Saturday, 16 April 2016

The next ride.. 

This spring I am lucky to speak at : (18+19May) (25-26May) (3-4June)

I hope to learn a lot again: I always get a lot of good info out of those conferences.

But another reason to do this is of course: to ride the motorcycle...

(why doesnt google maps provide a motorcycle icon.. they know enough about me to server up adverts...)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

SIOUG and HROUG both at 20th Edition

Next week I will try to ride by (and speak at) SIOUG and HROUG conferences.
Both events are at their 20th Edition, so extra-celebrations.



Also, many other Oracle friends seem to have discovered this corner of the world.

Travel plan is approximately.. (I will try to include some nice mountain roads.... )

Monday, 11 May 2015

SROUG and BGOUG, by motorcycle, of course....


Next months I plan to visit (and speak, to justify the trip) at SrOUG and BgOUG.

The links to the usergroups are here:

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27-29 May, Zlatibor


12-14 June, Plovdiv.

The intended route is here on googlemaps.

On this trip, I will try to take more time to see things and talk to people (and taste coffee and local food). I also need some time to work remotely for a customer.

But I cannot wait...

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Riding to SIOUG and HROUG

Usergroups are the lifeblood of a good community. And I like to help a little, but visiting or speaking if I can.

Hence I will be speaking at and usergroup conferences together with some some old friends and lots in interesting new people that I look forward to meeting.

Check the links to the conferences here. SIOUG is in Lubljana, the lovely capital of Slovenia:

And HROUG is in Rovinj, on the Adriatic coast:

This trip will not be as long as expedition I did last summer, visiting 3 conferences, doing 12000km including some classic mountain passes. But I still look forward to riding a lot of interesting roads on
the motorcycle.

The previous trip was a Great Success.  So let's do it again.

Here is the approximate route-plan for the coming weeks:

the route.. click to enlarge

If anyone who lives along the route wants a quick consulting visit or simply has good coffee, drop me a note. I always like to stop by hospitable folks (and I may need to dry some clothes if the weather isn't cooperating)

In case of moderate weather, I will have to use the toll-roads and tunnels like everybody else, but if the weather is good, I will search out some real motorcycle roads !

Best thing I ever did: re-start my motorcycle-life after so many years!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Simple, just go.

Despite an interesting migration project coming up, here is my travel plan for the summer... 

Ferry tickets Talinn-Helsinki-Talinn are booked, I guess I'm committed. 
No airplanes for me this time: plain two wheels (more simple? maybe).

At least one customer is gently asking to stay in touch by providing a laptop and/or remote facility.
Any tips for finding good Wifi on the trip ?

I'l put up some more details when I have them, and the more personal, non-Oracle stuff probably goes the pdvsecondblog where I tend to put my bike-pictures (yep,  new hobby)... 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

DOAG 2013 was Very Good - Danke Schön !

Back from DOAG2013 and I can say it was One of the Best Conference Ever.

The organisation is near perfect, the venue is very suitable, DOAG has free public transport arranged. And there is good food all day long. (Good, Tasty, and free!). And the Mercator Lounge provided Exellent Coffee too.

Needless to say the content of the presentation was Excellent (and I've learned a bit more Deutsch as well). And I met up with  many old + lots of new friends.  (could insert long list of names, facebooks, blogs, and twitters...)

Learned a lot of useful stuff and also many hig-tech items. And Still need to investigate a lot of the notes I made. (I suppose there is a download option for ppts as well.. I want to re-read some).

If there is anything to remark, maybe two small things:
1. Tip: Gently nudge the audiences to fill in pieces of paper with remarks (ask UKOUG!). That way the speakers get comments from those who dont want to talk directly. And both the organizer and the speaker  Learn a bit extra. Some surprising feedback I've had too (possibly a blogpost someday)
2. Wifi... It didnt work for my laptop most of the time (slow, bloated, corporate box, so maybe "duh"), but also worked only half the time on the Nexus7. We all know WLan is difficult in public venues, but still.
Oh and: the time+again ticking of a box and clicking a button is .... childish and annoying.
(but most venues do it, probably for legal reasons...).

Please dont take these two points negative, because the total Conference was GREAT.
Please give me the excuse to visit again: Just accept one of my silly abstracts, put me in some graveyard timeslot and I'm a happy bunny.

Danke Schön !

Thursday, 24 May 2012


Je dois remercier chaleureusement les marocains qui ont assiste au seminaire sur la haute disponibility des systems. Vous etiez des participant tres sympathique. Shoukran!

But I am going to lazyly, and safely, write the rest of this in english.

I am sure you all got the main messages about how "Simplicity" is your friend, and how you should avoid needless complexity - no matter what the salesperson tells your boss.

And after a brief chat with the folks from Omnidata I have one more piece of advice for you: Start a Usergroup.

Between the audience we had today, I think you have enough knowledge and experience to do some Interesting Exchanges. Why not start with some informal luch or dinner meetings and see which topics come up. And you can start giving presentations amongst yourselves.

You dont always need to fly-in some flashy-trendy foreign "consultant" to give you the lowdown. You can also chat amoung eachother in french, or any language you prefer (Frenglish when you mix in the IT jargon). 

A usergroup is good for knowlege exchange, and it is also great for networking. And you may find more sponsors then  you think. I think  Omnidata is interested already. And Oracle will probably want to participate as well.

If you need help, I'm sure the UKOUG or OUGF can offer you more relevant advice then I can type here. Feel free to contact Debra Lilley or Heli Helskyaho for all you need to know about running a usergroup.

It would be nice to find that next year you have a OUG going. I look forward to visiting the MOUG (Moroccan Oracle User Group) or GMUO (Groupe Maroccain d'Utilisateurs Oracle). Or even NAfOUG (North African Oracle User Group).
Disclaimer: I have no idea whether those sounds mean anything in your local languages, but I trust you to pick a name that doesnt sound like a Q in french.

Good Luck!

And one more Thanks for making me practice my business-French.
Like I told some of you, my wife and my 2 teenage kids are my main french teachers and I realize my french may sound a little youthly with a large anglophone influence and a dutch accent.
But I believe the main messages got across.