Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Are you worried about what to do now that Discoverer is almost out of support

Hello everyone
Like me, if you are a big user of Discoverer, you would have been alarmed at the news a few years ago that Oracle was dropping the tool.

Well, once I got over my alarm I started to think about how my clients could maximize their use of the at times millions of dollars of investment.

Oracle Corporation’s statement of direction implies that they will not force you off of Discoverer and on to another tool. It is important for you to understand, however that like all software Discoverer will one day be phased out in order to make way for more modern BI solutions.

You currently have three options: Protect / Extend / Evolve

  1. Protect your investment by staying with Discoverer, continuing to receive Oracle’s outstanding support until it runs out, after which you will be on your own
  2. Extend you your investment by continuing to use Discoverer while integrating to other Oracle BI tools such as Oracle BI Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)
  3. Evolve your investment by formulating a strategy to fully migrate to another tool, perhaps one of Oracle's other BI tools such as OBIEE, or to a third party tool such as SplashBI owned by Eis Technilogies
I will address more on option 3 in upcoming posts.

Are you having trouble starting Weblogic from a Windows service

Are you having trouble starting Weblogic on Windows and thus unable to start the WLS_DISCO service? If so, you can start Wenlogic from the command line.

To start Weblogic from the command line, follow these steps:
  1. Open a CMD window
  2. Navigate to the bin folder for Weblogic. Mine is located at C:\oracle\Middleware\user_projects\domains\ClassicDomain\bin
  3. Run startweblogic.cmd
  4. Provide a username - in my case weblogic
  5. Provide the password
  6. When started, leave the CMD window open

Next, I started the Node Manager manually as follows:
  1.  Open a second CMD window
  2. Navigate to the bin folder for Node Manager. Mine is located at C:\oracle\Middleware\wlserver_10.3\server\bin
  3. Run startnodemanager.cmd
  4. Provide a username - in my case weblogic
  5. Provide the password
  6. When started, leave the CMD window open



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Discoverer and Windows 10

Hi everyone
Further to a earlier posting of mine it would appear that Windows 10 and Discoverer are incompatible.

Michael

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Might need to use Tunneling with Discoverer 11g

I have noticed a few instances recently of Discoverer 11g Plus failing to open or taking an awful long time to open. In both of the cases where this has been reported to me by my clients, changing the plus communication protocol from Default to Tunneling did the trick.

To enable tunneling for use with Discoverer Plus, use this workflow:

  1. Launch Enterprise Manager using something like: http://server.domain.com:7002/em
  2. Enter your Username and Password. Username is typically Weblogic
  3. Under Farm, on left-hand side, expand Discoverer and Discoverer(11.1.1.x.0)
  4. In the Components window, highlight Discoverer Plus then click the Configure button
  5. In the Communication Protocols window, click the Tunneling radio button (see below)
  6. Click the Apply button
  7. Shut Down the Discoverer service from the top link by clicking on Discoverer | Control | Shut Down - confirm the action
  8. Restart the Discoverer service from the top link by clicking on Discoverer | Control | Start Up - confirm the action (sometimes you have to do this twice)


 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Still here

Hi everyone
I am still here. Just wanted to let you know that I am still in the business of working with Discoverer even though Oracle recently announced that it would be de-supported. If you need help just get in touch.

Also, you may not be aware but we have updated our Discoverer Handbook with the latest 11g version. You can find it on Amazon

Monday, June 10, 2013

New OTN Interface

If you are a user of OTN (Oracle Technology Network) you should have noticed that there is a new interface. I think its pretty cool. What do you think?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Oracle Support Interface Change

If you are a use of My Oracle Support you should have received notification regarding a change to the user interface. As of July 13, 2012 Oracle will be retiring their Flash-based interface and replacing it with an improved HTML interface that has added functionality.

There is a CALL TO ACTION regarding this change. If you follow the link you will be directed to a page that will describe the changes in detail and advise what you have to do in order to take advantage of the new user interface.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Warning concerning Java 7 and E-Business Suite


This notification is being posted at the request of Oracle Corporation

All E-Business Suite desktop administrators must disable the JRE Auto-Update for their end users immediately to stop it updating to Java 1.7.

URGENT BULLETIN:  Disable JRE Auto-Update for All E-Business Suite End-Users.
The following link from my fellow blogger Steve Chan explains more:

So why is this required?
If you have Auto-Update enabled, your JRE 1.6 version will be updated to JRE 7.  This may happen as early as July 3, 2012.  This will definitely happen after Sept. 7, 2012, after the release of 1.6.0_35 (6u35).

Oracle Forms is not compatible with JRE 7 yet.  JRE 7 has not been certified with Oracle E-Business Suite yet.  Oracle E-Business Suite functionality based on Forms -- e.g. Financials -- will stop working if you upgrade to JRE 7.

There is also a known issue with WebLogic 10.3.6 and JDK 1.7 and you must use JDK 1.6 for that. I will be posting shortly on this issue.

Seems to me therefore that until further notice, even for Discoverer, but definitely for E-Business Suite that you must stay on Java 1.6 

Been a while

Hello everyone, I know it has been a little while since my last posting but I am here, alive and kicking and gearing up to get back into blogging.
In case you are not aware, I am in the process of updating my Discoverer Handbook to the latest 11g version of the product. Watch for more postings very soon.

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