Oracle VM templates. Very easy to if you know a bit about Linux (I know nothing) and if you have access to an Oracle Virtual Server platform to host your new VM (not many people do). Some discussion about the value of providing an ISO disk image that would work with local PC based VM clients such as Virtual Box or VMWare. It really can be done in minutes.
One of the last sessions of the day was a useful panel discussion with PeopleTools product management. From left to right there was Jeff Robbins (PT Strategy), Binu (PT Development), Willie Suh(PT Strategy), Ravi Shankar (PT platforms development), Virad Gupta (PT Dev - IB & Reporting) and on the end is Mike (PT tools development).
Discussed were topics such as
- release date of 8.52 - A: very soon.
- more auto setup in Apps Portal
- 8.52 to split out PS_APPS_HOME
- IB Integration Network in 8.52. Aims to simplify setup, monitoring through auto-discovery.
- Support for FireFox and Google Chrome. When a tools version is released Oracle will support minimum versions at time of release. Aim to certify each new version of browser being relseased.
- 8.53/4 plans to allow LDAP authentication for 2-tier tools connections.
- rename of XMLP to BIP (Businesss Intelligence Publisher).
- BIP now with Rich Text and Image support
- BIP Query data sources can now be transformed before rendering using XSLT
- Connected Query performance significantly improved.
- Drilling URLs in Query now have free form URL structure
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