Blogging About Oracle Applications

How to Start a Blog Like This One

We started this blog to share information about Oracle applications, but I know there are a lot of other developers out there who have a lot of valuable insights to share as well. If you are looking to start your own blog then I highly suggest going the self-hosted route with the open source software from WordPress. WordPress is very powerful solution that allows you to customize to your hearts content. Our friend Scott Chow has put together an immensely helpful site on how to create a blog. I highly suggest you check it out if you are looking to start your own blog.

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Using Gmail as SMTP server for PeopleSoft

A lot of us developers use local PeopleSoft sandboxes for (self)training and R&D. One of the biggest issues we usually encounter on local sandboxes is the lack of a SMTP server for testing workflow mail. Until today I used PostcastServer as SMTP server, but this did not actually send the mail to the mail address, but catches the mail generated from PeopleSoft locally.

Today I got triggered by a question on on which setting you need to set to use Gmail as SMTP server. Surprisingly there was a document on My Oracle Support that explained just that E-WF: JavaMail Exception: javax.mail.AuthenticationFailedException, Error Using Gmail SMTP Server [ID 1436910.1]

Although the document on My Oracle Support is a very highly detailed document, it missed a few key pointers and I think this information is something the community will be very grateful for.

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Is Oracle Fusion Talent Management what Talent Management should be?

According to business dictionary, Talent Management is an organization’s attempts to recruit, keep, and train the most gifted and highest quality staff members that they can find, afford and hire. Talent management gives business managers an especially important role to play in recruiting, developing and retaining desirable staff members. Even though this is a clear definition of what Talent Management entails, when this is translated to an IT solution, the definition can sometimes be lost in translation.
Recently, I was able to follow the Oracle Fusion Applications HCM Talent Management Implementation training. This training gave an overview on how to implement, configure and use Oracle Fusion Talent Management. Therefore, I will give a high level overview of what Fusion Applications Talent Management entails and if this in accordance to the Talent Management definition.

Oracle Fusion Talent Management

Oracle Fusion Talent Management is in short a robust set of modules covering workforce development, workforce rewards and workforce analytics.

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Integration Broker basics for the PeopleSoft developer

Integration Broker

In the past year we have answered a lot of questions on OTN Forum on the Integration Broker and how to work with web services in PeopleSoft.

We have decided to share with you a training that we have written on the basics of Integration Broker and frequent integration scenarios that a PeopleSoft Developer is faced with. The training is written using PeopleSoft HCM 9.1/PeopleTools 8.51, but still valid for PeopleTools 8.52.  Continue reading

Oracle ACE!


With extreme pride I can announce that I have been honored as an Oracle ACE!

What is an Oracle ACE?

The Oracle ACE Program is designed to recognize and reward members of the Oracle Technology and Applications communities for their contributions to those communities. These individuals are technically proficient when applicable and willingly to share their knowledge and experiences.

Where can I find Oracle ACEs?

Oracle Ace Directory

For more information on the Oracle Ace Program, see the FAQ.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you, to a couple of extraordinary people:

Ramon Schliszka, our Solution Architect, for nominating me and motivating me for years.

Domien Bolmers, my former manager, for encouraging me and providing me the freedom to contribute to the Oracle community.

John van der Kooij, Software Architect, my reviewer, editor, designer, worthy colleague and most of all, dear friend. You make everything look and sound better.

Our PeopleSoft team, or better said PeopleSoft family, because that is how it feels coming to work every day.

Last but not least, my lovely understanding wife, for coping with me ‘working’ on my PC on non-working hours.


Thank you Oracle for this great honor!