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2012: Year in the Life of an Oracle Data Warrior

Hard to believe it is nearly the end of the year. But…it is here.

I will be taking time until the end of the year so I am doing my “year-end” post now.

It was a significant year for me with many new things, events, conferences, and clients. Here is a list, by month of a few of them:


I launched this blog – Oracle Data Warrior! At the stroke of midnight on January 1, I hit publish for this posting. So far I have had over 22,000 views on the site with the best/biggest day drawing 294 views on September 24th. People came to check out a free promotion for my new Kindle book.

So far 78 of you have subscribed to this blog and hence get notification whenever I post something new.

Thanks for your support! (For the rest – subscribed now so you don’t miss anything in 2013).

In January I also launched the Year of the Data Vault by going to Dan Linstedt’s Data Vault certification class in Montreal. It was a great class. Check the January archive for my posts about the class.


I posted what has turned out to be THE most popular article so far: The best FREE data modeling tool ever. So far it has had 8,213 views! Wow! (of course since a bunch of you just clicked the link that number has gone up again)

Also big in February (every year) is the RMOUG Training Days in Denver, Colorado. This year I did the first ever remote presentation via skype as part of their pre-conference seminar on data warehousing. My presentation was, of course, on Data Vault. There were a few technical issues but with the help of my good friend Jerry Ireland we got through it fine.

(Note: For RMOUG 2013, I will actually be presenting in person).


Two really big things this month:

  1. I filed with the state of Texas and formed Data Warrior LLC, signed my very first 1099 (independent) contract and became an official business.
  2. The Data Vault Training Portal was launched. You can read my post about that here.


Business wise, I started the 1099 contract work at MD Anderson Cancer Center and got to work building a data vault for one of their internal projects.

On the blog, I made some modification to the layout and added a War Chest page with links to some resources that cost a little money (as opposed to my White Paper page which has Free stuff).


After one month of being an independent contractor I bought my first smartphone – an LG Nitro. I am not really a huge gadget guy so I had put this off for sometime but finally gave in so I could tweet at the upcoming ODTUG conference in San Antonio.

Of course this means I signed up for Twitter. You can find me there at


June was  HUGE month.

  1. The Data Vault modeling book, hit #1 on Kindle.
  2. I got “promoted” to Oracle ACE Director (and found out via a Facebook post!).
  3. And of course there was KScope12 in San Antonio, Texas. I taught Chi Gung every morning at 7 AM and blogged about the event every night (at about midnight). Just check my June archives for all the posts and plenty of pictures.


Slowed down a bit here. Recovered from KScope12 (started planning for KScope13). Wrote a bit about work/life balance and posted this cool InfoGraphic.


Another first for me in August was I published my first eBook on Kindle about data model design reviews.

Then we had an excellent family vacation with my father back east. We drove through the Adirondack Mountains in New York State and then to the Green Mountains of Vermont where we stayed at the Trapp Family Lodge. It gets my highest recommendation for a family friendly, environmentally aware, upscale, outdoor vacation resort. Pay the money and go – you only live once!

While on the trip, my nine year old son came up with a great idea for a blog post: How to make data modeling fun. When we got back, I wrote and posted it here. (Soon it will be a presentation at a conference near you)


This was another big and fun month – all about Oracle Open World 2012 and getting to attend my first Oracle ACE Director meeting at Oracle HQ. Like at KScope, I blogged every night in the wee hours to capture what I saw and learned that day. The smart phone got a lot of use taking pictures in session and around San Francisco. It is all logged in the September archives.


Actually OOW 2012 bled over into October so there are even more posts and pictures in the October Archive folder.

The other biggie in October was that I finished out my contract at MD Anderson Cancer Center and started a new gig at McKesson Specialty Health (US Oncology). This has turned out to be a great project with a good team (like I had at MD Anderson), but with the added benefit of only being 9 miles from my house. This is the shortest commute I have had since college! Saves me 2.5 hours a day in driving.

Needless to say, that is a very nice aspect of the job.


This month was less about data (and my normal work) and more about fitness, a new habit, and being a warrior. (Though I did get accepted to present at the RMOUG Training Days in Denver.)

The highlight of the month was attending the 20th Anniversary celebration for the International Combat Hapkido Federation. I have been attending their workshops and seminars for over 15 of those years and have had the privilege to train with several of their master as well as their founder and grand master John Pellegrini. Combat Hapkido is a very practical martial art for self-defense and a lot of fun to learn and practice.

It was a great event with back to back workshops (i.e., work outs!) with many masters and grand masters. We got training in Tai Chi, stretching, conditioning, kicking, Filipino Escrima, ground survival, and pressure points. There were actual martial arts celebs in attendance including Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Cynthia Rothrock, and Stephen Hayes.

Since my main art is Tae Kwon Do, I was very privileged to meet and train with Grandmaster Bill Wallace (who actually has signed my last two black belt certificates along with GM Pellegrini). GM Wallace’s session was challenging and fun. He is quite entertaining.

Me (right) with GM Superfoot Wallace (center)  and Master Ramon Voils

Me (right) with GM Superfoot Wallace (center) and Master Ramon Voils

At 67 years old, GM Wallace can kick faster and higher than pretty much everyone I have every trained with. I can only hope to be doing so well when I reach that age.

This why he is called "Superfoot"

This is why he is called “Superfoot”

For more pictures from the event, you can subscribe to my newsfeed on Facebook or like my page. You might even find a picture of me in a suit!


And now we are up to this final month of 2012. I have been very busy with my work at McKesson so have only got one post out about the newest release of SQL Developer Data Modeler (which I use nearly every day!).

I did however recently get notification that I had several papers accepted for presentation at the ODTUG  KScope13 conference in New Orleans next June. Be sure to register for that event too!

Yes it was quite the busy year…

Stay tuned for 2013 and see what happens.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


The Oracle Data Warrior

If I tell ya…Oracle ACE Director meeting: Day 1


This is my first time at an ACE Director product briefing and it is pretty amazing. It is a who’s who of Oracle talent from around the globe getting updated by Oracle execs and product management.

I feel very privileged to be part of it.

Lots of cool things coming your way, but until it is all public next week at OOW 2012, well…I can’t tell you much. NDA and all. Sorry.

I think I am safe showing you the topics and presenters:

Agenda Day 1

And here is a picture of me and my longtime friend and colleague Rich Niemiec, world-class DBA extraordinaire. This was in front of the main Oracle buildings in California, and the old Oracle racing yacht early this morning before the meeting started. I had not been on the Oracle campus in a very long time.

Kent and Rich at Oracle HQ

Here is one cool slide I can share. It shows the oracle Fusion Apps that Red Robin has implemented. Not that I care that much about Oracle Apps, but I do like to eat at red Robin. 🙂

It was a great day. My brain is tired.

More stuff tomorrow. Then downtown to prep for OOW 2012.

Stay tuned to this bat channel…


P.S. Check out this infographic about Oracle OpenWorld. Huge!

Oracle Music Fest Schedule is Out & My Oracle OpenWorld Schedule

Happy Friday!

Yes Oracle has finally relased the schedule of artists and DJ who will grace tha attendees at OOW 2012 with their talent.

Suffice it to say – WOW!

You get all the details over at the OOW site – here.

And I have finally put together my tentative schedule of events, sessions, meetups, and concerts. I plan to focus on data warehousing, BI, and SQL Developer (no surprise there). Looking forward to learning about some new tools (Endeca), and more about Exalytics.

Also looking forward to seeing and networking with longtime friends and colleagues.

And of course, hearing some GREAT music (followed by early morning Chi Gung to keep healthy and energized).

You can see my schedule by clicking the link below (PDF).

OOW Schedule

I added a bit of color to differentiate the fun stuff from the work stuff…

There are few other dinners, etc on my agenda too (Stinking Rose anyone?), but some things you all do not really need to know <wink>.

Have a great weekend.

See you in SFO.


Fun and Education at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 and the 1st OOW Music Fest

Hard to believe, but here we are again – almost time for Oracle OpenWorld 2012.

Will you be in San Francisco September 30 – October 4th? I will.

This year, along with the usual keynotes, exhibits, and sessions, Oracle is introducing the first every Oracle Music Festival. Like the famous SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, this festival has a stellar lineup of exceptional performers who will be playing at venues all around downtown San Francisco.

Something for everyone – rock, jazz, pop, blues, and reggae. And the hottest DJ’s in SF.

All free for attendees.

Check out the details here.

Of course  the real reason we all go is to network with colleagues and Oracle folks and get the scoop on the newest stuff.

Once again this year, my  favorite user group (ODTUG) has put together an outstanding lineup of speakers giving presentations throughout the week as well as five stellar symposiums running in parallel on Sunday.

We’ve got APEX, BI, Fusion, Database Development, Hyperion/EPM.

We’ve got ACEs, ACE Directors, and just the best and brightest Oracle developers in the world.

Hope you are registered and ready to get in on the action.

Look me up in San Francisco!


P.S. Anyone up for Chi Gung? Drop me a line if you are.

Get your free pass!

Don’t forget that the deadline for submitting to Oracle OpenWorld 2012 is Monday April 9th.

If you get accepted you get a FREE pass to the event (worth over $2000 US).

Check my earlier posting for the details, but don’t forget to say ODTUG sent you, then I will personally get to review your abstract.

Really, that is a good thing 🙂

Good luck. Submit an abstract here, right now!

Hope to see you in San Francisco.


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