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By ACEs, For ACEs November 2012

Oracle ACE Spotlight Dan McGhan, Oracle ACEDanMcGhan

Dan McGhan is the Director of Oracle APEX Services at SkillBuilders. He suffers from Compulsive Programming Disorder (CPD) which is believed to be linked to his balding. Having started his development career in the land of MySQL and PHP, he was only too happy to have stumbled upon APEX. Since then, he’s dedicated his programming efforts to learning more about Oracle and web based technologies in general.

Dan is an Oracle Application Express Certified Expert, an Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate, as well as an Oracle ACE. In addition to his "day job", he is one of the top contributors to the APEX forum, maintains his own Oracle and APEX blog at, and is a regular presenter at various events and user group meetings including Oracle Open World and ODTUG's Kscope and APEXposed. His most recent addiction is developing plug-ins for APEX.

When not programming, Dan may be found studying languages other than those used for development, notably Spanish. He recently put his Spanish skills to the test when he presented in Spanish during the inaugural APEX Tour in South America. He’s also been sited at various venues dancing Salsa with his wife, Sonia, and even enjoying an occasional cigar, a time when his wife prefers not to be around.

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In the US, we just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. While the Thanksgiving tradition appears to be uniquely American, and now includes football games and Black Fridays, Thanksgiving is really an evolution of ancient European and Native American harvest festivals intended to give thanks for the bounty of the land and to prepare for the oncoming winter.

Since we are no longer an agrarian society, Thanksgiving today is less about celebrating the harvest and more about simply being grateful for the many bounties we have in our lives. Most important of these is the love and support of family and friends and community around us.

As the year draws to a close, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for your continued dedication and support of the Oracle ACE program. The community we have built together is truly one of a kind and we are proud to work with each and every one of you.

From all of us at the Oracle ACE program office, we extend our best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy Holiday season.

- Vikki Lira & Lillian Buziak

Welcome New Oracle ACEs

Initiated November 2012

Name Location Focus
Michael Abbey Canada DB
Dietmar Aust Germany DB
Gustavo Gonzalez Argentina Apps
Joel Perez Venezuela DB
John Sim United Kingdom WebCenter
Ulrich Gerkmann-Bartels Germany OFM


DOAG DB Conference | May 14, 2013 | Düsseldorf, Germany
Submission Deadline: Jan 25

NZOUG | Mar 18-19, 2013 | Wellington, New Zealand
Submission Deadline: Jan 31

Dutch Oracle Usergroup | Feb 12, 2013 | City TBD, Netherlands
Submission Deadline: TBD

Please RSVP: Oracle ACE Dinner at UKOUG 2012 Conference

If you will be attending UKOUG and would like to join us for the annual Oracle ACE dinner, please see details below and RSVP to ACE Director Debra Lilley ASAP.

Date: Sunday, Dec 2, 2012
Time: 7:45pm
Location: Thai Edge Brindley Place, 7 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace

The UKOUG Conference 2012 is fast approaching so register here if you haven't already done so.

- Over 35 Oracle ACE and ACE Director speakers.
- View the full conference agenda, and create your personalized agenda.
- If you are speaking, download the “I’m Speaking...” image.
- See who else from your network is attending on LinkedIn.

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"The Calmest Man in the World" understands what it takes to keep business systems available

Watch the videos and see how Oracle Database High Availability Solutions provide business continuity that’s expected from your IT environment. To learn more about Oracle High Availability, register now to receive the IOUG High Availability Survey Report and Webcast.

UKOUG Oracle Scene - Call for Submissions

Oracle Scene 2013 deadlines - Got a story that would appeal to fellow Oracle professionals? The 2013 content deadlines have now been published on the UKOUG website. If you would like to see your article in the Spring edition of Oracle Scene, submit your abstract to by January 11th.

 Webcast: How Oracle Came to Rule the Database World

Oracle ACE Director Rich Niemiec, author of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques presents "How Oracle Came to Rule the Database World & How to Tune it to Perfection!" in an IOUG webinar on Dec 17.

Save $$! Register Early for RMOUG 2013

Don't miss out on this year's RMOUG Training Days conference. Advance registration is going on now through Jan 9, 2013.

All Oracle ACE and ACE Directors participating in RMOUG are invited to join us for the annual ACE dinner. Stay tuned for more details.

RMOUG also has volunteer opportunities for anyone interested. Click here for more details.

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If you have the enthusiasm for communicating technical ideas and concepts, have a valuable experience or a technical skill that you're keen to share with readers, you should give serious consideration to authoring a book or becoming a technical reviewer. Please contact for more details

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More Cooks Wanted!

We are still looking for a few more recipes for the ACE cookbook. If you like to cook, then this will be the book for you!. Submit your favorite recipe(s) to be included in a free cookbook that will comprise of recipies from the Oracle ACE community. Contact ACE Director Lewis Cunningham for more details.

Oracle Database 12c Beta Meetup

If you are part of the 12c beta team and will be attending the UKOUG conference, ACE Director Hans Forbrich is interested in meeting up while in Birmingham with other Oracle ACE and ACE Directors to collaborate on the 12c beta. Contact Hans for more details.

Webinar Special: Oracle SQL Performance Tuning for Developers

Oracle ACE Director Dan Hotka is offering seats in his January 8-11 Oracle SQL Performance Tuning for Developers...a web-based course...for $895 per person as a special to the ACE community (regular price is $995). Contact Dan for a course outline and registration details.

New Workshop: Online Self-Paced Oracle BPM 11g Developer Workshop

A newly created Oracle BPM 11g workshop by Oracle ACE Dan Atwood provides over 8 hours of videos and 14 hands-on lessons to prepare students for their first Oracle BPM 11g project. Enter promo code "OACE5335" to receive a special discount for Oracle ACEs.

New Video: Second Annual OpenWorld 2012 Unauthorized BI and Analytics Scoop Session

Oracle ACE Dan Vlamis and brother Tim Vlamis kibbutz on what they saw, heard, (and didn’t hear) at Oracle OpenWorld 2012. Just like last year, this session features Dan and Tim’s light-hearted take on Larry’s big announcements and what it all means for the real world of Oracle BI, big data, and analytics.

  New Video: Oracle EM12c Cloug Control and Optmizing OLTP

Here are two videos from recent presentatations given by ACE Director Kai Yu. 1) Simplifying Applications Deployment in Cloud using Oracle Virtual Assemblies and Oracle EM12c Cloud control and 2) Optimizing OLTP Oracle Database Performance using PCIe SSD

New Article: Fault Handling and Prevention - Part 1

An article written by ACE Directors Guido Schmutz and Ronald van Luttikhuizen provides an introduction to Fault Handling in a service-oriented environment.

New Article : Time for Change - Migrate your Non-RAC Database to RAC

This article recently published in “IOUG Select Journal”, written by Satishbabu Gunukula, Oracle ACE, talks about different conversion methods to Migrate Non-RAC database to RAC, Best Practices, Tips, and Hints.

   Blog Post: What Happens when the NORMAL|IMMEDIATE Mode Doesn't Work?

How does one decide between Shutdown NORMAL|IMMEDIATE|ABORT? ACE Director Syed Jaffar Hussein provides answers in his latest post.

Blog Post: New OFM Posts by ACE Director Lucas Jellema

- The APEX of Business Value… or: the Business Value of APEX? Cloud takes Oracle APEX to new heights!

- Oracle SOA Suite 11g PS 5 introduces BPEL with conditional correlation for aggregation scenarios

- OOW 2012: BPM is this year’s Fusion Middleware star

 Blog Post: ADF Generator for Dynamic ADF BC and ADF UI

This post written by ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis describes solutions to generate complete ADF stack on runtime - from ADF BC to ADF UI. This allows to build flexible systems, based on custom metadata.

  Blog Post: Oracle Spatial on Big Data at IntelliReal

Oracle ACE Brad Brown's“day job” is working with Oracle Spatial on Big Data at IntelliReal, a division of Equifax. Meanwhile, Brad’s continuing to work on InteliVideo, a video training and education monetization platform as his "night job". Read more here.

Blog Post: Total Time and Bits of Time

Join ACE Director Craig Shallahamer as he explores the relationship between "big bar" total time and the time to process a single piece of work; including a new animated tool that can be downloaded.

Blog Post: Test Drive Oracle BI Software

Oracle ACE Dan Vlamis' company, Vlamis Software, and Amazon Web Services have teamed up to offer "test drives" of Oracle BI, BI Publisher and Oracle OLAP with Microsoft Excel as a front end. After filling out a short form, you get complete access to a virtual machine running Oracle software, all for free. Test Drives of many other Oracle software packages are available at the Oracle Test Drive Labs web page. A webcast by Amazon shows how this works.

Blog Post: Are You Prepared for a (Natural) Disaster?

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Oracle ACE Director Eric Helmer reminds us to rethink our Oracle EPM Hyperion Disaster recovery strategy.   

Blog Post: Promoting Composite Services TEST environments with PROD (in Spanish)

A situation that is always key in the control and governance development is done around services. It's the promotion between environment and atmosphere. Oracle ACE Rolando Carrasco talks about Promotion of Services from Test environments to Production enviroments in his latest post.

Blog Post: How to Create Virtual Directory in Weblogic Server
 In his latest post, Oracle ACE Zeeshan Baig provides step by step instructions for creating a virtual directory in Weblogic Server.

Blog Post: Heros of Java Series Continues with...

Angelika Langer, an independent instructor, coach, and author on C++ and Java. This is ACE Director Markus Eisele's 20th guest of the Heroes of Java series.

Markus shares several other interesting posts including:

- A review on "Java EE 6 Cookbook for Securing, Tuning, and Extending Enterprise Applications" by Mick Knutson
- Java Temporary Caching API - Test-driving the Early Draft Review RI
- Polyglot Persistence: EclipseLink with MongoDB and Derby
- Devoxx 2012 Trip Report - clouds and sunshine
- Java Specification Requests in Numbers

Blog Post: Integrating BI Publisher with Enterprise Manager

This post written by Oracle ACE Rob Zoeteweij describes the installation and integration of BI Publisher with Enterprise Manager and it is really as easy as 1,2,3…

Blog Post: Oracle Trusted Partitions - Initial Analysis

This is a promising new type of licensing for Oracle's Engineered Systems running Oracle VM. ACE Director Simon Haslam hadn't heard of them before so he wrote up his investigations here.

 Blog Post: Inaugural Release of BITeamwork for Oracle BI 11g

BITeamwork is the social enterprise and collaboration plug-in for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g. BITeamwork allows users to manage dashboard comments. Co-developed by Oracle ACE Christian Screen, It also integrates with Salesforce Chatter and Yammer. More information can be found here.

 Blog Post: MySQL Marinate!

This is a new virtual self-study group for anyone interested in learning the basics of MySQL or refreshing their MySQL skills. Founded by ACE Director Sheeri Cabrral, the course will cover 12 classes beginning Jan 1, 2013. But if you can't wait, you can get started now. Get more information here.

 Blog Post: common_schema 1.2 is Released!

The 1.2 version comes shortly after 1.1, yet it contains quite a few interesting goodies: with new security, partition and process management views and routines, and QueryScript goodies. Oracle ACE Schlomi Noach tells all in his blog post.

 Blog Post: Review of the Oracle European HCM Summit - Paris

Find out what Oracle ACE Tim Warners thoughts are on the Oracle European HCM Summit he attended a few weeks ago.

New Book : Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Handbook 3/E written by ACE Directors Ben Prusinski and Gustavo Gonzalez and Oracle ACE Mohan Dutt is now available.

New Book : Real World Java EE Patterns written by ACE Director Adam Bien is available on kindle for free lending.

New Book : Java EE Development with Eclipse written by Oracle ACE Deepak Vohra will be available mid-Dec. Pre-order now.

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Architect Corner

Configuring Oracle Business Intelligence 11g MDS XML Source Control Management with Git Version Control

Oracle ACE Christian Screen developed this tutorial for those interested in learning how to configure the Oracle Business Intelligence 11g ( metadata repository for development using the new MDS XML source control management functionality.

Understanding Parallel Execution

In this extensive two-part article Oracle ACE Director Randolf Geist shows you how to get maximum performance out of the Parallel Execution features in Oracle Database Enterprise Edition.

Podcast: Are You Future Proof?

Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra, Basheer Khan, and Ronald van Luttikhuizen discuss why your IT and software development skills may not be enough to carry you into the future, and what you can do to avoid becoming the career equivalent of an 8-track tape.

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