Monday Sep 28, 2015

Upcoming Upgrade Workshops in Prague and Bucharest

Oracle Upgrade Workshops Fall 2015

I've just returned from a work intense week from Seoul, South Korea - and there are upcoming Upgrade / Migrate /Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c workshops already on my radar - and both are almost booked out completely. So if you are either based in the Prague or the Bucharest region you may quickly sign up (and show up as well) :-)

  • Upgrade / Migrate / Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c
    Wednesday, October, 7, 2015
    Prague, Czech Republic
    @Oracle Czech
    Registration Link is here
  • Upgrade / Migrate / Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    Bucharest, Romania
    @Oracle Romania
    Registration Link is here 

Hope to see you there :-)


Friday Jul 17, 2015

Webinars about Oracle Database 12c - GERMAN only

7 Webinare rund um Oracle Database 12c - mit prominenten und erfahrenen Gästen wie Johannes Ahrends, Christian Trieb und Markus Geis (siehe auch Sprecher-Übersicht).

Ab dem 11. August 2015 geht es gleich mit einer Einführung und dem Thema "Upgrade" los.

Eine Übersicht zu allen 7 Webinaren gibt es hier:
Oracle 12c Webinare - Überblick

Und auf dieser Seite findet sich auch oben mittig der Anmeldelink (grauer Balken).

 Bis dahin! 



Hier sind die Links zum Replay - der Einführungsteil meines Kollegen Frank Schneede - und die 34 Minuten zum Thema "Upgrade nach 12c ist einfach" von mir. Viel Spass damit :-)

Wednesday Jun 17, 2015

Webcast "Why Upgrade to Oracle 12c" available

In April I've done a webcast mainly for Oracle partners to explain and elaborate
Why Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c?

This webcast is now available without registration etc. Watch it here (click on the picture below):

Webcast Why Upgrade To Oracle Database 12c - Mike Dietrich, April 2015


Monday May 11, 2015

New version of the BIG 12c SLIDE DECK available

I'm not on vacation right now. I'm just very busy traveling between customer onsite visits, customer meetings and workshops, internal and external workshops, testing sessions ... and so on ... 

A lot of stuff has been stacked up in my inbox regarding changes in Oracle 12c, changed behavior - and thanks for your inputs. I will blog on it as soon as I have understood the issue and the solution - so plenty of stuff should come in the next weeks ;-)

Just end of last week Roy and I uploaded a new version of our BIG slide deck - now having even more slides (but still not over 550) *haha* ;-)

Find them here - and as always - the change log at the end of the deck will explain what we've recently adjusted/added/altered.

Upgrade, Migrate and Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c


Thursday Apr 16, 2015

Webcast for ISVs/Partners on Apr 21, 2015, 3pm CET
Why Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c?

Oracle's latest generation of database technology, Oracle Database, has some impressive new features. It offers great potential for a fast upgrade, simple migrations and consolidation, making more efficient use of hardware and delivering major improvements in management efficiency.

Join our webcast on Upgrading to Oracle Database 12c for ISVs and you will learn:

  • Why you need to upgrade to Oracle Database
  • How to ensure that your applications are ready for Oracle Database 12c
  • How to evaluate and test all enhancements of the upgrade process plus other new features
  • Best practices to upgrade and migrate successfully

At the end of the webcast our speaker Mike Dietrich, Master Product Manager for Oracle's Database Upgrade Development Team, will be available for your questions. The presentation will be for 45 minutes followed by the Q&A session.

Registration Link:

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 3pm CET 


Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

COLLABORATE15: Hands On Lab: Bring Your Laptop!!!

Wednesday, Apr  15, 2015, Roy and I will deliver two Hands-On Labs at COLLABORATE15 in the "Southseas Room A" in the morning. If you are signed up and read this please don't forget to bring your laptop with a VNC installed - and power charged for at least 1 hour.

You will access the lab via a VNC session - there are no laptops in the room - and the hotel doesn't provide power strips for labs shorter than 1 hour :-(

Unfortunately we don't have access to the registration data. Therefore we are unable to inform you upfront directly. Just in case you arrive without meeting these requirements you can always afterwards download the entire lab from the blog:

Hands On Lab -  Upgrade, Migrate, Consolidate to 12c

Hands On Lab Instructions 


Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

Upgrade Workshop incl Hands-On in Vienna/Austria on April 9./10. - still some seats available :-)

Just in case you'll would like to participate in an Upgrade and Migration Workshop including Hands-On in the area in and around Vienna, Austria :-)

I'll deliver an Upgrade workshop in the Oracle Office (IZD-Tower, 3. Stock - Wagramer Straße 19 - 1223 Wien) next week on April 9 and 10. It will include Hands-On so you'll have to bring your laptop with Oracle Virtual Box installed and roughly 40 GB of free space to copy an image into your environment.

Just in case you'd like to participate ... here's the registration link which has more details about the agenda and the requirements:


Tuesday Mar 10, 2015

Another Upgrade Workshop in Reston on March 31!

For those who were unable to attend the previous Database Upgrade workshop in Reston, VA (just outside DC), we have added another event in three weeks on Tuesday, March 31. This time we will have the nice auditorium with a larger capacity, so we should be able to accommodate everybody. If you would like to sign up, please see the evite at 

You will notice that this time the registration is being handled via telephone, to avoid the problems we had last time with the email system.  If you have any problems registering, please let me know.

So, apologies to anybody who was shut out last month, and I hope we get a nice big audience in three weeks! 

Monday Jan 12, 2015

Upcoming Upgrade Workshops Jan/Feb 2015

The new year will start with a good bunch of Upgrade, Migrate & Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c workshops in Japan, USA, Canada and Europe: 

January 20, 2015  
Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Seminar
including Hands-On for Partners
by invitation only

February 04, 2015  
Irving (Dallas), TX
Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Seminar - Dallas

February 05, 2015  
Houston, TX
Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Seminar - Houston

February 09, 2015  
Oracle 12c Database Upgrade Seminar - Bratislava

February 10, 2015  
Oracle 12c Upgrade Seminar Budapest

February 10, 2015  
Reston, VA
Oracle 12c Upgrade Seminar Reston

February 11, 2015  
Atlanta, GA
Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Seminar - Atlanta
February 19, 2015  
Franconian User Group:
Oracle Database 12c Upgrade
17:30-21:00 Uhr - TU Nürnberg GSO - 
Raum WE.012 Wasertorstraße 10

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Upgrade Workshops 2014 - Summary

2014 is almost over. Time for a quick review :-)

Roy and I would like to thank you for attending at our workshops throughout the globe. We've delivered more workshops than ever before. Most of them in Europe and Asia, but we did visit also South and Middle America, Australia and - well - the US of course. 

See here the full workshop map:

We delivered in 2014:

  • 62 workshops and conferences
  • for almost 4500 attendees
    • 13x in Asia/Australia
    •  5x in South/Mid America
    • 15x in the US and
    • 29x in EMEA
  • Many dedicated customer workshops
  • Several webcasts

Thanks again to all of you - it was a pleasure to meet with you all.

Have wonderful holidays and a successful start into 2015. Hope to see you all soon again and don't forget: Upgrade Now!!!

-Mike & Roy 

Thursday Nov 06, 2014

Beijing, Seoul - and OTN Tour Tokyo - just in one week

Uhhh ... next week will be a tough traveling experience. 19870 km (12347 mi), all in cattle class on 4 different airlines.

Picture rights remain at The New York Times

I tried to avoid Lufthansa as they canceled recently flights I heavily relied on - with no reason! And there's still a huge risk of announcing just their 9th strike within a year and a bit.

But I'm really looking forward to the workshops, to see all the colleagues, customers and of course some great friends. Roy and I will do two internal two-day workshops in Beijing and Seoul with each more than 50 participants - and we'll include a nice hands-on-experience as well. And mid-week I'll head out to Tokyo to present at the DB TECH SHOWCASE 2014 - which is part of the OTN ACE Tour.

CU soon - thanks!!!


Friday Oct 31, 2014

Utrecht holds the new EMEA record now!
Plus: Updated Slide Deck

OMG ... 154 people in an Database Upgrade/Migrate/Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c workshop! That's the EMEA record so far for workshop attendance rates for our workshops in the past 7 years. I'm really impressed. Really!!! And you were such a great audience. I've had plenty of fun, lots of good discussions during the breaks and after the workshop.

As the auditorium room at the Oracle location in Utrecht fits just 120 people the local marketing folks had the idea of asking Jost if he can stream the workshop to another room. The other option would have been to reject a lot of registered persons. And the streaming went quite well. I've never done this before and I hope it was still ok. But as the other room cross the hallway had daylight windows, fresh air and more space it seemed to be ok for most attendees :-)

I promissed also a new version of the slide deck - and here it is ready for download. Only 522 slides this time ;-) But I just added two new ones. You may check the log at the end of the deck for recent changes.

So thanks again - it was my pleasure to spend the day with you. And I hope next time, when I'll ask "Who's live on Oracle Database 12c" that I will see way more fingers going up :-)!!!


Monday Oct 20, 2014

Thanks for coming to the Upgrade Workshops in Dublin & Belfast - special thanks to my friends at LUFTHANSA

Thanks to everybody who came to our Upgrade/Migrate/Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c on Oct 14/15 in Dublin and Belfast. You were great audiences, I had plenty of fun, excellent deep dive discussion during the breaks and afterwards during the customer visits day on Thursday.

And very special thanks to my colleagues from Oracle Ireland, especially Mina and Kelly-Marie, but also all the others who were involved in the events and visits and made it happen so smoothly. Everything worked perfectly well except for things not in our hands (such as the massive train delay on the way back from Belfast).

Just in case you'd like to get the slides I'd recommend to download the deck via this link here:
Upgrade, Migrate & Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c

And VERY SVERY PECIAL THANKS to my dear friends at Lufthansa. Mina dropped my off at the airport on Thursday, I wanted to check in and hand over my luggage to the assistant - "Oh sorry, your direct flight to Munich has been canceled". Wonderful news. Dublin must have bad Karma for my travel plans as I've got locked in during the ash cloud some 4.5 years ago. 

Now my friends at Lufthansa have rebooked me to a very early morning flight for Friday, but with a stopover in Frankfurt (which is not my favorite airport at all). Anyhow, a call with Oracle Travel showed my a flight option that same night with KLM via Amsterdam to Munich. So I called Lufthansa again just finding out that Lufthansa refused to rebook me to that flight. Why? Because the first leg to Amsterdam is operated by Air Lingus - and "Lufthansa has no agreement with Air Lingus".  I told them that I don't care if they have an agreement or not, it's myself getting grounded it Dublin for no reason. But no chance. Even though the lady on the Senator hotline asked her supervisor and his manager (and I really thanked her a lot as she really tried it).

Simple calculation Lufthansa is doing:

  • Flight costs for the KLM flight to Munich: 730 Euro
  • Total costs for Mike staying another night in Dublin: 100 Euro for the hotel, a few bucks for the dinner and maybe the max fine of 250 Euro (which you can claim back only when you involve a lawyer or a service such as FlightRight). Summing up to a max of 400 Euro. Way cheaper to let him stay another night in Dublin at an airport hotel and make him get up at 4 in the morning to catch the flight to Frankfurt.
And, to make my experience even more valuable Lufthansa added 45 mins of delay to my leg from FRA to MUC, a flight distance of 35 minutes including take off and landing. I felt so good afterwards, so valued as a customer who flies roughly 5 or 6 times around the globe per year with this airline. 
Thanks you very much, Lufthansa!!! I made it home on Friday at 12:30pm - instead of 21:45pm on Thursday. Lovely, isn't it?


Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

Upcoming UPGRADE Workshops in:
Netherlands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain and Belgium

Wow ... another OOW is over ... I have returned well but a bit jetlaged on Saturday from San Fransciso. It was a pleasure to meet with so many great customers, partners, Oracle ACEs, geeks and of course colleagues from all over the world.

And I'm still surprised how little DBAs and managers are aware of the upcoming end of Premier Support for Oracle Database 11.2 and still believe in "The 2nd Release Only". But I'll write something about this later this or next week.

And as soon as my time allows (most likely in the 2nd half of October) I will publish also the details about how to setup the HOL by yourself as we are not allowed to distribute it because of the patch sets included into it. 

Anyhow, back in reality (still on vacation today) let me offer you the final seats for the upcoming UPGRADE, MIGRATE & CONSOLIDATE TO ORACLE DATABASE 12c workshops in the following weeks: 

In case you'll miss links I'll update the blog post as soon as I get them.


Friday Jun 13, 2014

Upgrade Workshops in Bucharest, Athens and Warsaw

Finally travel time is not over yet. There are 3 more workshops Upgrade, Migrate & Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c due to happen within the next few weeks:

Friday May 09, 2014

LOCATION UPGRADE +++ Hamburg +++ May 15, 2014

My colleagues did an awesome job inviting so many people to our workshop in Hamburg next week. Therefore Marketing now moved it from the Oracle Office in HH to the following address:

Rahlstedter Straße 78
22149 Hamburg

Registration will start at 9am, workshop begin is at 9:30am - and we'll end straight at 4:30pm to catch our flight back to Munich. So please try to stay in time ;-)

Looking forward to see you all next week :-)

- Roy & Mike 

New Slides + Workshop Recap:
Luxembourg, Brussels, Vienna, Geneva & Baden

The first 5 of a long workshop run are over. Thanks for coming in, your patience for hundreds of slides and plenty of new (and some old) stuff. I really enjoyed seeing you and talking to you in Luxembourg, Brussels, Vienna, Geneva and Baden in the last 3 weeks.

And credits go to my colleagues Bernd Jodocy, Johan Vanden Bossche, Erwin Sulzgruber, Roger Wullschleger, Christiane Schlüter and all the others for setting up the events so well, did the inviations, assisted before, during and after the workshops - and gave me taxi rides between airports and locations. Thanks again for your great support!!!

I will try to follow up with the questions as soon as possible (if not done already). And - as promissed - here is the new slide deck:

Upgrade, Migrate & Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c

We've had an incredible 16000 downloads in the past 8 weeks - that's almost as much as in the 8 months before since 12c hit the streets. So I'd guess MANY are interested in how to upgrade, migrate and consolidate to 12c ;-)

Thanks again and if you have additions to the slides, please feel free to let us know!


PS: I deeply appologize again for the faulty HOL setup in Vienna. I gave my colleague Erwin a hard time - and he has sent out a workaround to you so you can complete the lab by yourself. Sorry again!!! 

Tuesday May 06, 2014

Upgrade Workshops - Locations

Dear all,

unfortunately somebody has missed to add the locations to the registrations page - and if you follow the Google Maps links you may drive apparently to a McDonalds burger place instead of the correct location (at least they'll offer free WLAN).

So please find the updated locations here - and enter the registration by clicking on the location/date directly.

I appologize for any inconvenience.
Hope to see you soon!


Monday Apr 14, 2014

Upcoming UPGRADE Workshops in Europe - Register Now

There will be a lot of travel within the next few weeks. So please keep your fingers crossed that Lufthansa pilots don't go on strike for their ridicolous goals again. And I hope to see you in one of our upcoming workshops within the next weeks somewhere in the below cities.

Click on the date/location to the RIGHT to register, see location and agenda etc. 

CU soon :-)

- Mike and Roy 

Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

COLLABORATE 2014: Upgrade Slides for Download

Roy today presented about Upgrade Best Practices to Oracle Database 12c including moving into the world of Multitenant and Pluggable Databases at COLLABORATE 2014 in Las Vegas.. And the slides can be downloaded via this link:

COLLABORATE 2014 - Database Upgrade to Oracle 12c


Monday Apr 07, 2014

OUGN - Great Conference!!! Download the Slides

The cruise is over :-) And what an excellent event. Congratualations to Alice, Frank, Øyvind and all the other great people from the OUGN. I had plenty of fun, met great people - and here are the slides for the two presentations I gave:

  • Hitchhiker's Guide to Oracle Database Upgrades
    This slide deck will give an overview about how to approach a database upgrade project, the risk and costs of not upgrading and the news in the Upgrade space for Oracle Database 12c upgrades

  • What's New in Data Pump in Oracle 12c
    This overview about general Data Pump best practices highlights also all new Oracle Database 12c features with Oracle Data Pump such as the new COMPRESSION_ALGORITHM and its benefits, new TRANSFORM clause and the "killer feature" Full Transportable Export.

Hope to see you all next year again - and hopefully we'll have a again a quiet sea :-)


Tuesday Apr 01, 2014

Going to Norway for the OUGN Conference

I'm back in business after being out for almost two weeks. And tonight I will fly out to Oslo in Norway to participate in the OUGN Spring Conference 2014. It's my first user group conference in Norway and it will be very special as it will happen on a ship. No escape :-)

And Lufthansa's pilots did a great job in making my travel another nice Lufthansa surprise package. Due to the upcoming 3 day strike my flight to Oslo got canceled last night at 18:25h - as if Lufthansa wouldn't know about the strike days before (it got announced last week). But I could rearrange my travel and now I'll fly out a day earlier. I still feel very sorry for all the families and travelers getting stuck somewhere close to the Easter holidays. All LH Hotlines ("cold"line or "dead"line would fit better) where broken yesterday. Even the Senator "hot"line was out of order. As if my favorite airline wouldn't have known upfront that people WILL HAVE TO CALL when they cancel 3800 flights.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to this great event in Norway. Preparing myself right now with some great tunes of two of my all time favorite Jazz musicians from Norway, Jan Garbarek (saw him playing live several times) and  Ketil Bjørnstad.

My presentation will be:

CU soon :-)


Thursday Mar 20, 2014

I won't be able to come to India in March :-(

I assumed that it will become a tough trip to India this time in March with 3 workshops on 3 days in 3 different cities. But it became even tougher before. Unfortunately due to sick leave I won't be able to fly to India next week. I deeply appologize as I was really looking forward to my 2nd visit to India. 

Our next option: Roy will do it. But this is not possible as it takes at least 5 working days to acquire a Business Visa for India. Therefore our team's disaster recovery solution won't work either. 

The local teams will deliver the content on their own. I'm pretty sure that will work out very well.
Hope to see you next time ...


Thursday Mar 06, 2014

Free Webcast available now On Demand --- Upgrade and Migrate to Oracle Database 12c and Consolidate with Oracle Multitenant

Almost 90 minutes about Upgrade, Migrate and Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c with or without Multitenant Option.
Available now on demand. Just register yourself and watch it whenever it is convenient for you:

Register to receive the On Demand Link and Watch It!


Monday Mar 03, 2014

Upgrade Workshops in India in March 2014

*** Due to sick leave I won't be able to come to India  ***
*** I deeply appologize - hope to see you soon again *** 


It will be a tough trip as I will travel on my own with long distances in between the workshops but I'm really looking forward to my second trip to India to run 3 Upgrade, Migrate and Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c workshops in March 2014 in India.

Register as soon as possible as we have limited seat capacity:

Hope to see you soon :-)



Mike Dietrich - Oracle Mike Dietrich
Master Product Manager - Database Upgrade & Migrations - Oracle

Based in Germany. Interlink between customers/partners and the Upgrade Development. Running workshops between Arctic and Antartica. Assisting customers in their reference projects onsite and remotely. Connect via:

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