Application Blogs I Read and Why You Should Too

Here is an updated compilation of application-related blogs I read and know about at this point.

AppsBI : Applications Business Intelligence By Nilesh Jethwa. Nilesh has worked on various reporting, Data warehousing, Daily Business Intelligence, Discoverer and Enterprise Planning and Budgeting projects and wants to share and write about different BI tools and techniques. He enjoys his job and starting this blog adds a new adventure to his life and career.

Big4Guy

Big4Guy is an online resource by an anonymous author with the latest news, insights, knowledge and experiences as a Big 4 consultant. He discusses some of the important issues which organizations are facing today in the areas of information security, security and controls in SAP R/3, Oracle Applications, J.D.Edwards, Peoplesoft and various other ERP’s. He also provides valuable resources for individuals interested in the CISA, CISM, CISSP, and various other security certifications considered essential for entry in any Big 4 accounting, auditing and consulting firms.

BlogERP: HCM Software Blog

By James Holincheck. James is a Research Vice President in Gartner Research where he covers the human capital management software market.

Deal Architect

By Vinnie Mirchandani. Vinnie is a former technology industry analyst (with Gartner), outsourcing executive and entrepreneur. He has personally helped clients evaluate and negotiate technology contracts worth billions of dollars, and has consistently advised companies on IT risk management, globalization and sourcing issues. A MUST READ!

ERP Software Blog

By another anonymous author. There are several good links and articles to ERP-related stories.

Grey Sparling PeopleSoft Expert’s Corner

By a group of authors at Grey Sparling Solutions. This is a company website turned into a blog with plentiful resources of information for Peoplesoft and Oracle users and buyers. These guys don’t know it but they were a great inspiration and influence on creating this blog. They do not play the usual blogging game with links and tags to improve their Technorati ranking. Instead, they focus on creating an original, expert content useful to their audience.

FIN-SIG Blog

The OAUG Financial Services Industry Special Industry Group (FIN-SIG) is affiliated to the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG). The FIN-SIG shall fill a gap for a common forum and support/ resource base for all new and existing Oracle Applications users who operate in the space commonly called Financial Services Industry and also users who have interest in the specific packaged application software provided by Oracle Corporation to meet specific business needs of the Financial Services Industry.

Learn DIscoverer Blog

By Darlene and Michael Armstrong-Smith. They are the authors of the Oracle Discoverer 10g Handbook. Their company Armstrong-Smith Consulting specilaizes in everything Oracle Discoverer.

Learning ERP Systems

Discussion of challenges, ideas, and suggestions for improving ERP application training in the corporate workplace.

Learning of an Oracle Apps Consultant

By Krishanu Bose. Krishanu covers Oracle Apps consulting services situation and provides an inside view of Oracle Apps outsource services in India.

Mark Rittman’s Oracle Weblog

Not really an application blog, but one of the original Oracle blogs out there and an excellent production by Mark Rittman. Personally, this is to me a never-ending source of inspiration for how a corporate blog should be done. Read more about Mark and his blog in this story.

Oracle AppsLab

By Paul Pedrazzi, Jake Kuramoto, and Rich Manalang. In their own words, “Oracle AppsLab is a think-tank developed to drive adoption of new web patterns and technologies across Oracle’s business and products. We’re a small group dedicated to living and breathing Web 2.0. This blog is our space for sharing our ideas.”

OracleAppsBlog

By Richard Byrom and a group of authors. OracleAppsBlog is THE ORIGINAL Oracle application blog. If you search the web for anything related to Oracle Applications, the chances are you end up at OracleAppsBlog – a rich resource of Oracle-related links and information. Read 10 questions for Richard to find out more information about him and his blog.

Oracle Apps Confessions

By Jo Davis, Oracle eBusiness Suite functional consultant. A compilation of quick tips and tricks for Oracle Applications users.

Oracle Apps Epicentrum

Oracle Business Intelligence Blog

By Abhinav Agarwal and Keith Laker. This is a blog for all things Oracle Business Intelligence. Includes musings and postings on Oracle Discoverer, OLAP, and other Oracle BI products, technologies and tools. Way to go guys! Personally, BI is as technical as I ever want to get with Oracle Applications.

Oracle Contractors Network Blog

Oracle eBusiness Suite resources, ideas, white papers, advice and tips from a number of Oracle consultants.

Oracle E-Business Suite Technology

By Steven Chan. An excellent Oracle insider’s take on technology stack-related topics for the Oracle E-Business Suite, with sneak previews of upcoming releases, new product announcements, glimpses into the inner workings of Oracle Development, in-depth discussions of technology-stack architectures, and the occasional desupport notice. Read more about the man behind this blog in my interview with Steven. A MUST READ for Oracle Applications DBAs, system administrators, and other Oracle professionals.

Oracle eBusiness Suite Blog

By Ahmad Bilal Karachi. Ahmad is currently working as a Techno-functional Consultant, has more then 5 years experience of oracle applications in different areas.

Oracle Financials Strategy

The blog where we talk about what’s on our minds as individual strategists and as a team. It’s where we share articles, ideas and opinions that are relevant to our work here at Oracle. However, we reserve the right to veer off topic occasionally. It wouldn’t be a blog without that – would it?

Oracle iRecruitment Blog

By Martin Millmore, a Director of iRecruitment Development at Oracle.

Oracle Intercompany Blog

By David Haimes. The primary focus of this blog is Intercompany and Oracle Financials. David is a 10 year Veteran of Oracle Financials Development. David is interested in technology both inside and outside of Oracle and is always thinking of how I can incorporate new ideas, technologies, methodologies or innovations into my work here at Oracle. David’s current role is looking after the Intercompany and Legal Entity products in Oracle Financials, he has also worked on EMEA Globalizations, Federal and Public Sector Financials, XML Payments and a variety of projects on other products.

Oracle Support Blog

By Chris Warticki. This site is Oracle Support. Chris has been working for Oracle Support for over 8 years. His team helps Oracle customers, offers free information and training sessions on a variety of Support related topics. Take advantage of his team’s experience and knowledge about our Support processes, policies, tools, tips, and tricks.

ORCLville

By Floyd Teter. Floyd is the System Engineer for Institutional Business Systems at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. Floyd has been working with Oracle products since 1990 and Oracle applications since 1997, and even spent a few years as a Managing Principal with Oracle Consulting during the dot-com boom.

Parallax: Calculating Technology’s Future

By Neil Robertson, a CTO at Newmerix and a talented writer who became famous in the enterprise bloggosphere for his original analysis of Oracle Fusion in I Pity the Fool. Neil is also very active in establishing the Web 2.0 tools in the enterprise.

PeopleSoft Corner

By Brent Martin. Ideas, Tips, Techniques and information sharing for Oracle and PeopleSoft Enterprise.

Project Directions

Produced by an anonymous project strategy manager at Oracle working with the Oracle Projects application. According to his own profile, the author’s focus is on our Project Management and Project Collaboration but he hopes that this blog will encompass some of other [Oracle] modules with the use of guest bloggers, i.e. his colleagues who manage those modules.The author is also interested in how software can help project managers and teams be more successful especially given the proliferation of collaborative tools that we see now.

Project Lifestyle

By Andrew Sparks. Andrew is a Senior Practice Director at Oracle EMEA. He runs the EMEA International Projects practice. This organization is an international team of specialist consultants based throughout the EMEA region. The team acts as a single point of contact for delivering and remediating complex or multinational applications programs in the EMEA region.

Project Partners

This is FINALLY a company blog by two authors from Project Partners – Bob Anderson and Neeraj Garg. Project Partners regularly publish great white papers and newsletters for Oracle customers in the project-centric industries. The blogs are an excellent complement to this already fantastic resource.

Software Safari

By Brian Sommer. A “premium blog” by an experienced technology industry analyst.

Solution Beacon

Advise and opinions from employees of Solution Beacon, LLC, a provider of expert-level resources for the most widely used Enterprise Management Systems and Technologies.

Systematic HR

Systematic HR is a human resources blog about the intersection between HR process and HR technology. You can read about how HRMS systems, point solutions such as TAS, TMS, portals, etc, can be utilized to maximize your employee experience and enhance the strategic capabilities of your organization as well as the concerns of the day such as employee engagement, project management, and cost parameters to your strategies.

TalentedApps

Talented Apps is written by a group of Development and Strategy individuals within the Oracle Fusion HCM team. Their focus is on the industry and future of Talent Management…

Triora Group

This company blog is a way to “give back to the Oracle community”. You will find a growing amount of practical information you can use to improve your environment. Triora Group focus primarily on Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and 12, the Fusion Middleware and of course Oracle Database 10g/11g.

Yak About Apps

By Linda Fishman Hoyle, a a Senior Director for Cross Applications Marketing at Oracle and the Editor-in-Chief of a Podcast series called AppCasts. Linda has more than 20 years of experience with Enterprise Software and Services – marketing, strategy and business development. In Linda’s own words, “you want to read her blog if you are interested in the latest and greatest Oracle Application stuff!”

Usable Apps

Blog posts by some of the [User Experience] staff at Oracle. The posts vary in their scope and material, but they will give you a glimpse into what they think about new and emerging concepts that relate to enterprise applications.

Last, I would also like to mention blogs by Oracle Applications executives Jesper Andersen, Jim McGlothlin, and Luke Kowalski [see an interview with Luke]. We all appreciate their intention and effort to share their views and opinions.

About Marian Crkon

Marian Crkon is a successful independent consultant offering consulting and professional services to Oracle eBusiness Suite clients in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Marian has been involved in Oracle consulting projects and IT management for over 18 years now. He established himself an an expert in Oracle Projects and Oracle Financials, and completed several successful implementations for clients in the US and Europe. Marian lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. When he does not work or travel, he spends time with his family.

19 Thoughts on “Application Blogs I Read and Why You Should Too

  1. Subraya Mallya on December 25, 2006 at 9:47 am said:

    Guys.

    This is one of best independent blogs I have seen about Oracle Applications. You guys are making life of lots of people depending on Oracle easier. Keep up the great job.

  2. Thank you very much for reading the Feature and your kind words about it, Subraya. Your encouragement gives us inspiration to continue growing the site into a useful tool for many Oracle Application users.

    Note that you can be part of the Feature too. All you have to do is to read and comment on articles, and/or contribute with information that may be interesting and useful to other people.

  3. Joerg Agner on December 28, 2006 at 9:59 am said:

    I am totaly impressed. I am working since more than 9 years now as a Oracle Financle Functional Consultant, and i had most of this time a hard time to find an answer or solution.
    I am absolutely happy now, that i found your blog. I will immediate register me as a new member, because this good idea and work must be supported. Thx – Joerg

  4. Welcome Jeorg. Good to have you.

  5. Louise Abdulkader on January 21, 2007 at 6:26 pm said:

    Nice Site! I have been meaning to do something like this for a while. Maybe your site will give me to motivation I have been lacking.

  6. Great List Marion,

    It’s amazing how the number of great Oracle Blogs has mushroomed the past 12 months or so.

    You should update your listing every 3 months or so at the rate new Oracle blogs are coming along.

  7. Ananda Gupta on August 8, 2007 at 9:37 am said:

    I was searching for some Receivables help online and bumped into this site suddenly through a Google search. I have spent more than 6 hours at a stretch since then on this site. It’s like a treasure find for me. It wasn’t a great day at the office, but this blog find lifted my spirits , motivating me to know more.

    Thank you Marian for your wonderful blog and its great posts. Its one of the best of Apps blogs I have come across in recent times.

    Ananda

  8. Thank you Ananda very much! Working with the apps can be very rewarding but also very frustrating. Running this blog helps with to connect with people in a similar situation and have a conversation about it.

    Thank you for your kind words and support. As you can tell by the number of recent posts, I need some motivation myself to start learning and writing more.

    Marian

  9. Do you read Oracle AppsLab (oracleappslab.com)? We cover new web innovation in Applications, Enterprise/Web 2.0, and many other topics.
    Have a look and let us know your thoughts.
    Jake

  10. I do now! That’s a cool site. Thanks for pointing it out!

  11. Since I started my Oracle Financials blog(davidhaimes.wordpress.com) a few weeks ago I have been looking around all the other blogs for ideas, inspiration and to learn about the community I guess I am joining.

    Great work getting this blog list together and the site looks great

  12. Hi David, Thank you for stopping by and introducing your blog.

  13. You find interest in the Oracle site on Applications User Experience called usableapps (usableapps.oracle.com) with a blog, articles, and process information. It details the concrete things that the designers, researchers, and usability engineers are doing with real customers to understand and improve their Applications experience. There’s a form for Oracle customers to inquire about how to join the Design Partner group as well. Feedback from readers on how helpful, interesting, and informative the site is (or is not) is always appreciated.

    Vel, Oracle Apps User Experience

  14. Pardon prior typo – should read “You may find interest…” Cheers, vel

  15. Vel, thanks for stopping by. I included your site in the list and look forward to reading it!

  16. Manmohan on October 7, 2009 at 12:19 am said:

    Excellent job. One stop blog for all the issues in oracle.

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  18. Yousuf on January 11, 2010 at 2:44 am said:

    Excellent site. Good job.

  19. i like this post. good job. excellent work..

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