First things first: It was a great event!
Many thanks to the DOAG staff for offering and organizing it, great job!
Top-Notch speakers and Oracle Celebrities with so many great presentations that I really felt sorry to be unable to clone myself in order to attend multiple sessions in parallel :-)
Let me mention just a few that I attended:
There was Graham Wood with his talk DB Time-based Oracle Performance Tuning: Theory and Practice
Another very interesting presentation was Kyle Hayley‘s about Instant DB Cloning
One goodie here: Check out clonedb with MOS Note 1210656.1 or this article http://www.oracle-base.com/articles/11g/clonedb-11gr2.php
It went on with Larry Carpenter talking about Best Practices for Data Availability and Disaster Protection
On we went with Julian Dontcheff’s Upgrading to Oracle 12c
I was really pleased to meet him in person for the first time since we have had some contact over social media before – that’s one of the best things about these conferences :-)
One highlight was the option to do upgrade to 12c (not just recompile!) in parallel.
Then came Joel Goodman with his presentation about RAC Global Resource Management Concepts
Mark Scardina then almost convinced me that it may indeed be useful do create Server Pools with his talk Why and How You Should Be Using Policy-Managed Oracle RAC Databases
Especially, you can control the start order and priority of services when servers get scarce (after a crash, e.g.)
My own presentation about Materialized Views & Partition Change Tracking almost filled room 2 and got strong applause, so I consider it a success :-)
Key point is here
Very instructive talk followed by Mike Dietrich about Working with Multitenant Databases in Practice
You can download the slides from his blog. One highlight: In 12c, you have Full Transportable Export/Import which is a combination of Transportable Tablespaces and full export – very cool!
We saw a great presentation also by Kai Yu about Achieving Availability and Scalability with Oracle 12c Flex Clusters
and I was glad to meet him in person there! One key point: Flex Clusters need Flex ASM, but Flex ASM can also be used by Standard Clusters
Markus Michalewicz did a great job with his presentation about RAC 12c Best Practices – if I should recommend only one talk, this would probably be it.
One out of many key points was the recommendation to install Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a Cluster for any deployment; may it be a Single Instance Database or an Oracle RAC Database.
Then I went to Frank Schneede to hear about 12c New Features for Data Warehousing
Very good – as usual – was also Christian Antognini with Query Optimizer 12c New Features
A DOAG highlight was also the Data Guard Expert Panel – felt honored about the invite to join it together with a legend like Larry Carpenter :-)
All in all a great conference! Looking forward to DOAG 2014 already :-)