Oracle Turkey’s Bloggers Meetup

Last week on 30th of March, I was at Oracle Turkey office to ask my questions about Big Data and Cloud. There were only 10 Bloggers selected to the meeting and I’m glad I was one of them.

It was not a presentation session made by Oracle Turkey peeps. It was a question & answer session lasting more than 2 hours and all the questions are handled briefly with supported presentations & slides (sometimes from the other guys attended to session).

Here were my questions, which I got all answered;

  • What is the value addition of Oracle Big Data Appliance for the companies and in which subjects?
  • What is the infrastructural highlights of Oracle Big Data Appliance and add-ins out-of-the-box? What do companies buy when they buy a Big Data Appliance box? Which licences are included and what will be the support level for non-Oracle products?
  • What is the relationship level of core Big Data actors in the industry (such as Cloudera)? Is there a native support for Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Golden Gate?
  • Do we – as IT world – misunderstand Big Data as a concept? What are the elements witin a Big Data project? Must we talk about NoSQL and unstructured data only? Vs (Volume, Variety, Velocity, Veracity, Value, etc.) and everybody’s theories?

It was a fantastic event and thanks to everybody who organised and attended.

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2015 at a glance

As we are in the last days of 2015, I would like to review my 2015 at a glance.


  • Year started early with OTN Yathra Tour 2015 with all 2 sessions at Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore starting from 19th February till 25th February. Remarkable point is that it was snowing heavily in Turkey and sunny weather in India. Thanks to Sai Janakiram for everything.
  • Oracle User Group Norway (OUGN) in Oslo, Norway at 12th and 13th March 2015 with 2 sessions. My first time in OUGN and luckily boat was great with no waves and swings at all. Thanks to
    Øyvind Isene for all his effort.
  • Ireland Oracle User Group (OUG_Ire) in Dublin, Ireland at 19th March 2015 with 2 sessions. Ireland means good beer and “proper” Irish Pubs. Thanks to Brendan Tierney and UKOUG for setting everything up although Brendan was heavily ill.
  • Turkish Oracle User Group (TROUG) at Halic University Bilisim Gunleri in Istanbul at 16th April 2015. I always want to go to universities and share my expertise with the young generation.
  • Oracle Open World 2015, San Francisco, California at 25th September 2015 and 29th September 2015. Thanks to Debra Lilley (for adding me into UGF3190) and Oracle Data Integration team for letting me speak once again. This was my 6th time in Oracle Open World and 6 of 6 I had the speaker ribbon.
  • Bulgarian Oracle User Group (BGOUG) Fall 2015 Conference in Pravets, Bulgaria at 20th and 21st November 2015 with 3 sessions. Thanks to Milena Gerova for all the efforts she made and it was a fantastic conference.
  • Recorded a 2 Minute Tech Tip – Let ODI Learn From You with Bob Rhubart (OTN ArchBeat) at 14th September 2015.
  • Recorded Oracle Developer Choice (DEVVY) Judge by OTN Database Community at 3rd November 2015 with Laura Ramsey during the Oracle Open World 2015.
  • Recorded another 2 Minute Tech Tip OWB 2 ODI Migration by OTNArchBeat with Bob Rhubart (OTN ArchBeat) at 12th November 2015 during the Oracle Open World 2015.

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Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards, SQL Category Winner!!!

Congratulations Emrah for this high achievement. We (as Turkish Oracle Community) are proud of you. You set the bar too high because of having most votes compared in all the categories, just like Steven mentioned in awards ceremony. 🙂

It was my pleasure to nominate you and seeing the result honoured me more.


Emrah METE

Hi Everyone,
maxresdefault I nominated for Oracle Database Developement Choice Awards from Turkey approximately five months ago. Then I learnt to be a finalist from Oracle Technology Network on 15th October. Then voting started to determine winners for each category. I finished voting at first place thanks to Turkish community supports.
Winners were announced by Oracle at San Francisco (Oracle Open World 2015, YesSQLCelebration)  last week. I was to be there and I took this award from Steven Feuerstein and Andy Mendelsohn(Executive Vice President @Oracle). As I said in Awards ceremony in San Francisco, I am so honered to be a winners and I would like to express my gratitude to all communities who supports me (Especially TROUG ve TurkeyJUG). Hopefully, more awards like this come to our country and we may have the chance to show our capabilities all aorund the world.


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2nd Edition for Turkcell

Today is the first day of my second Turkcell career. I have started as Principal Consultant at Ereteam Consulting company for full-time consultancy role at Turkcell.

My job will primarily cover data integration across Network Operations division (close to what I did in my Turkcell tenure). Let’s see what’s new expecting me.

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Milestone Failed

There are some significant changes in my and my family’s life. We all didn’t expecting this situation, but there is always a risk when you are into big changes.

Because of visa process cannot go further for some reason, it became impossible to obtain a visa right at the moment and it was impossible for me to accept working remotely for a long period of time.

At this stage I and Rittman Mead management agreed to withdraw our contract mutually and my role of Data Integration Practice Head in Rittman Mead is over.

I currently don’t have a plan about what to do, but all offerings will be taken into consideration.


———- TURKISH ———-

Benim ve ailemin hayatında kısa dönem içerisinde bazı önemli gelişmeler oldu. Bu durumu beklemiyorduk ancak büyük değişimler içerisinde risklerin olduğunu da biliyorduk.

Bazı sebeplerden dolayı vize sürecinin devam edemeyecek olması nedeni ile şu an itibarı ile İngiltere’de çalışma vizesi alabilmemiz imkansız hale gelmiştir.  Uzun süreli uzaktan çalışma ise ailemden uzun süre uzak kalacak olmamdan dolayı mümkün değildir.

Bu yüzden Rittman Mead yönetimi ile birlikte anlaşarak karşılıklı olarak kontratımızı fesh etmiş bulunmaktayız ve Rittman Mead şirketindeki Data Integration Practice Head görevim sona ermiştir.

Şu anda herhangi bir planımız olmamakla birlikte öneri ve teklifleri değerlendireceğiz.


New Career, New Country, New Everything

As you already know from my LinkedIn Profile I have started working with RittmanMead on 20th of May and I am very pleased to join the Rittman Mead family.

Everything started in Oracle Open World 2012, when we (Jon, Mark and me) decided to have a breakfast together and all agree to work together. After some period time with some mailing and finalising details, I am now the new “Data Integration Practice Head” of Rittman Mead Consulting and will be responsible of Data Integration operations directly in EMEA and indirectly through the world. Thanks again for Jon Mead, Mark Rittman, Gerald Williams and Matthew

I planned to write this post last Monday (the day I started my new job) but because of many assignments and job to do, I couldn’t find enough time to  write it.

As to promote my new company, I agree to continue writing my technical articles and impressions posts in Rittman Mead Blog. So it is time for the sad news. 🙂

From now on, you can follow my blog posts in Rittman Mead Blog’s Gurcan Orhan section, but personal posts I will still be here around.

Hope to see you somewhere, sometime.


I am quite sure most of you are curios from my tweets of hibernation and not writing to my blog for a period of time. This surely has a reason. But…
There are and will be some huge changes in my and my family’s life, as well as for those who  catch it, it is appreciated. 🙂

For the other friends, just wait for 17 May 2013 for publishing in general (Twitter, Blog and mails).