Thursday Oct 29, 2015

OOW Thursday - Caffeine and Adrenaline

Are your ears ringing after the Elton John show at Treasure Island? What a performance!

Well, today it's back to Moscone for some database rock stars.  Demogrounds are closed now of course, and for the first year in several we don't have a Multitenant session on Thursday to close the show. I've got a packed agenda with customer meetings, but today's your last chance to catch our Hands-on Lab. It's fully booked but there's always a chance that someone doesn't show up, particularly at the end of the week, so if you want to get your hands dirty with Multitenant 12.2, pop over to the Nikko. You're looking for "HOL10485: Multitenant Hands-On Lab" at 11am. Remember, it takes about 15 minutes to walk over there from Moscone. 

Have a great last day of OpenWorld! 

We at Oracle all work extremely hard to prepare for OpenWorld. It's a privilege to be able to show off our technology and interact with so many thousands of customers, many of whom have come from far and wide to be with us for this big event. We're sincerely grateful. We hope that you have had an enjoyable time in beautiful San Francisco. It remains to wish you a safe journey home and every success with your deployment of Oracle Multitenant. 

Full details of Multitenant sessions are available in the Focus On Multitenant page.

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Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

Wednesday at OOW - Island Fever

If you've paced yourself properly you'll be nicely in your groove at OpenWorld by now, finally got your bearings at Moscone, moving smoothly between the sessions and the demo grounds. Today's the last day of DemoGrounds, remember. There are some great general sessions to look out for too. Here are my top recommendations for today. 

At 12:15pm in Moscone South-308 (where else?) John McHugh's going to deliver his standing-room-only "CON6781: Oracle Multitenant: Best Practices". This one's a winner every year. The point is that it's the same abstract but always fresh content. The basic philosophy of our Best Practices is "this document is never finished." Come and hear John talk about some of the major lessons learned with some of our strategic customer deployments. 

Grab a coffee and then head over to Moscone South - 301 (change of scene!) at 1:45pm for "CON8358: Oracle Multitenant: Customer Panel". I'm playing MC but you won't have to put up with much from me. We've got some top-notch speakers:

  • Tom Bolick, Database Administrator, Cisco Systems
  • Shravan Devulapalli, Principal Technologist, GE
  • Alex Gorbachev, CTO, The Pythian Group Inc.
  • Nataraj Hegde, Oracle Database Architech, Charles Schwab 

You don't want to miss this one. After that, catch your breath and put on your party dress and dancing shoes. Hop on a bus to Treasure Island and enjoy the show that Elton John's going to put on. Still awesome after all these years.

Full details of Multitenant sessions are available in the Focus On Multitenant page.

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Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

Cruise-day Tuesday

We're on a roll now, but I do confess it was tough to drag myself out of bed this morning after last night's hospitality event. It's great to hang out with our customers in a relaxed atmosphere. So many customers are going out of their way to say good things about their experiences deploying Multitenant and it's nice to be able to give a small amount back, in classic Oracle style. Oracle knows how to par-tay. I'm talking about one of dozens of events last night. If I didn't see you last night, I hope you had fun wherever you were - but not so much fun that you're not ready for today. 'Cos today's got some solid stuff coming too. 

Deba Chatterjee is going to drill into the enhancements we've built into Multitenant in 12.2 specifically aimed at Software as a Service. And before you think "that's very interesting, but I'm not a SaaS company", you'd be surprised at how widely applicable the new Application Container technology is. If you run a car dealership, a fro-yo shop, maybe want to kick off a new coffee franchise business, we've got something for you here. Moscone South-308 is the venue again and the session is "CON8357: Oracle Multitenant: Ideal Architecture for World-Class SaaS". Be there at 12:15.

I'm greatly looking forward to Larry's Tuesday keynote. On Sunday he promised that he would demonstrate moving a PDB to the cloud at the touch of a button, and without taking any application outage.  

Charles Schwab and company are having some great success with their Multitenant deployment. I'm looking forward to hearing what Nataraj Hegde has to say about all this in my customer panel tomorrow, but now I'm getting ahead of myself. Today at 4pm in Moscone South-308 (Multitenant HQ!) Mark Meredith of Charles Schwab will present "CON5882 - Speed Up or Lag Behind: Charles Schwab Increases Agility with Private DBaaS" along with Oracle's Bob Ure. I had a chat with Mark the other day and this is a very interesting use case from a very serious business. These people do things right. You don't want to miss this one.

Full details of Multitenant sessions are available in the Focus On Multitenant page.

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Monday Oct 26, 2015

And we're under way!

We had to wait a few weeks more than usual but yet again the big show is on in San Francisco. Last year Larry made us wait until Tuesday's keynote to show off Multitenant, but it was worth the wait... Who can forget the demonstration of moving a PDB to the cloud at the touch of a button? Can he possibly top that? Well, maybe there are some tricks built into Oracle Database 12cRelease 2 (aka 12.2) which will allow him to do so. In yesterday's keynote he promised to demonstrate in his Tuesday keynote how to move a PDB to the cloud at the touch of a button... without taking any application outage! I know you gonna dig this.

Well, today is the first full day of OpenWorld and we're already in top gear. Sunday's keynote always whets the appetite, and now you can explore the various general sessions, demo stations and hands-on labs to get some more in-depth insight into what's new with 12.2. (Hint: a lot!)

I'd suggest starting with Andy Mendelson's general session, this morning at 11am in Marriott Marquis 7/8/9. The session is "GEN6765 Next-Generation Data Management Architecture". I've seen a preview of what Andy's going to announce and I've no idea how he's going to cram it all into one hour. Well, if I know one thing about Andy it's that he's not going to back down from a challenge. You don't want to miss this one, especially because he's going to talk about some of the goodies coming with Multitenant in 12.2. If there's time we'll even see a cameo appearance by my counterpart in development, Multitenant Architect himself, Kumar Rajamani.

Kumar and I have to run out of Andy's session after it's over without delay - and so should you - because at 12:15pm back in Moscone South-308, we're doing our double-act for CON8356: Oracle Multitenant: the Road Ahead. I've been polishing these slides for a while and we should be in good shape. Stop by at the end to talk to Kumar and me. Several members of the development team will be on hand as well. It's always nice to hear your reaction after announcing new features. 

Be sure to pace yourself during the day, because there's a great session at 5:15 in Moscone South-302. Kevin Hacker of Northern Trust will present "CON7527: Northern Trust’s Strategy for Adopting Multitenant as a Foundation for DBaaS" along with Oracle's Randy Swanson. We've been working closely with Northern Trust over the past few months on their rollout, which has been very smooth. They're taking a very interesting approach to this - all-Exadata, and Platinum tier systems first. Don't believe me? Check out the session. Two great speakers with a great story to tell.

There's only one good excuse for missing Northern Trust's session and that is that you're going to hit the first of our Hands-on Labs. It's unfortunate that these clash but some things can't be helped. Much of the content of these labs is based on the on-site Beta we ran a few weeks ago. We've now announced the public availability of the 12.2 beta, so here's your chance to get a preview of some of the Multitenant goodies that you can try out when you download the beta for yourselves after the show's over.

Full details of Multitenant sessions are available in the Focus On Multitenant page.

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Friday Mar 20, 2015

IOUG 12 Months of DB12c / Arup Nanda

I recently did a joint presentation with Oracle Ace Arup Nanda as part of IOUG's "12 Months of Database 12c" series. (So we've just completed our seventh quarter since launching DB12c, but who's counting? Time flies, when you're having fun, after all!) As usual IOUG did a great job of setting this up. I like their introductory blurb, so here it is in their very words:

You’ve heard about the multitenant feature of Oracle Database 12c, but why does it matter to your company? Lots of reasons. Join Oracle’s foremost Multitenant expert Patrick Wheeler, and Oracle guru Arup Nanda as they dig into the multitenant architecture, how it simplifies consolidation and enables DBaaS, how it can have a significant impact on the cost of delivering database services, and how your regular activities--backup, recovery, data guard, security, etc--will change after you change over to multitenant. 

Featured Speakers: 

Arup Nanda, Principal Database Architect at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; 

Patrick Wheeler, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle Corporation 

I thought the presentation went very well. It was very interesting to hear Arup clearly explain how Starwood Hotels are using Multitenant to consolidate their Siebel databases. In case you missed it, or you can't get enough and want to hear it again, here's a link to the replay on the IOUG site. 


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Thursday Oct 02, 2014

Thursday and We're Still Going Strong!

A final push to the finish line! If you went to Treasure Island for the party last night I hope you had a great evening. With luck, your ears aren't ringing too badly from the music so that you'll be able to hear the presentations today. It wasn't that many years ago that Thursday at OpenWorld was a slow day with not much going on. Those days are gone. 

The Great Escape (from MS SQL Server)! Tom Michelini and OB Rashid were the drivers behind this great story. If you have any applications you'd like to upgrade from SQL Server to Oracle, don't miss this session. The way OB tells it: "I wish I'd had this paper before we started this project." (OK, we'd all like a time machine.) CON7307 Oracle Multitenant: Successful Migration of Oracle Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service. If you're looking for a way out of SQL Server, don't miss this one. 9:30am Moscone North - 130.

I've been telling you all week about CON12068 Oracle Multitenant: Ask the Experts. That's today at 10:45! It was a late addition and didn't make it into the printed catalog, but it's on! Tweet your deep technical questions to our top developers - use #PDBexperts #OOW14.

At noon in Moscone South - 308 I'll be joined by James Anthony of e-DBA for CON2785. James is an Oracle Ace and e-DBA are Engineered Systems Partner of 2014 in UK, EMEA and Globally (a sweep!). They're also one of the very first customers in production with Multitenant and now have over a year of production experience to share with you. It's a great story, which James tells very well. My job is to get the introduction over quickly so that you can hear from him. 

Full details of Multitenant sessions are available in the Focus On Multitenant page


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Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

Wednesday is Customer Appreciation Day

Wednesday at OpenWorld tends to be the hardest one for me. There's been so much excitement already that it feels like the show's already run for a week, but we're barely half way through it. Today we've got a ton of great content during the day and they there's Aerosmith tonight on Treasure Island! (I'm going to catch up on sleep next week!)

Before the party there are some great Multitenant sessions to focus on. I'm doing my "Multitenant: Seven Sources of Savings" talk at 10:15 in Moscone North - 130. Well make that seven plus a bonus... And then another bonus, which is that I'll be joined by Shravan Devulapalli who'll share details of how he was able to demonstrate these savings with his project team at GE.  

We're very proud of the stunning success enjoyed by PulteGroup with their production deployment of Oracle Multitenant on Exadata. It's a true total solution story, including GoldenGate, Active Data Guard and a great project run by Oracle ACS along with members of my team. On the way, they upgraded to Exadata and saved $1.6m with Multitenant! Brian Pawlik of Pulte is a great guy and an excellent speaker. Don't miss this session: CON3203 Finding the Bleeding Edge Without Hemorrhaging. Moscone North - 130 at 3:30pm.

At 4:45 in Moscone South - 307, come and learn about the Multitenant deployment at Sherwin-Williams

Full details of Multitenant sessions are available in the Focus On Multitenant page.

Don't forget to sign up for CON12068 Oracle Multitenant: Ask the Experts, Thursday at 10:45. It was a late addition and didn't make it into the printed catalog, but it's on! Tweet your deep technical questions to our top developers - use #PDBexperts #OOW14.


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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Tuesday at OpenWorld... Pace Yourself!

Yesterday was a blur of activity - one of those days that went by in a flash but what happened in the morning feels like last week! Odd how that happens (or is it just me?)

I'm feeling well and truly in the groove today, which is just as well because it's going to be another busy one. It's an early start to catch Thomas Kurian's keynote at 8am. Tough time of day but don't miss it. There's been a lot of buzz around HQ in the last few weeks about all the demos Thomas is going to do. I've no idea how he manages it - seeing is believing. 

Larry Ellison's second keynote is at 1:30. If Larry's Sunday keynote is packed, this one will be overflowing. Do try to get a seat in there, though, because there's going to be a great demo of my favorite product. I've seen previews and this one is very cool. 

No pressure, then, for Maria Colgan and me as we present "Multitenant Meets Database In-Memory" at 5pm in Moscone South 5pm. We're hoping that Thomas and Larry left you wanting more!

Full details of Multitenant sessions are available in the Focus On Multitenant page.

Don't forget to sign up for CON12068 Oracle Multitenant: Ask the Experts, Thursday at 10:45. It was a late addition and didn't make it into the printed catalog, but it's on! Tweet your deep technical questions to our top developers - use #PDBexperts #OOW14.


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Monday Sep 29, 2014

OOW14 In Full Swing

Need to make sure I get to Caltrain in plenty of time because we're getting a very fast start to OpenWorld today! 

We got our Demo Booth all set up yesterday and it looks great. I thought we did a decent job last year but this year it's even better. There are lots of great sessions today and an excellent place to start as always will be Andy Mendelsohn's keynote. Of course he's got lots of good stuff to share about Multitenant, Database In-Memory and the rest of Database 12c

That puts the pressure on me to follow his show with my own first session (of five!) - CON7302 Multitenant New Features. There's lots of good new stuff in 12.1.0.2. Join me in Moscone South 102 and I'll tell you all about it.

Barely time for a cup of coffee as I join Randy Wilcox of SAS OnDemand to talk about SaaS at SAS. Ahem. Bad pun, great implementation story. SAS is a great company and you don't get as far as they have without looking after your customers' data. That's why they turned to Multitenant on Exadata for their OnDemand offering. Listen as Randy shares the details in Moscone South -130.  

Head back to Moscone South - 102 at 2:45 and hear John McHugh talk about Multitenant Best Practices. You know it's going to be packed in there - don't be late.

There may be time for a brief refreshment before heading over to Moscone South - 301 to hear the success story of a major international health insurer. It's projects like this where John McHugh has developed his best practices. 

Full details of Multitenant sessions are available in the Focus On Multitenant page.

Don't forget to sign up for CON12068 Oracle Multitenant: Ask the Experts, Thursday at 10:45. It was a late addition and didn't make it into the printed catalog, but it's on! Tweet your deep technical questions to our top developers - use #PDBexperts #OOW14.


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Sunday Sep 28, 2014

OOW14 - It's on!

We've got so much Multitenant new to share and have been hard at work for weeks getting ready for our big show. The big event is finally upon us and as usual Larry Ellison will open the show with his keynote this evening. There are going to be lots of exciting announcements and I'm not supposed to spoil the surprise, but I can tell you that my favorite feature is going to play a central role. Larry's sessions are usually standing room only so get there early!

Full details of Multitenant sessions are available in the Focus On Multitenant page.

Don't forget to sign up for CON12068 Oracle Multitenant: Ask the Experts, Thursday at 10:45. It was a late addition and didn't make it into the printed catalog, but it's on! Tweet your deep technical questions to our top developers - use #PDBexperts #OOW14.


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Friday Sep 26, 2014

Multitenant Sessions by Oracle at OOW14

In yesterday's post I mentioned some of our customers' sessions at OpenWorld. They're going to be very interesting - if you have a chance, please try to catch some of them. Today, however, I want to focus on Multitenant sessions by Oracle speakers. 

  • CON7674 Maximum Availability with Oracle Multitenant: Seeing is Believing
    • Mon 11:45 Moscone South - 104
    • Frank Kobylanski and Joe Meeks are two of our top experts on MAA 
  • CON7302 Oracle Multitenant: What's New in Oracle Database 12c Release 12.1.0.2?
    • Mon 1:30pm Moscone South - 102
    • Patrick Wheeler is Senior Director, Product Management for Oracle Multitenant
  • CON7303 Oracle Multitenant: Best Practices
    • Mon 4pm Moscone South - 102
    • John McHugh is Senior Principal Product Manager for Oracle Multitenant and learned this stuff in the trenches
  • CON7305 Oracle Multitenant: The Beating Heart of Database as a Service
    • Tue 10:45 Moscone South - 102
    • Deba Chatterjee is Principal Product Manager, Oracle Multitenant and has a strong background in OEM too. I've had a preview and this will be a great session which will leave your mouth watering. You'll know what I'm talking about after you've been there!
  • CON7648 How an Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Works in a Multitenant Environment
    • Tues noon Moscone South - 306
    • Joseph Errede will tell you the ins and outs of the Multitenant upgrade story, and there's lots of cool stuff to tell!
  • CON7435 Supercharge Oracle Application Express with Oracle Multitenant
    • Tues noon Moscone South - 307
    • David Peake will be competing for Multitenant attention with Joe Errede next door at the same time! David's an APEX guru and most APEX experts will still have a few things to learn from him. 
  • CON7306 Oracle Multitenant Meets Oracle Database In-Memory
    • Tues 5pm Moscone South - 102
    • Maria Colgan & Patrick Wheeler will explain how these two flagship products work (better!) together
  • CON7304 Oracle Multitenant: Seven Sources of Savings
    • Weds 10:15am Moscone North 130
    • Patrick Wheeler's going to have to talk fast to get through all of these in half an hour and leave enough time to hear from Shravan Devulapalli about how the theory translated into reality for him and his team at GE.
  • CON7649 How and Why to Migrate from Schema Consolidation to Pluggable Databases
    • Weds 11:30 Moscone South - 306
    • Dean Gagne will go beyond the obvious answers - "easily" and "now" - to explain how to make this leap.
  • CON7307 Oracle Multitenant: Successful Migration of Oracle Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service
    • Thu 9:30am Moscone North - 130
    • The Great Escape (from MS SQL Server)! Tom Michelini and OB Rashid were the drivers behind this great story. If you have any applications you'd like to upgrade from SQL Server to Oracle, don't miss this session. The way OB tells it: "I wish I'd had this paper before we started this project." (OK, we'd all like a time machine.)
  • CON6990 How to Best Consolidate and Live-Migrate Databases with Oracle Multitenant
    • Thu 10:45am Intercontinental B
    • Nicolas Michael and Yixiao Shen were behind the famous Multitenant on T5-8 scalability study, and along with Bryan O-blanguet will explore this important approach to maintaining application continuity during unplug/plug.
  • CON12068 Oracle Multitenant: Ask the Experts
    • Thu 10:45 Moscone South - 308
    • Kumar Rajamani, Jaebock Lee and Thomas Baby are three of the lead developers of Multitenant. If you want to know how it really works, these are the guys to ask. (They're the guys I ask!)
    • We're live-tweeting questions for the session - use #pdbexperts #OOW14

Full details are available in the Focus On Multitenant page. We hope to see you at OpenWorld. It's going to be a great show!


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Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Multitenant Customer Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld is nearly upon us and the agenda is packed with interesting sessions. Prominent among these are several sessions by customers who are able to share their stories of success with Oracle Multitenant. Please try to attend these sessions and hear how they have been able to benefit from Multitenant in their organizations:

  • SAS Institute
    • CON6328 SAS Solutions OnDemand: A Multitenant Cloud Offering 
    • Mon 2:45pm Moscone North 130
  • Major International Health Insurer
    • CON6379 Oracle Multitenant Customer Success Story
    • Mon 5:15pm Moscone South 308
  • GE Aviation
    • CON7304 Oracle Multitenant: Seven Sources of Savings
    • Weds 10:15am Moscone North 130
  • Pulte Group
    • CON3203 Finding the Bleeding Edge Without Hemorrhaging
    • Wed 3:30pm Moscone North 130
  • Sherwin-Williams
    • CON6387 Oracle Multitenant Deployment on Oracle Exadata
    • Weds 4:45pm Moscone South 307
  • Taleo
    • CON7307 Successful Migration of Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service
    • Thurs 9:30am Moscone North 130
  • e-DBA
    • CON2785 Rolling Out a PaaS with Oracle Multitenant
    • Thurs noon Moscone South 308

We're very proud of Oracle Multitenant and the benefits it can deliver. It's always great to hear from our customers that they have been able to realize these benefits in their organizations. 

There are plenty more sessions about Multitenant and I'll mention them in a future blog. Full details are available in the Focus On Multitenant page. We hope to see you at OpenWorld. It's going to be a great show!


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Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

TomAsks - About Multitenant

Tom Kyte and I recently got together to discuss Oracle Multitenant. Our conversation has just been published in Oracle Magazine in the AskTom column. Not many people can claim to have turned the tables on Tom, but this was more of a "TomAsks" than the other way around. That's my claim to glory, and I'm sticking to it!

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Thursday Feb 06, 2014

Multitenant Buzz @RMOUG

There's a lot of buzz about Multitenant at RMOUG. Thank goodness! It's so darned cold in Denver we needed something to thaw us all out. Just got back to my hotel room from a very good dinner with the ACE Directors. Tom Kyte promised me that despite talking about Multitenant in his keynote and deep-dive sessions he's left me a little thunder for my session tomorrow at 11:15. I'd hoped to catch Leighton Nelson's talk on DBaaS but unfortunately we are on at the same time. I'm looking forward to Bryn Llewellyn's talk "Self-Provisioning Pluggable Databases Using PL/SQL" at 9:45.


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Thursday Jan 23, 2014

MicroStrategy Supports Multitenant

I've been away from the blogging game for too long and looking for a way back in. Today's announcement that MicroStrategy has certified its analytics platform for Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Multitenant is too good an opportunity to miss. This is a great example of the huge momentum towards Oracle Multitenant. MicroStrategy's announcement explains that their motivations included:

  • Increased scalability and server utilization
  • Management of multiple databases as one
  • Isolation of separate databases (as PDBs) 
  • No need to change applications or access rights

 

Don't just sit on the sidelines and watch the big boys like MicroStrategy enjoy these benefits! You should adopt Oracle Multitenant yourselves!


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