Conference

Oracle Code Presentation March 2018

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Last week I was presenting at Oracle Code in New York. I’ve presented at a few Oracle Code events over the past 12 months and it is always interesting to meet and talk with developers from around the World.

The title of my presentation this time was ‘SQL: The one language to rule all your data’.

I’ve given this presentation a few times at different events (POUG, OOW, Oracle Code). I take the contents of this presentation for granted and that most people know these things. But the opposite is true. Well a lot of people do know these things, but a magnitude more do not seem to know.

For example, at last weeks Oracle Code event, I had about 100 people in the room. I started out by asking the attendees ‘How many of you write SQL every day?’. About 90% put up their hand. Then a few minutes later after I start talking about various statistical functions in the database, I then ask them to ‘Count how many statistical functions they have used?’ I then asked them to raise their hands if they use over five statistical functions. About eight people put up their hands. Then I asked how many people use over ten functions. To my surprise only one (yes one) person put up their hand.

The first half of the presentation talks about statistical, analytical and machine learning in the database.

The second half covers some (not all) of the various data types and locations of data that can be accessed from the database.

The presentation then concludes with the title of the presentation about SQL being the one language to rule all your data.

Based on last weeks experience, it looks like a lot more people need to hear it !

Hopefully I’ll get the chance to share this presentation with other events and Oracle User Group conferences.

Two of the key take away messages are:

  • Google makes us stupid
  • We need to RTFM more often

Here is a link to the slides on SlideShare

And I recorded a short video about the presentation with Bob from OTN/ODC.

OUG Ireland 2015 is next week

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The annual OUG Ireland conference is on next week on Thursday 19th March.

If you haven’t already signed up for the conference this is only a few days left to do so. Click here to go to the registrations pages.

Also don’t forget to sign Maria Colgan’s one day seminar on the Oracle 12c In-Memory Option.

As always there is a very full agenda with 7 streams, 47 presentations and several keynote presentations.

I’ll be a draw for a copy of my book and I’ll be giving away a few Oracle Press goodies too. Check out this blog post for the details and rules of the book draw.

The following are the presentations I’m planning on attending (so you know where to find me)

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Time Presenter Topic
09:10-09:30 Debra Lilley OUG Ireland Welcome, Introduction and Opening
09:30-10:10 Jon Paul (Oracle) Opening Keynote by Jon Paul from Oracle
10:15-11:00 Oralce Presentation Oracle Big Data Strategy

11:00-11:25 Exhibition Hall
11:25-12:10 Antony Heljula Real Business Value Using Predictive BI

(I’ve seen this before but I worked with Antony on some of what he will be talking about)

12:15-13:00 Roel Hartman &

Brendan Tierney

What Are They Thinking? With Oracle Application Express & Oracle Data Mining.

(we gave this presentation at Oracle Open World back in September 2014)

12:15-13:00 Gurcan Orhan How to handle Dev, Test & Prod with ODI
13:00-14:00 Lunch

(and then freaking out before I give my second presentation)

14:00-14:45 Brendan Tierney Predictive Queries in Oracle 12c Database

(I suppose I have to turn up to my own presentation)

14:50-15:35 Roel Hartman Hidden APEX 5 Gems Revealed

(APEX 5 is due out any day now)

15:35-16:00 Exhibition Hall & Coffee

(and then freaking out before I give my third presentation)

16:00-16:45 Brendan Tierney Running R in your Oracle Database using Oracle R Enterprise

(This presentation generally runs for 50 minutes)

16:50-17:35 Maria Colgan BI, Dev & Tech Closing Keynote: Oracle Database In-Memory-The next big thing
17:35-18:35 Event Social i.e. free drink 🙂

As you can see it is going to be a busy, busy day.

I would love to attend lots of others, but being able to be in multiple places at the same time is not one of them.

NOTE:The User Group has a rule that a presenter can have a max of 2 presentations. Unfortunately we had to break this rule a week out from the conference, due to some cancellations. And that is why I’ve ended with 2.5 presentations.

Book give away at OUG Ireland

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The annual Oracle User Group in Ireland conference is on the 19th March in Croke Park.

I’ll be giving 2 presentations, with one each on the Development and Business Analytics tracks. Here are the details of these presentations.

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Time Room Presentation Title / Topic
14:00-14:45 InterConnect 681 Predictive Queries in Oracle 12c
16:00-16:45 Davin Suite Running R in the Database using Oracle R Enterprise

I will be giving away a copy of my book to one luck person 🙂

How will this book give away work?

During both of my presentations I will pass around a “hat” for you to put your name or business card into. Then at end of my last presentation we will draw one name out of the hat.

But you have to be in the room to collect the book. If you are not there then I will draw out another name (and so on) until the winner is in the room.

So by attending both of my presentations you are doubling your chances of winning my book.

(Maybe this is an attempt by me to have a good attendance at my last presentation)

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Plus I might have a few other Oracle Press goodies to give away too.

Oracle ACEs at OUG Ireland 2015

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The annual Oracle User Group in Ireland Conference will be on Thursday 19th March. This year the conference will be held in the Croke Park conference centre. This conference centre is only a short taxi ride from Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre.

If you are planning a hotel stay for the conference I would recommend staying in a hotel in the city centre and get a taxi to/from the conference venue.

We have a large number of Oracle ACEs presenting at the conference. The following table lists the ACEs, their twitter handle and their website.

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Oracle ACE Type of ACE Twitter Name Blog / Web Site
Brendan Tierney ACE Director @brendantierney http://www.oralytics.com
Debra Lilley ACE Director @debralilley http://www.debrasoracle.blogspot.ie/
Jonathan Lewis ACE Director @JLOracle http://jonathanlewis.wordpress.com/
Tim Hall ACE Director @oraclebase http://oracle-base.com/
Alex Nuijten ACE Director @alexnuijten http://nuijten.blogspot.com/
Dhananjay Papde ACE Associate
Stewart Bryson ACE Director @stewartbryson http://www.redpillanalytics.com/
Antony Heljula ACE @aheljula http://www.peakindicators.com/
Gurcan Orhan ACE Director @gurcan_orhan https://gurcanorhan.wordpress.com/
Heli Helskyaho ACE Director @HeliFromFinland https://helifromfinland.wordpress.com/
Marco Gralike ACE Director @mgralike http://www.xmldb.nl
Roel Hartman ACE Director @roelh http://roelhartman.blogspot.com/
Martin Widlake ACE @mdwidlake https://mwidlake.wordpress.com/
Liron Amitzi ACE @amitzil http://www.dbaces.com/
David Kurtz ACE Director @davidmkurtz http://www.go-faster.co.uk/
Marcin Przepiorowski ACE @pioro http://oracleprof.blogspot.com/

Make sure you check out the full agenda for the conference by clicking on the following image. Plus there is a full day session on Friday 20th March with Maria Colgan on the Oracle In-Memory option.

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OUG Panama

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The OTN Tour of Latin America has come to an end and I was very lucky to have been a part of Northern part of the tour.

My OTN Tour consisted of visiting 3 countries in one week and giving 8 hours of presentations. This blog post looks back at the OUG Panama conference and I’ll have separate blog posts for each of the other countries.

My travels stared the Saturday before the OUG Panama conference which was on Monday 4th. My flights consisted of flying from Dublin to Newark and then onto Panama. All of that seemed to go smoothly until I reached Panama. After passing through emigration I was then in a very chaotic baggage hall. After about 1 hour of searching for my suit case I sought help from the airline. They were able to tell me that my suitcase was scanned off in Panama. So after another 30 minutes of searching for the suitcase with airline staff, there was still no sign of it. So a lost suitcase report was filed and off I went to meet the person who was collecting me from the airport. But there was no sign of them. I managed to find some wifi and sent a few messages looking for help and how could I get to my hotel. I got a quick reply and and 45 minutes later I was on my way to the airport.

This is the 3rd time that this particular airline has “lost” my suitcase.

I was very glad to reach the hotel but I had no change of cloths or toiletries with me 😦 For all future travels that involve a flight change I will be packing some of these in my hand luggage.

On the Sunday morning, after several hours trying to contact the airline, I finally got approval from them to buy some items. It was then time to meet up with Gurcan Orhan and we headed out to explore Panama city on foot (and to buy me some things). We spent about 3 hours walking around exploring Panama city where we say lots of differences in living standards right beside each other. Then it was back to the hotel as the local user group had arranged a tour for us.

Our tour guide and one of the helpers for the user group was Melin took us to see the Panama canal, the old town and lots of other areas of Panama. We finished of the evening with a dinner in a traditional Panama restaurant. On getting back to the hotel my suitcase was there 🙂 but no communication from the airline about what happened.

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On the Monday morning I met up with Gorcan, Debra and Glen who were to be my travel companions for the week. There was a bus arranged to pick us up from the hotel and off we went to the conference venue which was in one of the Universities in Panama. We arrived at the venue very early and not many knew about the conference or where we should go. After a while we worked it and found the conference location.

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Many thanks to the User Group in Panama for inviting us and for all the arrangements. There was plenty of helpers on hand.

My 3 sessions were not on until the afternoon so I hung out in a session by Gurcan and also one by Dan Morgan. Then a bit of hanging around with the conference people and talking about some Oracle tech stuff. For my 3 sessions I completely over ran on my first session and then for the last 2 sessions I was playing catchup. Especially for the last presentation as there was a bus booked to take us to the airport at 4pm. So I basically ran out of the presentation and straight into the bus to the airport. But before I did that I was able to give away the very first copy of my book. It wasn’t released yet (it would be on the 8th Aug). I had a raffle for everyone who attended my sessions and here is a picture of me with the lucky winner.

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We arrived at the airport, with a minor detour via the hotel, with lots and lots of time to spare for our flight. Our next location was Costa Rica.

Getting Real Business Value from Oracle Data Mining and OBIEE

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Over the past 16 months (or so) I have give a join presentation with Anthony Heljula called ‘Getting Real Business Value from Oracle Data Mining and OBIEE’, at a number of conferences and OUG SIGs.

We have had a lot of very positive feedback on this presentation. The presentation is a busy 45 minutes (questions only at the end) that walks through a pilot data science project we did for a University in the UK.

We used Oracle Data Miner to build a predictive model that looks at student churn. We then integrated this Student Churn model into OBIEE Dashboards to illustrate how combining an Oracle Data Miner model into our data analysis we can gain a greater insight of our data.

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We have submitted this presentation for Oracle Open World 2013 but we have renamed the title of the presentation to

“How UK Universities are using Oracle Data Science to protect their income”

If you are involved in presentation selection or know someone who is then maybe you might select this to be presented at OOW13 in September.

We submitted the presentation for OOW12 with not luck. So fingers crossed this time.

OUG Ireland 2013 Agenda is now live

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The agenda for the OUG Ireland 2013 event is now live. The event will be in the Dublin Convention Centre on the 12th March. There are lots of excellent sessions, across 7 tracks!!  So there will be something (or lots of things) for everyone who works in the Oracle world here in Ireland.

I’m sure the Oracle Database track will be very popular. I wonder why!!!

Agenda : http://www.ukoug.org/2013-events/oug-ireland-2013/agenda/

Remember registration is FREE. You don’t have to be a member of the User Group to come to this event. It is open to everyone and did I mention that it is FREE.  Registration is now open.

I’ll be there. Well I suppose I have to as I’ll be presenting Smile

I hope to see you there.

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OUG Norway Agenda is now live

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The OUG Norway spring conference (17th April – 19th April) agenda is now live and is open for registrations.

Click here for the Conference Agenda

Click here for the Conference Registration

This is a 3 day conference. The first day (17th April) will be held in the Radisson BLU Scandinavia ( Holbergsplass ) and the next two (and a bit) days will be on the Color Magic boat that will be travelling between Oslo and Kiel in Germany and back to Oslo. The boat will be arriving back in Oslo on the Saturday morning (20th April).

There will be some presentations in Norwegian, but it looks like most of the presentations will be in English. There will also be some well known names from the Oracle world presenting at this conference.

In addition to these people, I will be giving two presentations on using Predictive Analytics in Oracle using the Oracle Data Miner tool and in-database functionality.

My first presentation will be an overview of the advanced analytics option and a demonstration of what you can do using the Oracle Data Miner tool (part of SQL Developer). This presentation is currently scheduled for Thursday (18th April) at 5pm.

My second presentation will be at 9:30am on the Friday morning (19th April). In this presentation we will look at the in-database features, what can we do in SQL and PL/SQL, and we will look at what you need to do deploy you Oracle Data Mining models in a production environment.

If possible we might be able to review some new 12c new features for Oracle Data Miner Smile

BIWA Summit–9th & 10th January, 2013

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The BIWA Summit will be on the 9th and 10th January, 2013. It is being held in the Sofitel Hotel beside the Oracle HQ at Redwood Shores, just outside of San Francisco.

The BIWA Summit looks to be leading event in 2013 focused on Analytics, Data Warehousing, Big Data and BI. If you are a data architect or a data scientist this is certainly one event that you should consider attending in 2013.

All the big names (in the Oracle world) will be there Tom Kyte, Mark Rittman, Maria Colgan, Balaji Yelmanchili, Vaishnavi Sashikanth, Charlie Berger, Mark Hornick, Karl Rexter, Tim and Dan Vlamis.

Oh and then there is me. I’ll be giving a presentation on the Oracle Data Scientist. This will be on the first day of the event (9th) at 11:20am.

For anyone interest in the Oracle Data Scientist World there are lots of presentations to help you get start and up to speed in this area. Here is a list of presentations and hands on labs that I can recommend.

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As is typical with all good conferences there are many presentations on at the same time that I would like to attend. If only I could time travel.

This is a great event to start off the new year and for everyone who is thinking of moving into or commencing a project in the area. So get asking you manager to see if there is any training budget left for 2012 or get first dibs on the training budget for 2013.

Registration is open and at the moment the early bird discount still seems to be available. You can also book a room in the hotel using the registration page.

To view the full agenda – click here

OUG Ireland 2013–Call for Presentations

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The call for presentations at the OUG Ireland Conference is now open. The conference will be on Tuesday 12th March in Dublin city centre.

It is hoped to have at a number of concurrent tracks covering all the main topic areas, including application development, database administration, business intelligence, applications, etc.

If you are interested in submitting a presentation then you need to fill in some of the detail at

OUG Ireland – Submit a Paper

Follow the OUG Ireland conversation on twitter using the tag  #oug_ire

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UKOUG Conference-Submissions Deadline is 1st June

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The call for presentations for Europe’s largest Oracle conference is currently open, but the deadline for submissions is approaching fast. The submission deadline is 1st June.

If you are interested in presenting there are a couple of things you need to do. The first step is that you need to register as a speaker. This just involves you registering your interest in being a speaker. The second step is to submit your presentation abstracts.

The conference will be in Birmingham between 3rd and 5th December. There are multiple streams including BI, Technology, Fusion, Middleware, Development, MySQL, Infrastructure, eBusiness Suite, Core Database, etc.

I gave my very first presentation at the annual UKOUG Conference a few years ago and I’ve presented a few times since. I would encourage everyone to give it a go. Pick a topic or topics that you have been working on over the past 12 months or more, or if you used a particular technique on a recent project, or you have discovered a particular work around, etc. submit a presentation on it.

I’ve submitted a few presentations, all of which are about data mining and the advanced analytics option in the Oracle Database. Two of these presentations will be co-presented with Antony Heljula, Peak Indicators. The presentations will be on including and using Oracle Data Mining models in OBIEE and on how we went about developing the Oracle Data Mining models for our project. Will they get accepted, I hope so, but the presentation selection is based on user voting. Everyone can get involved in the judging and voting of presentations.

Notifications of Acceptances Smile or Rejections Sad smile typically come out around the end of July or early August.

I’ve already booked by flight to Birmingham in December, so if my presentations get accepted or not, I’ll be there. It is a great conference.

OUG Ireland 2012 Conference & Re-launching the SIGs in Ireland

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The schedule of presentations for the 2012 Oracle User Group Ireland conference has just been released.

This year the conference will be in the Dublin Convention Centre.

There are 5 parallel streams with sessions running all day. Key notes presentations will be given by Eileen O’Mara from Oracle Ireland (given in the morning) and the key note at the end of the day will be given by Mogen Norgaard from Miracle AS in Denmark and founder of the OakTable Network.

There will be 7 Oracle ACE Directors and 3 Oracle ACEs presenting at the conference in addition to other speakers from Ireland, UK and Netherlands. Here is the full list of Oracle ACEs that are presenting

Debra Lilley, ACE Director
Mark Rittman, ACE Director
Roel Hartman, ACE Director
Simon Haslam, ACE Director
Frits Hoogland, ACE Director
Mogens Norgaard, ACE Director
Lonneke Dikmans, ACE Director
Brendan Tierney, ACE
Marcin Przepiorowski, ACE
Grant Ronald, ACE

It is also FREE to attend. So go ahead an book yourself a place for a full day Oracle training.

To register your place – Click here

The agenda for the conference can be found hereClick here

There are a few important web and social media links that might be of interest for all Oracle people in Ireland.

Web :       www.oug.og/ireland
Twitter :   @oug_ire
                @oug_ire2012 For the 2012 conference related tweets
LinkedIn : http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=3441701

Re-launching the SIGS in Ireland

Over the past few years the User Group SIGs have been a bit quiet here in Ireland. Except for the BI (&EPM) SIG, which has been getting a good attendance since it launched back in 2009.

In particular the Oracle Technology SIG basically ceased to exist over the past 5 or 6 years, since the days when John Knox and Tagdh Cashman were running it.

At the conference it is hoped that to get some people to volunteer to get this SIG back up and running again. Maybe we could get 3 SIG events each year.  What do you think ?

Drop me an email if you have any questions regarding the SIGs in Ireland (I’m deputy chair of the BI & EPM SIG).Hopefully

I’ll see you there on the 21st March.