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SANGAM15 – See you there!

I mentioned my Oracle OpenWorld 2015 trip in a previous post. Yesterday evening I picked up my passport with my lovely new India visa in it!

The talks are written. The flights are booked. The hotel is booked. I have a visa. So that’s me sorted for SANGAM15 in November! :)

BI Publisher Tips and Techniques

A colleague of mine asked recently if we had any best practices for BI Publisher, the latest and greatest reporting tool we use within Enterprise Manager (the old tool, Information Publisher, is of course also still supported but this post is relevant to BI Publisher). As you would well know if you’ve been following my posts or heard me presenting at conferences, best practices is a term I hate, so rather than using that term let’s discuss some tips and techniques that might be relevant to you when using BI Publisher.

Tip #1: Allocate Extra Memory

The amount of required memory for BI Publisher depends on a huge number of factors – complexity of reports, size of datasets being returned, BI Publisher scheduling load, etc. We recommend adding at least 1.5 Gb of RAM for the OMS machine, but you may need as much as 4-5 Gb depending on the factors just mentioned.

Recommendations to Address Cloud Performance Issues via EM12c

So I’m going to start this post with an admission-  I don’t have access to a cloud environment to test this out, but I know what I would do first if I experienced slow response time on database creation or cloning via EM12c to the cloud and I would like to at LEAST post what I would do to give others the chance to test it out and see

OTN Tour of Latin America 2015 : It’s a Wrap!


I just realised I didn’t write a closing post for the OTN Tour of Latin America 2015, so here goes.

Here are the links to all the posts I wrote during the two weeks that related to the main body of the tour.

Cloud Control : It’s production upgrade day…

cloudI mentioned a couple of months ago I was planning to upgrade our production Enterprise Manager Cloud Control installation from to Well, today was the day. I held back a while because I knew I would be out of the country for a while on the Latin America tour and I didn’t want to make a big change before I ran away. :)

Submit an Abstract to RMOUG Training Days 2016!

As the Training Days Director for Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group, one of my tasks is not just running the conference for RMOUG, but also promoting it.

Middleware Diagnostics Advisor (MDA) Setup

One of the areas I’ve been exploring recently is the setup and use of the Middleware Diagnostics Advisor, more commonly known as MDA. MDA is an advisor in EM12c that analyzes the entire stack and provides diagnostic findings by identifying root causes for any problems it discovers. It correlates and analyzes the input and offers advice on how to resolve the problem. For example, it can help you identify that slow SQL statements or a JDBC connection pool is causing a performance bottleneck. As described in the documentation, MDA is currently supported for Oracle WebLogic Server 10g Release 3 (10.3) and higher. MDA monitors JDBC DataSources, EJBs, and JMS Queues.

Now available: Oracle Certified Master 12c Upgrade exam

The Oracle Database 12c Certified Master upgrade exam was recently released and those who wish to take this upgrade exam can do so on October 9th, December 22nd or December 29th in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Hope to see you soon ;-)-Harald

YouTube Cameos : My Channel Needs You!

I’ve spent the last couple of months uploading videos to my YouTube channel.

At the start of each technical video, I introduce myself by saying something like, “Hi. It’s Tim from oracle-base”, and I use a video clip of someone from the Oracle community saying, “.com”,  to finish off the website name. I then put links to their blog, twitter, website etc in the description box. It’s just something fun and stupid to lighten the tone of the videos and to give a shout out to people in the community. :)

Oracle OpenWorld : It’s just around the corner…

The total insanity that is Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is just around the corner. I’ve got my flights and hotels booked, so I think I’m good to go!

The first couple of days will be ACE Director briefings. The big announcement this year will be the Oracle Games Cloud (#OGC), but as a beta program participant I’m under NDA so I’m not allowed to talk about it. It will be interesting to see what else is coming down the pipeline. I expect lots of hardware refreshes and standard stuff like that, but there is always something unexpected that makes you sit back…