Oracle-PeopleSoft HCM

    Blue Shield of California deployed Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management 8.9 to automate transactions, centralize IT and modernize its HR department.

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    Oracle unveils free SQL Developer: Has Toad met its match?

    Oracle's newly released free SQL Developer could spell trouble for Quest Software Inc.'s popular Toad for Oracle software.

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    Special Report: Oracle vs. SAP

    This special feature compiles new and archived content covering the ongoing battle between Oracle and SAP in the enterprise applications space.

  • March 06, 2006 06 Mar'06

    SAP vs. Oracle: Users speak out

    As the battle for business applications supremacy heats up, Oracle users are standing by Larry Ellison and Fusion while SAP customers say NetWeaver will lead the way to victory.

  • February 14, 2006 14 Feb'06

    Special Report: Getting down to business intelligence

    A collection of news, tips and other original content about Oracle and business intelligence.

  • December 15, 2005 15 Dec'05

    Wily bridges gap between apps managers and DBAs

    A new tool from Wily Technology Inc. aims to bridge the technological divide between applications managers and DBAs.

  • October 04, 2005 04 Oct'05

    Oracle-Systinet deal a win-win

    While Oracle gets a UDDI v3 registry and lifecycle management capabilities, Systinet extends its reach among SOA infrastructure platforms.

  • September 22, 2005 22 Sep'05

    Oracle expands Project Fusion

    The company pledges new and improved support for its J.D. Edwards World customers.

  • July 13, 2005 13 Jul'05

    Data warehouse woes? Blame your CEO

    If you're disappointed with your data warehouse performance, find out whether your CEO is doing a good job integrating disparate business units.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    Advanced backup and recovery

    @10150 A backup and recovery plan should go beyond hot and cold backups and database exports. At next week's IOUG Live! 2005 show, consultant Tim Quinlan will explain how to incorporate availability and ...

  • April 14, 2005 14 Apr'05

    So you want to be a DBA...

    @9963 Robert G. Freeman, Oracle consultant and the author of several books, including "Portable DBA: Oracle" and "Oracle Database 10g New Features," knows a bit about the highs and lows of being an Oracle DBA. At next month's April 07, 2005 07 Apr'05

    Recovering from "Compulsive Tuning Disorder"

    Performance tuning expert Gaja Krishna Vaidyanatha wants to help DBAs who suffer from what he calls "Compulsive Tuning Disorder" (CTD). Vaidyanatha, owner of consulting firm and an author of ...

  • February 16, 2005 16 Feb'05

    Oracle highlights Red Hat partnership

    Oracle Corp. and Red Hat held a joint press conference Tuesday to highlight their partnership.

  • January 19, 2005 19 Jan'05

    SAP acquires PeopleSoft support provider

    SAP is acquiring a third-party support provider of PeopleSoft and JD Edwards customers in an attempt to draw them away from Oracle Corp.

  • January 18, 2005 18 Jan'05

    Oracle to unveil combined suite

    Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison today announced Project Fusion, a combination applications suite blending Oracle and PeopleSoft products.

  • January 18, 2005 18 Jan'05

    Oracle to launch combined company today

    Oracle is launching its new applications division today with an event at its corporate headquarters where executives will lay out how they are combining staff and product lines from newly acquired PeopleSoft Inc.

  • December 15, 2004 15 Dec'04

    Oracle merger to result in few app improvements

    Oracle's E-Business Suite won't receive much of a face-lift using PeopleSoft technology, according to Oracle executives and analysts monitoring the merger. It's the customer base Oracle wants most.

  • December 13, 2004 13 Dec'04

    Oracle helps airport track baggage

    Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is testing a baggage tracking system that uses a tiny chip to track luggage.

  • December 07, 2004 07 Dec'04

    Oracle expands data hub

    Kicking off its four-day user event in San Francisco, Oracle president Charles E. Phillips Jr. told thousands of users that the company plans to roll out an expansion of its data hub over the next year.

  • November 02, 2004 02 Nov'04

    Marine Corps to march with E-Business Suite

    In an attempt to upgrade its legacy systems, the U.S. Marine Corps has decided to use Oracle's E-Business Suite as part of its new infrastructure. The Corps hopes to improve the supply chain to troops at home and abroad.

  • November 01, 2004 01 Nov'04

    CA swings at Oracle, SQL Server with Ingres

    Computer Associates International Inc. is making its open sourced Ingres DBMS widely available today, pitching its mature features and 64-bit support at Oracle and SQL Server customers.

  • October 27, 2004 27 Oct'04

    MySQL AB launches strike against Oracle, others

    MySQL AB is rolling out the next version of its database with new features that the company says will allow enterprises to use the DBMS for more mission critical applications.

  • October 13, 2004 13 Oct'04

    Southwest Airlines soars with analytics

    The Southwest Airlines IT team completed an upgrade to Oracle 9i RAC and increased its use of data analytics to fend off fierce fare competition and rising fuel costs.

  • October 05, 2004 05 Oct'04

    Users say Oracle apps need makeover, not a takeover

    Sales of Oracle E-Business Suite have plummeted 36% compared to a year ago, and while Oracle attributes the decline to its bid for PeopleSoft, some Oracle users said the suite could use improving.

  • September 22, 2004 22 Sep'04

    Oracle president addresses image, app software decline

    In an interview with, Oracle Corp. president Charles E. Phillips Jr. said he is working to improve plummeting application software sales and improve the company's withering public image amid a prolonged battle for PeopleSoft Inc.

  • September 15, 2004 15 Sep'04

    Oracle DBAs see jobs, benefits to PeopleSoft takeover

    DBAs had long been looking at Oracle's takeover of PeopleSoft with a sense of indifference. But as Oracle's hostile bid for its rival in the application software market becomes closer to a reality, many DBAs are optimistic about the future.

  • September 07, 2004 07 Sep'04

    E-Business Suite boosts RFID, grid control

    Oracle unveiled its E-Business Suite at Oracle Open World conference in London today. Version 11i.10 supports RFID technology and an improved application and grid control tool.

  • July 27, 2004 27 Jul'04

    DBA resumes that make the cut

    Is your DBA resume so yesterday? Get ready for today's job market with common sense tips for writing the perfect Oracle DBA resume.

  • May 14, 2004 14 May'04

    Peering into Bill Inmon's data warehousing crystal ball

    W.H. Inmon, "the father of the data warehouse," shared his predictions for the data warehousing industry at the Spring 2004 TDWI conference.

  • April 21, 2004 21 Apr'04

    Oracle takes next grid computing step

    Oracle Corp. and several smaller vendors today announced the Enterprise Grid Alliance, a group formed to help address some of the burning questions surrounding grid technology.

  • April 06, 2004 06 Apr'04

    Oracle, Dell join forces to fight Microsoft

    CEOs Larry Ellison and Michael Dell shook hands today on a deal designed to give Oracle and Dell an advantage over Microsoft in the small and midsized market.

  • April 01, 2004 01 Apr'04

    Veteran DBAs seek help from a higher power

    Veteran DBAs are finding that rookies aren't the only ones suffering from a devastated economy.

  • March 31, 2004 31 Mar'04

    Database expert will steer Collaboration Suite

    Oracle is talking up its newly improved Collaboration Suite, which now has instant messaging features. Find out whether these enhancements are enough to give Microsoft and IBM a run for their money.

  • March 04, 2004 04 Mar'04

    Oracle U. has new 10g major

    Hoping to make 10g fans out of Oracle DBAs, Oracle University is advertising a new two-day course -- and promising that the class will let you get 10g up and running in a snap.

  • March 03, 2004 03 Mar'04

    Conflict-resolution mode #5: Compromising -- 'Let's make a deal!'

    An overview of one of five conflict-resolution modes -- compromise -- and how and when to use it.

  • March 03, 2004 03 Mar'04

    Conflict-resolution mode #3: Collaborating -- 'Two heads are better than one!'

    An overview of one of five conflict-resolution modes -- collaboration -- and how and when to use it.

  • March 02, 2004 02 Mar'04

    Conflict-resolution mode #1: Accommodating -- 'It would be my pleasure'

    An overview of one of five conflict-resolution modes -- accomodation -- and how and when to use it.

  • March 02, 2004 02 Mar'04

    Conflict-resolution mode #4: Competing -- 'My way or the highway'

    An overview of one of five conflict-resolution modes -- competition -- and how and when to use it.

  • February 19, 2004 19 Feb'04

    Offshore outsourcing: Love it or live with it

    As the popularity of offshore outsourcing grows, many analysts and IT pros agree that U.S. corporations need to do more to protect high-quality workers in danger of losing their jobs.

  • February 10, 2004 10 Feb'04

    A look at Oracle 10g

    After getting their hands on the latest Oracle database, DBAs and IT managers are raving about its newest features.

  • February 09, 2004 09 Feb'04

    Oracle Guru Exam #2: A compilation of quizzes 11-20

    If you've missed any of The Oracle Guru questions, here's another chance to test your knowledge.

  • February 02, 2004 02 Feb'04

    Agilent dumps legacy systems for Oracle

    Semiconductor maker Agilent Technologies is ending a reliance of more than 2,000 antiquated machines by consolidating on Oracle.

  • January 29, 2004 29 Jan'04

    Ellison touts wonders of Data Hub

    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says that Oracle's new Customer Data Hub is the answer to all your data integration questions.

  • January 28, 2004 28 Jan'04

    Oracle enters RFID fray

    Oracle announced Tuesday that the latest version of its warehouse management software will support radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

  • January 19, 2004 19 Jan'04

    DBAs should beware the hacker they know

    Aaron Newman is co-author of the Oracle Security Handbook and co-founder of New York-based Application Security Inc. Recently he talked with about ways Oracle DBAs can defend themselves against trouble, and he warned that ...

  • December 16, 2003 16 Dec'03

    Oracle beats Wall Street estimates

    Strong new license sales boosted Oracle Corp.'s Q2 results beyond expectations.

  • December 12, 2003 12 Dec'03

    Roll forward versus roll back

    Database extra tip #2 from "30 tips in 30 minutes," brought to you by the IOUG.

  • December 12, 2003 12 Dec'03

    Make redundant RMAN archive log backups

    Recovery Manager tip #3 from "30 tips in 30 minutes," brought to you by the IOUG.

  • December 11, 2003 11 Dec'03

    Backup a primary database via the standby

    Backup and recovery tip #5 from "30 Oracle tips in 30 minutes," brought to you by the IOUG.

  • December 11, 2003 11 Dec'03

    Try this simple cold backup script

    Backup and recovery tip #1 from "30 tips in 30 minutes," brought to you by the IOUG.

  • December 10, 2003 10 Dec'03

    Manage the Windows tnsnames.ora file location

    Database administration tip #4 from "30 tips in 30 minutes," brought to you by the IOUG.

  • December 10, 2003 10 Dec'03

    Use IPC for local connections

    Performance tuning tip #4 from "30 tips in 30 minutes," brought to you by the IOUG.

  • December 10, 2003 10 Dec'03

    Oracle HRMS gets XML certified

    By adopting the non-profit HR-XML Consortium's open data exchange standard, Oracle HRMS allows HR departments to transfer data smoothly to staffing firms.

  • December 10, 2003 10 Dec'03

    Find and remove duplicate rows using constraint exceptions

    Database administration tip #2 from "30 Oracle tips in 30 minutes," brought to you by the IOUG.

  • November 25, 2003 25 Nov'03

    Trigger on a materialized view (snapshot) table

    Application development tip #5 from "30 Oracle tips in 30 minutes," brought to you by the IOUG.

  • November 25, 2003 25 Nov'03

    Show the time at the SQL prompt

    Application development tip #6 from "30 Oracle tips in 30 minutes," brought to you by the IOUG.

  • November 24, 2003 24 Nov'03

    DBAs defend against offshore outsourcing

    In order to protect themselves against offshore outsourcing, database administrators must prove that the best DBAs do a whole lot more than backup and recovery.

  • November 17, 2003 17 Nov'03

    Analysts: Oracle's grid technology not all that

    As Oracle continues its grid computing campaign, some analysts are warning customers to clear away the confetti and balloons and see what's behind the hype.

  • November 05, 2003 05 Nov'03

    Oracle OCMs are rare breed

    The Oracle Certified Master (OCM) certification is only for top-tier Oracle gurus who spend years gaining real-world experience before being tested on far-out IT scenarios.

  • October 27, 2003 27 Oct'03

    Oracle's iLearning tests employee performance

    General Physics Corporation grades Oracle's iLearning software, which is helping ensure their employees comply with new federal regulations.

  • October 08, 2003 08 Oct'03

    Rating the Oracle Certified Professional readers express a mix of outrage and appreciation for OCP, a certification that everyone agrees continues to carry clout in the job market.

  • October 01, 2003 01 Oct'03

    Oracle gives Infopia new lease on life

    Marketing software company Infopia, Inc. says Oracle Outsourcing dissolved its technical staffing and expertise issues, and got them out of hot water.

  • August 20, 2003 20 Aug'03

    Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) drivers

    This paper provides an introduction to Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) drivers, an overview of the JDBC drivers Oracle provides, guidelines on how to choose a JDBC driver and how to achieve the best performance with JDBC.

  • August 11, 2003 11 Aug'03

    Data sources: What, how and why

    What exactly is a data source? This paper defines data sources within the scope of J2EE and describes their benefits, how to set them up, connection retrieval behavior from data sources in the context of transactions and the different ways security ...

  • August 10, 2003 10 Aug'03

    Keeping that Oracle DBA job

    Got mentors? What about a backup plan? For rookie DBAs and experienced pros alike, Oracle guru Robert Freeman has tips on how to look good on the job.

  • June 06, 2003 06 Jun'03

    Oracle makes takeover bid for PeopleSoft

    Oracle has announced its intention to make a takeover bid for PeopleSoft and has offered $16 per share.

  • May 16, 2003 16 May'03

    Is it time to say goodbye to SQL?

    Although it may seem a no-brainer today, SQL took some time to get established with by no means all vendors subscribing to the notion of a common database query language as a useful thing. (May 16, 2003)

  • April 17, 2003 17 Apr'03

    Microsoft, Oracle tout OLAP successes

    Oracle and Microsoft this week both announced victories in the world of online analytical processing (OLAP), one boasting the results of benchmark tests and the other heralding the results of an annual market share report.

  • April 09, 2003 09 Apr'03

    How to get an Oracle DBA job

    Despite the steepest downturn in the history of IT, there are jobs to be had by Oracle certified professionals and DBAs. To get them, insiders say, IT pros need to remember some of the rules they learned long ago and apply some new strategies as ...

  • April 01, 2003 01 Apr'03

    Oracle on Windows

    Running Oracle on Windows is a common enterprise setup, and predictably, database administrators run into common problems with it. To clear up the confusion,'s resident experts offer their advice for overcoming some frequent ...

  • March 26, 2003 26 Mar'03

    Oracle backup and recovery: Hot and cold, schema-based and incremental backups

    Designing and maintaining a solid backup and recovery process is the most important task a DBA can do.'s resident Oracle experts have answered many user-submitted questions over the last year about the best ways to backup and ...

  • March 11, 2003 11 Mar'03

    IDC: Oracle's lead narrowing in database market

    The gap between front-runner Oracle and competitor IBM in the database market is closing, and Microsoft last year gained more market share than either, according to a new report by Framingham, Mass.-based International Data Corp. Oracle's revenue in...

  • January 16, 2003 16 Jan'03

    DBA blooper #10: Remedial math

    When IT pros troubleshoot they often have to think "outside the box" to find and solve a problem. Sometimes, however, they get too creative in their thinking, overlooking the simple solution in favor of a grand scheme.

  • December 12, 2002 12 Dec'02

    True DBA Blooper #9: Backup plan backfires

    Every DBA knows the importance of a good backup and recovery plan, but coming up with one that works isn't always so straightforward. For weeks, Craig MacPherson, a database team leader for a Canadian energy company, pored over the minute details of...

  • September 11, 2002 11 Sep'02

    True DBA blooper #2: Small slips, big data wipeout

    Inadvertently deleting important data is surprisingly easy to do. A simple typo and a misplaced double click was all it took for these two DBAs to wipe out entire directories of critical files. They recount their horror in this installment of ...

  • July 10, 2002 10 Jul'02

    Oracle U. defends OCP title

    Defending their new DBA certification requirement against critics who say it's costly and unnecessary, Oracle described the move as part of a new strategy to ensure that only top-shelf candidates receive the company's stamp of approval.

  • June 18, 2002 18 Jun'02

    DBAs prep to skip Oracle school

    Oracle this week added a "hands-on" course to its 9i Oracle Certified Professional requirements. The company presented the move as one that will lend credibility to the OCP certification, but some industry experts think the move may backfire.

  • May 02, 2002 02 May'02

    Top 20 mistakes an Oracle DBA can make, Part II

    Got an IT death wish? Attendees at IOUG Live! now know what it takes to be a lousy database administrator thanks to a presentation that pointed out twenty top mistakes DBAs make.

  • April 17, 2002 17 Apr'02

    Top 20 mistakes an Oracle DBA can make, Part 1

    Attendees at International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) Live! now know what it takes to be a lousy database administrator thanks to a presentation that pointed out the top 20 mistakes DBAs make.

  • December 06, 2001 06 Dec'01

    OpenWorld: Oracle 9i JDeveloper ready for download

    Tool time! If you're ready to build some standards-based apps with an open and extensible tool, get your downloadin' shoes on. The 9i JDeveloper is ready to roll.

  • September 24, 2001 24 Sep'01

    OracleMobile's queen of wireless

    OracleMobile CEO Denise Lahey has been on the wireless frontlines for what is an Internet eternity: five years. Previously vice president of Oracle's Mobile Product division -- as well as its first employee -- Lahey essentially built the division ...