Thursday Sep 06, 2012

Upgrade and Migration Factory by Oracle Consulting

Oracle Consulting did launch a while ago the Oracle Consulting Migration Factory. The purpose of this offer is to support customers in large upgrade and migration projects with hundreds or thousands of databases. If you'll need this support in your projects please check out the Oracle Consulting Migration Factory page.

Please find more info in the Migration Factory White Paper.

Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

Download Oracle Database 10.2 and 11.1 Software

In the past weeks several customers did either ask me in person or via email where to download Oracle Database 10.2 software, the base release. They need it for testing or to setup a system for an older application etc. And there are plenty of reasons for downloading "older" Oracle software.

But it has been completely removed from our OTN page and from eDelivery/SoftwareCloud.

There is a reason for doing that but it would be more informative if somebody at Oracle would have put out a message on OTN and eDelivery excusing for the inconvenience and asking you to open an SR in order to get either the media shipped or a download link sent from Oracle Support. So that's the official way to access Oracle 10.2 and Oracle 11.1 software.

But shouldn't you really be thinking about upgrading to Oracle Database 11.2, given that Oracle Database 10.2 is already out of Premier Support for two years (!!!) just hitting the final year of Extended Support, and Oracle Database 11.1 leaves Premier Support in a month?"

And sorry for any inconvenience regarding the downloads!!!

- Mike

Friday Apr 13, 2012

Excellent Source of Upgrade Information in Japanese

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that we have enjoyed our visits to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto immensely. We work very closely with our colleagues in Japan, and I would like to highlight a website that will be extremely useful to anybody who can read Japanese. The site is Here is a screenshot:

Screenshot of Oracle Japan site for database upgrade information

With plenty of good information from web articles to white papers, this site is a terrific resource for our Japanese partners and customers! 

Monday Aug 29, 2011

Why upgrade?

Why Upgrade?

Simple question, isn't it? Paul from Sogeti in the Netherlands did ask this via email last week. He told me that it's difficult to convince customers who only look at an database as the backend to their application. If one is looking only from the apps perspective on the whole topic a database upgrade might be something totally useless simply costing time, effort and money.

These facts might convince one or the other customer:

#1: Oracle support period will end soon or has ended.
As there are tons of customers still on 10.2 the have left now even the first year of free-extended support - meaning no bug fixes unless you pay 20% of your support fee on top to get extended support for critical issues for another year - I'd call this "Wake Up Call" ;-)

#2: The application provider is pushing you to uprgade.
Oracle EBS, Siebel, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards, even SAP - current supported versions will require Oracle 11.2 - so you'll have to go.

#3: CPU or PSUs - security fixes.
The news (and I mean ALL news, not even the yellow press) is full of reports and hacked and cracked systems. It is essential to have the most current security fixes. And you'll get them only during the premier support period unless you pay extra for extended support.

#4: Potential cost savings part 1.
What is the current cost driver in modern data centers? Fast disks taking tons of energy especially for cooling. 11.2 offers advanced compression and everybody can try this out with the free compression advisor beforehand. If I get acces to a customers system showing them that we could save half of the disk space this matters and pays back quite quickly if you consider energy costs and the cost for new storages.

#5: Potential cost savings part 2.
Active Data Guard. Utilize your standby for reports, offload reader traffic such as Apple does with iTunes platform. And does as well. You'll avoid new hardware for a longer time, you'll give end users a better experience as you decrease the traffic and spread it. But this will make only sense if you have a standby.

#6: Faster access to LOB data - move to Secure Files.
Doesn't cost anything extra, is available in SE, EE etc. And will give your end-users much faster access to CLOB/BLOB data in the database. 

Wednesday Mar 09, 2011

New version of the upgrade slides available

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Thursday Feb 10, 2011

Valentine's Day in sunny Ottawa, Ontario

Birds may fly south for the winter, but I will be heading to Ottawa, Ontario next week for a workshop on 15-FEB. I'm pretty used to winter because I grew up in the snow belt southeast of Buffalo, NY -- and this winter in New England is helping me get prepared as well.




For reference, the big lump is my gas grill.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to a good workshop and to visiting Ottawa for my first time. If you're in the Ottawa/Gatineau area and would like to attend, please see the online evite for information about how to register.

Tuesday May 18, 2010

Upgrade Workshop in Belgrade/Serbia

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Friday Sep 18, 2009

Database Upgrade presentations at OOW 2009

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Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

Welcome to the Oracle Database Upgrade blog!!!

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Mike Dietrich - Oracle Mike Dietrich
Senior Principal Technologist - Database Upgrade Development Group - Oracle Corporation

Based near Munich/Germany and spending plenty of time in airplanes to run either upgrade workshops or work onsite with reference customers. Acting as interlink between customers and the Upgrade Development.

Contact me either via XING or LinkedIn


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