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!

Old Dog, New Tricks: A Journey From DBA To APEX Developer

I officially started my career as an Oracle DBA in 2001, but my path to that role spans two previous decades working so many different projects, organizations, and teams that I’ve often forgotten what it was like to be an applications developer. I still remember the thrill I got the first time I wrote a SQL statement and actually got back a meaningful result; I recall the first time that I successfully built a new PowerBuilder application that pulled data right out of an Oracle database gave me a similar jolt of joy.

I recently returned to my application development roots when I decided to build a new set of applications using Oracle Application Express (APEX), and I used my experiences this past summer as a volunteer for a US Congressional campaign to construct a series of use cases and requirements for a mobile, flexible, responsive application for voter canvassing. Now thanks to my editors and colleagues at IOUG, I’ve had the opportunity to chronicle those experiences from my perspective as an “old-school” Oracle DBA with a new article series entitled A DBA’s Journey to APEX. So far that journey has three parts:

All content is free courtesy of IOUG SELECT. I hope you get as much out of reading them as I did out of writing them. Happy computing!

March 28: COUG TechDay

If you are near Chicago late this March, then be sure not to miss COUG Spring Training Day 2019  in Schaumburg, IL on March 28, 2019. This will be a full-day event featuring in-depth technical training from one of the sharpest presenters I’ve ever met: Maria Colgan, Master Product Manager from Oracle Corporation.

Maria will present four (!) different topics on the latest aspects of Oracle Database technology, including the soon-to-be-released Oracle 19c. I’m sure that Maria will spend some time delving deeply into the implications of Automatic Index Creation (AIC) that new release offers – something that we DBAs have been waiting to explore for a long time. Maria also has a keen eye for what the future of both the DevOps and DBA roles portend in light of the growing trends in our industry toward automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, so don’t miss this chance to sit at the feet of the master and absorb her valuable insights.

In addition, Bill Smith, Chief Architect at Vendita – who have graciously offered to sponsor this free event – will highlight the features of Vendita’s Master Automation Sequencer (MAS).

By the way, breakfast and lunch are included, so be sure to register for this free event, mark your calendars, and come prepared to have your Oracle knowledge expanded dramatically! I look forward to seeing you there, chatting about all things Autonomous Database (including ADW, ATP and AIC), and absorbing Maria Colgan’s exquisite training.

COLLABORATE19: April 7-11: New Venue, New Topics!

For the seventh year in a row, it’s my honor to be selected to speak at IOUG’s premier annual event, COLLABORATE19 on April 7-11. I’m also excited about our new venue – San Antonio, TX – right on that city’s glorious RiverWalk that features great food, eclectic music and entertainment, and good old Texas hospitality.

However, I seriously doubt I’ll have much time to partake in RiverWalk activities until the end of this year’s conference because yet again COLLABORATE19 will feature top-notch talent presenting nearly a thousand valuable sessions at all experience levels. With the recent release of Oracle 19c, I’m ready to hear more about this feature-laden release, the first of the new Oracle release schedule, from Oracle ACEs, Oracle GroundBreakers, and of course several notable experts from Oracle Corporation.

I’ve got three new topics to share with you:

#116: Vote Early, Vote Often: From Napkin to Canvassing Application in a Single Weekend
Monday, April 8
10:30 – 11:15 AM
Room 212A
I’ve been working on an article series for IOUG SELECT on how a traditional Oracle DBA can successfully make the transition to Application Express. I’ll demonstrate two applications I generated with APEX and explain how simple it is to develop applications using this powerful set of tools.

#117: Conquer Big Data with Oracle 18c, In-Memory External Tables and Analytic Functions
Wednesday, April 10
2:00 – 2:45 PM
Room 214B
I’ll show you how to unleash the power of Database In-Memory in concert with External Tables in multiple formats in Oracle 18c and (hopefully!) 19c.

#118: An Airline Pilot, A Urologist, and a DBA Walk Into a Bar: Thinking Like a Professional
Thursday, April 11
10:30 – 11:15 AM
Room 205
Finally, I’m honored to have been granted a chance to speak on personal development and leadership – a first for me at COLLABORATE! – and of course I’ll be sure to include my usual humorous insights.

You can see summaries of these three presentations so you can judiciously balance your time while attending … but in the meantime, be sure to register for C19TX, and I’ll see you there! Hasta la vista.

January 28-29: Join Me for ILOUG Tech Days in Tel Aviv

It’s been a long time since I’ve presented at an Oracle User Group event in the Middle East, so I’m thrilled to report that I’ll be at the Israeli Oracle User Group (ilOUG) Tech Days just outside of Tel Aviv, Israel on January 28-29, 2019.

We’ll be meeting at the Oracle Corporation offices in Petah Tikva, and I’ll be presenting three different topics – two on Autonomous Database (both ADW and ATP!) as well as a brand-new presentation on how traditional Oracle DBAs can easily make the transition to DevOps DBA by embracing the technology behind Application Express (APEX) and Oracle SQL Developer. You can check out these session summaries to help you decide which ones to attend.

So if you are near Tel Aviv, be sure to plan on attending this conference – you can register right now – so you can partake in the cavalcade of over 30 great speakers lined up from both Oracle and the ACE community. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!