Friday Mar 04, 2016

Welcome New Oracle ACE Program Participants!

Congratulations to our newest Oracle ACEs!  The Oracle ACE Program recognizes individuals for their outstanding contribution to the Oracle community.  With over 500 participants in more than 60 countries around the globe, the ACE program features three tiers: Associate, ACE and ACE Director, to support community advocates at all stages of their career. Read more about the program here.

Oracle ACEs initiated in January and February:

Oracle ACE Directors:

Edelweiss Kammermann

Yanwei Zhou

Oracle ACEs:

Anton Els

Rodrigo Radtke de Souza

Maja Veselica

Arturo Viveros

Oracle ACE Associates:

Opal Alapat

Tobias Arnhold

Ivica Arsov

Nimish Garg

Abhinivesh Jain

Lasse Jenssen

Rodrigo Jorge

Mohan Iyer

Richard Atkins

Yves Colin

Sandra Flores

Yong Jing

Brian Marshall

Marco Mischke

Sabine Heimsath

Rick Stehno

Tuesday Mar 01, 2016

Don't Miss HotSOS Symposium 2016--Oracle Performance Experts

Hotsos 2016 Banner

Next week Oracle Database Performance experts will be flying in from around the world to attend the 14th Annual Hotsos Symposium being held at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, TX. This event is exclusively focused on performance aspects and Oracle database optimization.  On the Oracle community calendar, Hotsos sits right between 2 of the biggest regional Oracle User group events:  Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days, and IOUG/AOUG Collaborate 2016.

I had a chance to meet with Ric Van Dyke, Director of Curriculum for Hotsos and Oracle ACE Director,  during RMOUG TD2016, and we had a fantastic time taping an interview about Hotsos.  

Rick Van Dyk Hotsos

[Photo courtesy of @oldmanramsey]

 Alas, the most professional interviewer and the most expert subject with the most advanced video equipment will never be enough if the mic ain't hot. 

So, after sending Ric an email admitting my uncharacteristic technical foible, we came up with this transcript of what we thought we had recorded.

What you need to know about Hotsos Symposium

Q: Tell us about did this symposium get started, and what makes it so special?

After forming Hotsos, the founders decided to host a 3-day event and bring all of the world's top Oracle performance experts together to speak and network with DBAs who wanted to learn about Oracle optimization. Eventually, they added training day for a deep dive into one or two topics. 

The Hotsos Symposium is different from most other Oracle conferences in that it is completely focused on performance.  All the presentations are about helping you as an oracle professional have a better performing Oracle based application.  If you are a DBA, Developer, Data Architect or Manager of these folks, and you want a faster Oracle based system to support your business, this is the place to be.

Q: What sessions are you most excited about?  Any Hands on Labs that might be fraught with danger and excitement? 

Wow, it’s hard to pin it down.  We have such great ones to choose from...

  • Join Cardinality Estimation Methods by Chinar Aliyev,
  • Controlling Execution Plans Workshop by Kerry Osborne, and
  • Plan Stability – When you don’t want things to change by Finn Jorgensen

...just to mention a few that I’m looking forward to.  And other great presentations by Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Tanel Põder and Bryn Llewellyn too.  We don’t have any Hands on Labs this year, but looking forward to having that in the future!

Q: How do you go about building your agenda for Hotsos?  It must be hard to select from such a great field of submissions.

Yes it is.  A key is to focus on performance.  Generally we shy away from presentations that would be just on installing a product or feature type sessions.  The idea is to help folks use their Oracle system to its full potential. We use past presentations as a guide for repeat presenter but are always looking to bring in new folks.   This year we again have several new folks with interesting topics.

Q:  Tell us about the Special speaker. 

Richard Foote (Mr. Index) will be our training day presenter.  Each year we have 3 days of the conference with 2 tracks and then a one full day training day with a special guest.  This year I think we have a really great opportunity to learn from simply the expert on Oracle indexing.  I’ve very excited about his training day and he is also doing a Q&A session on Tuesday.  If you don’t know Richard he’s from Canberra Australia and has been working with Oracle for over 20 years.  His expertise in index in particular is exceptional.  Personally I know I’ll learn a lot from his session and training and I’m sure everyone there will.

Q: So if I cannot attend the event in person, can I attend any sessions Online?  Where do I go to register ...and what's the best way to be prepared to have a great online experience?

Yes, you can attend virtually.  We’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and it’s working well. Of course you miss out on some of the casual conversation opportunities but if you can’t be there this is an excellent way to participate.   Go to our web site click on the Symposium tab and there is a link there to the virtual symposium.  From there you can register as a virtual attendee.  

Q: What else do we need to know?

Start planning for 2017! The dates aren’t officially set just yet but you can plan on it being about this same time next year, first week or so of March.

Here's where to go to register as a Virtual Attendee for the On Demand sessions this year at Hotsos 2016.

Thanks Ric! Have a great event...and next time I'll remember to turn on the mic~

Ciao for Now!

Reminder! Join the Oracle Technology Network for over 27 hours of hands-on learning and technical deep-dives!

Join the Oracle Technology Network team on March 8th to hear the latest news, demos and insights from Oracle and community experts at the next Virtual Technology Summit. The robust agenda provides for deep-dives for both on-premise and cloud solutions as well as Hands on Labs.

This free, online event is jam-packed with:
    •    9 event tracks across Database, Java, Middleware and Systems  
    •    Over 27 hours of content in one  3:30 hours event  
    •    Hear from 10 community and 20 Oracle product experts who will be online are here who'll be ready to answer any your questions

Register today for the Summit and join us from the convenience of your desk. 

You can view the full agenda, abstracts and hands-on lab info here.

Team OTN looks forward to seeing you there! 

Monday Feb 08, 2016

NEW OTN Virtual Technlogy Summit Sessions Coming!

Join us for free Hands-On Learning with Oracle and Community Experts! The Oracle Technology Network invites you to attend one of our latest next Virtual Technology Summits on March 8th, 15th and April 5th. Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions and Oracle Product Experts, share their insights and expertise through Hands-on-Labs (HOL), highly technical presentations and demos. This interactive, online event offers four technical tracks:

Database: The database track provides latest updates and in-depth topics covering Oracle Database 12c Advanced Options, new generation application development with JSON, Node.js and Oracle Database Cloud, as well as sessions dedicated to the most recent capabilities of MySQL, benefiting both Oracle and MySQL DBAs and Developers.

Middleware: The middleware track offers developers focused on gaining new skills and expertise in emerging technology areas such as Internet of Thing (IoT), Mobile and PaaS. This track also provides latest updates on Oracle WebLogic 12.2.1.and Java EE.
Java: In this track, we will show you improvements to the Java platform and APIs. You’ll also learn how the Java language enables you to develop innovative applications using Microservices, parallel programming, integrate with other languages and tools, as well as insight for the APIs that will substantially boost your productivity. System: Designed for System Administrators this track covers best practices for implementing, optimizing, and securing your operating system, management tools, and hardware. In addition, we will also discuss best practices for Storage, SPARC, and Software Development.

Register Today -

March 8th, 2016 - 9:30am to 1:30pm PT / 12:30pm to 4:30pm ET / 3:30pm to 7:30pm BRT

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April 5, 2016 - 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. BRT  / 09:30 - 13:00 GMT (UK)  / 10:30 - 14:00 CET

Tuesday Jan 12, 2016

Exclusive Oracle CloudWorld Hands-on-lab!

Please join us at Oracle CloudWorld Developer Conference in New York on January 19th for an exclusive Oracle CloudWorld Hands-on-lab. The lab has limited seating so confirm your participation today and learn how the cloud will transform how you work REGISTER TODAY! Time - January 19, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM / Location - Waldorf Astoria 
New York, 
540 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10022

»   Provision a new database in the cloud with Oracle Database Cloud Service (DBCS)
»   Gain experience in building new applications for the Oracle Cloud
»   Set up connectivity between the Compute tier and DBCS
»   Learn about the REST APIs available to access the Oracle Cloud

Following the session, you can meet with the Oracle Cloud experts to take a deeper dive into specific areas of interest.

Each participant must bring their own laptop with the following:
»   Intel Core i5 Laptop with 8GB Memory, 55GB Free Hard Disk Space
»   Windows 7 64-Bit
»   Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari or Mozilla Browser

Sign up today! Limited seating for this session.

Your registration gives you full access to Oracle CloudWorld Developers Conference. Enjoy networking opportunities, product demos, break-out sessions and a keynote from Chris Tonas, Vice President of Mobility and Development tools at Oracle on best practices for Cloud development and why innovation begins with the cloud.

Monday Dec 21, 2015

Virtual Technology Summit Presentation PDF's Now Available

It's almost time for the OTN team to take a break for the Holidays, but not just yet.  We were busy elves last week and posted all the presentations for the videos in each VTS Replay Group as an additional resource.  Check them out and the highlighted sessions for this week below!

Automate Your Oracle Solaris 11 and Linux Deployments with Puppet - By Bjoern Rost 

Puppet is a popular open source configuration management tool that is used by many organizations to automate the setup and configuration of servers and virtual machines. Solaris 11.2 includes native support for puppet and extends the resources that can be managed to Solaris specific things like zones and ZFS. This presentation will give system administrators that are new to puppet an introduction and a way to get started with automating the configuration of Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris systems, talk about how puppet integrates with version control and other projects and look at the Solaris specific resource types.

In this video you will learn how to use Oracle Mobile Cloud Service to enable your enterprise applications and existing services for simpler, faster, more transparent and more secure mobile access. You'll learn how to build a robust Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) using Oracle Mobile Suite, and how to customize that MBaaS using one of many thousands of available Node.js modules.

Using Oracle SQL Developer and Oracle REST Data Services to Enable the Oracle Cloud - By Jeff Smith, Principal Product Director, Oracle SQL Developer Product

This session presents the latest capabilities in Oracle's popular SQL Developer and ORDS tools for database application development and deployment in the cloud. See how to clone and migrate data between Oracle cloud and on-premise implementations and other powerful techniques for developing applications for the cloud, in the cloud.

Taking healthcare as an example, this session will demonstrate using a mobile phone and a smart watch in combination with a Java based gateway, iBeacons and other sensors to monitor the activity of elderly people. With the help of an IoT cloud service this data can be analyzed to detect situations that might be critical (illness, bone fracture etc.). If such a case was detected, the cloud service can trigger enterprise applications. With this approach it might be possible to connect such a system to existing healthcare applications.This session will give you an idea how you can combine existing technologies to do something useful and help elderly people in case of an emergency.

Friday Dec 18, 2015

Join OTN team @ Oracle CloudWorld Developer January NYC!

The OTN team is excited to see you at the Oracle CloudWorld Developer event in New York, January 19, 2016. Join us to learn how you can leverage Oracle Cloud Platform technologies for the complete development lifecycle! Explore Oracle Paas that enables you to deliver better quality code with the agility you need to meet today's IT challenges.


Hear from the top technology experts about how cloud will transform your development organizations through sessions spanning across four tracks: Database, DevOps, Enterprise Integration and Mobile. Attend this free event and enjoy networking opportunities with your peers, product demos, break-out sessions, and hear from Chris Tonas, Vice President of Mobility and Development Tools at Oracle on best practices for development in the cloud.

Who should attend?
  • Developers 
  • Architects 
  • Database Administrators 
  • System Administrators 
  • Project Managers 
  • Students

Tuesday Dec 15, 2015

Yes, there is MORE...OTN VTS Replay Content to binge on!

As a reminder the Virtual Technology Summit content is highly technical demos, presentations and HOL prepared by both internal and external Oracle product experts.  Below are the latest highlighted sessions from the replay library groups on

Now onto the bingeing.... 

Pi on Wheels, Make Your Own Robot 

By Michael Hoffer, computer scientist, Goethe-Center for Scientific Computing in Frankfurt

The Pi on Wheels is an affordable open source DIY robot that is ideal for learning Java-related technologies in the context of the 
Internet of Things. In this session we will talk about how 3D printing works and how it can be utilized to build robots. The most 
fascinating aspect of 3D printing is that it is astonishingly easy to customize the robot. It allows you to build something completely 
new and different. We provide a Java based IDE that allows you to control and program the robot. In addition to that it can be used 
to programmatically design 3D geometries.  

By Alex Barclay, Principal Product Manager, Solaris and Systems Security, Oracle

Learn and understand about the security threats to your public and private cloud and gain insight into how the Oracle Security 
Architecture helps reduce risk. This webcast will provide detailed information on the top 20 cloud security threats and how different 
parts of the Oracle systems stack help eliminate each threat.

By Christian Shay, Principal Product Director, Oracle

This session explores .NET coding and tuning best practices to achieve faster data access performance. It presents techniques 
and trade-offs for optimizing connection pooling, caching, data fetching and updating, statement batching, and Oracle datatype 
usage. We will also explore using Oracle Performance Analyzer from Visual Studio to tune a .NET application's use of the Oracle 
Database end to end.

By Kent Graziano, Oracle ACE Director and Principal of Data Warrior
Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler (SDDM) has been around for a few years now and is up to version 4.1. It really is an industrial 
strength data modeling tool that can be used for any data modeling task you need to tackle. This presentation will demonstrate at 
least five features, tips, and tricks that I rely on to make me more efficient (and agile) in developing my models. 

Get SDDM installed on your device and bring it to the session so you can follow along.

By Shukie Ganguly

WebLogic Server 12.1.3 provides support for innovative APIs and productive Tools for application development, including APIs for 
JAX-RS 2.0, JSON Processing (JSR 353), WebSocket (JSR 356), and JPA 2.1. This session from the July 2015 OTN Virtual 
Technology Summit provides an overview of each of these APIs, and then demonstrate how you can use these capabilities to 
simplify the development of server applications accessed by "rich" clients using lightweight web-based protocols such as REST 
and WebSocket.

Tuesday Dec 08, 2015

More OTN VTS OnDemand Highlighted Sessions

Today we are featuring more sessions from each OTN Virtual Technology Summit Replay Group.  See session titles and abstracts below for content created by Oracle employees and community members.  Watch right away and then join the group to interact with other community members and stay up to date on when NEW content is coming! 

Master Data Management (MDM) Using Oracle Table Access for Hadoop - By Kuassi Mensah, Oracle Corporation
The new Hadoop 2 architecture leads to a bloom of compute engines. Some Hadoop applications such as Master Data Management and Advanced Analytics perform the majority of their processing from Hadoop but need access to data in Oracle database which is the reliable and auditable source of truth. This technical session introduces upcoming Oracle Table Access for Hadoop (OTA4H) which exposes Oracle database tables as Hadoop data sources. It will describe OTA4H architecture, projected features, performance/scalability optimizations, and discuss use cases.  A demo of various Hive SQL and Spark SQL queries against Oracle table will be shown.

What's New for Oracle and .NET (Part 2)  - By Alex Keh, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
With the release of ODAC 12c Release 4 and Oracle Database 12c, .NET developers have many more features to increase productivity and ease development. These sessions explore new features introduced in recent releases with code and tool demonstrations using Visual Studio 2015

How To Increase Application Security & Reliability with Software in Silicon Technology - By Angelo Rajuderai, Worldwide Technology Lead Partner Adoption for SPARC, Oracle and Ikroop Dhillon, Principal Product Manager, Oracle

Learn about Software in Silicon Application Data Integrity (ADI) and how you can use this revolutionary technology to catch memory access errors in production code. Also explore key features for developers that make it easy and simple to create secure and reliable high performance applications.

Real-Time Service Monitoring and Exploration  - By Oracle ACE Associate Robert van Molken
There is a great deal of value in knowing which services are deployed and correctly running on an Oracle SOA Suite or Service Bus instance. This session explains and demonstrates how to retrieve this data using JMX and the available Managed Beans on Weblogic. You will learn how the data can be retrieved using existing Java APIs, and how to explore dependencies between Service Bus and SOA Suite. You'll also learn how the retrieved data can be used to create a simple dashboard or even detailed reports.

Shakespeare Plays Scrabble  - By José Paumard Assistant Professor at the University Paris 13
This session will show how lambdas and Streams can be used to solve a toy problem based on Scrabble. We are going to solve this problem with the Scrabble dictionary, the list of the words used by Shakespeare, and the Stream API. The three main steps shown will be the mapping, filtering and reduction. The mapping step converts a stream of a given type into a stream of another type. Then the filtering step is used to sort out the words not allowed by the Scrabble dictionary. Finally, the reduction can be as simple as computing a max over a given stream, but can also be used to compute more complex structures. We will use these tools to extract the three best words Shakespeare could have played. 

Monday Nov 30, 2015

Watch featured OTN Virtual Technology Summit Replay Sessions

Today we are featuring a session from each OTN Virtual Technology Summit Replay Group.  See session titles and abstracts below.  Watch right away and then join the group to interact with other community members and stay up to date on when NEW content is coming!

Best Practices for Migrating On-Premises Databases to the Cloud

By Leighton Nelson, Oracle ACE
Oracle Multitenant is helping organizations reduce IT costs by simplifying database consolidation, provisioning, upgrades, and more. Now you can combine the advantages of multitenant databases with the benefits of the cloud by leveraging Database as a Service (DBaaS). In this session, you’ll learn about key best practices for moving your databases from on-premises environments to the Oracle Database Cloud and back again.

What's New for Oracle and .NET - (Part 1)
By Alex Keh, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
With the release of ODAC 12c Release 4 and Oracle Database 12c, .NET developers have many more features to increase productivity and ease development. These sessions explore new features introduced in recent releases with code and tool demonstrations using Visual Studio 2015.

Docker for Java Developers
By Roland Huss, Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat
Docker, the OS-level visualization platform, takes the IT world by storm. In this session, we will see what features Docker has for us Java developers. It is now possible to create truly isolated, self-contained and robust integration tests in which external dependencies are realized as Docker containers. Docker also changes the way we ship applications in that we are not only deploying application artifacts like WARs or EARs but also their execution contexts. Besides elaborating on these concepts and more, this presentation will focus on how Docker can best be integrated into the Java build process by introducing a dedicated Docker Maven plugin which is shown in a live demo.

Debugging Weblogic Authentication
By Maarten Smeets, Senior Oracle SOA / ADF Developer, AMIS
Enterprises often centrally manage login information and group memberships (identity). Many systems use this information to achieve Single Sign On (SSO) functionality, for example. Surprisingly, access to the Weblogic Server Console is often not centrally managed. This video explains why centralizing management of these identities not only increases security, but can also reduce operational cost and even increase developer productivity. The video demonstrates several methods for debugging authentication using an external LDAP server in order to lower the bar to apply this pattern. This technically-oriented presentation will be especially useful for people working in operations who are responsible for managing Weblogic Servers.

Designing a Multi-Layered Security Strategy
By Glenn Brunette, Cybersecurity, Oracle Public Sector, Oracle
Security is a concern of every IT manager and it is clear that perimeter defense, trying to keep hackers out of your network, is not enough. At some point someone with bad intentions will penetrate your network and to prevent significant damage it is necessary to make sure there are multiple layers of defense. Hear about Oracle’s defense in depth for data centers including some new and unique security features built into the new SPARC M7 processor.