After the Conference: Enterprise Manager at Collaborate14

Attendees at the Collaborate14 User Conference held in Las Vegas earlier this month were offered fantastic opportunities to hone their expertise in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c (EM) while building a network with increasing numbers of IT professionals focusing their passions around EM.  These pros seek to take advantage of EM’s ability in a quest to reduce downtime, improve staff productivity, reduce capital expenditures and increase IT agility while lowering the cost of managing IT.

There was certainly a lot from which to choose, as I reported in my prior blog.   After getting back from the conference and attending several of those sessions, it seemed as if EM was everywhere!  Well over fifty Collaborate14 lectures, workshops, expert sessions and quick-tip sessions featuring EM exclusively or significantly were delivered.  Most of the sessions were given by partners and customers, all of whom desire to share their significant EM expertise with others. 

On pre-conference Monday, the three hands-on workshops (Cloud Odyssey, Oracle Database  Lifecycle Management and Application Management for Oracle EBS) were fun and deeply educational, proving you had to be there in order to appreciate fully.  And the conference sessions were well attended both in person and online, covering the waterfront in terms of effectively managing the enterprise.

Just some of the focus areas:

  • Techniques and best practices to monitor and manage the IT environment effectively through the use of the EM framework and through EMCLI
  • Deep-dives into Oracle Database 12c in diagnosing, tuning and managing the lifecycle of Oracle Database 12c
  • How to provide and manage Oracle in the cloud, specifically in the area of Database as a Service (DBaaS) and quick provisioning of the storage it goes with
  • Advanced management of Oracle Applications

I would be remiss to not mention the new Special Interest Groups (SIGs) formed or being formed around Enterprise Manager.  In addition to the networking opportunities and the one-to-one best practice sharing that naturally occurs when like-minded folks get together, SIGs work to enhance critical skills and foster professional growth.  Make sure you sign up for them so you don’t miss out on the events being planned.  At the conference:

  • IOUG’s rapidly growing Enterprise Manager SIG drew at least fifty at their “Birds of a Feather” meeting.  Request to join this SIG here.  More info about this SIG and how to join it is at the IOUG Enterprise Manager SIG Community site.
  • The IOUG Cloud Computing SIG, considered a companion to EM since it prominently features it, had a good crowd.  Find out more at the IOUG Cloud Computing SIG.
  • An inaugural OAUG Enterprise Manager for Oracle Applications SIG formation meeting had significant attendance and interest.  Look for more about this SIG and how to participate in it in a future post. 

Wire-to-wire it was well worth it, and next year it will be even more so.  Until that time, expect to hear a lot from the regional user groups and the SIGs about EM.

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