Category: Social Media

August 2nd, 2016 by dbakevlar


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:


Schedule-  A Work in Progress

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!

The Great Dane

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…)




Location, Location, Location

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!

Food + Beer, Yes, I SAID BEER

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… 🙂

Video Streaming

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.


Posted in DBA Life, Oracle, Social Media Tagged with: , ,

September 14th, 2015 by dbakevlar

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:

  1. Take the time to make a great abstract title and fill out the abstract and summary completely!
  2. Run it through spelling and grammar check.  If you submit a “sloppy” abstract with misspellings and errors in grammar, how can we know that you’ll take the time to ensure that the presentation will be performed professionally and technically accurate?
  3. List a few take-aways the attendee will leave with.  What is the value that will be gained by attending your session?
  4. Fill out your speaker biography.  We like to know a bit about you and why you are important to have presenting at the conference.
  5. No marketing!  Keep your session technical.  Our conference is a technical conference and nothing irks our attendees like marketing!  If they like what your teaching, they’ll search out your company and/or product-  trust me!

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:

  1. If you’re on social media, find out what the twitter handle and hashtag are for the conference.  Promote it.  Many user groups have little to no marketing budget and appreciate the support.
  2. If you have a blog, find out if they can provide you a speaker button for your webpage or if they mind if you create one from their conference logo.  This is more marketing support that is greatly appreciated.
  3. While at the conference, tweet, post and share what you love about the conference.
  4. Fill out conference evaluations for both sessions you attend and the conference overall evaluation.  This lets speakers know how they did and what they can improve upon.  For conference evaluations, this data is invaluable in the next year’s planning and enhancements!

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!




Posted in DBA Life, Oracle, Social Media

July 24th, 2015 by dbakevlar

Unlike other forms of communication, social media can be a real gray area for rules on what dictates freedom of speech and how you have to endure with those that may not be pleasant to interact with.  I’m often told what etiquette some feel it necessary and that I should just disengage from some people online.

The truth is, not everyone gets social media and many just don’t understand boundaries or how to communicate productively when online.  You, as a member of the online community, have the right to choose who you communicate with and when it’s time to NOT communicate with another person online.  Although I often keep this type of post to Linked in, I decided to discuss this here, as I think it’s a question that many ask themselves when they run into social media disagreements-

When do I draw a line and how do I justify enough is enough?

Luckily, most people are busy with their day that they just don’t care what other people are posting.  I think the most disconcerting are those that think so deeply about what other’s have posted in a 140 character limit that it completely consumes their day and yes, they are out there.

You MUST Respond to Me

I’ve blogged about data I’ve gathered that demonstrated how the more interaction and attention you attain on social media, the more often negative reactions, (abusive incidents) will occur from certain personality types.  I also noticed that there were those that weren’t abusive or destructive, but were negative in their interaction.  Others on social media will recognize this type- you see their handle come up on your feed and think, “Sigh….what now….”  You are hesitant to look at their response to something you’ve posted, as you know when you do, you rarely feel good afterwards.  Their comments almost consistently have a “but” in them.  “I liked your post, BUT….” “The topic is good, but…” If you react, they think you’re sensitive to criticism when the truth is, their goal is meant to dismiss your post that you’ve taken the time to share.  These types commonly show up in your social media feed at the same time as abusive types when you analyze social media data.  Many online categories will class these posts along with abusive types as trolls, but I’ve chosen to categorize them with the title of the “pokers”.


Why do I call them this?  Remember when you were a little kid and you had that one friend or more likely, a sister or brother that sat next to you in the back seat of the car and would poke you in the arm for the whole ride?  I haven’t met a parent yet that hasn’t gone through the, “He’s touching me!!” fight with their kids.

Enough Already!

The goal of the poker is the same as the sibling in the back seat of the car- distraction from something that’s bothering them.  Most often, they’re satiating their insecurities or frustrations by distracting you and/or your followers by responding to your posts.  Now we all remember what happened to that annoying friend or sibling that poked you repeatedly after a period of time being poked, right?


Once you’ve hit your breaking point and react, the response from the poker is one of amazement and often offense-


How could you insult them and think that they would act in such a way? How could you think they had anything but the most honest and best intentions?  They really don’t understand why you’ve suddenly reacted so negatively after they’ve responded this way on so many of your other posts over a period of time.  They weren’t hurting you, they just made a comment!


Don’t Get Mean, Get Logical

The fact is, this type of “troll” can be damaging to you and your personal brand.  This type of distraction can impact your productivity, as well as impact any social media work you are performing for your brand or the company you represent.  If you’ve engaged them and asked them to cease and they don’t stop, then there is only one course of action:




Now many of my connections and friends have been surprised when after blocking people we’re both connected to, they’ll send me a private message and ask, “Did you really just block XXX?  He says you blocked him!”  The percentage of those I’ve blocked, (no matter if it is publicly known that I’ve blocked them or kept private) of someone else having an issue with the “poker” after me is currently 100%.  Great percentage folks, congratulations!

Here’s the secondary reason for blocking, disconnecting and/or unfriending.  My feed is obviously causing the poker to be agitated.  The poker reacts when I’m either recognized for speaking, contributions or experienced a high amount of interaction in social media.  This level of social media activity is bringing out their insecurities, (just as it would with an online bully, but the poker isn’t reacting to the degree a bully would, which is why I do offer one request for them to stop and choose a different path of interaction with me.)  The added benefit of disconnecting and unfriending removes your social media contributions from their feed, providing an “out of sight, out of mind” benefit.  Removing as much interaction with this person as possible, you’re doing both parties a favor.


Nothing to See Here

Once you remove yourself from this person’s view, don’t be surprised if they end up choosing a new target to “poke”.  It’s almost unheard of that this type won’t require some new person to use as an outlet to “poke” at.  By not engaging outside of a single warning to cease and desist, you’ll save yourself from continuing to be a target and can focus on your goals.

Finally, for those who’ve been blocked, unfriended or disconnected from my social media profiles.  I really don’t have any personal feelings one way or the other towards you. Let’s be honest-  my husband, my children and my job mean a lot to me, but you don’t.  My social media work is part of my professional life and this is a professional decision.  If you are derailing me from my professional goal and if I decide I’m causing you agitation and in response you react negatively, yes, I’m going to disengage from you.  It’s the logical thing to do and I wish more would take that step when this type of behavior happens online.


Don’t email me and ask why I blocked you or act offended.  I don’t respond to my emotions, I respond to data and recognize that by accepting or engaging your behavior, your problem will then become mine.  Also, don’t ask my connections why you’ve been blocked.  They rarely, if ever know why I’ve blocked you, but are less surprised that you’ve alienated someone.  Accept that it’s for both our benefits and move on.


Posted in Social Media Tagged with: ,

  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter