Month: September 2014

People from Ireland Presenting at OOW14

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Oracle Open World is coming up in a few days time. This is a huge event that also incorporates Jave One and various other smaller conferences that are for specific product areas and for partners.

I will be presenting at Oracle Open World this year and I’ll also be taking part in a number of other sessions/events including the Oracle ACE Directors briefing. Check out my blog post that list these sessions/events.

In addition to myself presenting at OOW14 there are a few other people from Ireland who are presenting. The following lists there sessions (including mine for a full list). If you are attending OOW14 then do try to drop along to these sessions.

Sunday 28th September 9:00-9:45

   Brendan Tierney & Roel Hartman

   Moscone South Room 304

   What are they Thinking? With Oracle Application Express and Oracle Data Miner.

   Debra Lilley 14:30-15:15

   Moscone South Room 304

   2 Looks at Oracle Database 12c: EOUC Short Talks [UGF8949]

   Debra Lilley 15:30-16:15

   Moscone South Room 304

   12 Looks at Oracle Database 12c: EOUC Short Talks, Part 2 [UGF9221]

Tuesday 30th September 17:00-17:45

   Mina Sagha Zadesh (Oracle Ireland)

   Intercontinential – Grand Ballroom A

   [CON4259] Unique Advantages of Oracle Solaris for Oracle Database Systems.

Wednesday 1st October 10:15-11:00

   Simon Holt (ESB)

   Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate C1/C2

   [CON5388] An Oracle SuperCluster Engineered System for Oracle Utilities Network Management System.

   Debra Lilley

   Moscone West – 3018

   Deliver Business Innovation while Reducing Upgrades’ Risk [CON8534].

Wednesday 1st October 11:30-12:45

   Kevin Callanan (AIB)

   Moscone South Room 301

   [CON8247] DBA’s New Best Friend for Mistake Free Administration: Oracle Real Application Testing.

I’ll be at these sessions to support my fellow Irish. I hope to see you there too 🙂

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Analytics Hands on Labs at OOW 14

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I had an previous blog post listing the various Oracle Advanced Analytics sessions/presentation at Oracle Open World 2014.

After trawling through the list of Hands-on-Labs it was disappointing to see that there was no Oracle Data Mining or Oracle R Enterprise hands-on-labs this year.

But there is a hands on lab that looks are how to use the new SQL for Big Data feature (announced over the summer).

Here is the abstract for the session.

Data warehouses contain the critical data required for managing and running organizations. Increasingly, Hadoop and NoSQL databases are capturing additional information—such as web logs, social media, and weather data that can augment the warehouse—enabling users to uncover new insights and opportunities. This hands-on lab illustrates how Oracle Big Data SQL is used to unify these environments. First you will learn how to securely access these big data sources from Oracle Database 12c. Then you will utilize Oracle’s analytical SQL across all your data, regardless of where it resides. Welcome to Oracle’s new big data management system!

There will be a lab session each day for this session and I will certainly be doing my best to get to one of these.

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Date Time Location Hands-on-Lab Session Title
Monday 29th Sept. 11:45-12:45 Hotel Nikko – Peninsula Oracle Big Data SQL: Unified SQL Analysis Across the Big Data Platform [HOL9348]
Tuesday 30th Sept. 15:45-16:45 Hotel Nikko – Peninsula
Wednesday 1st Oct. 13:15-14:15 Hotel Nikko – Peninsula
Thursday 2nd Oct. 11:30-12:30 Hotel Nikko – Peninsula

If any new hands-on-labs appear that are related to the Big Data and Advanced Analytics areas/options I will update the above table.

Some other Hands-on-Labs that you might be interested in include:

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Date Time Location Hands-on-Lab Session Title
Monday 29th Sept. 17:45-18:45 Hotel Nikko – Peninsula Oracle NoSQL Database for Application Developers [HOL9349]
Tuesday 30th Sept. 10:15-11:10 Hotel Nikko – Peninsula Oracle NoSQL Database for Application Developers [HOL9349]
Tuesday 30th Sept. 15:45-16:45 Hotel Nikko – Nikko Ballroom III Oracle Data Integrator 12c New Features Deep Dive [HOL9439]
Tuesday 30th Sept. 17:15-18:15 Hotel Nikko – Nikko Ballroom III Oracle Data Integrator for Big Data [HOL9414]
Wednesday 1st Oct. 13:15-14:15 Hotel Nikko – Mendocino I/II Set Up a Hadoop 2 Cluster with Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle Solaris ZFS, and Unified Archive [HOL2086]
Wednesday 1st Oct. 14:45-15:45 Hotel Nikko – Peninsula Oracle NoSQL Database for Administrators [HOL9327]
Thursday 2nd Oct. 14:30-15:30 Hotel Nikko – Peninsula Oracle NoSQL Database for Administrators [HOL9327]

Oracle Advanced Analytics sessions at OOW14

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With Oracle Open World just a few days away now, I was going through the list of presentations that are focused on using the Oracle Advanced Analytics Option. These will cover Oracle Data Miner and Oracle R Enterprise.

So I’ve decided to share this list with you 🙂 and hopefully I will get to see you are some or all of these sessions.

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Date Time Location Presentation Title
Sunday 28th Sept. 9:00-9:45 Moscone South Room 304 What Are They Thinking? With Oracle Application Express and Oracle Data Miner [UGF2861]. (This is my presentation with Roel Hartman.)
Tuesday 30th Sept. 17:00-17:45 Intercontinental – Grand Ballroom C Advanced Predictive Analytics for Database Developers on Oracle [CON7977]
Tuesday 30th Sept. 18:00-18:45 Moscone South – 303 Oracle’s Big Data Management System [MTE9350]
Wednesday 1st Oct. 10:15-11:00 Moscone South – 301 Big Data and Predictive Analytics: Fiserv Data Mining Case Study [CON8631]
Wednesday 1st Oct. 10:30-10:50 Big Data Theater, Moscone South, Big Data Showcase Big Data: Maximize the Business Impact with Oracle Advanced Analytics [THT10395]
Wednesday 1st Oct. 11:30-12:15 Moscone South – 300 A Perfect Storm: Oracle Big Data Science for Enterprise R and SAS Users [CON8331]
Wednesday 1st Oct. 12:45-13:30 Moscone West – 3002 Predictive Analytics with Oracle Data Mining [CON8596]
Wednesday 1st Oct. 14:00-14:45 Moscone South – 308 Developing Relevant Dining Visits with Oracle Advanced Analytics at Olive Garden [CON2898]

If I have missed any sessions then do please let me know and I can update the list above.

apropos("^ore")

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We have all been in the position of trying to find the name of a command in a language, particularly if you are not totally sure of the full command name.

I’ve been working with R a lot recently and in particular Oracle R Enterprise. I was always trying to remember what the full command name was. Then I found the apropos function. The apropos function allows you to search R for commands based on a part or partial name. You can use regular expression syntax to define what part of the function name you are looking for.

What I ended up using most often was the following command. This function call looks for all functions being with ‘ore‘.

> apropos(“^ore”)

Apropos

To find out more about how to use the apropos command check out the R help.

> help(apropos)

ORE now available for Multitenant (PDB) version of 12c

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Oracle has released an update to their Oracle R Enterprise software. We now have ORE 1.4.1 and this seems to have been released on the past day or so.

Here are the links to the important stuff:

ORE 1.4.1 Release Note

ORE 1.4.1 User Guide

ORE 1.4.1 Installation Guide

ORE 1.4.1 Download page

One of the main features of this new release is that it now supports the multi tenant option of the 12c database. Up to now if you wanted to use ORE and 12c then you needed to do a traditional install of the database. That means you would be just installing a single instance of the 12c database with no CDB or PDB.

With ORE 1.4.1 you can now install ORE into a PDB. It needs to be one of your current PDBs and should not be installed into the root PDB, otherwise it will not work. Check out the installation instructions using the links above.

As with all new releases there are a lot of bug fixes and perhaps some new ones too 🙂

OUG Ireland Super SIG Day : Sept. 24 2014

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The next set of Ireland Oracle User Group SIG meetings will be on Wednesday 24th September. This will be a super SIG event with the following SIGs being run in parallel and all in one venue (Jurys Inn, Customs House, Dublin).

OUG Ireland BI & EPM SIG Meeting

OUG Ireland Technology SIG Meeting

OUG Ireland HCM SIG Meeting

Click on the links above for each SIG to get the details of agenda. There is a great line up of presentations for each SIG with some true experts.

From what I’ve been hearing that has been a lot of registrations already for these events. So if you are interested in attending then sign up now to reserve your place. Click on the SIG you want to attend and there will be a registration button on the webpage, just below the agenda.

Unfortunately I won’t be at these event 😦 The 24th September is the day that I travel out to Oracle Open World. Yes I know OOW doesn’t start until the 29th, but I will be attending the Oracle ACE Director briefing at Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores on the 25th and 26th.

Hopefully there will be lots of twitter action during these SIGs and don’t forget to use the OUG Ireland twitter hash tag of #oug_ire That way I and others can follow what is happening during the day.

me at Oracle Open World 2014

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This day 3 weeks time (on the 24th Sept) I will be heading out to San Francisco for Oracle Open World. Over the course on 9 days I will be taking part in the Oracle ACE Director briefing and in Oracle Open World. The following outlines my main activities, sessions that I’m presenting at and sessions that I have been asked to attend.

25th-26th Sept. I will be at the Oracle ACE Director briefing. This will be my second briefing as it is a fantastic event where most of the SVPs and various VPs come in to tell us what plans Oracle has for the next few months and what announcements will be made at OOW. We even get Thomas Kurian in to talk to us for about 90 minutes.

Sunday 28th Sept. 9:00-9:45. I will be presenting with Roel Hartman on how to integrate Oracle Data Mining into APEX. The demonstration will involve how you can built BI dashboards in APEX and how by using Oracle Data Mining you can monitor customer sentiment over time. If we get time we home to show you how you can also use this customer sentiment (using Oracle Data Mining) to build some workflows in APEX. The presentation is part of the User Group Sunday Forum and will be in room 304 in the Moscone West building.

Monday 29 Sept. 18:30-20:00. Steven Feuerstein and Tom Kyte are hosting a special event that is a Celebration of SQL and Pl/SQL. Oracle Press has asked me and a few other authors to be at this event and this might have some copies of out books available. I was going to this event anyway as it is a great way to celebrate something that we us on a daily basis and for me for the past 21+ years.

Tuesday 30th Sept. 8:30-12:00. I will be at a Oracle Publishers Seminar. This is a special event arranged for people who have published books on Oracle with the main book publishers. I’ve been invited to this by Oracle Press.

Wednesday 1st Oct. is going to be a busy day between sessions, the Oracle Press book signing and the bloggers meet up.

10:15-11:00 (Moscone South 301) Fiserv will be presenting their case study on how they used Oracle Data Mining to combat fraud in online payments. Charlie Berger, the product manager for ODM, will be co-presenting. He has said he will be giving my book a plug and will point to me in the audience if anyone would like to talk to me about it.

13:00-13:00 Oracle Press has arranged a meet the authors / Book signing session. So during this time you will find me at the Oracle Press store at OOW. If you buy my book I will be on hand to sign it for you or if you have already bought the book then bring it along and I can sign it for you.

18:00-20:00 Every year at OOW this is a bloggers meet-up sponsored by OTN and Phytian. This is where us independent bloggers from around the world get to meet each other face-to-face and get to bond over a drink. As must of us blogger communicate in the virtual world this is a great event for us to put faces to names and to talk about our blogs. This will be in Jullian’s beside the Moscone centre.

There are lots of other sessions and events on during OOW. I hope to get to as many as possible during the week. But the sessions above are the ones (at the time of writing this) that you will definitely find me at.

A big thank you has to go out to Oracle and OTN who are sponsoring my flights and hotel during this trip. This is part of the Oracle ACE Director programme. Also for many of the other events that go on during the week (and a bit) of OOW. Also a thank you to DIT for giving me the time to go to OOW.