RMOUG Training Days 2014

I made my way again this year to one of the best, if not the best, user group conferences, the Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days, held in Denver Colorado on the 6th and 7th of February. Huge kudos to Kellyn Pot’Vin and the rest of the organizing team (see her review here) for organizing a wonderful conference. The only downside – it was bloody FREEZING that week! I woke up Tuesday morning and my alarm clock app on my iPad said it was -22 degrees Celsius. Considering the coldest recorded temperature here in Oz has been -17, that was enough for me to roll over and say “I ain’t moving till that temperature does!” 🙂

It was great to catch up with so many old friends and colleagues – Kellyn, Tim Gorman, Mogens Norgaard, Graham Wood, and a host of others. I did two presentations – one on Managing Oracle Database 12c and the other on Tips & Tricks for Upgrading EM12c. Both were received well, so that’s good.

If you get a chance to make it to that conference, make sure you take it. Oh, and make sure if you plan some days in the area afterwards to leave yourself plenty of time. The countryside is drop dead gorgeous, and you don’t want to have to cut and run to the airport like I did!


After 22 years of working at Oracle in just about every role except Marketing and Support, I am now working as a Senior Managed Services Consultant with Data Intensity, specializing in Oracle Database technology, High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions. I am also a member of the OakTable Network, and have presented at RMOUG Training Days, Hotsos Symposia, Oracle OpenWorld conferences, and other user group events. I have co-authored the Expert Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Practical Oracle Database Appliance books published by Apress, and am one of the authors of the Building Database Clouds in Oracle Database 12c book published by Addison Wesley.

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