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VMware Database Workshop Microsoft SQL Server with Tintri Day 1-3

Posted by Michael Corey on Apr 29, 2015 3:48:00 PM

The 2nd Elite VMware Database Microsoft SQL Server workshop is over. It was held at VMware world headquarters in Palo, Alto, California from April 21 to April 23, 2015.

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Purpose of the Elite VMware Database Workshop for SQL Server

The goal of the Workshop was to bring in 15 Microsoft SQL Server experts, many of them Microsoft MVP’s to get a deep dive on VMware vSphere technology as it pertains to being able to virtualize Microsoft SQL Server. At the same time take feedback from this group and develop a long-term conduit where this group will be able to communicate and collaborate with VMware on issues, thoughts around database virtualization. Each member of this workshop and the first workshop held would become members of an email distribution list where they can all share thoughts and ideas they have about vSphere. Everything during the workshop and on this email distribution list is covered under NDA, so that everyone could speak freely allowing for an honest dialogue about capabilities and product future directions with nothing being held back.

By holding this event at VMware corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California enabled VMware to bring many of experts who work behinds the scenes to brief this group in person.

How Can You Become part of any Future Workshops

There is talk of holding this program again for SQL Server, Oracle and even in other areas like SAP HANA. Putting this program on takes a lot of resources and coordination, so no promises there. There is even talk of holding a program in Europe. The direct feedback between the experts and VMware has really been a wonderful byproduct of the program that both the attendees and VMware value. Here are a few pictures from behind the scenes as we were setting up:

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Tintri_VMware_SQL_ServerSetup

Each of the Workshop’s will have slightly different criteria for the attendees who are chosen. Overall the program is looking for experts in a particular subject matter area. In this last workshop many of the attendees were Microsoft SQL Server MVP’s but not all. It helps if you are active in your user community (for example, SQL PASS, Locals User Groups, SQL Saturdays, VMUGS…), that you are an active blogger and are very open-minded. If you feel you are a qualified candidate for a future program here are a number of ways you can get on the list for consideration:

  • Reach out to a past attendee of the Workshop and ask that they nominate you for the program
  • Reach out to Don Sullivan at VMware.
  • My Company Ntirety, has been a big supporter of the program. You are welcome to reach out to me. Email: Michael.corey@ntirety.com or Twitter: @michael_corey 
  • Heraflux has also been a supporter of the program. You can reach David Klee @kleegeek

We will make sure the information gets to the right people for consideration.

Tintri – Storage Vendor that Rocked

At each event, a storage vendor is selected to provide the backend infrastructure. At this VMware Database Workshop for SQL Server it was Tintri. Every attendee was able to use vSphere with Tintri.

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The Gauntlet Was Drawn

During the workshop, The Tintri team Made the Statement “Lets see if you can make the storage array break into a sweat”. Well during the 3 days, "the storage array never broke a sweat". What is even more amazing, it never needed any adjusting, it took care of itself. I also got a chance first hand to see the breadth of information that is provided my Tintri to help you better manage and understand your virtualize infrastructure. Based upon my first hand experience, I suggest anyone serious about database virtualization take a look at making Tintri a core part of the infrastructure.

Tintri Trivia

What does Tintri mean ? Lighting in Gaelic.

SQL Server Experts Who Attended

Here is a list of the SQL Server Experts attending this year:

  • Allan Hirt, @sqlha, Massachusetts
  • Wendy Pastrick, @wendy_dance, Illinois
  • Geoff Hiten, @sqlcraftsman, Georgia
  • Steve Jones, @way0utwest, Colorado
  • Robert Davis, @sqlsoldier, Washington
  • Arnie Rowland, @ArnieRowland, Oregon
  • Brandon Leach, @sqlservernerd, California
  • Melissa Connors, Maine
  • Tim Ford, @sqlagentman, Michigan
  • Randy Knight, @randy_knight,
  • Shawn Meyers, Nebraska
  • Chris Shaw, Colorado
  • Jason Strate, @StrateSQL, Minnesota
  • Eddie Wuerch, @eddiew, Indiana
  • Sean McCown
  • David Klee, @kleegeek
  • Denny Cherry, @mrdenny
  • Michael Corey, @michael_corey

SQL Experts who Attended first VWware Database Workshop on SQL Server

SQL Experts who attended first VWware Database Workshop on SQL Server

  • Michael Corey – President Ntirety – co-author of 18 Books (@Michael_corey)
  • David Klee – Founder of Heraflux, frequent blogger, Presenter numerous SQLSaturdays (@kleegeek)
  • Kevin Kline - Director of Engineering Services SQL Sentry Corp (@kekline)
  • Grant Fritchey– Red Gate Software – Author of three SQL Server books (@gfritchey)
  • Argenis Fernandez – Blogger at  “sqlblog.com” (@dbargenis)
  • Thomas LaRock – President Professional Association of SQL Server (@sqlrockstar)
  • Christopher Bell - DC chapter of PASS founder - CEO WaterOX Consulting (@Cbelldba)
  • Rodney Landrum – SQL Saturdays regular and many well-known blogs (@SQLBeat)
  • Kendal Van Dyke – Upsearch Principle Consultant (@SQLDBA)
  • Keith Allen Kinsel – SQL Saturday Advisory Council (@allenkinsel)
  • Joseph D'Antoni – Denny Cherry associates (@jdanton)
  • Denny Cherry – Denny Cherry associates and Consulting founder (@mrdenny)
  • Andrew J. Kelly – SoildQ  – Weekly speaker at events worldwide (GunneyK)
  • Allen White – Upsearch - Ohio SQL User group president writes for SQL Pass Magazine (@upsearch)
  • Andy Galbraith – Ntirety, Blogger, Presenter at SQLSaturdays (@DBA_Andy)

Here are a few photo of the attendees of this years workshop:

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Speakers at VMware Database Workshop SQL Server

I know this list is not complete There was just too much to take in over the few days Here is the list of speakers as best I could compile it.

 

  • Carl Eschenbach VMware President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Shashank Rajvanshi
  • Arun Lakshmipathy
  • Gautham Swamy
  • Keiran Hardy Tintri CTO & Co-Founder
  • Rex Walter Tintri VP of Technology
  • Richard McDougal
  • Francois Tallet
  • Ganesan Chandrashekhar
  • GS Khalsa
  • Scott Sherman
  • Daniel Miller Talking VDP and vSPhere
  • Shobhan Lakkapragada
  • Mark Lohmeyer VMware VP Cloud Platform BU
  • Brandon Salmon
  • Jeff Godfrey
  • Rawlinson Rivera

Here are a few pictures of the different speakers in Action:

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SQL_Speaker

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How Can You The Reader Get Value From This SQL Server Workshop

The many attendees of this event and the first VMware Database workshop for SQL Server have a direct conduit to VMware and Tintri. I included a list of both the first and second workshop attendees in this blog.

These SQL Server experts are very accessible at numerous SQL Saturdays, SQL PASS and other events that happen throughout the year. You can share with them any thoughts you feel should be shared. They can use that conduit to TIntri and VMware on your behalf.

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Elite VMware Database Workshop for SQL Server

Posted by Michael Corey on Apr 20, 2015 1:35:00 AM

Last year David Klee of Heraflux Technologies and myself worked closely with VMware & PureStorage to develop the first Elite Database Workshop on SQL Server held at VMware headquarters. This year Tintri will support this year’s event. Like David, I am very proud of the working relationship my company Ntirety and my parent company Hosting has with VMware concerning all aspects of Database Virtualization. 

Below some of the Tintri team helping us set up:

 Tintri_SQL_Event

The brainchild behind this Elite Database Workshop for SQL Server program at VMware was Don Sullivan who is the Product Line Marketing Manager for Business Critical Applications. Don wanted to bring in recognized experts in SQL Server, bring in the very engineers who wrote the code, answer any and all questions and more importantly let them kick the tires.

The idea is that vSphere’s capabilities would demonstrate first hand why anyone serious about database virtualization would choose vSphere above all other virtualization infrastructures. Don presented this program idea to his boss Mike Adams, the director of product marketing who quickly supported the program and embraced the idea. Below Don Sullivan and Mohan Potheri helping to set-up.

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A recent survey of data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle users group was conducted by Unisphere Research validates this fact. 57% of the organization reported using VMware vSphere. This was followed by Oracle, VM with 9%. Clearly vSphere was the virtulization platform of choice for databases.

The last program was held September 2014 at VMware headquarters was a huge success. Fifteen SQL Server expert where brought in to attend the event and loved it. Don't take my word for it, check out the many blog items that myself and other SQL Server experts wrote on the workshop. Here is a link to one of my blogs on the first Elite VMware Database Workshop for SQL Server You can also check out the video featuring a few of us located at https://www.vmware.com/business-critical-apps/sql-virtualization/overview.html For anyone serious about SQL Server and virtualization that web page is a good resource to know.

Those SQL Server experts last year all walked away knowing first hand just how powerful and capable vSphere is. This year the Program is being hosted by VMware and supported by Tintri. Here is a list of the SQL Server Experts attending this year:

  • Allan Hirt, @sqlha, Massachusetts
  • Wendy Pastrick, @wendy_dance, Illinois
  • Geoff Hiten, @sqlcraftsman, Georgia
  • Steve Jones, @way0utwest, Colorado
  • Robert Davis, @sqlsoldier, Washington
  • Arnie Rowland, @ArnieRowland, Oregon
  • Brandon Leach, @sqlservernerd, California
  • Melissa Connors, Maine
  • Tim Ford, @sqlagentman, Michigan
  • Randy Knight, @randy_knight,
  • Shawn Meyers, Nebraska
  • Chris Shaw, Colorado
  • Jason Strate, @StrateSQL, Minnesota
  • Eddie Wuerch, @eddiew, Indiana
  • Sean McCown

A Few of us Alumni are coming back:

  • David Klee, @kleegeek, Nebraska
  • Michael Corey, @Michael_corey, Massachusetts
  • Denny Cherry, @mrdenny 

World Class Line up of Speakers

Holding this workshop at VMware headquarters enable VMware to bring in such industry luminary’s as Richard McDougal (All things Storage) and Francois Tallet (Network Virtualization/NSX) to site a few. This is just the tip of the iceberg, the list of technical Speakers at this event is simply outstanding. More on that in a future blogs.

The List of Executive speakers from both Tintri and VMware are also outstanding more to come in my next blog.

 This event set a very high bar last year both in terms of the technical content, executive participation and the high caliber SQL Experts. I am looking forward to attending and sharing with you more as the week goes on.

Below Don and I sporting some Tintri Jackets.

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Below a few of the invited SQL Server Experts, getting ready for dinner

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SQL SERVER 2014 Database Licensing, get the facts

Posted by Michael Corey on Mar 18, 2015 4:57:00 PM


License FUD, Both Oracle & Microsoft have it

 Last October I wrote an article on Oracle database licensing, my intent was to poke fun at what I think of as Oracle Galaxy licensing. On the Oracle side there is a lot of FUD concerning licensing and also a rather aggressive stance by the vendor. To me the primary point of an Oracle Audit is to generate revenue.

On the SQL Server side there is also a lot of FUD surrounding database licensing. There is a good reason companies exist to help you navigate the Database Licensing maze.

LicenseMaze

 On the MVP email list today, a question was posed on SQL Server 2014 licensing. Mr Denny a fellow SQL Server MVP of Denny Cherry & Associates consulting sent all the Microsoft SQL Server MVP's a link to a SQL Server 2014 licensing Datasheet.

For any one who has Microsoft SQL Server 2014 license questions, this is a great resource.

SQL Server 2014 Licensing Datasheet

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What does Starbucks and Hosting share in common?

Posted by Michael Corey on Mar 16, 2015 5:03:55 PM


Early One Morning at Starbucks

It is early in the Morning and I stop at a local Starbucks Store to get a much-needed coffee. This is a Starbucks store I rarely ever use. I order my venti dark, and decide today to get a sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. Then I move down the line and waited for my breakfast sandwich. The next person in line behind me places their order and comes to stand next to me.

The man who handleds heating things bakery items up at this Starbucks store came with over with an item. Only to my surprise, it was not for me. The item from the oven in his hands was for the person who came after me in line. That person leaves, and another person who ordered after me, joins me to wait. As I wait a while longer the man who handled heating things come by again. At this point, I am sure the item he holds in his hands is for me. Only  to my surprise, it is not. Another person who ordered after me in line walks away.

The man looks directly at me and says, "are you waiting for something?". I say yes, I ordered a Sausage, egg and Cheese. Here is where, I was impressed. He did not ask me for my receipt, he did not make a big deal out of this, did not have to get a manager involved. He say "I will go heat one up right away for you!".

At this point, a few things jump out at me. Starbucks gets it. What I mean by that, they have empowered their employees to take some initiative. He did not have to see my receipt. He did not make a big deal out of it; he directly took action to solve my problem.

As a side note yes, I really do think this way about things. When you run a business like I have for a long time, you try to learn from what others are doing right and wrong. Its the key to improving the business. Not all great ideas are invented within, you have to constantly look outside your organization.

Now I watch as him puts my breakfast sandwich in the oven, I am thinking my long wait is about to be over. He then walks over to the register. He says, "it’s slow right now and is it ok that I take a break". They tell him, no problem and he walks around the corner out of sight.

The Ball Is Fumbled

Just when I am thinking so many good things about Starbucks, my sandwich is sitting in the machine and no one else knows. Even though this member of the Starbucks team, was empowered he clearly dropped the ball. Lesson learned the best of training, the best of plans and when it might count he blows it. This is the real world. 

The Barista, hears the oven beeping. She walks over takes the breakfast sandwich out of the Oven. She looks over at me. We could be best friends by now, I am have been waiting so long watching her make coffee for others. On her way to me, she stops and picks up the card shown below.


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Starbucks Service Recovery Card

This is a service recovery card. The “Next One is on us”. She hands the card over  to me and says "she is sorry". Wow, I am blown away. Those words are always so powerful when said at the right time. What is clear from this interaction, Starbucks is thinking about Customer Service and has a established processes and tools to facilitate high quality customer service. These are long-term bets, which will pay huge dividends over time with customers. This is a company serious about improving the customer service experience.





Zappos, Zingermans helped inspire the Hosting WOW program

At Hosting we have the WOW program. Hosting has taken the time research the best customer service companies (Zappos and Zingermans) in the world to collect best practices.

10 Inspiring Zappos Customer Support Stories

Zingerman's Guide to Giving Great Service

Based upon what was learned Hosting put together a 1 Day training event offered to employees, customers and prospects.  We have had over 50 customers attend the program over that last 3 years.

This was all done to support Hosting's corporate mission “Provide The Best Customer Experience For Mid-Size Enterprises That Are Running Mission Critical Applications in the Cloud, Supported By The Industry’s Best Team”

At first I was a bit skeptical about the Hosting WOW program. Ntirety was acquired by Hosting in March 2014. At Ntirety we are really proud of our focus on high quality database services, and very high historical client retention rates. So when the management team at Ntirety was required to attend the WOW training my first reaction was not WOW. Well I came out of the other end as a convert. Today Ntirety is better prepared to deliver an awesome customer service experience that ever before. We are an extension of our customer’s team – as a result we need to make sure we are delivering the best customer experience. 

The Hosting WOW training helps ensure we have the processes and tools in place to make World-class customer service  part of our DNA.

What does Starbucks and Hosting share in common

What we share with Starbucks is a desire to have great customer service experience. We have both developed processes, training to help facilitate achieving great customer service. We both empower our employees to make a ‘right’ when they see a wrong. This puts us ahead of the competition.

At Hosting we know you are trusting us with your business, we take that trust very seriously, we will admit when we have made a mistake, and work with you to make it right. We know that if you want world-class customer satisfaction experience; it takes hard work, honesty, strong processes, training and a commitment to be the very best.

I am proud to be part of the Hosting family. Part of a company that strives to provide “The Best Customer Experience For Mid-Size Enterprises That Are Running Mission Critical Applications in the Cloud".

Dont Take Our Word for It - Net Promoter Score

Don't take my word for it, check out our Net Promoter Score (NPS). NPS is a recognized industry standard for measuring customer loyalty. To learn more about The Net Promoter Score http://www.netpromoter.com/why-net-promoter/know

At the writing of this blog according to Satmetrix the owner of Net Promoter Score (NPS) these where the top ten NPS leaders:

Top Ten Net Promoter Score (NPS) Leaders

The top 10 NPS leaders are dominated by USAA and Apple

  1. USAA - Insurance = 80%
  2. USAA - Banking = 78%
  3. Costco = 78%
  4. Apple - Laptop = 76%
  5. Dillards = 75%
  6. Nordstrom = 75%
  7. Apple - iphone = 70%
  8. Amazon = 69%
  9. Southwest Airlines = 66%
  10. Apple - ipad = 65%

Hosting leads Cloud Computing with Highest NPS Score

At Hosting, we lead Cloud Computing with and NPS score of 65. When I looked at the Rackspace website a competitor of ours, they have a whole page www.rackspace.com/NPS on the value of the Net Promoter Score, yet ironically they don't share their score with you on that page.At Hosting we are transparant and are happy to share our NPS scores. We are not perfect, but we will word hard to live by our Mission:

The Best Customer Experience For Mid-Size Enterprises That Are Running Mission Critical Applications in the Cloud".

 

What important, is that by measuring and focusing on quality has helped drive Hosting to be the Cloud Computing leader with an NPS score of 65.

 

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Ntirety Among DBTA’s Trend-Setting Products for 2015

Posted by Michael Corey on Dec 13, 2014 11:36:00 PM

Ntirety Among DBTA’s Trend-Setting Products for 2015

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Ntirety – The Database Administration As a Service® company has been selected for the 2nd consecutive year by Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) to the Trend-Setting Products in Data and Information Management for 2015. To see Ntirety's entry on the DBTA Trend-Setting product this list [Click Here].

At Ntirety we are delighted to be chosen again for such a prestigious list and to see our award winning technology Ntrust® Database Appliance  to again be recognized for the  many unique and game changing capabilities it brings to Ntirety remote DBA services from Self-Healing capabilities to enabling Ntirety’s Data services to be proactive.

How Ntirety is Different

At Ntirety we made a decision early on to use technology as a differentiator. Where many of our competitors use labor arbitrage as a differentiator, what I mean by that. Is: You need a DBA, A DBA in China, India you name the country. The cost of a DBA is cheaper in that country and they provide you that resource and make money by the fact their labor cost is cheaper than yours. At Ntirety we use Technology as a lever. By using our Ntrust Database Appliance, we are able to automate many of the tasks of a DBA, and even self heals proactively a number of common problems database experience. This makes our DBA’s more productive, more cost effective and also improves the overall quality and security of the service.

Its great to have an organization as prestigious as Database Trends and Applications acknowledge that our technology approach continues to be Innovative and trend setting.

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What Does "DBA" Really Stand For..... (Updated 12/02/14)

Posted by Michael Corey on Dec 2, 2014 2:01:00 PM

A Fun Look at the DBA

In the technical profession we hear the letters “DBA” spoken a lot and assume they are an acronym for Database Administrator - be it an Oracle DBA, Microsoft SQL Server DBA or MySQL DBA. What if it really means something else? So, a group of us started to come up with the “real” meaning when we say DBA. Here is what we came up with:

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The Real Meaning for "DBA" is....

Data Base Administrator, Don't Be Assertive, Doing Business After-hours, Don't Bother Asking, Don't Be Afraid, Don't Beg Anymore, Dumb But Adorable, Driven By Aggression, Deaf But Astute, Drinking Beer Allday, Drugs Beer and Alcohol, Deep Brain Activity, Deaf But Astute, Dubious Business Acronyms, Default Blame Acceptor, Does Bugger All, Do Be Accurate, Determined Best Always, Database Blamed Always

Future DBA

If you have one that you feel should be added, please let me know.

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Collaborate15 April 12-15 - Las Vegas (Be There or Bust)

Posted by Michael Corey on Dec 1, 2014 5:58:00 PM

 

Collaborate15 - My Notice Just Arrived

As a speaker, one of the hardest things you deal with is waiting to see if you’re selected. You come up with a good idea, and then you wait to see if the conference selection committee agrees with you and then chooses from the many other good proposals they received.  To top is all off we all have know many a good speaker who have not been chosen.  So here I am it’s coming to end of November and I wondering:

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Let me add one more thought. I had just got off the phone with a friend of mine who is a very seasoned speaker whose paper had not been selected for Collaborate15. So I open the first of two emails with trepidation.  The first words I read:

 

Congratulations! Your session proposal, 261 Trends in Database Administration and how it is transforming the DBA, was accepted by the IOUG Conference Committee.

As I open the second email I see:

Congratulations! Your session proposal, 260 Virtualizing Databases: Doing IT Right, was accepted by the IOUG Conference Committee.

Woo Hoo

 I have been honored to have both my proposals accepted. 

261 Trends in Database Administration and how it is transforming the DBA


I am really excited to give this presentation on "Trends in Database Administration and how it is transforming the DBA".  This is a presentation I first started to give over 10 years ago. This presentation no longer looks the original presentation I gave it. In this presentation I walk through the History of DBA's and then how the Database administration role continues to transform.

The DBA transformation is being caused by a number of social, economical and technological changes that are happening all around us. By understanding these changes, as a Manager or as a line DBA you will be better equipped to deal with the transformation that is happening to database administration.

Ask yourself what impact will a Pure Storage array have on the day-to-day job of a DBA. What impacts will a Hyper converged infrastructure like Nutanix have on the DBA.  Did you know over 40% of data professionals intend to leave the data management field within 10 year according Unisphere Research “The Vanishing Database Administrator: Survey of Data Professionals Career Aspirations”.  This and many other social impacts will be discussed in this presentation.

 

41% DBAS to Change Professions


 

260 Virtualizing Databases: Doing IT Right

The other presentation Titled 260 Virtualizing Databases: Doing IT Right" is on how to Virtualize Databases. Notice I don’t say virtualize Oracle, I don’t say Virtualize Microsoft SQL Server, I call it virtualizing databases. In fact any business critical application like SAP, Oracle E-Business Suite, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server to an Oracle database is covered. The concepts and techniques will work for all of them. This presentation is based upon a presentation I gave at VMworld that made the top 10 presentations given there. Making the TOP-10 at VMworld is not an easy thing to do. A lot of great information is shared in this presentation. I hope you take the time to attend.

Collaborate15 - Be there or Bust

Vegas or Bust Collaborate15

Collaborate15 is being held in Las Vegas from April 12-15th at Mandalay Bay. This is a great event coupled with a great location to hold a conference. This is one event that covers the entire Oracle Application, Database and development suite. Its run by the Oracle user community which means less of the Marketing message and more of what you need to know to be successful with Oracle suite of Products and Technologies. The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), The Application Oracle Users Group (OAUG) and the Quest International Oracle Users Group (QUEST) run this event.
The Products covered by this event include:
Oracle ProductUser Group
Agile OAUG
Demantra OAUG
E-Business Suite OAUG
Essbase IOUG
Engineered Systems IOUG
Fusion Middleware IOUG
Hyperion Applications OAUG
JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Quest
JD Edwards World Quest
Oracle Database (e.g., 12c) IOUG
Oracle Fusion Applications OAUG/Quest
Oracle Utilities Quest
PeopleSoft Quest
Primavera OAUG/Quest
Siebel OAUG/IOUG
WebCenter IOUG

This is my favorite conference to attend when it comes to Oracle technologies and products. I make it a point to go each and every year. Hope I see you there

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Thanksgiving Myths,Cooking the Turkey Tips and favorite Recipe 2014

Posted by Michael Corey on Nov 26, 2014 2:50:00 PM

The Thanksgiving Holiday is almost upon us. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, full of good food and friends. Every year we have quite a big group at my house. I think the count this year will be over 20 people. As I think about thanksgiving, its hard not to think about the Pilgrims. So I decided to do a little web search and see what came up that I might share with you. At the End of this I will give you some useful information on how to cook your Thanksgiving turkey and share how I like to cook the turkey.

On the  History News Network, I came across Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving

Here are a portion of that article...

Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving

By Rick Shenkman

MYTH # 1

The Pilgrims Held the First Thanksgiving

To see what the first Thanksgiving was like you have to go to: Texas. Texans claim the first Thanksgiving in America actually took place in little San Elizario, a community near El Paso, in 1598 -- twenty-three years before the Pilgrims' festival. For several years they have staged a reenactment of the event that culminated in the Thanksgiving celebration: the arrival of Spanish explorer Juan de Onate on the banks of the Rio Grande. De Onate is said to have held a big Thanksgiving festival after leading hundreds of settlers on a grueling 350-mile long trek across the Mexican desert.

Then again, you may want to go to Virginia.. At the Berkeley Plantation on the James River they claim the first Thanksgiving in America was held there on December 4th, 1619....two years before the Pilgrims' festival....and every year since 1958 they have reenacted the event. In their view it's not the Mayflower we should remember, it's the Margaret, the little ship which brought 38 English settlers to the plantation in 1619. The story is that the settlers had been ordered by the London company that sponsored them to commemorate the ship's arrival with an annual day of Thanksgiving. Hardly anybody outside Virginia has ever heard of this Thanksgiving, but in 1963 President Kennedy officially recognized the plantation's claim.

MYTH # 2

Thanksgiving Was About Family

If by Thanksgiving, you have in mind the Pilgrim festival, forget about it being a family holiday. Put away your Norman Rockwell paintings. Turn off Bing Crosby. Thanksgiving was a multicultural community event. If it had been about family, the Pilgrims never would have invited the Indians to join them.

MYTH # 3

Thanksgiving Was About Religion

No it wasn't. Paraphrasing the answer provided above, if Thanksgiving had been about religion, the Pilgrims never would have invited the Indians to join them. Besides, the Pilgrims would never have tolerated festivities at a true religious event. Indeed, what we think of as Thanksgiving was really a harvest festival. Actual "Thanksgivings" were religious affairs; everybody spent the day praying. Incidentally, these Pilgrim Thanksgivings occurred at different times of the year, not just in November.

MYTH # 4

The Pilgrims Ate Turkey

What did the Pilgrims eat at their Thanksgiving festival? They didn't have corn on the cob, apples, pears, potatoes or even cranberries. No one knows if they had turkey, although they were used to eating turkey. The only food we know they had for sure was deer. 11(And they didn't eat with a fork; they didn't have forks back then.)

So how did we get the idea that you have turkey and cranberry and such on Thanksgiving? It was because the Victorians prepared Thanksgiving that way. And they're the ones who made Thanksgiving a national holiday, beginning in 1863, when Abe Lincoln issued his presidential Thanksgiving proclamations...two of them: one to celebrate Thanksgiving in August, a second one in November. Before Lincoln Americans outside New England did not usually celebrate the holiday. (The Pilgrims, incidentally, didn't become part of the holiday until late in the nineteenth century. Until then, Thanksgiving was simply a day of thanks, not a day to remember the Pilgrims.)

MYTH # 5

The Pilgrims Landed on Plymouth Rock

According to historian George Willison, who devoted his life to the subject, the story about the rock is all malarkey, a public relations stunt pulled off by townsfolk to attract attention. What Willison found out is that the Plymouth Rock legend rests entirely on the dubious testimony of Thomas Faunce, a ninety-five year old man, who told the story more than a century after the Mayflower landed. Unfortunately, not too many people ever heard how we came by the story of Plymouth Rock. Willison's book came out at the end of World War II and Americans had more on their minds than Pilgrims then. So we've all just gone merrily along repeating the same old story as if it's true when it's not. And anyway, the Pilgrims didn't land in Plymouth first. They first made landfall at Provincetown. Of course, the people of Plymouth stick by hoary tradition. Tour guides insist that Plymouth Rock is THE rock.

MYTH # 6

Pilgrims Lived in Log Cabins

No Pilgrim ever lived in a log cabin. The log cabin did not appear in America until late in the seventeenth century, when it was introduced by Germans and Swedes. The very term "log cabin" cannot be found in print until the 1770s. Log cabins were virtually unknown in England at the time the Pilgrims arrived in America. So what kind of dwellings did the Pilgrims inhabit? As you can see if you visit Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts, the Pilgrims lived in wood clapboard houses made from sawed lumber.

MYTH # 7

Pilgrims Dressed in Black

Not only did they not dress in black, they did not wear those funny buckles, weird shoes, or black steeple hats. So how did we get the idea of the buckles? Plimoth Plantation historian James W. Baker explains that in the nineteenth century, when the popular image of the Pilgrims was formed, buckles served as a kind of emblem of quaintness. That's the reason illustrators gave Santa buckles. Even the blunderbuss, with which Pilgrims are identified, was a symbol of quaintness. The blunderbuss was mainly used to control crowds. It wasn't a hunting rifle. But it looks out of date and fits the Pilgrim stereotype. 

How Long to Cook the Turkey

At my House, we always wonder how long to cook the turkey. Here is some very useful information on how to Cook a Turkey...

Consumer Information From USDA
Slightly Revised November 1998

Turkey Basics: Safe Cooking

Turkeys Are Cooking Faster Than Before

But "timing's NOT everything." Recommended cooking techniques must also be followed. A meat thermometer should be used to ensure a sufficient internal temperature has been reached to destroy bacteria and prevent foodborne illness -- as well as to prevent overcooking.

Many variables can affect the roasting time of the whole bird:

  • A partially frozen bird requires longer cooking.
  • Dark roasting pans cook faster than shiny metals.
  • The depth and size of the pan can reduce heat circulation to all areas of the bird.
  • The use of a foil tent for the entire time can slow cooking.
  • Use of the roasting pan's lid speeds cooking.
  • An oven cooking bag can accelerate cooking time.
  • A stuffed bird takes longer to cook.
  • Oven may heat food unevenly.
  • Calibration of the oven's thermostat may be inaccurate.
  • The rack position can have an effect on even cooking and heat circulation.
  • A turkey or its pan may be too large for the oven, thus blocking heat circulation.

ROASTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAFETY AND DONENESS:

1. Set the oven temperature no lower than 325 °F. Preheating is not necessary.

2. Be sure the turkey is completely thawed. Times are based on fresh or completely thawed frozen birds at a refrigerator temperature of 40 °F or below.

3. Place turkey breast-side up on a flat wire rack in a shallow roasting pan 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep.

Optional steps:

  • Tuck wing tips back under shoulders of bird (called "akimbo").
  • Add 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the pan.
  • In the beginning, a tent of aluminum foil may be placed loosely over the breast of the turkey for the first 1 to 1 1/2 hours, then removed for browning. Or, a tent of foil may be placed over the turkey after the turkey has reached the desired golden brown.

4. If a meat thermometer is not available, cook stuffing in a casserole. Mix ingredients just before stuffing a turkey; stuff loosely. Additional time is required for the turkey and stuffing to reach a safe internal temperature (see chart below).

5. For safety and doneness, the internal temperature should be checked with a meat thermometer.

The temperature must reach 180 °F in the thigh of a whole turkey (center of the stuffing should reach 165 °F) before removing it from the oven. Cook a turkey breast to 170 °F.

6. Juices should be clear. In the absence of a meat thermometer, pierce an unstuffed turkey with a fork in several places; juices should be clear with no trace of pink.

7. Let the bird stand 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.

APPROXIMATE COOKING TIMES

UNSTUFFED

  • 4 to 6 lb breast.....1 1/2 to 2 1/4 hrs
  • 6 to 8 lb breast...2 1/4 to 3 1/4 hrs
  • 8 to 12 lbs................2 3/4 to 3 hrs
  • 12 to 14 lbs..............3 to 3 3/4 hrs
  • 14 to 18 lbs........3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hrs
  • 18 to 20 lbs........4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hrs
  • 20 to 24 lbs..............4 1/2 to 5 hrs

STUFFED

  • 8 to 12 lbs...............3 to 3 1/2 hrs
  • 12 to 14 lbs..............3 1/2 to 4 hrs
  • 14 to 18 lbs..............4 to 4 1/4 hrs
  • 18 to 20 lbs........4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hrs
  • 20 to 24 lbs........4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hrs

 

For Further Information Contact:
FSIS Food Safety Education and Communications Staff
Meat and Poultry Hotline:

  • 1-800-535-4555 (Tollfree Nationwide)
  • (202) 720-3333 (Washington, DC area)
  • 1-800-256-7072 (TDD/TTY)

Source:
Food Safety and Inspection Service,
Food Safety Education & Communications Staff
(202) 720-7943; Fax (202) 720-9063


USDA Food Safety Publications

What To Do When All Else Fails Cooking The Turkey

 Butterball is the nations largest turkey producer. They have run a hotline for many years. Where you can call and get help. They are very good.

Butterball
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My Favorite Way to Cook a Turkey

My Grandmother always cooked the turkey in a paper bag. That is a tradition that I have not continued. I found it hard to find Brown Paper Bags with out any ink imprint on them. I Prefer to Brine my Turkey for a few days. I create a brine and then soak my Turkey in it. Here is my brine recipe:

Brine Ingredients (Based Upon 20lb-24lb Turkey)

 

3          Quarts Apple Cider

4          Quarts Water

1.5       Cups Coarse Sea Salt

1.5       Pounds Dark Brown Suga

4          Oranges Quartered

6          Ounces Fresh Ginger

20       Cloves Chopped

9          Fresh Bay Leaves

9          Large Garlic Cloves

Directions:

In Large Sauce Pan: Over High Heat. Bring the Cider, Brown Sugar and Salt to a Boil.
Make sure You stir to dissolve the sugar and Salt. Cook for 1 minute, remove from heat. Allow Mixture to Cool.

In 5 Gallon Bucket or Pan.: Combine the water, oranges, ginger, Cloves, Bay Leaves & Garlic. I squeeze the oranges and put skin and all into mix. Then Add what you heated into the sauce pan to this bucket.

Prepare Turkey: Remove and discard fat from Turkey Cavity. Submerge Turkey in Brine. Place heavy weight on turkey to make sure its submerged. (24+ Hours in Refrigerator) I do 2-3 days. I also fill up a one Gallon Zip lock bag wth water and use at the weights to hold turkey down.

Remove Turkey from Brine: Pat down with Paper Towel till dry. Lightly brush turkey with Vegetable Oil.

Then place in oven and cook. I prefer to smoke it. I put it in a pan. I add some water to the pan. Then use Apple, Cherry and very little mesquite to wood.

I always use a thermometer to make sure turkey is cooked all the way through.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog. May you and your family have a happy and Healty Thanksgiving

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What Does "DBA" Really Mean

Posted by Michael Corey on Nov 26, 2014 2:37:00 PM

A Fun Look at the DBA

A bunch of us got together and put our heads together for what DBA really stand for. Regardless of if its, an Oracle DBA, SQL Server DBA, DB2 DBA, MySQL DBA. Here is the list we came up wth. I am sure we can find a few more, If you have one that is not on the list please share with us.

 

  • DBA Stands For......
  • Data Base Administrator
  • Don't be assertive
  • Doing business after-hours
  • Don't bother asking
  • Don't be afraid
  • Don't beg anymore
  • Dumb But Adorable
  • Driven By Aggression
  • Deaf But Astute
  • Drinking Beer Allday
  • Drugs Beer and Alcohol
  • Deep Brain Activity
  • Deaf But Astute
  • Dubious Business Acronyms
  • Default Blame Acceptor
  • Does Bugger All
  • Do Be Accurate
  • Determined Best Always
  • Database Blamed Always

Future DBA

If you have one that you feel should be added please let me know.

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SQLSaturday - One Coming Your Way Soon

Posted by Michael Corey on Nov 26, 2014 1:40:00 PM

Should My Son Become an Oracle DBA or SQL Server DBA?

My oldest son asked me for some career advice a few years ago. He was torn between going down the path of becoming an Oracle Database administrator or going down the path of being a Microsoft SQL Server DBA.  My son asked me share with him what I thought he should do.  

 

Oracle DBA or Microsoft SQL Server DBA


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before I share with you the answer I gave my son and why. A little background information on myself. I started my career with Oracle version 3.  I was lucky enough early on to also work with both Sybase and SQL Server. At different points in time I have been active in both the Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server community.

Both the Oracle RDMS and Microsoft SQL Server database are great products. Just attend any event and by the second time, you will feel like you are with people you have know a very long time. Where I think SQL Server has a huge advantage is their community.  The SQL Server community is a family of people who care and are passionate about the technology.  There are constantly venues all over the world where you can go to better yourself Microsoft’s technology for little of no money.  Yes for little or no money.

When I go to different events like VMWorld and I ask how many people have ever heard of SQL Saturday I am always amazed at how few people raise there hands. Usually less that 100 out of a thousand have heard of the events.

A SQL Saturdays are a mini conference where you can learn about all  facets of Microsoft’s technology. You give up a Saturday, and for the cost of lunch you will receive a full days of education with others who are there to share and learn. My hat goes off to the Board of the Professional Association of SQL Server.  Who have through smart leadership nurtured SQL Saturdays and the many local volunteers who make them possible. This and many other reasons is why I said to my Son, go down the path and become a SQL Server DBA.

If you care about being a better Professional and you work with MIcrosoft SQL Server, then make time to attend one of these upcoming events.

Dec 06, 2014 iCal SQLSaturday #359 - Istanbul 2014
Dec 06, 2014 iCal SQLSaturday #351 - Lima 2014
Dec 06, 2014 iCal SQLSaturday #347 - Washington DC 2014
Dec 13, 2014 iCal SQLSaturday #356 - Slovenia 2014
Dec 13, 2014 iCal SQLSaturday #354 - Charleston 2014
Jan 17, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #363 - Nashville 2015
Jan 19, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #360 - Israel 2015
Jan 24, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #346 - El Salvador 2015
Jan 31, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #362 - Austin 2015
Feb 07, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #365 - Melbourne 2015
Feb 07, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #357 - Cleveland 2015
Feb 07, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #358 - Albuquerque 2015
Feb 28, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #374 - Vienna 2015
Feb 28, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #371 - Tampa 2015
Feb 28, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #370 - Phoenix 2015
Mar 28, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #367 - Pordenone 2015
Mar 28, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #375 - Silicon Valley 2015
Apr 18, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #376 - Budapest 2015
Apr 18, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #364 - Boston 2015
Apr 18, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #368 - Costa Rica 2015
Apr 25, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #372 - Exeter 2015
Apr 25, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #361 - Joinville 2015
Apr 25, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #366 - Ottawa 2015
May 09, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #339 - Shanghai 2015
May 09, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #373 - Puerto Rico 2015
May 16, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #369 - Lisbon 2015
May 23, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #377 - Kiev 2015
May 23, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #378 - Curacao 2015
May 30, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #380 - New York City 2015
Jun 13, 2015 iCal SQLSaturday #379 - South Florida 2015

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