Forestall Failure Before You Upgrade With Oracle 12cR1 RAT

TIOUG_Logohe second part of my two-part series entitled Regression Analyzed, Tout de Suite: Leveraging Oracle 12c Database Real Application Testing (RAT) Suite has just been published in IOUG SELECT Journal’s 4th Quarter 2016 edition. This part of the article series show how I leveraged RAT’s Database Replay features to evaluate Oracle Database’s Database In-Memory features. If you don’t have an IOUG membership, you can still browse a copy of my article in PDF format … but seriously, shouldn’t you become a member of one of the best Oracle User Groups in North America?


December 1st. Columbus, OH. Upgrade Your 12c Knowledge!

This coming Thursday, December 1st I’ll be speaking at my tenth Oracle User Group in 2016 – a new record for me. I’m excited that for the very first time I’ll be sharing my Oracle Database 12c knowledge with members of the Ohio Oracle Users Group (OOUG) on in Columbus, OH for their 2016 3rd Quarter Meeting.

I’m joining two great speakers, Dallas Deeds and George Spears, who will speak to the latest advances in Oracle Database 12c technology and development tools and techniques, including Oracle Cloud and SQL-T. I’ll present three of my most popular Oracle Database 12c topics so that you can immediately take advantage of those features in your transition to that release even more effectively. 

OnX Enterprise Solutions is sponsoring this OUG event, so be sure not to miss it because there will be some great “swag” to snag as well as signed copies of my recent books. So be sure to mark your calendars for these sessions – it’s going to be quite an excellent technical deep dive.

And if you are in the Dublin, OH area the evening before (Wednesday, 11/30) the OOUG event, please be sure to contact my OnX counterpart Joseph Manion to attend an informal gathering we’re holding that evening. This will give you a chance to meet me outside the event and pick my brain about all things Oracle. I look forward to seeing you there!

December 7th: Winter Comes to New York … And So Am I.

nyoug_logoI’m happy to announce that yet another Oracle User Group has honored me by requesting my presence at their annual summit! I’ll be sharing my Oracle Database 12c knowledge with members of the New York Oracle Users Group (NYOUG) on Wednesday, December 7th in Manhattan, New York for their 2016 Winter General Meeting. I’ll be presenting one of my most popular Oracle Database 12c topics, Analyze This! Practical Examples of Oracle Analytical Functions. I’ll show you some kewl tricks with lesser-known 12c Database analytical functions that you can take away from the session and immediately employ to answer difficult user questions with only minimal coding, including some slick techniques to analyze unseen patterns in data.

Registration for this event is now open and once again my colleagues at OnX Enterprise Solutions have agreed to sponsor this OUG event, so be sure not to miss it. As usual, t\There will be some great “swag” to snag and I’ll be giving away some signed copies of my recent books. The folks at NYOUG have packed the day with great speakers ready to share their Oracle Database 12c knowledge, so I’m hoping to see you all there!

November 16th: Find Out How to RAT Out 12cR1 Performance Regression

onx-black-200I’m especially excited to tell everyone about my upcoming webinar – the sixth in this year’s bimonthly webinar series on all things Oracle Database 12c – on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM CST (2 PM EST, 11 AM PST) – because this time, I’ll be looking at the most significant features of one of Oracle’s most under-rated suites – Real Application Testing (RAT).

I’ve found that most Oracle DBAs aren’t aware of its expanded powers in Oracle Database 12cR1 … and that’s a pity, because it has potential to make extremely short work of finding out exactly how your database applications will perform in a 12cR1 environment, even in “nightmare” mode during a test to destruction. We’ll also be doing some real-time polling to find out how your fellow Oracle DBAs and application developers plan to leverage the most compelling features of 12cR1 RAT Suite.

As always, registration is free but it’s likely to fill up quickly for this webinar. Even though our last webinar had over 650 open slots, we began to run out of openings days before. I look forward to hearing your feedback after you attend!

November 17th: Celebrate a New Boston TEA (Technical Evangelists Assemble) Party!

NOUG_LogoIf you’re in the Boston area in mid-November, then be sure not to miss a most excellent event: the annual New England Joint Oracle User Group Meeting on Thursday, November 17th at the historic Gillette Stadium. Registration for this event is already open but be sure to register soon, as I’m guessing slots will fill up quickly.

Along with a cadre of other Oracle experts, I’ll be presenting one of my most popular Oracle Database 12c topics, Migrating and Upgrading to Oracle Database 12c Quickly With Near-Zero Downtime.

Once again, OnX Enterprise Solutions will be sponsoring this event … so that means there will be some great “swag” and of course I’ll have a few signed copies of my recent books on hand to give out after my presentation. So be ready to have your Oracle Database 12c knowledge expanded beyond your imagination!

Fall In New England: October 3rd for NOUG Special Event

For the first time ever, I’ll be sharing my knowledge of Oracle Database 12c with members of the Northeast Oracle Users Group (NOUG) on this coming Monday, October 3rd just outside Boston in Canton, MA at the beautiful Blue Hill Country Club. I’ll be presenting three of my most popular requested Oracle Database 12c topics:

DBA, Heal Thyself: Five Diseases of IT Organizations and How to Cure Them

This introductory session looks at how the role of Oracle DBA has changed over the past 15 years as well as how DBAs need to view their roles within their organizations to accommodate the rapidly-changing demands of tomorrow’s IT industry . Jim will describe five specific maladies he’s diagnosed within many IT shops and how an Oracle DBA’s orientation towards her role often makes the difference in curing those ailments.

Here At Last! Oracle 12cR2 New Features and Enhancements

Oracle Database 12cR2 includes features as revolutionary as the 12cR1 release. This session will review several of its most intriguing new feature sets and what they mean to a typical Oracle DBA, including its new PDB Live Migration features, significant enhancements to Database In-Memory, Sharded Databases (SDBs), In-Place Tablespace Encryption, Sparse RMAN Backups, and Schema PITR.

 Regression Analyzed, Tout de Suite: Leveraging Oracle 12c Database’s Real Application Testing (RAT) Suite

If you’re tired of not knowing exactly how your applications will perform once you’ve upgraded to Oracle Database 12cR1, or if you’re exhausted from tuning SQL after your developers have released their latest version of code without really testing it to destruction, then this session is for you. Jim will explain RAT Suite’s newest functions in, including Workload Intelligence, Workload Scale-Up, and Consolidated Database Replay, as well as its original key features – Database Capture and Replay (DBCR) and SQL Performance Analyzer (SPA) – to avoid unnecessary application performance regression before applications are deployed.

OnX Enterprise Solutions will be sponsoring this event, and that means there will be some great door prizes, “swag,” and even a few signed copies of my recent books as raffle prizes. It’ll be a fun evening filled with 12c knowledge, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

Space is limited, so save the date on your calendar! Registration will open soon.



Remaking The Magnificent 7 – But in Dallas With a Cast of Oracle ACEs!

DOUG_LogoYou may have heard that (for whatever reason!) Hollywood is remaking the classic American western The Magificent Seven … but you’ll have a chance to see the Oracle ACE version of that production on October 20th in Dallas, TX when the Dallas Oracle Users Group (DOUG) presents a full day of technical training on all things Oracle Database.

I’ll be joining an esteemed cast, including my fellow Oracle ACEs and ACE Directors Charles Kim, Cary Millsap, Dan Morgan, Kerry Osborne, Tanel Poder, and Nitin Vengurlekar, to provide the Dallas community with some top-notch expertise, advice, and perspectives on Oracle Database performance tuning. Personally, I’ll be presenting a much closer look at what I believe are the key features of the just-announced 12.2 Database release that every Oracle DBA should know about.

So be sure not to miss this truly, umm, magnificent event! See you there, pardners.