Monday, October 20, 2014

Unsung Siebel Command Line Heroes: dataexp

When it comes to getting data out of and into a Siebel database, usually the first tools that come to mind are Siebel EAI business services like EAI Siebel Adapter or Enterprise Integration Manager (EIM). While EIM and EAI provide the richest functionality and are popular for good reason, sometimes we just need to transport some records in a table from one Siebel database to the other.

Such scenarios are often found when it comes to working with non-production environments, such as test instances where we quickly want to establish test records and the like.

In this small series, I would like to discuss two command line utilities that have been around ever since (probably since the very early Siebel versions), namely dataexp and dataimp. In this article, we introduce dataexp and in the next we take care about dataimp.

The seasoned Siebel veteran might have seen dataimp being used heavily during Siebel seed data import, while installing or upgrading a Siebel database.

Siebel bookshelf doesn't mention these utilities very often but for 'backup' scenarios (such as for LOVs here). It is important to note that dataexp and dataimp are low-level flat-file tools that are used internally in Siebel CRM and the general recommendation is NOT to use them for purposes other than simple flat-file data backups. So for example if you want to move your account or contact data from production to test, you better use EIM or EAI.

Some years ago, this humble writer was tasked with migrating data from the Siebel sample database to a server environment (aka 'Sybase to Oracle') and I found solace in using dataexp to extract the data from the sample DB and dataimp to import it into the server database.

Exporting data from a Siebel database using dataexp

You can find the dataexp (and dataimp) command line utilities in the BIN folders of Siebel Tools or the Siebel Server. First let's fire up dataexp without any arguments to get a list of mandatory and optional input arguments.

Obviously /U (Username) and /P (Password) are required as per the argument list, and I think it wouldn't work without specifying /C (ODBC Data Source) and /D (Siebel Table Owner).

Furthermore, you'll need /F to define the path of the export file (if you don't accept the default).

So a first test command looks like the following.

dataexp /U SADMIN /P SADMIN /C ouisandbox /D SIEBEL

In the above example, the ODBC data source name is 'ouisandbox' which should be replaced by an existing ODBC data source for your target database.

If not specified, the dataexp utility will prompt you to enter the path to the export file (default is dataexp.dat) and then will prompt you to specify the name of a table to export. After entering a table name, the data will be exported to the .dat file and the utility prompts for the next table. If you stop providing table names, the utility will exit.

In the example in the screenshot we exported the S_OPTY and S_OPTY_X tables to a file named test.dat.

If you dare to open the .dat file, you will see a veritable mess of readable and binary data. The utility exports all columns of the table by default in binary format (see below). Not for the faint of heart, and certainly not anything you would want to edit.

So let's explore some of dataexp's specialized options or arguments:

File Output Format

The /T argument allows us to specify the output format (see above for the default (b)inary output). Other options are (c)ompressed or (t)ext.

So this command line will result in a text output file which is much more readable (and editable, at your own risk of course).

dataexp /U SADMIN /P SADMIN /C ouisandbox /D SIEBEL /F d:\test.dat /T text

The (c)ompressed option will render a file that is in fact compressed and much smaller in size.

Where Clause

The /W argument - when set to Y - will instruct the dataexp utility to prompt for a where clause which you can use to apply a filter to your source data, so you don't export all rows.

At the prompt, provide a WHERE clause including the 'WHERE' such as the following example.


We Like Table Names

The /K argument - when set to Y - allows you to use the % wildcard while specifying the table name. So for example you can enter S_OPTY%X to define all extension tables for S_OPTY as the source.

Using an Input File

If you want to automate the export process, the /I argument comes handy. A valid input file for dataexp is a text file which contains a list of table names (one table per line). For each table you can specify a WHERE clause. Inspecting the seed_locale.inp file which you find in your Siebel folders yields a good example what an input file can look like.


The default log file is dataexp.log but you can change the path using the /L parameter. The /Q parameter allows to set the logging interval (default is -1, which probably means only log at the end of the process and if you use a value of 1 it turns out to write to the log file every second, slowing down the process considerably).

Reset System Columns

When we set the /S argument to Y, then the following columns will have default values in the export file (not in the source database of course).

CREATED="1980-01-01 00:00:00"
LAST_UPD="1980-01-01 00:00:00"

As you probably know, '0-1' is SADMIN's ROW_ID.

Multiple Files

Using the /M parameter - set to Y - we can split the output in multiple files. This one goes together with the /N argument which defines the maximum file size in bytes. If you specify /N, the minimum number of bytes is 2000000.

As a result, you will find multiple output files if the minimum file size is exceeded. They will have a suffix with the file number such as in export.dat.001 and so forth.

Undocumented Arguments

For the following arguments there is not much information available, so let's consider them for internal use.

/R Read consistency (Default: N): Probably dealing with dirty reads.
/G Use Repository definition (Default: N): Probably used with /Y to read repository metadata
/Y Repository Name (Default: Siebel Repository)


The dataexp command line utility can be put to good use for simple flat-data backups from single tables. Again, please heed the warning that this is NOT fully documented and should NOT replace your usual toys for integrating Siebel with other applications. Rather, see it as a Siebel-to-Siebel tool which is mostly used internally.

have a nice day


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Five Timeless Rules for Successful Siebel Projects

While the near and not-so-near future for Siebel CRM is truly exciting, with so many new things coming up to learn and write about, it is worthwhile to sit back and browse the archives.

Five years ago, after OpenWorld 2009 (!), I cross-posted an article from the Oracle Customer Experience blog (formerly known as CRM Product Marketing blog).

This is what I wrote back then:

Stating the obvious...

After all these years, thousands of Siebel CRM implementation projects and so much experience of thousands of experts in the field, I can't believe that there are still many Siebel CRM projects which ignore one or all of these five simple rules for a successful Siebel CRM implementation (Credits to Divya from the CRM Product Marketing Blog):
  • Standardize on tools and languages
  • Keep customization to a minimum (yes a MINIMUM)
  • Involve end users
  • Communicate with others who have done it before
  • Implement regional or online training for end users
Remember: These are recommendations from companies who successfully implemented Siebel CRM.

What can I say, some advice is timeless. So if you are just in the process of reviving your Siebel CRM project with Open UI, better stick to these rules.

have a nice day


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Siebel CRM Patchset 12 for Innovation Pack 2013 is Available

Last Friday, Oracle has released patchset 12 for Innovation Pack 2013 marking one year since the inaugural release.

A quick glance at the Readme document (aka Installation Guide) puts this patchset into the 'lots of bugfixes' category, just like the previous one.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014: Strategy and Roadmap for Siebel CRM

Two weeks ago, at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, Oracle held several sessions which focused on the future of Siebel CRM - the world's most complete CRM, as we call it. Our friend and fellow blogger Richard was at the premises and shared many exciting articles (and screenshots) with us.

Now that the dust and excitement has somewhat settled, it's time to reiterate Oracle's statements.

Siebel CRM is at the Center of the Cloud (and it's not Alone)

An image says more than a thousand words. The following is taken from an Oracle presentation.

Personally, I think that this is the most important diagram for Oracle Applications customers at the moment. Oracle, their customers and partners are on their way of bringing decade-long investments in gargantuan on-premise deployments of eBusiness Suite, JDEdwards, PeopleSoft or Siebel CRM to the ever so promising cloud.

And the reality is that for most deployments of huge enterprise-class applications with millions or even billions of transactional records and up to several hundred of interfaces, you cannot just 'pull the plug' and move everything to the cloud.

So naturally, Oracle sees their Applications Cloud as a co-existence and enhancement option for existing investments in on-premise applications. And that means a bright future for Siebel CRM.

A Roadmap for Endurance and Agility

This is the roadmap diagram shown to customers at OpenWorld on various occasions.

Click to enlarge.
Yes, it says 2022+, so there's a commitment from Oracle of delivering yearly Innovation Packs and monthly fixpacks for the next 8 or more years.

Innovation Pack 2014

The imminent innovation pack for this year will bring a lot of new features and enhancements and here on Siebel Essentials we will certainly cover them all once the product is generally available. Some highlights to watch out for (remember this is a roadmap and not final features, the lists below are not meant to be comprehensive).

Siebel Open UI Features expected for IP 2014
  • New single theme (responsive web design) for all applications (desktop and mobile). The message is "Create a view once and deploy it across desktops and tablets".
  • Sidebar (hamburger) screen menu
  • List column lock (freeze)
  • iHelp
  • Flowchart editors (Marketing, Loyalty, Smart Scripts, iHelp, etc.)
  • Hierarchy diagrams
  • (Oracle) map renderer
  • Calendar enhancements
  • Edit and save attachments inline
  • Expression Editor
  • Refurbished Quote and Order screens
  • Product Configurator administration views
  • New communications panel
We've come a long way, haven't we?
What to expect for Siebel Mobile Applications in IP 2014

For Siebel Mobile Applications, the Open UI enhancements listed above mean actually a lot:

Everything that you missed in IP 2013 or before because Siebel Mobile Applications used different renderers (based on jQuery Mobile which will be NO LONGER used in IP 2014) is coming back because now there's a single theme for ALL applications. So this will be soon available on a tablet near you, regardless of what application you're running.

  • MVG (Shuttle)
  • Search
  • Date Picker
  • Signature Capture
  • ...literally everything you have on the desktop, you will be able to use on the tablet.

Besides those already good news, Oracle plans to publish a new mobile application for Financial Services and a container app that allows better access to the device.

In addition, there are several enhancements planned for Mobile Disconnected Applications.

Other Features expected for IP 2014

  • CRM Desktop for Service and Financial Services
  • New OUI installers for Mobile/Developer Web Client and Siebel Tools
  • Simplified IRM process

2015 and Beyond

As demonstrated by Oracle last week, Siebel CRM is headed for the cloud in earnest. This was the slide that made the audience hold their breath.

No more SRF, no file based configuration, no web templates. That's what it says. So it seems to be almost certain that there will be a time without Siebel Tools as we know it and the object manager will read all configuration metadata from the repository in the database.

When we log in to Siebel Web Tools (I made this name up) some day from now and relish in the web based IDE, will we miss the Siebel Tools fat client?


The Siebel CRM sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 clearly demonstrated Oracle's commitment to the world's most complete CRM product. For the Siebel-believers that is expected and very good news. And for those who want to see Siebel CRM dead...well, it's here to stay, get over it.

If you want to check out the presentations from OpenWorld for yourself, you can find them on the Oracle Learning Library (OLL).

have a nice day


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Speech To Text Awesomeness in Siebel Open UI - Part 2

Welcome back to the second and final part of our speech to text tutorial (complete with awesome fonts).

In the first part, we created a custom PR for the Contact Form Applet and put all the Font Awesome files in the right places.

Today it's time to tackle the PR code in earnest. Remember we want to achieve the following:
So let's open our primordial physical renderer and implement the following code inside the ShowUI method:

Click to enlarge (yeah I know, it's just a screenshot)
Grab the full code here.

Let's walk through the code line by line:
  • First, we 'get' the GetControls property to initialize the controls variable with the current array of applet controls.
  • Then we obtain a handle on the JobTitle control as the JobTitleControl variable.
  • The if block helps us to verify that the JobTitle control exists and that the browser supports the HTML5 Speech Recognition API with this code:
    if (JobTitleControl && 'webkitSpeechRecognition' in window) {In case the window object does not 'know' of the webkitSpeechRecognition method, the code within the if block is not executed (i.e. nothing happens).
  • If we have speech recognition, we do the following:
    • Get the value of the name attribute of the JobTitle control (i.e. the Id) and use it to create a jQuery selector.
    • Create a new DIV element with the class attribute set to s2tbutton fa fa-microphone. The fa (Font Awesome) class is necessary that the DIV displays a microphone icon.
    • Now we create a webkitSpeechRecognition object using the line
      var recognition = new webkitSpeechRecognition();The object has various methods, one of which allow to set the code for the language to be interpreted. In our example we set recognition.lang="en-GB" to interpret the spoken text as British English.
    • Using the onresult event handler we can define a function that is invoked when the recognition process ends. But first let's stay outside this function as it is not invoked yet (this happens when a recording ends).
    • Next we add a custom class to the JobTitle control to allow custom styling.
    • Then we use the jQuery append method to add the button DIV to the control's parent element.
    • Finally we define a click event handler on the button which does two things:
      • Start the recognition (this will cause the browser to display an 'allow/deny' prompt to the user).
      • Toggle the button class to allow some animation.
    • Let's look back at the onresult event handler function and imagine that speech recognition has ended. Then we do the following:
      • Toggle the active class on the button (to end the animation)
      • Get the transcript (the recognized text) from the event object (quite a stretch)
      • Execute the SetFormattedValue method on the PM, passing the JobTitle control object and the recognized text as follows:
        that.GetPM().ExecuteMethod("SetFormattedValue", JobTitleControl, transcript);After consulting with fellow author Duncan Ford and the Siebel Open UI development team, this is the right way to "set a field value". The SetFormattedValue method triggers all the right spots in the framework. Remember, we should stay away from interacting directly with the BC.
      • The rest is just for fun and plays back the recognized text with a default synthesized voice:
        var msg = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance("Did you just say: " + transcript + "?");window.speechSynthesis.speak(msg);
As you see in the example code, there are some class references, so let's add the following CSS rules to a custom style sheet:

/* Text 2 Speech */
.s2tbutton {
    position: relative;
    right: 13px;
    top: 2px;
    font-size: 8pt;
    cursor: pointer;
    text-shadow: 0px 0px 7px rgba(255,0,0,0.9);
    color: red;
    -webkit-animation: throbber 1s .165s infinite steps(3);
    width: 120px!important;
    text-transform: capitalize;

@-webkit-keyframes throbber {
    0%   {color: #000;}
    33%  {color: #f00;}
    100% {color: #000;}

The s2tbutton class controls the appearance of the idle microphone button.
The rule defines a red shadow and font color. Using the -webkit-animation property  we define a 'throbber' animation that has a 1 second duration and loops ad infinitum through three steps. The steps are defined using the webkit-keyframes "at-rule", so that the color goes from black to red and back. Thanks to Duncan for this cool animation.

The s2tinput class controls the appearance of the JobTitle control which we make a bit wider and apply capitalization to the text (because the speech recognition actually returns lowercase text).

Finally, let's fire up Google Chrome for a test.

The screenshot shows the Siebel client after clicking the microphone button (which is 'throbbing'). The browser prompts for allowance or denial.

Once we click the Allow button we can say the text, for example "Vice President"

A few moments after we stop speaking, the recognized text (not always exactly what you've said, but this time it's ok :) is set as the new field value.


What started as a simple demo with one line of code (that got deprecated) became a veritable journey into HTML5 speech recognition and synthesis. We added some (font) awesomeness to it by using a scalable icon which we animated with CSS.

For real life scenarios, I think that especially mobile users would benefit a lot from speech input, even more for longer text. It would also be interesting to explore all the options of the speech API such as allowing the user to select the spoken language or displaying the text as she or he speaks.

have a nice day


Monday, October 06, 2014

Speech To Text Awesomeness in Siebel Open UI - Part 1

If you have been following the various articles in the Siebel Open UI realm over the past two years you have probably seen a demonstration of speech recognition to provide field values via the device microphone.

The example code with this demo boils down to one line like this:

$('input[name="' + controlInputName + '"]').attr("x-webkit-speech","x-webkit-speech");

The above code is adding the x-webkit-speech attribute to a text input control so that we can simply click or tap a microphone icon and start speaking. Note that only Google Chrome supported this feature. Supported? Read on...

As you also probably know, this humble writer and his fellow authors are working on the Siebel Open UI Developer's Handbook (to be released early 2015). Of course, we aim to provide as many working examples as possible and the speech-to-text demo is something we have on our list.

However, while creating the demo code for the book we found to our dismay that the x-webkit-speech attribute is deprecated. Bummer...

HTML5 Rocks

This is where HTML5 (and any browser that supports it) comes to the rescue with the Speech Recognition (Web Speech) and Speech Synthesis API. Support for these APIs is currently limited to Google Chrome and Apple Safari browsers.

So we set out to give speech recognition in Siebel Open UI another chance and are happy to provide a working solution using the HTML5 APIs. In this and the following post we will describe how to use the following ingredients to create a custom physical renderer for a form applet:In 

Let's get started with a screenshot:

The highlighted microphone icon (in the Job Title control) is all the user can see. Tapping/clicking the icon will cause the browser (again: only Chrome or Safari support currently support this) to prompt the user that the web page wants access to the device microphone. After allowing that, the user can talk. Once she or he finishes talking, the field will be updated with the recognized text.

In the remainder of this first part we will lay out the foundation in terms of creating and registering a boilerplate PR and downloading the necessary files for Font Awesome.

1. Create and Register a Boilerplate PR

We assume a certain familiarity with Open UI at this point, so all we do here is create a new custom physical renderer file in the siebel/custom folder from a template.

  • We suggest that you name the file ContactSpeech2TextPR.js.
  • If you use the Siebel Essentials PR Template, continue by replacing all occurrences of 'PRTemplate' with 'ContactSpeech2TextPR'.
  • Next, ensure that the call to SiebelJS.Extend looks like the following to have a proper extension for a form applet:

SiebelJS.Extend(ContactSpeech2TextPR, SiebelAppFacade.PhysicalRenderer);

At this point, the PR does not do much apart from printing messages to the console (at least that's what our template does), but that's ok for now.

Next, we register the new file in the Manifest Files view:

Off we go to the Manifest Administration view and associate the file with the Contact Form Applet for the sake of demo.

Finally, log off and on again and verify that the PR is loaded (look at the JavaScript console for the log messages if you're using the Siebel Essentials template).

If you are already a Siebel Open UI veteran, you might well be annoyed by this level of detail here. Here at Siebel Essentials we aim to please juniors and seniors alike. So if you can't wait and want to jump ahead, here is the complete example PR (with full speech recognition and synthesis). Note that you also need Font Awesome files and some custom CSS, so reading on is recommendable.

Prepare for Font Awesome

Font Awesome is an open source icon and CSS toolkit which provides hundreds of vector icons. The benefit of using scalable font icons instead of image files becomes clear when you consider different zoom levels, the amount and size of files to be downloaded and whether you want to be old-school or just cool ;-)

For "ninja-style" testing you can include Font Awesome in any web page (including Open UI) with one line of JavaScript like the following:

$("head").append('<link href="//" rel="stylesheet">');

Of course the above will require that your browser can reach the public internet. For a real-life Siebel production environment, we will be better off if we download the source files and put it on our own Siebel web server. Here is how to accomplish this:

  1. Go to Fort Awesome and download the latest source archive.
  2. Open the archive and extract the font-awesome.css file to the PUBLIC/%Language%/FILES/custom folder. Do not use the minified version (some editing is necessary so we better use the original file).
  3. Create a FONTS folder in PUBLIC/%Language% (Note: This folder will be present in future Siebel versions, so you probably only have to do this only if you're on IP 2013).
  4. Create a custom sub-folder within the FONTS folder.
  5. From the Font Awesome archive, extract all font files to the PUBLIC/%Language%/FONTS/custom folder.
  6. Edit the font-awesome.css file and replace all occurrences of '../fonts/' with '../../fonts/custom/' to comply with the placement of files in the Siebel PUBLIC folder.
  7. Edit the custom theme.js file (that you hopefully have at this point, if not look here for a start on custom themes) and add a reference to the font-awesome.css file similar to the following example:

    { css : {  fa: "files/custom/font-awesome.css"

Note that this applies to IP 2013. There is a high probability for future posts on custom themes in IP 2014...
Repeat the above step for any standard and custom theme you might be using.

Quite a stretch for a small icon but now we have the full power of Font Awesome at our fingertips.

Please also visit the next part where we will actually bring all the pieces together to capture your beautiful speaking voice in the Siebel database ;-)

have a nice day


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 - Back to the Future

Having to watch Oracle OpenWorld with several time zones between me and San Francisco has the benefit of getting enough sleep and waking up to interesting news. Again, we have to thank our friend Richard for going the extra mile of providing us with fresh-from-the-oven news from the Siebel sessions. Some of the announcements sound like from another planet indeed.

Artist from 1900 imagining 'Aero-Cabs' in 2000
So will we have something like flying taxis anytime soon? Probably not. But will we have Siebel Tools in a browser? Maybe that's not so far away.

http://localhost/tools_enu: we will probably sooner have this than flying cabs.
Obviously we are close to a radical shift in the way we work with Siebel CRM. From Richard's post, here are some highlights of the near future of Siebel, some of which were already mentioned in an earlier article.

The general idea is to web-enable the Siebel Tools application, which - when you look at it in the current Siebel Tools fat client - is just one of 80+ application definitions with a bunch of screens, views etc. So this makes total sense and editing Siebel metadata from a browser is just a natural thing to do. Put in some nice features such as conditional expressions, slick drag and drop editing and versioning and nothing is going to stop us ;-)

Getting rid of the need to compile (and distribute) the SRF and other files on Siebel servers such as web templates in order to make the development more agile is something that more and more customers demand from Oracle. I have once stumbled upon old Siebel documentation and an abstruse server parameter (which I cannot recall or find at the moment) which actually enabled an object manager to read metadata from the SRF or directly from the database. Maybe some Siebel veteran who reads this can confirm but the first Siebel versions did not have a SRF file (and neither did they have web templates) to my knowledge.

So everything that goes around comes around, just like Shuttle Applets which disappeared in Open UI (for 2 years) and magically come back (at least that's what the Siebel team is planning) in IP 2014.

have a nice day


Simplify Your Life with Functional Setup Manager

When you find yourself in the admin seat in front of Oracle Fusion Functional Setup Manager (FSM), you might have a lot of tasks to juggle.

What most admins do is to simply search for the task like this:

To give FSM some credit, the search is case insensitive and retrieves any task (or task list) that contains the search string.

Personally, I found myself more than once in the situation where I mistyped or plainly forgot the "key word". And scrolling is not an option...

Custom Task List to the Rescue!

With kudos to fellow Oraclean Kevin, we can of course resort to creating a custom task list. Just go to Manage Task Lists and Tasks and click the Create Task List button.

Name your task list and add any existing task:

Once you're done you can start using your custom task list in FSM and forget about remembering task names.

have a nice day


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 - Siebel Strategy Update

With great delight we follow the news from the US west coast, where fellow Siebel blogger and friend Richard from On Demand Education managed to get a seat in what we imagine to be a standing-room session.

In his article (please click here to read the full article and see all 'screenshots'), Richard points out the following important bits of information for everyone working with Siebel CRM.

  • 84% of the customer base is on the latest Siebel release (8.1.1. or 8.2.2)
  • Siebel CRM is a vital part of Oracle's CX strategy
  • The roadmap for Siebel now extends to 2022 and beyond

In the (very) near future, we will see the release of IP 2014 which will provide fodder for many a post (not to mention that the Open UI related enhancements will make it into our planned book). Here are some key announcements for IP 2014:

  • Responsive Web Design (RWD) for Siebel Open UI will enable customers to use any Siebel application on any device.
  • New 'container' app for mobile applications with enhancements for disconnected mobile applications.
  • Industry applications updates for Communications, Financial Services and Public Sector.
  • CRM Desktop for Service.

Richard also lets us partake on the planned features for Siebel CRM that we will (probably) see in the not so near future (after IP 2015, but I'm just guessing). Those features are on the rumor mill for a while now.

  • "Tools on the web"
  • No SRF, no web templates
  • Role based runtime configuration

But see for yourself in Richard's comprehensive article.

Of course, there are many others keeping us up to date on the Siebel strategy, such as Manuel Breschi from e-Up. Please click here to read his point of view on Oracle's Siebel strategy.

have a nice day


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 - The Story so Far

As day 2 of Oracle's annual fest begins to unfold, let us attempt to summarize what big announcements and not so big news were reported so far by Oracle itself, the media and hundreds of determined tweeps and bloggers.

Quote from Larry Ellison's Sunday keynote
1. Cloud

Unsurprisingly, the dominating topic is cloud. As Larry Ellison announced in his Sunday keynote (which you can watch here), Oracle is not only aiming at becoming a PaaS, IaaS or SaaS vendor but providing all three layers of cloud computing at once. This included announcements to make six new cloud services available in the near future.

You can educate yourself on the current status of the Oracle Cloud on the ever-changing and ever-growing landing page here.

Oracle definitely sees itself as a full-stack vendor, and rightfully so. From "silicon" to applications, we have it. The only thing that Oracle does not (yet) have is our own browser ;-). So Oracle is indeed in a good position to become a major player in the enterprise cloud arena.

In this regard, let me "borrow" a nice diagram I spotted on Floyd Teter's ORCLville blog:

The diagram should prove helpful if you get lost in the stack. Thanks to Floyd for this and the comprehensive articles.

2. Silicon

Yes, "silicon" - or semiconductors - or just bare metal: Since the acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle is a hardware shop. And of course there is a lot of innovation in this sector. Here are a few example from the announcements made so far:

3. What about Siebel?

OOW isn't over yet, but we are still waiting for some buzz following the (hopefully) exciting announcements and sessions from the Siebel CRM team about the imminent Innovation Pack 2014.

So far it has been a bit quiet in terms of Siebel but fellow blogger and friend Richard Napier is on the premises (pun intended) and shares his findings with us on his blog.

have a nice day