March 1: Got AWRs? Near Chicago? Bring ‘Em On!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at COUG Spring Training Day 2018  in Hoffman Estates, IL on March 1, 2018. This will be a full-day event that’s going to offer up some exquisite Oracle content from extremely talented speakers including three Oracle ACE Directors – myself,  Viscosity NA’s Rich Niemiec, and – all the way from Canada! – Pythian’s Bjoern Rost.

This year’s spring event features something completely different: a chance to see an AWR report dissected live in front of a studio audience. We’re blessed to have Oracle Corporation’s Graham Wood from the Real-World Performance Team take a look a look at a few of your very own AWR reports to demonstrate how their team looks at the metrics and information inside to determine the real root causes of poor database performance. Ideally, we’d love it if Graham had more than a few AWRs to choose from, so don’t hesitate to contact COUG directly for details on how to submit your AWRs before the event.

My presentation will be a mini-keynote entitled Everything You Know Is Wrong: DBA Intuition, Meet Hard-Core Metrics. It’ll focus on the importance of metrics to Oracle DBA and developers. It’ll include a unique opportunity to find out how well your current career path aligns with those of other professionals, so don’t miss it!

My colleagues at ViON Corporation are also sponsoring this event, so that means we’ll be on hand with signed copies of my two most recent books for some lucky raffle winners and some special surprise give-aways. So please be sure to register for this event – I hope to see you there!

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March 21-22: Join Me for UTOUG Training Days

I’ll be speaking at UTOUG Training Days 2018  in Salt Lake City, UT on March 21-22, 2018. I’m honored to be asked to speak at this spectacular and popular event for the very first time, and this year it will feature some top-notch talent presenting over 50 sessions in eight different tracks, including Scott Spendolini and Maria Colgan from Oracle plus many Oracle ACEs as well.

I’ll be talking about two brand-new topics that focus on some of the newest tools we can take advantage of for our developers, including Database In-Memory, Analytic Function improvements, and Partitioned External Tables.

My colleagues at ViON Corporation are also sponsoring this event, so that means we’ll be on hand with signed copies of my two most recent books for some lucky raffle winners. And of course, Friday, March 23 is the extremely popular Ski Day – a great way to connect with colleagues before returning to work on Monday with all your new Oracle knowledge. So please be sure to register for this event – I hope to see you there!

March 5-8: Sympose Yourself At Hotsos 2018

I’m honored to announce that for my fifth consecutive year I’ll be speaking at Hotsos Symposium  in Dallas, Texas on March 5-8, 2018.  This event is one of the few remaining conferences for Oracle DBAs and developers that’s dedicated specifically to delving deeply into the typical – and not-so-typical! – performance issues that you might encounter with Oracle database technology. It’s also an excellent forum for learning more about the newest features of the latest Oracle release as well as why and when it makes sense to leverage those features.

This year’s symposium will feature some of the best speakers on all things Oracle performance, including Kerry Osborne, Kellyn Gorman, Bert Scalzo, Jeff Smith, Bryn Llewelyn, and many others. The great thing about Hotsos is its intimacy: you might never get a chance to talk to some of these folks at larger conferences because of time constraints or other demands on speakers’ time, but here you can grab some breakfast or lunch, pull up a chair next to them, and ask your questions … and maybe even find a new way to think about your concerns.

Personally, I’ll be talking about two topics that focus on some of the newest features we leverage to the benefit of our developers’ applications, including Database In-Memory and Analytic Function improvements. I’ll also share some interesting comparisons between Oracle Public Cloud DBaaS and Exadata Express environments from the perspectives of ease-of-use and performance benefits.

Hotsos Symposium’s final day is dedicated to in-depth training on one specific database feature set, and this year’s session will feature one of my favorite speakers on the topic of all things Oracle: Maria Colgan, direct from the world-famous Ask The Oracle Masters (T.O.M.) team that includes Chris Saxon and Connor MacDonald. Maria will be delving into the latest features of Oracle Database Release 18c (or, if you prefer, Oracle 12.2.0.2). So please be sure to register for this event – I hope to see you there!

February 20-22: Join Me On the Slopes (of Learning) in Denver!

RMOUG-TrainingDays2018-SpeakerBadgeI’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at RMOUG Training Days 2018  in Denver, Colorado on February 20-22, 2018. My colleagues at ViON Corporation are also sponsoring this event, so that means we’ll be on hand with signed copies of my two most recent books for some lucky raffle winners.

It’s my very first time attending this event – which I’ve heard is spectacular! – and will feature some top-notch talent presenting over 100 sessions in eight different tracks, including Steven Feuerstein and Bruno Borges from Oracle and many Oracle ACEs as well.

I’ll be talking about three brand-new topics that focus on the changing role of the DBA as well as some of the newest tools we can take advantage of for our developers, including Database In-Memory, Analytic Function improvements, and Partitioned External Tables. And I’ll hopefully provide some interesting insights into improving your career potential as well.

So please be sure to register for this event – I hope to see you there!

January 26: Shake Off Cabin Fever in Indianapolis, Courtesy of INOUG

I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m embarrassed that I’ve never connected with my Oracle colleagues in Indianapolis. Well, the good news is that I am finally going to have a chance to fix that: I’ll be speaking at the next INOUG quarterly meeting on January 26 at the Eli Lilly Auditorium near the Indiana State Capitol.

My colleagues at ViON Corporation will be sponsoring the event as well, so you can be sure we’ll have some neat “swag” on hand and maybe even a few signed copies of my two latest books ready as door prizes.

Here’s what I’ll be talking about; you can get a feel for what my presentations will discuss from my Presentations page:

DBA 2.0 Is Dead. Long Live DBA 3.0!

Cloud. DevOps. Agile. Offshoring. 12cR2. Autonomousness. So much to worry about if you’re an Oracle DBA who hasn’t made the transition from DBA 2.0 to DBA 3.0! Let me help you make the transition with a brief presentation – no code samples, just my viewpoints! – about the the future history of the DBA role in the USA.

Oracle 12cR2 Database In-Memory: Adventures with SwingBench TPC-DS

For the past two years I’ve been working closely with Dominic Giles, the original author of SwingBench, to bring to fruition a new version of that venerable benchmark generator tool that now includes the ability to generate a simulated TPC-DS workload. We’ll harvest the fruits of our labor during this session as I demonstrate several aspects of Oracle Database 12cR2’s newest Database In-Memory features, including In-Memory Expressions, ILM ADO Policies for In-Memory Objects, and improvements to In-Memory Joins and In-Memory Filtering. This session offers a great way to dive into the deep end of the 12cR2 DBIM pool, so be sure not to miss it!

 

1/17. Dallas. Oracle Master Class!

Exciting news! My colleagues at Viscosity NA have just announced our next Oracle Database Master Class! I’ll be joining my fellow ACE Directors Rich Niemiec and Charles Kim from Viscosity NA for this event in Las Colinas, TX near Dallas on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Viscosity NA and ViON Corporation are the prime sponsors for this all-day event, which will feature two different learning tracks for Oracle 12cR2: a deep dive into Oracle 12cR2 Multitenant features hosted by Charles and myself, and a second track devoted to discussing and demonstrating the latest features of Database In-Memory, the upcoming release of Oracle 18c, and the Autonomous Database, hosted by two special guest speakers from Oracle: Andy Rivenes, the Product Manager for all things Database In-Memory; and George Trujillo, Oracle’s Director of Global Enablement.

Rich Niemiec will be our keynote and lead-off speaker, so be sure to get there early to hear Rich’s unique perspectives on the future direction of IT, as well as his insights on several other aspects of Oracle Database 12cR2, 18c, and the Autonomous Database.

Registration is now open, so if you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, be sure not to miss this free event.  It’s a rare chance to get some hands-on, in-depth about Oracle 12cR2’s complex yet elegant features so that you can help make the case to transition to 12cR2 (or maybe even 18c!) in the immediate future with confidence. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Is [Almost] a Wrap: Sample Code, Ruminations, & Portents for 2018

2017 has been an incredibly busy year! Besides speaking at half a dozen different Regional Oracle User Groups this year, I co-authored two new books, experimented in depth with Oracle Public Cloud, and helped my latest employer, ViON Corporation, build out their Oracle Gold partnership from the ground up, one customer at a time. It’s been an exhilarating experience for me, but for you, it means access to some great collateral and code:

  • I’ve added all three of my most popular presentations as PowerPoint slide shows for download. Many folks have asked me for the sample code in the two most technical presentations on Oracle 12cR2 Database In-Memory feature explorations and Analytic views. Just in case you missed out on seeing me present at one of my numerous conference engagements this past year, I hope these presentations help you with your experimentation.
  •  I’ve also added a link to all of the code examples for my most recent book, PDB Me to Oracle Cloud Pocket Solutions Guide: A Lazy DBA’s Guide to Mastering Multitenant Features on Oracle Cloud, that I co-authored with good friend and fellow Oracle ACE Director Charles Kim from Viscosity NA. It’s a great little handbook that explores some of the neatest features of Oracle 12cR2 multitenancy, including the ability to move a PDB between different CDBs without ever facing any application downtime. Oh, and by the way – it’s all done in the Oracle Public Cloud!
  • Check out my most recent article on IOUG SELECT that include my impressions from Oracle OpenWorld 2017. I review what Larry Ellison’s keynotes revealed for the future of Oracle and what those revelations most likely mean for the role of Oracle DBA in the coming months and years.
  • Finally, Oracle Technology Network just published my latest article that explores the unique advantages of leveraging Oracle Public Cloud’s Exadata Express features for a robust, automatic, and powerful Cloud-based platform, especially for experimenting with Oracle 12cR2 Database In-Memory features at a reasonable cost before investing in it for your on-premises databases.

Enjoy, my colleagues! Here’s to a 2018 that’s full of surprises. Only good ones!