The Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG) is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization and the longest-running—“oldest” is such a negative word—Oracle users group in the world. It organizes a full-day conference every quarter and publishes a quarterly Journal. It does all this with a Spartan budget of $50,000 per year. Funding does not come from Oracle Corporation but from membership dues and exhibitor fees. NoCOUG doesn’t even know how old it is. According to archive.org it was more than 15 years old in 1996 which means that NoCOUG is at least 35 years old. However, paper records are lacking so NoCOUG goes by the volume number of the NoCOUG Journal; currently at Volume 30, No. 3. Accordingly, the summer conference at Chevron was conference #119.

NoCOUG has been meeting at Chevron in August for so long that nobody knew who our organizational sponsor was. Chevron Facilities just assumed that NoCOUG was legit and reserved the facilities for us. It helped that there was a big contingent of Chevron employees always attended the summer conference. Luckily, somebody stepped from Chevron forward last year to be our official sponsor.

All told, there were 175 attendees (out of 200 registered). The keynote was Engineering at Cloud Scale! Solving Today’s Most Complex Database Challenges by Kodi Umamageswaran, Vice President, Oracle. This was followed by three tracks: a “Cloud” track, a performance track, and an exhibitor track. The performance track—five presentations—was delivered by Craig Shallahamer. It is the first time that Craig has ever presented five presentations at an Oracle conference and we hope to have him do it again every year. Not being funded by Oracle is a good thing; it means that we have the liberty to occasionally invite Oracle competitors to present at our conferences—something that our members enjoy and appreciate. This time, we invited Amazon to participate in the Cloud track.

Here are some of the presentations:

Keynote: Engineering at Cloud Scale! Solving Today's Most Complex Database Challenges
—Kodi Umamageswaran, Vice President, Oracle

Getting Started with Oracle Database Cloud Service
—Robert Greene, Oracle

Oracle Exadata Cloud Service
—Ashish Ray, Vice President, Oracle

Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service
—Sridhar Ranganathan, Oracle

Deep Technical Dive into Amazon RDS for Oracle
—Dallas Willett, Amazon

Oracle Performance Workshop
—Craig Shallahamer, OraPub

Oracle Licensing Compliance
—Mohammad Inamullah, Redwood Compliance


Chevron campus


Mandatory Kamran Rassouli picture


Performance track with Craig Shallahamer


Lunch crowd


The same lasagna that we’ve eaten for the last 25 years at the summer conferences at Chevron


Afternoon raffle