Sometimes it just clicks...sometimes it just feels right...sometimes the best things are worth waiting for. That's the feelings I have around my decision to join Insum, the largest APEX consultancy in North America.
A little bit about Insum...
"Insum is a highly creative solution center specialized in Oracle Database, developing innovative applications for clients and partners in North America. Founded in 2002, Insum has been assisting customers realize the full benefits of Oracle Database with Application Express since 2005. In fact, Insum is a pioneer with APEX and is today the largest consultancy specialized in Oracle APEX developments in North America. Privately held with offices in Montreal, Canada and South Burlington, USA, Insum has the most complete and experienced staff to serve the needs for complex application development and deployments in a wide range of industries. Come discover our unique APEX center of excellence"
I first became aware of Insum through Francis Mignault. We met in New Orleans during KScope2008 at the last, great APEX meetup. I think back now and realize what a special night that was. Going around the room was Carl, Dimitri, John Scott, Dan McGhan, Roel, Raj, Josh, Joel, Dietmar, etc. Francis and I just kinda hit it off that night. Ever since then we do our best to carve out time to sit and visit. Sometimes it involves a nice cigar, sometimes it's five minutes between sessions, all times special. A few years later I met Michel and Patrick. Solid folks whom you could tell had a passion for the technology and even back then I knew that given the opportunity, I would take up with this company from the Great White North.
Insum continues to grow their client base in the U.S. and as a result is building a team of developers to handle this demand. For the first time in my career I'll be able to concentrate full time on Application Express. It's going to be fun. I'll commit to blogging more and probably get back on the lecture circuit.
I'd like to thank SCGTS for the last four years in which I have grown personally and professionally. Truly some of the smartest individuals I've had the pleasure of working with. I'm expecting to aid in transition through August 15 before reporting to Montreal for onboarding.
So, I'm proud to be....an Insum-niac! (I doubt that's actually a word) Look it, if you're a highly skilled APEX developer..let's talk. If you're a company in need of APEX expertise, let's definitely talk.
Well, it should not come as a great surprise to anyone that I've decided to pursue another stint on the ODTUG Board of Directors. If successful, this will be my third and final term. It's been a fantastic journey thus far.
Here's my campaign Statement
In January of 2010, the membership of ODTUG saw fit to place me on the board of directors. It was, and continues to be, a tremendous honor to serve with the other members of the board in charting the future course of the organization. True, it involves considerable sacrifice, but ODTUG is worth it—you’re worth it.
I’ve had the privilege of serving as your president since June of 2012. Since that time, the organization has rolled out a new website, a new logo, an online job board, and increased our influence by purchasing APEXblogs. At the same time, our Kscope conference continues to grow in size and stature. For me, it’s always felt as much like a family reunion as it does a world-class technical conference.
I ask you for the opportunity to continue to fill the seat I’ve occupied these last four years. I have the desire, the dedication, and the experience to best represent you and your interests. If you believe, as I do, that the organization is moving in the right direction and our best years are ahead of us, I would appreciate your support.
My name is Monty Latiolais and I approve this message.
Monty Latiolais has more than twenty-five years of experience in information technology and more than a dozen years of experience with Oracle.
He has been a member of ODTUG since 2003 and has volunteered in many areas, including the ODTUG executive conference committee, the ODTUG abstract review committee, the ODTUG Technical Journal Editor’s Choice Awards panel, ODTUG Oracle OpenWorld content chair, and was recognized as the ODTUG 2009 Volunteer of the Year. Monty has been on the ODTUG Board of Directors for four years, with the last year and a half serving as president.
He is currently serving as the senior programmer analyst with SC Global Tubular Solutions, a Sumitomo Corporation subsidiary specializing in OCTG supply chain management. He spends his days working with Application Express, Oracle Forms, and Oracle Reports, writing complex analytics, and counting the days until the next Kscope conference.
Additionally, ODTUG asked the candidates to answer the following questions. If you could describe ODTUG in ten words or less, what would they be?
A community of Oracle professionals sharing their knowledge and experiences.
What is your motivation for joining the board?
I'm a big believer in paying things forward. Early in my career, I benefitted greatly from the technical journal and from participating in the list servs. While the technical journal has gone digital and tweets have in large part replaced list servs, I'd like to believe I'm providing that same benefit to a new generation of ODTUGers.
What attributes do you feel you would provide to this position?
I'm a people person. If you've attended a Kscope conference, it's likely we've met. It's just as likely we're on a first-name basis. It's that interaction with the membership I enjoy most and it's what keeps me coming back time and again.
Do you have a principal goal you would like to achieve as a board member?
What has made ODTUG special through the years is a real sense of community and a sense of belonging. Our challenge is to continue to grow the organization without losing those qualities that attracted us in the first place.
I look forward to once again serving the membership as a Director.
Where-o where are my Android 4.3 developer options?
I'm developing a mobile app for my company. Rather than using an Android emulator with Eclipse, I thought this time I'd use my actual phone to develop against. I looked high and I looked low, but couldn't find a way to turn on USB Debugging. A quick swim through Google and I have my answer. It was not what I expected. Turns out the Developer Options menu is hidden in Jelly Bean. To access the Developer Options you must do the following:
Goto Settings -> About Phone.
Goto “Build Number” at the end of the Scroll list.
Tap on “Build Number” repeatedly (7 times). On your third tap you should see message indicating that you only have 4 more taps to go to ‘become a developer’.
Continue: 4 more taps.
Hooray, you are now a ‘Developer’, go back to the Setting page.
You should see Developer Option menu item in your setting list now.
Open Developer Options and check USB debugging > Ok
National Geographic, of all places, put out a Top Ten list of things to do while in New Orleans...excluding Mardi Gras and KScope13. I've experienced several of those items included, but definitely agree with the list. New Orleans is so much more than Mardi Gras.
I'd encourage each of you to visit the link for the full rundown, but here's a quick synopsis:
Had an issue the other day where we needed to display counts per year range. The output needed to be something like:
[0-1] x dollars
[1-2] y dollars
[2-3] z dollars
The existing logic made redundant SQL calls to determine the min and max year vals. Very inefficient. Very unneccessary.
I immediately thought of using WIDTH_BUCKET. WIDTH_BUCKET is a numeric function that first appeared in Oracle 9i over ten years ago.
By definition, the Oracle WIDTH_BUCKET function is used to construct equiwidth histograms, in which the histogram range is divided into intervals that have identical size. For a given expression, the WIDTH_BUCKET function returns the bucket number into which the value of this expression would fall after being evaluated.
I know what you're thinking, what if you have values that are below min_value or above max_value ?? Well, there's a convenient underflow and overflow bucket created automatically referenced by 0 and number_of_buckets +1, respectively.
The Holiday season is upon us and most of us are hard at work wrapping up year-end projects, or at least wrapping up our presents. Kscope 11 is but a memory and while it seems Kscope 12 will never arrive, trust me, it will be here in the blink of an eye. In fact, there is much to report.
Let’s talk for a minute about the content. First, we received more abstract submissions this year than ever before – over 750 in total. While it’s great to see such interest and enthusiasm for Kscope, it also means that the choice of who gets accepted just got a whole lot tougher. We made some changes to the process this year. The biggest change was implementing a blind review – meaning that the speaker and the abstract were peer reviewed separately. This really forces the speaker and the subject matter to stand on its own merit. It definitely adds more work for the content teams, but if the result is a stronger lineup of speakers and sessions, then the effort has been worthwhile. Much credit goes to David Schleis and Natalie Delemar, who chaired the non-EPM and EPM content respectively, as well as the content team leads and content teams. WELL DONE!
The recommendations from the content teams were received at the beginning of December. The Kscope Conference Committee then gave its approval. Looking at the final lineup of speakers and sessions, all I can say is WOW! You guys continue to amaze. The content is by far the strongest of any Kscope I’ve been a part of. Attendees will be faced with the impossible task of deciding between Tom Kyte, Jonathan Lewis, Edward Roske, Steven Feuerstein, Tracy McMullen, Mark Rittman, Cary Millsap, Duncan Mills, Kevin McGinley, Dr. Paul Dorsey and dozens of other must-see speakers. How you do that is up to you. My job is to make that decision as tough as possible and I assure, we succeeded.
Now that the content is in place, the Conference Committee turns its focus to the Community Service Day, the General Session, the Wednesday night Special Event, and the various receptions to be held throughout the week. Kscope11 did set the bar pretty high, but know that we are on the job, hard at work to not just meet expectations, but to shatter them.
When it comes to Kscope, there are many winners. San Antonio was announced as a winner last June. Just last week, hundreds of speakers were notified that they, too, were winners. However, the real winner at Kscope is…YOU, the attendee. If you’ve never attended a Kscope conference before, let me say, there’s nowhere else you can get this content, from these speakers, at this fabulous venue. It’s a win, win….win situation.