KSCOPE18

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.

Finally, my colleagues at ViON Corporation and our close business partners at Viscosity NA are co-sponsoring an incredible social event at KSCOPE18 that you won’t want to miss! I’ll update this post as soon as we’ve got more details soon to follow. 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.

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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!

March 1: Got AWRs? Near Chicago? Bring ‘Em On!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at COUG Spring Training Day 2018  in Hoffman Estates, IL on March 1, 2018. This will be a full-day event that’s going to offer up some exquisite Oracle content from extremely talented speakers including three Oracle ACE Directors – myself,  Viscosity NA’s Rich Niemiec, and – all the way from Canada! – Pythian’s Bjoern Rost.

This year’s spring event features something completely different: a chance to see an AWR report dissected live in front of a studio audience. We’re blessed to have Oracle Corporation’s Graham Wood from the Real-World Performance Team take a look a look at a few of your very own AWR reports to demonstrate how their team looks at the metrics and information inside to determine the real root causes of poor database performance. Ideally, we’d love it if Graham had more than a few AWRs to choose from, so don’t hesitate to contact COUG directly for details on how to submit your AWRs before the event.

My presentation will be a mini-keynote entitled Everything You Know Is Wrong: DBA Intuition, Meet Hard-Core Metrics. It’ll focus on 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!

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!

March 21-22: Join Me for UTOUG Training Days

I’ll be speaking at UTOUG Training Days 2018  in Salt Lake City, UT on March 21-22, 2018. I’m honored to be asked to speak at this spectacular and popular event for the very first time, and this year it will feature some top-notch talent presenting over 50 sessions in eight different tracks, including Scott Spendolini and Maria Colgan from Oracle plus many Oracle ACEs as well.

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, including Database In-Memory, Analytic Function improvements, and Partitioned External Tables.

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 of course, Friday, March 23 is the extremely popular Ski Day – a great way to connect with colleagues before returning to work on Monday with all your new Oracle knowledge. So please be sure to register for this event – I hope to see you there!

March 5-8: Sympose Yourself At Hotsos 2018

I’m honored to announce that for my fifth consecutive year I’ll be speaking at Hotsos Symposium  in Dallas, Texas on March 5-8, 2018.  This event is one of the few remaining conferences for Oracle DBAs and developers that’s dedicated specifically to delving deeply into the typical – and not-so-typical! – performance issues that you might encounter with Oracle database technology. It’s also an excellent forum for learning more about the newest features of the latest Oracle release as well as why and when it makes sense to leverage those features.

This year’s symposium will feature some of the best speakers on all things Oracle performance, including Kerry Osborne, Kellyn Gorman, Bert Scalzo, Jeff Smith, Bryn Llewelyn, and many others. The great thing about Hotsos is its intimacy: you might never get a chance to talk to some of these folks at larger conferences because of time constraints or other demands on speakers’ time, but here you can grab some breakfast or lunch, pull up a chair next to them, and ask your questions … and maybe even find a new way to think about your concerns.

Personally, I’ll be talking about two topics that focus on some of the newest features we leverage to the benefit of our developers’ applications, including Database In-Memory and Analytic Function improvements. I’ll also share some interesting comparisons between Oracle Public Cloud DBaaS and Exadata Express environments from the perspectives of ease-of-use and performance benefits.

Hotsos Symposium’s final day is dedicated to in-depth training on one specific database feature set, and this year’s session will feature one of my favorite speakers on the topic of all things Oracle: Maria Colgan, direct from the world-famous Ask The Oracle Masters (T.O.M.) team that includes Chris Saxon and Connor MacDonald. Maria will be delving into the latest features of Oracle Database Release 18c (or, if you prefer, Oracle 12.2.0.2). So please be sure to register for this event – I hope to see you there!