Siebel IP 2017 is coming…

My time away from Siebel is almost at an end: we’re looking at our Siebel 8.1 UCM service and are kicking off a project to bring in IP 2017. I’ll admit to being quite excited about getting back onto familiar ground and to see what has become of my beloved technology.

This is a big deal for us, as we’re not only upgrading Siebel but potentially moving to a cloud infrastructure, upgraded OS and the UCM product brings with it a whole raft of additional software changes: Oracle EDQ, the deprecation of IIR and Haley Business Rules, all make this an interesting technical and functional challenge.

I was hoping to see IP 2017 surface in May, but it’s now June and no sign of a download. However, there are signs that Oracle are gearing up for the official General Availability release. I noted recently that my old friend John Bedford has posted up details of some IP 2017 Webinar sessions being run by Oracle. My team and I will following these with great interest – and I’m sure we’re not the only ones excited about the possibilities of CRM Composer. You can find details of the sessions, as well as instructions for registration, on John’s official Oracle Siebel Blog.

Stay tuned for a full IP 2017 breakdown and review, on this site, as soon as it becomes GA.

Happy Christmas for 2015!

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again and The Siebel Tech Blog is shutting it’s doors to the cold, dark winter months.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Siebel Tools 15 to be Visual Studio Plugin

UPDATE: Just a quick update to advise readers to check the date of the post. Apologies to those readers not familiar with this cultural oddity!

There is much discussion and rumour abound around IP2015 and the new Siebel Composer functionality. There’s also some good news about a more straightforward versioning scheme for future Siebel releases.

A recent announcement from Oracle, however, got me really excited – Siebel Composer 15, as it’s to be named, will be delivered with both a Web Based front end and a Visual Studio plugin! And I’ve been privvy to a snapshot of how it’s going to look. This is obviously an early alpha and so is subject to significant change:

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The face of Siebel CRM Composer 15

 

I’ve said before that Visual Studio is the perfect IDE and it’s so exciting to finally hear that Oracle is embracing this platform to deliver a better experience to the developer.

When IP 2015 hits the shelves, what are your plans for phasing out Siebel Tools? I’d be interested if you would like to record your thoughts via the poll below.

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SQL Log Analyser 1.5

I’ve released an updated version of my Siebel SQL Log File Analyser:

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The new version will now read and parse locally generated SQL spool files. Simply generate a log file using the /s switch on the Siebel Dedicated Client command line and load it into the tool. You’ll then see an ordered list of the slowest performing SQL; double clicking an entry will take you to the beginning of the SQL block in question.

You can download the tool now from the Siebel Store and use the Help > Check for Updates… menu item to download the new version.

Oracle Statement of Direction for IP2015 – Siebel Composer

You will probably already know that Oracle have released their Statement of Direction (SoD), outlining the proposed content of Innovation Pack 2015. In keeping with previous IP releases, I would expect this to drop around November / December of this year.

The SoD document itself is pretty dry and some of the “innovations” aren’t as exciting as I might have liked (seriously, enhanced help text on installation wizard screens?). However, one item jumps out: Siebel CRM Composer (Developer Preview).

So long, Siebel Tools!

So long, Siebel Tools!

This item is begging for screenshots but instead we are given some high level statements about what CRM Composer might give us:

  • Siebel CRM Composer allows multiple instances of application functionality to be created: Finally, versioning of configuration objects in the Siebel Repository
  • [Ability for configuration to be] placed into production via the web based administrative user interface with no downtime: The end of the SRF? Here’s hoping!
  • Obviates the need for proprietary web templates: Are we going to see the end of all external file based configuration?

This is fantastic news from Oracle and, given my well known and slightly irrational hatred of Siebel Tools, something I’m really excited about. Not only is this news exciting from a developer perspective, Siebel Composer could finally take full fat Siebel into the cloud. I doubt SalesForce.com are quaking in their boots, but this may well give them something to think about.

It looks like another exciting year for Siebel!