Oracle EMEA Exadata & Manageability Partner Communities Event, Istanbul

I attended Oracle EMEA Exadata & Manageability Partner Communities Event on March 14-15. It was held in Istanbul. There were parallel sessions for Exadata and Manageability. I followed the manageability track because it mostly focused on Enterprise Manager Cloud Control. Although I’m not a partner, I’ve been invited there by Steven Lemme (Oracle Partner Enablement Director) to make a small speech about Turkish Oracle User Group. So my review about the event will reflect the opinions of an Oracle User, not a partner.

Steven Lemme and me.

The event started with welcome speech of Javier Puerta, Core Technology Partner Programs Director of Oracle EMEA. Then Ron Tolido (VP, Capgemini) made a great keynote presentation about Innovation and Cloud infrastructure.

Julian Dontcheff and me

Julian Dontcheff (Accenture) made a keynote presentation about Exadata and Database Lifecycle Management. He listed reasons to use an Exadata Database Machine, and why to use Enterprise Manager to manage it. Julian is a very nice person, and talking with him was a great pleasure for me.

On the last session of the manageability track, I made a short speech about TROUG, then Christian Trieb (from DOAG Deutsche Oracle Anwendergruppe) also made a short speech about DOAG. I’m impressed to hear that DOAG has more than 5000 members.

After the sessions, there was a networking dinner. As I see all guests liked delicious Turkish food. At the dinner, Steve Lemme, Julian Dontcheff, Javier Puerta, Aykut Er (from Oracle Turkey) and I had a great conversation, together.

Second day, the event started with the keynote presentation of Robert Pastijn (Senior Principal Technologist, Oracle). He spoke about best practices on Database Consolidation on Exadata. He also mentioned about Enterprise Manager. After his presentation, I met him at coffee break and we talked about Exadata and Enterprise Manager.

Mark McGill, Principal Product Manager, made a presentation about chargeback and metering features of Enterprise Manager. I asked him if Oracle Enterprise Manager will support “hourly” metering. Mark told that they will build an extensible chargeback and metering system, so customers will be able to customize the metering system according to their own needs. I think it’s the right approach.

When someone talks about chargeback and metering, Oracle Public Cloud comes to my mind. Will it support hourly metering? We will wait and see.

At the end of the event, I had a chance to talk with Patrick Rood (Manageability Indirect Business EMEA). You see him standing at the right, Robert Pastijn at the middle, and Thanos Terentes at the left.

The event completed with a nice lunch. Although I’m not a partner, and as I expected some presentations were just targeted to Oracle partners, I’m very satisfied with the event. It was a great environment for networking. By the way, it’s very important to know “how to sell”, if you want to convince your manager to buy it 🙂 So these kind of events can be useful for even “system DBAs” like me.

I also want to mention that all speakers and Oracle staff was kind and helpful. I would like to thank Steven Lemme and Javier Puerta for the invitation. Steven’s hospitality and guidance was great. For the ones who do not him, he’s the author of the book titled “Implementing and Managing Oracle Databases”. He’s a user group leader in the IOUG and his local Arizona Oracle Users Group. In our personal conversations, he shared his invaluable experiences with user groups. It will surely help us to improve TROUG.

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AWS Big Data Specialist. Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) for EBS R12, Oracle 10g and 11g. Co-author of "Expert Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c" book published by Apress. Awarded as Oracle ACE (in 2011) and Oracle ACE Director (in 2016) for the continuous contributions to the Oracle users community. Founding member, and vice president of Turkish Oracle User Group (TROUG). Presented at various international conferences including Oracle Open World.

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