The days are getting longer, the evening shadows shorter, and that can mean only one thing: it’s almost time for COLLABORATE17! IOUG will be hosting over 5,000 IT professionals from every corner of the earth for one of the best Oracle conferences of 2017 on April 2 – 6 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Last year’s event was the best I’ve ever attended, so my expectations for this year are even higher – especially with the recent announcement of Oracle Database 12cR2’s general availability. Like any good movie about heists, there will be a resolute cast of characters who overcome every technical challenge that’s thrown in their way … and this year, that’s us, your humble team of presenters. My four sessions at C17LV are focused on several new features of 12cR2, so if you’re struggling to get your head around what the latest release will mean for your IT organization, be sure not to miss any of them. And don’t forget to attend the 12c Database SIG meeting as well, which I’ll be overseeing alongside my able colleague and ACE Director Anuj Mohan – more on that in a later post.
Oracle 12cR2 Database In-Memory: Adventures with SwingBench TPC-DS
Monday, April 3 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
For the past year, 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. This session offers a great way to dive into the deep end of the 12cR2 pool, so be sure to mark this one on your calendar.
Stop Guessing, Start Analyzing: New Analytic View Features in Oracle Database 12cR2
Tuesday, April 4 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session # 369
If you’re either an Oracle DBA or an applications developer who works with data warehouses, you already know that answering complex business questions often require building extremely complex, n-dimensional queries against fact tables and dimensions stored within Oracle databases. Often, the toughest aspects of any business intelligence endeavors involve establishing accurate business rules about the relationships between data. What if there was an easier way? Fortunately, Oracle 12cR2 offers a brand-new answer: Analytic Views, an entirely new set of database objects aimed at making short work of these analytical tasks. If you attend this session, be prepared to leave with practical examples of how to leverage these powerful new features.
Cloud DBA Transformation: Futuristic TomorrowLand, or Desolate Wasteland?
Tuesday, April 4 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Session # 196
Unless you’ve been trapped under a rock for the past 18 months, you must have already heard all about Oracle Cloud and its many possible configurations – Public, Private, or Hybrid – and the wonderful joy and happiness it will bring to the civilized world. But if you’re an Oracle DBA, you may have more of a jaundiced view about the implications of Oracle Cloud for your databases, your IT organization, and – perhaps most crucially – your career. Join me and my colleague Gary Gordheimer as we employ our unique self-deprecating style and distinctly different perspectives to probe what Oracle Cloud will mean in the immediate future from both utopian and dystopian viewpoints. Warning: There will be laughter – so be sure to bring a sense of humor.
Oracle 12cR2 Expert Panel
Wednesday, April 5 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Session # 518
With the release of Oracle Database 12cR2 barely a few weeks before this session, the dozens of new features will be a daunting task for any Oracle DBA to navigate. So – don’t! Join me and a panel of experts – Oracle ACEs all! – as we review several key feature sets that we find most compelling for today’s DBAs, including the latest buzz on Multitenancy, Database In-Memory, Big Data, Sharding, and many others.