A [Belated] Thanks to Oracle GroundBreakers

Yes, I know I’m just a bit late … but I’d like to take a brief break between testing out Autonomous Database intensely to shout out a big thank you to all the folks at Oracle and within the Oracle GroundBreakers community – ACEs, Java Champions, and GroundBreakers – that do a fantastic job of supporting the team of technical advocates that promote the technology running in the Cloud, on premises, and in between.

Halfway through my sixth year as an Oracle ACE Director, I’ve visited some amazing places on six continents, but ultimately, it’s about the user community we support through our efforts. I’ve had a very small part in something huge, and I couldn’t have contributed that without the support of the ACE program, my fellow technology advocates, and most of all the people I’ve tried to inspire through my articles, books, blogs, and presentations.

So here’s to all of us – a toast: May our ARCHIVELOG directories never fill up; may our APEX applications keeping APEXing; and may the only Java that goes sour be the coffee we’ve left in our travel mugs over a long weekend away from work.

October 29-30: Meet Me In Raleigh, NC for ECO2019!

I’m getting excited for the chance to present at and engage with my fellow professionals at the upcoming 2019 East Coast Oracle Users Conference (ECO2019) in Raleigh, NC during the week of October 28, 2019.

ECO2019 is jam-packed with four pre-conference workshops plus several great presenters talking about nearly 70 different topics. That makes it one of the best values for education and training “at the feet of the masters” in the Eastern US, so it’s definitely worth attending this year.

I’ll be presenting two of my most popular sessions – one on how I leveraged Application Express (APEX) to build two neat little applications without any real training, and another on how Autonomous Transaction Processing (ATP) is quickly becoming a “force multiplier” for busy Oracle DBAs.

Check out the full agenda for ECO2019, and don’t forget to register – I’ll see you there soon!

 

 

Say Hello to Your New ODTUG Database Community Lead.

I’m excited to finally announce that I’ve accepted the volunteer position of Database Community Lead for ODTUG. I’ll be working closely with my friend, mentor, and colleague Danny Bryant, the current Database Community Liaison on the ODTUG Board, to bring relevant learning materials, articles, blog posts, and other social media.

The evolving role of the Oracle Database Administrator and the IT industry itself is undergoing a dramatic transformation in the age of Cloud computing, data science, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and increasingly rapid application development cycles through DevOps. My hope is that my new role with ODTUG will expand the realization among us “old school” DBAs that this oncoming sea change offers immense possibilities – as long as we’re ready and able to face up to the challenges that transition offers.

And if you’re interested in making a difference as the future unfolds – either by contributing a blog post, article, white paper, or short video – just reach out to me directly via Twitter, LinkedIn, or e-mail (jczuprynski@zerodefectcomputing.com). Those who have worked with me know that I’m a demanding but fair editor, and there’s few limits on what I will accept for content as long as it’s relevant, forward-looking, and accurate.

I’m going to focus on getting this message out to our ODTUG community in the coming weeks and months, so be sure to catch me at Oracle OpenWorld 2019 and future ODTUG events, especially KSCOPE20 in Boston next year, which as we know will be wicked cool!

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.