Wednesday Apr 20, 2016

Hands on Cloud Experience: Cloud Attack @ Collaborate16

Members of the Independent Oracle Users Group Cloud SIG executed their first Cloud Attack hands on bootcamp workshop experience. Leveraging experience from highly successful RAC Attack workshops, the objective was to use the public Oracle Cloud so attendees could quickly get underway getting live hands on Cloud skills & experience. In fact, the workshop addressed top feedback from a survey in the Collaborate 16 general session and participants enabled with Cloud skills they could start using when they returned back to their offices after the event. By using the Oracle Cloud, attendees only needed to bring a device to participate. One attendee was amazed when he finished the workshop using an old Windows XP PC with 1GB of RAM and this gentleman below completed it all from his iPad. And with Cloud, attendees could virtually be anywhere, connect and go without the instructors having to procure and prep a room full of PC's or worry who's laptop had enough storage, RAM, or CPU to load a virtual image.

Prior to Collaborate 16, a lot of hard work and planning was done behind the scenes by volunteer customer and partner experts to execute this first workshop in Las Vegas. Erik Benner - Mythics, Charles Kim -Viscosity, IOUG Board members Troy Ligon - American Express and Seth Miller -Veritas, Kai Yu - Dell, Rene Antunez - Pythian, supported by Pat Shuff, Steven Lemme, Laura Ramsey of Oracle.

The IOUG conference committee and staff such as Alexis Bauer Kolak provided a perfect setting for attendees with a large space, power, and AV so attendees could drop in and get started.

Attendees arrived early in the morning but eager for a full day of hands on in the Oracle Cloud and objective of starting from an on-premise environment to going onto the Oracle Cloud and working with Oracle Database 12c, backing up to the Oracle Cloud and learning how to take advantage of Oracle Database 12c Multitenant and movement of a PDB from a Cloud environment back to on-premise. The workshop kicked off by an agenda, objective and goals review

followed then by Erik Benner getting everyone hands-on with a refresher on SSH connectivity from the conference center.

Erik Benner and Charles Kim tag teamed as instructors while the other Cloud SIG volunteers went around the room helping attendees with their workshop activities and questions. It was not just about completing the exercises, but the actual experience learned while doing them along with help from peers. Here we see attendees following along with Charles Kim on a live demonstration on the Oracle Cloud of what they are about to perform themselves.

And so attendees could maximize their training while away from the office, the Oracle Technical Network sponsored quite a tasty lunch onsite.

As the workshop progressed, Cloud Attack T-shirts sponsored by Mythics were unboxed as  further incentive for attendees to interact with questions.

When it came to the end of the scheduled workshop time, several attendees asked if they could stay longer to gain more hands on experience and so volunteer instructors stayed an extra hour until the last attendee departed.  Upon completion of the workshop several attendees commented on the great experience they had and later during the week Cloud SIG volunteers received many more positive comments. So the Cloud SIG is now looking into doing the next one at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco - so stay tuned

Friday Apr 01, 2016

DBAs DevOps & Cloud - Thinking Outside of the On-Premise Box session @ Collaborate 16

Join and participate in this session at Collaborate 2016

Countdown to Cloud Attack at Collaborate 16

Join the Cloud Attack at Collaborate 2016 on April 9th, 2016

Thursday Sep 17, 2015

Don't Miss Out, Start Your Planning for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Today

As a longtime Oracle OpenWorld attendee and presenter (as a customer, user group leader, partner, Oracle employee), since its inception as IOUW (who recognizes that acronym?)  I typically find myself extra busy the week’s prior working hard to wrapping up projects before I arrive onsite to the event. Sound familiar?

After I arrive, the week goes by in a flash and the last day, I learn of activities I could have taken advantage if I had only known about them in advance. Some published, an obscure URL, others buried in an email communication, mentioned in a session, a blog summary, or saw how great they were via social media. So this Blog is way to help me keep track for myself, but also share with Oracle Partners and customers with similar interests. And if you just found this Blog as you're returning back home after another OpenWorld, look on the bright side - you can use it to prepare for the next one.

While not an exhausted list of everything, here are my Top Tips before arriving onsite.
At least a week in advance, review the Content Catalog of sessions  and pre-register your interest to attend by adding the ones your most interest in attending into your schedule. It not only help aids the event staff on room sizing, but helps you avoid extra waiting when others come to a session that haven't pre-registered for it .

I highly reccomend this session CON3637 Database as a Service: What Is It and How Do You Use It? A Q&A with an Expert Panel  not only because I am biased, but as its a session where there will be few PowerPoint slides and subject matter expert panelists from the IOUG Oracle User Community Cloud SIG back for an encore after Collaborate15. Here's a recap of that by OTN

Or one of the new topic sessions where there is mention of an attendee gift

Never been to Moscone Center? You can check out their high level Virtual Tour to gain an understanding of it prior to your arrival

Download to your mobile or print a copy of the exhibit hall and venue floor plans so you can review on the plane flight to the bay area. Once your onsite be sure to check out the OpenWorld daily updates and online for changes.

After arrival Saturday, head over to Moscone Center (at the corner Third and Howard Streets)  and venture over to the Hilton San Francisco Union Square for JavaOne. If attending OpenWorld get registered at Moscone West (starting Saturday 2-7pm) and become familiar with the area before 60,000 others join you there. If you arrive after Saturday, you miss the 1st Keynote and the top Oracle User Community speakers that kick off the week sharing on what they have learned and how customers are actually using Oracle technology starting 8:00am Sunday morning

Sunday, get a good early breakfast and get over to Moscone Center before 8am for the Oracle Users Group Forum   There is a full day of sessions, SIG meetings GEOs, receptions you can join, network and get further connected with the Oracle User Group community which runs all day up until the 1st keynote Sunday night then followed by the Oracle OpenWorld Welcome Reception. You can further connect here to an Oracle User Community

Below are links published by user communities on their activities during Oracle OpenWorld 2015

So at this point your onsite, acclimated, have your badge, familiar with the venue and where things are, attended some sessions and ready for a lot more Oracle OpenWorld activities for the remainder of the week. But if you are like me, you can't attend them all, so you typically focus on an Oracle product technology or solution areas.  And there are the Focus on Documents (FOD) typically published by the Oracle product and event teams as a resource for attendees. As FODs become available I will update them here in the Blog here.

To start your preperation, if you are interested in subject areas such as Oracle Database, Engineered Systems, Management, and Cloud here are some Content Catalog search links and subject matter suggestion links

And if you are specifically interested in Oracle Database In-Memory at Oracle OpenWorld 2015, further checkout Maria Colgan's Blog

More to come....
Look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld 2015!

Monday Apr 20, 2015

A Lot of Accomplishments with Oracle Technology Showcased by Customers & Partners at Collaborate 2015 – Focus on Cloud

Whew, by the time I can start to Blog, it seems another Collaborate has already come to an end and with so much condensed into one week, attendees attempted to miss as little as possible. It was quite a busy week from sessions, to the exhibit hall, to appearances by Oracle executives such as Mark Sunday and John Fowler.

First a BIG thank you to the three user groups ( IOUG, OAUG, Quest ) and all their volunteers that conduct this event. And especially this year, even more sessions were broadcast virtually to more whom could not attend onsite and then also for the conference app, which made this Collaborate 2105, better than any ever.

Arriving onsite to help our partners support customers, my initial objective was to help moderate the Cloud SIG, and it’s come a long way since its inception in 2009 and after one of the first Cloud related sessions by Tony Jedlinski , followed by IOUGs first Cloud Survey in 2010.  At Collaborate 2015 over 200 related sessions could be found in the session planner  and in addition a specific virtual Cloud Computing track offsite attendees could join in and ask questions. Cloud kicked off Monday with the Oracle Strategy for Cloud presented by Sandra Cheevers of Oracle where she overviewed Oracle technologies and choices available to customers no matter the Cloud type (Public or Private) or deployment model (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS..)

And on Monday afternoon, a personal thank you to those that were able to attend the Database as a Service Panel Session 598 onsite and an extra thank you to panelists Rene Antunez, Seth Miller, Erik Benner, Michael Timpanaro-Perrotta, and co-moderator and Cloud SIG President Charles Kim. 

If you missed it, I understand IOUG will be making the replay available and you never know, the panel might be repeated and expanded at Oracle OpenWorld 2015… 

Monday Sep 22, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 - maximizing your week - Cloud, Enterprise Manager

As an Oracle OpenWorld attendee for over 15 years, I usually find myself busy wrapping up projects before I arrive to the event. Sound familiar? read on.

Then after I arrive, the week goes by so quickly and on the last day of the event, I find there were activities I could have taken advantage if I had known about them. It wasn't that they weren't published somewhere, but found later buried in an email communication, mentioned in a session, or saw how good they were via social media after they had happened. So this Blog is way to help me keep track for myself, but also share with Oracle Partners with similiar interests. I just hope you are not ready this Blog as you're returning back home after another OpenWorld.

To get the most out of your short time at Oracle OpenWorld Oracle Partners here are some tips to wrap up this week before you arrive onsite

1.  Your company profile on is up to date including all of the OPN SPecializations achieved. Myself and other WW A&C team members refer customers and others to it and find it suprising when a profile is brought up many that just have the default profile.

2.  You and team members are already subscribed to the Enterprise Manager Knowledge Zone  and or the Cloud Builder   Knowledge Zone  And this year there is a short session on this in the OPN Lounge on Wed Oct 1 where all the secrets will be shared register for one of the limited seats

3. Are familiar with the associated online OPN Competency Center materials / encouraged your peers to take their roles whether Sales or Presales. And this year is a new look where if you review you may even be eligible to win a prize  Remember there are now 3 roles, not just one so be sure you share these with your peers who have that role in your organization. Its surprising that when I speak especially with partners in their booths, how many of them were not aware of this free training thats been available just for them like:

Oracle Database Performance and Tuning Sales Specialist

Oracle Database and Tuning Presales Specialist

Oracle Database and Tuning Implementation Specialist

Oracle Enterprise Manager Sales Specialist

Oracle Enterprise Manager Presales Specialist

Oracle Enterprise Manager Implementation Specialist

Oracle Cloud Builder Sales Specialist

Oracle Cloud Builder Presales Specialist

Oracle Cloud Builder Implementation Specialist

3. And that you and your team members are “badged” to your company so that it appears in your reporting

And if yourself or another person at your company is attending OpenWorld and have any further questions about any of these OPN Specializations, just let me know and I would welcome meeting you onsite at the OPN Lounge.

Monday Apr 14, 2014

COLLABORATE 14 - Thank you OPN Partners

Well it was quite a week for customers and partners who converged on Las Vegas April 7-11th for the annual Oracle user group conference. The Oracle Worldwide Alliances and Channels team members took the OPN Lounge on the road sponsoring the Oracle Validated Integration booth where partners could relax in-between their demos and meetings with customers.

At Collaborate you can also view Oracle Partners displaying their OPN Credentials in unique and innovative ways. So creative that the OPN team canvassed the exhibit hall floor and snapped photos this year for judging. Learn more about that in the OPN Blog

And last but not certainly not least, congratulations to all those partners who've achieved new OPN Specializations or taken the latest versions since Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Here are a few the OPN team was able to catch onsite and capture a quick photo while sessions were underway.

Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Get into Cloud at COLLABORATE 14

This year COLLABORATE 14 takes place April 7-11 in sunny Las Vegas and is again hosted by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest). These three independent user communities come together in-between Oracle OpenWorlds and offer customers and partners an opportunity to further learn more about how new product technology and releases are being put to work and how Oracle technology is being assembled as a solution to solve business problems.

With so much available, many first time participants go to the conference, attend some sessions and discover at the end, all of the other benefits they could have further taken advantage while onsite for the week. So here are some tips from a long time attendee.

1. You want to get plugged into the social media now and at the conference. By following the Twitter  #C14LV  you can learn about last minute changes before the conference and updates during the conference without having to search email or looking for a paper update onsite. It’s also a great mechanism to locate others with similar interests during the conference and having impromptu get together while everyone is still onsite. And if you have a mobile device, download the app before you arrive onsite.

So what might the C in #C14LV stand for: Casino? - no, Campgrounds? Oracle can be found there, Collaborate? - certainly, Cloud - YES!

2. Been asked about Cloud? instructed by management to work on a Cloud project? you won't want to miss the Cloud Odyssey  on Monday April 7th, 9am-3pm. (Remember to check your calendar when you arrive as Las Vegas may be a different time zone then when you first planned your schedule)

3. Oracle at Collaborate - be sure to take advantage and be up to date on the latest trends and strategy from Oracle; especially if you were not able to make it to the last OpenWorld. This year hear from Balaji Yelamanchili, SVP for Analytics and Performance Management Products, Oracle Corporation on Wednesday, April 9, 9:45am Level 5 of the Palazzo Ballroom. Visit the Oracle Campground in the back of the Exposition Hall and if you are an Oracle Partner, myself and other representatives from the Oracle PartnerNetwork will be onsite to specifically meet with Partners.

4. Yes there are a lot of sessions, and if you look closely they been put in to themes/tracks to help guide you. So if you need to justify your trip and report back to management about Cloud, there are some great session speakers you won't want to miss. In fact many are already having session pre-discussions using social media. The Cloud SIG has posted a summary of them here  and an interview about the Cloud track by Oracle ACE and partner Ron Batra.

5. Special Interest Group (SIG) sessions - for focus areas or high interest/activity, you will find a number of SIGs meetings to attend. Since they are typically sandwiched in-between sessions or at the end of a track as a summary, you need to be on extra alert for them. You'll find the Cloud SIG meeting this year Tues April 8th at 12:30PM  Level 3, Toscana 3701 followed by Best Practices and Skill Sets for Cloud on Thurs April 10th at 11:00am, Level 3 Lido 3101B . And a handy map here to help you navigate.

6. Partners - while onsite there will be hundreds of Oracle Partners in once place. So its another great opportunity to hear how they have been using Oracle technology to solve customers business problems and learn how they can help you. Contrary to popular belief, yourself or your team may not have all the skill sets or knowledge or you just may need some temporary help at some point. So you can checkout partners anytime at and when you’re at an event like Collaborate where they are present, be sure you set aside some time to meet 1 on 1 with them on the exposition floor, during a meal or at one of the many networking activities.  That way when you’re back at the office you already have a recommended short list of contacts for management and are a hero for thinking ahead.

And learn more about it in the Oracle Technology video interview by Bob Rhubart

As I probably left off a few, let me know ones you have that I can add, and be sure to return back for updates to this blog up to and during Collaborate.
I look forward to meeting you there!

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

Cloud Odyssey Opportunity - Partners, what is your story?

By now, many have seen advertisements for the Cloud Odyssey Event  Just last week I was provided a “Sneak Preview” that compelled me to blog, similar to a movie critic.

I myself wondered what to expect, how it might be applicable to what I do but more importantly how it might also be applicable for Partners.  Well, as I watch the chapters of the story unfold in the movie, I soon found myself bonding with the crew of the Stratus remembering the days that I was a DBA working with other individual contributors to overcome obstacles and tasks that seem insurmountable at the time. And it seemed almost like the writers of the movie had heard about them and wrote the movie script around those experiences.

I soon found myself involved in the story, identifying with Cyrus , and ultimately being well entertained. After watching the movie, it had me wondering about the heroic journeys and efforts our Partners have had that they could further share. So it already seems that could be a sequel, new series, or spin-off….  So Partners what is your Cloud Odyssey Story?

  • Possibly the journey and obstacles you helped a customer overcome using Oracle Technology?
  • Maybe the combination of people, technology & skills to deliver a solution after Sales already sold it to a customer?  
  • Or it is a tale about a new plot or hero that you have that is just starting to unfold …

So if you are an Oracle Partner getting underway or served already on many Cloud Building missions, the Oracle PartnerNetwork Team would like to hear your story so we can share your success with others. If you don’t, how would you be discovered and possibly be offered a starring role in your own movie…

And as a critics rating, I give the movie 5 stars because I was entertained and the movie had me already wanting to know where the crew is going next.

Wednesday May 09, 2012

Some of the Best Saved For Last - Day 5

While some may have stayed out late the night before, the final day of the conference was in full swing and sessions starting at 8:30am. While I heard some presenters question thinking they drew the short straw to be on the last day, savvy conference committee volunteers slot speakers with specific content to draw attendees out of bed even after a big event night. After grabbing a cup of coffee to start my day, I snapped a quick picture of the exposition hall where all the partner booths were now gone; looking similar to the build-out at the first of the week.

Arriving at one of those first of the morning slots a few minutes before start time, I found session 489 by a Partner on Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Whats Changed, Whats New - almost full and grabbed a remaining seat. Sitting in the room you could feel the energy from the speaker as well as the audiences hunger for the content with many questions being interactively asked by the audience.

After checking out a couple of additional sessions, It was off to one remaining lunch meeting  to discuss the Oracle Database Appliance with a partner who provided remote database administration services. Lunched wrapped up just in time to get my bags and make it to the airport to catch the flight home to my family. Thank you to all the partners who contributed their time, shared feedback and presented a lot of great content on Oracle technology to customers. Hope to see you next at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco!

OPN Specialized Partner Panel of Experts - Day 4

Well day 4 arrived with much anticipation as I was moderating session 434 - Managing Oracle: Expert Panel on Techniques & Best Practices. I've moderated panels before at Collaborate, but you never know how many may attend because of the other opposing sessions. Of no surprise to me, there was another Oracle Enterprise Manager session at the same time as the panel session and it happened to be someone who volunteered for the panel but had to cancel to do their own session! That was in addition to locating another replacement for a partner who had planned travel from across the pond, but had to cancel attending Collaborate overall to attend to business. Luckily, there is a great pool of Specialized Partners and many already planning to attend the event that were gracious enough to volunteer so that we had a wonderful panel of experts for attendees as well as one from Oracle. Soon our room filled with people and after one initial question to the panel, attendees had the panelist on their toes drilling them with a variety of questions from Oracle Applications to Disk Management. There was even the opportunity for those in other sessions or offsite to ask a question of the panel via Twitter. To soon it seemed, that time ran out and a last question from the audience was brought to the panel with many hands still in the air hoping for more. Afterwords a number of attendees went over to meet the panelists 1 on 1 with even some following from the session room back to the partners booth. I was told the session was recorded, so when that becomes available I will update my Blog with the link.