Chicago. Summertime. MOUG / COUG Tech Day, July 18th

Summertime has finally reached the Midwest. The hot dogs are boiling, the flowers are blooming, and it’s a great time to visit the City of Big Shoulders, my hometown, Chicago! Be sure to join us on July 18th at Oracle’s downtown Chicago HQ offices for an all-day technical extravaganza. The Chicago Oracle Users Group and Midwest Oracle Users Group are teaming up to bring our communities a full day of technical training featuring several Oracle ACEs and a look at the future of all things Oracle.

Our event will feature keynotes from Willie Hardie, VP of Database Product Management, as well as Joel Kallman, Senior Director, Software Development from Oracle Corporation. Willie and Joel will provide us a look into their crystal balls on the future of Oracle Database 19c and Oracle APEX, one of the most in-demand application development toolsets today.

We’ll then split into two tracks – Database and Applications – and you’ll get a chance to hear from a team of Oracle ACEs, ACE Directors, and experts in their fields so that you can gear up for the coming challenges that our business users will be most interested in solving in the coming year.

Our event is being held high in the magnificent WIllis Tower near both Union Station and Northwestern Station, so public transportation is a great option if you’re a suburban resident. And best of all, breakfast and lunch are included, courtesy of my colleagues at Viscosity NA. So don’t hesitate to register today to save a few bucks before July 18th because – just like our first Chicago snowfall! – it’ll be here before you know it.

May 9: COUG APEX Day

Be sure to join us on May 9th at Oracle’s Field Office in Deerfield, IL (1405 Lake Cook Road) for a full day of technical training and tips on Oracle Application Express (APEX). Our event will feature the extensive knowledge of David Peake, APEX Product Manager from Oracle Corporation, for a deep dive into the capabilities of APEX, one of the most in-demand application development toolsets today.

I’ll also be presenting briefly about my own experiences on my journey as an “old-school” Oracle DBA as I learned how to leverage the power of Oracle Application Express (APEX) to build a new set of applications based on a real-life use case: constructing mobile, flexible, responsive applications to enable voter canvassing for a US Congressional campaign. (If you’d like to get a preview of what I’ll be presenting, feel free to check out my ongoing journey via my recent four-part article series in IOUG SELECT entitled A DBA’s Journey to APEX, starting with Part 1: From Napkin to Application In a Single Weekend.) 

Best of all, breakfast and lunch are included, courtesy of my colleagues at Viscosity NA. Check the COUG web site events page in the next few days to register for this free event, mark your calendars, and come prepared to have your APEX knowledge expanded dramatically! I look forward to seeing you there.

May 21st. The Big Apple. Oracle CODE

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been selected for my first-ever Oracle CODE event. I’ll be presenting at the New York City event on May 21st at the Jacob Javits Center on my journey as an “old-school” Oracle DBA as I learned how to leverage the power of Oracle Application Express (APEX) to build a new set of applications based on a real-life use case: constructing mobile, flexible, responsive applications to enable voter canvassing for a US Congressional campaign.

If you’d like to get a preview of what I’ll be presenting, feel free to check out my ongoing journey via my recent four-part article series in IOUG SELECT entitled A DBA’s Journey to APEX, starting with Part 1: From Napkin to Application In a Single Weekend that explains how I constructed the original specifications and data model and built the original database schema for the application. All content is free courtesy of IOUG SELECT.

In the meantime, don’t forget to register for the event. I’ll see you in New York in just a few weeks! I’m looking forward to a completely new set of questions from my audience.

6-7 September: Join Me at #POUG2019 in Wroclaw, Poland

Dzien dobry! I’m thrilled to have been selected to speak once again at the 2019 POUG conference on 6-7 September in lovely Wroclaw, Poland. I’m especially excited to explore this corner of my grandfather’s homeland because my extended family has put down some deep roots nearby. (Literally: my cousins raise their own grapes for wine at their estate in Sklary).

I missed last year’s conference because I was participating in the LAODC Tour and then vacationing in South America, so I’m especially thankful to my colleagues at ORA-600 for choosing me to attend this year. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for last year’s gathering on the Baltic, so I’m honored to join the best presenters from every corner of the globe coming to attend this event.

I’ll be presenting one of my favorite topics: In-Memory External Tables (IMXT). I’ll show you how to leverage the power of Oracle Database 18c to access and analyze data wherever it exists – even if it’s in HDFS! – and use the power of Database In-Memory and Analytic Views to power through tons of data quickly and efficiently. And I’ve promised Kamil Stawiarski that I’ll try out my expanded Polish vocabulary while I’m there – but the majority of my presentation will still be in English yet again this year, prszepraszam.

So be sure to register soon, as this conference is one of the most popular events in Central Europe! I hope to see you there, my friends and colleagues.

Hanging My Hat At My New Home: Viscosity NA

I’m unbelievably excited to announce that as of March 16, I have joined Viscosity NA, a dominant Oracle Platinum Partner in North America, as their new Senior Enterprise Data Architect. I’ll be joining their already-robust team of five other Oracle ACEs, ACE Directors, and GroundBreakers as Viscosity continues an incredible growth spurt in 2019.

In my new role, I’ll be working closely with Viscosity’s energized sales force and experienced technical consultants as we enable their clients with the best technological solutions possible. I’ll leverage my experience with Oracle Enterprise Systems and Oracle Database technology to help their IT staff  – especially their Oracle DBAs! – as that role and the IT industry undergoes a dramatic transformation in the age of Cloud computing, data science, and increasingly rapid application development cycles through DevOps.

And I’m especially excited to at last join my co-author Charles Kim as we both continue our advocacy of Oracle technology when we co-present at #C19TX in San Antonio in just a few weeks, so don’t be surprised when you see me sporting my new Viscosity regalia. Be sure to catch me at one of my three presentations, as well as the famous, spirited, and not-to-be-missed Viscosity social events. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Seattle Is Cool. #KSCOPE19 Makes It Kewl!

I am honored to announce that yet again I will be speaking at ODTUG‘s premier annual conference. KSCOPE19 will be held this year in Seattle, WA on June 23-27, 2019 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. If you’ve attended KSCOPE before, you know it always features top-notch talent, Oracle ACEs, and Oracle GroundBreakers presenting hundreds of valuable sessions for any experience level, and this year looks like it will be exemplary once again.

I’ll be talking about two brand-new topics that delve into how a traditional Oracle DBA can begin the transition to the latest version of that role – Enterprise Data Architect – by becoming familiar with the newest features of Oracle’s Autonomous Database, especially ADW and ATP.

The early bird rate for registration ends in just a few weeks (March 31), so be sure to register for KSCOPE19 soon. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge with you and learning from your experiences too! See you there, my colleagues and friends.

May 15-16: Meet Me In Cleveland for GLOC19

I’ll be attending and presenting at the 2019 Great Lakes Oracle Conference (GLOC19) at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, OH on May 15-16, 2019 … and here’s why you should, too:

Last year’s event was one of the best Midwest-based events I’ve attended for gathering technical knowledge on all things Oracle, and I’m expecting this year’s event to be even better because we’ll have over 75 sessions plus four workshops, including a full day on APEX. I’m especially excited to have a chance to see Toon Koppelars, one of the foremost proponents of #SmartDB, provide his viewpoints on how best to leverage those techniques to build more efficient applications.

I’ll be talking about two of my newest topics: what it’s like for an old-school Oracle DBA to build applications through APEX, and how you can leverage the features of In-Memory External Tables (IMETs) for faster analytics when you just don’t have the time or patience to load a ton of new data directly into your Oracle database. (You can check out summaries of my upcoming presentations here.)

Until then, don’t forget to register for GLOC19 – I’ll see you there!