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Another First at ODTUG’s #Kscope13

Those crazy kids at ODTUG have done it again!

At this year’s KScope in New Orleans this user group is introducing an evening of crossover sessions. Over the years the event has grown and actually blended the traditional Oracle database development world with the world of EPM, Hyperion, and Essbase.

In fact many folks who have come down the typical Oracle development path, myself included, know very little about the other side. So for these past few years at the conference we found there were not a lot of people crossing the various tracks (after all there are so many options to choose from).

In order to promote better cross pollination and as a way to encourage folks to expand their horizons and start to understand the “other” side, ODTUG has added two evening sessions on Tuesday so that we can gain that knowledge and not have to skip any of our regualr sessions.

The sessions will be presented by seasoned ODTUGers and Oracle ACEs. Check out these sessions:

Oracle Database Tools 101: How Does All This Stuff Get Built Anyway?

John King, King Training Resources

If you’ve been an Essbase/Hyperion, Applications, or BI user you may wonder what all the “hubbub” on the other side of Kscope is all about. Or maybe you’re curious — “I know there’s a database under the covers and lots of developers; what do they do?” If you want to know about the underpinnings of your favorite Oracle software, this session is for you. We’ll talk about how it all fits together: database, SQL, PL/SQL, ADF, Forms, APEX, and more (without too many boring details)! Attending this session will improve your understanding of and ability to communicate with the “bit-twiddlers” in your organization.

Hyperion 101: An Introduction to the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Suite

Andrew Jorgensen, MindStream Analytics

Have you been hearing all this talk about Oracle Hyperion? Are you wondering what exactly an Essbase is?

This is the session for those who are looking for an introduction into Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management. We’ll start with the core business problems that are addressed with these products. The session will then include an overview of all the products that cover the Oracle Hyperion Suite and what each is best used for. We’ll finish this session covering a variety of reporting options including OBIEE.

Get more details here: ODTUG Kscope13: Expertise + Crossover.

If you have not yet signed up to attend KScope13, it’s not too late. Just get on over to the registration page and get in on the learning!

See you in New Orleans!


P.S. I will of course be there so be sure to look me up and attend one of my sessions.


Big Blunder means extended discount opportunity for Data Vault fans

Sometimes the best laid plans…they just don’t quite work out. Here’s what I mean:

If you were at my Data Vault session at the recent ODTUG KScope conference in San Antonio, you got a special code to enter at  to get $200 off the new online Data Vault Implementation training class. (For more on the training check out this post).

That deal was supposed to end this week on July 31st.


I was just informed that there was an error in the code on the BUY button.

Error in the code? Say it isn’t so! (Hey – I did not do the programming)

If you went to the link and put in the code you got some sort of an error message. If you forgot the code and just pushed the button you went to Dan’s offer to try the first module for only $7.00 (USD) – which is a really great deal on its own.

As you may imagine, I was not happy to hear that the Kscope participants were unable to get the discount I promised them and that there are only a few days left for this deal. 😦

So as compensation for this mistake, I was able to negotiate an extension of this offer until August 30th.

So that means you now have until August 30th to take advantage of the $200 discount.

Just go to and put in the secret code. All the details about the course are there on the page for you to review.

And don’t forget, Dan offers a 7 day, 100% money back guarantee.

So if you have been putting off investing in this course, you just got a 30 day reprieve to get the $200 discount.

Don’t waste it. There are not that many 2nd chances.


P.S., Since speakers at KScope do not get attendee lists and emails, I have no way to directly contact the folks who attended my session. So do me a favor, help me get the word out. Please re-post and tweet this to your networks so we can be sure no one misses out. Thanks a bunch.

Learn a Little Chi Gung with my KScope Morning Chi Gung Video

A little background…

Last year for the ODTUG Kscope conference, then-president Mike Riley asked me if there was something from my martial arts training that I could offer to Kscope attendees that would enhance their conference experience.

I proposed doing some Chi Gung moving mediation exercises in the morning, something I had started teaching at summer martial arts camps about 20 years ago.

The ODTUG Board accepted the proposal and the rest, as they say, is history.

We introduced Morning Chi Gung at Kscope11 in Long Beach, California with great success and reviews.

We did it again for Kscope12 at the beautiful JW Marriott in San Antonio, Texas, with another great turn out. I lead sessions every day, Sunday through Thursday at 7 AM. (It went so well a few folks even joined me on Friday morning after the conference for one more session.)

This year we also added organized running groups and a running meet-up sign up board to encourage attendees to network in a new way.

Fitness activities are fast becoming a ODTUG tradition, so we plan to do them again at Kscope13 in New Orleans.

As far as I know, ODTUG is the first, and maybe only, Oracle user event to offer organized fitness activities for attendees. It may be the only technology conference doing so.

Pretty cool. Hopefully we will inspire other events to add similar activities.

Morning Chi Gung at Kscope12

My morning Chi Gung group

Chi Gung – The Video

Several of the attendees this year wanted to be sure they could continue to practice the meditations after the conference was over. So they asked if I had any videos of the routines available. There are a few clips from KScope11 but none with audio instructions.

Thanks to Lori (ODTUG Social Media Maven) and her digital video camera, we have a brand new instructional video to share with everyone. Now I had to work around having a microphone with a short cord attached to my jacket, but the audio is really good so you will have no problem hearing my instructions and descriptions of the various exercises.

The video is now live online on the ODTUG YouTube Channel over here.

In the video you will see me give detailed instructions and explanations of several Chi Gung “still stance” breathing meditations. I lead the group in doing Upward-Downward, Inward-Outward, Raised Hands Stance, Tai Chi Ball, Four Forms, and the Warrior Energy Form. Each of these moving meditative sets can be done individually or in the series as demonstrated, depending on your available time and fitness level.

So if you were in my classes, I hope you find the video useful to help you continue your practice.

If you weren’t there, I hope the video will inspire you to start a new practice.

Either way I hope you will all join me at KScope13 next year in New Orleans.

Until then…Peace


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ODTUG KScope: Day 5 – Happy Trails

Well the final day of KScope12 finally arrived and it was another hot one with the final sessions and the Texas heat. Another bright red sunrise greeted us as it has all week.


Today I managed to get a picture of the group that showed up for Chi Gung every day at 7 AM. We even had some new people today (officially the last day). They all enjoyed the sessions and learned (hopefully) enough to practice a bit once they return home.

I am grateful to all the participants for showing up early each morning with enthusiasm and a willingness to try something new. It made my job to lead them much easier. (There will be a You Tube video sometime next week for people to review, so stay tuned)

The first order of business for the day (after Chi Gung) was the official KScope closing session. Even though there were still two sessions to go afterward we had the closing at 9:45 AM. We were entertained, yet again, with some photo and video footage taken throughout the week, including one interview with me! We also learned who got the presenter awards for each track and for the entire event.

Then we all got beads to remind us to go to KScope13 in New Orleans.

Next was my final session for the event: Reverse Engineering (and Re-Engineering) an Existing Database with Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler.

I had a surprising number of people for the last day after the closing session. I think there was about 70 people wanting to learn more about SDDM. Apparently most people are unaware of the features of the tool (which I have written about on several posts).

So, that was nice.

Finally I went to JP Dicjks talk about Big Data and Predicting the Future.

His basic premise is that we should now never throw away any data as it all can be used to extend the depth of analytics. We can react to events in real time and proactively change outcomes of those events.

The diagram above shows the basics of one way that data moves through the world and into the Hadoop file systems. I am oversimplifying but it is a cool diagram.

Part of the challenge is uncovering un-modeled data. I guess that is where the recent Oracle acquisition, Endeca, comes in with their Data Discovery tool (again oversimplifying) .

And that was pretty much it for the show. It was a great week with lots of learning and networking (and tweeting). We all had a good time and learned enough to make our heads explode.

I look forward to meeting folks again next year at KScope13 in New Orleans.


ODTUG KScope12: Day 4 – Another Day in Paradise

Well folks, it is really late/early so, for now I am just putting up some pictures without a lot of detail.

This was the sunrise that greeted me on the way to Morning Chi Gung. Going to be another hot one!


This is the view of the bluff and waterfall that we see every day when we practice Chi Gung on the lawn. Very soothing and relaxing. It definitely enhances the experience and feeling of connectedness to the earth.

First session of the day was Maria Colgan (the optimizer queen) talking about Tuning SQL in a Data Warehouse. A huge amount of information to digest. Mostly over my head but very useful for a data warehouse dba.

She did however forget her glasses this morning and could not really see the people in the back row too well. 🙂

Next up was Mr. Kevin McGinley (BI Track Lead) giving us his thoughts about Exalytics and what is meant by “Speed of Thought”.

This is a picture of his four kids before the session. They did Kevin’s introduction today. Quite cute.

Not sure where they got it from (just say’n). 😉

After Kevin’s entertaining talk, I went to see John Jeffries talk about Oracle Golden Gate. John is one of the world experts on Golden Gate having published the Oracle Golden Gate 11g Implementer’s Guide.

John had a nice diagram (below)  of what you can use Golden Gate for. Very useful.

After lunch I went to see Dr. Holger Friedrich who gave us a comparison between ODI 11g (Oracle Data Integrator) and OWB (Oracle Warehouse Builder). OWB is going away in the not too distant future so it is important for OWB shops to get a handle on it and start to lean about ODI. This presentation was a great start.

Holger is a very interesting and intelligent guy. He is from Switzerland and holds a PhD in Robotics and Machine Learning.

Not sure how he ended up doing Oracle data warehousing.

Tonight was our BIG EVENT: Dinner and Rodeo and Dancing at the Knibbe Ranch. It was hoot!

Here I am with my armadillo. I actually “won” an armadillo race.

We had a great BBQ dinner and a great country band to listen to. Hard find a bad band in this neck of the woods.

After dinner was the main event: rodeo. This is the big show: The board of directors for ODTUG got to ride into the arena on horseback for the opening ceremonies of the rodeo. It did appear that Edward Roske (conference chair) really knew how to ride a horse.

That’s it for now. I have to sleep a little before Morning Chi Gung. Then I have my last presentation tomorrow morning.

Good thing I tested everything and got ready before going to the special event.

Check back in a day or so as I will fill in some details on the technical presentations.

Adios for now.


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