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!


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...)

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.

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...)

UKOUG RDBMS and RAC-CIA Special Interest Groups

On Thursday 21st April, there is a dual UKOUG Database and RAC, Cloud, Infrastructure and Availability special interest group.

For the first time, this even is being held in the fabulous Northern city of Manchester!

There are a dozen interesting, career-assisting, educational talks from end users, Oracle employees and a number of well known Oracle ACE’s at all levels, including Carl Dudley, Jonathan Lewis, Phil Brown and myself.

I will be talking about how (more...)


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...)


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

Come and hear me speak at UKOUG Tech 15

It’s this time of the year again when one of the biggest and last for the year Oracle User Groups is being held and that is UK Oracle User Group Conference.

I’m very grateful and proud that I’ll be speaking on this great conference, here are my talks:

Presentation Title: Oracle Exadata Meets Elastic Configurations
Description: With the release of Exadata X5 Oracle announced Elastic configuration to allow mixed number of db and cell (more...)

Speaking at UKOUG Systems Event and BGOUG

I’m pleased to say that I will be speaking at the UKOUG Systems Event 2015, held at Cavendish Conference Center in London, 20 May 2015. My session “Oracle Exadata Meets Elastic Configurations” starts at 10:15 in Portland Suite. Here is the agenda of the UKOUG Systems Event.

In a month time I’ll be also speaking at the Spring Conference of the Bulgarian Oracle User Group. The conference will be held from 12th to 14 (more...)

UKOUG Systems Event and Exadata Content

I’ve been involved in organising a couple of upcoming UKOUG events.

I will be involved with the engineered systems stream for the annual UKOUG conference, returning after an absence of a couple of years, to once again being held in Birmingham.

While the planning for this is at a very early stage, Martin Widlake will be giving you the inside scoop on this.

The event I really want to talk about though is an event (more...)

UKOUG Annual Conference (Tech 2014 Edition)

The conference

This year the UKOUG's tour of Britain's post-industrial heritage brought the conference to Liverpool. The Arena & Convention Centre is based in Liverpool docklands, formerly the source of the city's wealth and now a touristic playground of museums, souvenir shops and bars. Still at least the Pumphouse functions as a decent pub, which is one more decent pub than London Docklands can boast. The weather was not so much cool in the 'Pool (more...)

UKOUG Tech14 – APEX Highlights

Last week I spent 4 days at the annual UK Oracle User Group conference, this time around called Tech14.  It was my first UKOUG conference in a number of years and I set out with the intention of treating it like an all you can eat buffet of APEX presentations and workshops.

So, what were the APEX highlights of Tech14? Well, I have to start with the presentations given by Joel KalmanDavid Peake (more...)

UKOUG Tech14 slides – Exadata Security Best Practices

I think 2 years is long enough to wait between posts!

Today I delivered a session about Oracle Exadata Database Machine Best Practices and promised to post the slides for it (though no one asked about them :). I’ve also posted them to the Tech14 agenda as well.

Direct download: UKOUG Tech14 Exadata Security slides

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)