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Oracle Forms: Is it Time to Modernize?

Oracle Forms has been used to build enterprise grade applications in an Oracle infrastructure for decades.  Forms provides a number of key benefits that allow for rapid development of scalable, efficient, and powerful applications: Built in locking functions that automatically employed row-level locks to ensure maximum concurrency allowing the application to scale to a virtual unlimited number of users. There is no need to build your own locking model that…

Oracle APEX – What Everyone Seems to Get Wrong

Oracle APEX is one of Oracle’s best kept secrets but part of the reason for this is because many at Oracle don’t seem to understand the benefits of their own product. If your look at Oracle’s website, you’ll get a great description if you focus on text that we’ve highlighted below: Oracle Application Express (APEX) is a low-code development platform that enables you to build scalable, secure enterprise apps, with…

DesTech’s Response to COVID-19

The health, safety, and well-being of our Employees and Customers is our highest priority. We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are following the guidelines and recommendations of our Government and Healthcare professionals leading our national response to this pandemic. We will continue to navigate this situation with agility, transparency, and empathy as new information is made available. DesTech has the flexibility, redundancy, and technology options built into our…

Oracle APEX: Do You Know What You’re Missing?

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… “If you’re data is stored in Oracle, you should be developing applications using APEX!!” Technology is in a constant state of change. What’s new today will be seen as “old” in just a few years. There was a time when platform vendors such as Oracle, Sybase, and Ingress provided customers with development tools with built-in “plumbing” to handle security, concurrency, and…

Oracle Forms – It’s NOT Dying

We often find a great deal of confusion amongst long-time Oracle users about their past investment in Oracle Forms.  A lot of this confusion is generated by those with an interest in your organization re-writing your applications. Let’s be clear up front.  You do NOT need to re-write your Oracle Forms applications. Oracle has committed to new releases and continued development of this technology. That doesn’t mean you might choose…

Oracle Java Licensing: The New Agreements Might Have an Impact on Your Pocket

Since the announced changes regarding the Oracle Java Licensing update, there has been a lot of buzz around this topic among all types of organizations, regardless of their size. Over the last couple of months, we’ve encountered many questions: Can I continue to use Java SE for free? What about receiving support and updates? Binary Code License Agreement or Technology Network License Agreement? JDK or OpenJDK? Am I allowed to…

Oracle Exadata X8: The Flagship Platform to Run Your Oracle Databases

Oracle’s Engineered Systems have been the logical place to run your Oracle databases for some time – and Exadata is the most powerful of these platforms.  The key value proposition is that with Engineered Systems the software, compute, networking, and storage components are all engineered by Oracle to work together seamlessly. Given Oracle owns the IP for the entire stack, the software can use specific algorithms to implement enhanced capabilities…

Five Common Misconceptions Regarding Oracle Database Licensing

Whether you work in a small or large organization, whether it is a retail shop, a bank, or a municipality, chances are that your organization makes use of the Oracle Database. Although companies of any size invest in the purchase of licenses and support for Oracle Database, only few companies invest in actually managing these licenses. They struggle with the constantly changing conditions and complex contracts that, if not managed…

Licensing Oracle Software in VMware vCenter

Virtualization in general and more specifically VMware, as one of the market leaders in virtualization software, is becoming increasingly important in end-users IT environments. It is therefore important to understand how the different VMware virtualization technologies impact the number of Oracle software licenses that is required. Oracle’s Technology software programs (e.g. Database and Middleware) are typically licensed on a “Processor” licensing model or on a “Named User Plus” licensing model. …

2016 – Oracle University Announces Awards for DesTech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, ON, October 2016 – Oracle University is pleased to announce that DesTech has received the FY16 North America Oracle University award for Outstanding Instructor Quality. This award was revealed in September 2016 by Jason Schiedemeyer, Senior Director for Oracle University. This award recognizes DesTech for consistently high instructor quality ratings and for achieving 95% customer satisfaction scores over their Oracle delivered events this year. DesTech continues…

25 Years – A Real Milestone

The world of Information Technology certainly changes over 25 years. Let’s look back at 1991: Oracle V6 is the current release and represents a complete re-write that includes features we now take for granted: Row Level Locking Rollback Segments, Tablespaces, Online Backups PL/SQL – but no Procedures/Functions/Triggers yet… Linus Torvald releases the first Linux Kernel Symantec introduces Norton Anti-Virus The world’s first website is built at the CERN labs and is put online…

2015 – Oracle University Announces Awards for DesTech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, ON, October 2015 – Oracle University is pleased to announce that DesTech has received the FY15 North America Oracle University awards for Sales Excellence, Outstanding Instructor Quality and Instructor of the Year (for instructor Payam Moghtader). These awards were revealed in September 2015 at Oracle University’s annual North America Partner Summit in Denver, CO, by Jason Schiedemeyer, Senior Director for Oracle University. These awards recognize DesTech…

Oracle Database Appliance Specs – What’s Under the Cover?

Simplicity and Power to the Extreme The main attraction of the Oracle Database Appliance is in how it simplifies the management and growth of your Oracle infrastructure.  You can start with a single instance or you can configure your database infrastructure to utilize Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) for database failover protection. On top of this, Oracle Support covers the entire database infrastructure – both hardware and software.  Never again…

Get Fluid with PeopleTools 8.54

The new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface, available with PeopleTools 8.54, moves away from the WYSIWYG layout of the PeopleSoft “classic” user interface. Fluid pages scale from large screen devices such as laptops and desktops down to the reduced viewing space of tablets, mini tablets and smartphones. Although the classic PeopleSoft application will run on a mobile device, such as a tablet or cell phone, it is not optimized for the…

Oracle X5 Systems: The Highest Performance at the Lowest Price

Oracle has announced their new line of Engineered Systems – The X5 Family. Along with more power and features, Oracle is also highlighting a pricing model that represents significant value for the amount of performance received. “We’re going to compete for that core data center business. Our appliances and engineered systems deliver the highest performance by a large margin at the lowest purchase price for the data center core. They…

Oracle Database Appliance Combo: Peace of Mind in a Box

Many companies know that a consolidated, high-availability database system would save them money in the long term. But the costs and complexity of building and deploying an in-house solution can be prohibitive. Now, there’s help at hand. The Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) Smart Combo contains all you need to have your high-availability system up and running tomorrow. Whether you’re looking to consolidate disparate databases, boost their flagging performance, or ensure…

Oracle Storage Combo: Don’t Miss Out on the Advantages of Integration

Everyone knows that data volumes are growing exponentially – it’s how you deal with it that makes a difference. After all, tight budgets don’t always enable you to simply buy more hardware whenever the need arises. That’s why Oracle designed the Smart Combo for Storage. The combo comprises powerful, high-bandwidth Oracle ZS3 storage along with Oracle Partitioning and Oracle Advanced Compression. These two Oracle Database options work with each other…

Sophos: Prevent Outsiders from Testing Your Database Security!

Security used to be so much easier to manage. Ensuring all visitors sign-in at your reception desk and that all desktop computers are secured with a password is no longer enough. Securing your data with encryption and strong password management is no longer enough. Installing antivirus software on all your desktop computers is no longer enough. In today’s workplace, there are many entry points into your corporate network that need to…

PeopleSoft Pivot Grids: Pivot to PeopleSoft Success!

With every new PeopleTool release PeopleSoft continues to enrich Pivot Grid functionality.  Pivot Grids offer a strong option for analytical reporting needs.  Whether presented in an operational dashboard as a Pagelet or viewed using the Pivot Grid Viewer, the data needed to manage the company will be at your user’s fingertips. The following is an example of an Absence Management Pivot Grid from PeopleSoft Human Capital Management that explores types…

2014 Oracle University Partner of the Year – A “3 Peat”!

Toronto, ON, Sept-2014 – Oracle University is pleased to announce that DesTech has been given two awards for FY14: Outstanding Instructor Quality and North American Partner of the Year.  This is DesTech’s third consecutive Partner of the Year award and 13th consecutive Outstanding Instructor Quality award. These awards recognize DesTech for consistently high instructor quality ratings, where they achieved 95% customer satisfaction scores for their more than 150 events this…

Oracle APEX – What’s Coming in Version 5.0

Oracle Application Express (APEX) has seen tremendous uptake in recent years due to its rapid and secure web development framework and its quick adoption of modern web development technologies. According to it’s official Statement of Direction, Oracle will continue to invest in the development and support of APEX and new versions of the product will be released annually. The rapid release of APEX, in addition to the active involvement of…

Oracle APEX – A Feature-Rich Development Platform You Should Be Using

Oracle Application Express (APEX), a standard component of the Oracle Database, is a feature-rich, modern, rapid application development platform for data-centric, web applications and everyone that owns an oracle database should seriously be looking at APEX for their development needs. APEX has seen steady growth in features and capabilities over the years since it was first included as a standard component in the Oracle 10g database. Today, APEX is a…

Virtualization and Oracle Licensing: The Impact on Compliance

Life is never simple. With the current trend towards reducing the number of physical servers through Virtualization, cost-benefit analysis exercises generally focus on CPU/Memory/Disk utilization improvements, ower savings, server room footprint reduction, and increased management efficiencies. Unfortunately, many organizations fail to examine the impact on their software licenses. The Virtualization Licensing Trap A very common scenario is one where the Oracle Infrastructure is moved from a single 4 socket server into…

2013 ORACLE UNIVERSITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR

Toronto, ON, September-2013 – DesTech is very pleased to be honored as Oracle University North American Partner of the Year for the second year in a row.  We are also very proud to have been awarded a 12th Consecutive Outstanding Instructor Quality award reflecting DesTech’s commitment to quality that ensures superior customer satisfaction. Oracle University and DesTech have a long-standing training relationship that began in 1998 with curriculum offerings spanning…

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 – Review of What’s New

It’s here! The new Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 was announced by Oracle on March 5th. Continuing to provide a complete package of software, server, storage, and networked components to provide a single plug-and-go Oracle infrastructure, the new ODA X3-2 offers many enhancements. The Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 Hardware Specs The Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 is a 4U rack-mountable system containing: Two Oracle Linux servers and one storage shelf Each server…

ITIL®, Microsoft, Oracle, Project Management: Integrate Your Training

The days of homogenous “IT Shops” are long gone.  Your organization requires your team to have skills in a variety of technologies and methodologies.  At DesTech, our goal has been to deliver the best possible technical education in key fields:  ERP, ITIL, Microsoft, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Project Management, and Unix. Delivery vs Resell DesTech’s strategy has been aimed at high-quality DELIVERY rather than broad multi-vendor education RESELL.  Focusing on technologies that…

Hardware and Software: Are Silo’s Holding Back Your Business?

There has been a paradigm shift in IT purchasing decisions that has slipped under the radar of many organizations. Traditionally, strategic decision making has been isolated within the Database, Server, Storage, and Network administration teams.   Rightfully so, strategic decisions should be made by those with the required expertise in the technology at hand.   Where organizations are starting to run into trouble is in the “areas of overlap”. Consider storage as…

Oracle Database 12c New Features: What Do We Know So Far?

Details of some of the new features to expect in Oracle Database 12c were released during a keynote address on October 1st at Oracle OpenWorld.   Senior VP of Database Server Technologies, Andy Mendelsohn, described a couple of features of Oracle 12c that is scheduled for shipment in early 2013. Multitenancy or “Pluggable” Databases In a nutshell, Oracle 12c will provide a plug-in architecture whereby you’ll construct a single database container…

DesTech Named Oracle University North American Partner of the Year

Toronto, ON, September-2012 – DesTech is the proud recipient of three significant awards presented by Oracle University at the Annual OU Partner Summit. Oracle University North American Partner of the Year Outstanding Instructor Quality Instructor of the Year Oracle University and DesTech have a long-standing training relationship that began in 1998 with curriculum offerings spanning Oracle Database, Development Tools, Middleware, E-Business Suite, and PeopleSoft. DesTech’s 11th Consecutive Outstanding Instructor Quality…

Oracle Exadata in Canada: Who Should You Be Talking To?

Engineered systems provide many advantages to organizations looking for maximum database performance.  They are integrated systems consisting of servers, storage, networking, and software components optimized to work together. Oracle’s Engineered Systems Oracle offers several engineered systems that address different processing needs: Oracle Database Appliance Oracle Exadata Oracle Exalogic Oracle Big Data Appliance The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is designed for database environments that require extremely fast processing of very large…

Oracle University Announces DesTech As Its Partner of the Quarter… Once Again

Toronto, ON, June -2012 – Oracle University is pleased to announce that DesTech has been awarded the Partner of the Quarter Award for Q4. This award recognizes DesTech for their superior achievements in supporting customers with the highest levels of training support. DesTech is committed to providing the necessary training to customers and individuals to enable them to make full use of their Oracle technology investment. Oracle University is very…

DesTech Awarded Oracle Exadata Specialization

Toronto, ON, May-2012 – DesTech is pleased to announce the awarding of “Oracle Exadata Specialization” from the Oracle Partner Network. As a proud Oracle Platinum Partner, we are pleased to demonstrate our commitment and investment by successfully having completed Oracle’s Specialization certification process in multiple technology areas. Oracle’s Specialization program recognizes partners who have made considerable efforts and investments in certifying their capabilities through extensive testing and experience. DesTech’s Specializations…

SQL Server 2012 Training Review: What’s Best For Me?

Soon after the release of SQL Server 2012, Microsoft unveiled new courses that include features of the new product. Where To Start if You’re New To SQL Server If you are new to SQL Server, the best starting place is course 10774.  This is a brand-new 5-day course that introduces you to the product, its tools, and its architecture.  Starting with the simplest SELECT statements, the course takes you through…

Oracle University Announces DesTech As Its Partner of the Quarter

Toronto, ON, Apr-2012 – Oracle University is pleased to announce that DesTech has been awarded the Partner of the Quarter Award. This award recognizes DesTech for their superior achievements in supporting customers with the highest levels of training support. DesTech is committed to providing the necessary training to customers and individuals to enable them to make full use of their Oracle technology investment. Oracle University is very grateful that DesTech…

Oracle Database Appliance Review – Is It Right For You?

We recently held an Oracle Database Appliance Seminar that attracted a record number of registrations for such an event. Speaking to the attendees provided interesting insight in how different organizations are evaluating the value of the Oracle Database Appliance. There are two very distinct interest groups within each organization: the Technical Group and the Business Group. Interests of the Technical Group Support of the entire engineered system stack by a…

Oracle Database Appliance – A DBA’s Perspective

Let’s Be Blunt… Anybody who tells you that you’re going to save money by reducing your DBA costs after implementing the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) is a moron.  There… I said it. Is ODA faster to install and configure than a database server where you buy the hardware/software separately?  Sure.  The reality is that once you have a database running on ODA, you’ve still got the same production support tasks…

How To Buy Oracle Software: Some Key Tips

The decision to buy Oracle software is often a very good one. Oracle offers robust products that can deliver the combination of power, scalability, availability, and flexibility that will benefit your organizations.  Choosing to buy Oracle is just the first step.  Actually buying Oracle Software can be an intimidating process without some expert guidance. Talk To An Experienced Oracle Reseller First Before you do anything, including purchasing hardware, speak to…

Oracle Database Appliance – What Is It and Why Should You Care?

Oracle has announced the release of the Oracle Database Appliance.  It is a complete package of software, server, storage and network components that is designed as a single plug-and-go Oracle infrastructure. Aimed at the Small and Medium Sized Business market, this 4U rack-mountable appliance comes pre-configured with Oracle Enterprise Linux.  Also included is the Oracle Appliance Manager software designed to make configuration and on-going management simple. The Oracle Database Appliance…

Oracle Corporation Awards DesTech with a 10th Consecutive Award for “Instructor Excellence”

September 2011 DesTech is very pleased to have been recognized, once again, with the North American “Outstanding Instructor Quality” Award from Oracle Corporation. Awards such as this are a source of great pride to our organization as they reflect our dedication to providing excellence in client service and quality of instruction. We are especially proud of being repeat winners. We congratulate our entire education team for their outstanding achievement and…

Oracle Database Consolidation: Are You Confused Yet?

As the great philosopher, Yogi Berra, once said, “This is like déjà vu all over again”. Back in the early days of Oracle, everything sat on one “big” server – the applications and the databases.  Apparently this was bad.  We needed to move to Symmetric Multi-Processing Servers to spread the CPU load.  It turns out this too was bad.  Our business was now vulnerable to a complete shutdown if this…

DesTech and Acend Partnering to Expand Microsoft Course Delivery Flexibility

June 2011 TORONTO, ONT (June 27, 2011) DesTech and Acend are pleased to announce an agreement to partner in the delivery of Certified Microsoft courses to benefit our respective customers in the Southern Ontario region. Together, DesTech and Acend deliver more Certified Microsoft Training in this region than any other organization. By combining our instructors, classrooms, and delivery methods we will offer more courses in a more timely manner than…

Oracle ADF: The Powerful Java Framework for an Oracle Forms Developer

With many Java frameworks in use today, the selection can be confusing for organizations investigating a move to this technology for new development.  Oracle ADF is one powerful Java framework that not only offers many features for the larger Java community but has a particular attraction to experienced Oracle Forms professionals. Are you considering a conversion of your existing Forms & Reports based application to a pure web format but…

Microsoft SQL Server: Why Virtualize Your Database Infrastructure?

Have you been investigating the benefits of virtualizing your SQL Server environment?  Is the appeal of consolidating your SQL Server databases on fewer servers appealing but are you worried about the performance implications? We recommend you give serious thought to virtualizing SQL Server using Microsoft Hyper-V. Benefits of Virtualization There are many benefits of virtualization including: Reduced hardware costs Reduced software costs.  With Premium Edition licensing for Windows Server and…

Oracle Forms: Alive and Kicking!

Oracle Forms

Given our long history of custom application development, one of the most common questions we are asked is “What should we do with our Oracle Forms applications?”
There is a common misconception that Oracle intends to discontinue support for Oracle Forms.

Oracle Application Express (APEX): The Hidden Gem

If you develop applications in an Oracle environment, you owe it to yourself and your organization to have a good look at Oracle Application Express (APEX). Oracle Application Express (APEX) is a fully supported “no-cost” option of the Oracle Database. Using only a web browser, you can develop sophisticated browser-based applications utilizing your skills in SQL and PL/SQL. Choosing an application development tool is never an easy decision.  Many factors…

Oracle Exadata: So What’s The Big Deal?

For organizations with large volumes of mission critical data, there have been three traditional concerns: High-Availability:  Ensure that the data is always available High-Recoverability: Ensure that the data is safe and easy to recover in the event of failure. High-Performance: Retrieve the data quickly!! Over the years, Oracle has been a leader in all of these areas of concern.  Features such as row-level locking, cost-based optimization, data and sql memory…

Oracle Software Licensing: Separating Myth from Reality

In all our years of reselling Oracle software, several common misconceptions appear repeatedly.  Before making any decisions about database software purchases, it is to your advantage that you be aware of the truth behind these misconceptions.   Buying directly from Oracle gets me a better price by eliminating the “middle-man”. False!  Oracle has formal policies in place to ensure that a truly competitive environment exists between Oracle and it’s resell…

Oracle Software Reseller: The Value in “Value Add”

As a successful Oracle software resell partner, we’re often asked, “Why should I buy from a reseller instead of directly from Oracle?”.  The question is a logical one.  Many feel that if they cut out the middle-man, they’ll get a better deal.  It may be logical but it is not correct. Oracle has a myriad of non-monopolistic policies in place to ensure that the sale of Oracle software licenses through…

PeopleSoft Test Framework 8.51: An Invaluable Functional Testing Tool

Testing an application is a complex process at the best of times.  Any new application rollout must be tested to ensure that it performs quickly, that all validation and security rules are appropriately applied, that user interface testing is completed, and that the functional requirements are met. Testing Challenges Functional testing is one of the most difficult test processes.  It requires a significant investment in time and effort to design,…

ITIL®: Get Certified!

If you are an IT professional, or responsible for the delivery of IT services within your organization, ITIL Certification is arguably the most important skill upgrade you can achieve. Relevant for any size or type of organization, ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) has become the most widely adopted framework for the planning, delivery and support of IT services over the past 20 years. From a business perspective, investments in IT provide…

Noetix and DesTech sign agreement to provide Integrated Solutions for Enterprise Application users

Toronto, November 15th, 2007/PR/Noetix Software is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive Canadian agreement with DesTech to provide turnkey solutions & infrastructure offerings to its joint client base. These new offerings will be developed in conjunction with Noetix Information Technology infrastructure group and the DesTech team, one of the most highly sought-after independent Oracle experienced companies in Canada. This agreement expands the expertise and marketplace of the Noetix…

DesTech Partners with BEA

June 2007 Delivering technical solutions that address our client’s business needs is DesTech’s primary goal. In keeping with this goal, DesTech has partnered with BEA in order to expand the range of enterprise infrastructure software solutions available to our clients. BEA Systems, Inc. is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, delivering powerful standards-based platforms for building enterprise applications and managing Service-Oriented Architectures in a heterogenous environment.

DesTech Becomes the First Canadian Member of American IT

August 2006 DesTech is pleased to announce our membership in American IT. American IT is the largest consortium of certified training partners in the US. The American IT network is committed to providing our customers the highest quality certified IT training, on the most current products; in cities across the US. Our consortium can offer training courses and bootcamps in Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix & CompTIA, etc. Our training partners can…

Province of Ontario Vendor of Record – DesTech’s Status Has Been Renewed!

April 2005 DesTech is very pleased to have been selected, once again, for inclusion in the most recent Province of Ontario Vendor of Record for both Task Based IT Services and for Solutions Based IT Services. The Province of Ontario performed an analysis of all submitting vendors that included a very thorough review of a large number of past projects in both the private and public sector, detailed client reference…

Oracle University Welcomes PeopleSoft Education Customers

April 2005 Oracle University welcomes PeopleSoft Education customers, who will continue to enjoy the many benefits of PeopleSoft Education programs. PeopleSoft Education classes and services are running as planned and PeopleSoft Training Units will continue to be honoured. DesTech will be hosting all PeopleSoft classes in the downtown Toronto area. We would like to extend our personal welcome to PeopleSoft users and look forward to meeting you in the near…

Province of Ontario Vendor of Record for Both IT Consulting and IT Training

DesTech is very pleased to be a Vendor of Record with the Government of the Province of Ontario in the provision of both IT Consulting as well as IT Training. The key to our education success is the years of practical consulting experience we have accumulated solving business problems using the technology that we teach. It is this combination of teaching and consulting skills that differentiates DesTech from other training…

Purchase Oracle Software from DesTech

DesTech Consulting and Education resells Oracle software licenses. As an Oracle Authorized License Reseller and Oracle Certified Solution provider, we can offer you a true one-stop solution experience: Oracle software, Oracle consulting and Oracle education all under one roof! No other reseller can touch this line-up. Backed by a distinguished team of experts, we are well positioned to help you make the most of your Oracle investment dollars. We add…

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