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July 2016

Face risk head-on

July 19th, 2016

Risk managementSome people simply don’t want to talk about risk. Unfortunately, ignoring potential problems doesn’t make that potential go away. That’s what makes risk management so important.

When we meet with clients, the topic of risk doesn’t always go over very well. They want us to tell them that the job will be done and nothing could ever go wrong. Unfortunately, that’s not the way that the world works.

It’s essential for any business to identify and reduce risk, which is why we’re transparent with risk-management conversations with our clients.

Identifying and reducing risk

Part of poor risk management is misunderstanding what risk is. Risk is ever-present in every aspect of a company’s daily operations. Larger risks are fairly obvious: The building could get hit by a tornado. A project could go over-budget.

Other types of risk aren’t as obvious but can still have a profound effect. What if a project manager leaves the company? What if the company loses experience with high turnover rates? These are also serious risks and should be taken into account.

Identifying and planning for these situations is vital to making sure that operations continue regardless of what may come.

Avoiding denial to avert risk

Another problem that we find in talking about risk is poor communication or outright denial. Some managers are results-oriented. They want any project to produce the desired result without a hitch, and the last thing they want to hear about is potential problems.

Everyone is a little resistant to change now and then, but it pays to be transparent and acknowledge what may happen, even if it’s unlikely.

Denying the existence of risk doesn’t make it go away. In fact, denying it sets your company up for a painful and embarrassing failure if the problem that you didn’t want to discuss or plan for actually happens.

At the outset of your company’s important projects, be sure to acknowledge and plan for all that may happen. That way, you’ll be prepared to handle it well if the unexpected occurs.

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Oracle resources for developers of all skill levels

July 5th, 2016

Online researchWhether you’re in search of information about a specific application that you’re working on or simply want to learn more about Oracle, there’s a place for all of your needs - Apex.world.

What is Apex.world and what can you do there?

Apex.world is a community for the discussion of all things Oracle. Perhaps the most valuable aspect of this community is that it’s a place where developers of all skill levels can network and exchange information outside of the world of conferences. For many developers, this is a way to meet and learn from the best in the industry.

This forum isn’t only a place to find information about your projects. Apex.world also frequently features announcements about job openings, conferences, presentations, code sharing, and more.

What makes Apex.world so special?

There were plenty of resources for Oracle before Apex.world came around. However, these resources were very spread out. If you were new to Oracle and searching for help, finding it could be a daunting process. The founders of Apex.world brought all of that information to one location. Using the Slack platform, they made it easy for people to get answers from other specialists.

Who is Apex.world for?

To put it simply, Apex.world is a community for anybody involved with Oracle. Developers at all stages of learning will find content that’s helpful for them. Apex.world is also a great place for managers and recruiting agencies who are looking for talent.

The most common use of Apex.world, though, is to help developers finish excellent work. Developers value this community as a resource that will help them complete projects and get the desired results form Oracle.

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