Archive for the ‘UKOUG’ Category
I attended the UKOUG Tech13 conference this week, along with over 1,000 other Oracle Technical Professionals (and some less-professional too), to learn what I could about how everyone else is doing stuff with Oracle, and how it works. And to share some experiences.
I wasn’t disappointed.
As with everything these days, there was a lot of activity on Twitter about the 4 day conference, and one of the sponsors, RittmanMead, had knocked up a rather wonderful tweet visualisation (click here to see how – magical):
As you can see, there are some of the worlds best-known Oracle techies on the list of top speaker tweets, but I am as pleased as anything to have been in the top 10 most tweeted speakers at the end of the 1st day (although I suspect that’s because I knew where the pub was, rather than too much about my 1st presentation)
Get involved with the Oracle community, in whatever form. It leads to professional and personal development, real insights about what Oracle really does (rather than what the marketeers say), and some good friendships. And possibly liver disease judging by the amount of alcohol consumed by all.
I’m giving 2 presentation this year at the UK Oracle User Group Tech13 Conference
The first is a discussion about the reason why you do or do not need to do low level detail traces and block dumps, and argument with Martin Widlake (and the audience hopefully). This is at 4pm on “Super” Sunday 1st.
Presentation 1 Abstract
I will also be presenting Why did my plan change? A run through of the top few reasons why Oracle (un)expectedly changed your execution plan, and what you can do about it using SQL Plan Management. This is on Tuesday 3rd December at 17:45.
Presentation 2 Abstract
I hope to see you there, or in the Pub at a MOB* (probably propping up the bar in the Peveril of the Peak given it’s close and good)
*Manchester Oracle Beers, a sister evening to the London Oracle Beers
On 18th July, the UKOUG has a combined technical Oracle SIG in London.
I am (a) deputy chairman of the Availability, Infrastructure and Management (AIM) SIG, which concentrates on subjects like RAC, Exadata and Grid Control, and we are combining forces with the Database Server SIG to produce a 2-stream technical Super-SIG.
The Agenda is on-line here http://www.ukoug.org/events/aim-and-database-server-combined-sig and given the excellent and extensive list of well known speakers that we have managed to attract, I can’t imagine a single DBA in Northern Europe who won’t want to be at this one.
You can register now. If your company is a UKOUG Member or Partner, you can (probably) come along free! I hope to see you there, and in the pub afterwards.
Today the UK’s big Oracle User event has just lifted its skirts to show off its new frilly agenda, which can be found here.
I have been a member of the UKOUG for well over a decade, and a Special Interest Group (SIG) Deputy Chairman for the last 5 or 6 years. As an independent consultant this costs me money in lost earnings, basic membership fees, travel, hotels, flowers for the wife, etc. However, I make my living as an Oracle consultant and I need to keep up with trends, understand a broad range of information about the Oracle world, network, and learn. All of these opportunities are afforded by the UKOUG, especially at Conference time.
So, read the agenda, think about what you could do to improve the way things work at your company, and pester your boss for a pass. You never know where it could lead. If you’re lucky, it could lead to an invite to the launch of the agenda, involving Oracle luminaries, canapes, beer and dancing (and here’s the evidence)
Well, I’m back at work today missing the excellent final day of the UKOUG 2011 (@UKOUG #UKOUG2011), but frankly I’m worn out.
A similar crowd, too numerous to mention, then helped me destroy the information that I had just learned, through the medium of good British Real Ale and Whisky.
Technical blogs to follow, once my brain cools down and my liver recovers.
**A special mention to Thomas Presslie for pouring shots of The Balvenie Scottish Single Malt Whisky into me to demonstrate DataGuard Fast Start Failover, at 10:30am. Transactional Whisky indeed. Not sensible but good fun and a novel way to represent a commit – I’m on the left http://lockerz.com/s/162506859 (thanks for the Photo, Doug)
Well, we had the final Management and Infrastructure SIG last week, and whilst the attendance wasn’t huge, the content was simply excellent. Two great presentations about Enterprise Manager from Niall Litchfield of Maxima, and from Mark Westwood and Carl Holmes of Morrissons.
We also had an insightful and revealing presentation on outsourcing from Piet De Visser from Logica, and an eye-opening technical feast showing how to maximise the performance from your Intel hardware from Steve Shaw of Intel.
I would also like to thank Oracle for their support, and especially Mike Edgington for his talk about the Oracle support organization and how it is evolving.
Ye Gods, this feels like an Oscars acceptance speech!
Many thanks to the UKOUG Staff in general, and specifically Marisa Harris and Jake Potter for their organisation and assistance in making this SIG work.
Finally, I would like to thank Martin Widlake for his Chairmanship, and his opposition during our presentation about what DBA’s really need to know.
And so ends the UKOUG Management and Infrastructure SIG, now to be merged with the RAC SIG and be reborn as the UKOUG Availability, Infrastructure and Management (AIM) SIG, where we will still talk about everything that we have previously, but extend the remit around RAC, Exadata, Goldengate, Partitioning, VLDB’s, and all those other lovely cost-extra options that Oracle dearly would like to sell to us all.
Thank you to everyone who attended the M&I SIG – we hope you got as much out of it as we did.