Thursday, July 14, 2011

conference breakdown

Trying to get a bus off the floor
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I have tasted the kool-aid

And I think I like it
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Communities within GIS

This is a blog post from an iPad app that I downloaded from the apple store. This should make is easier to post blogs.

One session I attended was on user communities within the esri ArcGIS umbrella that will help customers and employees to collaborate. The categories include:
Community blog

Some of these communities are currently available and others are still in development. The three that they showed today were,, and

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Location:San Diego,CA

Blogging in a session

I thought I would try to blog,with picture,while in a session. What you need to know about at enterprise GIS project. This slide hit home..

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 1 part 2

Day 1 was a plenary session with a great deal of information. Jack Dangermond, founder /President of Esri, gave an overview of the company, the different focus areas oaf the software, and the future things to come. One announcement from Mr. Dangermond was they acquired a Swiss software firm, Procedural. Procedural develops CityEngine, software used to create 3D, urban environments from 2D data. Another highlight in my notes. ArcGIS runtime is a new lightweight platform for developers. The key points here include small footprint, fast deployment, native 64 and 32 bit, Linux and Windows support. It was mentioned that ArcGIS is or will be available for home use.... I think this more for trying / playing then using GIS software at home. A great deal of talk about the cloud was presented. I hope to attend some sessions

Later in the plenary session the Esri staff listed the top 10 features of the software. This was grouped by three main business focus areas, ArcGIS server, desktop, and mobile/runtime..

10. Search - the presenter showed how to search 4,600+ projects with spatial filtering and how fast it was.

9. Editor tracking - update automatically within the application what changes were made and by who.

8. Geotagged photo to points

7. GPX to features

6. Improved KML support

5. New generalization tools

4. Geodatabase administration - this allow things like managing locks on a DB and viewing versions within the ArcGIS environment

3. Key numbering - lable more description on maps

2. Dynamic legends

1. Share as... This allows the ability to publish information easier

ArcGIS Server Top 10

10. Global data
9. Silverlight viewer
8. 64 bit support
7. New architecture - web services
6. Easier to install and configure
5. More IT friendly -( I have a note that registry options are gone but I am not sure what this means :-)
4. Live and historic traffic for network analysis
3. Dynamic layers (cool)
2. Printing high quality maps
1. Better performance

Mobile devices / runtime Top 10

10. ArcGIS on iOS - I now have it on my iPad
9. ArcGIS on windows phone ( not much response from the audience )
8. ArcGIS on windows mobile
7. ArcGIS on android
6. Can't read my notes, something about pop-up's on mobile devices
5. Social media - Facebook twitter others... Can't wait to Facebook my GIS, oh I guess I already do with my Garmin...
4. Off-line capabilities - this could have some benefit in the field when the network is not available
3. Faster application startup. It was so fast tha I did not see it because I was writing
2. Fast map display
1. Easy deployment - they gave an example of deploying it on a USB stick.

Esri Conference - 7/11 - Day 1

Today 7/11 is the first day of the Esri conference in San Diego. After a triathlon in Boulder on Sunday then hopping on a plane to CA, I am a little tired. Thank goodness for coffee..

Also on this trip I brought my own iPad which made it much easier to blog and not have to deal with the time of booting a PC. I will try to post some pictures taken with the iPad and post them....

Note: when I tried to post a picture, I could not do it directly from the iPad. I had a couple of options. One purchase an app or use a service like photo bucket.. I used photo bucket to upload this picture from the San Diego baseball park.

If they don't have a game going on you can walk down to the outfield fence....

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Final thoughts on Oracle Open World –

It looks like I got off on my day numbering for each blog page but that’s ok, it’s the content that counts..  

Session: Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control Deployment Best Practices
This was a full house and thinking about other sessions related to Grid that I attended; they all had a good turnout.  This session focused on planning the Grid environment, especially when it is being used to manage more than databases.  One key item that I got out of this session was using the command line tool, emctl to export the Oracle Management Server (OMS) configuration (emctl exportconfig oms).   Another item that we will need to do is separate the OMS from the Oracle Management Repository (OMR), and we can do this when we move to 11g with Weblogic. An abstract name of virtual name should be used for the OMS in order to support load balancing.  This session reference the emctl command line tool for other items like tracking audit actions and other maintenance tasks.  Also the backup of the and targers.xml for the agents is key in recovery.

Session: Extreme Performance with In-Memory Database Technology: Real-Life Stories
Although we are not using TimesTen, in-memory database, I thought this would be an interesting session.  The main tier that an in-memory database would fit is in the application tier. If the application requires lightning speed response times then an in-memory database would help.  This was a panel session with people from three different companies that use TimesTen.  One person was from Ericsson, one from Bank of America and the third was with a company that developed a solution for the US Postal Service.  USPS was looking for a solution to reduce fraud in postage.  I don’t remember if he gave a number in the amount of loss but it must have been very high to develop this system.  They incorporated a barcode in the stamp which contains information that would verify authenticity of the stamp.  He could not go into detail due to security issues.  According to the presenter, USPS has the highest name brand of any other organization, including McDonalds, Coke, Nike.. Not sure how this is measured, but OK.  He said they have 55.3 billion in revenue which would rank them 21st in the fortune 500 companies.  The system they use for this application has 2.25 terabytes of memory, yes terabytes.  We might be able to put all of our databases into this one TimesTen database.  The old system did 275 million transactions in 15 hours and the new system does 4 billon transactions in less than 6 hours.  TimesTen has similar technology of traditional RDBMS but everything is in memory, it even does replication.  Ericsson uses replication with TimesTen and has a total downtime of 5 minutes a year.. Isn’t that about 99.9999996 percent uptime..  Hybernate even has a dialect for TimesTen.

Session: Does Upgrade = Downtime? Minimal Downtime Strategies for Planned Maintenance
This session was an overview of the different methodologies to upgrade and reduce the amount of downtime.  The case study was a Japanese and they review the amount of down time involved with different processes including, DBUA ( Oracle Database Upgrade Assistance ), export import, dataguard and GoldenGate.  In the end, GoldenGate was the fastest and had the lowest amount of down time.  I was able to download the slides so I did not take many notes..

Session: Hands-on Lab: Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition
This was a hands-on session using GoldenGate and Data Integrator.  I found out that GoldenGate was a command line tool and ODI was the GUI used to implement a replication type process between two databases.  So, any updates, inserts and deleted would go from one database to another real-time.  The advantage to GoldenGate compared to Oracle streams is it is much faster and supports multiple databases.  It would be possible to have a SQL Server database and Oracle database updating a common database in real-time.

Overall the Oracle Open World was a very good conference, kind of long, but informative. As I have mentioned, a few times, stay in San Francisco but in order to do this, register early.  Also, if the tablet market heats up, take one for notes and to prevent from having to lug a laptop around every day.  Avoid the exhibit area unless you have specific questions for a vendor like I did with VMware.  Probably the best tool Oracle developed for the conference attendees was the schedule builder.  This tool allowed a person to look at the available sessions and build a daily schedule.  It also had the ability to email the schedule.  They had a mobile app for phones to manage the schedule but we are unable to install applications on company phones.