Collaborate ’15

It’s time for another phenomenal Collaborate conference next week, made even more fabulous by the fact that I’ll be there for the first time! 🙂 For some reason, Collaborate is one of the few big user group conferences I haven’t made it to before, so when my boss asked me to go and present at it I leapt at the chance.

Originally, I had one presentation timeslot, but then Alex Gorbachev of Pythian / Oak Table fame noticed I was attending and asked me to do a couple of slots at Oak Table World on the Wednesday. Then the organizers had a drop-out and asked Seth Miller and I to fill it in, so my dance card is starting to look a bit more full! So dates and times for when I will be presenting currently stand at:

  • Enterprise Manager Cloud Setup and PDBaaS – Seth and me. Banyan B => Tue, April 14 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
  • Knowledge Sharing – Why Do It? Mandalay Ballroom K => Wed, April 15 10:30 – 11:10 AM
  • SnapClone++. Mandalay Ballroom K => Wed, April 15, sometime between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM
  • Data Clone and Refresh Made Easy with Enterprise Manager 12c Snap Clone. Palm D => Thu, April 16, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The first session is also part of the virtual conference. Seth will spend 15 minutes on a quick overview of setup required to support cloud in EM and then I’ll cover PDBaaS for the remaining time.

The Knowledge Sharing session is a different sort of talk for me. For a start, it’s non-technical. Part of it will cover the sorts of knowledge sharing I’ve been doing over the past 20+ years, and then I’ll branch into the pros and cons of a few different types of knowledge sharing. It should be an interesting experience!

The SnapClone++ session is a lightning talk. As Alex describes them, “Lightning Talks are 10-minute presentations done in a rapid-fire fashion. They are always a huge success—you’ve got to be there! They may be technical, motivational, or inspirational, but regardless they are always cool speeches. The sequence of the talks may change, but everything will be presented within the hour.”

The final one is back to the normal sorts of presentations I’ve been doing for many years. It will cover why you would want to use Snap Clone, and includes a demo of how the functionality actually works.

Apart from all that, I’ll be spending some time on the Demo Grounds, as well as venturing into some of the EM SIG meetings. Hopefully at some time you can catch up and have a chat, so come on by! As I’m still travelling in a wheelchair, it should be easy to spot me. 🙂


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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