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April 2019

What you need to know about Oracle APEX prebuilt apps

April 16th, 2019

How would you like to be able to build web-based applications with a limited amount of code? What about using prebuilt applications that run in an easy-to-use web environment?

If this sounds interesting at all to you, you need to dig into Oracle Application Express (APEX) prebuilt applications.

Maybe you’re already using APEX. A lot of companies are. In previous iterations, some of the prebuilt applications that came with APEX started to be used in contexts they weren’t intended for, and that could create some issues.

That’s all changed now. Oracle decided to make them ready for use in other contexts, and they’re now hardened for security. With newer iterations of APEX, you have a handy little toolbox of applications that you can deploy for a multitude of useful tasks.

Packaged applications are your IT multitool

The prebuilt applications of Oracle APEX are a unique feature that businesses with some level of Oracle integration can already utilize. Even if you’re not a bigger business that uses Oracle’s frameworks, you can use the free Oracle XE edition if you can work around the limitations.

The applications included in this environment were originally something on the back end-a toy for developers. But those developers realized the value early on and said, “Hey, these are pretty good!”

For a lot of tasks, the APEX prebuilt apps might be all you need. Say you have Amazon Cloud web service and you want to deploy time tracking or product management. It’s already there ready for use. Project tracking? Right there at your fingertips. Competitive analysis? Easy. And all you need is someone with a little knowledge of the APEX framework and a few hours to set it up.

Why would Oracle do something like this?

From what I can gather, they were interested in demonstrating the potential of the framework. In addition, the prebuilt point solutions are an easy way to show best practices to both newbies and curious tinkerers. If you want to make something useful, it’s a great tool for showing you how to do it.

If you’re as intrigued as I am with the many uses of the Oracle APEX prebuilt applications, it’s worth taking a little time to familiarize yourself with them. Take a look. You’ll find plenty to like.

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Database administration: more important than ever with the cloud

April 2nd, 2019

If you haven’t moved your database from a traditional server structure to the cloud, 2019 is your year. The time is now.

Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure has gone from Generation 1 to Generation 2, and the pace of change has been incredible. It’s changing so fast that you can’t even keep up. If you’re running a business, your primary concern is your area of business and not database changes, but these changes are big.

With Generation 2, Oracle’s changed the game. We’ve been running their Cloud Infrastructure for a little while now, and for the first time, we can do something that we never could have approached before.

We can take a large enterprise’s data centers from a regular on-site setup to an entirely cloud-based setup. That’s an exciting and scary frontier.

Database administration has changed

A question we often hear in our business is, “Why can’t we do it the way we used to do it?” And it’s a question that’s coming more frequently every year.

With everything moving to the cloud, we’ll be hearing it a lot more. Things are changing-fast. Even going from one generation to the next is a big jump. We’re not just dealing with navigation changes. It’s not just reupholstery. Automation is a big thing. The cloud is a big thing.

Across the industry, we’re seeing a push towards faster and faster iteration, but that comes with a real-world cost for businesses. How do you keep up?

People sometimes think if they put a system and a database on the cloud, it’s all going to work by itself. But that’s not the case.

The easy button doesn’t exist

With the pace of change, businesses are struggling to keep up with all the changes that occur in their database system, even from week to week. That’s where a managed database administration (DBA) solution comes in.

Database administration is more important than ever before, because most businesses don’t have the time to figure out how things work behind the scenes. You can’t just trust that things will run at their best-you have to stay on top of them. And that’s what DBA services are for.

Cloud-based databases don’t make a DBA’s role go away; it just changes. More than anything, when you peel back all those layers, the DBA managed services that LSG Solutions offers do different things. Whether it’s one-time upgrade services or on-demand help, we’re here for you. We can help you worry less about resources and more about the running of your business-the part you actually care about.

The move from physical data centers to the cloud is a sea change for businesses everywhere. Don’t get left behind. Stay ahead of the technological trends with a little help from the people who do it for a living.

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