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Upgrade Workshop in Sydney – Recap

Late, but hopefully not too late, a big THANK YOU to everybody who did attend the Upgrade and Migration Workshop in Sydney at the Cliftons past week. You were a really good crowd, thanks for all your questions, the great conversations in the breaks, thanks to the local marketing team for the excellent organization – and we’ll looking forward to see you next time again with all your databases then live on Oracle Database 11.2

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Upgrade Workshop in Wellington – Recap

Wow! Wellington is really a wonderful city – except for the weather situation 😉 But it was the first time that Roy and me did arrive to a workshop with a ferry boat. We flew in on Friday to Christchurch (btw, this was the longest customs and border control I’ve ever went through – and I traveled to Israel by bus via Allenby Bridge from the West Bank some years ago – it took us two hours to go through immigration and customs in the night from Friday to Saturday) and drove up the Southern Island. Very nice 🙂 …

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Obrigado :-)

Thanks a lot to everybody who did visit our workshops in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in the past days. And actually our “Thank You” or Obrigado! can’t express how Roy and me felt in the past days. I believe I’ve never felt so welcome – you all, customers, partners and Oracle folks were simply great. Thanks a lot for that. We’ve had a great time – and we hope you had some fun as well and enjoyed the hands-on lab as well.

Let us know if anything with your upgrades does not run as desired – or if …

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Some impressions …

Thanks again to our colleagues of Oracle Japan for the (as always) excellent organization of our journey to Japan in December 2011. And thanks to all the customers and colleagues we’ve met and which did visit the workshops 🙂 We’ll hope to meet you next time again!

And here are some impressions:

Osaka by Night

Silent Cooking in Tokyo

Mackerel 🙂

 

Yes … Otoro and Maguro … delicious!!!

Okonomiyaki – also VERY delicious!!!

Fuji-san in the morning

Ginko Trees in Tokyo

Kyoto – Kinkaku-Ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion)

Beautiful gardens at Kinkaku-Ji in Kyoto
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Up in the Air – it’s always fun, isn’t it?

Flying is always great fun, isn’t it? Lufthansa recently has decreased the distance between two rows in German and European flights to 77cm by installing new seats. The real downside: the backrest is so thin that you feel the knees of the person sitting behind you in your back. So “backrest” has gotten a fully new meaning as the knees of somebody else “rest” perfectly well on your “back”.

But today I had a chat with Roy. He’s on his way to Beverly Hills for an Upgrade Workshop. And if you’ll miss him tomorrow he might still sit in …

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Valentine’s Day in sunny Ottawa, Ontario

Birds may fly south for the winter, but I will be heading to Ottawa, Ontario next week for a workshop on 15-FEB. I’m pretty used to winter because I grew up in the snow belt southeast of Buffalo, NY — and this winter in New England is helping me get prepared as well.

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For reference, the big lump is my gas grill.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a good workshop and to visiting Ottawa for my first time. If you’re in the Ottawa/Gatineau area and would like to attend, please see the online evite for information about how to register.…

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Best Of 2010

Hi there,

in Australia, Japan, Singapore and many other countries it’s already 2011 – but in Germany and the US it’s still some time until midnight 🙂 To round up the year you’ll find a few off-topic pictures from 2010. You might click on the pictures to get a better resolution.

Enjoy …

2010_12_31_001.jpgMoscow – Red Square

 

2010_12_31_003.jpgTokyo Train – Cell Phone Mania

 

2010_12_31_004.jpgGreat Chinese Wall near Beijing

 

2010_12_31_005.jpgHong Kong by Night

 

2010_12_31_006.jpgYearing Station Winery, Yarra – Victoria, Australia

 

2010_12_31_008.jpgDublin, Ireland – during the ash cloud

 

2010_12_31_009.jpg– no comment –

 

2010_12_31_010.jpgLiberty

 

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Thank you for your support throughout 2010!!!

Now as the calendar year 2010 is close to its end, it’s time for a quick wrap-up. The TV stations have shown all their flashbacks already in early December but we’ll wait until end of the year 😉

I will post some pictures done by Roy or me throughout our travel in the next days. We’ve visited a lot of countries – and did more than 60 full-day Upgrade Workshops in 28 different countries:.

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But the most important thing: We’d like to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who’d attend to one of our upgrade workshops …

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I will never understand airline pricing

Thanks to everybody who attended the upgrade workshop in Santa Clara, CA today. You were a very attentive audience and I got some great questions (especially during the breaks). As always, you can download the slide set here:

500+ Slide Set “Upgrade to Oracle Database 11g: The Whole Story”
Keyword (Schluesselwort): upgrade112

As a complete non sequitur, I have to say that I will never understand airline pricing. I arrived at SJC airport for my 6:50 PM flight to Burbank, and found that a 5:30 PM flight was boarding. The flight was clearly less than half full, so I …

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Lost in Translation? Hopefully not …

2010_07_23_Hiroshima_Castle.jpgA VERY looooooong and strenuous week in Tokyo and Hiroshima comes to its end. I came in on Monday morning and my kind colleagues from Oracle Japan had prepared a fully packed (Roy called it “efficient” 😉 …) schedule for me with several customer and internal meetings. But even though I’m now a bit tired I would like to thank Kota-san and Takuya-san for their excellent organization and the exceptional care-taking program, Negishi-san for taking the lead with our customer willing to test the parallel upgrade, and all the other persons such as Yamamoto-san for the support in Hiroshima,
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Finally home – and something fully off topic

Arrived at Munich Pasing last night at 0:50am … finally 🙂

On Sunday I’ve left the Dylan Hotel in Dublin (thanks to the staff there as well: you were REALLY helpful!!) around 7:30pm to go to the port – and came home on Tuesday morning 1:15am. So all together 29:45hrs door-to-door – not bad for nearly 2000km just relying on public transport. And could have been faster if there were seats in ealier TGV’s left. But I don’t complain at all 😉 Just checked the website of Dublin Airport – it says currently:

17.00pm: Latest on flight disruptions

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Back home :-)

Wrote this entry last night in the ICE from Stuttgart to Munich but the conncetion broke:

28.5 hour journey – and close by now. Actually I would have been even closer if our TGV wouldn’t have had break problems as soon as we had entered German territory. And you don’t want a train which goes up to a speed of 200 mph having issues with its breaks, right? So we missed the connection in Stuttgart but I’ve catched the last train this night towards Munich. Distance approx 1900 km all together.

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Usually it takes 2.5 hours with a direct flight …

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On my way home …

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Modern technology is nice – sitting in the speed train from Holyhead to London Euston – working a bit. This means: I’m heading home. Still 16 hours to go – but up to now everything seems to work fine. Irish Ferries did a great job. Even though they might have never seen some many passengers entering the Ulysses (what a good name for a ship to start the journey with) before on a Sunday night everybody from the staff was so friendly and helpful. Wow! Great job folks!!

And the night at Holyhead station … aehm … But the train …

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Grounded in Dublin

Friday’s hands-on workshop in the Oracle office in Dublin was quite good fun for everybody – except for Mick who has just recognized that his Ryanair flight back to Cork has been canceled (So I hope you’ve returned home well!) and me as my flights back to Munich via London City had been canceled as well. It’s always good to have somebody in the workshop from Air Lingus so I’ve got hourly information what’s going in in the Irish airspace (and now I know that the system dealing with such situations is an well prepared Oracle database which …

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Going home now :-)

3 weeks of traveling through Asia and Australia – nearly 500 customers and partners in 8 workshops in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shenzhen, Singapore, Melbourne, Perth and Manila. Great people in all places, many interesting discussions, several new reference prospects for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 – YOU should upgrade as well pretty soon 🙂

But now it’s time to go home. We are a bit exhausted but we really enjoyed it talking to and with you. And I’d suppose we’ll meet again the sooner or later.

Thanks to everybody – and special thanks to the local colleagues and especially to …

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Goodbye Perth :-)

We had a great day with +50 customers in Perth – so thanks to everybody! We hope you’d enjoy the day as well. And thanks to Tim for the excellent organization!!!

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And – again as always – please download the most recent version of the slides (and we’ve changed a few of them during the Perth workshop) from here:
http://apex.oracle.com/folien
Use the keyword (Schluesselwort): upgrade112

So hope to see you all next time again when we’ll visit this amazing country – and sorry in advance if we’ll beat Australia (and maybe Serbia as well) in World Cup 2010 :-))))

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Upgrade Workshop in Perth, Australia

This day is way to nice to run an upgrade workshops 🙂 32°C outside (approx 90°F) and the beaches close by sounds VERY tempting. Nevertheless a lot of people came in so we might go for a swim after the workshop as our flight to the Philipines tonight just leaves at 2am in the morning.

When you go on travel for such a long time sometimes you have strange ideas.
But actually Roy’s neighbor came across this one: Merrimack, NH is as far as away from Perth, Western Australia as possible on earth if you’d like to be on land …

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Down Under!

Finally we’d arrive in Melbourne, Australia. Some delay as the engines of the A380 went out of their service interval and had to be crosschecked for 60 minutes before we were allowed to depart 😉 But everything worked out fine apart from our feeling that traveling with an A380 comes really close to livestock transports.2010_03_07_Melbourne0.jpg

If you grab a window seat the outside wall is too far away to lean on – and the curve of the outside shell limits your space for your feat. But if you catch an aisle seat you’ll have much fun when the flight attendants …

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Goodbye Singapore :-)

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Today is travel day taking the red-eye from Singapore to Melbourne. We’ve had a bit time to see something of Singapore – very nice city 🙂 Still some time until the flight will depart but the first time for me in an Airbus A380. This plane site a maximum of 853 people. Roy’s comment: “That’s why they call it an AirBUS!!”. Got a window seat and just realized that a windows seat in the “main” deck is the worst seat you can get because it has limited legspace due to the curve of the cabin. …

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Hong Kong – truly amazing!!!

After the Shenzhen workshop Roy and me took a cab to drive over to Hong Kong. It was our first time there but I haven’t seen such a city before. And I’ve seen New York, Cairo, London, and Tokyo. But nothing is comparable to Hong Kong.

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We had a nice brand-new Crowne Plaza hotel close to the race track and were sitting on the roof top for just a while in the night just looking around. In Germany we have books for kids called “Wimmelbuch” – they have so many different scenes from cities or a farm with …

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Today was travel-day to Shenzhen

Shenzhen is – together with Shanghai – according to Wikipedia the fastest growing city in the world. 30 years ago it has had just 30,000 inhabitants – today something around 12,000,000 (yes, right, 12 mio … or a bit more). Actually we haven’t seen much of Shenzhen today as the flight from Beijing to Shenzhen took a bit more than 3 hours.
By the way, when speaking of “flight” it was my first time with Air China. And this has been quite a change compared to Asiana 😉 The crew was really friendly and helpful – but the Boeing …

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Arrived in Beijing, China

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Roy and me finally arrived after a relaxing flight (thanks again to Asiana) Beijing. Very new and modern airport, very interesting ride with the cab to the hotel. We’ve seen something from this huge city yesterday and today and we’ll look forward to our first of two upgrade workshops in China tomorrow.

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Flight to Seoul, South Korea

First time on Asiana – and Roy and me had great luck as Tokyo’s Haneda airport was wraped in London-like (sorry!!) fog for hours resulting in 110 canceled flights. The flight was a bit shaky with some turbulences but it was amazing how much space we had in regular economy class – and the food was excellent as well. One thing I really enjoy when travelling in Asia: 2010_02_25_Asiana.jpg

You’ll get always green tea 🙂 And by the end of the trip I’ll have Roy converted to a tea lover as well 😉…

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