You are cordially invited to join the BCOUG at our next Vancouver event on May 25, 2017.

    Session 1

    Topic: Advanced Database Diagnostics with the Trace File Analyzer (TFA) Suite

    Speaker: Sean Scott, Bodybuilding.com

    Abstract

    Most database administrators know that Trace File Analyzer (TFA) is the preferred tool for collecting and preparing files for troubleshooting an issue with Oracle Support, but remain unaware that it is actually a robust suite of tools capable of capturing OS metrics, system changes, insights into alert and log files and automatically collecting diagnostic information to expedite troubleshooting of performance events and deadlocks. It's lightweight, cluster aware and suitable for standalone and RAC databases as well as engineered systems.

    This session will go beyond the basic diagcollect command to cover more advanced capabilities of TFA, including system and database log analysis, user management, redaction and repository maintenance. The use of Automatic Diagnostic Repository (ADR) and the SQL Test Case Builder for investigating database and performance issues will also be demonstrated.

     

    Session 2

    Topic: ADOP Patching gotchas!

    Speaker: Oti Ometie, Independant Consultant

    Abstract

    AD Online Patching(ADOP) as a utility eases the burden of constantly taking an outage to apply an E-Business Suite patch, however with that ease comes a complexity that can only be overcome with experience, creativity and an understanding of the documentation. This session aims to get you across pitfalls you may experience while using the utility. Walk you through scenarios you are likely to face when applying patches to multiple nodes and explain concepts like fs_clone and cleanup_mode = full. The session will be interspersed with interesting anecdotes and challenges I have encountered and resolved.

     

    About the Speakers

    Sean Scott - Bodybuilding.com

    Sean is a database administrator with over 20 years experience managing Oracle. For 15 years he managed a database consultancy specializing in RDBMS management, backup and recovery, disaster recovery, performance tuning and database design. He's developed high performance solutions to meet the extreme demands of online gaming and e-commerce and designed and implemented high availability solutions for clients including Intuit, the University of Phoenix and the military. He has presented at IOUG/Collaborate, Oracle Open World, OAUG and regional user groups across the US and his work featured in magazines. He currently works for Bodybuilding.com, the world's largest online sports nutrition retailer, overseeing the company's e-commerce database environment.

     

    Oti Ometie - Independent Consultant

    Oti is an Oracle Certified Expert (OCE) currently working as an Oracle E-Business Applications DBA. He has worked on 3 continents and has over 14 years’ experience in database design, administration and performance tuning. He has a M.Sc. in Information Systems, and an MBA.

     

    Registration

    Registration is free and required for security access. Please also note that light refreshments will be provided at the event.

    From Database Recovery to Complete Data Protection

    February 09, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    You are cordially invited to join the BCOUG at our next Vancouver event on February 9, 2017.

    Session 1

    Topic: From Database Recovery to Complete Data Protection

    Speaker: Chris Veenstra, Oracle

    Abstract

    • Oracle’s Database Protection Strategy: From Database to Engineered Systems to Cloud 
    • Engineered Data Protection: Introducing Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance 
    • Data Protection Advantages First Hand 
    • Real-World Customer Experience
    • General Discussion / Q&A

     

    Session 2

    Title: The Optimizer complexity is great, but...

    Speaker: Liron Amitzi, DBAces

    Abstract

    The Optimizer is one of the most complex components in Oracle. In this session we will talk about the optimizer from a slightly different perspective, its deterministic (and non-deterministic) behavior. We will explore the stability of plans and examine new features that ruin your system performance, just when we get it tuned just right.

     

    About the Speakers

    Chris Veenstra - Oracle

    Chris is a Sales Engineer with the Oracle North America Cloud and Infrastructure Solutions (NACIS) Sales Engineering Organization. With a strong end user background as an Oracle DBA he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to DB Protection initiatives including Oracle DB Backup, Recovery as well as Archive.

    He often speaks on matters involving Oracle DB, DB Protection and architecting Oracle Solutions for a wide array of customers both in the Public Sector as well as in the Private Sector and help them to achieve faster, more efficient mission success with Oracle's technologies, solutions and capabilities.

    While he works with customers all across Canada and the US, Chris calls the New England area home.

     

    Liron Amitzi - DBAces

    Liron is an Oracle ACE and a senior Oracle DBA, with over 18 years of experience. During these years Liron worked as a senior consultant with a large number of companies in various fields and managed an Oracle Professional Services Team. He is currently in Vancouver, BC, founding the Canadian branch of his Israeli Company, DBAces. Liron is also the president of BCOUG (British Columbia Oracle User Group) and US Events Chair and IOUG Liaison of Oracle RAC SIG.

    He mainly specializes in high availability solutions, performance, backup and recovery, and other infrastructure and application database areas. He is also a well-known senior instructor and lectures in Oracle courses, events and forums

     

    Registration

    Registration is free and required for security access. Please also note that light refreshments will be provided at the event.

    Annual General Meeting 2016

    December 15, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Victoria Oracle Users Group Society
    NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    Wednesday, December 15, 6:00 - 8:00pm
    BC Liquor Distribution Branch
    3200 East Broadway
    Vancouver, BC

    Dear Members,

    You are cordially invited to attend the society's Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2016. Registration is required for security purposes.

    The Victoria Oracle Users Group Society is the IOUG sponsored incorporated entity that oversees the operation of the BC Oracle User Group. This is the required legal body that is able to accept donations, pay expenses, and conduct business. The AGM is a legal requirement, during which financial statements are presented and the board of directors are elected.

    Agenda

    • AGM call to order
    • Review and approval of last year's (2015) AGM minutes
    • Report of the activities in 2015
    • Review and approval of the society's financial report for the current year, as of Oct 31st, 2016
    • Nomination and election of the board of directors
    • Other matters:
      • BCOUG website, maintenance and community space on https://community.oracle.com/community/usergroups
      • Change of payment provider
      • Reorganization of email groups/aliases
      • Activities and events for 2017
      • Registration with TechSoup Canada as a non-profit organization

    Please note that this is a business meeting only and there are no presentations.

    For members unable to attend the event in person, you may be able to join us via conference call. Please indicate in your registration that you wish to attend the meeting remotely and details will be provided to you.

    EBS co-existence with Oracle SaaS and other systems

    November 08, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    You are cordially invited to join the BCOUG at our next Vancouver event.

    It is our pleasure to have Stewart St. Dennis, Consulting Director at Sierra Systems, present on the following topic:

    EBS co-existence with Oracle SaaS and other systems

    EBS Systems need to INTEGRATE! Traditionally, EBS systems use tightly coupled, point-to-point integrations. As a result, many organizations experience issues when related systems are shut down for maintenance or system upgrades. Also, upgrades and enhancements in one system can cause problems with other systems they are connected with.

    How can organizations unravel their integration spaghetti plate? How do they isolate the operations of one system from their network of systems? How can an organization prepare for hybrid, on premise/cloud solutions? Let me show you how to solve the interoperability issues for your organization in a better way.

    Registration

    Registration is free and required for security access. Please also note that light refreshments will be provided at the event.

    You are cordially invited to join the BCOUG at our next Vancouver event, presented and sponsored by NetApp™!

     

    Session 1

    Speaker: Steve Schuettinger, Oracle Solution Architect, NetApp
    Topic: Oracle Application Integration

    Abstract: Please join Steve Schuettinger, Oracle Solution Architect, in a discussion that focuses on what’s important to you when deploying Oracle databases. Suggested topics include performance, scalability, availability, manageability, root cause analysis and backup/recovery. These are suggested because we’d like to encourage you to bring your top-of-mind questions to the session. Nothing is off limits. The objective is to help you understand how NetApp solutions can help you meet your service level objectives without increasing risk.

    NetApp has thousands of customers who have chosen to deploy their Oracle databases on NetApp. The value discussion points will be underscored with real world examples. You’ll also learn what NetApp and Oracle are engineering together with focus on you, the Oracle DBA.

    Session 2

    Speaker: Tony Lee, System Engineer Manager, NetApp
    Topic: Technical Demonstration – Oracle on AFF

    90% of all database performance issues can be traced to the storage tier. Reduce latency during peak loads, and boost Oracle Database performance where you need it most, by using NetApp All Flash FAS or EF-Series all-flash storage systems.

    • Decrease latency by up to 20x
    • Increase throughput by up to 4x
    • Increase your ROI and time to value by up to 50%

    Watch a technical demonstration of Oracle running on NetApp All Flash FAS storage arrays.
     

    About the Speakers

    Steven Schuettinger – Oracle Solution Architect, NetApp

    Steven began his career working as an application developer for a US defense contractor using Oracle version 5. He soon became a DBA where he focused on performance and manageability. Steve was the first Oracle DBA at Sun Microsystems, in Silicon Valley, in 1992 and worked as their technical alliance manager with Oracle. He has been consulting with customers for many years while managing the technical aspects of the relationship between NetApp, where he has worked since 2005, and Oracle. During his career he has developed an interactive style of working with DBAs where he talks about the challenges they face and the unique solutions NetApp provides. All of these discussions are delivered in the language of the DBA, rather than the storage administrator.

    Tony Lee, System Engineer Manager Canada West, NetApp

    Tony is a creative problem solver; and with 25 years of experience in the IT industry, he’s had ample opportunity to hone his skill. Tony started his career in the early days of the Internet and worked for several large outsourcers, including EDS and IBM Global Services, building and operating their network services (DNS, Email, Web, Firewall, etc.). In 2001, he joined Sun Microsystems and moved from an operational role to an architectural one. As a Sun Systems Engineer, Tony architected solutions to address some of Sun’s most challenging customer environments. For the last 8 years, Tony has been a Senior Storage Architect at NetApp where he’s continues to leverage his problem solving skills focusing on the ever-increasing challenges associated with data management.

    Tony has a BSc in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University.

    Registration

    Registration is free and required for security access. Please also note that light refreshments will be provided at the event.

    ORCLAPEX-YVR Meetup #3

    February 04, 2016 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM

    Abstracts

    SQL Developer Integration with APEX

    Those of you already familiar with Oracle SQL Developer, the free graphical IDE for the Oracle Database, have experienced first hand how this feature rich tool can boost productivity. Many DBAs, developers, data modelers, and application architects alike have discovered how SQL Developer can help them do their jobs in less time with fewer clicks. However, did you know that SQL Developer is also a indispensable tool for working with APEX?

    Join us as former ODTUG President, Monty Latiolais, gives us an overview of SQL Developer, and then shows how SQL Developer can be used to administer, maintain and debug APEX applications. You are guaranteed to pick up a few SQL Developer tips and tricks that will help you go faster.

    APEX and the Future of Enterprise Development

    Development teams can easily get tied down with slow moving development cycles. Slow processes make it very difficult to keep up to date with rapidly evolving technology which can significantly affect a business’ ability to grow. Thankfully for organizations that use Oracle, they can leverage APEX: a web based rapid application development (RAD) tool. By using APEX, organizations can move into the the “IT fast lane” and quickly develop applications for their business needs.

    This presentation will highlight how APEX can be used to rapidly develop enterprise applications and leverage different web based technologies to help reduce development time and improve user experience.

    Agenda

    5.30 - 6.00 pm - Registration and light meal
    6.00 - 6.45 pm - SQL Developer Integration with APEX
    6.45 - 7.00 pm - Break
    7.00 - 7.45 pm - APEX and the Future of Enterprise Development
    7.45 - 8.30 pm - Q&A followed by networking

    About the Speakers

    Monty Latiolais

    Monty is a Senior Consultant with Insum Solutions - the largest APEX consultancy in North America. He has 30 years experience working in IT with more than 15 with Oracle technology. In 2014 he was designated as an Oracle ACE and served as President of ODTUG from 2012-2015.

    Prior to joining Insum Solutions, Monty spent time solving problems in the Oil and Gas, Legal and Healthcare industries. He spends his days working with Application Express, Oracle Forms, and Oracle Reports; writing complex analytics; and counting the days until the next KScope conference.

    He blogs regularly at montylatiolais.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter at: monty_latiolais

    Martin D'Souza

    Martin D'Souza is a senior consultant at Insum Solutions. He is also the vice president for ODTUG and founder of OraOpenSource. Martin’s career has spanned a range of positions within award-winning companies. His experience in the technology industry has been focused on developing database-centric web applications using the Oracle technology stack. Martin is the author of the popular blog www.talkapex.com and a designated Oracle ACE Director. He has co-authored and authored various APEX books and is an active participant in various open-source projects, such as Logger. Martin has presented at numerous international conferences, such as APEXposed, APEX World, Oracle OpenWorld, and ODTUG Kscope.

    Introduction to Kafka for Oracle DBAs and Business Analysts

    November 04, 2015 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Abstract

    As DBAs and data architects there are some things we care a lot about: e.g. providing consistent performance on our OLTP databases, and making sure the ETL processes will land data correctlyand on-time into the data warehouse.

    Business analysts care a lot about other things -- like gettingthe newest data to their dashboards and being able to run crazy queries quickly without anyone killing the queries for silly reasons like "performance". They also want to get all the data they require without having to integrate with a gazillion data stores.

    Apache Kafka, a distributed queue developed at LinkedIn to solve the problem of integrating databases at large scale, offers a surprising solution to all these problems. Which probably explains why it is gaining popularity at an explosive rate.

    In this session we will explain what Apache Kafka is and why it is rapidly becoming the secret weapon in the fight to keep databases (and DBAs?) sane.

    About the Speaker

    Gwen is a system architect at Confluent helping customers achieve success with their Apache Kafka implementation. She has 15 years of experience working with code and customers to build scalable data architectures, integrating relational and big data technologies. She currently specializes in building real-time reliable data processing pipelines using Apache Kafka. Gwen is an Oracle Ace Director, an author of “Hadoop Application Architectures”, and a frequent presenter at industry conferences. Gwen is also a committer on the Apache Kafka and Apache Sqoop projects. When Gwen isn’t coding or building data pipelines, you can find her pedaling* on her bike exploring the roads and trails of California, and beyond.

    What is APEX and Why Should You Care?

    April 30, 2015 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Abstract

    Would you like to learn how to build fast, secure and flexible web and mobile applications without needing to first become an expert in HTML, CSS, Javascript, and/or a complex web framework?

    Oracle Application Express (Oracle APEX), is a fully supported, rapid web application development tool that is included with the Oracle database as a no cost option. Using only a web browser and limited programming experience, you can develop and deploy professional web applications that are both fast and secure, which can be deployed for personal, departmental, or enterprise wide use.

    Many businesses are beginning to see the power of Oracle APEX for rapidly developing data centric applications, and yet many Oracle developers are unfamiliar with this "hidden gem", and are forced to leave web application development to others.

    Our goals is to change that. As part of the Vancouver Oracle User Group activities, we are starting a new Oracle APEX meetup here in Vancouver where we will discuss how to build web applications using Oracle APEX. This meetup group also joins a larger network (https://apex.world/ords/f?p=APEX_WORLD:MEETUPS) of other meetups that have sprung up worldwide.

    So, if you've ever been curious about building web applications, or may have heard of APEX and are interested in learning more, please join us at 6:00PM on April 30th at 1400 – 505 Burrard St. (Oracle Offices).

    To sign up, please join our meetup group and then RSVP to attend our inaugural event!

    Modern Platform Topics for Modern DBAs

    November 19, 2014 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Please thank our meeting sponsor EMC for making this meeting possible!

    Oak Table charter member Kevin Closson will be presenting two informative in-depth topics focused on extreme database performance. This session will be of great interest to all DBAs who are planning, designing, implementing, maintaining or tuning the Oracle database.

    Understanding Key All-Flash Array Features and Characteristics that Matter in Oracle Database Performance and Manageability

    All-Flash Array (AFA) technology is mainstream. However, not all storage devices in the AFA category are created equal. We all know Flash is fast so this is not the typical speeds-and-feeds AFA presentation.

    How is an Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) to know which of the common features found in AFA devices are meaningful in Oracle Database use cases? How does in-line data de-duplication and compression impact Oracle Database? How is an Oracle DBA to know what testing methodologies will prove predictable performance during a proof of concept test cycle?

    Kevin will tackle these questions and more.

    This session focuses on AFA implementation architectures and Oracle-centric how-to information spanning test approaches and key performance indicators one should look for in Oracle Time Model (Automatic Workload Repository) data during AFA testing with Oracle Database.

    SLOB – Silly Little Oracle Benchmark For Accurate Testing of Physical I/O—and Much, Much, More!

    This session covers a fundamental review of Silly Little Oracle Benchmark (SLOB) and how one can use SLOB to further their expertise in Oracle Time Model Performance Method as well as to test and gain deep, practical understanding of new Oracle features such as Oracle Database 12c Multitenant and In-Memory Column Store features. This session is packed with modern platform topics for modern DBAs. Kevin Closson will weave in important topics like CPU hyperthreading (Intel SMT), Intel TurboBoost and NUMA as pertaining to performance characteristics of Oracle Database on modern industry-standard servers.

    About Kevin Closson
    Chief Performance Architect / Sr. Director, XtremIO Business Unit - EMC.

    Kevin's 25-year career has spanned Platform and Software product development, performance engineering, technical marketing, support and application development positions specializing in Oracle, non-Oracle databases and clustered platforms.

    Before EMC, Kevin was the Performance Architect in Oracle's Exadata development group (System Technology Group). Prior to his tenure with Oracle, Kevin held positions within HP/PolyServe, IBM, Sequent Computer Systems, Veritas and Altos where his main engineering focus was developing port-level throughput and scalability enhancements of the Oracle server on high-end Unix SMP and Clustered Systems.

    Kevin holds patents in SMP locking algorithms and database caching methods. Kevin invented and maintains the very powerful platform testing toolkit SLOB (Silly Little Oracle Benchmark). In addition to book collaborations (Apress/Rampant), Kevin's written works have appeared in IBM Redbook, Oracle Magazine, Oracle Internals Magazine, SELECT and CMG.

    Kevin is a charter member of the Oaktable Network organization (membership 2002). Kevin maintains a very popular technical blog at kevinclosson.net.

    Vancouver Oracle Users Group Meeting - April 23, 2014

    April 23, 2014 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Database Replication, Bill Brunt

    Database replication as an architectural strategy moved into mainstream several years ago. Today, all the major players including IBM, Oracle and Dell offer high speed, log based, fault tolerant, asynchronous streaming replication solutions. This presentation will first cover the fundamentals of replication and then quickly dive into specific implementation considerations for several use cases including disaster recovery, load isolation, auditing and more.

    About Bill

    Bill Brunt started working with Oracle in 1988, presenting 4 previous times at OOW and its predecessor. He has worked with SharePlex for both Dell and as a customer. He has helped hundreds of customers increase the availability and deploy scalable infrastructures. His experience with Oracle includes database administration, architecture, data warehousing, Oracle EBS and application development. Hands on experience with replication technology includes change data capture, messaging queues, block level disk writes, enterprise application integration, extract transformation and load.

    Poor Man's Auditing with Log Miner, Caleb Small

    The need for database auditing is a topic that most DBAs have heard loud and clear. Oracle offers many auditing solutions including the standard audit trail, trigger based auditing, Total Recall and Audit Vault. The specific requirements of each individual application must be assessed before choosing the appropriate strategy.

    One of the simplest, yet most powerful solutions is the time tested LogMiner. Oracle LogMiner allows reconstruction of past SQL statements with values from the on-line and archived redo logs, provided that some simple configuration requirements are met. While there is some additional overhead imposed on the database, for the most part all the necessary mechanisms are already in place and no additional audit trails or log files need to be maintained. 

    This presentation steps through the decision criteria for selecting this option, and the actual database implementation steps.

    About Caleb

    Caleb is a senior consulting Oracle DBA with decades of experience in IT, and specifically with Oracle high availability installations since version 7. He has deployed dozens of production systems on both scratch built and engineered systems including the the Oracle Database Appliance. This, in combination with his experience as a professional instructor, and featured speaker for user groups around North America makes his presentations both informative and entertaining.

    Vancouver Oracle Users Group Meeting - February 26, 2014

    February 26, 2014 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Oracle Virtual Networking, Geoffrey Routledge

    Various types of virtualization technology will play a central role in optimizing resources from the application layer down to the network layer. Virtualization will no longer be regarded as an isolated technology to solve a single problem. Come listen to key experts discuss virtualization, management, and the importance of orchestration and how it will affect your application life cycles now and into the future

    Oracle Virtual Networking revolutionizes data center economics by creating an agile, highly efficient infrastructure built on your choice of hardware and software. This open architecture lets you dynamically connect servers, networks, and storage. You create networks and connections entirely in software to enable secure, isolated services that support your business processes and priorities. With Oracle Virtual Networking, all traffic types, including Ethernet and Fibre Channel, traverse a converged infrastructure, resulting in a
    simpler, more efficient, wire-once environment with flexible connectivity.

    About Geoffrey

    Geoff is a Principal Sales Consultant with Oracle’s networking products team. He has more than 20 years of experience as both a vendor and customer of information and network technologies. Geoffrey has spent an equal amount of time as an IT Customer and at IT vendors:

    • 6 years as director of IT Infrastructure for Canfor, Canada's largest forest products company
    • Co-founder of Pay-by-Phone, mobile payment system for on-street parking; currently deployed in 90 cities across North America and Europe.
    • Many years in the "IT trenches" implementing business applications and IT infrastructure.
    • Sales Consulting roles at Dell, SAP, CommVault, Attachmate

    His career has provided him with a broad technology background (including storage, virtualization, networks, and enterprise application), but also depth on the business aspects of IT (such as financial analysis of IT projects, IT portfolio assessment, investment-based budgeting, etc.)

    Setup Oracle Audit and Reporting in One Hour or Less, Leon Rzhemovskiy

    Answer the questions Who, What, Where and When about any database activity, by setting up an Oracle standard audit. The feature is free and available in every database edition.

    Stay on top of any possible performance and storage issues by choosing appropriate audit parameters.
    Build summary and detail reports to analyze audit events from multiple databases using APEX or SQL*PLUS.
    Setup a data retention period and cleanup audit records regularly.
    Create a honeypot to attract hacker’s attention.
    Enable alerts and send email notifications using Oracle enterprise manager infrastructure

    About Leon

    Leon has 20 years experience as an information technology professional in the field of database analysis, design, architecture, development, integration and administration. He is an Oracle 8i, 9i, 10g, 11g Database Administrator Certified Professional; Oracle Linux Certified Implementation Specialist and Administrator; Certified Associate, HP-UX Administrator; Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert; Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional. He currently works as a Database Architect at ALS Global, North Vancouver.

    LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/LeonRzhemovskiy
    Web Site: www.unikasolution.com

    Vancouver Oracle Users Group Meeting - January 22, 2014

    January 22, 2014 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Well-known Oracle Press author Mike Ault presents two topics

    Please thank our meeting sponsor IBM Canada for sponsoring this meeting

    The Race to Zero Latency - Oracle Acceleration with IBM FlashSystem

    In this presentation we will cover the historical and current benchmarks that show the true benefits from the race to zero latency using the IBM FlashSystem. We will cover the effects of reduction of latency on transactions per minute and overall system throughput. We will also cover the use of the FlashSystem in the OPERA preferred read configuration and the benefits for its use. The session wraps up with client case studies.

    Rapid AWR Analysis

    In this presentation we will cover a brief history of the Automatic Workload Repository in Oracle followed by a discussion of the top down approach that should be used to perform AWR analysis. Lessons learned from over 300 AWR report analysis will be included.

    About Mike

    Following a six year Navy enlistment in the Nuclear Navy riding submarines, Mike began working with computers in 1980 programming in Basic and Fortran IV on the PDP-11architecture in the nuclear industry. During Mike’s nuclear years he worked with PDP, IBM-PC, Osborne and later VAX-VMS and HP architectures as well as with the Informix and Ingres databases. Following the downturn in the nuclear industry Mike began working with Oracle as the only DBA at the Luka, Mississippi based Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM) project for NASA in 1990. Since 1990 Mike has worked with a variety of industries utilizing Oracle both in house and as a consulting talent. Mike is currently the Oracle Guru for Texas Memory Systems.

    Mike has published over two dozen Oracle-related books including the 7.0, 8.0, 8i and 9i versions of his Oracle Administration and Management with Wiley, the Oracle8 Black Book and Oracle DBA OCP ExamCram series (for versions 8 and 8i) with Coriolis and multiple titles including Oracle9i RAC and Oracle10g Grid and RAC with Rampant Technical Press.

    Mike has written articles for Oracle, Select, DBMS, Oracle Internals and several other database-related magazines. He is a highly sought after keynote speaker and expert instructor for local, regional and international Oracle conferences such as GOUSERS, SEOUG, RMOUG, NYOUG, NCOUG, IOUG, OOW, ODTUG, UKOUG and EOUG.

    Vancouver Oracle Users Group Meeting - November 21, 2013

    November 21, 2013 05:15 PM - 08:00 PM

    Daniel Morgan returns with o-RAC-le World.

    oRCAle World: Root Cause Analysis in an environment where you know something is wrong ... and you've got to identify it.

    ACE Director Daniel Morgan, leveraging decades of experience taming, debugging, and debunking client's databases is going to present a series of real-world examples of things that happened in the data center, were initially blamed on the database, sometimes even by the DBAs managing them, but that were shown to have external root causes.

    If part of your job is keeping Oracle databases stable, performing Root Cause Analysis to identify why the database was unavailable or not meeting performance expectations, this is a session you will not want to miss.

     

    Engineered Systems – New Developments and Success Stories

    April 25, 2013 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Learn directly from Oracle's experts about the new high-end SPARC technology and the next-generation Oracle Database Appliance. Gain insight into successful deployment from a real-world case study.

    Please thank our meeting sponsors RCR Technologies and Oracle Corporation!

    SPARC Servers - Extreme Performance for Mission-Critical Applications

    This presentation will highlight the newly announced mid-range SPARC T5 and high-end SPARC M5-32 servers. With greater scalability and performance than previous SPARC systems, the new servers outperform competitive IBM counterparts by factors of 7X for database and 12X for middleware. Learn how multiple data center services can be consolidated with greater density, and where the new SPARC technology fits within the Sun Oracle portfolio.

    About Gary Combs

    Gary Combs is a Principal Product Manager at Oracle Corporation, specializing in mid-range high-end SPARC servers including the popular M and T Series. Gary also covers virtualization technologies that are implemented on these platforms: Dynamic Domains, Logical Domains, and Solaris Zones. Gary has over 15 years experience as a systems engineer, and has held positions in product management, product definition, and technical marketing. Gary is co-author of the book, "Oracle Solaris 10 System Virtualization Essentials".

    The New Oracle Database Appliance X3-2

    The new X3-2 Database Appliance makes data services simple, providing a complete, turnkey solution with 2x performance, 2x memory, up to 36TB of storage and the ability to virtualize.  Learn how to revolutionize the way you deploy, manage, and support your database platform with extended capacity for on-demand licensing of all Oracle software.

    About Baz Mistry

    Baz Mistry is with Oracle Corporation, and specializes in how to leverage and utilize IT as a strategic tool.  He manages a team at Oracle’s Headquarters office in Redwood Shores, who provide solutions to customers that enable them to accelerate growth and maximize return on their Oracle investments. Prior to Oracle, he was at Sun Microsystems where he owned Key Top Customer Initiatives and also managed SunTone, a Certification and Best Practices initiative.

    Key Factors for a Successful ODA Deployment

    This presentation summarizes the key success factors derived from a real-world deployment of two pairs of ODAs in primary/standby database configurations.  It includes best practices for planning, initial deployment, production database migration, RMAN backup, and DataGuard physical standby configuration.  It also touches on operational topics including log rotation, alert log scanning and notification, and automatic DataGuard health checks and notifications.

    About Caleb Small

    Caleb is a senior consulting Oracle DBA with decades of experience in IT, and specifically with Oracle high availability installations since version 7.

    Vancouver Oracle Users Group Meeting - November 15, 2012

    November 15, 2012 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Please thank our meeting sponsor TEKsystems!

    TEKsystems is a subsidiary of Allegis Group, the largest private talent management firm in the world. Through our IT staffing solutions, talent management insight and suite of IT services, we make it easier to get IT done. Our longstanding history and industry-leading position speak to our success in helping clients meet their business targets.
    Dan Morgan presents:

    Oracle Database 12c Preview

    The soon to be released Database 12.1 is going to include new features that fundamentally alter the database landscape in the same way that Database Appliances have altered the way we look at our hardware options.

    Never afraid to open up a SQL*Plus window and live demo ... Oracle ACE Director Dan Morgan will be showing you everything he is given permission by Oracle to show.

    Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Solution for DBAs

    In addition to Exadata and ODA Oracle has introduced another piece of hardware that is a real game changer: The ZFS Storage Appliance.  ACE Director Dan Morgan has personally deployed databases to ZFS and will bring his depth of knowledge about the hardware, software, deployment, and value of the ZFS solution. If you enjoyed his June presentation on the ODA ... you won't want to miss this.

    About Dan Morgan

    http://www.morganslibrary.org/about.html