Since Oracle Application Express (APEX)'s release as HTML DB in 2004, one question keeps coming up again and again: How suited is this platform for large-scale work? Is APEX built for the enterprise? Can it perform, scale and can it be extended? I'd like to address some of the most [...]
This video, released as part of Insum’s Fall 2019 Webinar Series, is directed at APEX developers who are interested in Browser Test Automation. A prior knowledge of Cypress is not required or even expected: Shownotes Learn more about Cypress The best resource for learning about Cypress is the website itself. […]
Unless you were hiding under a rock somewhere during the last few weeks, you’ve surely heard about the new Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud Services. The official announcement was made during Oracle OpenWorld last September by Larry Ellison during his Keynote speech and it was all over the press. This is […]
As a Cloud and DBA Practice Director, I get this question regularly. It’s something almost all IT Directors and CIOs will ask me. All of them have been told repeatedly that they need to go to the cloud. But of course, since they are the ones who are ultimately responsible […]
Just days before his trip to Oracle Open World 2019, we sat down with Martin D’Souza, Director of Innovation at Insum. D’Souza will present two sessions at OOW19, geared towards helping developers Simplify and speed up their work, by applying simple technologies in an unconventional manner. In this interview, we […]
Just as back-to-business time has rolled around once again, We’re proud to present our 2019 Fall Webinar series. These sessions were presented at various 2019 conferences, including Collaborate19, Kscope19, and UTOUG. So, if you didn’t attend these events this is an ideal occasion for you to catch up on some […]
After a busy summer, we are finally reporting back on our Kscope19 experience. As usual, from a technical standpoint, it did not disappoint. This is primarily because of Oracle’s announcement of APEX as the development platform for its new Autonomous Database cloud. This brought real excitement about the future of […]
Autonomous Database is Oracle’s flagship product. Does it hold promise for businesses currently using the Oracle database? Is it worth the upgrade? Will it make things better for those, like me, who administer Oracle Databases for a living? Oracle’s Autonomous Database launched about two years ago in 2 flavors. Oracle […]
Introduction If you have an interest in Browser Test Automation, you have probably heard about the rising popularity of Cypress. I have enthusiastically joined the bandwagon after many years of being underwhelmed by Selenium. That being said, Cypress is a young tool compared to Selenium and there remain some open […]
I’ll be providing this part Collaborate19 Recap Part 2 with my friend and colleague Christopher Jackson, our Director of Business Development. I’ll begin with my take on the event. I’ve started to feel like I’m a (young) veteran at this Collaborate conference. It’s an enjoyable feeling too! I’m not as […]
Once again this year we had the privilege to present at Collaborate, the highly popular technology and applications forum brought to you by the people at IOUG, OATUG, and Quest Oracle Community. And what a stimulating gathering of functional and technical Oracle practitioners, experts and vendors it was! In this […]
What is a ‘productivity cube’, you ask? It’s a physical device that you manually rotate to mark your changing tasks, thereby elegantly tracking your time. We built such a device for the Insum 2019 Hackathon The concept is best understood in action: https://www.youtube.com/embed/OtSPYfJLQBE To be clear, this product is […]
In my last blog, I talked about how you can to greatly improve E-business Suite’s User Interfaces with software customizations (I also provided some nice examples). Using Oracle APEX, the Oracle-built and supported application development platform, you can provide your E-Business Suite users with modern, intuitive applications while you enhance […]
In less than a week’s time, Insum is heading out to Collaborate19 in San Antonio, Texas. Collaborate is an intense 5 days of networking for Oracle technology users, product development people, and consultants. Whether you are administering E-Business Suite, or using other Oracle technology, the event is a unique in-person […]
Just as we were about to publish Power Ranking APEX 19 features March, we received official news from Oracle on the General Availability of Oracle APEX 19.1! There were a few moves within the rankings but most importantly REST-Enabled Forms actually strengthened its grip on the top spot. Where does [...]
In the middle of InsumHack19 on a sunny Saturday afternoon, with hackathon teams feverishly working around us and a Monday noon deadline drawing closer, we sat down with Martin D’Souza, Oracle ACE Director and Director of Innovation at Insum. We talked about Insum’s hackathon evolution and the reasons behind this […]
It’s almost time for our annual Hackathon and in preparation for this year’s #Insumhack19, we caught up with Trent Schafer (may or may not be the guy in the photo), the captain of last year’s winning Hackathon team. We sat down for an interview and a little inspiration for our […]
Docker is a popular software delivery platform that packages and runs applications in “containers”. Docker containers have the necessary software dependencies pre-installed, run within an isolated operating system environment, and can be deployed on any host system where the Docker Engine can run. Typically, developers “pull” images from a Docker […]
When configuration changes are made to an ERP system, the focus is on making business processes execute properly so that business needs are satisfied accordingly. But, there is always a needed change or enhancement that an ERP cannot accommodate. Software customizations can address these unanswered needs. Fortunately, E-Business Suite users […]
Last year about this time we began a blog series power ranking the upcoming features associated with Application Express 18.1. The response was overwhelming. Mike Hichwa even admitted within the halls of Oracle the monthly power rankings provided bragging rights among the APEX Dev Team. With Application Express 19.1 New [...]
In my previous blog, the first of four in this series, I explained how Oracle APEX, Oracle’s Rapid Application Development (RAD) platform allows you to improve the E-Business Suite (EBS) business processes you and your users find inefficient. Because APEX is a RAD platform, it can help you do this […]
While starting off this new year (It's still January, isn't it?), I wanted to take the opportunity to offer you, our readers, my best wishes for 2019. Thanks for your interest in our work, your questions, and the conversations. I also wanted to give you a summary of the year [...]
Oracle E-Business Suite is the Enterprise Resource Planning system of choice for thousands of businesses. A well-rounded Oracle product, it performs just about every business function a medium to large business could require, and is notable for its strong procurement, accounts receivable, accounts payable, as well as MRP and inventory […]
Since its appearance in 2006, Cloud computing has been one of the most talked about subjects in IT. Just about everyone is now aware that adopting the Cloud can offer advantages such as cost savings and flexibility. However, the Cloud comes in many different forms and frankly, can be confusing [...]
Jean Michel Lafrance (left, guy with beard) and Maxime Pelletier (right, guy with beard) are Insum’s latest interns. As they are now nearing the end of their internship, we decided to sit down with them and get their take on the past 3 months they’ve spent at our Montreal Offices. [...]
Although Oracle Forms applications offer their end-users a web-browser interface, they aren't particularly web-friendly. Indeed, most Forms developers will tell you that the Oracle Forms development platform is simply not suited for building web-based applications. And, as Forms applications still play a vital role in many companies, this has become [...]
Oracle SQL Developer is a much-appreciated tool for designing, building, documenting, managing and enhancing software systems. It’s also good for testing databases and deploying/administering Oracle Rest Data Services (ORDS). It's useful for APEX developers, too. It allows them to browse, import or export applications or pages, as well as modify [...]
This blog topic was inspired by Connor McDonald’s excellent YouTube video ‘Rock solid secure database connections’, in which he discusses 3 methods to stop exposing your passwords in your database connection strings: In the spirit of continuing the conversation, I'll contribute my $0.02 to his 3 methods. Also, I'll contribute [...]
In my previous blog (2 of 4 in this series) I explained how similar the web-based development platform called Oracle APEX is to Oracle Forms. These similarities give your Forms developers the confidence and efficiency that come with working in familiar territory. This brings me to the business advantages of modernizing Oracle Forms […]
A PWA (Progressive Web App) is essentially a website that can act very much as an app does on a mobile phone or tablet. This is beyond simple responsive design, a technology that’s been almost universally adopted these past few years. Whereas responsive design adjusts the same information (desktop page) for [...]
In any company, one of IT’s primary responsibilities is to continually increase the profitability of the organization’s information. In that perspective, IT innovation is vital to the company’s future. Innovation is necessary for survival, and sometimes, custom software development is the fastest way to achieve what’s necessary. ERPs can’t do [...]
In this second installment of my series on Oracle Forms and Reports, I’ll explain why Oracle APEX is ideally suited for Forms Modernization (My first blog was about Forms Challenges). APEX is a web-based Rapid Application Development tool that comes with the Oracle Database. If you already run an Oracle […]
Oracle OpenWorld18 is nigh. This year Insum’s own, Francis Mignault and I will be in attendance. We are looking forward to meeting with the Oracle Product Development teams, our wonderful partners and most importantly clients and potential clients. Still with tens of thousands of people in attendance it can be […]
What’s the optimal technical solution for sending do-not-reply / marketing / notification / batch emails? Is it wiser to in-house or outsource the service? What are my options if I’m considering outsourcing? These questions are difficult and I don’t propose to answer any of them with much thoroughness. They are, […]
Background I recently did multiple upgrades on my Mac: the O/S to High Sierra, SQL Developer to 18.1, and then the JDK to bring it up to a level that SQL Dev requires. Naturally, I updated to the latest JDK, which is higher than SQL Dev 18.1 supports, but hey, [...]
This post kicks off a four-part series of blogs dedicated to Oracle Forms and Reports Modernization. If your company still uses Forms applications, is looking to modernize them, but have not yet found a realistic and reliable solution, then this blog series will be well worth your time. Forms and [...]
We sometimes get questions about REST. “What is it exactly?” “How does it work?”. In its long form, "Representational State Transfer" doesn't make it easier to understand. Nor do the words usually associated with it, such as in “Should I have a REST API?” or “Should I have RESTful Services?”. And, [...]
Lack of time, lack of knowledge and too many preconceptions can hold back your business, especially when it comes to its technological evolution. Where does this problem come from? How can you solve it? Start by seeking out the facts. These days, it’s getting harder to rely on newspapers, […]
Search engine optimization (SEO) is a complex combination of website qualities that combine to improve the site’s ranking by search engines. As we all should hope, the most important factor is content. The goal of search engines is to display the most relevant, compelling and current content to users. Accordingly, […]
Web services are an efficient means of providing access to web resources to a variety of clients. This access can be provided regardless of the client by relying on a standardized architecture to ensure interoperability and predictable behavior. REST Currently, REST, or Representational State Transfer, is the most popular of […]
When it comes to extending applications in the Oracle E-Business Suite Environment, EBS Developers and their managers have been presented with some difficult options over the years. To understand where they are coming from, you must go back to the beginnings of EBS Development. Forms Development in E-Business Suite EBS […]
ICYMI (in case you missed it), Oracle is having a special live webcast on July 16, 2018. After several false expectations from the media, Oracle’s finally (probably) announcing the general availability of the Autonomous Blockchain service. I have been longing for the day! At Kscope18, I had the honour of […]
ODTUG Kscope 2018 was held in Orlando, Fl. from June 10 to June 14 Seeing as only a fraction of the total APEX community can actually attend in person, it becomes necessary to report back and to provide our take, our opinions of the week that was KScope. This is […]
FINALLY! After months of anticipation, Oracle Application Express (APEX) version 18.1 has arrived! Taking a look at the new features included definitely makes it appear it’s been worth the wait. There really is something for everyone. Where does your favorite APEX 18.1 feature rank? Here is Power Ranking May. Biggest […]
If you’re just starting out in Oracle Application Express, know that Dynamic Actions can take your applications from basic to awesome very quickly. And, just like a lot of things in APEX, they aren’t that hard to learn or implement. So, What Do They Do? In a nutshell, they are […]
The ability to work collaboratively as a team is certainly one of the wonderful aspects of Application Express, Oracle’s rapid application development platform. Developers work on a shared server and update their changes in real time.
The Story of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) is now playing out at the frontier of two worlds, inside your smartphone. Once upon a time, inside your smartphone, the worlds of Web browsers and mobile apps were very different. It never really bothered you. It was just like that, and you went […]
Blockchain is a technology buzzword getting a lot of attention these days. At its core, this technology is a means for securing data in a distributed database. The data is de-centralized as opposed to all together in one place such as in a traditional database structure. Its design makes it […]
This year at Kscope18, Insum will dish out no less than 16 Oracle APEX-related presentations in only 3 days. Every one of them is designed to capture your developer’s imagination and feed you practical information and guidelines throughout your discovery of the many facets of this powerful Rapid Application Development tool. what’s […]
It’s time for the Insum Collaborate18 wrap-up Our APEX experts were at OAUG’s premiere event from April 22nd to April 28th. According to all present it was, in many ways, our most successful Collaborate participation yet, garnering more interest in Oracle APEX than we’d seen in previous years. To everyone’s […]
On April 17th, 2018, the City of Montreal honored Insum with the Abe-Limonchik intercultural award. This distinction recognizes “exceptional contribution to intercultural relations and the promotion of diversity”. The evaluation criteria for this unique award are as follows: The distinct, innovative and exemplary nature of the practices put in place […]
Many companies are now planning some kind of migration to the cloud for their Enterprise Resource Planning systems. This is because there are many advantages to getting your ERP on a Cloud infrastructure.
Extended support for Oracle Discoverer ended over a year and a half ago, in June 2017. Enterprises using this once premier ad hoc reporting software are hearing the clock tick louder than ever. This is because, without further upgrades or support, Discoverer could become prey to bugs, end up incompatible […]
It's tough for companies with Oracle Forms. They are often told they should replace this 30-year-old application development technology. But then, Oracle will tell you that the latest version of Forms will easily integrate with almost any modern technology your enterprise requires. So where does that leave you? Oracle Forms [...]
These quickly digestible tips are to help you appreciate what a fabulous front-end development tool APEX Nitro is for Oracle Application Express (APEX), which is, of course, an awesome Rapid Application Development tool for Oracle Database users.
Spring is here and Collaborate18 is coming soon. Spring, for those who have winter, is the season where you can’t wait for that melting snow to be totally gone and start enjoying your favorite summer activities. Getting to your BBQ without having to walk through 3 feet of snow (or […]
InsumHack18, our 3rd annual Hackathon was both the most challenging and the most rewarding to date. Teams had to develop an application for the Amazon Echo, as well as work with its personal assistant, Alexa. The entries were varied and each of them, rich in possibilities. A significant portion of the points […]
As of March 12, we now know rather than 5.2, the new version of APEX will be 18.1. March 12th also gave us Early Adopter 2 along with eight new enhancements. Where does your favorite APEX 18.1 feature rank? Biggest Mover Up: Oracle JET and jQuery Upgrades [ +2 ] Biggest […]
In the middle of Insum’s 2018 Hackathon, we spoke to Martin D’Souza, Innovation Director at Insum. Martin explained the guiding principles behind Insum’s Annual Hackathon and how he and the InsumHack18 teams have experienced this year’s theme, Alexa.
Is it possible that in this day and age, at an Ivy League University, an internal process can consist of a combination of Excel spreadsheets, paper forms, emails, and bits of SQL script? The short answer is yes. And, this kind of situation is more widespread than you may think. […]
So you have decided that you want to use Oracle Application Express (APEX) to build secure and scalable web-based software applications on top of an Oracle database. Cool. So, now what? How do you get your development team up and running on this highly productive and versatile platform? Insum’s APEX developer […]
As in many other industries, there is a gender gap in IT. One look at the workforce will tell you that women in tech are underrepresented. Yet, according to the World Economic Forum, closing this gender gap is urgent and essential to ensure competitiveness and future-readiness in companies across the […]
Oracle Application Express (APEX) boasts hundreds of plugins, dozens of talented bloggers, and a thriving help forum. We’d like to release a tool that will help grow the community even further! Introducing Insum-APEX-Pro: A chrome extension that adds extra functionality to APEX Page Designer. To install, open this link and […]
New month. New leader. All in all some twelve features changed positions. Where does your favorite APEX 5.2 feature rank? Biggest Mover Up: REST Enabled SQL Support [ +4 ] Biggest Mover Down: New Create App Wizard [ -2 ] Previous Rankings: January 2018 Editor’s note: Each month, we’ll power rank […]
Funny to say it now, in the middle of February 2018, but happy anniversary Insum! It had actually been 15 years in 2017. Happy belated birthday? No, not really, since we had the anniversary cake and all, but I’ve only just now had some time to myself to sit down […]
Recently I was working on a project that relied heavily on location data. It required entering addresses, over and over again. Country, state, street address, city, zip code, etc… I was thinking that there must be a better way. Turns out there is: Google Autocomplete! I am sure you have […]
Oracle APEX 5.2 may be considered a minor release, but it promises major functionality enhancements. Which of these will move the needle? Each month, we’ll power rank the rumored enhancements ahead of Oracle APEX 5.2’s GA release. We’ll take the pulse of the APEX community, monitoring comments, talking to you all […]
As part of our no-code to low-code show at the recent Oracle Developer Day Vancouver, we created a demo Oracle APEX application that uses both historical and live Open511 data from DriveBC. The application also allows any resident in the city to contribute events using any device.
If your organization is overly-dependant on spreadsheets, Oracle Application Express (APEX) is a free, fully supported, “no-code” solution that allows anyone to create a beautiful application that is multi-user, secure and mobile-ready.
My Hackathon team included Jason Aughenbaugh and Adrian Png, and we decided to bring Visio-like capabilities to an APEX application. The sample application we developed over those two days demonstrated a process flow one would normally document using Visio.
2-speed IT is about reconciling the different technology goals between business units who want to focus on iterative innovation with rapid application evolution, and IT departments who are accountable for maintaining enterprise class SLAs and understandably want to focus on stability and reliability.
1. What is APEX? Oracle Application Express (APEX) is a Rapid Application Development framework for the Oracle database – rapid should be stressed. With basic SQL and PL/SQL skills, you can quickly create applications that add real value for businesses.