August 23rd: Dallas. Summer. Oracle Technology!

DOUG_LogoIf you are an Oracle DBA or developer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, be sure not to miss our next meeting of the Dallas Oracle User Group (DOUG) on August 23rd at the Texas State Government Facility in Richardson, Texas.

I’ll be presenting two of my most popular topics that have resonated with folks at KSCOPE18, COLLABORATE18, and the Latin America Oracle User Community (LAOUC):

  • Saving Your Database from Alzheimer’s: Oracle 12cR2 DBIM looks how the latest features of Database In-Memory, Analytic Functions, and Analytic Views – including a preview of some of 18c’s newest DBIM features – can make some incredible differences in application performance.
  • Get Smart! Embrace #SmartDB, and Put Code In Its Place explains how DBAs and developers can leverage the #SmartDB paradigm to build applications and how that model can revolutionize your IT organization’s approach to DevOps.

Registration for this event is open, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible to guarantee a good seat. I’ll see you in Dallas!

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DOAG 2018: Join Me In Nuremburg, November 20-23!

I am humbled and honored to announce that my colleagues in Germany have selected me to speak at the prestigious DOAG 2018 conference this coming November 20-23 in Nuremburg, DE. They DOAG team has patiently asked me several times over the past four years to submit presentations and attend, but I’ve almost always said no because of family commitments during our American Thanksgiving holiday week … so needless to say, when, so I am thrilled that they this year I

I’ll be joining a cavalcade of excellent speakers on all things Oracle technology, and serendipitously, I’ll be presenting two of my favorite topics:

  • Get Smart! Embrace #SmartDB & Put Code In Its Place explains how DBAs and developers can leverage the #SmartDB paradigm to build applications and how that model can revolutionize your IT organization’s approach to DevOps.
  • Saving Your Database from Alzheimer’s: Oracle 12cR2 DBIM looks how the latest features of Database In-Memory, Analytic Functions, and Analytic Views – including a preview of some of 18c’s newest DBIM features – can make some incredible differences in application performance.

Please don’t forget to register for this most excellent event – the schedule should be updated soon! – and I’m looking forward to joining you there.

UKOUG Tech Days 2018: Yule Want to See My Presos in Liverpool!

For the first time ever, I will be speaking at UKOUG Tech Days this coming December 5-8 in Liverpool, UK. I’ve wanted to carve out enough time to visit England during the Christmas holiday season ever since I explored the eastern edge of the UK a few years back, so it’s serendipitous that I’ll be joining a team of some of the best and most knowledgeable speakers on Oracle technology.

I’m also thrilled that two of my favorite topics were chosen for me to present:

  • Session #51: Everything You Know Is Wrong: DBA Intuition, Meet Hard-Core Metrics explores what goes through a DBA’s head when she’s trying to find the root causes of a particular problem, and how easy it is to let one’s intuition take control when she should be looking at the dashboard instead.
  • Session #47: Caveat Nuba Emptor: Matching Your Organization’s Needs To the Best OPC Database looks at two of Oracle’s Public Cloud offerings and explores the innards of how Exadata Express might make a great addition to a DBA’s capabilities to help her customers – her application developers! – quickly build new applications without fear of overusing critical resources.

Please do check out the schedule here; it could change, of course! – and don’t forget to register for the event. I promise I’ll see you there!

2018 Is Halfway Gone … But Not Forgotten!

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is half over already. I’ve had an incredibly busy six months traveling to and speaking at Oracle user groups events and conferences across the country, so it’s been another exhilarating six months for me … and that means you all have access to some great collateral and code!

I’ve added all four of my most popular presentations as PowerPoint slide shows for download. They’re chock-full of interesting insights into where our world as Oracle DBAs and applications developers is headed, plus some great code samples to boot.

Don’t forget to check out my overview of #SmartDB because it’s got some great examples of how to leverage Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) and cross-edition triggers to make it simpler to handle application migrations and upgrades with no application downtime. And because everything I’ve shown you is a mere soupcon of how #SmartDB works, don’t forget to take at the links I’ve included in that presentation to (much!) deeper dives on #SmartDB by my colleagues and mentors Bryn Llewelyn and Toon Koopelars.

And the rest of 2018 will be equally busy: I’m headed off to South America to participate int the 2018 Latin America Oracle User CODE events in August, then heading over to ECOUG in September, and wrapping up my October with presentations and learning at OOW18. I hope to see you soon at an upcoming event!

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. I’ll be reprising the presentation I did at COLLABORATE18 just a few weeks back entitled Get Smart! Embrace #SmartDB To Restore Application Code To Its Rightful Place. I’ll talk about how the #SmartDB paradigm is changing the way we build applications as DBAs and developers, and how that model can make an incredible difference in your IT organization.

My colleagues at ViON Corporation are also sponsoring the happy hour after the event, so grab a cold adult beverage and come talk to me after our meeting and let me know what you think about the state of Oracle in general and anything else that’s on your mind. Please be sure to register for this event – I hope to see you there!

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 the schedule of where I will be presenting … but be sure to check the official LAOUC web site or the links below for the most up-to-date information on registering for these upcoming sessions:

July 31: Asuncion, Paraguay

August 2: Santiago, Chile

August 4: Sao Paolo, Brazil

August 6-7: Montevideo, Uruguay

August 9: Buenos Aires, 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 APEX in concert with 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, Nitin 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!