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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


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

  • Developing Applications for RAC & Exadata – What You Need to Know by Bjoern Rost – portrix Systems GmbH
  • 12c Features for Developers by Connor McDonald – Oracle
  • Transforming One Table to Another: SQL or PL/SQL? By Bryn Llewellyn – Oracle  and Co-presenter(s): Jonathan Lewis.

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

  • An Insight into Oracle Standard Edition, What’s Included, What’s Not, and How to plug Some of Those Holes! By Tom Dale – Fivium
  • Standard Edition Something for the Enterprise or the Cloud? by Ann Sjökvist – SE – JUST LOVE IT
  • Looking for Performance Issues in Oracle SE – Check what OraSASH Can do for You by Marcin Przepiorowski – Delphix
  • Silent but Deadly : SE Deserves Your Attention by Philippe Fierens – FCP & Jan Karremans – Jk Consult, ACE
  • Oracle SE – RAC, HA and Standby are Still Available. Even Cloud! by Chris Lawless – Dbvisit Software
  • SE DBA’s Life a Bed of Roses? by Ann Sjökvist – SE – JUST LOVE IT

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” 


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!


Copenhagen 9th Dec 2015

Standard Edition Community – DOAG &UKOUG Conference


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!


Turku, Finland 22 July 2015