Driving for Change- Women of Oracle

Somehow I’ve made it a pastime of pointing out how many times women are passed up for recognition while men are promoted around them. Its not that the men were identified as better or worse than women, but just about how heavily we scrutinize and limit women while everyone else passes them by. Now I’m …

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Death of the DBA, Long Live the DBA

I planned on finishing up and publishing a different post today, but after a number of conversations with DBAs in the community, this topic took precedence. Yesterday the above announcement came out with the Oracle earnings call, along with the following: “In a couple of weeks, we will announce the world’s first fully autonomous database …

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Archaic Data Transfer- A DBA Rant

There was a great post by Noel Yuhanna on how he deems the number of DBAs required in a database environment by size and number of databases.  This challenge has created a situation where data platforms are searching for ways to remove this roadblock and eliminate the skills needed to manage the database tier. I’ve …

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Successful Evangelism

I’ve been asked what it takes to be a successful evangelist and realizing that what makes one successful at it, is often like holding sand in your hands- no matter how tightly you hold your fists, it’s difficult to contain the grains. The term evangelist is one that either receives very positive or very negative …

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Ten Things I Really Hate About Tech Today

I love working in tech.  I can honestly say that nothing gives me greater satisfaction than working on a technical challenge or having a brilliant conversation about technology with peers.  Other days I feel like a broken record having the same conversations with the women in technology around me, facing a lack of diversity and the consistent …

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Fixing Development Mistakes from the Command Line with Delphix TimeFlow

How many times have you had a developer come to you and say, “I just did a bad thing in the database.  Can you recover from what I just did?” With Delphix virtualization, we make this pretty easy to address from the user interface with a simple slider to recover from a PIT before the …

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Samsung Phones with 6.01 Update and Failures on Email Sends, Social Media, etc.

I was surprised on April 20th when I awoke to find a 1.3G OS update on my Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge+.  I’d never experienced any issues with an update before, so I quickly connected my phone to the WiFi and let it download then upgrade my phone, anxiously awaiting what new Android features awaited me. …

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Best Practices with Enterprise Manager 13c

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 …

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Note Pro 12.2 Review- Officially Drove Me to Apple!

I am a long time supporter of Samsung products- I’ve always had Samsung phones, (currently a Note 3 owner…) Samsung TVs, monitors and even have a Samsung microwave and refrigerator. I love Samsung products and this has included my tablets, recently deciding to upgrade my Samsung Note 10.1, (original) for a Samsung Note Pro 12.2. …

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Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight- Medical Profession Rant

It’s been such a long time since I posted anything on my blog.  I had this post, last save time was on Dec. 13th, which is ironic considering the subject and what ended up happening that day.  I’m going to ramble a bit, but there is a message here folks… 🙂 I’ve always been a …

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RMOUG Training Days 2013 Submission for Abstracts are OPEN!

As many know, I’ve taken on the mantle of Training Days Director this year for RMOUG’s Training Days 2013.  I don’t have much time in the month of August, but wanted to remind everyone that the submission for abstracts is open and can be found on the main RMOUG website page. We are also looking …

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Disaster Recovery and Other Sacrifices

If you desire a subject that will invoke deep passion and often combined with disgust from a group of DBA’s, disaster recovery is the one.  It is the subject that rarely we feel our butts are not out there hanging, no matter how much we’ve attempted to secure our environment. I’ve observed a consistent flow …

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The Care and Feeding of Good, Skilled Employees

A blog post by Simon Cooper sent up a reminder of a subject that has been at the forefront of my mind for the last couple weeks and is a follow up to my blog post The Superman Conundrum.  I’d had lunch with a previous coworker from years ago about  less than stellar management behavior directed …

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The Superman Conundrum

I used to collect comic books when I was a kid, so superheroes are close and dear to my heart, but just not as crazy about the expectation that technical support experts be held to the expecation of infallible like Superman. I’ve both experienced and have discussed with other technical folks regarding this situation that, as of late and in all common …

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