DOUG Dallas Oracle Users Group Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:33:11 -0600 en-US hourly 1 123691529 DATABASE FORUM: Back-to-Back Sessions with Jim Czuprynski (11/21) Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:29:16 +0000 Please join us at the DOUG (DALLAS ORACLE USERS GROUP) Oracle Database Forum meeting on Thursday November 21, 2019 from 5 – 7:15 pm.  

Presentation Overview 

“Autonomous Transaction Processing (ATP): In Heavy Traffic, Why Drive Stick?” 
“Vote Early, Vote Often: From Napkin to Canvassing Application in a Single Weekend” (this presentation is about Apex), presented by Jim Czuprynski, Senior Enterprise Data Architect, Viscosity North America.

Refreshments sponsored by (TBD).

To RSVP for this meeting, register below.

Please contact if your plans change, so we can order the right amount of food.  


Texas state government facility (education-related) 
Pecan Room
904 Abrams Road 
Richardson, Texas 75081

Speaker Bio 

Jim Czuprynski has nearly four decades of professional experience in his career in information technology, serving diverse roles at several Fortune 1000 companies before becoming an Oracle DBA in 2001. He was awarded the status of Oracle ACE Director in March 2014 and is a sought-after public speaker on Oracle Database technology features, presenting often at Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG COLLABORATE, ODTUG Kaleidoscope, Hotsos Symposium, Oracle Development Community tours, and Oracle User Group conferences around the world.

Jim has authored over 100 articles focused on facets of Oracle Database administration to his credit since 2003 at and IOUG SELECT. He has also co-authored four books on Oracle database technology. Jim’s blog, Generally … It Depends (, contains his regular observations on all things Oracle and the state of the IT industry. He is currently the Senior Enterprise Data Architect for Viscosity North America.

Mary Elizabeth McNeely / Dennise Wagner
DOUG Oracle Database Forum Chair / Co-Chair
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VIDEO: Kerry Osborne’s Keynote on How to Stay Relevant Thu, 17 Oct 2019 01:57:23 +0000 From DOUG Training Day 2019, Kerry Osborne delivers the keynote address on How to Stay Relevant. Posting the full video of Kerry’s session and related slides by popular demand.

Related Slides:

DATABASE FORUM: Serving Up REST from Oracle Data (10/24) Thu, 17 Oct 2019 01:24:52 +0000 Please join us at the DOUG (DALLAS ORACLE USERS GROUP) Oracle Database Forum meeting on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5 – 7:15 pm.

Presentation Overview
“Serving Up REST from Oracle data,” presented by Doug Gault, Consulting Member of Technical Staff – Oracle Application Express, Oracle America, Inc.

Please contact if your plans change, so we can order the right amount of food.


University of Dallas, Gorman Lecture Center, Room B, 1845 East Northgate Drive, Irving, Texas. For directions to the campus, see For a campus map, see (A good starting place would be to park near the bell tower.)

Presentation Detail

  • Provide an overview of REST and what it is
  • Show different ways to create and serve ORDS RESTful services out of Oracle
    • REST Enabled Objects
    • Developing a REST service from scratch
  • Discuss different tools that can help you do this.
    • ORDS Base level APIs
    • APEX
Thanks for Making the 2019 DOUG Training Day a Success Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:09:23 +0000 Over 100 attendees came out and enjoyed a full day of Oracle sessions at the Grapevine Convention Center. Thanks to our attendees, sponsors, staff, and speakers who made our event a success.

UPDATE: We just set up a section where active members can view videos or access slides from DOUG Training Day at .

Thanks for the sponsors who came out early and stayed late. All of them contributed for us to hold the event. Some of them helped with the sessions themselves and all of them are enthusiastic supporters of the Oracle user group ecosystem.

Thanks for our speakers who came in from around the world. Ricardo Gonzalez came in from Japan. Markus Michalewicz (seen here) came in from the Bay Area and was en route to other conferences in Europe. Susan Behn is at the beginning of a 18,000 mile October and many of our speakers will be presenting in Raleigh at the end of October.

Thanks for the prizes that we were able to give away.

Thanks go out to our volunteers who made sure that everyone was able to get checked in. They also ensured that everything stayed track and on schedule.

And thanks go out to our attendees and our active members. Everything that we do begins and ends with our membership. The Dallas Oracle Users Group is about our community coming together to share ideas and best practices. DOUG Training Day is the culmination of that but it exists at forum meetings and social mixers throughout the year.

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Running Out of Time for DOUG Training Day – Check Your Membership Status and Renew Today! Tue, 01 Oct 2019 01:00:14 +0000

Login below and renew your membership in the Dallas Oracle Users Group.  All memberships are good for one year. 

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Once logged in, you will see your name, email, and company info.  There will also be tabbed links at the top.  Click on the one for Memberships and you will see your most recent membership transaction.  From here, you can click update to Renew.

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Plans and Pricing

Three options for the Oracle developer / admin community.

Corporate (5 Seats)

  • Show that your company supports the DFW Oracle user community
  • Provide five employees access to a number of forums that meet monthly or quarterly
  • Five named accounts have access for two social mixers each year
  • Membership in the DOUG LinkedIn Group
  • Discounts on local training (subject to vendor offerings)

Corporate (10 Seats)

  • Show that your company supports the DFW Oracle user community
  • Provide ten employees access to a number of forums that meet monthly or quarterly
  • Ten named accounts have access for two social mixers each year
  • Membership in the DOUG LinkedIn Group
  • Discounts on local training (subject to vendor offerings)

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of memberships can I get?

Individual for $70/year ($25/year for full time students with copy of student ID). Corporate five-seat for $350/year or corporate ten-seat for $700/year. While corporate memberships do not offer cost savings over an equivalent number of individual memberships, they do offer convenience and prestige – convenience because you can change which employees occupy the membership seats as needed, and prestige because DOUG will place your logo on the DOUG web site.

How does the membership calendar renewal cycle work?

Your membership will expire one calendar year from the date it was purchased, regardless of purchase date. (If you remember membership running only on a January-December cycle, you aren’t imagining things – it worked that way until 2007.)

Is my membership current?

If you are uncertain if your membership has expired and want to attend a members-only event, the best place to check is through the DOUG website.  If you can’t log in or there is a problem with your membership details, you can email the DOUG administrator at and ask about your status. 

How do I know when it’s time to renew? How do I renew?

Current members will receive an email with a link to renew online via credit card approximately 30 days prior to their membership expiration date.  Six (6) subsequent reminder emails will be sent, then it will be assumed that the member does not plan to renew, and the member will move to “Former member” status.  We are aware that more and more often these type of renewal notices might end up in Spam folders.  So, we are reaching out in various other ways as well.

I don't know if my company is current but I want to go to DOUG Training Day. What can I do?

Drop us a line below or email us at and we’ll work with you.  DOUG Training Day is a great event and we don’t want anyone to miss out because of a technicality.

Don't Be Shy

If we didn’t answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.

What’s a DOUG Training Day without Cool Tech Prizes? Mon, 30 Sep 2019 14:00:20 +0000 Instead of just giving away a TV like we normally do, what if we gave away a TV studio? Even better, what if we gave away a TV studio that fits in a small bag and can be controlled from your phone.

Leading off our prizes is the Mevo Camera with Tripod. DOUG is starting to use this for capturing lectures on video and they are awesome. It’s like having your own portable multi-camera studio.

A flier with specs is below and we’ll be showing off what these things can do at DOUG Training Day.

DOUG Training Day Updates – Several New Speakers Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:50:25 +0000 We have added two great new speakers to the lineup for DOUG Training Day.

At 1:30pm in Concord I, we have Alex Zaballa presenting Moving Your Oracle Databases to the Cloud – Exploring All the Options. Alex is an Oracle Ace and presented recently at OpenWorld 2019.

At 2:45pm in Concord I, we have a very special treat – the World Premiere of Nitin Vengurlekar’s presentation – Virtualization Essentials & Best Practices for DBAs: How to Talk to Your VMware Guy. In light of Oracle’s newly announced VMWare support, this is topical and should be an engaging discussion.

At 10:30am in Chancellor, Clay Jackson from Quest will be discussing the future of the DBA in the era of Oracle’s Autonomous Database.

Also, Naren Thota will not be able to attend DOUG Training Day. However, he is sending Andrew Preston in his place. Andrew is also with Infosemantics and will be speaking on the Oracle Analytics Cloud in Champanel at 4pm. What does it mean to Oracle’s other established BI products? Attend Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) – Is it the beginning of the end of Oracle BIFF and OBIA? and find out.

LATE UPDATE: Tim Fox from Infolob will be presenting at 4pm in the Chancellor room. He’ll be sharing with us – What’s New in Exadata.

DOUG Membership + Training Day = An Amazing Value Mon, 23 Sep 2019 01:08:35 +0000 Next to newly announced Oracle Free Cloud tier, DOUG membership is the one of the best values in the Oracle ecosystem. And DOUG Training Day on October 2nd is one of the biggest benefits that your corporate membership entails.  

For the price of just one registration at another user conference ($280), you could pay for 4 seats at DOUG Training Day.  Plus, your membership includes tickets to the Spring mixer at Blue Mesa in March. You help support us put on dozens of Oracle meetings throughout the year, have a shot on some of those great DOUG prizes, and you’ll have access to some exclusive new video seminars.

How Do We Do This?

DOUG is volunteer-led and volunteer-run. We run with very low administrative overhead, so we can put the money where it belongs – focused on our membership.

How Can I Help?

Want to Join: If you are new and want to join, go to our new member section at

Want to Renew: If you are unsure of your status, you can click here for the renewals link to check your status and renew – if needed. All memberships are good for one year and expire after that time.

Want to Get Involved: Of course, we are always looking for volunteers to help us with DOUG Training Day, the social mixers, the various monthly meetings, and lots of back-end help with the website and accounting. It’s a great way to meet people and get involved with the Oracle community. Drop us a line at

DOUG Training Day: Bringing the Best of Oracle OpenWorld to DFW Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:47:13 +0000 Do you love Oracle OpenWorld but hate to travel? Or maybe, you weren’t able to swing the $4000 dollars to fly out and attend for the week.

Back in Dallas, the Dallas Oracle Users Group (DOUG) is gearing up for our own taste of OpenWorld. We are counting down the days to our DOUG Training Day on Wednesday, October 2nd – hosting a full day of Oracle content at the Grapevine Convention Center.

This year will be our most ambitious yet – with two dozen sessions by OpenWorld presenters like Blaine Carter, Cary Millsap, Kerry Osborne, and Markus Michalewicz. We are also organizing content for three different tracks. There will be something for any of your Oracle people – whether they follow the database forums, EBS, or the cloud. We also have a dedicated track for APEX development and several executive level sessions. The current full interactive schedule is here at

We hope that you will be able to attend DOUG Training Day. It has become an important perk of DOUG membership. And your active DOUG memberships support our organizational efforts throughout the year.

In addition to Training Day, you will be helping DOUG bring two dozen meetings a year with our database, E-Business Suite, and professional development forums.  We also have a Social Mixer with food, drinks, and networking set for Blue Mesa in March.  And that all comes from your active annual membership.

If you have questions, you can reach out to us at or at

DOUG Training Day Adds Jackie McIlvoy Thu, 12 Sep 2019 22:32:55 +0000 APEX fans in Dallas will need no introduction to Jackie McIlvoy. Over the past 13 years, Jackie has been an enthusiastic evangelist for Application Express, an active Oracle ACE in the APEX community, and a key product developer behind APEX Office Print. So, we are very excited to announce that Jackie will be speaking on October 2nd at DOUG Training Day.

Jackie enjoys mentoring new APEX developers and helping people create awesome APEX applications. She maintains an APEX-related blog ( and is co-organizer of the Dallas/Fort Worth Oracle APEX Meetup group.

Jackie will be delivering two sessions. First, she’ll be delivering a fun introduction to hands-on Application Express at 9am in Concord III. Then, at 2:45pm, she’ll be giving the APEX devotees a tech talk on Dynamic Actions.

Keep an eye open for continuing updates by watching for the #DougTD hashtag on Twitter or following our @TrainingDoug channel.