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Miracle Oracle World 2012 Recap

I ended up so wrapped up in everything going on when I returned home that I never did get my Miracle Oracle World 2012 post out on my blog, (bad DBA Goth Princess!:)) so here it is! Miracle Oracle World, (aka MOW2012, hashtag #MOW2012) is a yearly event held by Mogens Noorgard and his company […]


Presentation Slides from MOW 2012 Available!

Anyone interested in viewing the PDF to either of my presentations from MOW2012, which was held in Billund, Denmark this last week, the slides are now available via the following links: Making EM12c Work for You and ASH Analytics, Top Activity the Next Generation If you have any questions, please let me know, I’ll be […]


Denmark, MOW2012 and ODTUG’s KSCOPE Blog

I am preparing to fly out to Denmark tomorrow for Miracle Open World, 2012 in Billund, Denmark, MOW2012 It will be my first time to Europe, so I’m highly anticipating the journey and conference. I also had the pleasure of guest blogging on ODTUG’s blog this week: ODTUG’s Blog I’m all packed, ready to go […]


Assumptions- The Other DBA Killer

~ The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable ~ Paul Broca I’ve always found assumptions to be one of the most common cause of failures in software releases/maintenance windows. If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard, “I thought you were going to take care of/do that…” or “I didn’t involve […]


EM12c’s Configuration Topology

This is another little known feature, but one you have to work with to get a solid feel for and find value in. When I came upon it in EM12c, I was not that impressed, but quickly became more impressed with the “just the facts” and “all in one” interface that it is, especially if […]


Oracle for the SQL Server DBA Presentation Slides

Chris Shaw from Colorado Springs SQL Server SQLPass group invited me to come speak at this wonderful group last week and I promised a few folks that I would upload my slides to my site, (they are also available via Chris, too…) The group is a small, close knit group that I was very pleased […]


Andy Colvin is Now an Oracle ACE!

Congratulations to my coworker, Andy Colvin who just received his Oracle ACE!! Just one more immensely technically gifted individual who is very deserving of this award at Enkitec and makes me proud to be part of such a great group of folks!


Enkitec and SQLPass, Colorado Springs Style

Two things to be happy about today! 1st-  Enkitec did a lovely announcement on Enkitec regarding my coming on board.  I just arrived last night after three days at the main office in Irving, Tx, (Dallas area is lovely with all the fields of Blue Bonnet flowers this time of year…) and am psyched about […]


My Review of REI Monorail Sling Bag

Originally submitted at REI The REI Monorail Sling bag has the volume of a daypack and the features to meet all the challenges of the daily urban grind. Outdoor-inspired details make hauling the load comfortable and convenient. REI Monorail Sling Bag Light, Sturdy, Roomy and Comfortable!! By dbakevlar from Westminster, CO on 3/17/2012   5out […]


SQL Saturday Presentation!

Due to scheduling conflict though, it’s on a Thursday evening for once! I will be presenting for the first time as an Enkitec employee in Colorado Springs, March 22nd. All you SQL Server folks out there that want to come on out, here are the details: SpringsSQL


KSCOPE 2012 Events!

I’m forwarding out the latest KSCOPE 2012 Email. I love their stuff!! ———————————————————————————— The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas… And some of the brightest stars of the Oracle world will light up the scene at ODTUG’s Kscope12, San Antonio, June 24-28. Celebrated around the world for its […]


The Technical Bully Scenario

I’ve been again, unfortunately, reminded what makes a poor work environment for a DBA or Developer.  Eddie Awad had sent this out and the second one really resonated with me: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/how-to-completely-utterly-destroy-an-employees-work-life/2012/03/05/gIQAxU3iuR_story.html?tid=sm_twitter_washingtonpost I refer to this in the IT world as the “technical bully syndrome” and it’s quite common in the arena.  It’s not because it’s […]


CBO, Statistics and A Rebel(DBA) With A Cause

This is not an “I’m against Oracle Best Practices” article. This is not an “I’m preaching against histograms” article. This is not an article telling folks that they should EVER take the steps or the choices that are presented in this article. I’m also going to refer to the wonderful post by Greg Rahn as […]


RMOUG 2012 Revisited

As many of you know, I’ve been a bit busy since RMOUG Training Days finding a number of presentation opportunities and while I was at it, a new gig with Enkitec. I am finally sitting down and putting to paper what a great year the RMOUG Training Days conference had for 2012. As everyone is […]


Kellyn’s Presentation Schedule, Spring/Summer 2012

Kellyn’s Schedule of Presentations, 2012, 2nd and 3rd Quarter March 24th, 2012, Colorado Springs, CO SQL Saturday Oracle for SQL Server DBA’s April 19th, 2012, Billund, Denmark MOW 2012 ASH Analytics- Top Activity, the Next Generation April 20th, 2012, Billund, Denmark MOW 2012 EM12c: Making Oracle Enterprise Manager Work for You May 30th, 2012, Hämeenlinna, […]


11g, Sherlock Holming it with Statistics, Histograms and Bind Peeking

Yes, my dear Watson, Bind Peeking is still an issue in 11g…. We recently upgraded from to and come across a couple interesting performance challenges. I do like this type of problem and have been quite busy working on the fixes for each one that has shown itself. This was one of the […]


RMOUG 2012 Presentation Slides!

Graham Wood was kind enough to send me a quick email and let me know that my presentation slides weren’t downloading correctly from RMOUG’s website, so I’ve put them here for anyone that may like to have them. I’m still recovering from the post RMOUG Training Day festivities, aka Foak Table, which was held up […]


Getting the Most Out of Enterprise Manager and Notifications

I ran out of time before I was able to provide an adequate white paper this year for my EM12c presentation, but there was some valuable info in what I had started, so thought I’d turn it into a mulit-part blog post… The Oracle Enterprise Manager, (OEM) is the standard monitoring tool for Enterprise Edition […]


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