Posts categorized “general”
Originally published by TriCore: November 7, 2017
Microsoft® introduced the idea of self-service business intelligence (BI) back in 2009, announcing Power Pivot for Microsoft Excel® 2010. After several years, Microsoft released version 1 of Power BI®, but the user experience wasn't great. Microsoft collected feedback from end users and crafted a newer version of Power BI that became popular. This blog provides an introduction to this tool.
NetScaler® Application Delivery Controller (ADC), Citrix® Systems' core networking product, is a tool that improves the delivery speed and quality of applications to an end user. This blog describes how to upgrade, by using the command line interface (cli), the software on NetScaler appliances that are configured in a high-availability setup.
This blog explains how the Google® Distance Matrix API can be incorporated with Oracle® E-business Suite (EBS) and can be used to determine the distance between two physical locations.
The GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) is a complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880, also known as PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). GPG, also known as GnuPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications.
Most companies that exchange sensitive data, such as payment details, employee information, and so on over the internet, use PGP encryption to transfer files securely between two systems. This blog introduces GPG, why you should use file encryption, and what are the steps involved in both file encryption and decryption.
Originally published by TriCore: October 18, 2017
In Part 1 of this two-part series, we covered some strategies for resolving common issues with Oracle® Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE). In Part 2, we share two additional tips about how to customize the logo and banner text in OBIEE.
Originally published by TriCore: May 11, 2017
There are many Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) solutions available for organizational single sign-on (SSO) and user management, including Oracle® Internet Directory (OID), Microsoft® Active Directory (AD), and many other systems. When you have multiple implementations, it can be difficult to manage and use them all. In this blog post, you'll learn how to create a view that you can use to manage all of your enterprise's LDAP implementations.
One of the key points in supporting our customers is to make sure they have a smooth month-end closing process. Many people have issues that lead to a delay in their monthly close. Often, the issues causing these delays are not identifiable and are hidden behind the scenes. To overcome this situation, we have an application monitoring process that helps unearth these hidden problems and allows us to proactively address these even before it comes to our customers’ notice.
Originally published by TriCore: August 2, 2016
In Part 1 of this two-part blog post series, we cover two issues that you might run into while working with Oracle® Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) and how to resolve them.
Originally published by Tricore: April 20, 2017
SQL Server 2016 introduced three new principal security features: Always Encrypted, dynamic data masking, and row level security.
In this blog, I'm going to introduce the dynamic data masking (DDM) feature.
Are you considering an upgrade to a more modern version of SQL Server? Are you choosing between SQL Server 2016 or SQL Server 2017? If so, then my advice is to upgrade to SQL Server 2017 as I explain in this post.
The release of SQL Server technology provides lots of interesting new features for SQL administrators and developers to ponder. The Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.0 for SQL Server vNext (generally called SQL Server 2017) is no exception. Many updates have been implemented in the existing features and services of the application. In this blog post, I discuss what is new in the database engine of SQL Server 2017 from a database administrator (DBA) perspective.
Originally published by TriCore: January 17, 2017
This blog post discusses why Oracle® Enterprise Manager 13c (OEM 13c) users might want to consider rolling back to version 12c, and how to make the transition successful.
Originally published by TriCore: April 4, 2017
This blog post aims to help Oracle® Data Integrator (ODI) designers, administrators, and system teams address performance bottlenecks in ODI execution plans. Following the steps outlined here will result in a speedier experience for your end users.
Originally published by TriCore: November 22, 2017
A virtual tape library (VTL) is a data storage virtualization technology that's typically used for backups and recovery. A VTL presents a storage component, which is usually hard disk storage, as tape libraries or tape drives for use with existing backup software.
This blog describes best practices for the implementation architecture of the web client authentication solutions for QlikView®.
Originally published by Tricore: June 26, 2017
In this blog post, we review common issues that database administrators (DBAs) might run into when working with Oracle® Enterprise Manager (OEM) 12c Management Agents. We hope this information helps you fix these problems quickly and keep your Oracle targets well-monitored.
You may be asked to migrate multiple Internet Information Server (IIS) sites from on-site to the Cloud, but migrating individual sites is a long and daunting task. This blog discusses simplifying the process.
Originally published by TriCore: March 27, 2017
If you're considering migrating your email systems to Microsoft® Office 365®, there are a variety of migration methods. The best fit depends on your requirements. This blog post covers factors you should consider when choosing an email migration method.
Popularity Trends is a feature in SharePoint Server 2013 that enhances search and web analytics services by offering a ready-to-use solution.
This blog post shows you how to generate an Array Diagnostic Utility (ADU) report on an Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) server that is running VMware® ESXi™ version 5.x or 6.x. The information in this blog helps you to determine whether the ADU is installed. If it is not installed, you can use the steps provided in this blog to install it.
Originally published by Tricore: Sep 21, 2017
Planning Analytics integrates business planning, performance measurement, and operational data to enable companies to optimize business effectiveness and customer interaction regardless of geography or structure. Planning Analytics provides immediate visibility into data, accountability within a collaborative process, and a consistent view of information.
The traditional supply-chain management processes with on-site IT applications are rapidly moving to the modern supply-chain cloud infrastructure. This blog covers the characteristics and benefits of the modern supply chain management in detail.
As part of the Google I/O keynote yesterday, several new features for Google Compute Engine were announced. First, GCE is now available to everyone in a preview and available for signups. They also announced Cloud Datastore, a NoSQL database solution and several other features.
Google Compute Engine looks great, but it's the same old thing from a cloud standpoint. AWS and GCE are both single-vendor, lock-in prone providers. You can't run GCE in your own datacenter. You can't customize and install GCE on both a $200 One-laptop-per-child notebook and a $4,000 MacBook Pro. These platforms are not open.
This year at SXSW, I spoke on why open matters. I used examples to explain how open can triumph over closed like the open Internet and AOL, or Linux vs. Windows. One of my favorite examples is the Betamax.
Rackspace will be at the 11th Annual Southern California Linux Expo! SCALE 11X takes place on Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel. As the first-of-the-year Linux/Open Source software expo in North America, SCALE 11X expects to host more than 100 exhibitors this year, along with presenting more than 70 speakers.
Rackspace and AppFog are throwing a Happy Hour on Thursday, February 7 at AppsWorld in San Francisco, and we’re asking developers to create an app that helps us choose the beers that will be served at the party. You could win an iPad! All you need to do is RSVP to the party, register for the contest, and then create an app (deployed on AppFog and Rackspace) that allows people to vote for which beers will be served at the happy hour.
That’s right, your votes determine which beers we drink! We’ve selected six beers for the contest: Widmer Hefeweizen, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stella Artois, Lagunitas IPA, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Guinness Stout.
We've moved! The Rackspace DevOps Blog is now hosted on Rackspace Cloud Files (powered by OpenStack Swift) using Octopress. This blog was hosted on WordPress, using a mix of various Rackspace Open Cloud products:
- Cloud Load Balancers
- Cloud Servers
- Cloud Databases
Wayne and I loved this setup and were pleased with performance and security. WordPress on this infrastructure was secure for our purposes (it's a simple blog, not hosting medical data or taking credit cards) so we were happy. So why move?
Rackspace will be present at Cloud Expo in Santa Clara this week! If you’re a Rackspace customer we would love for you to stop by our booth and talk to us about how your company uses the Open Cloud. We also have several Rackers speaking during the conference:
Chad Lung is a software engineer on the Rackspace Cloud Integration team and is the maintainer of Atom Hopper. Be sure to check out his personal blog at http://www.giantflyingsaucer.com/blog/ and follow @chadlung on Twitter.
I recently wrote an article introducing Repose which is a sponsored open-source project that is built to scale for the cloud. Repose is used within Rackspace as a a key element of our internal OpenStack.
Rackspace will be present at Cloud Connect in Chicago this week! If you're a Rackspace customer we would love for you to stop by our booth and talk to us about how your company uses the Open Cloud. We also have several Rackers speaking during the conference:
Our cloud is open. We believe our company should be too. One of our Core Values at Rackspace is full disclosure and transparency, and we want to build a community for our developers that is open, transparent and helps them build amazing applications on the open cloud.