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So Uwe Hesse caught my interest when he blogged about how to add your twitter handle to your time on your taskbar. This is really cool for those of us that present, so that while we demo, you’ll see our twitter handle displayed at all times.
I did notice that his instructions, as most instructions I find for things on the Oracle side are for older versions of Windows or for Mac. I have a Window 10 machine and yes, it’s possible, just a few steps different.
There are a number of ways to do this….most of them are long, so I’m going to try to take you through the least amount of steps in Windows 10, which for some reason, has buried time settings… 🙂
Click on the Start Window and the Auto Search Function is activated. Type in Region.
Click on the one that has the following icon:
Click on Additional Settings at the bottom of the Region window:
And now you will be at the same basic Time settings as you would be in Uwe’s instructional post and can changed the displayed symbol for AM and PM to your twitter handle.
Thank you for sharing this with us, Uwe! 🙂
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Becoming a mentor was not a direct path for me. Even though I inspired people with my perseverance and common sense, I had no inclinations for a corner office position, (I often joke about passing up the corner offices in a fight to get to the server room) and this is often a trait that is expected for someone who is titled with “Mentor.”
In the five years in an official mentoring capacity, I’ve learned as much as I feel I’ve imparted among those I’ve mentored. I now find others asking me for advice on how to become a mentor or how to mentor more effectively and I do have some advice on that topic I’d like to share.
As I mentor both men and women, I can verify that each gender commonly requires different things in a mentor. Men will often want to know WHAT they can do to attain success. They are looking for contacts, a network of opportunities and examples they can duplicate. The guys rarely want anything than some quick advice and definitely don’t want to talk to other men that are being mentored by me… 🙂
Women often look to me for options to overcome cultural challenges that are hindering them from reaching their full potential. As they show ambition and attempt to make their mark, they will be faced with cultural bias that requires some careful maneuvering to successfully navigate and having not just a mentor, but a network of women who may have successful ways to work through these challenges is very beneficial. Often times they are the only women in their department, let alone their team and to have another woman who understands the unique world we work in makes a huge difference. Due to this, there is often small email groups, lunchs and other opportunities where the women meet each other.
Having other women to help them negotiate compensation or offers provides great value, too. We often hear how women aren’t very good at this, but watch out if you ask a woman to review or negotiate for another woman. I can tell you that I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without the support of my own women mentors who reviewed my own opportunities, offering their insight where I might have shorted myself.
One of the most important things a mentor needs to remember is that they are there to provide advice that is in the individual’s best interest. Its my opinion that some of the biggest waste of time is spent on people telling others how to do something that only benefits the person speaking. If you’re mentoring because it gets you ahead, you’re doing it wrong.
This is something I’ve had to ponder quite a lot lately. I’ve mentored a lot of people over the years- locally, nationally and internationally. I don’t rate success on what the industry may, but on the professional satisfaction of those I mentor. If they are happy with their career and the path they’ve chosen, then I’ve done my part. I’ve also felt what the industry may see as some of my greatest successes, if you were to ask me, I might consider my biggest failures. At one time, potential candidates for mentoring were those that were “hungry” for opportunities. This often equated to ambition, but what I found is that ambition without a strong sense of self is a penchant for disaster.
With ambition and so many opportunities to make success easily reachable, success can come very quickly. The individual you mentor must have a strong sense of self to be gracious, accept their failures without blame and to not be overwhelmed by what they’ve achieved. They must be responsible for their own actions, do the right thing, even when it might not be the easy path. Above all, they must be fair to others and honest with themselves.
In my long history of mentoring, I’ve only had to remove myself as the mentor to two individuals and these were painful decisions. Both individuals have immense potential and I still believe in them and their futures. The harm to others to achieve what they desired wasn’t worthy of who they are or the people or organizations harmed by their choices. The most damage be their choices was to their self-esteem. They respect themselves less than they did before they approached you for mentoring. I have wrestled with the idea that I should stick by them when they went through their first challenges with this type of situation, but found that by doing so, I only “enabled” the situation, making them often feel it was more acceptable.
These tough decisions are part of being a mentor, too.
The biggest benefit of having a mentor, no matter if you’re a man or a woman, is that they save you valuable time by providing guidance, information and access to opportunities that you might not have been able to achieve on your own. Our friends and family rarely even understand what we do for a living, (which is why while everyone else is enjoying the holiday meal, we’re relegated to fixing Uncle Edgar’s laptop that he ran over with his car) and so mentors in technology really do make a huge difference.
I hope other’s take this opportunity to consider reaching out to someone as a mentor or consider mentoring others. We can accomplish so much more when we all work together.
With that, I leave you with my greatest mentor, the superhero corgi! 🙂
Since the introduction of Enterprise Manager 12c, folks have been asking for a list of best practices. I know a lot of you have been waiting for this post!
1.Use previously deployed, older hardware for your Enterprise Manager deployment on 13c.
Enterprise Manager is a simple, single service system. There is no need for adequate resources and ability to scale. In fact, I’ll soon be posting on my blog about building an EM13c on a Raspberry Pi 3.
2. Please feel free to add new schemas, objects and ETL’s to the Oracle Management Repository, (OMR.)
This database doesn’t have enough to do with metric collections, data rollup, plugin, metric extensions and notifications.
3. Turn on the standard statistics jobs and baseline collection jobs on the OMR.
The OMR has its own version of the stats job, but running two jobs should make it run even better and even though baselines aren’t used, why not collect them, just in case?
4. Set the EM13c to autostart, but set the listener to stay down.
The Oracle Management Service, (OMS) shouldn’t require the listener to connect to the OMR when starting, after all.
5. If there is a lot of garbage collection, just add more memory to the java heap.
If we give it more memory, then it will have less to clean up, right? More is better and there isn’t any way to find out what it should be set to anyway.
6. If you want to use the AWR Warehouse, you should use the OMR database for the AWR repository, too.
It shouldn’t make a difference to network traffic, datapump loading or resource workloads if they share a box. These two databases should work flawlessly on the same hardware, not to worry about network traffic, etc.
7. If you have a lot of backlog for job processing on your EM13c, you should trim down the worker threads.
Serializing jobs always speeds up the loading of data.
8. Sizing an Enterprise Manager EM13c is a simple mathematical process, which I’ve displayed below:
(If I didn’t mention it earlier, there will be a quiz at the end of this post…)
9. Never apply patches to the Enterprise Manager tiers or agents.
Each release is pristine and bugs don’t exist. It will only require more work in the way of applying these patches and downtime to your EM13c environment.
10. Patch any host, database or agent monitored by the Enterprise Manager manually.
Patch plans and automation of patching and provisioning is a terrible idea and the only way a DBA can assure if something is done right is if they do it manually themselves. Who needs a good night’s sleep anyway?
Now if you haven’t already done so, I recommend joining Meetup and checking out the groups that are in your area of interest. I run three groups, (RMOUG Women in Technology, Raspberry Pi and STEM and Girl Geek Dinners of Boulder/Denver) I’m also part of a number of other groups, including the Big Data, Women who Code and Girls Who Develop It Meetup, which this one day class was offered by. At $80, it was a great opportunity to dig into a new language and gain a strong introduction to a computer language, even if you didn’t have any previous experience.
Through the day, we learned how to build out a main page, test code through the console log, incorporate java script into our pages and best practices of beginning Java Script.
Last night I attended our RMOUG WIT’s movie night. We partnered with Regis and the choice in movie has received a lot of great reviews, titled, Code- Debugging the Gender Gap. The movie resonated with me profoundly, as I was able to connect with not just the women involved in the interviews, but the girls who reminded me of myself when I was young. There were a number of initiatives that made me proud to be part of the IT industry and opportunities still needing our contribution towards change.
Once the movie was over, we held a short WIT panel session. I was joined by Sharisse Hawkins, Terry Morreale and hosted by Sharri Plantz-Masters from Regis. I had way too much caffeine before being put center stage and regretted it immediately as I spoke way too much during the panel discussion. The women who joined me on this panel had impressive credentials and I was terribly disappointed that I didn’t get to learn more about them during this short session.
The interaction with the audience was fantastic and there were a number of young women who attended that are planning on a career in technology. I was very happy to meet many of them after the panel and impressed at their energy and intelligence.
Next time, though, I bring my time-out muzzle to keep my contributions to a controlled amount… 🙂
Thanks to everyone that attended the event and if you’re interested in future events, stay tuned to RMOUG’s website and the Girl Geek Dinner’s Meetup. We’re about to get planning under way and we’ll be having some great events for everyone to join!
I fly out on Sunday for HotSos and am looking forward to giving a joint keynote with Jeff Smith, as well as giving two brand new sessions on Enterprise Manager New Features. IOUG’s Collaborate is just a month afterwards, so the spring conference chaos is officially under way.
With running the RMOUG conference, Feb. 9th-11th, I think you can imagine what my response was like when I realized how much content I had to produce for HotSos’ two sessions and then another four for Collaborate, plus a Hands on Lab.
As focused as I’ve been on day job demands for a new product, Oracle Management Cloud, which I’m sure you’ve heard of as it goes through trials, I found myself furiously building out everything I needed for my Enterprise Manager 13c environment. At the same time, we needed to build and test out the HOL container environment and then Brian Spendolini was kind enough to give me access to the Oracle Public Cloud to test out the new Database as a Service with Hybrid Cloud offering.
I know all of it is going to be awesome, but my brain works like a McDonalds with 256 open drive thrus, so until it comes together at the end, I’m sure it looks pretty chaotic.
With that said, everything is starting to come together, first with HotSos and then with Collaborate, really well.
This will be my fourth year presenting at HotSos Symposium and where other conferences may have mixed content, this is all about performance. It’s my favorite topic and I really get to discuss the features that I love- AWR, ASH, EM Metrics, SQL Monitor, AWR Warehouse. It’s all technical, all the time and I really enjoy the personal feel of the conference that the HotSos group put into it, as well as the quality of the attendees that are there with such a focused objective on what they want to learn.
That Jeff and I are going to do our keynote on Social Media at HotSos really demonstrates the importance of it’s value to a techie career. Social Media is assumed to be natural to those that are technically fluent and to be honest, it can be a very foreign concept. Hopefully those in attendance will gain value in professional branding and how it can further their career.
Collaborate is another conference where I enjoy speaking at immensely. The session attendance is high, allowing you to reach a large user base and the locations often change from year to year, offering you some place new to visit. The venue this year is in Las Vegas at the Mandalay. There’s so much to do during the event that its almost impossible for you to go outside or do something outside the hotel, ( can you call these monstrosities in Las Vegas just a “hotel”? :)) and I know I only went outside once back in 2014 after arriving.
Joe Diemer did a great job putting together a page to locate all the great Enterprise Manager and Oracle Management Cloud content at Collaborate this year. Make sure to bookmark this and use those links to fulfill your Collaborate scheduler so you don’t miss out on any of it! This includes incredible presenters and I know I’ll be using it to try and see sessions for a change!
Along with my four technical sessions, I’ll be doing a great HOL with Courtney Llamas and Werner DeGruyter. We’re updating last year’s session, (OK, we’re pretty much writing a whole new HOL…) to EM13c and we’re going to cover all the latest and coolest new features, so don’t miss out on this great pre-conference hands on lab!
Hopefully I’ll see you either this next week at HotSos or in April at Collaborate!
I’ve been feeling quite amorous about the camera features on my Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge phone, but noticed that it wasn’t taking as automatically impressive pictures as usual and sometimes, I even had to focus, (the horror!) I turned the camera over and could see a hairline crack inside the camera lens. It was a really odd place to have damage, as the exterior cover to the lens was fine. The camera is incredibly good, as even can be seen here in a picture that had the quality sucked out of it on Facebook from our trip to Mexico a month ago-
Due to the odd crack, I brought it into T-Mobile and as wonderful as they are to their customers, (I’ve been with them for about ten years now….) they found that the best approach was just to switch my phone out on my jump program, which also allowed me to upgrade….which also resulted in my monthly payment to go down, (nicest run-on sentence ever…:)) I had admitted to myself that I was missing my larger screen of my two previous Note phones and decided to go to the Galaxy 6 Edge +, which combined the best of both worlds in the Edge and the Note.
Why did I want the bigger screen? I am just going to admit this- I’m getting old. I refuse to squint at a screen and try to read tiny text and the screen was just too small for the text size I preferred for comfortable reading of email, texts and such. The 5.7″ screen on the Edge +, (1/2 inch larger than the Edge) allowed me to set the font size up to a much larger version and use the “Gothic Bold” font in a way that doesn’t overlap or wrap in a way that is not aesthetically pleasing.
The screen on the Edge series is just gorgeous. There’s something about the Super AMOLED screen and the curved edge. The camera just can’t seem to take a bad picture and it’s incredibly responsive to touch.
Funniest thing I had to get used to was how slim it is. I just couldn’t adjust to the first Edge’s thin profile and had to buy a robust phone case that gave the phone more weight and “substance”. I really appreciate the cases that protect the corners and sides, but add enough to the thickness that I don’t feel like I’m about to slip between my fingers at any minute. I’ve had great luck with Caseology and Verus combination ones that have thick rubber interiors with hard plastic shells that can be seen on mine here:
And the back of the case has a nice grip to it, so you don’t have to worry about dropping it or having it slide off of a smooth surface:
The last addition is the most important to my smartphone setup. I use my phone a lot and one of the benefits of going to the Edge + was the extended battery life. I got about 1 1/2 days on my standard Galaxy Edge. That’s considerable vs. what most people receive in battery life, but the larger battery is a key enhancement in the Edge +.
Most people are aware that very few new phones have replaceable batteries. We are switching out our phones more often and the new “sealed” designs protect from water damage and other issues more than the previous with a separate battery.
Even though LiOn batteries are getting more efficient with charging and have less issues than the previous ones, they can be impacted by over and continual charging. The way to work around this is to get a charge pad for your phone and I did invest in a Black Sapphire charge pad for mine.
The charge pad only charges to 100% and then the QI Inductive technology goes into a sleep mode, saving from over-charge. I don’t have to take the case off or anything, just place the phone down on it and I see a circular print across the screen and the charge signal at the upper right comes on. The pad glows blue to tell me it’s charging and it glows green when it’s complete.
I’ve used Samsung products for quite some time now. Everything from the Samsung Galaxy 3 Mini, (which I had to purchase out of Canada) to my Tab S2 tablet and most recent purchases discussed here. I really love their products and nothing against Mac iphones or iPads, I just am happier with the Android OS overall and Samsung makes some seriously beautiful hardware to boot.
Now if they keep going in the direction they are with the Samsung Gear, we might be able to talk me out of my Moto360 smartwatch…. 🙂
I’m a Leaf on the Wind, Watch How I Soar.
This is one of my favorite lines from the movie Serenity.
Without Alan Tudyk’s character dying and all at the end of this, (sorry if I ruined the movie for anyone…) this is how a DBA should be in the database environment- skilled, reliable and maybe a little off our rockers. Our job is to protect the data, the database and all of the database.
With that said, I’m going to list my Ten Rules of Database Administration.
Happy Friday Folks!
I’ve just returned from another post-RMOUG conference mountain trip and happy to say that another RMOUG Training Days conference has successfully completed. It’s a massive undertaking that takes an incredible amount of time from our board of directors, volunteers and Team YCC, our conference support company. In the end, it’s all worth it and no one regrets the loss in personal life or family time to put on the largest Oracle regional user conference in the US.
As my fourth year as conference director completes, I can look back and see how the conference has changed, how we’ve successfully taken on intriguing challenges and opportunities for improvement.
The OWL, sponsored by Oracle Technology Network. Laura Ramsey and her folks did a great job with the Hands on Labs and events in the huge area designated behind the exhibitor area. She had a daily schedule that was published in our mobile app and the daily highlights, which kept our attendees abreast of what was going on in the area each day.
Keynote from Carlos Sierra and Mauro Pagano. These gentlemen have built and supported the tools that provide the deep and detailed answers that many of us in the performance arena live for. They are also incredible people and to have them share with us what drove them to build the products, the stories behind initiatives and enhancements to where we are today was really enjoyable to listen to. It was technical, it was personable and we enjoyed sharing it with them.
Over 100 technical sessions from the best of the best in Oracle, MySQL, OBIEE, APEX, ADF and others! We really are very lucky here at RMOUG. We get the best speakers in the Oracle realm- Oracle ACEs, ACE Directors, Oracle’s technical specialists and new up and coming. They all want to come to Denver each February to speak to Training Days attendees.
Lunches with ACEs. This has been the third year we’ve put this on. It’s an incredible opportunity to sit down with your Database God and get close up and discuss your technical topic of obsession. I even got back into the game, sitting in on Ray Smith’s table, (he wasn’t able to attend, my fault, we forgot to take down his table!) and we sat and discussed Enterprise Manager features for an hour.
Women in Technology Round Table. This went really, really well this year. I kept the slides to a minimum and the Denver area panel did a great job discussing topics that are at the front of everyone’s minds on how to get women ahead in technology and our children’s education more focused towards tech careers.
We are going through the same challenge as any user group is going through in the US. Without the members and attendees who made the conference fantastic this year, RMOUG, a not-for-profit organization, couldn’t put on a conference next year. Here in Denver, many of our membership aren’t aware of the impressive conference they have for the incredible low cost. Even though the early numbers are showing we had 40% new attendees, (which means my phenomenal team really did succeed in taking on this challenge) we were still down from our goals because many of our older membership didn’t attend this year’s conference.
I network with a number of user groups and user group boards. I hear the same questions-
How do we find new attendees?
How do we grow our membership?
Our membership appears to be aging out. How do we attract younger members?
These are the same challenges Training Days is going through and I often have discussions surrounding how to reach new demographics and attendance. At the same time, its common to have a conversation with someone you do expect to attend that says, “I won’t be at Training Days this year…”
Our previous attendees have become accustomed that the conference will always be there the next year. The effort that it’s taken to keep this conference active and successful is mind-blowing when I look review the data. We make this transparent for a reason, but at this time, I think it’s important to know how our investment looks to those outside of Denver and RMOUG.
Our attendees aren’t aware that some of the top database consultant companies around the US are flying in their employees to attend RMOUG Training Days. Our conference is 1/2 the length of Oracle Open World, KSCOPE and Collaborate, the three larger conferences in the US. At the same time, for only 1/2 the length, it’s only a 1/5th of the cost and you get 10 tracks and 2 1/2 days of pure technical content.
The networking opportunities with the biggest companies in the US, along with your local peers is priceless!
As for RMOUG’s board and the Training Days committee? We’ll keep introducing Training Days to new potential attendees and hope that the missing members will return to this impressive and incredible conference. We’ll keep spreading the word to companies about how inexpensive and valuable the training is at Training Days in hopes the next generation of DBAs, Developers and Database specialists have this incredible opportunity to better themselves and their career.
If we kept this information so transparent, you, as a member or attendee of RMOUG Training Days wasn’t aware of it, start thinking of our Oracle regional user group as our community and that by contributing by attending just has the additional benefit of helping out our own career! Now I’m going to enjoy a few weeks off before the planning starts again for next year!
There is an incredible power with the simple act of doing. People have a tendency to complain about the world, but there are only a few that refuse to simply accept it as it is and reach out to change it.
This video with the Red Pill Analytics guys, Stewart and Kevin, was a great opportunity to talk about something that is very important to folks like Jeremy Harms, (@EmeraldCube) and I. Jeremy is very active in the Atlanta area with his Code Crew events, introducing technology to locations that may not have the resources to offer this type of opportunity to the community. I also wanted to introduce it to my own community a while back and started working with my own resources at RMOUG as a Special Interest Group, (SIG), partnering up with Devoxx4Kids and Raspberypi.org. It’s incredibly rewarding as a teacher/coach/volunteer and really offers kids something they may not be able to get anywhere else.
I finished a great class this last Saturday, partnered up with Tuliva and Devoxx4kids. We had a really great time and productive, too! The kids learned about programming, development jobs and then I had them code two games, first a dice game and then Pass the Pigs, all in Python. Of the 20+ kids, over 85% finished their games and were able to play the games themselves or with one of the other attendees!
They just did a really great job and I was really thrilled with how the class did! Tuliva offered us a great venue to hold the class and their guys did a wonderful job ensuring everyone was up and running, (after we found out the Raspberry Pi’s didn’t like the VGA to HDMI converters for the monitors!)
I have no doubt that giving back and helping to focus the future of technology is what inspired Jeremy Harms of Vine City Code Crew. Schools don’t have the resources and it’s up to us to give back and build up technology for young people in the world.
Forty-one out of fifty states in the US still don’t require technical courses to graduate from high school and of those that do, a large majority of those classes are based on Office Technology vs. logical thinking or high technology, such as basic programming classes. One of the motivators for me was when I went to my children’s new high school and found out their pride in their multiple computer labs, all loaded with Windows 2000, how they would teach Microsoft Office programs and how to format a USB drive. This is not technology and when I asked about programming classes, I was told they did have them in the district, but kids needed to go offsite and attend the vocational school, called Bowman. This is both frustrating and depressing when we think that the only ones going into Tech out of high school are those that can’t make it in traditional high school.
So how can you get involved? There are a number of initiatives local and national you can reach out to.
So, reach out and be the change you want to see in the world. If we don’t do it, who will?
So I’ll be heading out for Oracle Open World 2015 in just over another week. This is the first year in a while that I won’t be speaking, (my own fault, as dummy here hasn’t figured out how to submit sessions internally yet, duh!) but I’m still going to support the demo grounds, meet with customers and speak at Oak Table World!
Per Steve Karam, if you need to know who’s speaking and why you should attend the sessions at the Children’s Museum, well here’s a few:
Jonathan Lewis – Yes. That Jonathan Lewis. Also an alien of extraordinary ability.Tanel Poder – Doer of things you didn’t know SQL could do and the snappiest snappermakerAlex Gorbachev – Jack of all trades, master of…well, all of them really.Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman – Cloud Control control, techno wiz, and data lacquererTim Gorman – Kellyn’s hype man. And world renowned Oracle expert.Kevin Closson – Refusing to party like it’s 1999 since 1999Gwen Shapira – A fifty petabyte machine learning datastore in human formCary Milsap – His advice has probably saved your database and careerOak Table World – The best Oracle speakers outside of OpenWorld. Literally, not figuratively.
Now if that doesn’t sum it up, well, let’s be honest, there are over 60 members and more speaking that listed here, so if you have time, it’s the best “unconference”, EVER.
With that said, we’ll get back to why everyone is there in the first place and it’s because of my awesome employer, Oracle!
I’m busy preparing my new sessions for post Oracle Open World, which I have three conferences in November, (San Antonio, Chicago and Germany) and ensuring customers I’m in charge of for OOW preparation are ready to go when the stage lights go up! It’s a fun kind of crazy chaos and the kind I commonly thrive under, so we’re all good!
With that said, there are a few events I’m looking forward to-
Sunday, Oct. 25th, 8:30am- Bridge Run with Crazy Oracle Peeps
Yeah, me and my arthritis will be walking that bridge, but it’s still a great event and I’ll be going. I’m not doing the bay swim or the bike event. Enough is enough, you crazy, exercise nuts! 🙂
I have wonderful peers at Oracle and Akshai Duggal is one of them! She’s going to be explaining how our SCP teams build out the REALLY massive Enterprise Manager environments, ensuring uptime, clear and concise monitoring, along with understanding pesky things like metrics and templates. Check out her session with real use cases, how can you beat that?
Monday, Oct. 26th, 5pm- in the RAC Attack Area- Enterprise Manager SIG from IOUG and Oracle.
Come meet up with all the top EM specialists in the world as we discuss the best topics surrounding Enterprise Manager and enjoy the hospitality of the OTN lounge area!
Monday, Oct. 26th, 6pm, the ODTUG Reception, (another invite only event…)
Another event I look forward to every year and even though I’m over booked this year, I’ll make sure to stop in for this, too!
Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 10-10:50am- Oak Table World- Stewart Bryson and I are going to talk about OBIEE and AWR Warehouse. Children’s Museum
We just wanted to play around a bit and see how much trending and analysis we could do with the product and had a great time building this out. Come check it out and then head on over for….
The big boss is talking, no not Larry, but my boss, Prakash Ramamurthy! He’s going to be discussing the coolest of the cool in new stuff that I’m totally obsessed with right now and if you miss out on this session, you’re going to be missing out on the best!
Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 12:15pm, Oak Table Ted Talk! Secret Topic! Children’s Museum
I can’t tell you what I’m going to talk about, but I’m going to tell you what I can’t tell you now. Yeah, I really just said that… 🙂
Courtney Llamas and a slew of great folks will be on stage talking how to become an EM Champion!
Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 4:15pm- Hybrid Cloud—Pivot to the Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control [CON9712] Moscone South 300
I really enjoy working with Steve Steltling in our SCP team and he’ll be presenting with Phillip Brown on Hybrid Cloud!
Wednesday, Oct. 28th- Bloggers Meetup from Pythian…..I’m waiting….still waiting….no invite yet….Where is it?
This is an event that I always enjoy and wait for the invite from Pythian each year, but nothing yet and will be pestering Alex Gorbachev until it shows up… 🙂
Wednesday Oct. 28th, evening- NOT GOING TO TREASURE ISLAND
Yeah, you heard that right. Every year, even when I did get a wrist band, I gave it to someone deserving and then Tim and I enjoy the quiet city for a dinner out in ANY restaurant we like… 🙂 We just aren’t much into concerts and love the opportunity to allow someone else to go that may not have by giving them Tim’s band, (now that I’m with Oracle, I no longer get one…)
Werner DeGruyter, our EM Yoda and Shailesh Dwivedi are going to talk about a great topic. I love mining Oracle EM data, so if that’s something you are impressed with, don’t miss out on this session!
If you want to see all the best of the Enterprise Manager sessions, here’s the Oracle Open World Schedule specific to EM!
Friday is the flight home, pick up my dog, DaVinci from the pet hotel and find out if my youngest son, Josh, still knows who I am!
I’ve been a bit busy traveling and speaking, but I wanted to discuss the great events I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the last couple weeks.
I spoke at the INOUG back on September 17th. The user group in Indiana is incredibly welcoming and I had a great time with the wonderful attendees for my three back-to-back sessions. We discussed AWR Warehouse, ASH and AWR Mining and a new session on Optimization for EM12c and the Hybrid Cloud.
September 21st-23rd was my first visit to the great city of Raleigh, NC and ECO! I’ve always wanted to visit the location and had a great time not just because I got to hang out with friends like Jeff Smith, Ric Van Dyke, Kent Graziano, Scott Spendolini and Tim St. Hilaire, but I also received an incredibly warm welcome from the ECO attendees! Linda Hoover and her team put on a great conference and the interaction from those in the sessions were phenomenal, both during and afterwards.
I had a great joint keynote with Jeff Smith on “Empowering Your Technical Career with Social Media”. It was incredibly well received and even though the room felt like it was -50F, everyone stayed for the entire keynote. Some of the best feedback was when a woman who was working in the hotel serving food came up afterwards to tell me how much she enjoyed it and asked me some questions about what I did for a living and how to get into the tech industry.
An attendee also came up to me in the restaurant to let me know she’d only stayed for two keynotes her entire career and that ours was one of them! These kind words from these two women and the other attendees who approached us meant a lot to Jeff and I. We really appreciate the support! I also have to thank Monty Latiolais and Ray Smith for letting Jeff and I rework their social media profiles and personal branding. It was great to see it all come together. For those that attended my technical session which was a deep dive in AWR and ASH, thank you for offering me a standing room only in the largest room they had at the conference and for all the interaction.
I raced home at midnight on the 23rd to ensure I was available to do the keynote on the 24th for the IOUG Master class at….OK, let’s just say it, I’m a Denverite, it will always be Mile-High Stadium. 🙂
The event included a good amount of RMOUG folks, along with some new folks and I got to speak with Graham Thornton from EMC, too! It was a great day to be at the stadium and a great time was had by all as I spoke on Oracle Hybrid Cloud.
Everyone knows I’ve been all about educating with small computers like the Raspberry Pi. Thanks to Jake Kuramoto, I was offered the opportunity to come be part of the coaching team with the Oracle Education Foundation, specializing in teaching Raspberry Pi with Python. I helped to build some of the content and it was an awesome experience to work with the high school kids.
I only got to spend a week out of the two week project, because if I didn’t get home at least one week in October, Tim was going to come and get me! It was a dream come true for me and I look forward to volunteering with the Oracle Education Foundation in the future.
On Thursday, Jake and his team, including the impressive Mark Vilrokx, came in to demonstrate a great nerf gun powered by an Adruino micro-computer and a sensor connected to the internet. It used voice activated commands to shoot nerf ammo, even to know how many nerf bullets to shoot.
I’ll return home next week and enjoy some time with my family, my home and my dog before returning for Oracle Open World and Oak Table World for the end of October, so until then, check out the Arduino controlled nerf gun Twitter account, IOT Nerf and a shot of the great class I worked with for the week!
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.
RMOUG Training Days was the first conference I ever attended, (2004) and the first one I ever presented at, (2009.) Its one of the reasons my career is where it is now and how I stayed in touch with the man who is now my partner in life, best friend and husband.
The Training Days conference is the largest regional Oracle User Group conference in the US and is held each year at the Colorado Convention Center with it’s unforgettable venue.
Our conference has an amazing group of volunteers and attendees, which can be seen easily just by a picture showing last year’s keynote from Maria Colgan:
With that said, currently the call for papers is open and I would like to recommend to everyone that they submit an abstract. To prepare you for this task, let me go over a few reminders of what it takes to make a great abstract:
Our conference sessions selection is based off the scoring of our valuable abstract reviewers. If you are selected to be a presenter, these are a few other things you can do to ensure that you are desired to return:
Finally, if it’s your first time submitting a paper, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for mentoring or guidance. Many conferences have senior speakers that can assist you and I know at RMOUG, we have a special selection process to ensure that our members get to hear from new speakers in the community. Ensuring success of the next great presenter in the Oracle world is important to us all. Take a deep breath and a dive into the great world of knowledge sharing! Everyone wins when every one contributes!
Submit your abstract today! The deadline is September 30th, 2015!
I’ve had a lot of people email and message me asking me what I’m doing with the Raspberry Pi and I wanted to share before the actual RMOUG Quarterly Education Workshop, (QEW) this Friday at Elitches.
So a little history- When I was a kid, I was a real handful. My mother used to come into my room and I’d have created “webs” out of yarn strung from every piece of furniture and twisted into patterns. I used to take apart radios and use the parts to create new toys, figuring out how the electronics worked. Dolls suddenly became cyborgs and we wont’ talk about what I used to do to poor, defenseless stuffed animals. My destruction and “recycling” used to exhaust her to no end, but what I used to create new toys out of, rarely occurs in today’s world and when the Raspberry Pi was introduced to the stage, I was immediately smitten…:)
As many know, I’m also a grand supporter of STEAM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) as part of the success in filling the 1.4 million open positions that we are posed to have available in technology by 2020. That number is only going to grow and I don’t see our public education system building out core knowledge to embrace technology in a way that kids will have been introduced to logical thinking and coding to entice them to careers in technical fields. Public educations just doesn’t have the resources or the vision to do this and I feel its up to us who are here, in the technical arena now.
With that said, it took some convincing to get the QEW to include a family coding event. We were already late getting the new board in place, so we’ve been scrambling ever since! Devoxx4Kids will be onsite and they’ll be doing a session on how to build Minecraft modules. I’ll be teaching the Raspberry Pi session with attendees. The project will have all areas of STEAM covered, which is quite a challenge to do in one project with kids!
The attendees will bring their Raspberry Pi setups with their parents [hopefully] in tow, and I’ll be providing small motors, pre-soldered with connectors to attach to a pibrella board that was part of the “shopping list” from the website. The Pibrella board is a small add-on board to the Raspberry Pi that makes it easy enhance projects and it’s one of my favorite additions to my setup. With the motor, and a small lego base, the kids will then use ART supplies to build a small project, it can be an animal, a flower, a design from stickers, even a spinner or other flyer. The art project can be ENGINEERED any way they want, to either spin, dance or fly off the motor.
Along with art supplies, I’ll have LED lights and small watch batteries that can be used to power the lights and add to their projects. I also have magnets to use to “attach” flyers to bases to launch which all bring in some components of SCIENCE into the project.
Once they finish their creation, we’ll attach it to a motor and start up our Raspberry Pi’s. Each attendee will open up a text editor and CODE some simple timing and spinning rotations, adding different enhancements to the code, depending on what they want their project to do, (I have three coded examples that they can edit with different times, start with the execution or use the button on the pibrella to commence, etc.)
They’ll then EXECUTE their code and see if the initial TIMES COMPUTED work with their project or if they need to adjust the MATH to make the project work.
Once they are satisfied with the project they built, we’ll discuss how they might imagine to enhance their project. Would they add lights? Would they add music? Might they change the physical design or code? I want them to use their imagination and their logical thinking skills to see how cool technology can be.
My youngest son, Josh, seen above, has been helping me with this project, using his master soldering skills to assist me attaching the jumper wires to the motors, helping me test out different art projects and flyers to ensure that the code works like expected and that my new [non-brand name] Lego case secures my different card installations correctly.
Thanks for listening to me rant so I can take a break from everything and hopefully, we’ll have a RAGING turn out for the family coding event, people will stick around and listen to me also ramble on about Enterprise Manager Hybrid Cloning to the Cloud and then have a great Hands on Lab using a AWR Warehouse I created for this event!
See you Friday!
Back in 2002, as a Junior DBA, I was informed by the senior DBAs I worked with that I MUST become part of my regional user group, (RMOUG). This was considered a requirement for any educated Database Administrator or Developer of the time and as those who I respected instructed, I became a member and attended my first Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days in February, 2003. I was impressed with the level of technical content of the sessions, the opportunity to network with others in my local Oracle community and that I was able to take the new knowledge I had learned and apply it to my job immediately. I was appreciative of the advice I’d been offered by my fellow DBAs and rest assured, shared this tip with others in the community as my career progressed.
By 2008, it was recommended that I begin to present after starting my first iteration of the DBA Kevlar blog and although not what you would call an impressive session, (as happens with many, I bombed my first ever presentation) but didn’t give up and improved as I gained experience.
In 2011, I approached Tim Gorman and Ron Bich, making them aware that I had time that I would like to volunteer to RMOUG, (I didn’t let anyone know at the time I had the time as my divorce was fast approaching, which ended up benefiting Tim Gorman extensively, but that’s another story… :)) I felt the organization had given so much to me and as my children were older, it was time to offer some of that time and energy back to the community. Tim talked me into submitting a campaign statement to the board of directors and I’ve been part of this organization ever since, starting out as the Membership/Vendor Director, creating the Social Media Director position and for the last three years, the Training Days Conference Director. RMOUG was insightful enough to ensure that even though I’m now with Oracle, moved me to a board member emeritus, which allowed me to continue to contribute to the community and while eliminate my voting, which is something Oracle employees are not allowed to do as part of an Oracle user group board, (note to those that have avoided putting hard working Oracle employees in spots on board of directors, it can be done and don’t waste these valuable resources, folks.)
A board position is one of service, not of privilege. You shouldn’t look to gaining a board position because you want special privileges or opportunities. You are there to volunteer your time and service to the community, plain and simple. I have the support of my manager at Oracle, Pramod Chowbey, which is something to be recognized and rewarded when a company supports volunteerism and communities. It’s not about what RMOUG can do for Oracle, but what Oracle feels that they need to offer to the user groups community. My manager understands that when I’m wearing my RMOUG hat, there mustn’t be any conflict with my Oracle employment, (assisted by a conflict of interest form signed each year and a whistle blower policy to ensure that this is followed to the letter…) I am here for the membership, which includes the hours volunteered towards this great user community. The membership need the time and support of the volunteers who run this great organization. It also can’t exist without the support of its members. If the members don’t invest in the user group, there is no way for it to survive.
So here is my challenge to you: wherever you are, whatever area of Oracle you specialize in- find your regional Oracle user group and become a member. Pay dues, attend events and contribute your time. I hear from so many that say, “Oh, I’ll go next time” or “It’s not like they’ll miss me.”
Yes, yes they will. With so many free events being offered by companies that aren’t aware of the local user group community, the time and effort of those running these groups to keep them fresh and find new technologies/platforms to keep the groups alive and healthy, it is up to you to keep your user group from going extinct.
If you aren’t aware of your regional Oracle user group, here’s a list of Oracle User groups and their links. Although there aren’t any links, this page has a monstrous list that with a little web research, will lead to any that are missing from the IOUG page. Just like being part of your community in your town, place of worship or family, this is the one that is clearly a large part of your life- your career.
Now, I need to get back to building out the last hands on lab for the Quarterly Education Workshop for RMOUG and prepare for opening up the call for papers for Training Days 2016, but I think you get the idea how important this is to me. Giving back is paving the way for the technologists of tomorrow and the only way that happens is to be part of it.
I’m glad to be home after a couple weeks in Europe, speaking at both the Harmony 15 conference in beautiful Tallinn, Estonia and then as a keynote speaker at AOUG in lovely Vienna, Austria the week after. I get to pretty much stay close to home for the next two months, traveling only a bit, but I want to go over the upcoming conferences that I’ll be speaking at the next couple months.
I’ll be speaking, along with my peer, Loc Nhan at the event. I’m looking forward to seeing the Atlanta folks, like Bobby Curtis, Danny Bryant and Stewart Bryson. You can find specifics here.
August has a number of local events, along with all my work that I need to perform for RMOUG, so I’m sticking close to home! I’ll be the main speaker and assisting to coordinate a new challenge for the RMOUG Quarterly Education Workshop- A Family Coding day! We’ll start out the day at Elitches, before it opens, with a hands on demos from DeVoxx4Kids, Lady Coders and I’ll do a lab with the kids using Raspberry Pi. After the park opens and the kids go wild on the rides, we’ll continue with an EM12c day, introducing Hybrid Cloud and a hands on lab with the AWR Warehouse! All this will be on August 7th and should be up on the rmoug.org site soon, so keep an eye out for it!
I’ll be doing a few tech sessions, along with a joint keynote with Jeff Smith, from SQL Developer fame. We’ll be educating the tech masses on the value of social media to their careers and details can be found here.
It’s hard to believe it’s almost that time again, but yes, the biggest Oracle event in the world will be happening at the end of October this year and I’ll be ready, will you? 🙂
This is a new one for me and I can’t wait! The event will have me talking about why performance is important with Oracle and how to achieve it as a feature! This is being held in the great city of San Antonio, Tx and it should be a lovely time to be on the river walk in November! Details about this conference can be found here.
I am booked up through next year this time, but we’ll just stop at this event and I’ll update you more as the time gets closer! Thanks to everyone who’s granted me these great opportunities and look forward to seeing everyone at these incredible events!
Additionally, there are some great opportunities in professional development at the IOUG Strategic Leadership Program. I’ll be speaking with James Lui on how to improve your value with personal brands and social media.
I’m the WIT luncheon speaker on Monday, so for those of you that signed up for this great, yearly event for women in tech before it sold out, I’m looking forward to meeting as many of the powerful women in our industry, (and hopefully a few men, too!) before and after the event.
There are also a few SIG’s that I’ll be attending that aren’t on the schedule:
Tue-12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Cloud Computing and Virtualization SIG Meeting (ID: 943)
Wed-12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Oracle Enterprise Manager SIG Meeting (ID: 949)
|Id Number||Date and Time||Session Title||Product Line(s)||Session Track(s)||Session Room|
|976||Sun. Apr. 12
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
|Everything I Needed to Know About Enterprise Manager I Learned at COLLABORATE – Hands-on Lab||Oracle Enterprise Manager||Manageability||Palm D|
|0||Mon. Apr. 13
9:15 – 10:15 am
|Zero to Manageability in One Hour: Build a Solid Foundation for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c||Oracle Cloud – DBaaS/PaaS| Oracle Database| Oracle Enterprise Manager||Manageability||Banyan B|
|112||Mon. Apr. 13
3:15 – 4:15 pm
|The Power of the AWR Warehouse||Oracle Enterprise Manager||Manageability||Banyan B|
|967||Mon. Apr. 13
4:30 – 5:30 pm
|IOUG Strategic Leadership Program: Staying on Top of Key Trends and Growing Your Personal Brand with Social Media||Applicable to All||Professional Development||Banyan E|
|1003||Wed. Apr. 15
2:00 – 3:00 pm
|OakTable: TED-Style Lightning Talks (2:00-3:00pm)||Applicable to All||Database||Mandalay K|
|986||Mon. Apr. 13
12:45 – 1:45 pm
|Twitter 101 for Oracle Professionals||Applicable to All|||Professional Development||Banyan D|
Thanks to everyone at IOUG for the opportunity to be so involved with this great conference and see everyone soon!
Just over a year ago, it became public that I was leaving Enkitec for Oracle. Most folks had similar questions surrounding my decision, including my logic in giving up my ACE Director, an assumption that I would just disappear into the Oracle “machine”, considering the sheer size of the company and with my prominent company work history, what had prompted the decision.
In this last year, my career has definitely surprised more than a few folks. I, in no way, disappeared into Oracle. In fact, I’ve been made more prominent and in doing so, assisted in shining a light on the Enterprise Manager group. I’m continually offered great opportunities to be more and do more with the OEM group, which I appreciate greatly. I interviewed my potential managers as much as my employer interviewed me. I believe your job is only as good as your boss and my managers are incredibly important to all that I’m able to do in the technical arena, along with the Oracle community.
I presented at 11 conferences, a master class, three webinars and a number of local events. During this time, I worked with customers and implemented a large number of Strategic Customer Program, (SCP) “Fast Track” engagements for Enterprise Manager. These are projects that EM12c isn’t an after-thought to a project- it’s the FOCUS of it. I knew if I wanted to gain more knowledge of Enterprise Manager, that I was going to need to go back to the source and that meant Oracle. There’s been no disappointment here- I get to be part of the first line of huge OEM projects that implement HA Enterprise Manager environments with advanced features, plug-ins and other enhanced architecture designs.
Inside Oracle, I’m working with some of the best of the best in the Enterprise Manager world. The Architects, Product Managers and Consulting Members of the Technical Staff that make Enterprise Manager the great product it is are who I get to interact with every day. I have insight into the framework, plug-ins and other features that I simply would not get outside Oracle. I have access to systems and development vision that I wouldn’t have as a customer. The Strategic Customer Program, (SCP) is the first line to directing the product with the vision it requires, as so often many that are working on developing the features may be very distant from the customers- where we are the ones interacting with them and are expected to come up with the answers. This has shown in my blog posts, as I dive deeper into new EM12c features, plug-ins, etc.
My removal of my ACE Director, as it is a customer program, was in my mind, not a loss, but just something I had already achieved and I needed to go onto new challenges. I think my only concern was due to the small number of women involved in the program, but I found that I can still support the ACE program and am still working to support ACE submissions and mentoring. That’s what’s really important to me. The only people I have seen viewing this as a mistake are commonly those that look down at others for something, no matter what and are dealing with their own insecurities, so I’ve found myself pretty unconcerned with these few.
After joining Oracle, I was able to locate the bylaws for Oracle user group involvement as an employee and retain my Conference Director role at Rocky Mtn. Oracle User Group, (RMOUG), by becoming a non-voting Board Member Emeritus. I’ve found new ways to involve myself with the user group community, also taking on the role as the user group liaison for the Enterprise Manager group for all interaction. I’ll be working with IOUG in the future to find ways to streamline and assist other user groups with consolidating our resources and helping each other be more successful- doing more with less, as many of the regional user groups are non-profit, have small budgets and limited resources.
Oracle has been very supportive of my Women in Technology initiatives. They know this is something very important to the world of technology and my own hopes for a more balance IT workforce. To have my manager email me about something I’m working on and end it with, “btw, read your <insert WIT article title here> the other day, great read!” and then tell me about some of the things he’s dong with his kids is really great to hear. That he recognizes the importance of what I’m doing, the essential work of mentoring those around us is impressive, too.
Some felt that my social media presence would be impacted- assuming that Oracle’s Social Media Policy would suppress my personal brand after coming on board. The opposite is quite true. I’d been aware for quite some time, that if you had an issue with social media, it was due to companies NOT having a social media policy. This leaves those that don’t understand social media or are uncomfortable with social media to make assumptions of what is allowed or what they think SHOULD be allowed. I have never had an issue with a company surrounding social media when a company had a social media policy. My social media value has done nothing but risen since joining Oracle and I thank everyone for their continued support.
My first year has been one of growth, opportunities and greater depth of knowledge in the Oracle Enterprise Manager product. I am thrilled with the new opportunities that are on the horizon and look forward to the upcoming year!