Busy start to 2014 Speaking at Conferences

We are just a few weeks into 2014 and it has been a busy time with Oracle User Group Conferences.

Last week I gave 2 presentations at the BIWA Summit. This conference was held in the Oracle Convention Centre at Oracle Head Office.

I’ve also received notice that I will have 2 presentations at the Norway Oracle User Group. I’m delighted with this, as I was at this conference last year and really enjoyed it. (more...)

OUG Ireland 2014 Conference

The agenda has just gone live for the OUG Ireland Conference that will be on 11th March, 2014. The conference will again be in the Dublin Convention Centre (DCC). I’m on the conference committee again this year Smile. Part of the duties includes the presentation selection and agenda planning.

This year we have over 100 submission from well know experts from around the world and from a variety of customer case students. With a limited number (more...)

Some resources to get started with Hadoop

Cloudera and other sides have made available a number of resources for help all of us to get up to speed with using Hadoop etc.

So if you are starting out with Hadoop here is a short list of key resources that I have found very useful.

Cloudera Hapood Virtual Machine

The Hadoop FAQ for DBAs

Cloudera Newsletter for Developers

Cloudera New to Hadoop

Udacity course : Introduction to Hadoop and MapReduce




BIWA Summit 2014

The BIWA Summit 2014 is on from January 14th-16th, and is located in the Oracle Conference Center, at Oracle Head Office, in Redwood City (CA, USA). This conference is organised by a very dedicated and experienced group of people, including some very senior people in Oracle who are responsible for (more...)

Upgrading to SQL Dev 4 & Oracle Data Miner 4

The production release of SQL Developer 4 and Oracle Data Miner 4 has just been released. If you are like me you will want to upgrade and start using this latest release. For me I particularly want to be using the new Oracle Data Miner 4.  Over the past (more...)

Running PL/SQL Procedures in Parallel

As your data volumes increase, particularly as you evolve into the big data world, you will be start to see that your Oracle Data Mining scoring functions will start to take longer and longer.  To apply an Oracle Data Mining model to new data is a very quick process. (more...)

Non-running workflows in ODMr 4 EA3

If you are brave enough to be using the early adopter releases of ODMr you may have run into the issue with your workflows not running.

When you go to run your workflow you will get the following window and nothing else happens.


To get passed this you will need (more...)


The UKOUG TECH13 conference is starting on Sunday and this year things a bit different. In previous years there was one big conference that covered (almost) everything and this conference had been in Birmingham.

This year Birmingham has been replaced by Manchester and the conference will focus on Database, Development (more...)

New Oracle Magazines for my Collection

You may or may not know that I have been collecting Oracle Magazines. It all began back when I had my very first job as a graduate consultant with Oracle in Ireland. A few days ago I received a package that contained the following Oracle Magazines.  You will see (more...)

2014 Oracle User Group Conferences

Over the past few days I've put together a list of Oracle User Group Conferences from around the World that will be on in 2014.

This list is not complete and I’m sure I have left out some very well known conferences.  If I have left a conference out (more...)