AZORA Meeting Jan 25, 2018

Start the 2018 right; Arizona Oracle User Group ( is opening the year with a cloud-focused meeting. Get a head start on some of the hottest topics of the year!

Jeff Dewey from Oracle will talk about Oracle’s Cloud strategy and direction. Next, Biju Thomas from One Neck will return with two new topics: “Do I have to learn new techniques to manage Oracle Database in the Cloud?“ and “Oracle Database (& Applications) Disaster Recovery in the Cloud”.  Finally, we’ll have a discussion on Oracle 18c Autonomous Database led by King Training Resource’s John King.

One Neck IT Solutions will be providing lunch, one more reason to attend.

What:    Arizona Oracle User Group (AZ-ORA) meeting
When:  Thursday January 25, 2018 – 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Republic Services – 2nd Floor Training Rooms
14400 N 87th St, Scottsdale, AZ
(near AZ101 & Raintree, parking lot on North side of building )

Tentative Agenda:
12:30-1:00    Signin and Lunch (Courtesy of One Neck IT Solutions), networking
1:00 – 1:10    Welcome and housekeeping
1:10 – 1:40   “Oracle Cloud Strategy and Direction”
1:40 – 2:30   “Do I have to learn new techniques to manage Oracle Database in the Cloud”
2:30 – 2:40   Break
2:40 – 3:30 “Oracle Database (& Applications) Disaster Recovery in the Cloud”
3:30 – 4:00 “Oracle 18c Autonomous Database” Introduction & Discussion
4:00 – 4:30 End of session; networking


Biju Thomas – OneNeck IT Solutions

Biju Thomas is Oracle ACE Director, Oracle Certified Professional and Certified Oracle Database SQL Expert. He is Principal Solutions Architect at OneNeck IT Solutions. Biju has been developing and administering Oracle databases since 1993 and Oracle EBS since 2006. He spends time mentoring DBAs, performance tuning and architecting Oracle solutions. He is a frequent presenter at Oracle conferences and writes articles for Oracle technical journals. He has authored Oracle certification books published by Sybex since Oracle8i, all versions including Oracle Database 12c OCA. Biju blogs at and you can follow him on twitter (@biju_thomas) or Facebook (oraclenotes) for daily Oracle Tidbits.

Do I have to learn new techniques to manage Oracle Database in the Cloud?

Many companies have plans to migrate Oracle databases to the cloud. A cloud database is one that resides on a private, public or hybrid cloud computing infrastructure platform. In a traditional cloud model, the database runs on your company’s infrastructure at your company’s own data center. In the new world, most companies see managing the infrastructure and data center are not worth the effort and money. They see value in OPEX model vs. the traditional CAPEX model. In this session, you will learn about the options you have when you decide to move your database to the cloud, as a service. We will go through IaaS, PaaS and DBaaS models to run Oracle database in the cloud. Alternatively, the organization can opt for managed hosting, another cloud option. In addition to discussing the various cloud hosting options for Oracle Database, the session will cover the DBA responsibilities, connectivity, management tools and database migration options.

Presentation Summary:
–  Cloud Options & DBA role
o   Amazon RDS
o   IaaS Public Cloud
o   Managed Services
o   Oracle DBaaS
–  Tools for the cloud database
–  Backups on the cloud
–  Choosing the right cloud migration option

Oracle Database (& Applications) Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

Cloud opened a wide variety of options for backup and disaster recovery of databases and applications. If you have put away setting up a DR environment due to cost reasons, maybe it is time to reconsider and look into the cloud option. In this session, we review the various options available in the public cloud for backup and recovery and look into how to extend the backups for disaster recovery purposes.

Presentation Summary:
–  Cloud Backup Options
o   Public Cloud – Azure, AWS & Oracle
o   Oracle Database Backup as a Service
o   Long term retention options
–  Backup and Recovery Speeds
–  Security
–  Using Cloud for Disaster Recovery
o   Provisioning and Testing
o   Replication options

John Jay King – King Training Resources

John Jay King is partner in King Training Resources tailoring and conducting training to developers in many industries ( John customizes and presents courses in various topics including Oracle, Java, Blockchain, JavaScript, IoT, Web Services, User Experience (UX), SQL, PL/SQL, APEX, MAF, and ADF. John is an Oracle ACE Director and a member of the Oak Table Network who presents frequently at conferences worldwide including Oracle Open World, JavaOne and Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group. John’s Oracle database and tools background is complemented by experience with many systems including both Oracle and non-Oracle tools. John is known for being among the first to learn new technologies and being able to share that knowledge in a simple and straightforward manner.

Autonomous Database; What Does It Mean For DBAs?

Oracle 18c Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud (ADWC) is designed to remove the need for human interactions when setting up, maintaining, and even tuning the database. So, what’s a DBA to do? You’ve probably been automating your job for years with scripts and other tools and might welcome leaving the mundane detail work behind. ADWC is the forerunner; expect Oracle to “autonomize” more products. However, the need for network and security knowledge in support of cloud services becomes more important each day. The advent of IoT and Big Data mean that data modeling and management skills will be more necessary every year. It’s time to “cloud up” your skill set. Come to this session to learn how to move into the future successfully.