User Group Boards, Voting, Oh Yeah and ODTUG

I think we’ve just about all heard enough about voting this election year, but I want to discuss a slightly different angle and that’s when it comes to user groups.  As most people know, I’m pretty passionate about everyone contributing time to your local and national user groups.  I also think it’s important to take pride in and be responsible for the promises you make.


I was sent (more...)

Pass Summit 2016 and Old School MSSQL DBA Skills

I’ll be attending my very first Pass Summit next week and I’m really psyched!  Its an amazing event and for those of you who are my Oracle peeps, wondering what Summit is, think Oracle Open World for the Microsoft SQL Server expert folks.


I was a strong proponent of immersing in different database and technology platforms early on.  You never know when the knowledge you gain in an (more...)

OTN Appreciation Day- Laura Ramsey Edition

I know it’s supposed to be an Oracle Technology Network, (OTN) Appreciation day, but for me, OTN is their OTN Community Manager, Laura Ramsey.  Ever since we first were introduced and I tried to do the right thing, making sure she was networked properly, she’s always made sure to be there for me and I appreciate that as both a woman in technology and a fellow Oracle community (more...)

Upcoming Events and Speaking Engagements- Fall 2016

My sabbatical from speaking is about to end in another week and it will return with quite the big bang.


Oct. 14th

First up is Upper NY Oracle User Group, (UNYOUG) for a day of sessions in Buffalo, NY.  I’ll be doing three talks:

  1.  Virtualization 101
  2.  The Limitless DBA
  3.  AWR and ASH with Database 12c

Nov. 2nd

Next, I head into October with quite the number of talks. (more...)

DevOps and Source Control

The topic of DevOps and and Agile are everywhere, but how often do you hear Source Control thrown into the mix?  Not so much in public, but behind the closed doors of technical and development meetings when Agile is in place, it’s a common theme.  When source control isn’t part of the combination, havoc ensues and a lot of DBAs working nights on production with broken hearts.


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Oak Table World 2016 Followup

The Oak Table network is a closed membership of about 100 technical scientists who have a passion for technology and the world around them.  These men and women, representing some of the brightest minds from each of their companies, are individuals who have built companies and major technical innovations.

Initially, much of their research and work was presented at Oracle Open World.  Over time, Oracle Open World welcomed (more...)

Do You Even TDM, (Test Data Management)?

Along with the deep learning I’ve been allowed to do about data virtualization, I’ve learned a great deal about Test Data Management.  Since doing so, I’ve started to do some informal surveys of the DBAs I run into and ask them, “How do you get data to your testers so that they can perform tests?”  “How do you deliver code to different environments?”


As a basic skill (more...)

Installing Pibrella on Raspberry Pi 3 and GPIO Pins

With me traveling to Redwood City next week to visit HQ and then Oracle Open World the week after, I’m busy during many of my off hours preparing a new Raspberry Pi STEAM setup for a maker’s faire the beginning of October.

I’d heard that many were having challenges with installing different HATs on their new RPI 3, especially older ones like the Pibrella.


This is still one (more...)

Raspberry Pi- Common Configuration Issues

The following issues in this post are common challenges experienced by Raspberry Pi, (RPI) owners and I’m consistently frustrated with the ridiculous answers out on the internet for them!  No fear, trusty Raspains!  I’m here to offer you the correct and [pretty easy] answers that will actually fix the problems and won’t lead you to searching for hours on the internet.

We techies know that no matter what, going back to (more...)

Delphix Sessions at Oracle Open World 2016!

Oracle Open World 2016 is almost here…where did the summer go??


With this upon us, there is something you attendees need and that’s to know about what awesome sessions are at Oracle Open World from the Delphix team!  I gave my options up as is the tragedy of switching companies in late spring from Oracle, but you can catch some great content on how to reach the new level (more...)

Copy Data Management with Delphix on Exadata

I’ve been busy reading and testing everything I can with Delphix, whenever I get a chance.  I’m incredibly fascinated by copy data management and the idea of doing this with Exadata is nothing new, as Oracle has it’s own version with sparse copy.  The main challenge is that Exadata’s version of this is kind of clunky and really doesn’t have the management user interface that Delphix offers.


There (more...)

Will the Real Revolutionary in Data Virtualization Please, Stand Up

While chatting on slack the other day, one of my peers asked if I’d seen that ESG Global had done a write up on Veritas Velocity.  Velocity is a product that won’t be available until the end of 2016 and is considered “Alpha”.  I was surprised that anyone allowed to participate in Alpha was able to publish a description on the product, but that’s not my call to make.


What (more...)

The Rosetta Stone of Database Platforms

This is a living document that I will continue to update and will add new database platforms to as I go along in my career.  I spend a lot of time translating database platforms I’ve worked in for all tiers of the technical business.  It just seems natural that we might need a location on the web where that information is kept.


I’ll add some diagrams at a (more...)

OmniFocus and AppleScript

I’m new to Mac, but most know that anything you give me, I’m looking to automate any task that I can get my hands on.  As busy as my life is with demands, if I can get a computer to do the work for me, I will.  Disaster strikes when anything is too manual in my life-


One of those tasks is my weekly report to my boss (more...)

Why Mask Data

I’ve been involved in two data masking projects in my time as a database administrator.  One was to mask and secure credit card numbers and the other was to protect personally identifiable information, (PII) for a demographics company.  I remember the pain, but it was better than what could have happened if we hadn’t protected customer data….


Times have changed and now, as part of a company that (more...)

Oak Table World 2016- Oracle Open World Edition!


Anyone who’s anyone knows to search out OakTable World at major events in the US and Europe, and Oracle Open World 2016 is no different!

OakTable World 2016, (#otw16) will be held at the Children’s Creativity Museum again this year during the week of Oracle Open World.  The Oak Table members will be discussing their latest technical obsessions and research on Monday and Tuesday, (September 19th-20th).  The truth is, folks-  The (more...)

VMWare, but I use Virtualbox!

A number of emails I received about trying out Delphix Express was regarding VMWare.  Many of my followers had used Virtualbox for a long time and we all know, no one likes change, (OK, maybe me, but we know how abnormal I am anyway… :))


Adding a VM in VMWare

Importing an OVA is pretty simple in VMWare.  In the VMWare Fusion application, click on File, Import and (more...)

Delphix Express- Adding XE DSource

For those of you that downloaded and are starting to work with Delphix Express, (because you’re the cool kids… :)) You may have noticed that there is an Express Edition Oracle 11g database out there you could use as a Dsource, (source database for Delphix to clone and virtualize…)


If you’d like to work with this free version with your Delphix Express environment, these are the steps (more...)