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September 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 : Sunday

I arrived in San Francisco on midday Saturday. I basically lost a nights sleep, all but 1 hour, so I was not feeling on top of the world. I got some food and went to bed for the rest of the day. I started Sunday at 00:30, so Sunday was going to be a looooonnnnggggg day. :)

After getting breakfast at 03:00, hitting the gym and reading for a while, I ventured down to the conference.

Oaktable World 2013 Day 1

A few vignettes from this mornings Oaktable World.

Kickoff from Mogens Nørgaard  on some of the origins of Oaktable Network.




John Beresniewicz , father of the ASH tree map, talking on ASH analytics



Oaktable World 2013



A few vignettes from this mornings Oaktable World.

Kickoff from Mogens Nørgaard  on some of the origins of Oaktable Network.

Fabian Pascal talking about some of the short comings, should I say errors, in Codd’s relational model.

Iggy Fernandez comparing a Amazon NoSQL implementation to an equivalent Ebay implementation using an Oracle relational model.

Riyaj Shamsudeen live hacking on RAC with truss pstack wireshark pmap strace

Women in Technology (WIT) discussion.

User Group Sunday at Oracle Open World 2013

I’m relaxing before tonight’s keynote. Spoke twice today during User Group Sunday; both talks went well. First talk (8am) was for ODTUG and the ADF EMG titled “Oracle ADF Task Flows: Beyond the 10-Minute Demo”; the audience started small but became respectable by the time the session was done. I need to fit a demo into this session to liven it up a little!  The second talk was at 11:45 for IOUG; I had a packed room to see “Oracle 11gR2 and Oracle 12c New Features for Developers” – lots of interaction and demos went well. I’ll be doing a 12c-specific talk on Thursday at 12:30 in Moscone West. I also attended some good sessions; perhaps my favorite of the day was Wilfred van der Deijl and Paco van der Linden talking about “Worst Practices for Developing an Oracle ADF Application” – if you are interested in ADF you should download the slides for sure.

My 1st Ace Director briefing

My 1st Oracle Ace Director briefing finished Friday afternoon; two information-packed days and the opportunity to talk to other Ace Directors and Oracle people too. Oracle has lots of exciting new products and features on the way. This was time well spent!

Oracle Open World- Sunday!

The ACE Director briefings are done and now we are onto Sunday sessions.  I’ve already had a couple meetings with folks today and wondering why I didn’t wear flats at 2pm in the afternoon, but there are the important necessities that must be taken care of, like when am I speaking this week, so here’s the schedule:

OOW and OakTable World 2013

Today is the 1st day of OOW for me, and there are a lot of cool stuff going on.


Later I’ll be doing an IOUG session at Moscone West talking about CPU on how to monitor and do capacity planning and
sizing. This is a pretty interesting topic and I will give you enough foundation to be able to consolidate a bunch of databases on one server or a cluster. There’s a method to this and you can be pretty accurate about it. Remember 12c is geared towards consolidation but it doesn’t really change the fundamentals when monitoring and sizing CPUs.. I’ll just talk more about that later.

Session ID: UGF9790
Session Title: Where Did My CPU Go?
Venue / Room: Moscone West – 3014
Date and Time: 9/22/13, 15:30 – 16:30

Oracle World talks of interest



Here are some talks of interest during Oracle Open World other than Oaktable World  where I’ll be all  Monday and Tuesday of course

Publicly editable version of  OOW talks 

Please feel free to modify the above spread sheet and/or email me with talks to add to this blog post – thanks!


Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration (1Z1-062) beta exam : Free Voucher Competition

I’ve just been sent 5 free vouchers for the Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration (1Z1-062) beta exam! Here is an excerpt from the email…

“We are piloting this program with the Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration (1Z1-062) beta exam. … we have provided five (5) vouchers for free beta exams. You can use them for a giveaway on your blog if you like. Simply send the voucher number to the winner. They will enter this voucher in the appropriate field during exam registration at Pearson VUE. This beta exam is scheduled to end on October 19, 2013.”

Webinar Follow-up: Execution Plans - Learn by Example

Thanks to everyone who attended the September 17 webinar!

Presentation PDF
Webinar recording

Q: Do all these methods of showing execution plans work (dbms_sqltune, dbms_xplan) with Oracle Standard Edition?  What about creating extended statistics in Oracle SE? Do all these tips work with SE? Is SQL Monitor a licensed product?