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The Oak Table network is a closed membership of about 100 technical scientists who have a passion for technology and the world around them. These men and women, representing some of the brightest minds from each of their companies, are individuals who have built companies and major technical innovations.
Initially, much of their research and work was presented at Oracle Open World. Over time, Oracle Open World welcomed less and less of their participation. They decided to create their own network and present their information at their own conference, held annually at the same time as OOW. Over a decade later, the event now has company sponsors and a dedicated following of Oracle specialists who attend to receive the deepest and most interesting details of technical data in the industry.
There is a “cool factor” for those going to Oak Table World. Most of the members are also part of Oracle’s famed ACE Program, (most have ACE Director associations). Some of the members work for Oracle; most members work for companies that are Oracle partners. All of the sessions have a tendency to leave the attendee with their mind blown after each session.
The conference this year was sponsored by Delphix, Pythian and Amazon Web Services and was held at the Children’s Creativity Museum. The two day schedule only allows for 13 1-hour sessions and 8 10-minute “TED” style talks. This year the conference attracted over 400 attendees in two days. A majority of the talks were the deeper technical content that wasn’t deemed suitable for the more marketing driven Oracle Open World event.
Because Delphix is one of the major sponsors, by default, it receives quite a bit of exposure at the event. In addition to sponsoring, Delphix does the coordination for the event. These opportunities provide us a way to create awareness with the primary technical thought leaders in the Oracle community.
In the next couple weeks, you’ll see a post on Oak Table with links for the presenters incredible slides and to the recorded sessions. One session that wasn’t captured was Toon Koppelaars one hour session on the first day. We know this was a session that many said was a must-see, so I’ll be working with Laura Ramsey from OTN to get a webinar set up so many can take advantage of Toon’s amazing contribution.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me and I’ll happily share information on what we shared today and how we will continue to support Oak Table Network and thank you to each of the sponsors who, like Delphix, know the value of these incredible technologists.
With me traveling to Redwood City next week to visit HQ and then Oracle Open World the week after, I’m busy during many of my off hours preparing a new Raspberry Pi STEAM setup for a maker’s faire the beginning of October.
I’d heard that many were having challenges with installing different HATs on their new RPI 3, especially older ones like the Pibrella.
This is still one of my favorite accessories for my RPI due to the button, speaker and three LEDs, but also since I can hot swap jump wires without risk of shorting out the unit like when you’re using the direct GPIO on the RPI.
I have a great new setup for travel for my Raspberry Pi that has the newest 7in touchscreen and protective case, which opens on the back. Could I install my Pibrella with the constricted opening and the GPIO wires still powering the enhanced touchscreen card?
The Pibrella requires 26 of the pins to function and installation asks you to place the unit to the 1st pin. It has a mini USB connector for power, but can run off of the GPIO. The challenge is that the new 7inch touchscreen ALSO is powered by the RPI GPIO, connecting to pin 2, (5V) and 6, (Ground.)
When a competing configuration is found for GPIO, its important to inspect the GPIO map and see what is available:
Now using the above map, you’ll notice that pins 1, 2 and 3 are all power. The Pibrella ONLY needs one 5V power source, which means that installing it from the first pin may be best practice, but it’s not required. OK, so that means we can still use Pin 2 for the touchscreen. Now, if we move down the Pibrella one, that leaves 6 rows of pins free at the other end. The 6 pin, which is the second necessary pin for the touch screen to ground it, can be shifted to the 39 pin, which is another ground pin!
I then moved the GPIO pins for the touchscreen and installed the Pibrella to the RPI 3. It was a tight fit, but it did install:
The next thing was to test it all. Each of the GPIO connected match to the GPIO attached. These will have to all be tested to see if there are any mismatches between the board and the RPI. The Pibrella library that is installed is just functions that have been written to tell what pins correspond to what commands.
So I run a small test script:
import pibrella import time pibrella.light.red.on() time.sleep(2) pibrella.alarm.on() pibrella.light.red.off()
This script is to turn on the red light for 2 seconds, ring an alarm and then shut off the red light.
What happened? The amber light lit on and then off. No alarm- yep, may have my monitor working and power to the pibrella, but as suspected, the GPIO orientation is off for each of the LEDs, alarm and I expect, the GPIO connections on the board.
Now I could give up my pibrella….or the touchscreen, but what if I’m just plain stubborn and want both?
So the files I need to work with are in the distribution packages for Pibrella. I had to go to /usr/local/lib/python2.7
Now you may be wondering why this was in the Python 2.7 instead of the 3.4 distribution… RPI 3 still has the 2.7 python set as default. If you don’t change this, then this is where you go. I prefer RPI 3 and write my code per Python 3 standards, but I’m not surprised the Pibrella library installed here.
Inside this directory, under the dist-packages is the Pibrella directory and it’s just a matter of .py, (python) files. There is one called pins.py that I had to update to reflect the changes I made to my match my installation. Now, we can fun the red light script and it actually lights up the correct LED.
It appears the alarm and button are set up in a different set of code, so now I need to just locate the other python scripts for the alarm and such and get that corrected.
That doesn’t mean I can’t get motors and other devices working from the new setup….
Oracle Open World 2016 is almost here…where did the summer go??
With this upon us, there is something you attendees need and that’s to know about what awesome sessions are at Oracle Open World from the Delphix team! I gave my options up as is the tragedy of switching companies in late spring from Oracle, but you can catch some great content on how to reach the new level in data management with Tim Gorman, (my phenomenal hubby, duh!) and Brian Bent from Delphix:
After absorbing all this great content on Sunday, you can come over to Oak Table World at the Children’s Creativity Museum on Monday and Tuesday to see the Oak Table members present their latest technical findings to the world. The schedule and directions to the event are all available in the link above.
If you’re looking for where the cool kids will be on Thursday, check out the Delphix Sync event! There’s still time to register if you want to join us and talk about how cool data virtualization is.
If you’re a social butterfly and want to get more involved with the community, check out some of the great activities that, and I do mean THAT Jeff Smith and the SQL Developer team have been planning for Oracle Open World, like the Open World Bridge Run.
This is a living document that I will continue to update and will add new database platforms to as I go along in my career. I spend a lot of time translating database platforms I’ve worked in for all tiers of the technical business. It just seems natural that we might need a location on the web where that information is kept.
I’ll add some diagrams at a later date, but we’ll start with a simple spreadsheet of common terms and questions and how each of the terms or tasks in Oracle, (the current #1 RDBMS) translates in other platforms. If there isn’t a similar term or task, I’ve marked not applicable, (N/A). If you have any additions or suggestions on how to improve the list, please feel free to comment or email me at DBAKevlar at Gmail.
As I’m still working on the best viewable format, keep in mind, you can export the table into a number of formats or even print it!
Oracle MSSQL MySQL SAP Hana Cassandra Instance: Start of the SGA and one or more background processes
Instance: A Windows Service and following dbs: Master, model, tempdb, msdb, resource
MySQL Instance is backgroun processes
Hana Instance, Multi-tenant does exist
Storage Engines: Innodb, ISAM, NDB, (cluster), Marta, Falcon, etc.
SGA, (System Global Area) memory allocated to Oracle
Conventional memory mgmt, AWE, pages
Hana is an in-memory database
Java Heap Memory
Query Cache, Key Cache, (storage engine can determine some of this)
Memory Pool, (allocated to in-memory)
sys.tables WHERE name = 'TransactionHistoryArchive'
Persistence Layer, (some of this)
Parition Index Summary Cache
SQL Server Windows Service, MSSQL executable process
Connection and Sesssion Manager
SQLCmd and Powershell
MySQL Workbench and mysql cli
SAP Hana Studio
TNS, (Transparent Network Substrate), Bequeath, EZConnect
ADO.net, OLEDB, ODBC, etc.
MySQL connectors (ODBC, JDBC, .NET, etc)
Performance Management Views, (i.e. V$ views)
Dynamic Management Views/functions
HANA_SQL* and HOST_* views
DB Management Memory Pool
Persistance layer for data store
Index, (one clustered index per object)
Index Management Layer
Index for partition key
Partition Key for row level
Partition key for row level
Partition key for row level
Partition Key as column level to store relevant rows
Compaction of SSTABLES
sql_trace = on
SQL Profiler and for version 2012+ Extended Events
C and ANSI SQL
Java and CQL
Database and DBOwner
Logins and Users
database backup/storage snapshot
incremental/incremental with redo only
part of transaction log, transactional commit
part of transaction log
Part of Transaction Logging and session manager
Temp Database per SQL Server
Data Actually Stores in Order no need of temp
Network /Disk Heartbeat
Part of Connection Manager
Only one heartbeat network heartbeat in messages
Master / Slave Nodes
Node Clustering, managed by Calculation Engine
Peer Nodes (no master) indeed every node act as coordinator
Shared Storage, (Voting Disk, too)
Local Storage to each node
Tokens: Data Stripes using token range at node level
Replication Factor: Data Mirrors across nodes using RF=ONE, ALL, N..
init.ora or spfile.ora
cassandra.yaml in /softwarelocation/conf/
redo log sizes & location: v$log, v$redolog
logging module manages this
redo log flush
backup transaction logs
transaction log volumes
Log located at /cassandrasoftware/clustername/nodename/logs/system.log
crsctl / srvctl
Rebalance of Data in diskgroups
nodetool repair or nodetool repair -st -et
private network or private ips
no private ip's
Microsoft Failover cluster, (MSFC) and Voting Disk
MySQL clusters, sharding
scn_to_timestamp or rowscn functions
Log Sequence Number, (LSN) to timestamp
alter session set schema
alter database set user
ALTER SYSTEM ALTER SESSION
v$asm_operation, rebalance operation
nodetool netstats or nodetool tpstats
cssd.log (disk heartbeat and network heartbeat)
size of table: bytes in dba_tables
calculate space used(total), bytes output from nodetool cfstats keyspace.tablename
number of rows in table: dba_tables.num_rows
calculate number of keys(estimate)
Size of Tablespace:sum(bytes) from dba_segments where tablespace_name=
Size of each schema- SELECT table_schema "Data Base Name", sum( data_length + index_length) / 1024 / 1024
"Data Base Size in MB" FROM information_schema.TABLES GROUP BY table_schema ;
No Undo tablespace in MSSQL
N/A dependent on storage engine, too.
Written to redo
gc_grace_seconds for holding tombstones
result cache , keep pools
memory tables, heap tables
Shutdown instance, srvctl stop instance
NET STOP MSSQLSERVER, NET STOP MSSQL$instancename
sudo /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld stop
rman>backup tablespace tag 'today'
backup database dbname filegroup = 'filegroup' to disk = 'path\name'
After read lock, backup table files
on each node, backup keyspace -t today
rman> backup incremental tag 'incr'
Backups database 'db' with differential
enable incremental backups
enable incremental backups
rebuild index or reorg table
rebuild index keyspace tablename idx1, idx2
rman> backup database
backup database, snapshot
logical backup at tablename
rman> recover block 57;
mysqlbinlog- use logs to create statement sql to recover transactions to PIT.
scrub [keyspace] [tablename] [-s|--skip-corrupted]
rman> recover datafile
RESTORE DATABASE adb FILEGROUP='filegroup'
Depends on storage engine- mysqldump, mysqlbackup mysqlndb, etc.
RECOVER DATA USING FILE ('
N/A SSTABLELOADER from snapshot
restricted mode: alter database restricted mode
set global read_only=1
Boot OS into single user mode
cost based statistics, (CBO or optimizer)
cost based statistics
SQL and MDX, (Multidimensional Expressions)
Anyone who’s anyone knows to search out OakTable World at major events in the US and Europe, and Oracle Open World 2016 is no different!
OakTable World 2016, (#otw16) will be held at the Children’s Creativity Museum again this year during the week of Oracle Open World. The Oak Table members will be discussing their latest technical obsessions and research on Monday and Tuesday, (September 19th-20th). The truth is, folks- The Oak Table experts are an AWESOME group, (if I don’t say so myself! :)) as we could have easily done another day of incredible sessions, but alas, two days is all we have available for this year’s event.
This year’s sponsors to make sure the Oakies have a place to rest their weary laptops are no slouches themselves in the technical world:
I’ll continue to formalize the schedule as the session titles fill in and expect a few more ten minute ted talks to be added to the schedule as well. Each session is 50 minutes, so there will be a 10 minute break between each session in this packed schedule!
Mogens Norgaard will be opening Oak Table World on Monday, at 8:30am. Be prepared to be awe-inspired by all he has to share with you, (which may go hand-in-hand with the amount of coffee we can provide to him…)
If you’re unsure of how to get to Oak Table World, I’ve included a map below of San Francisco’s Moscone Center, where Oracle Open World will be. OTW will be held in the Creativity Theater, which is in the museum behind the carousel, around the Southeast side of the building.
Oak Table World is FREE to the PUBLIC! We don’t require an Oracle Open World badge to attend, so bring a friend and they’ll owe you big time!
So currently, instead of the formal breakfast and lunch that’s been previously offered, we’re going to try something more…”Oakie” and crowd friendly. As the Executive Goth Girl, (my own designation) I am going for good coffee and awesome donuts in the mornings to fuel the attendees. As lunch is offered with registration to OOW for 90%, (or more) of our participants, I’m spending money that would go to lunch and following the requirements for an event per the ABC, (Alcohol and Beverage Control of California) we’ll be having beer tasting from some of the local breweries. We’ll have some fantastic munchies if you get hungry, but as we all know, beer is really a carb. You can thank me later… 🙂
For those of you wondering if we’ll be doing any recordings of the sessions- OTN and Laura Ramsey have agreed to do the live streaming for the event, (because they ROCK!!) so be prepared for some seriously impressive content streaming your way from their channel after the event if you’re unable to attend.
I’ll keep this page updated with new information as Oak Table World 16 gets closer and thank you to everyone for their support! Have questions or ideas? Email Kellyn at dbakevlar at Gmail.
So some unknowing fool gave me full access to a fridge of Starbucks caffeinated beverages, which should be against the law in this fine country. Needless to say, my ability to type approximately 180wpm has offered me the opportunity to catch up and blog about what it’s like almost a month in employed with Delphix.
In just the last two weeks, a number of conference sessions have come about and events that I plan on being part of. Some of them are well known, some aren’t and some require a bit of promotion to make them even greater than they already are, (you don’t want to be that person that wonders why they missed out, now do you?)
At the end of this month, on July 29th, RMOUG is having their summer QEW at the Denver Aquarium. The summer event is our second largest event of the year, (behind February’s Training Days conference) and the planning is starting to come together, (which is good considering it’s in a couple weeks!) The speakers are two great ones in the community, Solarwinds’ Janis Griffin and OnX’s Jim Czuprynski. We’ll have a Women in Technology lunch and learn, (Jim’s wife, Ruth, who had a long career in technology) will be part of the round table conversation with the women in our community to discuss some great topics! If you have family you’d like to invite, check out the opportunity for discount tickets to enjoy the aquarium post the event! You can read the details of the event and register at RMOUG’s website.
The first will be a promotion for Oracle Open World. Every year there is a run across the bridge on September 18th and it’s a great way to get to know some of the best people in the Oracle community before we get lost amidst the Moscone mayhem. The view is fantastic and if you’re like me and age has impacted your ability to keep up with some of those in our community that like to run 100+ miles in a single outing, you can walk the bridge as well. If you’re interested, check out the following Facebook link and come be a part of this great event!
During Oracle Open World, I’ll be busy Tuesday and Wednesday, (Sept. 20th and 21st) at the Children’s Museum, heading up the Oak Table World. It’s one of those tasks that I took over for Kyle so he can focus on what he does best. The event will be at the Children’s museum by the Moscone again and we’re close to signing on Pythian and one other vendor to sponsor the event with Delphix. Tim will be designing the great t-shirts that are coveted each year and I’m considering scheduling a hackathon if there’s enough interest. I’ll get the schedule posted soon and thanks for everyone’s patience!
OK, time for another Starbucks, pray for my office mates… 🙂
I’ve been going through some SERIOUS training in just over a week. This training has successfully navigated the “Three I’s”, as in its been Interesting, Interactive and Informative. The offerings are very complete and the knowledge gained is limitless.
I’d also like to send a shout out to Steve Karam, Leighton Nelson and everyone else at Delphix who’s had a hand in designing the training, both for new employees and for the those working with our hands on labs. I’ve had a chance to work with both and they’re just far above anything I’ve seen anywhere else.
Most DBAs know- If you attempt to take a shortcut in patching or upgrading, either by not testing or hoping that your environments are the same without verifying, shortcuts can go very wrong, very quickly.
Patching is also one of the most TEDIOUS tasks required of DBAs. The demands on the IT infrastructure for downtime to apply quarterly PSU patches, (not including emergency security patches) to all the development, test, QA and production databases is a task I’ve never looked forward to. Even when utilizing Enterprise Manager 12c Patch Plans with the DBLM management pack, you still had to hope that you checked compliance for all environments and prayed that your failure threshold wasn’t tripped, which means a large amount of your time would have to be allocated to address patching outside of just testing and building out patch plans.
I bet most of you already knew you could virtualize your development and test from a single Delphix compressed copy, (referred to as a DSource.) create as many virtual copies, (referred to as VDBs) as your organization needs to have for development, testing, QA, backup and disaster recovery, (if you weren’t aware of this, you can thank me later… :))
What you may not know, (and what I learned this week) is that you can also do the following:
Considering how much time and resources are saved by just eliminating such a large portion of time required for patching and upgrading, this is worth investing in Delphix just for this alone!
Want to learn more? Check out the following links:
Want to Demo Delphix? <– Click here!
So after over two years at Oracle, I’m moving on. Yes, for those of you who haven’t seen the tweets and the posts, you heard right.
OK, everyone- cleansing breath.
I worked with great people and did some awesome things in the community, blogged everything Enterprise Manager and talked over 1/2 the Oracle community into buying and doing projects with Raspberry Pi while I was at it!
Many folks thought I was a product manager or a technical consultant, but my title was Consulting Member for the Technical Staff with the Strategic Customer Program with the Enterprise Manager and Oracle Management Cloud Group. I know I was part of a select group at Oracle, but I believe the opportunity to work at Oracle was an important step in my career and I’d recommend it to anyone for the experience it provides.
There is a huge difference working for Oracle vs. being in the Oracle community, even as an Oracle ACE Director. I was utterly amazed being part of the Oracle machine. One of the most amazing experiences was observing how releases came together. It was a complete different experience as an employee vs. a customer. Being part of a massive undertaking such as a product release, impressively building out software to be released to its customer base is pretty astounding. Understanding how and what it takes to move the machine and once it gets moving, how pertinent it is for anyone in its way to get out of the way is important to understanding how a successful product is created.
I learned a lot in just over two years and I have to admit- many of the negatives that people said would be present at Oracle, I just didn’t experience. I had great mentors and contacts inside of Oracle. It’s easy to assimilate into a big company environment when you have people like Pete Sharman, Tyler Muth, Mary Melgaard and other’s looking out for you. I’ll be sad to leave all the great people that I worked with at Oracle, too- Steve, Courtney, Scott, Werner, Andrew, Joe, Pramod and Will. At the same time, I look forward to opportunities to learn new skills with the awesome folks that have so readily embraced my quirky self at my new company. I learned a great deal in my two years at Oracle and this is knowledge that I’m able to take with me as I move forward to my new adventure.
With that said, I’ve been offered an incredible opportunity to stretch my legs a bit and try something new and I am excited to move onto this new challenge. I’ll still be speaking at conferences, but also will direct technology in a a way that should be very constructive to my technical style.
There has been a lot of rumors to where I’m off to. Some of you have guessed correctly on where I’m going, but I know none of you guessed what I’ll be doing. I will be focusing more on my multi-platform skills, so for those of you that thought I would be leaving all those years of experience in database and OS platforms, it’s going to be just the opposite.
I’m very excited to announce that, as of Monday, June 13th, I’m the new Technical Intelligence Manager at Delphix.
Buckle up, Baby! This is going to be good.
I know Werner DeGruyter will like the title of this post, so here’s a post dedicated to him as my last week at Oracle is off to a busy start…. 🙂
As I attempt to wrap up any open tasks at Oracle, I’m still Training Days 2017 Conference Director for RMOUG, have a planning meeting for the 800 member Girl Geek Dinner Boulder/Denver Meetup group that I’m the owner of, designing the booth and building out all the projects for the MakerFaire event at the Denver Science Museum next weekend and now have taken on the Summer Quarterly Education Workshop at the Denver Aquarium in the end of July. This is a bit much as I start a new job for the end of June, but there are things that need to be done for community organizations to survive and often not enough people doing it.
As I know that many other user groups are in the same boat, I come to you with pleading, open arms and say to you, as part of your community, volunteer your time. If all of us give a little, it really adds up to a lot in the end. As attendees at conferences, events and meetups ask what happened to this or that group and wonders why they don’t have activities any longer, it seems to always boil down to commitment from it’s volunteers. If it’s not fed and cared for by time and care, then it won’t survive. I have this conversation at almost every user group conference and hear similar stories from meetup groups and other event groups that you might think are no where related. It all comes back to the passion and commitment of those involved, along with the support of those that may not be giving as much, but ensure those that are, are well cared for.
So here are the rules for the survival of a group:
RMOUG has an incredible board of directors and our volunteers are SECOND to NONE!! This has served us well all these years. I don’t know how I would survive the demands of Training Days if it wasn’t for the volunteers and those on the board that help me when the going gets tough. I’m quite aware of this need in other user groups as well.
So here’s the challenge for those of you out there- Reach out to your local user group and consider volunteering a little time to one of it’s events.
Ask the user group or meetup what they could use help with and DO IT.
Here is the list of regional user groups from Oracle and from IOUG. Find yours and volunteer to your community. It’s worth your time, valuable to your career, and it’s the only way they can continue to be successful.
I fly out tomorrow for NoCOUG’s Spring Conference, which will be held on Friday, the 13th in San Jose, California. If you were thinking of attending and needed an added incentive to attend, I’ll be putting on a FOUR hour Enterprise Manager 13c hands on lab, so admit it, you’re intrigued… 🙂
I want to thank Iggy Fernandez, who is the heart of NoCOUG, for contacting me and asking me to do the HOL, along with the folks from Oracle ensuring that I have the environment to offer the attendees to enjoy this great event!
I’ll fly back out of San Jose on Saturday morning and then will be flying to Cleveland on Monday morning for the Great Lakes Oracle Conference, (GLOC). I’ll have a couple presentations on Enterprise Manager 13c and will be hosting the Women in Technology lunch area with Maria Colgan and Elke Phelps!
It should be a great event- lots of Oracle peeps, ACE and ACE Directors, along with some Oakies.. 🙂
The conference has been growing over the last few years with the great effort of the NEOOUG and their conference support team, headed up by Linda Hoover. I know from my work on RMOUG’s Training Days, how much goes into a conference, so when we discuss user groups like NoCOUG and NEOOUG, it’s important to support your Oracle community. It’s the only way these communities survive is with the membership and community support. These are two groups that are well worth the effort to ensure we continue to do so.
For those that will be at these two great events in the upcoming two weeks, see you soon!
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!