Time flies – my first computer in 1990

As you may or may not know, Germany has quite a few public holidays. On the Easter days I took the chance to sort my folders (real paper, not on any computer or in any cloud). And when you do such things, you may find some rare gems. When I found an old invoice I realized: Time flies – my first computer in 1990 did cost a real fortune. Time flies – my first computer in 1990 I posted this picture in a social network as well – and the comments I received were just great. So if you have…

My Oracle Story: How and why did I join Oracle?

I’ve had my 20-year anniversary Oracle dinner last week (actually 6 months after the actual date) in Munich with great colleagues who joined either 20 or 25 years ago hosted by a Country Leadership Team member, Stephan Meyer from Legal. And we all were exchanging stories about how and why we joined Oracle two decades and more ago. So here’s my Oracle story. Where it all started It actually started at the Technical University Nürnberg where Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Hopf held the “Database” courses – we used to call him “Turbo Hopf” as he was (and probably still is) full…

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…

Have an Excellent Start into 2016!!!

Roy and I and the entire Database Upgrade Team would like to wish you a very good start into 2016!!! And thanks for your confidence in our work in the past year(s). The Upgrade Your Database – NOW! Blog had over 440,000 hits in 2015 which is quite a surprise as neither Roy nor I do update the blog full time. But the many mails and comments we consistently get demonstrate your interest. We will continue to report about things related to upgrades and migrations and performance and testing and the cloud and … and … and regarding Oracle Database 12c…

Just to remember what happened on July 13, 2014

Just one year ago on July 13, 2014 in  Estádio do Maracanã in Rio De Janeiro… 🙂 🙂 –Mike

Happy New Year 2015!!!

We would like to wish you and your families a Happy and Peaceful New Year 2015. -Mike PS: The picture doesn’t show Roy and myself – these are Lilly and Bonzo! 

Today the Upgrade Blog has its Fifth Anniversary :-)

Not sure if 5 is a lucky number 🙂 But in fact today the Upgrade Blog “Upgrade Your Database Now!” has its fifth anniversary. Well, there’s not an update every day – and there are spans of silence for weeks when I’m either too busy (traveling most likely, writing etc) or when I feel there’s not much important to say. So it’s time to say THANK YOU to all our visitors and readers. I can’t say exactly how many people have visited the blog so far as I have put up the Flag Counter only less than 3 years ago….

Deutschland ist Weltmeister!!!

No tech stuff this morning 🙂 I’m still so exited. It was a true thriller yesterday with 127 minutes of suspense, fights and even blood – and chances on both sides. But overall I think Germany was the better team not only yesterday but throughout the entire tournament. Last time when Germany became Weltmeister (World Champion) in Italy in 1990 I was in Turkey on after-school-vacation celebrating a win over … well, Argentina 🙂 And this time I watched the match again with friends in an Italian restaurant in Munich – and the best team of the World Cup 2014…

Boat Successfully Arrived at Oracle HQ

Wondering what you can transport with a Sikorsky S-64 SkyCrane? For instance you could fly a Trimaran from the Bay to Oracle’s HQ and park it in the lake 🙂 Credits go to Cindy Lim for the picture – and you may watch the entire arrival via this link: https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/sTh3GCCkXJI –Mike

Nuremberg Sausage???

I’ll try almost all food wherever I am in the world (except for Scorpios-on-a-Stick, Sheep Penis and such stuff). But I didn’t try this in our hotel in Rio: No offense – but Nuremberg (or in German: Nürnberg) is my hometown – and Nürnberger Bratwürste look a little bit different. If you’d ever visit Germany and you’ll have to chance to see Nürnberg you might order “Drei im Weggla” (three [sausages] in a bread bun) and every Franconian will understand you 😉 But still Roy and me had some fun at the breakfast buffett 😉