Thursday Oct 01, 2015

Some Seoul Impressions - 09/2015

A very intense week in Seoul, Korea, is over - and Roy and I both returned a bit sick ;-) The pleasures of traveling ...

But thanks to all our colleagues who did all the orga work, to everybody who traveled from near and far to our 2 day internal workshop (and I still remember many names :-) - it was great fun to spend those two days with all of you) - and of course the the customers and partners we've had the pleasure either to visit or come to our workshop. Upgrade is in your hands now - just do it

Finally some Seoul impressions - and even though it was my 5th visit to Seoul I'd realize still haven't seen a lot of the city :-( Next time ...

Roy and I ended our trip again - our usual ritual - with a visit to the Best Bar on the Planet :-) 

Seoul 1

Seoul 2

Seoul 3

Seoul 4

Seoul 5

Seoul 6

Seoul 7

Seoul 8

Seoul 9

Seoul 10

Pictures were taken in the Bongeunsa Temple, and in and around the COEX Center.

CU soon again!


PS. Forgot to mention this one here ... looks a bit like row-organization inside ... :-)


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 :-)


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 

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.


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 :-)


Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

Thank You for flying with "Hello Kitty" ;-)

Yesterday Roy and I flew directly after the workshop in Seoul to Taipeh in Taiwan. It's our first time in Taiwan - and the flight to Taipeh with EVA Airlines was quite surprising ;-) I didn't took a picture in the bathroom ... 

"Thank You for flying with Hello Kitty!".


Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

Some impressions from Austalia

Being again in Australia was - again - a great experience. If only traveling to Down Under wouldn't take this long ... :-) But thanks to everybody who showed up - and sorry to those which got a "Sorry, it's sold out already!" message. It was pure fun to talk to you and we'll hope to get a lot of people to move onwards to Oracle 12c as soon as possible. Don't forget: 11.2 will go out of Premier Support in less than 12 months from now on. Of course we'll return one day - and certainly our colleagues from Oracle Australia will be able to assist you as well regarding your upgrade and migration efforts.

Please feel free to grab the slides via this link:
Upgrade, Migrate & Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c
[30MB PDF]

And here are some impressions from a RAINY weekend in Sydney ;-)


Tuesday Jan 07, 2014

Upcoming ASIA Upgrade to Oracle 12c workshops


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


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!


Tuesday May 21, 2013

Back Home ...

Now finally back from my short trip to Johannesburg, South Africa. Flying out Monday overnight, returning Friday morning after another overnight flight (all Eco). But thanks to Turkish Airlines - including the short stop-over in Istanbul was worth it as the seating comfort in Turkish's economy class is far better than Lufthansa's - as is the food and especially the entertainment system, the service ... almost everything. And luckily the Turkish Airline's employees didn't go on strike in Thursday :-)

But after running now 6 internal Oracle Database 12c: Upgrade, Migrate and Consolidate workshops in the US and in EMEA I've learned a lot from our over 180 participants doing the full Hands-On part of the workshop.

I'm really looking forward to the release date :-) 

Tuesday Apr 24, 2012

Some impressions from Seoul and Beijing

There was not much time left to walk around and take some pictures during our fully packed workshop week in Seoul and Beijing. But as I have my camera almost always in my pocket I took some pictures ... :-)

Seoul View

Seoul Food ... yes ... BEEF ... wonderfully thin sliced beef on the barbecue grid

Tumbling Seoul
(that's exactly how I felt in the mornung after our night at Peter, Paul and Mary's (see below)).

Modern Beijing ... very modern

Well ... or even more modern ...

There's always a traffic jam ... simply too many cars ... and some bycicles left as well

And if you don't know where to park your Lambo... no prob ... just park it in the middle of two pedestrian crosswalks on an intersection ... if you drive the right car policemen will simply ignore your intersting habbits ;-)

Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

Upcoming Workshops in Jakarta, Singapore and Bangkok

Next week will be again a travel week - and it means going from deep frosty winter into "warmer" areas of the world. But we are really looking forward to meet you in Jakarta, Singapore and Bangkok. And in case you just read this now there are still seats open as far as I know :-)

Thursday Dec 22, 2011

Some impressions ...

Thanks again to our colleagues of Oracle Japan for the (as always) excellent organization of our journey to Japan in December 2011. And thanks to all the customers and colleagues we've met and which did visit the workshops :-) We'll hope to meet you next time again!

And here are some impressions:
(you might click on the pictures to get a larger view)

Osaka by Night

Silent Cooking in Tokyo

Mackerel :-)

Yes ... Otoro and Maguro ... delicious!!!

Okonomiyaki - also VERY delicious!!!

Fuji-san in the morning

Ginko Trees in Tokyo

Kyoto - Kinkaku-Ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion)

Beautiful gardens at Kinkaku-Ji in Kyoto
(the picture doesn't reflect that it was freezing cold)

German (yes!!!) Christmas Market in Osaka :-)
(and the two big cans contain Sauerkraut - what else ...)


Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday Jul 07, 2011

Upgrade Team goes green and CO2 neutral :-)

For those people who were sweating heavily in Tuesday's and today's upgrade workshop in Baden-Dätwill/Switzerland and Düsseldorf/Germany here's some "contrast" :-)

Roy goes green in Alaska

So the Upgrade Development Group goes green now - 100% CO2 neutral, just organic fuel necessary ;-)

Ah, and you'll find the newest slideset ready for download as always on the right side in the SLIDE DOWNLOAD section :-) Thanks for your patience, Mike


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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