Featured Speakers


Alistair Park, Estafet

Alistair is a Principal Consultant and Delivery Director on Estafet’s Technical Board, meaning that he's not only responsible for helping shape the services Estafet offers, but also proving these can be and are delivered. IT projects are innately human endeavours, and the tools we use are a means to solving the wider business problems; these have included preventing tropical landslides, public protection, and building new business platforms for financial services customers. He is currently responsible for sales, company voice-overs and playing ‘cello after hours.

API Management: Applying SOA Experience to the Oracle API Gateway

Organisations seeking to enable their mobile strategy; extend the reach of their content, data and services; or forge stronger relationships with their customers and business partners are turning to API management. Those with a solid base in SOA have a great advantage: but what can be re-used and what must be created?

To learn how Oracle Fusion Middleware can be combined with API Management, and to see what could be salvaged from existing SOA services, we take a simple use-case of extending and existing business function to a mobile platform. This includes a practical demonstration of what was achieved and the hurdles we had to overcome in building it.

This session is for people interested in finding out what API Management is and how it might fit into a wider SOA strategy. It should also be useful for those looking to move into mobile and perhaps looking to learn from some real experience. You’ll gain insight into what to expect from the Oracle API Management toolset and how it can be applied to enabling a mobile strategy.

This means you’ll go back to your jobs with a better idea of how to make use of your existing SOA platform (or achieve applications mobilisation via a SOA strategy), be able to articulate how the Oracle toolset might support this, and have realistic expectations of the challenges and timescales involved.


Neha Mittal, K21 Technologies

Neha is a leading Oracle Fusion & Identity Management Architect with rich experience in designing and implementing enterprise-scale Oracle Identity and Access Management solutions. She is Technical Director at
K21 Technologies and publish articles on technical blog http://onlineappsdba.com. She is also Co-writer of “Oracle E-Business Suite Integration With OID(11g) and OAM 11g (R1\ R2) for SSO” ebook.

Neha will be presenting on High Availability(HA) & Disaster Recovery(DR) for IAM.

In this session, she will be focussing on Oracle High Availability concepts with respect to Oracle Identity and Access Management (IAM) products. The session will cover considerations for different types of Deployments – Active-Active, Active-Passive, Maximum High Availability architectures for IAM components that will help in deciding to what best practices to be followed and consider when implementing Oracle IAM ,Disaster Recovery (DR) for a HA environment as per business requirements.


Kamran Agheyev A, Azercell Telecom

Kamran Aghayev A. is an Oracle Certified Master, Oracle RAC Certifeid Expert, OCP (9i,10g,11g), Oracle ACE Director and President of Azerbaijan Oracle User Group (AzerOUG) working at AzerCell Telecom LLC. He's author of the book "Oracle Backup and Recovery: Expert secrets for using RMAN and Data Pump".

He runs a popular blog http://www.kamranagayev.com where he shares his experience and contributes regularly to newsgroups, forums, and user group meetings and events around the world.

He is a frequent speaker and presented in many countries, most recently at the USA, Japan, Thailand, China, Argentina, Uruguay, Finland and Turkey.He is also President of Azerbaijan Oracle User Group (AzerOUG), delivers a class about Oracle Database Administration at Qafqaz University and pursue Phd in Computer Science at Institute of Information Technology.

Oracle 11gR2 RAC Best Practices. "What Happens if..." Scenarios

Do you manage a cluster database? Are you ready for advanced RAC management tasks in your production environment? 

This session provides an overview of Oracle 11gR2 RAC components and presents best practices for managing the clusterware. In this session, you will learn the steps of how to apply rolling patches without downtime, how to solve cluster upgrade failures, how to migrate from single instance to RAC, how to change SCAN, VIP, private and public ip, how to use non-default ports, how to add and delete nodes and how to maintain voting disk and ocr.

During the session you'll watch real-life practical video scenarios.

Simon Greenwood, Explorer (UK) Ltd

Simon is the Development Director at Explorer, Oracle’s 2014 Database Partner of the Year. Simon has a long history with Oracle Development tools such as Forms and PL/SQL, and since 2005 he has taken a leading role in promoting Application Express to Oracle customers. Simon is the deputy chair of the UKOUG APEX SIG and a member of the APEX advisory board. Explorer is an Oracle Platinum Partner focussed on developing bespoke applications, consultancy and training using Oracle Application Express. Simon’s team of well-respected and highly regarded APEX developers are highly skilled in converting business problems into functional and low cost bespoke systems. Find out more at www.explorer-development.uk.com.

APEX Applications do not Always have to Look Like APEX Applications

We know how RAD, easy to learn and incredibly productive Oracle Application Express is, but what if you need to incorporate an existing client design and what about also including multi language options for the interface?
In this case study session we will demonstrate key functionality, why APEX is so flexible in terms of look and feel, and how we solved some of the technical challenges we faced using APEX.

Mia Urman, Aura Player

Mia is an Oracle ACE Director and a world-class expert in Oracle Forms, ADF and Oracle Mobile Framework with over sixteen years of experience presenting, supporting, training, and consulting Oracle products. While providing services to customers, Mia became intimately familiar with some of the leading challenges facing Oracle Forms/ERP clients, and co-founded AuraPlayer, a development house providing modernization solutions for Oracle Forms to Mobile / Cloud / Webservices. She currently serves as AuraPlayer's CEO.

Lessons Learned Developing ADF Mobile on Oracle Forms

By 2020, there will be an average of 6.5 mobile devices per person. This staggering statistic will change the way we view the world and the way we do business. Is your organization ready?

In this session we will take you through the steps needed to begin your journey from Oracle Forms into the Mobile world. We will go through the decision points and challenges to consider. We will then do an overview of the process of building an Oracle Mobile Framework application that has all the bells and whistles of current mobile apps (gestures control, graphing, barcode capture, camera, notifications, etc.) while running an existing Oracle Forms system as a webservice. As more of your users begin to demand mobile solutions, this session will guide you on how to begin your Mobile journey while leveraging your existing Forms investments.

Roel Hartman, APEX Consulting

Roel is an experienced Oracle Software Architect. He started using Oracle RDBMS 5, Oracle Forms 2.3, RPT/RPF and Oracle*Case 4.5. He now focuses mainly on Oracle Application Express.

Roel has been a speaker at UKOUG, OOW, Collaborate, ODTUG's KSCOPE and a number of local Oracle User Groups. He acts as the APEX Content Lead for the Kscope14 and KScope15 conferences and keeps an (APEX-related) blog on http://roelhartman.blogspot.com. In June 2009 Roel received an Oracle ACE award and in August 2010 he was appointed as Oracle ACE Director. Roel is a co-writer of the "Expert Oracle Application Express" and "Oracle Application Express for Mobile Web Applications" books.

Roel is Director at APEX Consulting in The Netherlands.

During Tech14 Roel will present three sessions.

The first one will dive into a number of new features in Oracle Application Express (APEX) version 5. For this brand new release attention will be drawn towards the big improvements like the new Page Designer, the Universal Theme, changes in Interactive Reports etc. There are a number of smaller changes as well, but that doesn’t mean these changes are less important. Some of these enhancements will change the way you build your pages in APEX.

Second, Roel will be covering how to get quantitive information out of unstructured data. For example, we have text reviews of products, but how can we figure out how many people liked or disliked a certain product - just from that piece of text? This session will show you there are features in your Oracle database you can use for this kind of analysis. Oracle Text is used to analyse and break down the text into meaningful - and less meaningful - parts. Then Oracle Advanced Analytics is used to predict the meaning of that text. And right on top of that we will create a dashboard with Oracle Application Express that shows the quantification of that data and turn it into information. You will even see how you can use these techniques to create and to steer a workflow in your applications. All these tools are running straight from your Oracle Database: no Endeca, no OBIEE - it is already there waiting for you to use it in the database.

In his last presentation,  Roel will go through a step-by-step example of an application that synchronises the (native) Contacts on your phone with your customer database using Oracle Application Express and PhoneGap / Cordova. Also native integration with Facebook, Twitter, email and Message will be part of the show. Once you have seen this, you probably want to work on your own next-to-native mobile app yourself!

Antony Heljula, Peak Indicators

Antony Heljula is one of Europe's leading Oracle Business Intelligence architects with a focus on the Oracle BI, Oracle BI Applications and other related database and Fusion Middleware products such as Oracle Spatial and Oracle Real-Time Decisions (RTD).  He has over 15 years' experience working within the Oracle BI arena and is the Technical Director at Peak Indicators.

Antony will be delivering two sessions at Tech14. The first will be on Super Sunday where he will demonstrate the advanced performance features of the Oracle BI Server that can help you reduce development timeframes and simplify the process of building and populating data-marts to optimise your analytical queries. In his second session, Antony will be showing you how to improve performance on an Exalytics platform.  With live demonstrations,  this presentation will show off new performance features and also outline several tips and techniques for further optimising your TimesTen queries with OBIEE onwards.

Tim Hall, Oracle-Base

Tim Hall is an Oracle DBA/Developer and well known Oracle blogger at www.oracle-base.com. He has written two books and over 600 articles, is an Oracle ACE Director, OakTable member and has presented at numerous user groups and conferences worldwide, as well as a series of 2-day presentations as part of the "Oracle University Celebrity Series".

Tim will be presenting two sessions at Tech14. The first talk 'A Cure for Virtual Insanity: A Vendor-Neutral Introduction to Virtualization without the Hype' is about demystifying virtualization. Virtualization has been around for a long time and many companies make great use of it, but there still seems to be a lot of people who really don't understand what it actually does, what it's good for and more importantly, what it is terrible for. This sessions focusses on how virtualization can be used with your Oracle infrastructure, but it does not focus on any specific products or vendors, so the lessons from this can be applied to non-Oracle projects also.

The second talk 'Analytic Functions: The Oracle Developers Best Friend' is an introduction to Analytic Functions. These have been available since Oracle 8i and are a fantastic feature of SQL, but people still don't know they exist, or don't know how to use them. During this session Tim will try to ignore the documentation, which invariably overcomplicates and confuses people, and instead focus on a simple approach to using analytic functions, which will let people get their hands dirty and grow in confidence, so they can delve further into this functionality.

Ken MacMahon, Version 1

Ken has worked with Oracle technology for over 20 years. His experience spans core Oracle Technology, Oracle e-Business Suite and Oracle Business Intelligence. He has worked in a number of verticals including High-Tech, Utilities and the Public Sector.

Ken has taken the leadership role in Version 1’s Oracle Practice, which has over 140 Oracle specialists covering a range of Oracle Specialisations from Hardware, Core Technology, Applications and Business Intelligence. Ken is a certified Oracle e-Business Implementation Specialist and a TOGAF Certified Enterprise Architect.

Ken will be presenting on The Oracle Reporting Ecosystem - Build or Buy.

The session will focus on looking at some of the decisions IT Leaders need to make in developing their Oracle Reporting Landscape. How has the landscape changed and developed, what are the choices/options to be considered? Then looking at how decision makers can make an objective decision for ‘Build vs Buy’ with regard to Oracle solutions in their enterprise. The session will draw on some of our experiences in helping enterprises work through this area, using both Oracle expertise or experience and architecture approaches to decision making.

If you are making or advising these decision in your organisation, you will learn how to deal with this challenge and how others have developed their decision papers/business cases to underpin their choices. It will also help you explain what you get and do not get with some out-of-the-box solutions.


Philippe Fierens, FCP

Philippe is an independent Oracle DBA and Architect.

As a consultant he helps his clients to find efficient, cost efficient, performing and creative solutions.

In the last four years he has been involved in various projects using SPARC technology: move M9000 to T5 and LDOMs and this year a move from M9000 to Sparc Supercluster.

When not working with Oracle you can find him with his wife and two daughters or behind the camera taking pictures for various occasions and events.

You can read more on his blog http://pfierens.blogspot.com or follow him on twitter, his handle is @pfierens.

At TECH14 Philippe will be presenting twice.

First as co-presenter with Bjoern Rost in a session entitled: “The Renaissance of SPARC” were the authors will outline that SPARC is back in full force!

Secondly, "What we had to unlearn and learn when moving from M9000 to Super Cluster". This is about a project that is still on-going with a customer about the move from 2 M9000 to  SPARC SuperCluster T4.

The session will give an overview of this project, the technology used, things that were new and a lot and old habits that had to be unlearned, plus the things that went wrong.


Juris Trosnis, DBA Competence Center

I’m co-owner and expert at DBA Competence Center LTD. I have more than 14 years experience with Oracle Technologies and hold worldwide recognized OCP, OCE and OCM certification. Our company acted first as Oracle First Line Support and now we are delivering our own services and helping people to solve their problems with Oracle products. I’m also delivering Oracle University training courses on regular basis and frequent speaker at our own tech seminars like Oracle Days and LVOUG events. Speaker for Harmony 2011, 2012 and UKOUG 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Juris will be presenting at Super Sunday on: Oracle VM Server for x86 Live Demo and Use Cases

This presentation will introduce you to the Oracle virtualization solution for x86 architecture. I will demonstrate the main features of Oracle VM Server and Manager. The live demonstration will guide you through the installation process and main functions of hypervizor that makes management of virtual machines reliable and easy. I will emphasize the main benefits of using Oracle VM products and emulation of "hard" partitioning. You will find also how easy it is to setup small test environment on your own laptop.


 Sumit Gupta, K21 Technologies

Sumit is an, OPN certified specialist, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Identity Management consultant with 9+ years of world-class experience in implementing Oracle solutions. He also maintains and publishes articles on a very famous technical blog for FMW Administrators, http://www.OraWorld.co.uk

Sumit is co-presenting - High Availability(HA) & Disaster Recovery (DR) for IAM: Overview 

Key takeaways from the session are:-

Attendees will get clear understanding of different High Availability Architecture and Disaster Recovery solutions available for Identity and Access Management products which will help them in eliminating single point of failure by implementing the HA and DR solutions confidently in their organisation.

Attendees will also get to know the critical considerations and key decisions which needs to be taken care while configuring high availability of IDAM components.



 Alex Zaballa, Jupiter

Alex Zabala is an Oracle Ace and founder of GUOA (Angola Oracle User Group). Alex is currently working as a Senior DBA in Luanda and provides DBA services for the Ministry of Finance of Angola. With over 14 years of experience with Oracle technologies, he began his career as an Oracle developer, participating in the development of an ERP software from definition to deployment. In 2007 he moved to Angola where he had the opportunity to work as a Senior Oracle DBA providing services for Jupiter. As a member of the select group of highly qualified professionals worldwide who have the credential OCM - Oracle Certified Master and, among others, his specialties include design and implementation of high scalability, high availability and performance tuning. Find out more at: http://alexzaballa.blogspot.com/

Key takeaways from the session are:

Alex will be presenting: Oracle Database 12 - Data Redaction

Database security is among one of the most important accountabilities of a DBA. In order to effectively secure the data, the DBA must understand the data protection needs of the business as well as engaging with other teams including the business itself so that the data security policies are properly evaluated and implemented.

In this presentation, we invite you to join us as we demonstrate how the new feature called "Data Redaction" can significantly help the business to secure its data.

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