Tag Archive: COUG

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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Chicago Oracle Users Group Meeting September 17th 2015 – Recap

We had another great user group meeting recently! We had two excellent presentations by well known Oracle Ace Director, Tim Gorman! The first presentation was focused on Accelerating DevOps using Data Virtualization. This was a great presentation and really demonstrated that the next step in virtualization is at the data/storage level. Only with data virtualization can you accelerate the testing/deployment cycle to speed up project times, improve project quality and put a company at a competitive edge. All of this while using less storage than we ever thought was possible but with the ability to provide numerous copies of our production…
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Chicago Oracle Users Group – RAC Attack! 12c Workshop

The Chicago Oracle Users Group organized a great RAC Attack! 12c workshop last Saturday, August 22nd. Even with the gorgeous summer weather we had an amazing turnout! Over 30 people showed up to learn how to install Oracle RAC on virtual machines on their own laptops. I had a great team of mentors that were helping our participants in the workshop. A special thanks to Ashok Sivasankaran, Ittichai Chammavanijakul and Omar Ahmad for helping folks get past issues they may have had. Additionally, Ashok gave us a great presentation overview on Oracle RAC and Omar did one on VM templates for…
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Chicago Oracle Users Group Meeting July 23rd 2015 – Recap

We had another great user group meeting this past Thursday! We had two excellent presentations by two very well known speakers! Our 1st presentation was by Oracle Ace, Biju Thomas. He did a great job going over a lot of cool new features available in 12c especially for those of us that are still 11g DBAs. Our 2nd presentation was by Oracle Ace Director, Jim Czuprynski. He provided a great presentation on the JSON features available in the Oracle Database 12.1.0.2. In his presentation he mentioned a really cool data mocking site called Mockaroo. I’ll have to keep that in…
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