Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: The Autonomous Database

When you look up the word autonomous in the dictionary the key definition that relates to the use of the word in this context reads something like this, “not subject to control from outside; independent.” The OCI Autonomous Database handles many of the tasks that you currently rely on a database administrator for, without any outside intervention. Right from the creation of the database, the autonomous database begins taking care of itself. Along with the actual creation of the database it also backs itself up, administers patches, applies upgrades, and performs database tuning – all hands off.

Along with all of these automated features, the OCI Autonomous Database comes in two different configurations. First is the Autonomous Transaction Processing configuration which can be used for normal transactional database processing type operations. This configuration is well suited to high volumes of transactions with random data access. The second OCI Autonomous Database configuration is the Autonomous Data Warehouse which is, you guessed it, tuned for decision support or data warehouse type workloads.

Within the Always Free tier of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, users have access to two free instances of Autonomous Database. In the free tier these databases have a fixed 8 GB of memory, 20 GB of storage, 1 OCPU, and are available in either the Autonomous Transaction Processing or Autonomous Data Warehouse workload configurations. If you are interested in more information on Oracle’s Always Free Tier – give my recent blog post a read HERE.

Obviously, there is a lot more to know about the OCI Autonomous Database than what I’ve covered in this brief primer. I will be digging in a bit deeper on some of the more detailed functionality and processes including how to Provision Autonomous Transaction Processing, how to connect SQL developer to an OCI Autonomous Database, along with a few other bits and pieces.

Keep your head up and keep learning new stuff!

I’m not a fan of the mask mandates. That said, if it makes others feel better and safer I’ll play the game. Could be worse. They could close everything down again.

All about me.

Exciting adventures ahead. Moving my personal blog back to was step 1 in a multi-step process to better align my personal, professional, and side project platforms. I will be using this site for personal stuff - basically whatever I feel like posting about persoanlly will go here. Step 2 was to launch my processional platform - which I did this week. Professionally you can now find me on Excellent.

More to come in the next month on my side project.

Back on! Ok - I went out and stretched my legs with Wordpress, that’s done and I’m back. More to follow…

Introducing PeopleSoft & OCI Tidbits on

I’ve been looking for an opportunity to blog a bit more and to, hopefully, provide a service to the Peoplesoft community I have been a part of for the past 20 years. In thinking about how best to accomplish this, I’ve come up with the idea of Peoplesoft and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Tidbits. These will be short and simple blog posts covering a variety of PeopleSoft and OCI topics. Topics will be wide reaching and include information about new PeopleTools enhancements, PeopleSoft Cloud Manager, new features in the OCI, and useful topics for Oracle System Administrators and Developers. My goal in doing this is that these posts take less than 2 minutes to read and you (the reader) leave with some useful information and a link or resource to start doing some digging on your own. These are not meant to be all inclusive or detailed explanations of functionality, but rather short and concise overviews of what may be possible coupled with the resources to find more information.

Tomorrow (Thursday February 20th) will be my first official PeopleSoft Tidbit. I’m going to do a tidbit a day for as long as I can find relevant, useful PeopleSoft and OCI information to write about. Upgrades, new functionality, bugs, best practices, it’s all fair game. If you are part of the Oracle or PeopleSoft community and know others that might be interested in the content I’m posting - send them my way. I’ll be cross-posting this on my blog - - as well as to LinkedIn. Hopefully someone will find a useful tidbit!

Snowy day in Minneapolis.

Doing easy things is, well, easy. Doing hard things, the things you don’t want want to do but know you need to, the things that make you uncomfortable, the stuff that keeps you up at night, is hard. Do hard things. Take care of business. Make things better.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Throughout the year in my role as an EMT, I get the privilege of helping dozens of people when they need help the most. Sometimes it’s just a kind word in the dark of night, other times I provide the life saving care they need. Each case, each person, has left an indelible mark and I am thankful that I was there when needed.

I deactivated my Twitter account today. It’s something I’ve been thinking of doing for quite some time and today I finally pulled the trigger. As I put more effort in to real-world personal realtionships I’m finding less and less value in traditional social media.

Truth in a fortune cookie. So much of making the right decisions stems not from what you know, but from accepting that you don’t know everything. Humility and self-awareness lead to not only being a better person, but more personal success.

The holiday can season can be a very difficult time for many. Those who may be dealing with the loss of a loved one, financial issues, or realtionship pressures may find the festivities difficult to take in. Reach out. Show you care. Be the friend they need. Make a difference.

Every 40 seconds someone in the world commits suicide. In the time it took me to write this post 5 more people have taken their own life. If someone seems detached, distant, sad, or withdrawn ask them how you can help. Show you care. Make a difference.

Improving anything sometimes requires being uncomfortable. At work that may mean having honest, but difficult, conversations. Personally it may mean pushing yourself harder at the gym, making better use of your time, or ending negative relationships. Be uncomfortable.

Beautiful tree!

I spent the morning feeling that the world was conspiring against me. Everything went wrong. I realized this afternoon there was no conspiracy. In every instance I was the problem. Failure to plan, failure to coordinate tasks, failure to set an alarm. All me. #bethesolution

There are things in life you cannot change and there are things you can. Being successful hinges on your ability to discern the difference between these two things and focus on making change where change is possible. There is no glory for the man who beats his head bloody against the brick wall.

Setting priorities at work is one thing, setting them at home -and sticking to them- is a whole different animal. I work to give top priority to the things that will most benefit me and move me closer to achieving my goals. After that I focus on helping family and friends.

Setting priorities doesn’t have to be a laborious, time consuming task. Figuring out what your most important tasks are at work can be simple. Just pay attention to what is important to your boss. If it’s important to them, it should be important to you. Do those things. Move on.

You can be productive without be effective. If you spend time focused on the wrong things you may be productive but your efforts will be wasted. Take the time to understand what has value and work on that.

There’s so much to do. Setting priorities is key. Know what is your most important thing and then spend your time doing that thing. Until it’s done. Then do the next thing.


New tile backsplash.

The sunrise this morning was a mixture of fire and ice. Red, pink, and orange lit up the sky while a line of grey winter clouds overtook them like soldiers steadily marching forward. All that is left is a wavering band of orange on the eastern horizon, providing promise for another good day.

Getting ready to head into work tonight. Another 8 hour shift working to save lives and protect property. The overnight work makes for some long days but the pride I feel from helping people who need help makes it worthwhile.