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Executives and Cloud – Perfect Alignment

In today’s “digital everything” world with all the confusing jargon around the subject of “cloud”, it is easy to miss the point of why cloud technology is important. In this blog, I hope to remind the reader about some cloud basics. The reference to cloud in this blog is a more broadly defined definition of […]

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Kali Project Encryption and Isolation Using Vagrant and BitLocker

Imagine that you work on different engagements or projects in which Kali Linux is one of your primary tools.  Furthermore, maybe you also have the need to keep the data for each of those projects isolated from the others – in other words, you need to avoid cross-contamination between your projects.  In this article I […]

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Oracle Cloud PPM Rapid Install – “Why Bother?”

Introduction In this installment, I will discuss a few key takeaways of the PPM Rapid Install sheet. The PPM Rapid Installation is very helpful in getting an environment up very quickly. It also provides a structure in capturing configuration data. Depending on which features are suited, and selected, for your company, the sheet will enable […]

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Invoice formats- Oracle Projects Considerations Part 7

What is a Project Billing Invoice Format? The Oracle projects billing invoice formats determine how invoice lines can be displayed on invoices. Implementers define the width of columns and different data types to appear. Invoice formats also allow free-form text. These details are used in Receivables for invoice accounting and presentment to the customer. Are […]

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Project Statuses-Oracle Projects Considerations Part 8

What Are Project Statuses? Statuses can control the “life-cycles” of projects, project resource requirements, and people. New statuses can be created for the above objects. Out of the Box Project Statuses Project Statuses include predefined statuses for the following objects: Projects – a project’s current state, for example Open, Closed, or Approved Requirements – The […]

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Things to Consider with Lift-and-Shift Migrations in Cloud

This is the next installment in a series of blogs on the subject of cloud transformation. We decided to call out this specific cloud lift-and-shift migration strategy because of our clients’ experience with this strategy. Many of our clients have seen both negative and positive results from this strategy, however, all of them missed many […]

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Potential Impacts Beyond Cloud Applications & Infrastructure

This is the next installment in a series of blogs on the subject of Cloud Transformation. When an organization transitions to cloud technology, it will often change the way that organization thinks about IT solutions. Cloud technology allows an organization to operate in more of an experimental/disposable way. This freedom allows an organization to “try […]

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Utilities Companies Are Getting Smart

Our world thrives on power. Energy keeps our daily lives going. Whether its coal, gas or electricity, we always need power. Like He-Man said, “I have the power!” However, power isn’t unlimited and also requires great care from the companies providing it. Utilities companies are currently overhauling their systems to provide more efficient power systems […]

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You Want to Know Why the Oracle Asset and Asset Lines Look “off”?

Users ask, “Why do the asset and lines coming into Assets from Projects look off?” The straightforward answer is the screen layout is confusing. After Projects interfaces summarized asset lines to Assets, the Assets team must analyze and then post asset costs. A question we’re faced with at some point in every project where PPM […]

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Storms Offer Utility Companies an Opportunity to Shine

The world is random, and the future is unknown. We are continuously adapting to remain up-to-date and connected at all times through an omnichannel experience. Still, with the most advanced proactive measures, sometimes things happen. Think about this. A massive storm hits and power outages strike across an entire state. First responders are out in […]

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Trends in Oil, Gas, and Mining: A Look Back—and Ahead

Every day, we sit at our computers and read the constant flow of headlines that cross the wires. In our meetings, we hear about our competitors, from what they are working on to how they are getting it done. It is these stories that drive organizations to innovate and perform better. It is these conversations […]

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Trends in Utilities: A Look Back—and Ahead

Every day, we sit at our computers and read the constant flow of headlines that cross the wires. In our meetings, we hear about our competitors, from what they are working on to how they are getting it done. It is these stories that drive organizations to innovate and perform better. It is these conversations […]

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The Business Case for Telematics

1. Do you manage a small or large fleet of vehicles that are critical to your business operation? 2. Do you have the necessary data to manage your fleets utilization, preventative maintenance, driver behaviors and route optimization? If you answered YES to question 1 and NO to question 2 you should consider a implementing a […]

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The Minimum Oracle Cloud Project Contracts Setup

Differences exist between Cloud Project Billing and EBS Project Billing. Using Oracle Cloud Project Contracts exclusively is one of the differences. In EBS “Project Funding” we create an approved revenue budget, baseline it, setup the agreement and lastly fund the project/task. Utilizing Oracle cloud project contracts raises questions of how the former “funding” is achieved […]

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Cloud Technology Has Changed the Game

I have just returned from the Gartner Application Strategies and Solutions Summit 2018. This was one of those conferences where it turns out to be something different than what you expected. The agenda was a solid blend of educational sessions, networking opportunities and meaningful keynotes. Like many conferences, the real value comes from hearing from […]

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Big Data Bootcamp by the Beach: An introduction

This is a little story about nothing ventured; nothing gained. One day, I got a LinkedIn message asking if I would like to teach a Big Data Bootcamp at an event for the Universidad Abierta Para Adultos in Santiago de Caballeros, República Dominicana. Luis didn’t know me; he just saw my profile and saw that I’ve been […]

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Smart Dust – Personal Clouds

The author could not resist the analogy here. In my recent research on emerging technology for my client I came across the subject of “Smart Dust.” I had reviewed the technology one time before but put it in the “10-year plus” category. Upon further reading and research it became clear that this is one of […]

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Procurement Maturity Development in Oil and Gas Midstream

Procurement Maturity Development in Oil and Gas Midstream   In a variety in industry verticals, procurement maturity can be assessed and classified into three stages of maturity; Reactive, Proactive, and Strategic.  Besides interviewing and quantifying a maturity assessment, the best ways to determine the maturity level of a procurement organization is to examine the organization’s […]

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