Oracle Open World starts on Sunday, Sept 30

Oracle Open World 2012 starts on Sunday this week – and we are really looking forward to see you in one of our presentations, especially the

Database Upgrade on Steriods
Real Speed, Real Customers, Real Secrets
on Monday, Oct 1, 12:15pm in Moscone South 307
(just skip the lunch – the boxed food is not healthy at all):

Monday, Oct 1, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM – Moscone South – 307

Database Upgrade on Steroids:
Real Speed, Real Customers, Real Secrets

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It’s Oracle Open World Time … again :-)

Oh well … Oracle Open World 2012 is not far away anymore. Just a few weeks to go. And you might plan your travel currently or read a travel guide about San Francisco while we are finishing the work for our Hands-On-Lab image plus a detailed set of instructions, finalize our presentation slides and arrange customer meetings, breakfast, lunch and dinner appointments.

I really like going to San Francisco every year at least once as it is one of my favorite US cities – but Open World prep means really a lot of work, many late night shifts and plenty …

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Oracle Open World 2012 – Call for Papers 14-MAR-2012

Wow – this year it’s an early call. But yes, it’s time now to submit your papers for OOW 2012. Oracle Open World 2012 will happen again in San Francisco and will run from September 30 – October 5, 2012 at the Moscone Center.

Customers and Partners are encouraged to submit their proposals until April 9, 2012 at 11:59pm PDT. You’ll find more information on the OOW’s 2012 Call For Papers page. We are looking forward to check out your session on database upgrades, migrations and projects. And feel free to contact us anytime πŸ™‚


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7 Flavors of Database Upgrades – From plain Vanilla to Tutti Frutti

OOW 2011

Thanks to all those who did attend yesterday to our upgrade presentation at Moscone South 102 – and special thanks to Samir from CSX for co-presenting with us πŸ™‚

In case you’d like to download the slides please find them via this link.

If you’d like to discuss your upgrade project with us me and Carol are today at the Upgrade Booth in Moscone South from 2pm-4pm.

CU there!…

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Customers Share High Availability Best Practices

Find out more at Oracle OpenWorld!

Information from Oracle Advanced Customer Support

Hear directly from customers on key best practices including migrating to Oracle Exadata,Β  achieving
high availability with Oracle Database technologies, and
leveraging Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services, by attending one
or more of the eight sessions on these topics at Oracle OpenWorld. Highlights include:

part of the best practices, you’ll get

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Database Upgrades at OpenWorld 2011

The annual Oracle Openworld conference will be October 2-6, 2011 in San Francisco. If you’ve never been to OpenWorld, it’s a great place to get all kinds of information about your database, applications, hardware, and OS. Sessions range from customer case studies to technical hands-on labs. And of course all the Oracle development teams will have a presence on the demo floor, so that you can ask questions and get insight into the latest features.

OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco, October 2-6

Some folks are also interested in what goes on after the close of each day (this year we’ll have Sting, and Tom Petty …

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Upgrade Talks at OpenWorld Beijing: December 13-16, 2010

Mike may be done traveling for a while, but I have more than a bit of travel coming up. Next week I will be delivering four talks at OpenWorld Beijing 2010.

I’m looking forward to returning to Beijing. Last time Mike and I saw the usual tourist sites and plenty of interesting food. One place to which I will definitely try to return this time is Da Dong Duck, a wonderful restaurant for (what else?) Peking Duck.

Da Dong Duck.jpg

Oh yes, my talks, I almost forgot :-). Here are the details:

Session Title: The Most Common Upgrade Mistakes (and How

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OOW 2010: Recap


Oracle Open World 2010 has finally closed it’s doors now 2 weeks ago.
I stayed a bit longer in our HQ in Redwood Shores to meet with colleagues in a more relaxed environment and discuss several topics. And finally I’m back in my CET sleep schedule. Jet lag this time was horrible.

We’d like to thank again Andreas Ellerhoff from Deutsche Messe, Takashi Ikeda from Fujitsu Hokuriku Systems Ltd. Japan, Takuya Abe from Oracle Japan, Mark Richwine from Oracle Support in Colorado Springs and all the others who had helped us to talk, discuss and present …

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OOW 2010: Does Upgrade = Downtime?

And thanks to all the people who find their way on Thursday to our presentation Does Upgrade = Downtime? together with Takashi Ikeda from Fujitsu Hokuriku Systems Ltd. Japan and Takuya Abe from Oracle Japan.

Takuya Abe (Oracle Japan) and Takeshi Ikeda (Fujitsu Hokuriku System Japan Ltd)


Roy and me met Ikeda-san for the first time a while ago in Tokyo at a customer meeting together with Fujitsu Hokuriku. And he showed us the slides about the different approaches and comparison of upgrade methods for a very common case: Upgrade your database and move to new hardware. Even …

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OOW 2010: Hands-On-Lab … Donuts and more

Thanks to everybody who made it this early morning 9am to the HOL session in Mariott even though last night was a pretty long one with Don Henly, the Black Eyed Peas and Steve Miller Band.

And thanks a lot to Roy for organizing the healthy typical American breakfast πŸ™‚


You could download the HOL slides from here – use the keyword “hol“.

And in case you’d like to get the full upgrade fivehundredsomething slideset please download it from here and use the keyword “upgrade112“.

CU next year – and happy upgrades πŸ™‚…

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OOW 2010: Hands-On Lab Slides and more



Thanks to everybody who’d attend on our Hands-On Lab today in Mariott right across the street from Moscone West. And thanks for your patience, for your great questions.

You could download the HOL slides from here – use the keyword “hol“.

And in case you’d like to get the full upgrade fivehundredsomething slideset please download it from here and use the keyword “upgrade112“.

Thanks again πŸ™‚…

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OOW 2010: Deutsche Messe – Extended RAC & Upgrade

On Sunday, the first day at Oracle Open World in San Francisco, Andreas Ellerhoff, the lead DBA of Deutsche Messe (German Trade Fair), the largest trade fair organization in the world, did his excellent presentation on the project “Move from failover clusters to RAC – and upgrade to Oracle Database introducing Data Guard and ASM as well”. Deutsche Messe is an official Oracle Database 11g Reference customer.


The presentation was well attended. And the project itself is quite interesting as Deutsche Messe upgraded in 2009 the system to order space and equipment for trade fairs online …

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OOW 2010 Upgrade Sessions

Oracle Open World 2010 will be launched in less than 4 weeks in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. So it’s now time to build your schedule, pre-register for your desired sessions – and maybe you’d like to visit one of our sessions:




Sunday, Sept. 19, 12:30PM-1:00PM – Moscone West L2/Rm 2010:
Field Report: Extended-Distance Oracle RAC 11g on Oracle’s Sun SPARC Platform

Deutsche Messe began to use Oracle Database 6 at the end of the 1980s and has been using Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) technology very successfully since 2007. In 2009 it expanded its high-availability strategy

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Mission accomplished no.3 – Hands-On Lab

90 customers tested the upgrade to either Oracle Database or Oracle Database – or both! And do it either with Database Upgrade Assistant (DBUA) or by command line upgrade – or both!!. And afterwards doing a downgrade or the EM configuration were possible options to get the most out of the 2.5 hours from the Database Upgrade Hands-On Lab.


Just in case you’ve attended you’ll be able to download the updated HOL Instructions (270 KB PDF).

We had a lot of fun – and we hope to see you again next year – and please let …

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OOW 2009 – “Shooter” Jennings and Roger Daltrey live in Concert

Basically this blog is a technical database upgrade blog. But hey, it’s Openworld … and this years appreciation event on Treasure Island out in the Bay close to Alcatraz had some really great bands in the line-up. Aerosmith with singer Steven Tyler was meant to be the top act. And they had the biggest audience. But in the smaller tent right at the end of the island a guy called Shooter Jennings played the startup gig. You’ve never heard about Shooter Jennings? Me neither. Actually this is not really correct as he did play in the Johnny Cash movie …

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Mission no.2 accomplished – Upgrade Secrets at OOW2009

Oracle Open World 2009 – our Upgrade Development Group was happy to welcome more than 300 customers in this years talk
The Best Kept Secrets of Oracle Database Upgrades
highlighting 8 upgrade secrers and 6 upgrade myths.


Roy Swonger, Director Upgrade & Utilities Development, Carol Tagliaferri, Snr Manager Upgrade Development and myself run this years talk together. We put a strong focus on typical pitfalls such as not running the pre-upgrade check tool, not preserving sufficient performance information before the upgrade and talked about fallback strategies and successful Oracle Database 11g upgrades as well. Just by the …

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Mission no.1 accomplished – OOW2009


Yes, it’s Open World in San Francisco. And today, Dr. Koeller from the Bielefeld University and me presented:

“That’s no joke: Upgrade to Oracle Database 11g with the full HA stack and patch in 2 minutes”

to cover the full 11g project at Bielefeld University started 2008.


The audience of approximately 200 participants seemed to be very interested as they stayed until the end πŸ˜‰ And some Oracle SVPs seemed to be thrilled as well. We were quite happy to welcome the whole Upgrade Development team as well as Joe Meecks, the Data Guard Product Manager, Larry Carpenter, The

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Database Upgrade presentations at OOW 2009


It’s Oracle Open World time – just three weeks to go until OOW 2009 will start from Oct. 11-15 in Moscone Center in San Francisco.

We’ll be very happy to welcome you to one of our presentations:

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