Chicago Oracle Users Group

Chicago Oracle Users Group Meeting September 26th 2017 – Recap

Our Chicago Oracle Users Group meeting on September 26th marked our fourth meeting of 2017.  We had two Oracle ACEs and one Oracle ACE Director.  Thank you Craig Shallahamer, Francis Mignault, and Jorge Rimblas for bringing us five outstanding presentations! Agenda We held the meeting at my old employer, The Pampered Chef, which is located in the suburb city of Addison.  Pampered Chef’s auditorium is an awesome meeting space!  The same location was used in for one of our 2016 meetings as well (recap here).  The meeting had five presentations, lunch, raffles, and a whole lot of networking! Presentations A lot of…
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Chicago Oracle Users Group Meeting August 8th 2017 – Recap

Our recent Chicago Oracle Users Group meeting on August 8th marked our third meeting of 2017.  We had not one but two Oracle ACE Directors!  Nitin Vengurlekar and Richard Niemiec brought us a total of five feature packed presentations! Agenda The day went by very quickly.  The location of the meeting was the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.  This was our first meeting at this location and we used the lecture hall.  I loved this space as it had good acoustics and plenty of seating.  We did something special and live streamed the sessions with the help of ProHuddle….
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Chicago Oracle Users Group Meeting June 22nd 2017 – Recap

We had our second Chicago Oracle Users Group meeting of 2017 on June 22nd.  We were fortunate to get Willie Hardie, Vice President, Oracle Database Product Management and Oracle ACE Director, Jim Czuprynski. What’s New in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 First, Willie presented an awesome talk on What’s New in Oracle Database 12c Release 2.  This included but was not limited to some cool new features in the areas of: Enhancements on In-Memory Online Tablespace encryption PDB Hot Clone Oracle Sharding Big Data – Partitioned External Tables Enhancements in Approximate Query Processing You can learn about these features and many more in detail…
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Chicago Oracle Users Group Meeting February 23rd 2017 – Recap

We kicked off 2017 with an awesome Chicago Oracle Users Group meeting on February 23rd. We had excellent presentations by Moizuddin Mohamed and Oracle Ace Director, Jim Czuprynski! Moizuddin was our COUG “Show and Tell” and provided us with a presentation on GoldenGate High Availability Using DBFS in an Exadata/RAC environment. He demonstrated a use case where he has a DBFS instance at a primary site but uses GoldenGate to replicate the DBFS instance to a disaster recovery site as well.  Giving the ability to easily start the instance at either site for both planned and unplanned outages with minimal…
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Chicago Oracle Users Group – Cloud Experience Workshop Recap

You really can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about the “cloud”.  If you’re an Oracle technologist you should be well aware of all the Oracle Cloud offerings that are available.  If you’re a DBA then it’s critical to understand the role of the Oracle Cloud in your day to day decisions for current and upcoming IT projects. The COUG had an awesome Cloud Experience workshop at the end of October where we were able to experience building a database (single instance or even RAC) in the Oracle Public Cloud. Our workshop was led by Oracle Ace, Erik Benner.  Erik started…
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Chicago Oracle Users Group Meeting August 26th 2016 – Recap

We had another awesome COUG meeting on August 26th. We held the meeting at my old stomping ground, The Pampered Chef located in the suburb city of Addison. They provided us with a roomy space, free giveaways (The Pampered Chef Water Infuser), and held an appetizer/cocktail hour afterwards for us. Oracle Ace Director, Rich Niemiec, lead off the morning with a presentation on Innovation, Big Data, Oracle Cloud, IOT and the Future. This presentation was packed with information and left you with a lot of things to contemplate on the future of Oracle and overall technology as a whole. After a…
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Chicago Oracle Users Group Meeting June 22nd 2016 – Recap

We had another great meeting on June 22nd. We had 3 excellent presenters with a mix of awesome topics! Our first presentation was by Brad Petrus, Vendita’s Vice President of License Management, who presented on Oracle Licensing. We had some technical difficulties with the projector which turned this into an impromptu Q&A. This was fantastic as we had all kinds of interesting questions about certain configurations which Brad fielded like a pro. Very informative! There should be more presentations and discussions on Oracle licensing. Perhaps this would help to clear some of the mystery surrounding licensing. Our next presentation was…
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Chicago Oracle Users Group – Two Year Retrospective

It’s been a little over two years since I first became President of the Chicago Oracle Users Group and I’ve been looking back at this whole journey.  It all started in January of 2014 when COUG members received an email from the previous President with a special message.  He was apologetic in his email as he had been busy with various startup companies and had let the focus of the group lapse.  This was completely understandable as he was running the COUG solo and anyone that’s ever been involved with a user group knows that this isn’t a paid position but…
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Chicago Oracle Users Group Meeting February 18th 2016 – Recap

We kicked off 2016 with a great meeting on February 18th. We had an excellent presentation by Tony Jedlinski and two presentations by Oracle Ace Director, Jim Czuprynski! Tony was our COUG “Show and Tell” and provided us with a great demo on how quickly you can go from a spreadsheet to a full blown Oracle Application Express (APEX) application in a matter of minutes. Now instead of a spreadsheet sitting on someone’s PC you have a browser accessible, secure and scalable application in an Oracle database. Jim’s first presentation was titled Analyze This! Leveraging Oracle 12c Analytical Functions. Jim went over…
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Chicago Oracle Users Group Meeting November 10th 2015 – Recap

We had another great user group meeting recently. We had two excellent presentations by well known speaker, Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman! The first presentation was titled AWR Warehouse and Beyond. Kellyn described what it is, how it can be used and why DBAs should seriously consider using an AWR warehouse. For those DBAs that are concerned with having to maintain more than days or weeks worth of AWR snapshots but perhaps would like to trend over months or years this is the solution for you. Take all of your individual database AWR snapshots and move them to a centralized AWR warehouse.  A…
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