Author: Michael Abbey

The “You” in User Group

Time for my user group rant again. Every time I am poised on the edge of taking another pilgrimage to an Oracle technical event I descend into this user group smoke screen ( a good thing) and spout rhetoric about how amazingly valuable they are. User groups are frequented by the salt of the tech user community.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Amazon RDS – Prime Time? Time Will Tell

A client of ours is just getting started with Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and I wonder as time marches on how popular this cloud solution is going to play out for them and Amazon as a valid/useable service offering.

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Michael Abbey’s Presentation OOW 12

Michael Abbey’s user group forum presentation from OOW 12 … a link to my presentation from Oracle Open World 2012 … Oracle rman: Don’t Forget the Basics. Questions/comments/suggestions? Please contact me …

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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.

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Oracle Press Publisher Forum OOW 12 – Part 1

Tuesday morning at OOW is always occupied by this forum, an opportunity for authors and other persons to receive heads up on what’s coming down the pipe from Oracle. The following notes are musings from yours truly as I attended the forum today.

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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.

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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:

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