Northern California Oracle Users Group


Admission to our quarterly conferences conference is free for members and $50 for non-members. Online registration and payment is required. Membership renewals and payments are not handled at the conferences.

Upcoming events

    • 09 Feb 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Oracle Conference Center, 350 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065

    Important note: Conference badges will be printed by Oracle Corporation so conference attendees must register both here as well as on the Oracle website for event security. Please click here to register on the Oracle website. If you have any guests, each of them must also register individually on the Oracle website. When registering on the Oracle website please check the box "Are you a NoCOUG member?" to indicate that you are affiliated with NoCOUG.

    NoCOUG 2017 Winter Conference and Cloud Day

    The NoCOUG 2017 Winter Conference and Cloud Day will be held in partnership with Oracle Corporation on Thursday, February 9 at the Oracle conference center in Redwood Shores. In addition to two cloud-focused tracks, there will be a workshop on Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) with distinguished product manager Bryn Llewellyn and a "RAC attack" hands-on RAC installation and configuration lab led by our good friends Terry Sutton and Ian Jones at Database Specialists (now part of TriCore Solutions).


    09:00 a.m. Welcome & Breakfast

    09:30 a.m. Oracle Keynote: Strategy and Vision for the Journey to Cloud, Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President, PaaS & IaaS Business Groups, Oracle

    10:10 a.m. Industry Keynote, R "Ray" Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Constellation Research, Inc

    10:50 a.m. Customer Keynote: "The Shift from Digital Disruption to Digital Enabler" by Hitachi Consulting: Sona Manzo, Vice President, Oracle HCM Practice Hitachi Consulting and Viktor Sahakian Vice President Oracle Solutions Hitachi Consulting.

    Oracle PaaS & IaaS: The Platform for Change (IT)

    11:10 a.m. Track Keynote: Platform for Change

    11:50 a.m. Transforming Data Management in the Cloud

    12:25 p.m. Lunch Hosted by Equinix - Unleash The Power of Equinix: Digital Transformation through Interconnection

    1:20 p.m. Rethink Data Management in the Cloud

    1:55 p.m. Modernize Your Cloud to On-premises Integration

    2:30 p.m. Cloud Security: Now A Reason To Move to the Cloud

    3:05 p.m. Big Data in the Cloud

    3:40 p.m. Storytelling with Oracle Analytics Cloud

    4:15 p.m. Networking Reception

    Oracle Infrastructure: Engineered for Cloud (Hybrid Cloud)

    11:10 a.m. Track Keynote: Creating Your Enterprise Cloud Strategy

    11:50 a.m. Five journeys to the Cloud

    12:25 p.m. Lunch Hosted by Equinix - Unleash The Power of Equinix: Digital Transformation through Interconnection

    1:20 p.m. Bringing the power of the Public Cloud to your Secure Data Center

    1:55 p.m. Journey to the Cloud with Oracle SPARC

    2:30 p.m. New Choices in Optimized Database Infrastructure

    3:05 p.m. Storage Engineered for Cloud

    3:40 p.m. Engineered Data Protection for Oracle Databases: Introducing Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance

    4:15 p.m. Networking Reception

    Online Application Upgrade with Edition-Based Redefinition
    11:10 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

    Large, mission-critical applications built on Oracle Database are often unavailable for tens of hours while the application’s database objects are patched or upgraded. It’s hard to imagine worse performance than this! Oracle Database has a unique capability that allows upgrade scripts to be written so that availability is, quite literally, uninterrupted. The capability is called edition-based redefinition—EBR for short. It was introduced by Version 11.2, and both 12.1 and 12.2 bring significant enhancements.

    The capability depends on three dedicated object types. Code changes are installed in the privacy of a new edition. An editioning view exposes a different projection of a table into each edition to allow each to see just its own columns, allowing data changes to be made safely by writing only to new columns or new tables not seen by the old edition. A cross-edition trigger propagates data changes made by the old edition into the new edition’s columns, and viceversa.

    Existing sessions can therefore continue to use the pre-upgrade application, in the old edition, until their users decide to finish; and, at the same time, new sessions can use the post-upgrade application, in the new edition. When no sessions are any longer using the old edition, it can be retired. The application as a whole therefore enjoys hot rollover from the pre- to the postupgrade version.

    The solutions for other high-availability sub-goals are implemented by the administrators of installed production systems, without the involvement of developers. But it’s developers who implement EBR—both in a one-time readying technical upgrade to the application’s database backend; and then, for each online patch and upgrade. Developers have always been responsible for writing application upgrade scripts. Now they write these in a new way specially to use the EBR approach.

    RAC Attack Hands-on Lab: Oracle RAC on Your Laptop
    11:10 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

    The "RAC Attack" workshop is a hands-on learning lab motivated by the belief that the best way to learn RAC is through lots of hands-on experience. The process is covered from the very beginning to the very end—from the very first installation of the Virtual Hypervisor on your laptop to various experiments on your running cluster database—and everything in between.


    Southbound: Take Highway 101 South (toward San Jose) to the Ralston Ave./Marine World Parkway exit. Take Marine World Parkway east which will loop you back over the freeway. Make a left at the first light onto Oracle Parkway. 350 Oracle Parkway will be on the right.

    Northbound: Take Highway 101 North (toward San Francisco) to the Ralston Ave./Marine World Parkway exit. Take the first exit ramp onto Marine World Parkway. Make a left at the first light onto Oracle Parkway. 350 Oracle Parkway will be on the right.


    The Conference Center has a designated parking lot located directly across from the building. If the lot is filled there is also additional parking in any of the parking garages located near by. No parking permits are needed.

    Bring your camera! There will be a guided tour of the Oracle campus at lunch time. Take your picture in front of the amazing 130-foot high sailboat that won the Americas Cup, marvel at the pastries made by Chef Ian in the coffee shop in Building 300, walk around “Larry Lake” (the old Marine World lagoon), and buy a memento at the Oracle store in Building 500.

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