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Adventures in the Cloud

I just got back from a whirlwind tour that included a trip to San Francisco to visit the Snowflake HQ, attend the annual Oracle ACE Directors briefing, meetings and events at Oracle OpenWorld (OOW), speaking at OakTable World (OTW), then off to Chicago to speak at Enterprise Dataversity.

Yes it was packed. And lots of talk about cloud everything!


Thanks to the great folks at OTN (Roland and Jennifer) for hosting us again this year at Oracle HQ.

Here are a few highlights:

Morning Chi Gung

Now an annual event is doing Chi Gung by the lake behind the Sofitel with a few ACE Director friends before the *top secret* briefing.



Pre-OOW Athletics

Well, sort of. This year I walked the Golden Gate Bridge (5K) and took a dip in SF Bay in the 5th Annual Swim The Bay. Proud to say I have attended all 5 years of that event.

Nothing like a brisk morning walk to start the day!

Nothing like a brisk morning walk to start the day!


Then there is the brisk swim!

Then there is the brisk swim!

And this year, I got a pretty good size group to do Chi Gung on the beach after the swim (to warm ourselves back up!)

Time to get that chi flowing after the swim!

Time to get that chi flowing after the swim!

OTW 2016

I think this is the 3rd time I have presented at the un-conference run in parallel to OOW. But this year was the 1st time I did it as an Oaktable member! Gave my talk on Building a Virtualized ODS using SQL Developer Data Modeler.

No picture from that talk (sorry) but I did a very short Chi Gung set with the attendees at lunch time to get them moving out of their seats.


OTN Interview

This was the best part – getting to do an interview with my good friend Laura Ramsey from OTN about data modeling and data warehousing in the cloud. Check out my full interview here.


Live cast interview from the Moscone at OOW 2016


The Drake Hotel

For the Dataversity event in Chicago, I got to stay at the very classy Drake Hotel right on the lake shore with a great view.

Awesome View!

Awesome View!


Oh, and my talk on Data Warehousing in 2016 and Beyond went great. I learned a lot in the various keynotes and even got an introduction to Data Science.


Well that is my little update for now.

Check my speaking page to see where I will be next!



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Early Christmas Present: Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1 Beta is here! (Still FREE)

Just saw this tweet from Oracle Product Manager Ashly Chen:

Get thee to the site and download away!

Did I say, it is FREE?

(Do remember it is BETA as use it accordingly)

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Oracle ACE Director Meeting: Day 2

So the 2nd day was as filled with brainiac conversations as day one…and most hush hush under NDA.

However, I was able to get shots of a few more slides today that were not under NDA.

First, here is the agenda. Sadly the Exadata session got canceled. 😦

Day 2 Agenda

Oracle has been recognized in the Gartner Magic quadrants in several areas related to integration & SOA.

You will see this as a major theme at OOW2012 – “Integration Everywhere”. Lots of sessions related to apps and the cloud.

Well, you have to have something about Big Data. What is Big Data? Opinions vary. At OOW you will hear that there is Big and there is Fast. Oracle believes they have constructed solutions that handle both.

Have you heard about Oracle Golden Gate? I have. My current client even did a pretty decent POC on it. Basically it is the newest approach to streaming and replicating data for a variety of use cases. It does replace Oracle Streams as the approach of choice for real and near-real time data movement.

The evolution of Oracle Portal – meet Oracle WebCenter.

My good friend JP came an talked to us about Big Data and did this great drawing about the architectures and where all the parts, tools, and engineered systems fit in the overall picture. Pretty cool. As you see below – no PowerPoint slides were used. Instead he used a tool called Paper Show and drew as he talked (like the old days with transparencies).

JP and his Big Data Picture

Here is just a shot of all the ACE Directors hard at work listening to a session, asking questions, pondering, taking notes, pictures, and of course Tweeting up a storm.

Oracle ACE Directors at Work

So that is it for my very first ACE Director meeting. Thanks to OTN and Oracle for putting this on and letting me participate. Quite the learning experience.

On to OOW and the Oracle Music Festival (with a rest for my brain first on Saturday).

I’ll give you another update in a few days (and maybe fill in a few blanks)



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