Now attend presentations remotely – via WebEx!
For COUG members and sponsors WebEx access to our live presentation sessions is free. However, due to a limited number of available spots, access will be on a first-come first-served basis. Priority will be given to attendees outside of Calgary.
 If you are not a member or a sponsor, COUG welcomes you to try this presentation for free. You may then purchase a membership if you would like to attend next year’s (2015/16) presentations.
If you would like to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, or would just like some more information, please email us at 
If you are interested in attending the WebEx session for the March presentation we need to receive your email by 10 am on Wednesday 18th March.

Date: Thursday March 19, 2015
Registration: 8:00 am
Presentation: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Location: Suncor Energy Centre (West Tower)
150 ­ 6th Avenue SW
17th floor – Room 17L

Presentation: It’s time to get rid of your tnsnames.ora file – there are better alternatives!

Surprisingly many companies continue to provide Oracle Service Name Resolution solely through the TNSNAMES.ORA file. Whether that file resides locally or in some networked location it still remains an unstructured file with critical data needed for application connectivity.
This presentation covers alternatives for moving the Oracle Service Name data out of the TNSNAMES.ORA file and into data stores where the data is structured, protected, backed up, and replicated for high availability.

Speaker: Simon Pane, Pythian

  • Simon is a long time Oracle DBA who has been working with the Oracle database since version 6. He is an Oracle Certified Professional Database Administrator for six releases of the Oracle Database including 12c, holds numerous OPN technical certifications, and is an Oracle ACE Associate.
  • Simon works for the elite Advanced Technical Consulting Group of Pythian for clients all over North America and is a seasoned presenter having presented on technical DBA topics at numerous user groups in Canada and the US.

February 19th Presentation featuring Gordon McCart from Oracle

Presentation: Oracle’s Cloud Strategy and Oracle Consulting Cloud Services This event will cover the following topics: – Overview of Oracle’s Cloud Strategy – Available and Upcoming Cloud Offerings – What Does Cloud Mean to You and Your Business – Oracle Consulting Cloud Services Speaker:Gordon McCart, Oracle Gordon McCart is currently a member of the Oracle […]

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COUG January 15th Presentation featuring Alex Kizer from Longview Systems.

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COUG December 11th Presentation featuring Bruce McCartney from First4 Database Partners Inc.

Presentation: In-Memory Option in Oracle 12 Oracle Database In-Memory transparently accelerates analytic queries by orders of magnitude, enabling real-time business decisions. ...