Enterprise Manager at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

You might have heard by now, there’s this little meeting coming up in 9 days called Oracle Open World.  If you happen to be heading to San Francisco, drop by and see a few friends, or 50,000.

Be sure to register for my session!  This year will be a little different as I’ll be running a panel with 4 Enterprise Manager Champions!

Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Effectively to Become an Oracle Enterprise Manager Champion [CON9711]

Joseph Kopilash, Director, Database Administration, Epsilon Data Management LLC
Steve Meredith, Boeing Oracle Enterprise Manager Service Manager, Boeing
Tyler Sharp, Technology Architect, Cerner
Eric Siglin, Senior Database Administrator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas

In this panel discussion, customers share their experiences with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control and discuss how they’ve implemented features leading to significant cost savings and operational efficiency. Get started with deployment and management of agents and establishing initial thresholds for alerting. Simplify administration of users with active directory integration. Maintain security standards and increased productivity by patching fleets of databases and stay current with critical patch updates. Learn from customers how they’ve made use of out-of-the-box and custom reports to manage engineered systems, database, and middleware targets by exception. Benefit from these top customer dos and don’ts.

Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone South—104

When not presenting or meeting with customers, you’ll find me at the Engineered Systems Showcase or Hybrid Cloud Management: Single Pane of Glass for Complete Management—On-Premises and Public Cloud (SLD-026) booths.  Be sure to stop by and say hi!

For the full list of EM related sessions, you can refer to the Focus On docs.    Here’s some highlights of other sessions you’ll find interesting!
Sunday 

For those of you who arrive on on Saturday, or early Sunday… and aren’t drawn away by the beautiful city of San Francisco, check out the IOUG SIG Sunday sessions that are going on all day Sunday!   Watch out, they’re no longer restricted to Moscone West rooms!  Here’s a few I’m going to try to get to!

8amAlfredo Krieg delivers Monitor Engineered Systems from a Single Pane of Glass: Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c [UGF10288] in Moscone South 270

10amErik Benner/Wassim Kayrala deliver Database Cloud in a Box—DBaaS on Oracle Database Appliance [UGF10279] in Moscone South 270

12pmRene Antunez delivers Private Cloud Provisioning Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c [UGF9959] in Moscone South 305

1:30pmRay Smith delivers You’ve Got It—Flaunt It: Oracle Enterprise Manager Extensibility [UGF9930] in Moscone South 305

Monday

12:15pmOracle Enterprise Manager: The Complete Solution and Oracle’s Best-Kept Secrets [CON9715] in Moscone South 300

Hear from Amit Ganesh, VP of Development for EM.

1:30pm – Managing at Hyper-Scale: Oracle Enterprise Manager as the Nerve Center of Oracle Cloud [CON9710] in Moscone South 300

Hear about how the Oracle Cloud relies on Oracle Enterprise Manager, and learn best practices for any implementation!

5-6pm – Join your fellow EM enthusiasts in the OTN Lounge (Moscone South) for the IOUG EM SIG.   Don’t worry if you’re not a member yet, stop by and get to know some of the folks you see on Twitter or hear speaking!

Tuesday

11amGeneral Session: Oracle Management Cloud—Real-Time Monitoring, Log, and IT Operations Analytics [GEN9778] in Moscone South 102

Definitely a must attend event!  Learn about Oracle’s newest offering Oracle Management Cloud.

Wednesday

After my session at 11am, there’s a lot going on at 12:15pm but if you’re interested in monitoring, I’d recommend  Way Beyond the Basics: Oracle Enterprise Manager Monitoring Best Practices [CON9721] in Moscone South 300.

https://events.rainfocus.com/oow15/catalog/focusOnDoc.jsp?focusId=18408

Thursday

https://events.rainfocus.com/oow15/catalog/focusOnDoc.jsp?focusId=18408

Get the Most from OpenWorld… Or any conference.

Before working for Oracle on the EM team, I was a DBA. I got the chance to go to OpenWorld twice in that role. My first time I was a newbie. I spent a lot of time going to sessions and trying to learn. I walked the demo grounds and came home with lots of junk, but didn’t really get involved or talk to the technical people there, or anybody really!

Having worked OOW for the last 4 years, I have a different perspective. I still enjoy going to sessions (when I can) and learning about new features or products that I don’t have much experience in. There’s so many sessions you could stay busy all day long!  While some folks complain about sessions not being technical enough or deep enough, I disagree.  I find the quality of sessions to be pretty equivalent to other conferences I’ve been to.  I think you have to take a look at the abstract and speaker, and make a decision based on that, not all Oracle people are sales.   You also have to realize it’s about 40 min +/- with time for questions.  The idea is to introduce a new concept or idea, and give you the background to research further and implement.  There’s very few sessions that are going to be an step-by-step guide to implement a feature in 40 minutes.

If you feel the sessions are too general, and you haven’t signed up for one of the Hands-On-Labs, you’re missing out.   The HOL are designed to showcase common use cases and allow you to walk through a feature, such as DBaaS or Middleware Diagnostics.   The rooms are usually limited to 40 or 50 participants, and again, there really bright people there ready and willing to help you out and answer questions.

One thing I feel most people don’t take advantage of is the tremendous number of technical resources that are standing around on the demo grounds!  Yea, Oracle booths are boring because we don’t give away blinkie martini glasses, or iPads or anything. We expect you to just want to talk tech.  I know first-hand that some of the brightest, technical minds are standing at those Oracle booths waiting to talk to customers.  Maybe you want to see the demo on the feature they’re talking about, or maybe you want to talk about what your company is doing or needs to do.  The product managers and developers are there, all day long… for you – the customer.  Now don’t come up with your list of SRs that you’re stuck on, but think about the use cases that you’re stuck on, or that one thing that the product is missing to make it complete in your world.  Reach out, meet the people who create and code the products you’re using.  Get involved, introduce yourself.  If you follow Oracle people on Twitter or LinkedIn, or follow their blogs, say hi and thanks.   Then you can move on and find the free FitBit.

Also, get involved with a Users Group or SIG while you’re there. Most SIGs will have a meeting or event. This is a great way to network with fellow technologists and users, share your ideas and just be in the presence of smart people.  Attend the IOUG sessions on SIG Sunday for more great speakers and sessions.

Visit the Oracle Support Stars bar!  You know there’s actual people on the other end of that SR you’re working?   You’ve probably dealt with the same people over and over again, go say hi.   Talk about how you can help your issues move faster, what tools do they recommend, how to use My Oracle Support better…

Oracle University also offers full day events on Sunday, maybe you want to prepare for your DB 12c Certification, or you want to learn about EM High Availability, these options are additional cost, but you can register for a class while registering for Oracle OpenWorld.

Oracle OpenWorld is more than just presentations and marketing and giveaways and parties.  Take advantage of being in the same spot as some of the brightest technical minds in the industry, and get as much as you can from it!  Oh, and wear really comfortable shoes.  You’ll be walking a lot!