Wednesday Aug 12, 2015

Make Your Nominations: Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards

I Did.  You Should. Here's the Nomination Form.  Here's Why:

The Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards celebrate and recognize technical expertise and contributions in the Oracle Database community. We all have an expert in our lives. Here's your chance to nominate them for an award. Who is that expert? Sometimes we're inspired by a technical presentation at an Oracle User Group event or SIG; but more often it's that person who is on the discussion space with an answer or suggestion just when you need it. Either way, it's easier to develop great solutions when we "know" someone in our community...and they are is rooting for us, and even helping us along.

Here's my nomination:  John Stegeman.  And he will be embarrassed and might send me a howler for nominating him. 

John Stegeman is a regular in the Oracle Database Community. When he's not answering questions in the Oracle Database General Questions space, he's commenting on social discussions around the Watercooler. He's a Grand Titan with 243,225 points on the Oracle Community platform and an Oracle ACE. He might not be digging in coding an app today, but then again he just might be because he's clearly got SQL chops. And, while he may not realize it, he's been a tremendous help to me as a community manager because his activities help me keep a pulse on what's going on in the community :)

Here's what you need to know:

  • Nominations are open through August 15.
  • A panel of judges, composed of Oracle ACEs and Oracle employees, will then choose a set of finalists.
  • The worldwide Oracle technologist community votes on the finalists from September 15 through October 15.
  • The winners of the Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards will be announced at the YesSQL! Celebration during Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

Get your nominations in ASAP!

Ciao for now,


Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle Technology Network Sunday in Review / Monday Preview - Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

Sunday OTN Kick Off Event was a BIG success and the RAC ATTACK was awesome. Thanks for joining us!

Here is a listing of OTN activities at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne for Monday, September 29th. Be sure to double check the schedule at the when you visit the OTN Lounge for any changes.  

OTN Lounge - Upper Lobby, Moscone South -

Monday, September 29th to Wednesday October 1st-

  • Oracle ACE Program –11:30 to 3:30 - The Oracle ACE Program Recognizes prominent advocates.  Stop by to learn how to become an Oracle ACE, Gain community recognition for sharing your knowledge and expertise, Advance your career and network with like-minded peers
  • Oracle Community  - 11:30 to 3:30 - Learn about the Oracle Technology Network Community Platform, and get a preview of the new badges that are coming soon! Get answers to questions, network with peers, and be rewarded for your expertise/activity in the Oracle Community
  • MAF Developer Challenge Office Hours – 12pm to 1pm - Taking the challenge?  Stop by and talk to a MAF product expert.  Not signed up? There is still time to register for the MAF Developer Challenge.  Go here to register: (XXX)
  • Relax and Make Your Own Shirt or Origami with us in the Lounge. 

Monday September 29th Only -

  • SQL Live - Monday, September 29th, 2:00pm – 4:00 pm - Come learn about this Dynamic leaning environment featuring code libraries, tutorials, schemas and worksheets for improving your SQL and PL/SQL knowledge and skills. 
  • Delphix and DbVisit –Monday, September 29th, 3:30pm to 5pm  - Enter the worlds of database replication and virtualization fast and hassle free. Meet with experts that will help you get up and running with tools and labs that will help you grok how replication and virtualization really work.
  • Oracle Technology Network’s TechFest with Tweet for a Beer–Monday September, 29th 7pm to 9pm – Howard Street Plaza - OTN's Tech Fest is the place hang with your techie peers, sip wine or drink beer, dance to the DJ. Be sure to keep your eyes out for the blinking OTN team they will be walking around the event handing out "goodies" while they last.  This event is open to Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne full conference pass attendees. Don't forget your badge!
  • The Yes SQL session hosted by Steven Feuerstein for 6:00 PM this evening is "sold out" but not to worry, Steven will be in the OTN Lounge all week with SQL and PL/SQL books and ready to answer any questions.  

OTN Activities @ Java Hub / Hilton - Monday, September 29th to Wednesday, October 1st -

  • Hackergarten
  •     3D Modeling 
  •     Meet The Experts
  •     Get Your NEW OTN Java Shirt! Find out how onsite @ the OTN Desk in the Java Hub

Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Oracle DMU 2.0 Supports Migration of Oracle 12c PDBs to Unicode

New! Oracle DMU 2.0 is now available. 

Here's what you need to know: Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode (DMU) 2.0 is the officially supported method for migrating Oracle 12c Pluggable Databases (PDBs) to the Unicode character set. Oracle DMU also supports migrating selected prior database releases of 10.2, 11.1 and 11.2.

Get the download here.

Here's what's interesting:  Migration to the Unicode character set is an intricate process that involves many time-consuming and resource intensive operations. Any misstep along the way can lead to data loss. Oracle DMU provides an end-to-end workflow that guides the DBA through a detailed and customizable migration process with real-time progress updates. Additional recovery and diagnostic mechanisms enable a fault-tolerant migration in the event of runtime contingencies.

Other new features in DMU 2.0 include:

  • Enhanced bulk cleansing features with pattern-based replacement to resolve certain classes of data convertibility issues
  • Support for migrating PeopleSoft databases to Unicode
  • Improved conversion error-handling mechanisms 

If you need a technical overview about character set migration, migration tools and considerations including benefits of Unicode, check out the Indepth Guide to Migrating Databases to Unicode.

Anything else you need to know about DMU 2.0?  Go to the DMU page on OTN

Ciao for Now!


Friday Feb 07, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of February 2nd

The past two weeks has been very busy with virtual events for our team.  We have some GREAT OnDemand content available for the Database and Systems Communities -

We also have our first Virtual Developer Conference event coming up February 20th -  Creating a Foundation for Cloud Applications using Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence .  Register today!

Architect Community

SOA and Business Processes: You are the Process!
by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmeidel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
Part of the Industrial SOA series, this article looks at best practices for modeling and managing effective business processes.

Making the Move from Oracle Warehouse Builder to Oracle Data Integrator 12c
by Stewart Bryson
Oracle ACE Stewart Bryson's detailed guide to a phased migration to Oracle Data Integrator 12c that makes use of the integration and migration capabilities in ODI 12c.

Video: SOA Transformation (with Lonneke Dikmans)
Oracle ACE Director Lonneke Dikmans shares the details on a Dutch government agency's transition from an Oracle Forms-based environment to a service-oriented environment using Oracle SOA Suite in this interview recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.

Friday Funny from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart:
This one's fun, rather than funny. Fifty years ago this Sunday the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, and popular music changed forever. Here's "I Want to Hold Your Hand" from that set.

Keep up with the conversation on the following OTN channels...

Friday Nov 22, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of November 18th

Many of the OTN staffers will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week so the idea of thankfulness is fresh in all our our hearts and minds.  We want to say thank you to the OTN members for dropping by when we are at events, reading our articles and interacting with us on our various social media channels. OTN would be nothing without you! To show our thanks here is another Best of OTN:

System Community -

Video Interview: Who Should Manage an Oracle Exadata Database Machine? - The Database Admin? The Systems Admin? What about the storage admin? Brian Bream, CTO of Collier IT, gives us his opinion on the matter, as well as other reactions about the Exadata that he gets from the students of his Oracle University classes.

Blog: How to Limit Upgrades Beyond a Prescribed Version of Oracle Solaris - How to control an Oracle Solaris 11 upgrade so that a system cannot be upgraded beyond a prescribed version, even though the package publisher provides newer versions.

Architect Community -

Small Steps to Becoming a Better Architect - Want to be a better architect? Working architects share tips on steps you can take today.

Internet of Things - The Oracle platform - Oracle ACE Director Torsten Winterberg (one of the authors of the Industrial SOA article series available on OTN) shares an informative summary of an Oracle Openworld presentation on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Podcast: Old Habits Die Hard in the New SOA World - Part 3 - Do SOA stakeholders recognize the problems caused by poor communication among siloed service development teams? In this third and final segment of the series a panel of experts, including several Oracle ACE Directors, shares their insight.

Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager, quote of the week: “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.” -- Gautama Buddha

Database Community -

Oracle 12c Multitenant/PDBs Tutorial - A few folks have asked for a quick tutorial on Oracle 12c Multitenant/PDB installation...Found one! Enjoy!

PHP PECL OCI8 2.0 Production Release Announcement - This just in from Chris Jones, member of Oracle's Linux engineering team: The PHP OCI8 2.0.6 extension for Oracle Database is now "production" status...including DB12c IRS support and Dtrace static probes that can be enabled with PHPs.

Membership has its rewards:  Kscope13 presentations are now available for download for ALL ODTUG members.
Browse and download more than 250 sessions from experts covering Oracle Technologies--from Database administration and management to advanced developer methods and techniques.

Laura Ramsey, Database Community Manager, random act of cuteness:

To follow and take part in the conversation follow/like etc. at one or all of the resources below - 

Monday Sep 16, 2013

Bloggers unite at #OOW13!

OTN, along with our friends at Pythian, is proud to once again sponsor the Annual Oracle OpenWorld Bloggers Meetup.

Oracle community bloggers from all corners of the world gather once a year at this annual event to share a drink, trade stories and put faces to names. If you are blog about your work with Oracle technologies this is an event you don't want to miss. Be sure to stop by for some refreshments, some schwag and lots of great conversation. Read Oracle ACE Director and even organizer Alex Gorbachev's blogpost for details and to RSVP.

Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

OTN Video: What You're Watching

As of this moment there are 49 videos on the Oracle Technology Network YouTube Channel, featuring conversations with the people who build Oracle technologies and the people who use those technologies. Here's the current list of the Top 10 most popular OTN videos.

  1. Dr. Frank Munz: Distinctive Recipes for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c
    Dr. Frank Munz, the author of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes, talks about his new book, the companion series of videos, and upcoming speaking engagements.
  2. Marc Sewtz: Oracle APEX 4.2 Mobile App Development
    Marc Sewtz from the core Oracle Application Express Development talks about new features built into APEX4.2 to support Mobile App Development and demonstrates an iPhone app built with the technology.
  3. David Peake: Oracle APEX 4.2 New Features
    David Peake, PM for Oracle Application Express, offers a quick overview of some of the upcoming features in the new release, tells you where you can try it out for free.
  4. Dimitri Gielis: Oracle Apex 4.2 and Responsive Web Design
    Oracle Ace Director Dimitri Gielis, one of the winners of the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francsicso, talks about new features in Oracle Application Express 4.2.
  5. Wim Coekearts: SunRay Hardware
    Wim Coekaerts, SVP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, talks about some of the new SunRay Hardware he gets to play with.
  6. Arup Nanda: Engineered Systems
    Oracle ACE Director Arup Nanda, winner of the 2012 Oracle Magazine Technologist of the Year award in the Enterprise Architect category, discusses Oracle Exadata, engineered systems, and the changing role of the database administrator.
  7. Panel Discussion: Are You Future Proof? - Evolving Skills for Architects and Developers
    Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster) discuss the evolution in the skills needed for success as a software architect or developer.
  8. Greg Marsden: Hugepages = Huge Performance on Linux
    Greg Marsden of Oracle's Linux Kernel Engineering Team talks about some common customer performance questions and making the most of Oracle Linux 6 and Transparent HugePages.
  9. Oracle ACEs Like...
    This video montage created by OTN's Todd Trichler begins with a conversation with Vikki Lira and Lilian Buziak, the people behing the ORacle ACE program, and then introduces several members of that program.
  10. Alex Gorbachev: Social Software Engineering
    Oracle ACE Director and Pythian CTO Alex Gorbachev talks his role as the organizer of the Oracle OpenWorld Blogger Meet-up and about the role of social media at Pythian.

Monday Dec 03, 2012

Oracle ACEs / ACE Directors in the OTN Lounge - JavaOne Latin America 2012

What's an Oracle ACE? Oracle ACEs and Oracle ACE Directors are community members who have demonstrated both community leadership and expertise with Oracle technologies. You'll get a chance to interact with several Oracle ACEs and Oracle ACE Directors in the mini theater in the OTN Lounge this week during JavaOne Latin America 2012 in São Paulo, Brazil.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012



Presenter title and company

4:30 – 4:50

Co-existence between Applications' Unlimited and Fusion Applications

Gustavo Gonzales, Oracle ACE Director

CTO, IT Convergence

4:50 – 5:10

Pipeline Table Functions

Marcelo Ochoa, Oracle ACE


5:10 - 5:30

Automatic Diagnostic Repository (ADR) Day-to-Day

Rodrigo Almeida, Oracle ACE

CDS - Condomínio de Soluções Corporativas

Wednesday, 5 December 2012



Presenter title and company

4:30 – 4:50


4:50 – 5:10

Oracle VM Template - Facilitating the Construction Environment.

David Siqueira, Oracle ACE

CDS Condominio de Soluções

5:10 – 5:30

Database Migration with Minimal Downtime

Marcus Vinicius Miguel Pedro, Oracle ACE