January 4th, 2017 by dbakevlar

How was 2016 for me?

It was a surprisingly busy year-  blogging, speaking, working and doing.

I posted just under 100 posts to my blog this year.  After I changed jobs, the “3 per week” quickly declined to “4 per month” after I was inundated with new challenges and the Delphix learning curve.  That will change for 2017, along with some new initiatives that are in the works, so stay tuned.

For 2016, the most popular posts and pages for my website followed a similar trend from the last year.  My emulator for RPI is still a popular item and I have almost as many questions on RPI as I do WIT-  Raspberry Pi is everywhere and you’ll see a regained momentum from me with some smart home upgrades.

My readers for 2016 came from just about every country.  There were only a few that weren’t represented, but the largest numbers were from the expected:

I also write from time to time on Linked in.  Linked in has become the home for my Women in Technology posts and its lead me to receive around 30 messages a week from women looking for guidance, sharing their stories or just reaching out.  I appreciate the support and the value its provided to those in the industry.

RMOUG Conference Director- No Escape!

The 2016 conference was a great success for RMOUG, but much of it was due to budget cuts and changes that were made as we went along and addressed trends.  I’ve been collecting the data from evaluations and it really does show why companies are so interested in the value their data can provide them.  I use what I gather each year to make intelligent decisions about where RMOUG should take the conference direction each year-  what works, what doesn’t and when someone throws an idea out there, you can either decide to look into it or have the data to prove that you shouldn’t allocate resources to an endeavor.

A New Job

I wasn’t into the Oracle cloud like a lot of other folks.  It just wasn’t that interesting to me and felt that Oracle, as much as they were putting into their cloud investment, deserved someone who was behind it.  I’d come to Oracle to learn everything I could about Oracle and Enterprise Manager and an on-premise solution as it was, it wasn’t in the company focus.  When Kyle and I spoke about an opportunity to step into a revamped version of his position at Delphix, a company that I knew a great deal about and admired, it was a no-brainer.  I started with this great, little company in June and there are some invigorating initiatives that I look forward to becoming part of for 2017!

2 Awards

In February, I was awarded RMOUG’s Lifetime achievement award.  I kind of thought this would mean I could ride off in the sunset as the conference director, but as my position ended at Oracle, which had been a significant fight to keep me managing the conference as an Oracle employee, (transitioning me to a non-voting member to keep within the by-laws) not many were surprised to see me take on a sixth year of managing the conference.

In April I was humbly awarded the Ken Jacobs award from IOUG.  This is an award I’m very proud of, as Oracle employee’s are the only ones eligible and I was awarded it in just the two years I was employed at the red O.

3 Makers Events

I haven’t had much time for my Raspberry Pi projects the last number of months, but it doesn’t mean I don’t still love them.  I gained some recognition as 2nd ranking in the world for RPI klout score back in July, which took me by surprise.  I love adding a lot of IOT stories into my content and it had caught the attention of social media engines.  Reading and content is one thing, but it was even more important to do- I had a blast being part of the impressive Colorado’s Maker Faire at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science earlier in 2016.  I also was part of two smaller makers faires in Colorado, allowing me to discuss inexpensive opportunities for STEM education for schools using Raspberry Pis, Python coding and 4M kits.

Speaking Engagements

Even though I took a number of months off to focus on Delphix initiatives, I still spoke at 12 events and organized two, (Training Days and RMOUG’s QEW.)

February:  RMOUG– Denver, CO, (Director and speaker)

March: HotSos– Dallas, CO, (Keynote)

April: IOUG Collaborate– Las Vegas, NV

May: GLOC– Cleveland, OH, NoCOUG– San Jose, CA

June: KSCOPE– Chicago, IL

July: RMOUG Quarterly Education Workshop– Denver, CO, (Organizer)

September: Oracle Open World/Oak Table World– San Francisco, CA

October: UNYOUG– Buffalo, NY, Rocky Mountain DataCon & Denver Testing Summit–  Denver, CO

November: MOUS– Detroit, MI, (Keynote) ECO– Raleigh, NC

New Meetup Initiatives and Growth

I took over the Denver/Boulder Girl Geek Dinners meetup last April.  The community had almost 650 members at the time and although it wasn’t as big as the Girls Develop It or Women Who Code, I was adamant about keeping it alive.  Come the new year and thanks to some fantastic co-organizers assisting me, (along with community events in the technical arena) we’re now on our way to 1100 members for the Denver/Boulder area.

The Coming Year

I’m pretty much bursting with anticipation due to all that is on my plate for the coming year.  I know the right hand side bar is a clear indication that I’ll be speaking more, meaning more travel and a lot of new content.  With some awesome new opportunities from Delphix and the organizations I’m part of, I look forward to a great 2017!


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December 31st, 2014 by dbakevlar

As many bloggers and sites do this time of the year, here is my review of 2014. It was a great year and it was a lot of fun, as well as educational reviewing all the data.

DBAKevlar Blog

Busiest Day on my Blog:


Posts this year:


Most popular post of 2014:  Easy EM12c Agent Deployment on Windows


Windows installations are still a huge mystery and Cygwin still frustrates a lot of people, sometimes, me included.  This post describing the easiest deployment method has continued to be my most popular post.  I admit that I’m not too thrilled that it is attained via a search engine after typing in “DBAKevlar + Easy” though… 🙂


If you aren’t familiar with the term, it is when someone links to one site to another.  Right now, I believe Pete Sharman owes me a beer, (or a few) for the 100’s of redirects to his site my blog generates… 🙂


Most individual blogger pingback: Brian Pardy. In the last 90 days, he’s referred others to my site 146 times, second is Jeff Smith with 51 times and Bobby Curtis with 46. Nice going Brian-  Could you give Pete some lessons? 😀


Obviously I’ve missed my calling to be a reviewer of tech products, which can be seen by search engine overload:


I’ve known for some time that there isn’t enough data to market smartwatches to women, which is proven by the searches that bring people to my blog.  Figure it out, tech wearables… 🙂


This year I spoke at 11 conferences.

I did 4 joint-keynotes with my husband, Tim Gorman and an Empowerment keynote for NWOUG, for a total of FIVE keynotes in 2014.

I lead 5 Women in Technology Panels and picked up 12 new individuals to mentor from those events.  I am very impressed with all their contributions to technology and their growth in the industry!

Two Social Media sessions-  teaching folks how to use Social Media instead of the same old discussion of “you should be using”.  Looking forward to the RMOUG 2015 session with Jeff Smith coming up in February!

An IOUG Master Class at Coors Field!  This was a great event and I thoroughly enjoyed this!  Great group, great co-speakers.  It was well planned and well attended, not to mention enjoying the game after the event!

Webinar with ODTUG on the AWR Warehouse.


I’ve uploaded 19 slide decks to Slideshare.  Enterprise Manager, ASH/AWR and Women in Technology is the topic in focus and although a slide deck is a poor excuse vs. seeing a presentation, there is still a good amount of valuable data in each of the uploaded presentations.



The Enterprise Manager 12c Command Line Interface book from Apress was released!


Oracle Magazine: Making a Change

NoCOUG: Women in Tech

Oracle Scene: Database as a Service in a DBA’s World

IOUG Member Spotlight

IOUG Ask an Oracle ACE

RMOUG:  Social Media for the Techie

IOUG Select Magazine: New Features in EM12c Release 4, (with Pete Sharman)

Denver Business Journal: Not Playing it Safe

UKOUG Women in Tech Initiative

Denver Post:  TechKnowsByte

O’Reilly Press, Thanks to Steven Feuerstein:  Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day


There were a few awards through out the year-

2014 Volunteer of the Year award for RMOUG.

November 2014 Oracle Pro from Dell/Toad

The big one of course was being recognized by the Colorado Technical Association as their Women in Technology APEX Award winner for 2014.  I was in no way prepared for this, as I was sure another finalist was the definitely the one they would call on stage.  I’m told I gave a great acceptance speech, so if anyone does have it on tape, I’d love to know what I said up there.  All I remember was trying to keep my legs from shaking up at the podium… 🙂


Its been a pretty big year personally, too.  My oldest son, Sam moved out of the house and is on his own.  He just turned 20 and it’s difficult to believe that my oldest child was born two decades ago.  His sister Cait has recently dyed her hair a lovely shade of purple and is finishing up her senior year in high school.  My baby, Josh is now a freshman in high school and just found out that those baby blues of his will need glasses.

The biggest news of the year is that my best friend and partner in this world, Tim Gorman and I got married October 5th.  After happily traveling around the world together, working on conferences, user groups and in similar technical arenas, we are now recognized by the government as partnered, too… 🙂

2015 Goals

Oracle Enterprise Manager Webinars–  This has been on hold way too long and I need to get them started.  Monthly webinars on EM12c topics and interviews!

RMOUG Training Days 2015-  Yeah, I’m the Conference Director again this year and it’s shaping up to be an AMAZING conference.  I took some time to talk about some of the new items on the 2015 agenda in this post, but keep an eye out, there’s more to come!

Speaking-  I’m currently set to speak at HotSos Sym 2015, OUGN, RMOUG, IOUG Collaborate, GLOC and?  Is your conference on my list?  Let me know if I need to submit an abstract and I would love to visit a few new locations this year to spread the word about Enterprise Manager, Women in Technology and other great Oracle topics!

Another Book?  I think I owe Leighton Nelson an apology, as I still haven’t started to collect myself on a book topic he wants us to start working on….sigh…

STEM and Women Empowerment Initiatives–  I will be working with CTA and powerful women in the industry to empower and inspire those around us to build their future in technology.

Articles-  I’m in the midst of writing an article on the AWR Warehouse now and will be writing a lot of articles for 2015.  I look forward to showing folks how much the Enterprise Manager 12c product can do and how much they have to look forward to in upcoming releases!





Well, it’s been a blast of a year and to close, I wish everyone a Happy New Year and a great 2015!


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