IOUG E-Brief: Oracle Enterprise Manager News for the Oracle User Community

IOUG E-Brief:
Oracle Enterprise Manager
News for the Oracle User Community


September 10, 2014


Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Wins 2 DBTA Readers’ Choice Awards
Organizing Your Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Targets
Oracle Enterprise Manager Sessions at Oracle Open World 2014

Resources are Available from the Enterprise Manager SIG at Oracle OpenWorld and Online

User Forum - Sunday, September 28, 2014
IOUG Sessions Not to be Missed on User Group Sunday
Visit the IOUG Kiosk in the User Group Pavilion


IOUG Oracle EM SIG Techcast: Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c - How to Achieve Heights of Success


Welcome to The IOUG Oracle Enterprise Manager Newsletter, an information resource prepared by Database Trends and Applications Magazine and published in cooperation with the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). To subscribe, click here.

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Oracle Enterprise Manager 12Wins 2 DBTA Readers’ Choice Awards

In the first annual 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards, Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) magazine announced that Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c has won two awards for "Best Database Administration Solution" and "Best Database Performance Solution."

More than 22,000 votes were cast across 31 different database categories, from Best Relational Database to Best Database Appliance, DBTA called the contest a tight race and was "often neck and neck" between nominees.

"Oracle has a longstanding commitment to superior manageability for our products. Oracle Enterprise Manager's continued success and innovations in providing the leading solution for managing Oracle Database is a prime example of this commitment. These awards are a further testament to the importance customers place on Oracle Enterprise Manager," says Moe Fardoost, Senior Director, Product Marketing for Oracle Enterprise Manager.

You can see the complete list of winners here: Database Trends and Applications magazine—2014 Readers’ Choice Awards

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Organizing Your Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Targets

As with every good administrator, either in life or in the data center, being organized is the surefire way to get ahead of the game. Organizing IT resources, whether it’s servers, databases, or applications, is a "must" in order to create a sound and stable environment. One way to do this is to use Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to discover, configure, track, and group IT targets in a logical way. Learn how by reading this blog written by Oracle Enterprise Manager expert and product manager Courtney Llamas. Read More.

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Oracle Enterprise Manager Sessions at Oracle Open World 2014

There are many Oracle OpenWorld sessions with special focus on Oracle Enterprise Manager. To access the master list of Oracle Enterprise Manager sessions, go here.

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Resources are Available from the Enterprise Manager SIG at Oracle OpenWorld and Online
By Kim Floss, Oracle Enterprise Manager Co-SIG Lead

Oracle OpenWorld is right around the corner, and for those attending, the opportunity for education is almost endless. Whether you are seeking information on Enterprise Manager, Database 12c new features, high availability, or anything else, there is sure to be a session at OpenWorld on your topic. Be sure to stop by the IOUG kiosk in location at the User Group Pavilion in Moscone South - South Lobby to enter to win books from Apress or a free registration to COLLABORATE 15. In addition, it’s a great place for networking – to make new friends and catch up with current ones – with common interests. And be sure and join us for the Enterprise Manager Special Interest Group meeting – date and time TBD – be sure to check the online agenda. We’d love to meet you in person, and hear your feedback.

But, not everyone can make the trek to San Francisco with thousands of their closest friends for education. Lucky for us, there is plenty of education available right from your own desk at work, or at home. Whether it’s attending an IOUG webinar, or reading a technical white paper on a topic, there are plenty of sources of information. We are hosting a webinar on obtaining heights of success using Enterprise Manager and a replay will be available this week. In June, we also presented a webinar on the new features for Enterprise Manager 12c – a replay is available here in case you missed it. In 1-hour chunks, the archived webinars are a great way to keep current on the information even if you can’t attend the webinar at the planned time. Since the IOUG attracts members from across the globe, it’s hard to find webinar times that work for everyone. Watch the archived webinars from the comfort of your own home (or office) whenever you want. As well, see above for a great article on organizing your Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c targets.

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User Forum - Sunday, September 28, 2014

As part of Sunday's Oracle Users Forum at Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG's content-rich program of 40+ presentations will engage attendees with real-world experiences on trending topics, including:
  • Database 12c
  • Big Data
  • BI Warehousing/Analytics
  • Cloud Computing & Virtualization
  • Engineered Systems
  • Middleware
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Performance
  • WebCenter
  • Storage
  • Strategic Leadership
IOUG's Sunday program will take place in Moscone South - 3rd floor. Click here to download a printable schedule of IOUG's program.  

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IOUG Sessions Not to be Missed on User Group Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Automation: Redefining Oracle Lifecycle Management
George O'Toole, EMC
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Strategic Leadership Series Panel: Leadership and the Evolution of Information Technology
Moderator: Maria Anderson, Encana
Panelists: John Matelski, DeKalb County Government; Rich Niemiec, ROLTA; Patrick Kys, Americas at Lafarge

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Using OEM for Monitoring
Chester Szatkowski, Datavail

Visit the IOUG Kiosk in the User Group Pavilion

Be sure to stop by at the User Group Pavilion Sunday through Wednesday in the lobby of Moscone South and catch up with the user community!
  • Connect with IOUG members and volunteers
  • Pick up a discount to join the IOUG community of 20,000+ technologists strong
  • Enter for the chance to win e-books from IOUG Press or a free registration to COLLABORATE 15!

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IOUG Oracle EM SIG Techcast: Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c - How to Achieve Heights of Success

The webcast will be presented Wednesday, September 10, at 12 noon CDT. To register go here.

Recording to be posted this week! Click here to be taken to the Special Interest Groups (SIGs):Oracle Enterprise Manager Files.

Just as the title states, this presentation shares a case study of a successful implementation of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Speaker Kashif Manzoor explains the methods that were used in the implementation to maximize the value of the EM 12c and will share their lessons learned.

From this presentation viewers will:

  • Understand the architectural enhancements of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.
  • Learn how to manage the lifecycle of Oracle Enterprise Manager components IaaS, PaaS, DBaaS and MWaaS.
  • Learn how to architect and implement Oracle Enterprise Manager to optimize availability and performance.
  • Learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager empowers end customers, Oracle IT administrators, and Oracle Support.
Webinar presenter Kashif Manzoor is an Oracle ACE and Project Director of Applications at Raqmiyat, LLC, a systems integrator and the primary IT division of the Al Ghurair business group based in Dubai, UAE. Recently, Manzoor spoke with IOUG E-Brief: Oracle Enterprise Manager about his company’s experience with Enterprise Manager and what he wants to convey to webinar attendees.

What was the impetus for your organization to deploy Oracle EM 12c for your customer?
Kashif Manzoor: The client IT team was spending lot of time monitoring databases and applications. All of the processes were manual and we were often unaware of user performance problems until end users complained.  We wanted to achieve standardized monitoring and alerting with at-a-glance system health checks.

What helped you to prepare for your implementation?
KM: Strong top management commitment and support was the primary factor to achieving success for the Enterprise Manager implementation. We followed a lifecycle of continuous growth with a rigid project plan, starting with initial rollout to a few nodes.

What is the first thing organizations should consider before they begin an Enterprise Manager implementation?
KM: They first need to inventory their current environment before the project starts and decide what they want to get out of the Enterprise Manager implementation. Once Enterprise Manager is in place, it becomes as critical as the other applications or databases within an organization.

Looking back, what factors were fundamental to the success of your efforts?

KM: It is important to think of an Enterprise Manager implementation as a formal company project in line with internal PMO processes and reviews. A controlled incremental deployment of OEM within the environment also played a vital role to the success of the project.

What roadblocks do you see that customers or colleagues typically run into when implementing Oracle EM 12c?
KM: Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control has many features and a great deal of functionality with the added plug-ins. Therefore, it is very important to decide what your organization wants for your operations. Companies need to remember they don’t have to implement all of the features all at once. They also should assign an EM “owner” within their organization.

What do you want to convey in the webcast?
KM: The webcast will take attendees through a case study of the implementation, highlighting the top 25 tips for the backbone of an EM 12c initiative. In our experience, we initially thought Enterprise Manager would be just a database tool. But later we realized we should have thought of it as an enterprise tool from the beginning. This is one of the messages I want to pass along - treat an Enterprise Manager implementation as you would other any other application implementation you are doing in your organization.

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