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Oracle 12cR2 - the next release, cloud only?

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We are all waiting for database release 12.2 - but you won't get it on your own hardware.

Standard Edition release 12.1.0.2: licensing...

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Standard Edition release 12.1.0.2 is now available. Download it from the usual locations. But along with the great news, comes some news that is not so great: the licensing model has changed.

CTOUG re-launch meeting

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I was at the Connecticut Oracle User Group re-launch meeting last week, talking about some of the 12c new features that I specially like: those related to what I call "the self-learning database".

Tools to Administer, Monitor and Tune the Oracle Database.

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I just posted a complete integrated set of tools to manage, monitor and tune the Oracle database.

It is free, no registration or email is required. I will just appreciate any kind of feedback to make it better.

The package comprises the following topics:

Objects
This section allows you to view and maintain virtually all database objects, including partitioned tables and materialized views. It also includes a function to view inter-dependency between objects.

Announcing my upcoming Book on Advanced Oracle PL/SQL Concepts (1Z0-146 Preparation handbook)

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Hello,

It gives me great pleasure and honour to announce my upcoming book Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Professional Guide with Pact Publishers. The book 'Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Professional Guide' is focussed on the preparation of OCP (1Z0-146) examination. The book doesn't restricts its scope to the examination but aims to strengthen the advanced concepts in Oracle 11g PL/SQL.

Oracle Licensing: Part 1 License Metric

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Information about Oracle licensing is not abundantly available. Most of us might not be familiar with Oracle licensing. This article provides information about Oracle Licensing Rules and Definitions. This is Part 1 – License Metric (Oracle Technology). Please look at the disclaimer and agree before reading.

You can choose between a license based on a ‘User’ or based on server-specifications which is ’Processor’. A user-based license is called Named User Plus. So, two common license metrics are Named User Plus and Processor. I will explain a little more about the definitions.

BlueCoreResearch gives a DAM

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Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) is a new emerging and challenging market bordering both databases and security. The biggest problem in this market is the lack of tools able to provide what is so obviously needed. Blue Core Research aims to fill this gap and provide the products and technologies that can adequately audit your databases.

Compliance is about mitigating risks. Some of the risks you are likely to have in your organization are:

Oracle Online Jobs and Career Guide

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Hello, I recently put this list together as a resource for people looking for jobs within the Oracle space. It contains the top job boards, recruiters, LinkedIn groups, Twitter lists etc.

Please have a look at it and let me know what you think of it!

http://www.theundercoverrecruiter.com/content/oracle-online-career-guide

Blog site testing.

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Just testing things a bit. Sorry if you got spammed with this bog entry. I am posting at both OraFAQ and Oracle forums to try out the two interfaces for blog entries. Also trying blogspot.com and Google Sites.

If you have tried out the blogging and have a preference for one vs another, please let me know.

Oracle layoffs

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According to the Enterprise System Spectator's website Oracle is busy laying off a large number of employees. According to the article, 8000 people or 10-15% of the company's workforce will lose their jobs today. Apparently similar layoffs are happening at SAP, Infor and possibly several other companies.

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