April 1, 2013

The Consultant’s Gambit

The class where I learned method-R performance tuning also taught me something else, something I call the consultant’s gambit. This is that story. The Class Was a three-day in-seat program with canned exercises. We learned a little bit about the back-end of Oracle performance, than sat down with…
March 8, 2013

Tuning Performance with Method-R

I’ve been that guy. You may be that person some day … you may be that person now. Either way, it is safe to sat that those in that position would prefer to be out of it. The manager wants to fix the problem, so he goes downstairs…
January 18, 2013

The Killer App

We called it the Killer App, and, for the insurance industry, it was magic. At least, it was supposed to be. Forget waiting two weeks to get an explanation of benefits from the insurance company, two more to get a bill, then two hours on the phone to figure…
December 31, 2012

Yugo Testing

Recently, I was invited to observe a colleague’s monthly stress test exercise. There is a large room filled with mangers and technicians, experts in various aspects of the system, general network specialists, application specialists, customer support representatives and a collection of people with backgrounds in various aspects of…
June 15, 2011

Oracle Apps Tutorial: How to Automate Oracle EBS Patch Testing

Steve Sutphin, an Oracle expert for over 20 years, had this to say about using AppLoader for regression testing. One of the universal facts with Oracle E-Business Suite or any other large software package is that you eventually will need to apply patches. The Oracle E-Business Suite patches…