Day 2 of the ACE Director Briefing followed a similar format to day 1. Lots of things we are not allowed to talk about and a few things we can.
Of the things we can talk about:
Of the things we can’t talk about:
Overall I thought this was a really great briefing. There was a lot of stuff on the agenda that didn’t relate to my core skill set, but I still got drawn in. It’s good to be aware of what’s happening around you, even if you will never get chance to get on top of it. Big thanks to the Oracle ACE Program and OTN for getting this organised for us!
After a bit of socialising, it was on to the coach to drive from Redwood Shores to San Francisco. We are now all in the Hilton and waiting for OOW to start tomorrow.
This morning I did my first proper gym visit of the trip. I hit the weights and did some stretching. I’ve just got to avoid food for the next 6 months and I’ll be buff!
Here’s a quick rundown of places I plan to be during the week.
|Sunday 9/28/14 3:30||Expert Oracle Exadata: Then and Now [UGF6626]||I’ll be participating in the Exadata Then and Now Panel with Tanel Poder, Andy Colvin, Martin Bach, Karl Arao, Frits Hoogland and anyone else we can drag in. The idea is to get book authors from “Apress Expert Oracle Exadata” version 1 and version 2 (due out by the end of the year) to discuss things that have changed since the book was first published in 2011.|
|Monday 9/29/14 11:30||Engineered Systems General Session[GEN8922]||This is an hour and half long session with a bunch of speakers (me and Keith Lippiatt from Accenture/Enkitec, Juan Loaiza, John Fowler, Ganesh Ramamurthy and Michael Workman from Oracle). This will be a more technical talk than you might expect for a keynote. And I’ve heard some of the speakers are dressing down, so I shouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb. :) Here’s a link to the Keynote Video. (my and Keith’s bit is about 3 minutes in)|
|Tuesday 9/30/14 12:45||How to Hire World Class Oracle Dudes and Dudettes||This is a TED talk on how to find exceptional people and how to get them to join your company. Here’s a link to a video of the talk.|
|Wednesday 10/1/14 3:00||Hanging Out at Jillian’s||I’ll just be hanging out with some of the Enkitec guys.|
|Thursday 10/2/14 10:45||Oracle Database In-Memory In Action[CON6812]||This is a joint presentation with Tanel Poder on the new 184.108.40.206 In-Memory Option.|
Hope to see you in San Francisco.
Me : Great to get some time with you Kerry.
Kerry : I’m wearing a baseball cap.
Me : OK… Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen you without one.
Kerry : I never take it off.
Me : Really? Isn’t that a bit inconvenient?
Kerry : Not really. If the peak gets in the way I turn the cap around.
Me : OK… So what’s your favourite sport?
Kerry : Baseball, mostly because of the caps…
Me : I’m a bit pushed for time, can I get back to you to finish off this interview?
Kerry : Sure thing dude. I’ll send you an Enkitec cap…
Me : Nice to meet you Jonathan.
Jonathan : I find speaking English too inefficient, so I will be answering the questions using ASCII.
Me : Oh. OK. That’s going to be kind-of confusing, but let’s try. Where do you get information about Oracle from?
Jonathan : 68,101,102,105,110,105,116,101,108,121,32,110,111,116,32,121,111,117,114,32,119,101,98,115,105,116,101,32,121,111,117,32,105,100,105,111,116,33
Me : I’m not sure this is going to work out. Thanks for your time… I think…
Doug : Sorry I’m late. I was out drinking last night and I’ve got a bad case of “jet lag” this morning.
Me : So, tell me something about yourself that you think the readers would like to know.
Doug : Sorry, I’ve got to go. I need to do some slide polishing. Bye.
Me : Oh…
Me: What functionality will most people in the Oracle community associate you with?
Me: What is your favourite non-Oracle pastime?
Cary: I like to put see-through paper over a picture and draw around the outline.
Me: Isn’t that called tracing?
Cary: I guess!
Me: What is your favourite fictional character?
Cary: Dick Tracy.
Me: What was your favourite children’s TV show.
Me: At last. Something that doesn’t relate to tracing. What is it about Thunderbirds that you like?
Cary: I liked watching the adventures of the Tracy family.
Me: Oh. OK. Perhaps we should talk about your family. Tell me about your family.
Cary: I’ve got kids and wife called Mindy. My pet-name for her is Tracey.
Me: I think we are done here…
September 26, 2014 (Back to the Previous Post in the Series) As I was walking from the back of the facility where I work to my office just recently, I started repeatedly saying to myself as I approached the office door, “that huge computer was not here when I started calling my office a second home“. I […]
As I’m sure many of you will know, “the first rule of ACED is to constantly talk about ACED”. So every year they put us in a room for the 2 day ACED Briefing where “the first rule of the ACED Briefing is don’t talk about the ACED Briefing”. You can guess, this is going to be devoid of spoilers!
I think it is safe to say, the main focus areas of Oracle OpenWorld 2014 are reasonably predictable, but a number of the announcements related to those areas of focus are not so predictable! I think there will be something for everyone next week! That’s all I’m going to say about the ACED Briefing content!
Now for opinion time. This is obviously affected by what I heard during the day, but also what has been happening for the last couple of years…
In my opinion, Oracle getting into the “cloud business” over the last few years has been one of the best things to happen to the company! Why do I say this? Because “eating their own dog food” while trying to build a portfolio of cloud offerings has given them a very specific focus. Pre-cloud, many of the features that will be spoken about next week would probably not have been on the radar, even though customer’s wanted them. Now, there is a *very* big driver for getting this stuff done. If Oracle need it to build their cloud, it’s going to happen!
“I don’t care about Oracle’s public cloud”, will be the cry from some out there. Fine. You don’t have to care, but their cloud is built on the Oracle database, WebLogic, the Fusion Middleware stack, their engineered systems etc. If you care about any of the individual building blocks, Oracle’s public cloud will have a positive effect on those building blocks. Making those products lean, fast and flexible is a really important focus when you are trying to use this stuff at the scale Oracle are!
So when you are listening to the array of announcements over the coming week, I would like you to ask yourself a few questions:
At the end of OOW14, when you look back as a whole, I think most people will see how Oracle entering the cloud business has had a really good knock-on effect on their product set.
On a personal note, it was fantastic being at the ACED briefing. I missed it last year and it was great to meet up with everyone again. OOW is so big it is easy to miss people. Having so many of my Oracle friends in one room is brilliant! Happy days…
In the evening I was going to go straight to bed, but Carry Millsap persuaded me to go out to eat. Well, I say persuaded me, but really I just wanted to be near him because he’s so pretty! Cary, Kerry, Frits, Martin, Bjoern and myself went out to a little Mexican place and I got a brilliant burrito, which I scoffed, whilst teaching them to speak proper English. They now understand the words minger, minging, muggy and bellend.
PS. As any conspiracy theorist knows, the public denial of the Oracle Games Console (OGC) by Thomas Kurian is proof of its existence. I believe it uses technology reverse engineered from the wreckage recovered from Roswell.
Many Oaktable members are planning to talk about deep technical topics in Oaktable world 2014. Looking at the agenda, I am excited, so many deep topics are planned. I will be talking about in-memory internals on Monday morning at 9AM, 9/29/2014, right after Mogens’ Keynote speech. You can find all details here: Oaktable world 2014. I will post my presentation slides after the presentation.
Start your open world week presentation with mine :). Sorry, no beers planned at that time, it is 9AM, after all!
Thanks for attending my presentation at Oaktable World 2014. You can download the slides : In-memory_internals.pdf.
Also, our book Expert Oracle RAC 12c has been translated to Chinese language. You can find details about that book in one of the translator’s blog: Alex lizx.
What are the real technical talks at OOW amid all the marketing fluff? I don’t know all of them but I can vouch for the following
|Sunday||9:00||UGF2563||Jeremiah Wilton, Marc Fielding||M South 309||24/7 Availability with Oracle Database Application Continuity|
|9:00||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"UGF4378"]">UGF4378||Gwen Shapira||M South 308||Analyzing Twitter Data with Hadoop – Live Demo|
|10:00||UGF3587||Tim Gorman||M South 301||Scaling To Infinity: Partitioning DW on Oracle Database|
|11:00||UGF3147||Chris Antognini||M South 304||Adaptive Query Optimization|
|2:30||UGF8949||12 speakers…||M South 304||12 Looks at Oracle Database 12c: EOUC Short Talks|
|UGF8949 pt. 1||Jonathan Lewis||M South 304||Ugrading to 12c – What will go wrong?|
|2:30||UGF2244||Connor McDonald||M South 303||12c features for Developers|
|2:30||UGF3475||Martin Bach, Frits Hoogland||M South 310||Think Exa!|
|3:30||UGF4042||Kyle Hailey||M south 301||DevOps, Databases, and the Phoenix Project|
|3:30||UGF6626||Kerry,Tanel,etc||M South 310||Expert Oracle Exadata: Then and Now – Panel|
|Monday||8||Mogens Noergaard||Oaktable World||Welcome|
|9||Riyaj Shamsudeen: in-memory internals||Oaktable World||in-memory internals|
|1||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Chris Antognini Indexes: Structure, Splits and Free Space Management Internals"]">Chris Antognini Indexes: Structure, Splits and Free Space Management Internals||Oaktable World||Indexes: Structure, Splits and Free Space Management Internals|
|11||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Martin Bach A deep dive into HCC internals and mechanics"]">Martin Bach A deep dive into HCC internals and mechanics||Oaktable World||A deep dive into HCC internals and mechanics|
|12||CMillsap, EGrancher, JLewis, JGennick||Oaktable World||Ted Talks|
|1||Jonathan Lewis||Oaktable World||Calculating Selectivity|
|2||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Greg Rahn The Current State of SQL + Hadoop"]">Greg Rahn The Current State of SQL + Hadoop||Oaktable World||The Current State of SQL + Hadoop|
|3||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Kevin Closson SLOB \u2013 For More Than I/O!"]">Kevin Closson SLOB – For More Than I/O!||Oaktable World||SLOB – For More Than I/O!|
|4||Toons||Oaktable World||Why DBMS’s Still Lack SQL Assertions Support (A polite excuse)|
|Tuesday||8||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Carlos Sierra "]">Carlos Sierra||Oaktable World||introducing edb360 tool|
|9||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Kent Graziano Worst Practices in DW Design"]">Kent Graziano Worst Practices in DW Design||Oaktable World||Worst Practices in DW Design|
|1||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Tanel Poder Hacking Oracle 12c"]">Tanel Poder Hacking Oracle 12c||Oaktable World||Hacking Oracle 12c|
|11||Jeremiah Wilton||Oaktable World||Oracle on EC2: You’re doing it wrong|
|12||KOsborne, AGorbachev, JLewis, JHarris,||Oaktable World||Ted Talks|
|1||Connor McDonald||Oaktable World||clone db|
|2||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Frits Hoogland "]">Frits Hoogland||Oaktable World||Profiling the logwriter and database writer (with version 220.127.116.11 update)|
|3||#222222;" data-sheets-value="[null,2,"Alex Gorbachev"]">Alex Gorbachev||Oaktable World||Anomaly detection on performance data|
|4||Karl Arao Capacity Planning: SLAs, KPIs, Headroom, Expiry Date||Oaktable World||Capacity Planning: SLAs, KPIs, Headroom, Expiry Date|
|Wednesday||1:45||CON8134||Kellyn Pot’Vin||M South 303||Zero to Manageability with EM12c|
|4.45||CON7726||Kellyn Pot’Vin||M South 104||Oracle Exadata Database Machine Administration and Monitoring Made Easy|
|4:45||CON5773||Eric Grancher||M South 306||Database Storage 101 Planning and Monitoring: Performance and Reliability|
|4:45||CON5915||Jonathan Lewis||M South 102||Reading an AWR Report|
|Thursday||10:45||CON6812||Tanel,Kerry||M South 104||Oracle Database In-Memory in Action|
|12:00||CON10038||Jeremiah Wilton, others||M South 301||Customer Panel: Private Cloud Consolidation, Standardization & Automation|
|1:15||CON3671||Kyle Hailey||M north 130||Lies, Damned Lies, and I/O Statistics|
|2:30||CON4053||Kyle Hailey||M north 130||ASHmasters|
|2:30||CON4039||John Jay King||Marriott Marquis Nob Hill C/D||Gauging Oracle ADF Application Performance: Instrumenting Your Oracle ADF Code|
another good link for talks at OOW14 http://rene-ace.com/2014/09/oow14-what-to-do-and-what-to-see-at-open-world-2014