Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year 2017 to all of you!

Thanks for visiting our blog quite often – we promise to keep that level of technical information in the new year as well. But let me review some things and give you an outlook for 2017.

Flashback

2016 was an exciting year in terms of technology. Oracle moves strongly towards more and more cloud offerings – and Oracle Database 12.2 got released in the Oracle DBaaS Cloud as well. Roy and I did a good number of workshops internally with our Support and Presales people all over the world. And some of them were the best workshops we’ve ever did with such an amazing audience. Thanks to everybody for coming by and playing with our lab and challenging us. That was pure fun – and sorry for the frosty temperatures in early November in Dalian in China – it was still a wonderful visit and we hope to be back soon again.

There were also a lot of great conferences such as DOAG, UKOUG, OUGN, AUOG and SANGAM just to name a few. And of course the OTN Tours. Thanks to all those great people who organize all these events mostly in their spare time. You do such a great job bringing Oracle people together – thank you very much! These events – although they are hard work for us usually as well – help us to recharge our batteries. Just visiting excellent talks by other people, learning from customers and partners but also discussing so many tech topics in the breaks or at meetings is simply great. If you’ve never been at such an event give it a try. It’s really worth it.

Writing the blog is still a lot of fun as well – we learn a lot about things you saw and experienced. Please keep on sending us comments if you have seen issues you think might be worth to investigate further or highlight to others as well. I can’t stop saying how important this is to us. And it helps us to learn about new stuff as well.

Outlook

I just received some emails and comments asking for the availability of Oracle Database 12.2. on-premises – all we can do is direct you to the official MOS Note:742060.1.

And I’d bet 2017 will be as exciting as 2016 has been. The year will start off with a workshop at a partner, Roy will do a huge number of workshops in the US – and again, no marketing will be done throughout our workshops, just purely TECH stuff. And we may add more User Group driven events if necessary and requested.

Have a great start into 2017!
And see you soon at an event or a conference!

–Mike

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