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  
Tokyo,
Japan
Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Seminar
including Hands-On for Partners
by invitation only



February 04, 2015  
Irving (Dallas), TX
USA
Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Seminar - Dallas
Register
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February 05, 2015  
Houston, TX
USA
Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Seminar - Houston
Register
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February 09, 2015  
Bratislava,
Slovakia
Oracle 12c Database Upgrade Seminar - Bratislava
Register
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February 10, 2015  
Budapest,
Hungary
Oracle 12c Upgrade Seminar Budapest
Register
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February 10, 2015  
Reston, VA
USA
Oracle 12c Upgrade Seminar Reston
Register
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February 11, 2015  
Atlanta, GA
USA
Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Seminar - Atlanta
Register
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February 19, 2015  
Nürnberg,
Germany
Franconian User Group:
Oracle Database 12c Upgrade
17:30-21:00 Uhr - TU Nürnberg GSO - 
Raum WE.012 Wasertorstraße 10
Anmeldung
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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!!!

-Mike 


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 :-)!!!

-Mike



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?

 -Mike

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.

-Mike 

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:
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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:

PRIVATHOTEL EGGERS
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!

-Mike 

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!

-Mike 

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

-Mike 

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 :-)

-Mike 

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 :-)

-Mike 

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 ...

-Mike 

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!

-Mike 

Monday Mar 03, 2014

Upgrade Workshops in India in March 2014
REGISTER NOW!

*** 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

Monday Feb 24, 2014

Upgrade Webcast - Wednesday, Feb 26 - 10am CET


 If you'd like to get an overview about  Upgrade/Migrate/Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c then please register and attend our free webcast this Wednesday, February 26 at 10am CET:

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM CET

Web: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=750382&s=1&k=4F42244E75402FC0D8DEBBD12F134906

Register yourself here!

-Mike

Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

Hurry up!
The next round of workshops is almost fully booked!

We've had a short email exchange today with the organizers of the following round of workshops in Australia and Asia - and you should really hurry up in case you plan to attend as some locations are already overbooked.


Monday Jan 27, 2014

Thank you for coming to our workshops :-)
And here's the Upgrade to 12c Viewlet

Wow!!! That was a thrilling week. With great people in Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur!!! Thanks for coming by and thanks for listening. Now it will be your task to upgrade/migrate to Oracle Database 12c as soon as possible ;-)

We've had:

  • 105 people in Singapore on Tueday, January 21
  • 82 people in Jakarta on Wednesday, January 22
  • 108 people in KL on Thursday, January 23

and many good discussions within the breaks or after the workshop. And thanks to those who send an email already.

For us heading out directly after the workshops to rush to the airport becomes a bit strenous during the week. But overall having the chance to talk to you and get you some good insight view about upgrades, migrations and consolidation pays out and is worth it :-)

As promissed we did upload the Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Viewlet now to Youtube. No audio yet - will come in a later stage as I will have to re-record it with another software. And more to come - so please stay tuned. I will announce it as soon as they'll be available. Furthermore I will add a new tag on the right column (this layout unfortunately does not allow to add something on the left column) so after some time you'll see a selection of videos there.

-Mike

Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Workshops 2013 - Recap and Map

2013 wasn't a quiet year. But due to the slip of Oracle Database 12c we've had way less workshops than in the years before. But less workshops doesn't mean less work. It just means different tasks such as more development work, refreshing our entire slide deck (will be uploaded tonight in a fresh new version), learning about new stuff such as Oracle Multitenant, attending at the OTN ACE Tour in Scandinavia, South and Mid America.

In tradition we'll publish a map with markers in countries Roy and I had been in the past year. You can access it in FULL SIZE (or click on the map below) or just look at the tiny picture below.

And you may compare it to 2012 and 2011.

My statistics on flying are still showing penty of "air" time - as you may or may not know more or less almost everything in Coach/Economy/Cattle class :-(

I like especially this stat here - in my peak year 2011 I had over 450 hours in the air. Last year it were just 217 hours (i.e.almost a forth of the time a crew member spends up in the air - time on the runway and to/from the airport is not included here) but a crew member's job is to work for the airline - and I work in addition to all that travel ;-)

Finally the last one here - flown around the globe almost 4x.

 CU you somewhere in 2014 - it will just start on Saturday ...

-Mike

Tuesday Jan 07, 2014

Upcoming ASIA Upgrade to Oracle 12c workshops

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Happy New Year to all of you and your families!!!

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We have still a few remaining seats for the upcoming workshops in January 2014.

Oracle Database 12c Upgrade, Migrate and Consolidate Workshops


  • Singapore - Jan 21, 2014
    • Register Here!
      @Singapore Post Centre Theatrette - Level 5 - 10 Eunos Road 8 - Singapore 408600

  • Jakarta/Indonesia - Jan 22, 2014
  • Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia - Jan 23, 2014

Oracle's Global Server Technology Upgrade Development Group offers you an opportunity to attend this exclusive full day seminar on how to Upgrade, Migrate & Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c.

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

In this seminar the Oracle Database Upgrade Development team will guide you through several different examples of upgrade, migration and consolidation techniques and strategies - shown with real world customer cases.

You will learn:
  • How to take full advantage of the new features and options in Database 12c
  • The changes and enhancements to the Oracle Database upgrade process
  • Best practices to upgrade and migrate successfully

So you may register asap and spread the word :-)
Looking forward to meet you there!

-Mike

Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

DOAG Conference - Recap

This year's 2013 conference was the best DOAG Conference I have attended so far (and it was my 11th conference).  Actually due to the fact that I've had just one presentation (Working with Oracle Multitenant in the Real World - thanks to everybody coming by in the huge TOKIO room - that was really fun!) and a DOAG TV interview I've had enough time to see some other presentations. I did actually enjoy the Oak Table Stream in room SHANGHAI a lot - so many good stuff, I have really learned a lot.

So thanks to the organizers from the user group (and especially to Christian Trieb and his colleagues from DOAG for pushing this extra stream).

And in case you'd like to download the slide deck:
Working with Oracle Multitenant in the Real World

-Mike

Wednesday Nov 06, 2013

JPOUG Tech Talk Next Week!

JPOUG Logo

Mike and I are really looking forward to our trip to Japan next week, not least because we will have the opportunity to visit the Japan Oracle User Group for a Tech Talk. You can find all of the details about this event here:

JPOUG Tech Talk, Tuesday, 12-NOV-2013

The topic for our talk will be "Different ways to Upgrade, Migrate, and Consolidate with Oracle Database 12c."We will discuss changes and enhancements to database upgrade, how to move into a multitenant database environment, and new features that make database migration easier and faster than ever.

Thank you to our friends at the JPOUG for making this event possible! 

Friday Oct 25, 2013

Nordics OTN ACE Tour 2013 - Recap

The Nordics OTN ACE Tour 2013 with stops in Stockholm, Ballerup/Copenhagen and Oslo is over. A very intense week with plenty of excellent presentations from Lonneke Dikmans, Sten Vesterli, Tim Hall and others. I'm always impressed how much those people know and how good they present. It's such a great learning experience. And there's always some time to talk about weired things apart from the Oracle cosmos. So thanks a lot, folks - it was a pleasure to travel with you.

And many many thanks also to the people from ORCAN, DOUG and OUGN. Everything worked out so well. And thanks for the great gifts. the dinners, everything!!!

Of course a special thanks to all the people who went to my presentations. Hope you've enjoyed it - and sorry for any overtiming ;-) But as Tim said yesterday in the Shuttle Bus back to the airport: "45 min slots don't work out at all" :-) The final slide set about "Different Ways to Upgrade, Migrate and Consolidate into Oracle Database 12c including Oracle Multitenant, New Features and other stuff" can be downloaded via this link.

Hope to see you all again soon - and let me know once you have successfully upgraded to Oracle Database 12c or in case you'd like to become one of our Upgrade Reference Customers.

Cheers - Mike

PS: One thing I couldn't really understand - why is that thing below not labeled simply GRAPE JUICE??? And who's honestly drinking that?



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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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