Some Exciting Customer Presentations!

While I always enjoy getting in front of customers to present on some new and really cool functionality in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, it’s even better to be in the audience listening to actual customers doing just that!  There are a couple of those presentations coming up on Thursday this week at OOW.  Unfortunately I can’t be there to listen in, but if you’re interested in learning how to provide scalable and flexible patching solutions, make sure you get along to these two presentations and learn directly from these customers!

Pivot from Manual to Scalable with Oracle Database Lifecycle Management Pack [CON2494]

This presentation is on at 10:45 am on Thursday in Moscone South – 305.  Sarah Brydon and Ashwin Vaidya, both from Paypal, are the presenters. Are your skilled DBAs spending time installing software and applying patches instead of growing your business? Come to this session to learn how PayPal moved from manual execution of homegrown scripts for Oracle Real Application Clusters installs and patching to leveraging the power of Oracle Database Lifecycle Management Pack. Oracle Real Application Clusters provisioning moved from days to an hour per node, with improved build consistency and quality. Security and reliability patching scaled to deliver patches across the enterprise faster and more consistently than ever before. The session includes best practices for implementing provisioning and discusses PayPal’s experience with patching plans and the new fleet maintenance feature in Oracle Enterprise Manager and 13c.

Database Patch at 1,000 Scale: Nationwide’s Oracle Enterprise Manager Fleet Maintenance Odyssey [CON2260]

This session is on at 12 noon on Thursday, in the same room (Moscone South – 305).  The presenters this time are Gary Henderson and John Norman, both from Nationwide. Database currency is becoming an increasingly important part of every company’s security posture, but there are significant challenges with patching at scale—say, 1,200 databases. This session is on how Nationwide followed Oracle’s best practice (out-of-place patching) and used Oracle Enterprise Manager’s command-line interface with the new switch database capability to accomplish patching at scale and position the company for forthcoming fleet maintenance.

So there you have it – two fantastic presentations, learning from real customer experiences.  It doesn’t come much more realistic than that! 


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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