User Group Meetings Next Week (free training everyone!)

I know, posts about up-coming user group meetings are not exactly exciting, but it’s good to be reminded. You can’t beat a bit of free training, can you?

On Monday 14th I am doing a lightning talk at the 4th Oracle Midlands event. The main reason to come along is to see Jonathan Lewis talk about designing efficient SQL and then he will also do a 10 minute session on Breaking Exadata (to achieve that (more...)

Hadoop for Oracle Professionals Article on Oracle Scene

Oracle Scene (the publication of United Kingdom Oracle Users Group) has published my article "Hadoop for Oracle Professionals", where I have attempted, like many others, to demystify the terms such as Hadoop, Map/Reduce and Flume. If you were interested in Big Data and what all comes with understanding it, you might find it useful.

A PDF version of the article can be downloaded here http://www.proligence.com/art/oracle_scene_summ14_hadoop.pdf

Another really enjoyable UKOUG Database SIG

Today’s venue was the Metropole Hotel in the centre of Leeds and there was a good attendance, encouraged by a strong agenda.

After introductions, health and safety and UKOUG information it was straight into techie talk with Phil Davies from Oracle doing his normal support update (although he does share duties with Owen Ireland). Invariably I make more notes from this session than most others I hear because of the wealth of information it contains. (more...)

Time to wake up

This post is nothing more than a line in the sand, really.

After my post on “retiring” in November last year and then the one about working to network, as opposed to working to network just prior to 2013 year end, I have been very, very quiet. Well, I had things outside of Oracle and IT to do and they were more important to me. I’d say I have made a reasonable stab (more...)

UKOUG Apps Transformation Day (aka Fusion SIG)

I had the privilege of attending the UKOUG Apps Transformation day at the CBI Centre in London yesterday. I nearly missed it as the title initially didn’t grab my attention, but a friend pointed out that it was exclusively Fusion content and that was enough for me!

There were 120 people registered, however it looked like the numbers present were a lot short of that. The venue could have taken a lot more than 120 (more...)

Thoughts on UKOUG tech 13

So the annual UKOUG technology conference has come and gone for yet another year. This time it was in a new location, having moved away from its regular berth in Birmingham. Manchester is not a city I’m that familiar with, the only previous time I had been there was a (more...)

Invisible Not Null Column

Yesterday I attended John King (@royaltwit) session on Oracle 12c for developers. He gave an overview of all the goodies that are available to us as developers. The whole plugging and unplugging of database, though very cool and exiting, is most likely not very relevant to most developers.
When he (more...)

Presenting at UKOUG Tech13 Conference

It’s been a while since I put anything on this blog, most likely down to a combination of being overly busy in my previous life at UKOUG and not having anything to say that couldn’t be said in 140 characters.

Anyway, I’ll be at the UKOUG Tech13 Conference in Manchester (more...)

A loss from the UK User Community – Graham Gilbert

Last week, as part of organising the AIM and Database Server joint UKOUG SIG tomorrow {which I should have blogged about but just never got around to}, I was made aware of the fact that a man called Graham Gilbert died back in April.

Anyone who has anything to do (more...)

UKOUG Analytics Event: a semi-structured analysis

Yesterday's UKOUG Analytics event was a mixture of presentations about OBIEE with sessions on the frontiers of data analysis. I'm not going to cover everything, just dipping into a few things which struck me during the day

During the day somebody described dashboards as "Fisher Price activity centres for managers". (more...)

Not Wanted: Product Comparison

A specialist is someone who knows a lot about a topic. He specializes and specializes and knows ever more about an ever smaller knowledge area. And in the end, he knows everything about nothing.

I’ve just submitted my abstracts for the UKOUG Technology Conference in December, and I was forced (more...)

Application integration: reorganise, recycle, repurpose

The last UKOUG Development SIG focused on Forms. Its theme was Forms in the 21st Century: modernise, integrate, migrate? I think we covered modernisation and migration very well. But even in a packed day we couldn't cover everything, and I fear integration was not done full justice.

It wasn't planned this way, but it so happens the upcoming UKOUG Development SIG is all about Application Integraton and SOA. Integration is a topic which is in everybody's baliwick. The business people want to get the best value from their existing IT investments. The architects need to understand the interfaces bewteen the (more...)

UKOUG 2011

I'm speaking next week at the UK Oracle User Group at the ICC in Birmingham. The topic will be one I've posted several times about which is Tuning, Refactoring and Instrumentation.   Have a look at the agenda, and if you are in town, come along.  You can click on the image to go to the conference site and check out the agenda.


Exciting changes at UKOUG!

First of all, a big Thank you to everyone who voted to keep me on the Board of Directors. I’m very grateful for all of the support and very pleased to be able to continue as a Director.

We had our first Board meeting on Thursday and were able to (more...)

UKOUG Director Elections – Please Vote!

>There’s only a few days left for voting in this year’s Director Elections, with the process closing on February 28th.

More information on the election process, including information on the role of Directors, and this years candidates can be found here.

Each UKOUG membership is entitled to one vote, (more...)

From Oracle Newbie to Oracle ACE…

When I started this blog over 5 years ago, I never imagined that it would take me on a journey from an Oracle Newbie, to a Director of UKOUG and onto an Oracle ACE (even if I did go via some strange evenings in some strange pubs in Birmingham and (more...)

UKOUG Inspiring Presentation Awards – The Winners

>This is the Conference Review Part 2, but I wanted to do a separate post for the IPA’s.

On Tuesday night at the conference, we had the first ever UKOUG Inspiring Presentation Awards.
The awards and the evening’s social event were very kindly sponsored by OTN, so a big (more...)

UKOUG Conference Review – Part 1

>Well I finally made it back home from the UKOUG Conference in Birmingham, only a day and a half later than planned.
The problem was not Birmingham, no snow issues there although it was very cold, but Newcastle airport was closed for a couple of days and trains were struggling (more...)

UKOUG 2010 APEX meetup!

Venue: Pennyblack’s at The Mailbox – http://www.pennyblacksbar.com

Time: Monday 29th November arrive 8:00pm – 8:30pm

Be there!


Speaker Awards and a Pantomime…..

>Before you think this is something completely random (which it probably is) yes, I am indeed talking about this year’s UKOUG TEBS Conference.

The Inspiring Presentation Awards (IPA’s) will be handed out for the first time at this year’s UKOUG Technology and E-Business Suite Conference.

The event will be taking (more...)