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It’s that time of year again and the massive undertaking of the Collaborate conference is upon us. This yearly conference, a collaboration between Quest, Oracle Applications User Group, (OAUG) and Independent Oracle User Group, (IOUG) is one of the largest conferences in the world for those that specialize in all areas of the Oracle database.
The conferene is held in different cities, but recently its been sticking to the great destination of Las Vegas, NV. We’ll be at the Mandalay, which like many casinos, is like it’s own little self-contained city within a city.
The week will be crazy and I’ll start right out, quite busy with my partners in crime, Courtney Llamas and Werner De Gruyter with Sunday’s pre-conference hands on lab. “Everything I Ever Wanted to Know About Enterprise Manager I Learned at Collaborate” was a huge hit last year, so we’re repeating it this year, but we’ve updated it to the newest release, EM13c. For those that are able to gain a coveted spot in this HOL, it will be a choice event. We’re going to not just cover the new user interface, but some of the coolest need-to-know features of the new release.
Sunday evening is the Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony. This year I’m receiving the Ken Jacobs award for my contributions to the user community as an Oracle employee. I’m very honored to be receiving this and thank everyone at IOUG for recognizing the importance that even as an Oracle employee, you can do a lot to help make the community great!
Throughout the week, I’ll have a number of technical sessions:
Now my Database as a Service Session is up first for the week on Monday, 9:15am in Palm B, but I’m going to warn you, since this abstract was submitted very early on, the abstract isn’t as descriptive as I wanted. Know that this is a DBaaS session and I’ll be covering on-premise, private cloud and even Oracle Public Cloud! Come learn how easy it can be and forget all those datapump, transportable tablespace and other silly commands people are telling you have to do to provision… ☺
Right after my DBaaS session, 10:15, same room, (Palm B) we’ll have a special session covering the new product that so many of us have put so much energy, time and vision into- The Oracle Management Cloud, (OMC)! Read more about this session here.
The Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall is from 5:30-8pm. Don’t miss out on getting there first and see all the cool exhibitors. I’ll be at the EM13c booth, so come say hi!
So Tuesday morning, the 12th, I’m back in Palm B at noon for the first of my certification sessions, covering 30 minutes of Enterprise Manager 13c New Features.
Wednesday, at noon, I’m back in my favorite room, Palm B to finish the second part of the certification sessions on new features with Enterprise Manager 13c.
I’ll be presenting at Oak Table World at Collaborate at 2pm in the Mandalay Bay Ballroom. I’ll be doing my newest session on Enterprise Manager 13c and DB12c. It’s always a great venue when we have Oakies at conferences and I almost squeaked out of it this year, but dragged back in at the last minute!
The Enterprise Manager SIG is right afterwards at 3-4 in the South Seas Ballroom E. This is where we meet and geek out over everything Enterprise Manager, so don’t miss out on that!
For the last day, Thursday at 9:45am, I’ll be in- wait for it…. Palm B! Yes, I know it’s a surprise for both of us, but I’ll be using my experience helping customers Upgrade to Enterprise Manager 13c and sharing it with everyone at Collaborate. This is another certification session, so collect those certificates and get the most out of your conference!
I’ve made a lot of updates with new material to my slides recently, so I promise to upload my slides to SlideShare after the conference, too!
See you next week in Las Vegas!
While at Collaborate on Monday, Oracle has been offered a spot to highlight The Oracle Management Cloud. OMC is a suite of next-generation monitoring and management cloud services designed for heterogeneous environments, all empowered by Oracle’s own cloud! The first three OMC services (Application Performance Monitoring, Log Analytics and IT Analytics) were launched at OpenWorld 2015. Both Log Analytics and IT Analytics contain must-have capabilities for DBAs. This is the only OMC session that will be available at Collaborate and it’s a not to miss session with an all-star cast to present on it. Manning the slides will be Brian Hengen and Yuri Grinshteyn, while Courtney Llamas and I will be sharing our expertise during the demonstrations.
We’ll be covering how to grapple with large environment resource usage, identifying what really needs your time allocated to it (versus what you can just let go!) and how you can help your manager manage your infrastructure better. We all know how much damage false assumptions can cause to your ability to respond to priorities and demands. IT Analytics has the intelligence you need built in, so no more guesswork based on capacity planning scripts, Excel spreadsheets and graphing to prove to the business that you have a handle on where your energy is most needed.
We’ll also discuss how to extract valuable insight from mountains of logs. We DBAs know how valuable log data is but we also know how voluminous it is. Having it reduced to human-scale and correlate seamlessly with the analytics discussed above is an impressive feat and you’ll see how powerful log data can be when displayed this way for the business. No more “going down rabbit holes” trying to digest log data on one server, matching it to output from a user interface from a tool on another server and finally verifying that it actually had anything to do with the actual problem you were investigating in the first place.
So ensure you’ve added this session to your Collaborate schedule on Monday, at 10:15 in room Palm B. An impressive group of folks from Oracle have made sure it’s going to be an interesting, informative and empowering session on the Oracle Management Cloud. I have a feeling the room may be packed, so make sure to register beforehand!