Speaking at the UKOUG Tech 2013

Some months ago I submitted 3 abstracts for the UKOUG Tech 2013 that will take place in Manchester, UK from December 2 to December 4, 2013:

  1. One to present some examples usage of R with the Oracle Database.
  2. One to present in a live demo my exadata utility.
  3. One to present in a live demo my asmiostat utility.

I have been also a volunteer to participate in judging. During the judging I saw ton of quality submissions, some of them made by famous people. Then after the judging I was prepared to get my abstracts rejected and so to stay home.

Last week, I had the honor to get one of my abstract accepted (The R one) and the 2 others in the reserve list.

So, I am very surprised, honored and happy to be speaking at UKOUG Tech 2013.


  • Surprised as I was prepared to stay home.
  • Honored as the UKOUG is a great event (I have heard only good comments about this event).
  • Happy as I will be able to share my work and last but not least I’ll learn a lot from all the person that will be there.

Finally, this will be my first presentation and that’s a little bit scary 😉

Hope to see you there !


Book Review: Oracle Data Guard 11gR2 Administration Beginner’s Guide

As you know Oracle Data Guard provides high availability, data protection, and disaster recovery. It provides a comprehensive set of services that create, maintain, manage, and monitor one or more standby databases.

If you begin working with Data Guard and you want to learn quickly, I would like to mention a book around this area that I just finished to review:

Oracle Data Guard 11gR2 Administration Beginner’s Guide

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This book has been written by Emre Baransel and Nassyam Basha.

From my point of view this is a very good book to start around this subject. It is easy to read and provides also useful real-word practices and issues.

Book Contents:

Preface Chapter

1: Getting Started Chapter

2: Configuring the Oracle Data Guard Physical Standby Database Chapter

3: Configuring Oracle Data Guard Logical Standby Database Chapter

4: Oracle Data Guard Broker Chapter

5: Data Guard Protection Modes Chapter

6: Data Guard Role Transitions Chapter

7: Active Data Guard, Snapshot Standby, and Advanced Techniques Chapter

8: Integrating Data Guard with the Complete Oracle Environment Chapter

9: Data Guard Configuration Patching Chapter

10: Common Data Guard Issues Chapter

11: Data Guard Best Practices Pop Quiz Answers

You can find some sample chapters here or the whole book here.