Oracle CloudWorld Day 2

If you missed my day 1, you can view it here.

So day 2 was registering for Oracle CloudWorld, then attending the Oracle Partner Success Summit in the afternoon and Oracle Database Premiere Customer Appreciation Event in the evening.

Registering for Oracle CloudWorld

The morning was spent blogging about day 0 and then come midday, I went to Caesars Forum for registration for Oracle CloudWorld. Caesars Forum is a new building, which was pretty modern and grand. Upon arrival, I could already start to see the Oracle CloudWorld branding. It certainly had the redwood theme but the blue was a bit odd compared to the traditional Oracle red or the more recent modern redwood theme. It later transpired the blue was due to the global sponsor Deloitte, which made sense.

You could actually register at the Venetian or the Caesars Forum, the majority were registering at the Venetian with long queues. Whereas Caesars was much quieter and it made sense for me to register here as the Oracle Partner Success Summit was here at 1pm.

I registered within minutes allowing me good time to head to the Oracle Partner Success Summit.

Oracle Partner Success Summit

So I headed over to the Partner Success Summit, but on arrival the doors were closed, so I started to queue.

I wasn’t expecting too much to be honest but when the doors opened, I could see a very large hall with 3 grand screens.

Those who will know me, will know I like to get front row seats where possible and as I was one of the first people in the hall, I was able to get front centre seats 😎

Here I met Alexa Wagner and Ross Brown before the summit began. Once the summit started the host Doug Smith, Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Global Partner Ecosystem at Oracle, introduced himself, said a few words then announced we had special visit from the CEO of Oracle Safra Catz 😲

As I was in the front row, I was as close as you could get to see her in person. It was a flying visit and she thanked the Oracle Partners, emphasized how important we were and closed with “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but not the CloudWorld stuff, the other stuff” 😂

The summit was 3 hours long and in summary was:

Partner centric

Oracle is not scalable enough to do all the service work themselves, the key is the uniqueness the Oracle Partners bring and utilising them

Oracle has a reputation of always hard to work with, but if we put the customer success at the forefront, the customer, Oracle and the partner all win

Oracle is pivoting from a Product to Services business

Partners are industry experts, SME, IPs coming from partners

We will not be successful together if we’re not together

The trust between Oracle and partners is mutual

55 micro industries, Oracle want to work with partners to fill these gaps

Plan, adopt, innovate

New delta certification for partners, so reducing the effort required to maintain certifications


See adoption of multi-cloud becoming the new norm and how it’s going to adapt to this

Oracle dedicated region has now strink to 12 racks

Heatwave MySQL is now available on AWS

Best in breed, better integration


Best of VMwave on the best of OCI, deep engineering relationship

Run workloads on different shapes, allows customer to utilise higher resources

Once the summit was over, there was a reception for the 500-600 partner delegates that attended.

I hung around for an hour before heading for my evening event of the Oracle Database Premiere Customer Appreciation Event.

Oracle Database Premiere Customer Appreciation Event

In my role, I’m fortunate to work with Oracle Exadata Database Machine, be it the traditional on-premises, as well as the more recent models of Exadata Cloud @ Customer and Exadata Cloud Services. From this I’ve got to know the various Exadata Product Managers and in particular Gavin Parish, who invited me to this event.

It was a pretty cool location, as it was in the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. We got to see crocodiles, snakes, but mainly sharks.

I got to meet:

Anthony Veltri

Amit Okhandiar

Alex Besler

Lori Clark

Sumit Kochar

Tomorrow I will be attending the first day of the actual conference – looking forward to it! 😎👍🏽

You can view my day 3 here.

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Zed DBA (Zahid Anwar)

Oracle CloudWorld Day 1

Apologies for the delay on getting my blog posts out, it was a hectic trip with little to no time to blog 🙄. I’m planning to catch up now that I’m back home to complete the series off 👍🏽

If you missed my day 0, you can view it here.

So day 1 was exploring Las Vegas in the day and attending the Oracle EMEA Appreciation Event in evening.

Exploring Las Vegas

With the -8 hours time difference, I struggled to get a good night sleep and was up bright and early!

My hotel was at the south end of Las Vegas strip, so I planned to go to the north end and central strip and explore. On my travels I came across Batman outside MGM grand 😁

Whilst I was at MGM, I thought I might as well visit the MGM lions I had seen when I first visited Las Vegas back in 2004. After struggling to find the lions, I asked a member of staff, she told me they not been there for over 10 years 😲, confirmed here.

Next I saw the Coca-Cola store, didn’t even know Coca-Cola stores even existed, but clearly they do. Was full of Coca-Cola merchandise, like clothes, bottles, glasses, etc and of course sold Coca-Cola in all flavours 😎

Next went to Target for a browse, it’s pretty much like our UK equivalent of Tesco, but this was a smaller store, so more like Tesco Express.

There was a cute target dog in the entrance.

Next went to central strip, had lunch at McDonald’s then had a wander and came across the superheros at the ‘I LOVE SUGAR’ store which seemed popular in Las Vegas.

Finally had a wander in the Fashion Mall, which despite its name isn’t just clothes but all sorts of stores. Bought some Apple AirTags from the Apple store (which came in handy later on in my trip 🤦🏽‍♂️) then headed back to the hotel to get ready for the Oracle EMEA Appreciation Event.

Oracle EMEA Appreciation Event

The Oracle EMEA Appreciation Event was for all Oracle Partners across EMEA, which I believe approximately 150 people attended from approximately 60 partners of the approximately 500 in EMEA.

We were hosted by Stefan Diedericks from Oracle.

I met various people including but not limited to:

Michel Schildmeijer

Philippa Clifford-Davies

Philip Wilson

Jen Mitchell

Dylan Murugan

Nalinee Uppiah

Chiedu Okeleke

Francesca Tabolli

Finally I swung by the entrance to Oracle CloudWorld, where they were still preparing for the next day for registration.

Tomorrow will be registration and attending the Oracle Partner Success Summit.

You can view my day 2 here.

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Zed DBA (Zahid Anwar)

Oracle CloudWorld Day 0


So as an Oracle Ace Pro, I’m very fortunate to be able to get a complimentary ticket to Oracle CloudWorld this year. And with my employer Version 1, covering travel, accommodation and time, which I am very grateful for, I was all set to attend Oracle CloudWorld, formally known as Oracle OpenWorld.

The Trip

Saturday the 15th October and the journey begins! All packed and ready to leave Manchester for Las Vegas OCW22 😎 A gruelling 16 hours trip!

The first leg is an 8 hour long flight to New York via Virgin Atlantic!

Got a lucky upgrade to Economy Delight and was next to the emergency exit, so had some decent legroom 😎 To be honest as I couldn’t select a seat at check-in and the flight looked to be full, I was glad to have a seat!

Bye bye Manchester!

Landed in New York, now for immigration, baggage collection/drop off and get to gate for connection flight all within 1.5 hours 😬

Made it, but only just and bumped into an old colleague Chris Hollies. So now the next leg is 6 hours to Las Vegas but as I was already in US, it was classed as domestic, so no meals and I was getting tired, hungry and jet lagged! 🥱

Finally made it, 16 hours later in Las Vegas. It was 1pm when I left the UK and arrived in Las Vegas 8pm local time but back home was 4am! So was feeling it and so wanted my bed! 😴

My place for the week is Sahara, which is at the end of the Monorail (Southbound), which I choose to keep cost down as the central strip hotels were full or expensive when I had looked to book.

Tomorrow will be exploring Las Vegas and attending the Oracle EMEA Appreciation Event.

You can view my day 1 here.

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Zed DBA (Zahid Anwar)

UKOUG Northern Technology SIG – Manchester – April 2017

So yesterday was the UKOUG Northern Technology SIG in the Renaissance Hotel in Manchester.  This SIG combined the: 1. Database, 2. RAC Cloud, Infrastructure & Availability and 3. Systems streams into one.

I was approached by the committee a couple months to present, so I offered to present about Exadata Patching or Upgrading Grid Infrastructure.  The latter got accepted, so I knew I was definitely going to attend this SIG.

So the morning of the SIG, I took the 15 minutes or so taxi ride to the hotel (Manchester being my home town 🙂 ) and arrived in good time to have a cup of tea before the morning sessions began.

Patrick Hurley kicked off the day with the ‘Welcome & Introduction’ session in Neil Chandler‘s absence due to family emergency (hope everything is OK Neil).  Next Dominic Giles from Oracle gave the Keynotes session, which the take away from me was:
1. Oracle are investing a lot effort into a) REST APIs and b) Docker
2. Quite a few under the radar features in 12c
3. planned release is end of 2017 with features like OLTP fast cache, support for NVRAM, merge partitions online, AD integration and more but I’m not quoting (Oracle Safe Harbour and that 😉 )

Next was the Vendor awareness sessions, good idea UKOUG.  I like this, thumbs up, just need to get Version 1 up there 😉

Next was Michael Hartley from Oracle who gave an Oracle Support session.  Something he mentioned that I didn’t know, you can in MOS analyse your inventory for patch conflict by uploading text output of your inventory and it will check for conflicts for a given patch.  Pretty cool, I will need to try this out and do a blog post on it 🙂

It was then a half hour coffee break before the stream presentations began.  So I took this opportunity to recheck my slides and make some minor amendments.  Before jumping in to my first stream session ‘Execution Plan Stability & How to Get Creative with SQL Profiles & SQL Plan Management’ by Nigel Bayliss from Oracle.  Quite a good session with my take away being the advice of replacing SQL Profiles with SQL Baselines Plans, so it’s not just a temporary fix but one that can withstand time because new better plans can evolved and be accepted.

Next was a pretty decent lunch, which I got the time to catch up with my ex colleague and good friend Mohsin Patel from Auto Trader.  Then it was fast approaching time for me to present my presentation of ‘Upgrading Grid Infrastructure in 5 Simple Steps’.  So I headed off to my room to setup and get ready.  I was worried I might have been presenting to 1 or 2 people because Jonathan Lewis was presenting at the same time about ‘Getting Rid of Indexes’.  Luckily I had what looked like more then 20 people, which was pretty good for a SIG, so I was pleased.  Presentation went well I believe, with the audience engaged and listening.  Just a few questions at the end and then my duty was done and I could then sit back and enjoy the rest of the SIG.  Thanks to those who attended, my slides will be up on this blog in next few days.

I then stayed in the room I just presented in to listen to Pete Finnigan‘s presentation on ‘Oracle Incident Response & Forensic Analysis’.  This session was a bit of an eye opener and made me realise, we all need to look into security a bit more then we do.

The next session was by Chris Buckel aka FlashDBA: Why Your Database Runs Slowly (& How to Fix it).  Quite enjoyed this session especially the demo of the poor guy who had to go round collecting plastic balls from each person in order, then randomly and then finally everyone throwing them at him, sorry I meant the bag to illustrate sequential, random and flash I/O 🙂

The final session of the day I attended was by my colleagues Chris Slattery – Oracle IaaS “Where the Rubber Meets the Road”.  Pretty good session and I was surprised with the comment of Oracle having 116 Oracle Cloud services! 😐

Then it was the social drinks sponsored by Oracle, got to catch up with Joy Marshall and Martin Widlake.  All in all, was a great day.  Many thanks to UKOUG for putting together a great SIG and thanks to all the speakers.

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Thanks for reading

Zed DBA (Zahid Anwar)