Posts by Michael Abbey

The Drum Roll to UKOUG Commences

A mere 5,018 minutes until the festivities start at the 2012 version of the UKOUG User Group Conference. The show is intense and hugely educational with some of the world’s finest in attendance and presenting. For us Pythian’ites the trek terminates on Wednesday evening with British football’s Manchester United. Keep a close eye out for RACAttack above the vendor forum. Pythian’s own Alex Gorbachev and others will help you attack the RAC. Not to be missed.

Pythian’s 9th Oracle ACE

I have just received notification of my acceptance into the Oracle ACE program and will enthusiastically support and continue to be an evangelist for the Oracle offerings though most of my heart lies in the same place as many current and previous personnel at this fine company – the CORE database technology.

Character Set Conversion 10g and 11g – Part 1

This post is the first in a series of discussions … perhaps you have never had the pleasure of needing to change a character set. If you have not and soon do, purchase a good sleeping bag as you may be at the office late for a few days to get the task accomplished.

Oracle Open World Day 2

Some people call it day 1 but the user group forum on Sunday is so packed with information it is really day 1. The exhibit hall opened naturally on Monday and the chachka-hunters were out in force. I did my customary vendor hall walkabout with Greg for a bit and it was pretty much same-old same-old. I did not recognize all the booths but the ever-popular perennial vendors were everywhere to be seen. The evening was occupied by the Friends of Pythian event and it was well attended by colleagues, partners, and client representative.

Day 1 at Oracle Open World Did Not Disappoint

The day was action packed with sessions and I presented my Oracle rman:Don’t Forget the Basics to an enthusiastic crowd in Moscone west. The room was close to full with some hanging out at the back. It has been a while since I have presented in a room so close to being full. There was a handful of questions and comments during the session and a group of attendees approached me to follow-up afterwards.

Start Your Engines

One of Pythian’s clients in attendance was curious what Sunday at OOW is all about and I let the others in the lounge respond first then offered my 2 cents. There are actually two different perspectives from the presentations at OOW:

Database Management Sessions at OOW

Many database administrators who are hungry for CORE database sessions at Oracle Open World need to look far and go out of their way to resister early for presentations in this discipline. Database administration, in some circles, is looked upon as a “dying” role as vendors automate and encapsulate CORE support activities into the likes of ASH, Cloud Control and some other high-end management assistants. The fact remains … regardless of what we are told, the strong CORE database skills are here to stay and a demand for education on this topic is not going anywhere quickly.

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