Doug : Sorry I’m late. I was out drinking last night and I’ve got a bad case of “jet lag” this morning.
Me : So, tell me something about yourself that you think the readers would like to know.
Doug : Sorry, I’ve got to go. I need to do some slide polishing. Bye.
Me : Oh…
Me: What functionality will most people in the Oracle community associate you with?
Me: What is your favourite non-Oracle pastime?
Cary: I like to put see-through paper over a picture and draw around the outline.
Me: Isn’t that called tracing?
Cary: I guess!
Me: What is your favourite fictional character?
Cary: Dick Tracy.
Me: What was your favourite children’s TV show.
Me: At last. Something that doesn’t relate to tracing. What is it about Thunderbirds that you like?
Cary: I liked watching the adventures of the Tracy family.
Me: Oh. OK. Perhaps we should talk about your family. Tell me about your family.
Cary: I’ve got kids and wife called Mindy. My pet-name for her is Tracey.
Me: I think we are done here…
September 26, 2014 (Back to the Previous Post in the Series) As I was walking from the back of the facility where I work to my office just recently, I started repeatedly saying to myself as I approached the office door, “that huge computer was not here when I started calling my office a second home“. I […]
As I’m sure many of you will know, “the first rule of ACED is to constantly talk about ACED”. So every year they put us in a room for the 2 day ACED Briefing where “the first rule of the ACED Briefing is don’t talk about the ACED Briefing”. You can guess, this is going to be devoid of spoilers!
I think it is safe to say, the main focus areas of Oracle OpenWorld 2014 are reasonably predictable, but a number of the announcements related to those areas of focus are not so predictable! I think there will be something for everyone next week! That’s all I’m going to say about the ACED Briefing content!
Now for opinion time. This is obviously affected by what I heard during the day, but also what has been happening for the last couple of years…
In my opinion, Oracle getting into the “cloud business” over the last few years has been one of the best things to happen to the company! Why do I say this? Because “eating their own dog food” while trying to build a portfolio of cloud offerings has given them a very specific focus. Pre-cloud, many of the features that will be spoken about next week would probably not have been on the radar, even though customer’s wanted them. Now, there is a *very* big driver for getting this stuff done. If Oracle need it to build their cloud, it’s going to happen!
“I don’t care about Oracle’s public cloud”, will be the cry from some out there. Fine. You don’t have to care, but their cloud is built on the Oracle database, WebLogic, the Fusion Middleware stack, their engineered systems etc. If you care about any of the individual building blocks, Oracle’s public cloud will have a positive effect on those building blocks. Making those products lean, fast and flexible is a really important focus when you are trying to use this stuff at the scale Oracle are!
So when you are listening to the array of announcements over the coming week, I would like you to ask yourself a few questions:
At the end of OOW14, when you look back as a whole, I think most people will see how Oracle entering the cloud business has had a really good knock-on effect on their product set.
On a personal note, it was fantastic being at the ACED briefing. I missed it last year and it was great to meet up with everyone again. OOW is so big it is easy to miss people. Having so many of my Oracle friends in one room is brilliant! Happy days…
In the evening I was going to go straight to bed, but Carry Millsap persuaded me to go out to eat. Well, I say persuaded me, but really I just wanted to be near him because he’s so pretty! Cary, Kerry, Frits, Martin, Bjoern and myself went out to a little Mexican place and I got a brilliant burrito, which I scoffed, whilst teaching them to speak proper English. They now understand the words minger, minging, muggy and bellend.
PS. As any conspiracy theorist knows, the public denial of the Oracle Games Console (OGC) by Thomas Kurian is proof of its existence. I believe it uses technology reverse engineered from the wreckage recovered from Roswell.
Many Oaktable members are planning to talk about deep technical topics in Oaktable world 2014. Looking at the agenda, I am excited, so many deep topics are planned. I will be talking about in-memory internals on Monday morning at 9AM, 9/29/2014, right after Mogens’ Keynote speech. You can find all details here: Oaktable world 2014. I will post my presentation slides after the presentation.
Start your open world week presentation with mine :). Sorry, no beers planned at that time, it is 9AM, after all!
Thanks for attending my presentation at Oaktable World 2014. You can download the slides : In-memory_internals.pdf.
Also, our book Expert Oracle RAC 12c has been translated to Chinese language. You can find details about that book in one of the translator’s blog: Alex lizx.
What are the real technical talks at OOW amid all the marketing fluff? I don’t know all of them but I can vouch for the following
|Sunday||9:00||UGF2563||Jeremiah Wilton, Marc Fielding||M South 309||24/7 Availability with Oracle Database Application Continuity|
|9:00||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"UGF4378"]">UGF4378||Gwen Shapira||M South 308||Analyzing Twitter Data with Hadoop – Live Demo|
|10:00||UGF3587||Tim Gorman||M South 301||Scaling To Infinity: Partitioning DW on Oracle Database|
|11:00||UGF3147||Chris Antognini||M South 304||Adaptive Query Optimization|
|2:30||UGF8949||12 speakers…||M South 304||12 Looks at Oracle Database 12c: EOUC Short Talks|
|UGF8949 pt. 1||Jonathan Lewis||M South 304||Ugrading to 12c – What will go wrong?|
|2:30||UGF2244||Connor McDonald||M South 303||12c features for Developers|
|2:30||UGF3475||Martin Bach, Frits Hoogland||M South 310||Think Exa!|
|3:30||UGF4042||Kyle Hailey||M south 301||DevOps, Databases, and the Phoenix Project|
|3:30||UGF6626||Kerry,Tanel,etc||M South 310||Expert Oracle Exadata: Then and Now – Panel|
|Monday||8||Mogens Noergaard||Oaktable World||Welcome|
|9||Riyaj Shamsudeen: in-memory internals||Oaktable World||in-memory internals|
|1||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Chris Antognini Indexes: Structure, Splits and Free Space Management Internals"]">Chris Antognini Indexes: Structure, Splits and Free Space Management Internals||Oaktable World||Indexes: Structure, Splits and Free Space Management Internals|
|11||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Martin Bach A deep dive into HCC internals and mechanics"]">Martin Bach A deep dive into HCC internals and mechanics||Oaktable World||A deep dive into HCC internals and mechanics|
|12||CMillsap, EGrancher, JLewis, JGennick||Oaktable World||Ted Talks|
|1||Jonathan Lewis||Oaktable World||Calculating Selectivity|
|2||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Greg Rahn The Current State of SQL + Hadoop"]">Greg Rahn The Current State of SQL + Hadoop||Oaktable World||The Current State of SQL + Hadoop|
|3||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Kevin Closson SLOB \u2013 For More Than I/O!"]">Kevin Closson SLOB – For More Than I/O!||Oaktable World||SLOB – For More Than I/O!|
|4||Toons||Oaktable World||Why DBMS’s Still Lack SQL Assertions Support (A polite excuse)|
|Tuesday||8||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Carlos Sierra "]">Carlos Sierra||Oaktable World||introducing edb360 tool|
|9||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Kent Graziano Worst Practices in DW Design"]">Kent Graziano Worst Practices in DW Design||Oaktable World||Worst Practices in DW Design|
|1||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Tanel Poder Hacking Oracle 12c"]">Tanel Poder Hacking Oracle 12c||Oaktable World||Hacking Oracle 12c|
|11||Jeremiah Wilton||Oaktable World||Oracle on EC2: You’re doing it wrong|
|12||KOsborne, AGorbachev, JLewis, JHarris,||Oaktable World||Ted Talks|
|1||Connor McDonald||Oaktable World||clone db|
|2||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Frits Hoogland "]">Frits Hoogland||Oaktable World||Profiling the logwriter and database writer (with version 188.8.131.52 update)|
|3||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Alex Gorbachev"]">Alex Gorbachev||Oaktable World||Anomaly detection on performance data|
|4||Karl Arao Capacity Planning: SLAs, KPIs, Headroom, Expiry Date||Oaktable World||Capacity Planning: SLAs, KPIs, Headroom, Expiry Date|
|Wednesday||1:45||CON8134||Kellyn Pot’Vin||M South 303||Zero to Manageability with EM12c|
|4.45||CON7726||Kellyn Pot’Vin||M South 104||Oracle Exadata Database Machine Administration and Monitoring Made Easy|
|4:45||CON5773||Eric Grancher||M South 306||Database Storage 101 Planning and Monitoring: Performance and Reliability|
|4:45||CON5915||Jonathan Lewis||M South 102||Reading an AWR Report|
|Thursday||10:45||CON6812||Tanel,Kerry||M South 104||Oracle Database In-Memory in Action|
|12:00||CON10038||Jeremiah Wilton, others||M South 301||Customer Panel: Private Cloud Consolidation, Standardization & Automation|
|1:15||CON3671||Kyle Hailey||M north 130||Lies, Damned Lies, and I/O Statistics|
|2:30||CON4053||Kyle Hailey||M north 130||ASHmasters|
|2:30||CON4039||John Jay King||Marriott Marquis Nob Hill C/D||Gauging Oracle ADF Application Performance: Instrumenting Your Oracle ADF Code|
Its day minus 3, or day +1 depending on your point of view at Openworld 2014.
I’m here a few days early for the Ace Director briefings, where a selection of product managers provide an insight into what is coming in the Oracle world, either at Openworld or in the coming year.
I must admit, I arrived to the briefings somewhat sceptical because a couple of years ago, when I was last at the briefings, the managers seemed very hesitant to share anything with us, generally waving us off with “you’ll need to wait until the conference”, which of course defeats the entire purpose.
However, so far, now that I’m at the conclusion of day 1, I’ve been very impressed. The product managers were very open and honest, happy to inform us of the things they’re very proud of, and also, the things that still need more work, or have not panned out as well they expected. Nice and genuine. And perhaps even more important was that there was a good amount of passion for product this year. People that are excited about their products are much more interesting to listen to.
Today has mainly been about middleware and client, which aren’t my area, but even so, its been good to see whats been happening in that area. Obviously, its all about smart phones and tablets, but there was some very impressive stuff on the UI front. Apologies, but non-disclosure agreements prohibit us from sharing too much content, but a lot of it you’ll be able to see at Openworld, or in the presentations that come later.
Thomas Kurian will be givin us an address shortly – it will be interesting to hear what’s floating his boat (so to speak).
[Disclosure: The Oracle Ace Director program has paid for my travel to Openworld]
I recently put some more PL/SQL new features articles live.
I’ve also posted a top-level new features article.
This contains a number smaller features as well as links to other articles on the site that discuss some of the new features in greater depth.
I’ve got a couple of PL/SQL books I’ve got to read and review, but I’ve been holding back because I wanted to get my take on this subject written before I was influenced by others. I guess I don’t have that excuse any more.
I did my normal last minute packing last night. After a quick panic this morning, I was off in the taxi I for the airport.
I find it amazing how sense goes out of the window at airports. There was a big sign saying “Put empty trays on rollers”, so people were either leaving them or stacking them up. Either way, they were getting in the way. WTF? RTMF!
The first flight to Frankfurt was fine. While waiting to board I was staring at the guy in front thinking, “I’m sure I could do his fade better than that!” I might have to start hairdresser-base.com…
The flight to SFO went without incident. I met Joze Senegacnik, Øyvind Isene, Martin Bach and Harshad Oak during it. Once we landed, it was the airport shuttle to the hotel, then straight out with the family for some food. Its sad that we only get to meet at conferences.
Tomorrow is the ACED briefing, so lots of tweets telling people I can’t tell them what his going on.
Next week during Oracle Open World, be sure and come on Monday and Tuesday to the free Oaktable World and on Tuesday to Delphix hands on lab and free 90 day trial version at #CloneAttack at the same venue as Oaktable World. The labs will also be joined by DBvisit for #RepAttack and Solarwinds (Confio) for #MonitorAttack.