ORACLENERD’s (a.k.a. Chet Justice) Take on Kscope12′s Database Track

chet Justice.pngGuest Blogger: Chet Justice

I will be your host today. My name is Chet Justice, also known as ORACLENERD (note the all caps, I’m particular). You can find my musings on my blogTwitterLinkedIn, or Google (even better,UNTAPPD).
In 2010, I was asked to join the Kscope Database Committee by the track lead, Lewis Cunningham. I also got to put together the Kscope Sunday Symposium; Tools. Tools. Tools. Guess what it was about? That was a great experience. It was a lot of work getting all those people to speak, but it was well worth it.

Around that time, Cary Millsap shared with me a great presentation by Dominic Delmolino. The essence of this presentation was related to DevOps. If you don’t know what DevOps is, I’ll save you some time:

In computing, “DevOps” is an emerging set of principles, methods and practices for communication, collaboration and integration between software development(application/software engineering) and IT operations (systems administration/infrastructure) professionals.[1] It has developed in response to the emerging understanding of the interdependence and importance of both the development and operations disciplines in meeting an organization’s goal of rapidly producing software products and services.[2][3][4][5][6]

This is a concept I had been talking about (arguing?) for years…I didn’t know it had a name. I was hooked. Let’s be clear, I’m not a fan of the movement, I am a fan of the principles behind it. Mr. Cunningham had to reel me back in; after all, this was a Tools conference.

Back to this year. I was asked to lead the Kscope12 (June 24-28 in San Antonio, TX) Database track. Known for my…humor, I wasn’t the first choice as ODTUG people are incredibly serious. No one else would take the job though so they were stuck with me. OK, I jest…

As the Database Committee lead, guess what one of my goals is? Get DevOps, or just devops, into the stream. While Operations was the official sub-track, our committee reached out to people in the community to help support the devops theme, and that they did.

With moral support from Jonathan Lewis and Tom Kyte (who may both provide more assistance at the actual event) we got some very cool devops-themed presentations including:

  • Ron Crisco of Method R – Data Design for Developers: An Agile Approach
  • Dominic Delmolino – From Administration to Collaboration, Transforming DBAs Through the Concept of DevOps
  • Susan Duncan of Oracle – Continuous Integration: Put It at the Heart of Your Development
  • Bryn Llewellyn of Oracle – Oracle E-Business Suite’s Use of Edition-based Redefinition for Online Patching
  • Martin Buechi of Avaloq – Tools & Processes for Efficient Development of High Quality PL/SQL in a Large Environment
  • Cary Millsap of Method R – Instrumentation: Why You Should Care

The Database Sunday Symposium, led by Kris Rice of Oracle, will have a DevOps theme as well. Very cool stuff.

Are you looking for a point to this article? Kscope is an excellent event. Make plans to attend—now and volunteer with ODTUG. You’ll get to rub elbows with some of the best and the brightest in the Oracle community.

You know what to do now…go register for Kscope12. I might buy you a beer.

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