Category Archives: OUG

SE track a Success at UKOUG TECH15

icc        Success at TECH15!


Standard Edition Track in Birmingham

From all kind of social medias, I have since Harmony2014 Conference seen a growing activity around the Oracle Database Standard Edition database. People within Oracle Community, including people working only on an Enterprise Edition database environment , have blogged, talked, asked advices etc about the obstacles, struggles, and solutions that the Standard Edition database can/will/have caused.

In April this year, at the OUGN conference this thought of bringing the Standard Edition Database Community together grew and thanks to the UKOUG committee we finally had a Standard Edition Track at the TECH15 Conference in Birmingham 7th-9th December 2015.

Now sitting at the airport in Copenhagen on this Wednesday the 9th Dec reflecting what has been accomplished, I have the same feeling I had after winning my first Gold medal in an European Championship. I feel proud, joy, emptiness, and have high expectations for the future of the Oracle Standard Edition database.

Super Sunday Reflections

tech15ukoug

As a first timer at UKOUG conference, this was a nice way to get acclimatised. I had the opportunity to listen to

And the take-away from Sunday: “Super Great Experience”. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend to schedule it at TECH16 Conference.

7th Dec SE Track Reflections

Penny Avr Penny Avril, VP Oracle

We were loaded with many speakers, and a Roundtable.

Many great thoughts, and discussions from both the audience and the speakers during this day. We had the honour of having Penny Avril, Vice President of Oracle and Dominic Giles, Product Managers for the Oracle Database from Oracle listening to some of the talks, and of cause we grabbed the opportunity to exchange our concerns and thoughts that the Standard Edition Community are having.

The speakers of first Standard Edition Track

Standard Edition Round table

Also at our Standard Edition Roundtable we had the pleasure of beside Dominic Giles having Jonathan Lewis, and Maria Colgan, Master Product Manager For Oracle Database In-Memory.  

Standard Edition RT

Oracle support Standard Edition 2 and have plans on doing so for a long time

We received a promise,  Oracle will provide a version of SE2 for long, so……

  • Can we focus on enjoying the Standard Edition 2 opportunities and find good solutions and helping our customers, instead of complaining about the loss of SE1/SE?
  • Might the old on-premises model be replaced with the Cloud solution, and might the Cloud solution provide a better ROI for a small company?
  • Can we stay open-minded and give SE2 a chance?
  • Are we able to provide a solutions for our customers with SE2?

Personally I think so. After talking to a person about cloud and security I’m starting to look at cloud in a different way. He said:

“Oracle have a far bigger budget on hiring the best security specialists in the world, than a small company ever can dream of. So yes, it’s as secure environment as it can be according todays standard” 

Thanks

Finally I would like to thank all our attendees, speakers, and Penny, Dominic, Maria, Jonathan and all the others for attending our Standard Edition Track and the Standard Edition Roundtable.

Also a huge thanks to UKOUG who made this possible.

Take care, stay well and let’s make something positive out of SE2 opportunity!

Ann

Copenhagen 9th Dec 2015

Meet Up With Ann At DOAG 2015

2015-K-Banner_Speaker-180x150-ENGL Hopefully I meet You there.

DOAG 2015 Conference + Exhibition

I will be speaking at DOAG 2015 in less than two weeks!


This is my first time as both a speaker and a visitor, and I am looking forward to this event. I enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and old friends, and I would love to meet up with you personally to exchange thoughts about Oracle Database Standard Edition; or any other topic that might be on your mind. Just grab my arm if you feel for making the acquaintance.

Here is my schedule for the week:

  • Tuesday, November 17th – arrives (depending on what train I catch, but in the afternoon)
  • Wednesday, November 18 – gives presentation
    • 08:00 am – 08:45 am Standard Edition Database – something for the Enterprise?
  • Thursday, November 19 – before noon back to Frankfurt

So between November 17-19 – I look forward to meeting you in Nuremberg, Germany at DOAG 2015 Conference+Exhibition!

There are so many good speakers and sessions this year, and very difficult to choose among them, so my personal “chocolate box” contains these others sessions, so let’s see how much I can “consume”.  If my travel arrangements had been more favourable I would have also loved to attend these sessions on the 17th:

17th November:
  • 09:00 am – 09:45 am -Big Data SQL – New Features and Roadmap -Jean-Pierre Dijcks
  • 09:00 am – 09:45 am -Saltstack und Oracle – Salzen Sie ihre Installation+Konfig -Martin Bracher
  • 11:00 am – 11:45 am -Transforming one table to another: SQL or PL/SQL? -Bryn Llewellyn
  • 09:00 am – 09:45 am -Best of RMAN – Selected features from four versions -Uwe Hesse
  • 11:00 am – 11:45 am -Bad Boys of On-line Replication – Changing Everything – Jan Karremans
  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm- Core Strategies for Trouble-shooting-Jonathan Lewis
  • 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm – Combining Relational and Document Storage: The Latest in NoSQL Development with the MySQL Database -Tomas Ulin

https://www.doag.org/konferenz/konferenzplaner/konferenzplaner.php?id=473721&locS=1&tag=1#505466

18th November:
  • 09:00 am – 09:45 am – IT Analytics: Operational Insight for Databases & Middleware- Jagan Athreya
  • 10:00 am – 10:45 am – Best of Oracle Security 2015 -Alexander Kornbrust
  • 09:00 am – 09:45 am – Identifying performance issues beyond Oracle wait interface -Stefan Koehler
  • 10:00 am – 10:45 am – The Basics an Oracle DBA Should Know About MySQL -Joze Senegacnik
  • 11:00 am – 11:45 am -Five Hints for Optimising SQL – Jonathan Lewis
  • 11:00 am – 11:45 am -RAC Battle-Björn Rost
  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm -Oracle Database Directions for Cloud and Big Data -Andrew Mendelsohn
  • 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm – Understanding And Resolving Free Buffer Wait Contention -Craig Shallahamer
  • 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm -Best Practices for Oracle Database Performance on Windows- Alex Keh
  • 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm- How to avoid boring work – Automation for DBAs- Marcin Przepiorowski
  • 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm -Oracle Automatic Parallel Execution – Joel Goodman
  • DOAG 2015 Conference + Exhibition Interview at DOAG Studio

https://www.doag.org/konferenz/konferenzplaner/konferenzplaner.php?id=473721&locS=1&tag=2


Take care, stay well, and enjoy this lovely autumn. We have an exceptional 10 degrees Celsius here in Finland.

Ann

Turku 1st November 2015

Standard Edition Community – DOAG &UKOUG Conference

uk_doag


Standard Edition Community Represented at Conferences

As an Oracle Standard Edition Advocate, I feel privileged to say, that after many discussions and many blog posts, Standard Edition Database is getting its well deserved spot in the sun, and the Standard Edition Community is starting to speak and socially discuss its role, opportunities, and challenges in the IT society.

Birmingham 7th-9th Dec

Tech15_ResourcePk_ISA_v1This year UKOUG Conference has decided to dedicate a whole day/track (7th Dec 2015) especially for Standard Edition Database. This is the first time ever a conference has done so. If keen to know the reasons why this conference made such decision, please read about this on my blog. But below is a small part from that interview:

Since this is the first conference in history, that has dedicated a whole day to a Standard Edition Track, could you please tell us the database team reasons for having this track?

Martin: Standard Edition is used by a large number of UKOUG members (and non-members), either because there has been a decision to only licence SE to reduce costs or because they have SE databases as part of the whole mix of Oracle systems within the organisation. SE has it’s own challenges, mostly due to the lack of certain options and technologies such as Partitioning, Data Guard and many of the security features. There are ways to work around these issues but there are few presentation given that address them. Joel Goodman (a highly respected Oracle trainer and presenter who is part of the database committee) initially raised the need for such talks to support what is often an under-represented part of the community and we were happy to support it within this year’s conference.
Joel: I attended Harmony 2014 and saw the interest there in SE. I also help to organise the Oracle University Expert Summits and in the London 2014 summit attended by about 50 people.
Of those over 30 of them either used or supported Standard Edition for at least some of their databases. I realised then that UKOUG should be addressing that audience, so proposed this to the committee at the kick-off meeting for planning Tech15. The committee accepted this suggestion immediately, agreeing that there is a large SE community for whom there has not been a conference before and that we should be the first to do so.

In Birmingham I will have two presentations, plus one Standard Edition Roundtable. Please see below, there are lots of good presentations in this track! Here is the whole UKOUG agenda.

Official Standard Edition AGENDA – 7th of December:

  • 09:00 – 09:50 “Oracle Standard Edition is Awesome!” – Tom Dale – Fivium
  • 11:20-12:10 “Standard Edition Something for the Enterprise?” – Ann Sjökvist
  • 12:20 – 13:10 “Looking for Performance Issues in Oracle SE – Check what OraSASH Can do for You” -Marcin Przepiorowski – Delphix
  • 14:10 – 15:00 – “Silent but Deadly : SE Deserves Your Attention” -Philippe Fierens – FCP
  • 15:10 – 16:00- “Max Protection Standby in Standard Edition RAC Environment” -Eter Pani – TSYS International
  • 16:30 – 17:20 – “SE DBA’s Life a Bed of Roses?” – Ann Sjökvist
  • 17:30 – 18:20 – “A Manly Man’s Guide to Open-Source Database Tuning Tools: Life Without EM12c” – Bjorn Rost
  • 17:30-18:20 – “Oracle Standard Edition Round Table” – Joel Goodman – Oracle Co-presenter(s): Ann Sjokvist (also:Philippe Fierens, and Jan Karremans)

DOAG Conference 17th-20th November

I just received the acceptance letter from DOAG conference team, so the Standard Edition Community will also be represented in Nuremberg. I have not yet seen the agenda, but I am sure other people who supports Oracle Standard Edition Database will be there.

Keen to make Standard Edition Community even bigger?

Can we rock the boat like APEX Community has done in the past months?

Join the Standard Edition Community lovers at both DOAG conference in Nuremberg (17th-20th Nov) UKOUG TECH15 in Birmingham (7th-9th Dec). Book your tickets as soon as possible!


Take care, stay well and let’s enjoy the summer!

-Ann

Turku, Finland 22 July 2015

UKOUG_TECH15 Standard Edition Dedicated Day

image001         Tech15_ResourcePk_ISA_v1

What a fantastic Day!

Standard Edition Community received more information about Oracle Standard Edition 12.1.0.2 earlier today (please see my earlier post on that), and now I received an email telling me that I have been accepted to present two different talks plus the Standard Edition round table at this amazing UKOUG_TECH15 Conference in Birmingham the 7th of December.

But an even greater announcement for Standard Edition Community, is that they have dedicated a whole day for Standard Edition!

This is the first time ever a conference have ever dedicated a whole day for Standard Edition, so I thought it’s in order to interview Martin Widlake and Joel Goodman about this.


INTERVIEW:

Could you please tell us what your role is in TECH15?

Martin: Hi Ann, it’s a pleasure to talk to you about the up-coming UKOUG Tech 15 conference in December and how we are covering Oracle Standard Edition.I am the Chair of the database committee – a group of UKOUG volunteers who are responsible for deciding on the technical content of the Database-focused content of the conference and how it is scheduled. As part of this we consider what areas we think are of particular interest and when we make the call for papers to the Oracle user community we say what areas we are particularly thinking of focusing on.
Joel: I am one the database server technical committee for abstract selection and was also an abstract judge. In addition I worked 
with UKOUG conference organisers to set up  the OU certification Test Fest event for Tech15.
Since this is the first conference in history, that has dedicated a whole day to a Standard Edition Track, could you please tell us the database team reasons for having this track?

Martin:Standard Edition is used by a large number of UKOUG members (and non-members), either because there has been a decision to only licence SE to reduce costs or because they have SE databases as part of the whole mix of Oracle systems within the organisation. SE has it’s own challenges, mostly due to the lack of certain options and technologies such as Partitioning, Data Guard and many of the security features. There are ways to work around these issues but there are few presentation given that address them. Joel Goodman (a highly respected Oracle trainer and presenter who is part of the database committee) initially raised the need for such talks to support what is often an under-represented part of the community and we were happy to support it within this year’s conference. 

Joel:I attended Harmony 2014 and saw the interest there in SE. I also help to organise the Oracle University Expert Summits and in the London 2014 summit attended by about 50 people. 
Of those over 30 of them either used or supported Standard Edition for at least some of their databases. I realised then that UKOUG should be addressing that audience, so proposed this to the committee at the kick-off meeting for planning Tech15. The committee accepted this suggestion immediately, agreeing that there is a large SE community for whom there has not been a conference before and that we should be the first to do so.

How many speakers and presentations will be delivered at the Standard Edition Track?

Martin:We had a great response when we suggested people submit papers on SE for the conference, enough for us to have a whole track (one of the four database tracks running that day) of excellent talks dedicated to it on Monday. There are 5 talks by four presenters running from 9am through to 17:20. The agenda is not officially out yet so I can’t name names just yet. We concentrated all the talks on one day rather than scatter them throughout the conference as we appreciate that some people can only come to part of the conference.

Joel:There are 5 speakers and 6 presentation slots. One of the speakers has had two talks accepted. So at the conference there will be two talks from that person and one each from the others.

What is the TECH15 committee’s expectation for this world premier Standard Edition Track to be held at the amazing International Convention Centre, Birmingham from 7th of December 2015?

Martin:We are hoping that the user community will appreciate the Standard Edition content and come along to the presentations in large numbers :-). By having a set of great talks by excellent presenters all on the one day we hope to attract people to the conference who may not have come before, as well as support the large numbers of regular attendees who use Oracle SE. As you say Ann, this is perhaps the first time there has been a dedicated stream to SE at a major Oracle conference, so is a little bit of a step into the unknown to run a stream dedicated to SE – but we are confident that the interest is there. The user community will let us know if they appreciate it, by attending the presentations and via the feedback forms we gather.

Joel:The goal is to cater for the SE community which is an important part of the small to medium business area for Oracle. SE for example supports RAC with no extra license cost, but there are certain restrictions on the use of RAC in SE. It is great that we have a speaker coming to talk about this. Also, many of the automatic monitoring tools are not available in SE so Experts will deliver talks on how to monitor and maintain SE and even to work around the limitations imposed by the lack of many features that are available in Oracle Enterprise Edition. All of these are part of the plan for the SE track.

Do you have any other thoughts about this World Premier event on Oracle Standard Edition that you would like to share with the Standard Edition Community?

Martin: As well as imparting knowledge about how to get the best out of SE we expect the presentations to show people what you can achieve with the cheaper version of Oracle and that they may be able to get better value from Oracle by going down from Enterprise Edition (potentially with the added expense of options), to SE.

Also, it will help people with an interest in SE to meet up and form there own sub-community within the larger Oracle ecosystem. The best way to learn about technology is by talking with people who are solving the same problems as you.

Joel:Now that the UK Oracle User Group has an SE track, people and companies using SE can have a voice and a learning opportunity. So it is no longer true that the conference “is not for us”.
Take this opportunity to come at least for a day to improve your SE skills, network with SE gurus and other Oracle subject matter experts.

Martin and Joel, thank you very much for this interview! I hope  of Standard Edition users will seize this opportunity and show up in December.


And my talks the 7th of December will be:

  • SE DBA’s Life a Bed of Roses? 
    • Specially for this conference. Yes, life can be a Bed of Roses – you just need to beware of the thorns. In this talk I will show you how I created solutions for managing the challenges that Standard Edition DBAs face in their daily work. In year 2007 I was given the task of tackling customer complaints of a poorly performing software, and as normally the Oracle Standard Edition Database was put to blame (zero2production). That is how the Healthcare Service for PDM/PLM software was born, and soon it became a proven concept for its value as a preventive service. I had the full responsibility for this service between 2007 and 2013 (planning, programming, management, customer care, and other DBA tasks both remote and onsite).
  • Standard Edition Something for the Enterprise? 
    • In this presentation I will talk about opportunities that a Standard Edition Database can bring to the Enterprise.
      I will also talk about how to simulate some Enterprise Edition features that are not available to a Standard Edition Database , some pitfalls, some do’s and don’t’s. The Standard Edition Database is a solid database that is part of the great Oracle Database Family, so why not give it a spot in the sunlight. To people who already have attendeed this presentation…changes has been made reflecting the information around SE2.
  • Standard Edition Roundtable
    • The amazing “SE Round table World premier team” -Jan,  Philippe, and I will be your “pilots”…and we’ll do our best to be as awesome as we have been at the last three Conferences!

Hope to see you there, and here is the registration link


I also received  an hilarious newspaper article about me 🙂

(Note: To my knowledge there is no such newspaper)

UKOUG_NEWS


 

Take care, stay well and enjoy your weekend!

See you in December!

-Ann(c)AnneSjökvist

Turku 8th of December

 

OUG Harmony15 Reflections

ougeharmony15

OUG Harmony15 Reflections


This years Harmony Conference was a result of the collaboration  between Oracle User Group Finland (=OUGF), Oracle User Group Estonia (=OUGE), and Latvian Oracle User Group (=LVOUG), and the event was held on the 11th and 12th of June in the Swissôtel Hotel in vicinity of medieval Hansa city of Tallinn in Estonia.

Thanks OUG Harmony15 organisation for accepting me as one of the 19 speakers.

This years Keynote Speaker was Graham Wood, and the other speakers were Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman, Brendan Tierney, Bryn Llewellyn,Kai Yu, Emre Baransel, Frank Nimphius, Jan Karremans, Juris Trošins, Luís Marques, Marcel-Jan Krijgsman, Martin Widlake, Nikolay Savvinov, Øyvind Isene, Philippe Fierens, Radu Pârvu, Robert Lockard, and Simo Vilmunen and we all were giving our best to the attendees.


speakerHarmony15 (1)     Thanks to OUG Harmony

Ilmar Kerm and his girlfriend were amazing hosts, and thanks for both showing the Town of Tallinn and the Viru Bog Study trail to us, as well as sharing your thoughts with us. The speakers dinner party was also well-arranged and of high standard, as well as the conference. Thanks to you all!


Copyright/AnnSjökvist A Sniper can it be compared with Standard Edition? 

After talking to Robert Lockard I needed to check the definition on “sniper”, and couldn’t help myself for letting my imagination fly away.

The definition of a sniper (I took the liberty of replacing one word, and apologies if by doing so I offend anybody)

“A sniper is a marksman or qualified specialist who operates alone, in a pair, or with a sniper team to maintain close visual contact with the “community” …

As a Standard Edition advocate and an old sportsperson in shooting, I could not just resist this comparison. Strange humour of mine. 🙂

Thanks Robert for bringing your thoughts to the table. They made me realise things I never had thought about in that context.

My own talk on Standard Edition was attended by 20 listeners. I really enjoyed the talk, and it felt as I was able to awaken the awareness of Standard Edition pitfalls, opportunities, and challenges. Thanks to all who were attending.

The fourth Standard Edition Round table was also a success. The room was almost full, just a couple of seats left. Even thought there was no official feedback collected, we got positive feedback from the attendees, so yes we felt together with Jan and Philippe that we did a good job. Thanks guys for yet a great RT!


http://thegeekymormon.com (c)       Need for Collaboration

Another memorable discussions I had, was with Nikolay Savvinov on how to increase the collaboration between different people within the business society. Thanks Nikolay for bringing your thoughts to the table. They made me realise things I never had thought about.

I don’t know how many of you have had a Finnish Sauna experience, but it’s common that people, even strangers just join the crowd in the Finnish sauna wearing nothing but their birthday suit (=no clothes). By doing so, everybody is equal and everybody can join the conversation without preconceptions.

Maybe if we all would be able to enjoy a “mental Finnish sauna” at work, we would be able to collaborate a little better. We might be able to listen to our team members despite the genre they represent – ceo, dba, developer, customer, scientist, solution conductor etc.

What do you think? Would the business society benefit if people could let loose and start enjoy a “mental Finnish sauna”? Would it help us start listening and provide more respect to other people’s views and opinions?


So until next conference, take care, stay well and enjoy your week!

-Ann

Turku 17th of June 2015