May Event: Blockchain Demystified + Oracle WebCenter Content Virus Scanning + The Future of Java

Three presentations by three leading Oracle professionals; Ahmed Aboulnaga, Chandra Bhimaraju, and Michael Mikhailidi.

  1. Blockchain Demystified

    If you know nothing about blockchain, this presentation is for you! Learn all about blockchain, introductory concepts, as well as see firsthand what Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service has to offer.

    2. Virus Scanning Oracle WebCenter Content

The presentation describes how to efficiently implement scanning of tens of millions of documents in Oracle WebCenter Content for viruses and malware, both on-injestion and in frequent intervals.

3. The Future of Java: J2EE vs Java EE VS Jakarta EE

The Eclipse Foundation and Oracle have been unable to agree on terms of an agreement for the Eclipse Foundation community to modify the javax package namespace or to use the Java trademarks currently used in Java EE specifications. Find out how this will impact your Java projects in the future.


Date and Time

May 28, 2019 4:00pm – 6:00pm


Reston Regional Library – Room 1

11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA


December 10th Seminar on Oracle Database’s edition-based redefinition

In general, patching or upgrading the artifacts in an Oracle Database  hat jointly implement an application’s back end involves changing two or more functionally dependent objects. Because each
DDL autocommits, such changes inevitably imply that the system is mutually inconsistent once the patching begins and that its integrity is regained only when patching completes. Moreover, so-called
“hot patching”—doing create or replace on even a single object, while that object is among the set of objects in ordinary concurrent use by the application, is in general unsafe. Before EBR, your only
option, therefore, was to take downtime. EBR allows you to create a semantic copy of the live system within the same database so that you can make your changes to this while the live system remains in
uninterrupted use. A copy-on-write scheme is used so that only changed objects occupy space. Of course, the quota-consuming data must be mutually synchronized, transactionally, and without
harming performance for ordinary users. EBR supports this too. This workshop explains how it all works. This seminar starts at 9am, and runs through 5pm.


Presented by

Bryn Llewellyn
Distinguished Product Manager for PL/SQL and EBR



Oracle, starts at 9am
7031 Columbia Gateway Drive
Room #1134
Columbia Maryland 21046.


Tickets are no longer available.

**CANCELED **Columbia MD meeting March 15th at 4pm




On Thursday March 15th from 4pm – 630pm we will be having a meetup at Oracle’s NSG office in Columbia at 7031 Columbia Gateway Dr #1, Columbia, MD 21046 

This will be a double header with Bobby Curtis and Steven Feuerstein.

Bobby Curtis is the product manager for Oracle Golden Gate and will be delivering a one hour presentation on Golden Gate Security.

Steven Feuerstein is Oracle’s Developer Advocate for PL/SQL.

Pump Up Your PL/SQL Muscles!
Join us for a live Oracle Dev Gym workout with Steven Feuerstein.
If you want to get good at writing PL/SQL, you can not  just read a book (so there, Steven) or watch a video about PL/SQL.
You need to work with PL/SQL – in two ways. First, you need to write PL/SQL code. Second, you need to get really good at reading PL/SQL code, understanding what it is doing (and not going go do).
That’s why we are so excited to host a user group meeting with Steven Feuerstein, Oracle Developer Advocate for PL/SQL   The Oracle Developer Advocates Team . He’s going to put together a workout on key PL/SQL features (including one or two goodies from Oracle Database 12c) for us to sweat over on March 15.
What does this mean? You will come with laptop or tablet, sign in to your Oracle account (make sure you’ve got one before the meeting!), visit and take some quizzes. Steven will then review each quiz and draw lessons about PL/SQL. We will then end the meeting by giving out prizes to top-ranked players.
It’ll be fun, it’ll be informative, and it will introduce you to the Dev Gym, where you can take many more quizzes, workouts and classes.
Don’t forget your notebook for this meeting. Steven’s pretension will be very interactive and will require a notebook.

10/20 Hands-on with Oracle SOA Cloud Service (SOACS)

What we’ll do:

Want to see Oracle SOACS in action and understand how it differs from your on-premise Oracle SOA Suite installation? Join us for some hands-on with the entire stack – Oracle Java Cloud Service (JCS), Oracle SOA Cloud Service (SOACS), and Oracle Database Cloud Service (DBaaS). And learn about access, backups, monitoring, and deployment in the Oracle Cloud.


To register please use the meetup URL:


9/12 Meetup: All About Oracle WebLogic Server

There is a Weblogic focused meeting on September 12th at the Reston Regional Library from 6:00 to  7:30PM

  • Reston Regional Library – Meeting Room 1
  • Two mini-presentations of WebLogic presented by Ahmed Aboulnaga.

    Learn about horizontal/vertical scaling, stretch clusters, and extending to the cloud. Also get acquainted with the new domain partitions and multitenancy capabilities in WebLogic Server 12c.

    6:00pm : Introductions, networking, snacks/drinks
    6:30pm : Scaling Oracle WebLogic Server (presentation)
    7:00pm : Domain Partitions and Multitenancy in Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (presentation)
    7:30pm : End

    Reston Regional Library

    11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA (map)

Baltimore Meetup – 20 Oct at Oracle NSG

Mark you calendars; Friday October 20th at 6pm Helen Sanders will be coming to the Columbia Maryland to speak to the National Capital Area Oracle Users Group. Helen is an interesting and dynamic speaker who will captivate you with tales from behind the keyboard.

Title: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: A SQL Saga

Coding Standards? Good testing procedures? Data validation? Who needs them? We all do! Come and learn from some of the bad coding practices and sloppy SQL mistakes that I have seen (and maybe a few I’ve committed!). We’ll share a few laughs and most likely some groans, and also talk about how testing and more testing can help you check yourself.


Helen is an Assistant Director of Applications Development and Support Services in the Student Collaboration Center at Temple University. She is also an Oracle database developer and enthusiast.

Helen has been active in the Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) for several  years,  is  a graduate of their Leadership Program, served as the Program Coordinator for the 2016-2017 year, and is very active in their Database and Women in Technology Communities.

Helen obtained her M.Ed. at Temple University in 2013, and is currently pursuing an MS-MBA in Business Analytics at the Fox School of Business.

Helen is a track lead for the 2016-2017 Pennsylvania Banner Users Group conference(s), and will be a content chair for the Database track for Kscope18, and has served as a content reviewer for several Oracle Users Group’s conferences.
In her spare time Helen enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, their blended family of six children, Steven, Julie, Sarah, Bryn, Kelly and Jillian,  and their two dogs-Charlie and Prince Eugene. You can read her tech-based blog at You can also follow Helen on twitter at



Oracle NSG (Columbia – Annapolis Junction)

306 Sentinel Drive, 4th Floor

Annapolis Junction, MD 20701

2017 Summer meeting, June 6th

The NATCAP Spring Conference 2017 aims to inform and educate the Washington D.C metro area  Oracle user community about Oracle’s products, services, new technology, and recent developments with NATCAP. Come join us and more about, Database 12c  R2.  The meeting will run from 7pm to 9pm, so everyone should be able to avoid the rush hour crush.

We will also have a social starting at 6pm , so feel free to drop in early.

The event is free, but reservations are  recommended to help get through security at the Oracle Reston Office.

Location of the Oracle Office

Sessions include;


Informal Social – Erik Benner NATCAP BOD/Oracle ACE Director 

Informal Member social, with NATCAP officers and members  and some open discussions about Virtualization, both at the desktop and the Server room. Have VirtualBox or Oracle VM questions? Bring them along!

7pm to 7:45pm

Stop Guessing, Start Analyzing: New Analytic View Features in Oracle Database 12cR2″  – Jim Czuprynski Oracle ACE Director

As experienced Oracle DBAs know, building a Data Warehouse is just the beginning of any successful application for performing complex analytics – you’ve also got to build the proper analytic views, fact tables, dimensions, and queries to make sense of the DW’s data. Oracle 12cR2 now provides a simple way to build out just the right objects for an analytics environment using just a few simple commands. Best of all, these new objects can incorporate all the needed measures and calculations so that an application end-user can take advantage of precisely-defined data models without having to construct complex views on their own, thus limiting the chance of producing erroneous analyses through a simple mistake like a missing join or filter.

7:45-815 PM

Snack break sponsored by the Fujitsu Oracle Center of Excellence (FOrCE) team. You can download the M12 Presentation

Cookies, Fruit and drinks provided by the FOrCE Team


8:15 pm to 9PM

Oracle Security Monitoring and Analytics – Pramod Chowbey, Senior Director at Oracle

Your users are your new security perimeter! How you you protect the data when the perimeter is the user?  Oracle Security Monitoring and Analytics (SMA) Cloud Service enables rapid detection, investigation and remediation of the broadest range of security threats across on-premises and cloud IT assets. Security Monitoring and Analytics provides integrated SIEM and UEBA capabilities built on machine learning, user session awareness, and up-to-date threat intelligence context.  The session  will provide an overview followed by a  demo of Oracle’s latest tool in the Oracle’s Security Portfolio that empowers today’s consumers gain more visibility and control over the security architecture of your IT Assets on-premises and in the Cloud.


9pm Closing comments  and wrap-up – NATCAP Officers



Speaker BIOs

Jim Czuprynski has 35+ years of professional experience in his career in information technology. He has served diverse roles at several Fortune 1000 companies – mainframe programmer, applications developer, business analyst, and project manager – before becoming an Oracle DBA in 2001. Jim was awarded the status of Oracle ACE Director in March 2014 and is a sought-after public speaker on Oracle Database technology features. He has presented topics at Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG COLLABORATE, Hotsos Symposium, Oracle Technology Network ACE Tours, and Oracle User Group conferences around the world. Jim has authored over 100 articles focused on facets of Oracle Database administration to his credit since 2003 at and He has also co-authored two books on Oracle database technology. Jim’s blog, Generally … It Depends (, contains his regular observations on all things Oracle.


Pramod Chowbey Senior Director at Oracle currently manages the Oracle Management Cloud Sales Engineering team at Oracle.


NATCAP March 7th Meeting

The NATCAP Winter Conference 2017 aims to inform and educate the Washington D.C metro area  Oracle user community about Oracle’s products, services, new technology, and recent developments with NATCAP. Come join us and learn about the Cloud, Database 12c  R2 and Database Structure design.  The meeting will run from 7pm to 9pm, so everyone should be able to avoid the rush hour crush. We will also have a social starting at 6pm , so feel free to drop in early.

The event is free, but reservations are  recommended to help get through security at the Oracle Reston Office.

Location of the Oracle Office


Sessions include;



Informal Social – Erik Benner NATCAP BOD/Oracle ACE

Informal Member social, with NATCAP officers and members  and some open discussions about Oracle Cloud,  Database 12R2 new features and more!


Technical Correctness of Data Structures for Operational Business Systems – Bob Mylls NATCAP Member

The presentation discusses the aspects of technical correctness of data structures for operational level business systems. Technical correctness is a concept that begins with the Normal Forms and progresses through practices and techniques used to develop resilient data structures that allow consistent, correct and current information to be produced from persistent databases. The presentation includes a discussion of data modeling primitives and common problematic relationships.

Also presented are two examples of not technically correct data structures that have been implemented. The not technically correct aspects of the data structures are examined and discussed.

Finally, a brief demonstration of automatically checking for technical correctness is performed.


Oracle Compute Cloud vs. Amazon Web Services EC2 – A Hands-On Showdown – Ahmed Aboulnaga  –  Oracle ACE and NATCAP Member


We walk through the end-to-end process of provisioning an Oracle Compute Cloud instance from scratch – adding storage, defining firewall rules, creating a private key, and connecting through VNC. Then we do the same thing with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2. Speed of provisioning is one of the benefits of the cloud, so let’s embark on this live walkthrough together, see how easy it is to get up and running, and compare the IaaS offering from Oracle and Amazon.



Closing comments  and wrapup



Speaker BIO: Bob Mylls NATCAP Member

His first computer was an IBM 650, with a magnetic drum memory, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1958. The programming language was the Symbolic Optimizing Assembly Programming (SOAP) which placed instructions on the drum as to minimize rotational access time. Using that experience, in 1962 at the General Electric Computer Department he designed and implemented a network database for an inventory control application at Scotts Air Force Base.

In the mid 1970s Bob was the Director for Administrative Data Systems at the University of Arizona where he managed all administrative systems including Student, Student Aid, Financial, Faculty and Personnel, and Plant Maintenance. He oversaw the consolidation of disparate development staffs and the subsequent replacement of the Financial Aid, Financial, and Faculty and Personnel business systems.

Through the 1990s to the present he has performed enterprise and data architecture contracts with various Federal agencies and commercial organizations including USPTO, DoD, VA, DHS and AT&T. He has taught graduate level business system architecture design courses at three universities in the DC area.

Speaker BIO: Ahmed Aboulnaga Oracle ACE 

Ahmed Aboulnaga’s professional focus is in technical management, architecture, and consulting within the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack, having implemented enterprise solutions for commercial, government, and global customers throughout the years. Ahmed holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and is an OCE and OCA. He has presented at OpenWorld, Collaborate, OAUG, IOUG, and various Oracle users groups in the past. He actively contributes to the online community in areas of WebLogic Server, SOA Suite, Application Integration Architecture, Oracle Service Bus, Grid Control, and other Oracle middleware technologies. Ahmed is author of “Oracle SOA Suite 11g Administrator’s Handbook” and is currently president of the West Michigan Oracle Users Group.

NATCAP September Webinar – Database Backups

The NATCAP September 16 Webinar will focus on the Database Administrator, and how backups can be done with both RMAN and the ORacle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance ( ZDLRA). This webinar will show how RMAN can be scheduled using both Enterprise Manager 13, and the database scheduler using the command line . We will cover the catalog, and also encryption for your backups. This is extended to show how you can use the Cloud for your backups, easily and inexpensively moving backups offsite cheaper than you can buy an offsite tape service.

If the potential for data loss with normal backups is also a concern for many Federal Agencies, and commercial enterprises. To reduce that  risk the ZDLRA is being introduced as a new tool for DBA. The ZDLRA is a new  engineered system designed to dramatically eliminate data loss and reduce data protection overhead for all Oracle databases in the enterprise. Integrated with Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) and Recovery Manager (RMAN), it enables a centralized, incremental forever backup strategy for hundreds to thousands of databases in the enterprise, using cloud-scale, fully fault-tolerant hardware and storage. The appliance provides databases with sub-second recovery point objectives and continuously validates backups for assured recover-ability of Oracle data. Oracle Enterprise Manager enables “single pane of glass” control of all administrative operations on the appliance, providing complete, end-to-end visibility of the Oracle backup lifecycle.

The event is free,at starts at 2pm September 6th, 2016. Please RSVP to get the Webinar connection details.

NATCAP June 14th Meeting

The NATCAP Summer Conference 16 aims to inform and educate the Washington D.C metro area  Oracle user community about Oracle’s products, services, new technology, and recent developments with NATCAP. Come join us and learn about Database 12c in the Cloud, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Manager 13c and more. The meeting will run from 10am to 3pm, so everyone should be able to avoid the rush hour crush.

The event is free, but reservations are required so we can provide a free lunch , provided by Mythics.  That’s why we’d like to invite you to join us at the upcoming NATCAP Summer  Conference 16 on June 14th at the Oracle Reston Office in their CBC.


Sessions include;


10:00 Welcome and Introductions 



Shakeeb Rahman: Database Cloud Services Overview

An overview of the Database Cloud Services and what you can do with it. Shakeeb is the Design Lead for Oracle Application Express.

Scott Spendolini – Securing Data with Oracle Advanced Security & APEX

There hasn’t been a time in history where data security and privacy is more prominent and important than it is today.  With data breaches occurring almost weekly and high profile news stories dominating the mainstream media, organizations are scrambling to make sure that their infrastructures – both on premise and in the cloud – are as secure as they can be.

Fortunately, this task is not as daunting as it seems – when you use the proper tools.  This session will highlight how using features of the Oracle Advanced Security option – particularly Redaction, VPD & encryption – can help developers build secure APEX applications.



  • Lunch sponsored by Mythics
  • NATCAP business meeting
  • Mythics Welcome message



Sarah Craynon Zumbrum: Data Visualization

Data visualization is a really cool and versatile tool that allows you to view your data in graphs, maps, and charts. However, which option is right for you – on-premises, cloud, or desktop? This session will go through the different options: Data Visualization, Data Visualization Cloud Service, and Data Visualization Desktop to determine which one is right for your organization. Data source options, Advanced Analytics, Predictive Analysis, filtering options, Data Wrangling, and mobile options are just some of the other topics that will be explored.
Sarah Craynon Zumbrum is a Senior Sales Consultant and Oracle ACE Alumni with Oracle Corporation. She has previously worked in-house as a Business Intelligence Architect and EPM Consultant, specializing in the Hyperion suite of tools. She has been a speaker at ODTUG’s Kscope, OAUG’s Connection Point, ECO Conference, Midwest Oracle User Group, and RMOUG Training Days. She is past member of ODTUG’s Board of Directors and Hyperion SIG Board of Directors (serving as Secretary), and is a graduate of ODTUG’s 2013 Leadership Program. Sarah has served as a Hyperion Content Reviewer for RMOUG Training Days 2014-2016, the Foundations and Data Management Track Team for Kscope14, Hyperion Planning Track Team for Kscope15, and EPM Reporting Track Team for Kscope16. She has been published in RMOUG’s SQL>Update magazine and ODTUG’s Technical Journal. She is an avid triathlete and resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.



Erik Benner: Enterprise Manager 13c – Events and actions!

Enterprise Manager is the best tool for monitoring your Oracle technology stack. Built into the tool, is a very feature rich event engine, that not only can generate notifications via email, but also open up tickets in systems like Remedy and JIRA. It also has the ability to automatically resolve the issues through Corrective actions. This session will go over how events are generated, how notifications work, and how a simple corrective action can be built.

Erik Benner is an Oracle ACE, author and Enterprise Architect. He has worked with Oracle and Sun Systems since the mid 90s, and is experienced with most of the core Oracle technologies. Erik leverages his experience with all of Oracle’s Engineered Systems to provide holistic designs that combine database, middleware, and virtualization technologies. Erik has a broad and deep understanding of Oracle Infrastructure technology, and how the Oracle database and middleware systems run best with an Oracle on Oracle solution. When not flying to the far points of the country from the Atlanta Metro area, he enjoys spending time with his family at their Observatory, where the telescopes outnumber the people.


Oracle Office

Oracle Reston Campus

1900 Oracle Way

Reston, VA 20190

Complimentary Registration and Lunch


Please remember to select the number of people that will be with you when you RSVP. It’s fine to bring a friend!