About Us

The British Columbia Oracle Users Group (BCOUG) is an independent, not for profit, organization created by users of Oracle software (DBAs, Developers, Analysts, and IT management) to enhance our knowledge and our communities in Vancouver, Victoria and the rest of B.C.

We support the community by organizing:

  • Education Seminars
  • Technical Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Best Practice Symposiums
  • Special Guest Lectures
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Social Events

Upcoming Events

    BCOUG Tech Day 2018

    April 27, 2018 07:30 AM - 05:00 PM

    The British Columbia Oracle Users Group (BCOUG) is proud to present its inaugural Tech Day. This is a full-day event with multiple parallel sessions to get up to speed on the latest developments in Oracle Database and developer technologies.


    Keynote Sessions

    IT Wars - DBA Versus Developer
    For decades developers and DBAs have battled over who controls the world. With each new development paradigm the battle flares again as developers push DBAs to adopt and support new data structures (JSON), new APIs (REST services), new technologies (In-Memory) and new platforms (Cloud). In this session, Gerald takes on the role of lead developer on a project to deploy a RESTful web-based application, while Maria takes on the role of the DBA. Through the use of live demos, they learn to work together to find a solution that will allow them to embrace a more agile development approach, as well as the latest technology trend without exposing the business to painful availability or security vulnerabilities. Can developers and DBAs peacefully coexist? Join us in this session and find out!

    Maria Colgan profile photo

    Maria Colgan
    Master Product Manager
    Oracle Corporation


    Gerald Venzl profile photo

    Gerald Venzl
    Senior Principal Product Manager
    Oracle Corporation



    The Call for Papers have ended and we are currently reviewing and selecting the best content for the event. Please check back again, or at our event website. Alternatively, sign up for our mailing list and you will be notified of event updates.

    Upgrade to Oracle 12.2 and 18c

    February 26, 2018 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM

    Mike Dietrich, the guru of Oracle Database upgrades, will be back in Vancouver on February 26, 2018. The British Columbia Oracle User Group is proud to welcome him to our beautiful city, for yet another day of learning and hands-on exercises.

    Seats are limited! With the impending release of 18c this year, you won't want to miss this FREE one-day event!



    8:30am - Registration
    9:00am - The new Release and Patching Model for Oracle Databases
    9:45am - Upgrade to Oracle Database 12.2 and 18c
    10:30am - Break
    10:45am - Real World Customer Examples
    11:15am - Hands-On Lab Exercise 1 - Upgrade
    12:00pm - Lunch (not provided)
    1:00pm - Oracle Multitenant - More than a bunch of New Features
    2:15pm - Hands-On Lab Exercise 2/3 - Multitenant
    2:45pm - Break
    3:00pm - Ensure Performance Stability with Oracle 12.2/18c
    3:45pm - Debrief and End


    To participate in the workshop:

    Please bring a laptop with preinstalled Oracle VirtualBox 5.x and - VERY IMPORTANT - the Oracle VirtualBox Extensions.

    Download and install Oracle VirtualBox and the Extension Pack from: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

    Furthermore it's important that your laptop meets to following criteria:

    • At least 4GB RAM - 8GB or more highly recommended
    • At least 62GB of free disk space 
    • External disk drives with USB 3.0-SSDs or Thunderbolt may work but slow down the lab usually. The lab does not run on USB thumb drives


    About Mike

    Based in Bavaria, Germany. >25 years IT experience. Database Upgrade and Migration specialist, currently in the role of a Master Product Manager working for Oracle for over 20 years. Interlink between customers/partners and the Oracle Upgrade Development. Holding technical workshops between Arctic and Antarctica. Assisting customers in their reference projects onsite and remotely worldwide. Troubleshooting upgrade and migration issues. Eager to learn something new every day. Experienced conference speaker. Music lover. LP/vinyl enthusiast. Mountain hiker. Runner.

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