Irish BI SIW
On Wednesday 2nd December, I attended a full day of presentations given by Tom Kyte of Oracle (asktom.oracle.com). Tom covered a number of topics and these included some of his Oracle Open World presentations.
The topics that were covered included
- 5 things about SQL (OOW11)
- Database Option Packs
- 5 things about PL/SQL (OOW11)
- Q&A Ask Tom Session
All of these presentations can be downloaded from Tom’s website www.asktom.com.
Tom wont be presenting at the annual UKOUG conference in December, but he is hoping to be there next year (2012).
Today I received two boxes, containing 48 books of
The Performance Management Revolution by Howard Dresner
These books have been kindly donated by Duncan Fitter, UK Business Development Director at Oracle.
I will be distributing these books to my MSc Data Mining students over the next week.
Thanks Duncan and Oracle
Over the coming months (Q4 2011) there are a number of Oracle related events being run in Ireland. The schedule for these is below with the relevant links to the agenda webpages or to where you can book your place.
The OUG BI SIG meetings you can book your place with the UKOUG.
Venue Address – Dublin:
Oracle Block H, East Point Business Park, Dublin 3
Venue Address – Belfast:
The Mount Conference Center, 2 Woodstock Link, Belfast BT6 8DD
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If you know of any other events that are not listed, let me know and I’ll update the list
This year the Annual UKOUG event will be in Birmingham (again) from the 5th to 7th December.
This year there is a slight difference to the usual schedule. On Sunday 4th December there is an Oak Table event, with two parallel tracks. It has all the well known experts presenting at this event.
If I had the time turner from Harry Potter, I would be able to go to all the sessions.
Presenters include Morgens Norgaard, Johnathan Lewis, Frits Hoogland, Martin Widlake, Christian Antognini, Connor McDonald, James Morle and Wolfgang Breitling.
This is an impressive line up and hopefully the UKOUG will run a similar event in 2012.
Check out of the full agenda at
This is one event that I would love to go to but unfortunately I wont be able to make it. I’ll be attending the Annual UKOUG conference alright, and I have already booked my airline tickets. But there are no flights from Dublin that will get me to Birmingham on time. I would need to fly to Birmingham on the Saturday, involving another hotel night and another night away from the family.
The best I’m hoping for is to get to the ICC in time for the Panel Session on Performance and High Availability.
Depending on weather and travel delays I might even miss this last session. If I do, I can always meet up with everyone in the pub on the Sunday evening for a chat.
Maybe next year.
The Winter edition of the UKOUG Oracle Scene magazine is now looking for articles to be submitted for consideration.
The due date for the article submission is Friday 26 August. So you have just over 2 weeks to put together your article.
Lots of people have asked me what kind of articles are you looking for. The simple answer is anything as long as it is Oracle related. The following list should give you some ideas:
- Technical article
- Application article
- Business articles
- Tool article
- SIG meetings, new, updates and plans
- New features
- Something that you discovered
- Your likes, dislikes or anything relating to Oracle
- Oracle Book reviews
- Oracle Conference reviews
So you can see anything goes really.
How long should an article be ? It can be any length really. Anything from 1/4 page to a full 5 page article, and anything in between.
Selection of Articles Process
All submitted articles are assessed by a review panel, comprised of volunteers from a variety of businesses and specialties. The review panel rates the articles and makes comments where appropriate.
An editorial meeting takes place after the submissions have been rated. The articles are assessed and the review panel’s scoring and comments are taken into account. The editorial team makes the final decision as to which articles will be selected for publication, or to be held over for a future edition. You will be notified of the result as soon as this process has been completed.
You will be contacted near the publication date by the publishing company for you to review to print version of your article.
Submitting your Article
Check out the Article Formatting Guidelines before submitting.
All pictures and images should be 300dpi.
Include a 100(max) word Bio and your photo
Email your article and images to
Today I gave my VirtaThon presentation on the new Oracle Data Miner 11gR2 tool.
It was an interesting experience as VirtaThon was a virtual conference. The organisation and administration of the conference was excellent.
I had over 25 participants for my presentation, including Carolyn Hamm who has written a book on using Oracle Data Miner 10g. She seemed to enjoy my presentation as she was asking for more at the end, but we had run out of time.
The presentation was an unusual but interesting experience. All the participants were muted, so I could not hear anyone or be asked questions as the presentation progressed. I was not able to judge the body language or facial expressions, for me to work out how the presentation was going.
I was sitting in my living room when giving the presentation and spent almost an hour talking to myself. At time the concentration levels dipped and I have to refocus and used some visualisation to help me concentrate.
The presentation was divided into 2 parts. The first part was a presentation consisting of some background to ODM, how to get setup and running with ODM, and finally a discussion of some of the new features. This first part took approx. 30 minutes which surprised me as during my rehearsals it was talking 16 minutes. The second part of the presentation was a demo of using ODM to create a workflow, generating a classification model and then applying this model to some new data. During my rehearsals this was taking approx. 40 minutes.
I only had 50-55 minutes for my VirtaThon presentation so after my presentation I had 20-25 minutes for the demo. So I had to get through the demo quickly and I had to cut out a discussion of how the data exploration functionality in ODM can be used to get an insight into the data before you start using the data mining features. I will put together a blog post and video of this in a couple of weeks time that will explain it in more detail.
I managed to finish at 49 minutes, which left 6 minutes for questions. There was only a couple of questions, plenty of Thank You’s along with Good Presentation, which is always good to hear.
Thank you to everyone who attended the presentation and to the organisers of VirtaThon.
I will be giving a presentation on the Oracle Data Miner New Features at the online conference VirtaThon, on Monday 18th July.
VirtaThon is a FREE 6 day conference with 2 parallel sessions with world leading speakers on Oracle Java and MySQL.
Previously attendance at the conference cost $100, which was good value considering the quality of the speakers. But this year it is Free.
The VirtaThon conference runs from 16th July to 21st July
The schedule is available at
To sign up to attend some or all of the sessions go to
Attend4FREE! Jul 16-21: 6 Days of Expert+ Sessions #VirtaThon The Online Conference for the Oracle, Java & MySQL Domains http://bit.ly/ehlaV9
I had my first meeting, as a deputy editor, with the Oracle Scene team on Tuesday 12th July. The meeting was organised by Suzanne Gaunt, who is leaving the UKOUG on Friday. She will be sadly missed. Lavinia and Karina are taking over the role of producing the magazine.
Also at the meeting was Neil Jarvis, the editor, and Gillian and Philip Adams from www.doggARTadams.com, who look after the whole production of the magazine.
The main topic of discussion was the production process for the magazine and an outline of the timelines involved.
There was some discussions on how to improve the magazine with new material. Some of the suggestions included
- From the editors section to be added back in. This is a half page from each of the deputy editors. For myself this will be an introduction/bio in the next edition
- Ask the editors section, where the readers can submit questions to the editorial team for them to attempt to answer and hopefully in a humorous way
- Articles from the different regions and SIGs. This is to allow the user group to get to know what the other parts of the group are up to
- A Blog summary. This will be a round up of some of the blogs from user group community
- Introduce a competition in each edition
- Unusual Photo competitions
- Book reviews, which maybe Book giveaways from the publishers
In addition to these suggestions the main content of articles from the user community. Everyone is invited to write an article. It does not matter how long or short it is. The main idea is for you to share some of your knowledge. An article can be of any length, for example it could be 1/4 page, 1/2 page, 1, 2, 3 or 5 pages.
Have you come across a new or unusual feature, did you do something interesting with a feature, how and why you implemented it, case studies, new tools, etc.
So articles could be technical or non-technical, or on anything that might be of interest to the user community.
The next deadline for submitting articles is 26th August and with all deadlines it is good to submit early!
The finished magazine will be ready for distribution around the end of October.
If you have any suggestions of changes, additions, articles or adverting, let me know.
On Thursday 23rd June the Irish BI SIG had a networking event on the Mv Cillairne boat. This is a former training boat that has been converted into a restaurant and bar. The boat is moored beside the new convention centre on the quays in Dublin near the O2.
There was a good turn out, with a mixture of people from An Post, ICON, Vertice, Fijitsu and some independent consultants/contractors.
There was a few fee drinks and some food provided by the UKOUG. Many thanks for these.
There was lots of sharing of what BI related projects people have worked. There was some discussions of how the SIG can progress in the future, with the consensus that people will need to be willing to present on their projects and experiences.
Tony Cassidy, the SIG Chair, is hoping to get a few volunteers to present at the next SIG or maybe have another social networking event.
I also did my bit for the Oracle Scene magazine, in asking people would they write an article (even if it is a short one) for the next edition. I’ve recently joined the editorial team of Oracle Scene.
The next Irish Oracle BI SIG meeting will be on Thursday 23rd June starting at 6:30pm.
The format of this SIG meeting is a bit different from the previous ones.
This time the SIG meeting will be an informal networking event and there will be no demos or presentations.
The SIG event will be in the River View Bistro Bar, which is on the the MV Cillairne boat, that is moored beside the new convenion center on the quays. Check out its website