OUG Ireland 2017 : The Journey Home

I left the hotel bar with Martin, Chris and Neil and after an abortive attempt to get an airbus, we got a taxi to the airport.

I was convinced Dublin Airport was one of the few airports that don’t want you to unpack your laptops from your bag so I didn’t and my bag got flagged. I have no idea where I got that idea from, but I felt like a dick. 🙂

We then went (more...)

OUG Ireland : Day 1

I arrived at the Gresham Hotel, registered and went straight down to the first session of the day…

First up was Maria Colgan presenting, “What to Expect from Oracle Database 12c”, a quick romp through the cool features in Oracle 12c (12.1 and 12.2). The room was full so I had to listen form the corridor, with my head occasionally popping round the door to see the screen. Maria’s sessions are always great (more...)

OUG Ireland : The Journey Begins

There is something about early starts that get me so nervous I can’t sleep properly. As a result I was awake before my 05:00 alarm, which gave me plenty of time to get ready. That was good because I hadn’t packed up laptop bag, which was also acting as my overnight bag. 🙂

The taxi ride to the airport was pretty standard, but I did have a conversation about Roza Bal in Kashmir.

I only had hand (more...)

Join the Oracle Scene Editorial Team

Are you a member of UKOUG?

How would you like to join the editorial team of Oracle Scene magazine as a deputy editor?

If you are interested we are looking to recruit 1 deputy editor to cover the Applications area and 2 deputy editors to cover the Tech area (DBA, Developer, BA, etc)

How much time is required? about 4 hours per edition, or maybe less.

What does a deputy editor do?

As part of (more...)

UKOUG 2-Stream London SIG

ukoug_logoWe not have the agenda online for the UKOUG 2-stream London SIG, due to take place on 23rd February. There will be an RDBMS Stream and a RAC, Cloud, Infrastructure and Availability Stream.

Mark Rittman will be giving us a keynote talk, with an emphasis on kettles or eating dinner in the dark or the Hadoop cluster in his garage something.

There are some really cool other speakers too, from Oracle, Leading Consultancies and the (more...)

Taking Off One of my Community Hats – Oracle Scene

For the last couple of years I’ve been involved in “Oracle Scene”, the UKOUG magazine about all things Oracle. Click the link to see the current edition, which is free to view to everyone, member of the UKOUG or not.

I take of my OS hat - and they give me one to keep :-)

I take of my OS hat – and they give me one to keep🙂

I first became involved by writing an article for Oracle Scene. In fact it was the first thing I’d written (more...)

UKOUG Tech16 Presentation Slides, Apex & Oracle Cloud

My presentation for UKOUG Tech 16 can be seen by following the link – Introduction to SOA CS. or see below   It was a tremendous 4 days (if you include the Tech stream’s Super Sunday).  If you are a UKOUG member and didn’t make it to the conference I’d look out for the material to be become available.

Whilst I’m not a big Apex fan (stitching business logic into the persistence layer feels wrong (more...)

Oracle Conferences

So the conference season is all over for another year. I have had a bumper crop of conferences and have been a very lucky man to attend and present and learn.

 

OUGN – The Boat – a 2 day conference on a ship. We’re all in it together, and nobody can sneak off after the last talk and avoid the party as we (more...)

Call for Papers – UKOUG 2017 SIGs

All,

The time has come for me to plan the upcoming 2017 UKOUG Special Interest Groups.

I am chairman of the RAC, Cloud, Infrastructure and Availability (RAC-CIA) SIG and I’m after presentations for the 3 joint SIGs we will be putting on with the RDBMS SIG, plus the stand-alone SIG will we will having in the autumn.

A SIG is a single day one-or-two stream conference which we take around the UK to make it (more...)

UKOUG Tech16 Day 0 – Car and Curry Chaos!

This year I decided to come to Birmingham a little early for UKOUG Tech16, coming up on the Saturday. I drove up to Lichfield (15 miles North of Brum – which explains the touch of Brummie in my accent) in the morning to see my mum. Once we had discussed her various ailments and prejudices for a few hours and I’d unblocked her vacuum cleaner I set off into Birmingham to get to Jury’s hotel (more...)

Friday Philosophy – Hello….?Dave?

In 2 days time the UKOUG Tech16 conference starts. I love this conference, I’ve been to all but 1 one of them in the last 15 years – but I am not going to go on about why I like it so much again.

Gratuitous Minion Picture

Gratuitous Minion Picture

I’m going to tell you one reason I don’t like it. Names! Names of people I know. Names of people I have known for years and who I’ve (more...)

UKOUG Conference 1999 : Who was there & what they were talking about

Yes you read the title of this blog post correctly!

Recently I was doing a bit a clear out and I came across a CD of the UKOUG Conference proceedings from 1999. That was my second UKOUG conference and how times have changed.

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The CD contained all the conference proceedings consisting of slides and papers.

Here are some familiar names from back in 1999 who you may find presenting at this years conference, some you (more...)

UKOUG Tech 16 in a few days!!!

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If the UKOUG Tech16 (and App16 & JDE 16) conference in a short few days.

As well as giving 2 presentations myself, the first about Disaster Recovery, Far Sync and Fast Start Failover and the second about “RAC for beginners”.

I will also be arguing in the DBA v Dev round table at the end of Monday about what I would like to do with most Developers and the best way for me to achieve (more...)

UKOUG Conference 2016 coming up fast

The weather has turned cold, the lights are twinkling in windows and Starbucks is selling pumpkin lattes. Yes, it's starting to look a lot like Christmas. But first there's the wonder-filled advent calendar that is the UKOUG Annual Conference in Birmingham, UK. So many doors to choose from!

The Conference is the premier event for Oracle users in the UK (and beyond). This year has another cracker of an agenda: check it out.

The session (more...)

And the Winner of Digital Partner of the Year for UKOUG is ….

…AuraPlayer ! (well for Silver anyways)

Last night, we had the pleasure of attending the ninth annual UKOUG Partner of the Year awards ceremony at the Café de Paris in London where we were honored with the Award for Digital Transformation Partner of the Year- Silver!

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Amid the fun at the ceremony, Gwen Edwards (AuraPlayer’s VP of Business Development) had the chance to meet and snap a selfie with incoming Executive Director of UKOUG, James Jeynes! (more...)

Speaking at BGOUG and UKOUG

It’s my pleasure to be speaking at BGOUG and UKOUG again this year.

The coming Wednesday 19th Oct, I’ll be speaking at the UKOUG Systems SIG event here in London (agenda). I’ll talk about Exadata implementations I did last year and issues I encountered. Also, things you need to keep in mind when you plan to extend the system, attach it to ZFS Storage Appliance or Exalytics.

Next is all time my favorite (more...)

New Kid on the Block and others

So no new blog entries as I have been busy publishing elsewhere, with the Oracle User Group we appear in the latest edition of the Oracle Scene Journal:

UKOUG Scene Issue 61

click on the image to open the journal properly

We also have a submission in for the November edition, which will be published before the user group’s Tech 16 conference – which I will be presenting at.

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We have been posting a lot on our website that (more...)

PeopleSoft Partner of the Year

I would like to borrow a few minutes of your time to ask a quick favour. If you haven’t already, could you please vote ‘Gold’ for Cedar in the UK PeopleSoft Partner of the Year competition.

http://pya.ukoug.org/index.php/survey/index

Here’s why I believe we’re worth your vote:

  • We’ve been serving PeopleSoft customers for 20+ years, and in each of the last few years we’ve worked with more than 40 clients
  • We’re active members of UKOUG, with (more...)

Clustering_Factor

I attended the UKOUG conference early in December. While I was there, I went to a presentation by Chris Saxon, where he explained how Oracle decides when to use an index. The example below, which I ran in an Oracle 11.1 database, is based on what I learnt.
 
I used to believe that if a where clause only returned a small percentage of the rows in a table, Oracle would use an (more...)

ORA-28405

This post is an update to an earlier one, which I have now deleted. I tested the first part of it in an Oracle 11.1.0.6 database. First I created a role which was identified by a password:
 
SQL> conn / as sysdba
Connected.
SQL> create role low identified by secret_password
  2  /
 
Role created.
 
SQL>
 
I granted the role to a user and made sure it had (more...)