Chicago. Summertime. Oracle. Join Us on June 26th!

There’s no better way to spend a warm summer evening in Chicagoland than a knowledge-filled evening, courtesy of my good friends at the Chicago Oracle Users Group! Join us in Palatine, IL at Emmett’s Brewing Company (110 North Brockway Street) starting at 6 PM on June 26, 2018 for some brews, some food, and a lot of interesting information.

Our evening together will include a presentation on Logical Replication by my colleague Susan Wong from Quest; my rather eclectic presentation this time will be entitled Everything Vote Early, Vote Often: From Napkin to Application In a Weekend. I’ll focus on how easy it is to leverage existing tools like SQL Developer, Data Modeler, and APEX to create an application in less than a few days to handle a moderately complex set of user requirements.

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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Este Agosto, No Te Pierdas Mis Sesiones En LAOUC!

I am embarrassed to admit that I’ve ignored my dear colleagues just a few thousand kilometres to the south of Chicago for much too long … so it is a great honor to return to South America as part of the 2018 Latin American Oracle User Group (LAOUC) Developer Community Tour conference series this coming August 2018!

For now, here’s my personal itinerary … but be sure to check the official LAOUC web site or the links below for the most up-to-date information:

July 31: Asuncion, Paraguay

August 2: Santiago, Chile

August 4: Sao Paolo, Brazil

August 6-7: Montevideo, Uruguay

August 9: Rio de Janiero, Argentina

I’ll be talking about several topics that focus on some of the newest tools we can take advantage of for our developers, including how to choose the right Oracle Cloud for your development tasks at hand, with some really neat examples of how easy it is to use Exadata Express for Oracle 12cR2 as well as DBaaS with Oracle 18c. I’ll also offer my viewpoints and code examples of how best to bring our developers’ application code back inside the Oracle Database in a sensible fashion through the #SmartDB paradigm.

So if you are going to be near any of these venues this August, I hope to see you there! Hasta luego, mis amigos y amigas!

Oracle DBAs Weigh In: Fear Not the Autonomous Database!

I’ve had the honor to share a page in Fortune Voice with some of my most esteemed and respected colleagues – including Michelle Malcher,┬áNitin Vengurlekar, Russ Lowenthal, and Dan Vlamis – on the topic of what the Oracle Autonomous Database (or what I like to call AuDB) means for Oracle DBAs as they continue to upgrade their careers from DBA 2.0 to DBA 3.0.

Michelle, Nitin, Russ and Dan all offered different viewpoints on what AuDB offers to the common DBA, and I concur heartily! I can’t wait to see what the OLTP version of AuDB will bring for us DBAs who are often tasked with keeping hundreds of different databases up and running in good health. It will be an interesting voyage!

 

At KSCOPE18 You Should Join Me. Feel the Force of the Cloud Awaken, You Will!

I am honored to announce that for the second year in a row, I’ll be speaking at ODTUG‘s premier annual conference, KSCOPE18.

KSCOPE18 will be held this year in Orlando, FL on June 10-14, 2018 at the glorious Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. I have fond memories because that’s where I took and passed my first-ever professional certification test for Powerbuilder 7.0 back in the last century. If it wasn’t for that certification, I would’ve never been able to make the foray into becoming an Oracle DBA. (It’s a long story – buy me an adult beverage at KSCOPE, and I’ll bore you with it.)

KSCOPE18 will feature top-notch talent presenting hundreds of valuable sessions at all experience levels – many from from Oracle ACEs – as well as industry experts. I’ll be talking about at least two brand-new topics that focus on some of the newest tools we can take advantage of for our developers, including how to take advantage of Partitioned External Tables of multiple flavors – including files stored in HDFS and HIVE! – and an updated look at Database In-Memory, Analytic Function, and Analytic Views – including a preview of some of 18c’s newest DBIM features.

And I’ll also be emceeing a discussion between several of my fellow ACE Directors and other Oracle personalities on June 12th that will look into many of the newest features of Oracle 12cR2 and Oracle 18c.

Finally, my colleagues at ViON Corporation and our close business partners at Viscosity NA are putting together a Star Wars themed event on Sunday evening at KSCOPE18 that you won’t want to miss! Details are still in the works, but you can expect some neat Star Wars-related items for giveaways, as well as plenty of kewl swag for you and your family, especially – since the Force has awakened! – the budding Jedi among you. So be sure to register for KSCOPE18, and I’ll be waiting for your quid quo pro: a cold one in exchange for my story.

Drew Carey Got Nuthin’ On Me – Meet Me In Cleveland for GLOC18!

It seems like forever since I last spoke at NEOOUG’s annual Great Lakes Oracle Conference, so I’m excited to announce that I’ll be at GLOC18 at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, OH on May 16-17, 2018. This is one of the premier events in the Midwest for all things Oracle, and this year’s event is no exception, featuring excellent content presented by numerous Oracle ACEs as well as industry experts.

I’ll be talking about two new topics that focus on some of the newest tools we can take advantage of for our developers, including how to choose the right Oracle Cloud for your development tasks at hand, as well as a mini-keynote that reveals 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!

Finally, my colleagues at ViON Corporation are sponsoring this event, so expect some great swag and several chances to win copies of my most recent books. Until then, don’t forget to register for GLOC18 – I’ll see you there!

27 April: Meet Me in Vancouver for BCOUG’s First-Ever Tech Day!

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been asked to speak at the first-ever BCOUG Tech Day in Vancouver, BC on April 27, 2018. I’ll be heading there just after COLLABORATE18, so you can be sure I’ll have some fantastic new information about Oracle 18c and the general direction of all things Oracle Database.

This first-ever event will feature my colleagues Gerald Venzl and Maria Colgan from Oracle, and 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 – Partitioned External Tables – as well as a demonstration of why metrics are so crucial to understanding exactly what’s going on inside your database and applications.

So if you’re in the vicinity of Vancouver near the end of April, don’t miss this event – register soon, because I have a feeling that space will be limited!

April 22-26: If It’s Spring, It Must Be Time for COLLABORATE18

For the sixth year in a row, it’s my honor to be selected to speak at IOUG COLLABORATE. COLLABORATE18 will be in LasVegas, NV on April 22-26, 2018 and this year’s conference will yet again feature top-notch talent presenting hundreds of valuable sessions at all experience levels – many from from Oracle ACEs – as well as industry experts.

I’ll be talking about three brand-new topics that focus on some of the newest tools we can take advantage of for our developers, including how to take advantage of Partitioned External Tables; how to choose the right Oracle Cloud for your development tasks at hand; and my take on how best to bring our developers’ application code back inside the Oracle Database in a sensible fashion through the #ThickDB / #SmartDB paradigm.

Finally, my colleagues at ViON Corporation and our close business partners at Viscosity NA are co-sponsoring a most excellent social event on Tuesday evening (April 23) – details soon to follow. In the meantime, be sure to register for C18LV, and I’ll see you there!