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    ODTUG Volunteer Spotlight: Opal Alapat
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    The latest ODTUG Volunteer Spotlight shines upon Opal Alapat (al-uh-pat). You probably know Opal as the Kscope15 Content Chair for EPM/BI or maybe as a great speaker in the Hyperion/EPM world. You might not know that Opal is also one of ODTUG’s most prolific tweeters (@Opal_EPM) and a blogger, too.

    Opal is Services Engineering Manager at TopDown Consulting and spends her days finding ways to allow TopDown to provide better services to its customers and a great working environment for its consultants. In a nutshell, Opal’s focus is to help TopDown and its consultants succeed. Opal is one of TopDown’s premier consultants, working her way up through the organization to a management role once she got tired of traveling for work. Her position now allows her to work from home (most of the time) and be more creative with her career. That’s lucky for us at ODTUG because it provides her with more time for ODTUG and the user community.

    Born in South Korea (Opal is half-Korean), Opal’s family moved to Houston, Texas, when she was a toddler, and she is a loyal Texan to this day. She moved to Dallas 10 years ago and has no plans to move out of Texas anytime soon. One of my first experiences with Opal was when a conference committee meeting was scheduled in Dallas and she put together Texas welcome bags for all of the participants (much obliged, ma’am)!

    Read more about Opal here.

    JohnKing.png John King, King Training Resources
    Oracle PL/SQL Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques” by Michael Rosenblum and Dr. Paul Dorsey is a book you should read soon. A quote from Oracle’s Bryn Llwellyn in the book’s forward says it all “Every professional PL/SQL programmer should study this book and act upon its teachings.”

    Misha and Paul take the scientific route to performance, providing readers the how and why of effective performance. The first chapter sets the tone, showing how performance is an aggregate typically of nine steps from execution of code on the client side, through middleware, to server, and back again to the client.

    Learn how PL/SQL works from two of the best, whose shared stories of actual issues underline the importance of performance planning and thinking.

    Read more here.


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    LucasJellema.png Declarative Web User Interface Development by the Citizen Developer: Introducing the Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service
    Lucas Jellema, AMIS
    The citizen developer – also known as the line of business user – is the non-technical but still somewhat IT-savvy member of a business department. She may configure web surveys, create macros in Excel spreadsheets, perform complex data analysis, or maintain a departmental website. She does things that touch upon the responsibilities of the corporate IT department and probably knows some people in that department to consult with, and she may want to do even more. Gartner identified the citizen developer a few years ago, and Oracle has identified her as a persona it wants to cater to with the public cloud. 

    Chris Rothermel Border.jpg How Can I Extract My Essbase Outline to a SQL Database?
    Chris Rothermel, Rothermel Consulting
    This article highlights how a utility from Applied OLAP can save time and development work by exporting Essbase outlines to SQL. Having outline information in SQL makes Essbase outline information available for ETL processes and also for historical comparison. 

    Philip_Hulsebosch Frame.jpg Ever Wanted to Look into a Crystal Ball?
    Philip Hulsebosch, Trexco b.v.
    Who does not want to know the future? Only a few people like risk and uncertainty. In the old Greek mythology, the Oracle of Delphi was consulted for decision making, and it was assumed to be inspired by the gods (Hyperion was one of them). The myth is, the oracle looked into a crystal ball and saw the future. Some of us still rely on this kind of approach, others using statistical methods. Oracle Crystal Ball (CB) is an analytical tool to simulate, quantify, and manage risk and uncertainty in a spreadsheet model. It is a Microsoft Excel add-in that is leveraging the easy interface of a spreadsheet and the calculation power and modelling capabilities of Excel. Crystal Ball adds strong statistical and analytical functionality, which should validate a model with scientific measures. 

    dmitry_kryuk.png Essbase Outline and Data Scrambler
    Dmitry Kryuk, Independent Consultant
    In this article, I demonstrate the utility that completely "scrambles" Essbase database. If the scrambled data files or outlines get to the wrong hands, they will have no meaningful business information. On the other hand, the outline structure, data distribution, and volume would be exactly the same as in the original application. A consultant would have just enough to perform her/his job. 

    Going Mobile: Application Design Principles for ADF Development
    Peter Koletzke, Quovera (Editor's Choice Award winning entry)
    In the not too distant past, application developers and designers were often tasked with building applications that supported different resolutions in a desktop computing environment. Today they need to think about supporting mobile as well as desktop devices. Oracle has spent much time, money, and talent on the question of how to best design an application to run on mobile devices. 

    Check out the latest from the Oracle Apps UX Team. This group, which sponsored the ODTUG Scavenger Hunt at Kscope15, stays on the edge of everything UX.

    Oracle Apps UX Team Report: Future, Strategy, What's New, and RDK
    Submitted by Kathy Miedema, Oracle Apps UX
    The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team has loads of new content that we’re eager to share. Beginning with Oracle Voice, Oracle’s platform on Forbes.com, Group Vice President Jeremy Ashley describes in a recent post how Oracle is addressing specific HCM trends and issues in our cloud application services while keeping that “suite” perspective. What else did we write about in the past month?

    Oracle Apps UX Team Report: Usable Apps Roundup
    Submitted by Kathy Miedema, Oracle Apps UX 
    Submitted by Kathy Miedema, Oracle Apps UX
    Updates and new content have gone live on the Usable Apps website in the past month. Here’s a roundup of webcasts, articles, posts, and more on the Oracle user experience strategy.

    Oracle Apps UX Team Report: Looking Back and Community Innovationmitted by Kathy Miedema, Oracle Apps UX
    Submitted by Kathy Miedema, Oracle Apps UX

    Asteroids and Amazon Echo won the popularity contest for Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) posts in 2015. We studied the stats to see which OAUX posts from across our channels caught readers' attention.

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    Letter from Editor

    Karen Cannell, TH Technology
    As ODTUG opens a new chapter, commencing next quarter, our Journal will be entirely online and released in a distributed format. We will deliver one feature article and one or more of our regular columns right to odtug.com’s Tech Corner on a monthly basis. You will have the opportunity to give online feedback and comment on each article – and you know how we ODTUGers like to exchange opinions!

    No worries, some things will stay the same—we will keep our same columns, so you can look forward to your favorites each quarter. We will also have greater opportunity and flexibility to bring you more varied content, to keep pace with the ever-growing family of Oracle development tools.
    Karen Cannell

    Our aim is to bring delivery of the ODTUG Technical Journal in line with today’s social media options. These days our members are consuming more information online, and in shorter formats, such as blogs, podcasts, newsfeeds, and tweets, as opposed to formal whitepapers and other printed media. The times, they are a changin’, and ODTUG is keeping up. Join us!



    Oracle Apps UX Team Report: Emerging Technology and Innovation Events
    Submitted by Kathy Miedema, Oracle Apps UX
    Group Vice President Jeremy Ashley, who leads the Oracle Applications User Experience team, writes about how mobile devices and emerging technology influence the Oracle user experience on Forbes.com’s Oracle Voice.

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