Wednesday, October 22, 2014

getting re certified for 12c ( makes me grumpy ) ...

So let's be honest at the beginning here.

I have way too many professional certifications for any reasonable semi honest human being.  Along with two old Solaris admin certifications 7 and 8 I am ( besides an MBA degree ha ha ) OCP in 7.3 / 8.0 / 8i / 9i / 10g.  At one point a ways back I was teaching all the OCP curriculum for a local community college yes real classes with live instructors so it made sense to actually take the tests my students were taking.

But it's been a really long time now since I did the 10g new features class and did the 10g OCP upgrade exam.  I thought about doing the 11g upgrade at one point ( and attended the 11g new features class ) but never finished it.

Oracle has recently announced a change in policy where old certifications will start "aging out" / expiring.  I don't like this change at all but well it's probably time for me to do the 12c new features class and get 12c certified.

So now it's going to be somewhat of a nightmare to jump through all the hoops.  I have paper copies of ( some of anyhow ) the OCP's and text exams.

You used to take the tests at Sylvan Prometric sites but now there seems to be some other players involved in this whole thing.  Plus I don't have access to any of the old work emails.

This is probably going to make me a wee bit grumpy getting this all sorted out but maybe please please someone inside at oracle might bail me out?

Update on 10/24/2014: So false alarm this is getting sorted out much faster than I was imagining thanks to the oracle university support team.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Please look at latest Oct 2014 Oracle patching

This one looks like the real thing ... getting advice to "not skip" the patching process for a whole bunch of things included here.

I'm just saying ...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

grumpy old dba goes to the mountains ( have to ski somewhere )?

So in a slight reversal of submit so many presentation abstracts get rejected so many times the Rocky Mountain training days 2015 will be featuring me!  Wow pumped yikes this should be a ton of fun!

Ok to be totally honest Maria Colgan is keynoting not me ( shocking news still trying to get over it ).

Rocky Mountain training days 2015

Looks like a top batch of speakers and topics ... I only have to present at the same time as people like Alex Gorbachev / Bill Inmon / Heli Helskyaho ... so well maybe room is a little sparse but I will be attempting to bribe people into attending my session so we will see how that goes.

Thanks RMOUG!

PS on another topic more news soon on our GLOC 2015 conference coming up in May 2015!

Monday, September 22, 2014

big thanks to Jim Czuprynski for NEOOUG meeting presentations

Jim the smooth talking always motivated Oracle Ace Director did two great presentations for us here at NEOOUG on Friday September 19th.

His presentations can be found 12c SQL that almost tunes itself and 12c How hot is your data?

Thanks Jim!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

keeping my fingers crossed just submitted abstract for RMOUG 2015 Training Days ...

The Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group has been big and organized for a very long time.  I have never been out there ( my bad ) but am hoping to change that situation in 2015.

Abstracts are being accepted for Training Days 2015 ... my first one is in there now thinking about a second submission but my Hotsos 2014 presentation needs some more work/fixing.  Ok lets be honest I need to shrink it considerably and tighten the focus of that one.

Information on RMOUG 2015 can be found here: RMOUG Training Days 2015

Keeping my fingers crossed!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

have fun anyone heading out to OOW 2014

For anyone who has never attended a San Francisco Oracle Open World you really should go at some point.  The city is beautiful and the event well organized if a little on the chaotic side.

I have been lucky enough to attend quite a few of them over the last 10 years but missed out last year and also will be missing out this year.

It has been just once that one of my presentation abstracts was accepted out there.  I applied this year with two of what I think are quite good presentations but well no dice.

I have a free pass for the conference ( thanks Oracle Ace program ) but work is not willing to give me time off to attend this year and also not willing therefore to help pay for it.  I could take vacation off to attend but well it is very expensive and I need the time off that I do have for other things.

Have fun anyone that does make it out there!  Maybe I will make it to OOW 2015?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

long project nearing completion at work and a good book available

For any long time fans of the grumpy old dba blog, you may remember I changed jobs in June of 2013.  Sometimes changing jobs allows you to slowly come up to speed in a new environment but the last change involved me jumping right into a project that was already kind of rolling.

It has been a long year on the same project and a lot of time involved.  Not exactly what I was expecting in this change but hey I am old and grumpy right?  I shoulda known eh?

Anyhow just as our project was about to be implemented this weekend it has now been put temporarily on delay ( long story cannot go into details ).  One gets kind of ready for something to finally go live ... and then Charlie Brown the football gets yanked away from you?  ( Sorry apologies this will mean more to people who have watched the Peanuts based television specials ).

On the good side ... I just received Christian Antognini's ( new 2nd edition ) Troubleshooting Oracle Performance book and I have started wading into that.

I recommend this book very much!