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Oracle’s next blockbuster deal…

I got an email today, which I think is for once a genuine one…beside that, just before Oracle Open World, its always interesting to guess about what Mr. Ellison is about to announce…

I have checked out the site/post and, besides the apparent ones (PR), I couldn’t find any hidden traps (always a bit, healthy I hope, paranoia on this kind of stuff).

From: Stephen Jannise
Sent: Tuesday 3 August 2010 19:57
To: Marco Gralike
Subject: Editorial question about your blog

Hi Marco,

I thought you would be interested in an article I’ve written about Oracle’s next blockbuster deal. The company’s surprising acquisition of Sun suggests that Oracle is willing and able to make major deals in unexpected areas. I’m interested to see where they go next, so I’m hosting a poll on my blog at:

I’ve presented a list of thirteen potential targets for readers to vote on. Rather than guess these targets at random, I’ve done some research into the past five years of Oracle acquisitions as well as studied the current market to make some educated suggestions about possible future acquisitions.

Responses are trickling in, so I’m reaching out to a few bloggers to spread the word and drive more responses. Would you mind posting a brief entry about this on your blog? I would really appreciate your help. Please let me know what you think.



Stephen said about his article in one of his emails to me:

Advert: The Michigan OakTable Symposium

Lets say you can’t make it to those presentations of Oracle Open World this year and you also hadn’t the budget to come to Europe to see really (technically) in depth, practice driven, great (probably new) views on your performance and architecture work at work during Miracle Open World, then there is a great alternative: The Michigan OakTable Symposium.

Its “only” a 2 day symposium but you have a chance there to come up personal, discuss issues during presentations and on site, for instance in the lobby, with some of the top people in their field like, among others, Jonathan Lewis, Tanel Poder or Cary Millsap.

I really like those mini-conferences, because they always bring me new ideas how to solve problems at work or stuff that I am dealing with in my mind, seeing them from a new perspective or get new info and techniques, involving Oracle software, I didn’t know about yet…

During this years The Michigan OakTable Symposium you have to chance to enjoy Cary’s extended version (2 slots, one on Tuesday and one on Friday) of his “Thinking Clearly About Performance” presentation that won this year’s ODTUG Editor’s Choice Award. Anyway, almost all presenters during this 2 day event are Oracle ACE’s, ACE Directors or the top in their field and really have something to say…

XMLDB Oracle Open World Agenda…

Becoming a bit of a tradition actually…

Trying for others to avoid the same, at least it was in 2008/2009, ordeal going thru the O.O.W. Schedule / Content builder trying to find XMLDB topics, I listed those I could find on the XMLDB OTN Forum. As said, trying to follow up on a tradition and to get myself (and hopefully you) an overview on things to come during Oracle Open World 2010 (/Oracle Develop /JavaOne). This year I think its becoming BIG regarding amounts /attendance of people if not only due to the combination of O.O.W./Develop/JavaOne on the same spot in San Francisco…

So, for me and those who are interested, just like the year before, hereby an attempt to find all XMLDB related presentations, workshops and other events during Oracle Open World 2010. I will try to add info, time and days later on (and/or you might) if I find them and/or if they become known. See for XMLDB presentations and Hands-on Lab sessions here:

I hope you enjoy your presentations during O.O.W. and who knows we meet this year.

Not really into XMLDB presentations? Have a look at the 50+ Oracle ACE(D) presentations Oracle Open World and JavaOne, Oracle Develop listing here

Starting a Holiday (/Presentation) at #ODTUG

Time flies. Had a great weekend organizing an AMIS Query, an internal course with Doug Burns, looking at soccer games with Doug and Jacco and now already posting from a Marriott hotel room in Washington DC for some activities during #ODTUG

room / meanings

Its still a bit “quiet” (tons of elderly citizen though) in the Marriott hotel regarding conference meet-ups and/or other things, but met last night with Stanley, Debra, Alex, David (Mr. aPex) and for the first time with Sheeri (Kritzer Cabral) and her husband. Forgot his name (after 2 Guinness and pushing 36 hours “to get into the timezone”) but, man, can he draw cool “caricatures“. He had his own caricature book with him reflecting pictures of Magicians during a “Magicians Conference”, all signed by them and/or commented on. Great book/sketches and had a good laugh on how modern “Magicians” are nowadays that they have their annual conference as well…

Aanmelden AMIS Query: “An Evening with Doug Burns”

Doug BurnsOp donderdag 17 juni, vanaf 18:00 uur, zal Oracle Database Expert en Oracle ACE Director Doug Burns(Schotland), een kennisavond vullen met live demo’s op basis van de Oracle Enterprise Manager Diagnostic en Tuning Pack.

Deze bijzondere avond, geheel zonder slides, met de naam “How I Learned to Love Pictures – Oracle 10g/11g Performance Analysis Using OEM” zal alle in en outs van de Oracle Enterprise Manager Diagnostic en Tuning pack in geur en kleur, de valkuilen en de verstopte juweeltjes van de Oracle Enterprise Manager, demonstreren gebruik makend van onder andere Swingbench. Voor meer informatie, over Doug Burns of de inhoud van deze presentatie, zie de volgende blog posts en URL’s:

Wil je er bij zijn dan kun je je aanmelden voor deze AMIS Query, via de volgende URL:


AMIS Query: An Evening with Oracle ACE Director Doug Burns…

On the 18th of June I am very happy to have arranged an internal mini masterclass for my DBA colleagues and some AMIS customer DBA peers. The evening before on the Thursday the 17th of June (btw. no important World Cup soccer games going on during this Thursday evening) Doug agreed to present his "How I learned to Love Pictures - Oracle 10g/11g Performance Analysis Using OEM" presentation, he held, among others, during the Oracle Open World 2009 Unconference sessions and this years Hotsos 2010 Symposium.

If all goes well ;-) ...

...You will enjoy during this evening a really great presentation on how much information you can get out of those Oracle Enterprise Manager performance diagnostic and tuning pages.

Keep an eye out on this blog site. Agenda and how to register will follow shortly. I keep you posted.


AMIS Query: A (hacking :) event with Oracle ACE Director Pete Finnigan

Zoals al aangekondigd in een eerdere blogpost heeft AMIS in samenwerking met Miracle Benelux, Masterclass trainingen, de mogelijkheid om vlak voor de twee daagse Masterclass in Utrecht van Oracle ACE Director en Oracle Security expert Pete Finnigan uit Engeland, een AMIS Query te organiseren. Beveiliging van je data en de focus hierop is vaak een ondergeschoven kindje. Iedereen is zich er waarschijnlijk wel van bewust dat data verlies via beveiligingslekken door bijvoorbeeld architectuur, programmatuur of onderliggende ondersteunende software, een gevoelig punt is in de organisatie. Het security gedachtengoed heeft echter ook impact op design en performance.

Een stukje van de sluier, van het beveiligings gedachtengoed, zal Pete Finnigan met ons delen tijdens de 25e Mei.

Hierbij de agenda voor de avond:

  • Vanaf 17:30/18:00 uur is iedereen welkom voor het diner.
  • Vanaf 19:00 uur “Oracle Database Security – (The True State?)“:
    • Focus op database security werk
    • Enkele realistische “hacking” demo’s / scenario’s
    • Discussie stuk t.a.v. de getoonde hacking demo’s
    • De correcte manier om data te beveiligen
  • Rond 21:00 uur afsluiting van de avond

Er is nog plaats maar meld je wel op tijd aan via deze pagina (Event Registration Form – Dutch) voor deze AMIS Query op 25ste Mei met Pete Finnigan.

WWOUG April meeting sponsored by Blue Gecko

Blue Gecko is proud to sponsor the venue and refreshments for the Western Washington Oracle Users Group (WWOUG) meeting this Thursday (4/29/2010) from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Guest speaker Tim Gorman, an author, Oracle ACE, and Oak Table member will present Scaling to Infinity: Partitioning Data Warehouses on Oracle.

Please register for this event if you plan to attend.

Seattle Public Library downtown branch, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle
Room 2, Level 4 (Wright/Ketcham Meeting Room)

5:30 – 6:00 Refreshments and WWOUG announcements
6:00 – 7:00 Tim Gorman: Scaling to Infinity
7:00 – 7:30 Open networking

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If You Are Going to MOW…

(just on a side-note)

…and would really like to attend Anjo Kolk and Tommy Pedersen’s presentation: “Accessing the Oracle Database from Google (Apps, App Engine, Spreadsheets)” then do yourself a favor and also attend my presentation on XMLDB based out-of-the-box interfacing (“Boost your environment with Oracle XMLDB“) so you have an idea how it all hooks in…

See the MOW agenda for Friday


An Evening with Oracle Database Security Expert: Pete Finnigan

AMIS Technology School is proud to present, in collaboration with Miracle Benelux Masterclasses:

Miracle Benelux and Pete Finnigan agreed to do an extra special on the AMIS premises the evening just before Pete’s 2 day Masterclass in Utrecht will start (for the 2 day Masterclass agenda, see also the following URL). During this AMIS Query, besides the free food and normal standard setup of such an AMIS Query Event, Pete will have a presentation on Oracle security and there will be a lot of room of informal discussions during and after this session. There is still some room if you would like to learn from one of the best on Oracle database security.

Pete Finnigan

More details on those masterclasses can be found on the Miracle Benelux site. Hopefully this will be the first of series… More details about this event will follow shortly.