2017: [Belated] Thanks, ODC, For All You Do!

ManyTanksJust a quick shout-out to all the folks at Oracle Developer Central (the new name for Oracle Technology Network) for all the excellent assistance over the years as I’ve done my best to spread the word about all things Oracle Database.

I’ve been in IT for 35+ years now, and I’ve got to admit that I’ve never had more fun, been more professionally challenged, and given more opportunities to expand my knowledge about Oracle Database without the tireless efforts of Laura Ramsey, Jennifer Nicholson, and Lori Lorusso. If I’ve left anyone out … well, you know who you are! Thanks for all you have done, continue to do, and will do in the future to help me tell the Oracle story.

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Denver In Autumn: Join Me on November 1, Get 12cR2’d!

It’s long overdue, but I’m finally returning to Denver to share my knowledge with the folks at RMOUG on November 1. I’m sure that I’ll still be pumped up from Oracle OpenWorld 2017, so please be sure to register for this event – I hope to see you there!

Here’s what I’ll be talking about:

DBA 2.0 Is Dead. Long Live DBA 3.0!

Cloud. DevOps. Agile. Offshoring. 12cR2. Autonomousness. So much to worry about if you’re an Oracle DBA who hasn’t made the transition from DBA 2.0 to DBA 3.0! Let me help you make the transition with a brief presentation – no code samples, just my viewpoints! – about the the future history of the DBA role in the USA.

Stop Guessing, Start Analyzing: New Analytic View Features in Oracle Database 12cR2

If you’re either an Oracle DBA or an applications developer who works with data warehouses, you already know that answering complex business questions often require building extremely complex, n-dimensional queries against fact tables and dimensions stored within Oracle databases. Often, the toughest aspects of any business intelligence endeavors involve establishing accurate business rules about the relationships between data. What if there was an easier way? Fortunately, Oracle 12cR2 offers a brand-new answer: Analytic Views, an entirely new set of database objects aimed at making short work of these analytical tasks. If you attend this session, be prepared to leave with practical examples of how to leverage these powerful new features.

Sweet Home, Chicago! Join Me on October 26th, Upgrade to DBA 3.0

Trust me – early fall in Chicago is one of the best times to see my hometown. Join me and a whole bunch of top Oracle talent at the Midwest Oracle User Group (MOUG) for an all-day session that will be chock-full of new information from OOW17 from the mouths of some of the best speakers in the US.  So if you are in the Chicagoland area on October 26th, please be sure to register for this event – I hope to see you there!

DBA 2.0 Is Dead. Long Live DBA 3.0!

Cloud. DevOps. Agile. Offshoring. 12cR2. So much to worry about if you’re an Oracle DBA who hasn’t made the transition from DBA 2.0 to DBA 3.0! Let me help you make the transition with a brief presentation – no code samples, just my viewpoints! – about the the future history of the DBA role in the USA.

October 12: Join Me in Minneapolis, Courtesy of TCOUG

At the invitation of my colleagues in Minneapolis, I’ll be presenting on several Oracle 12cR2 database topics on this coming October 12th. If you are in the Minneapolis region that day, please be sure to register for that event and I hope to see you there! Here’s a summary of what you’ll learn:

Oracle 12cR2 Database In-Memory: Adventures with SwingBench TPC-DS

For the past 28 months I’ve been working closely with Dominic Giles, the original author of SwingBench, to bring to fruition a new version of that venerable benchmark generator tool that now includes the ability to generate a simulated TPC-DS workload. We’ll harvest the fruits of our labor during this session as I demonstrate several aspects of Oracle Database 12cR2’s newest Database In-Memory features, including In-Memory Expressions, ILM ADO Policies for In-Memory Objects, and improvements to In-Memory Joins and In-Memory Filtering. This session offers a great way to dive into the deep end of the 12cR2 DBIM pool, so be sure not to miss it!

 

9/13: Mark Your Calendars for IOUG Master Class on Oracle 12cR2

Exciting news! The fine folks at IOUG have just opened registration for its first-ever Oracle Database 12cR2 master class! I’ll be joining my fellow ACE Directors Rich Niemiec and Charles Kim from Viscosity NA for our very first event in Herndon, VA – just outside Reston, VA and close to Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD – on Wednesday, September 13, 2018.

Viscosity NA and ViON Corporation are the prime sponsors for this all-day event, which will feature two different learning tracks for Oracle 12cR2: a hands-on lab on 12cR2 multitenant features hosted by Charles and myself, and a second track devoted to discussing and demonstrating the latest features of Database In-Memory, hosted by our special guest speaker, Oracle’s Andy Rivenes, the Product Manager for all things Database In-Memory.

Rich Niemiec will be our keynote and lead-off speaker, so be sure to get there early to hear Rich’s unique perspectives on the future direction of IT, as well as his insights on several other aspects of Oracle Database 12cR2.

We’re also coordinating a schedule of future IOUG Master Class events in the upcoming months that will feature the same core team of ACE Directors (Rich, Charles and myself) but with a rotating group of speakers from Oracle and other ACE Directors based on geography and availability.

Registration is now open, so if you are in the Washington DC – Baltimore, MD – Reston, VA area, be sure to sign up for this free event.  It’s a rare chance to get some hands-on, in-depth about Oracle 12cR2’s complex yet elegant features so that you can help make the case to transition to 12cR2 in the immediate future with confidence. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

 

 

October 1: Meet Me @ OOW17 SFO for 12.2 Enlightenment!

I’m pleasantly surprised to let everyone know that Oracle has asked me to present at Oracle OpenWorld on October 1, 2017. I’ll be on hand as part of what I like to think of as the SunDay of Training that our noble Oracle User Groups – in my case, IOUG – has pulled together for a full day of Oracle in-depth knowledge transfer from some of the top presenters across the world of Oracle.

So don’t forget to register – I’ll see you there! – and here’s a brief look at what I’ll be presenting:

Session #SUN5644

Oracle 12cR2 Database In-Memory: Adventures with SwingBench TPC-DS

Sunday, October 1

For the past 28 months I’ve been working closely with Dominic Giles, the original author of Swingbench, to bring to fruition a new version of that venerable benchmark generator tool that now includes the ability to generate a simulated TPC-DS workload. We’ll harvest the fruits of our labor during this session as I demonstrate several aspects of Oracle Database 12cR2’s newest Database In-Memory features, including In-Memory Expressions, ILM ADO Policies for In-Memory Objects, and improvements to In-Memory Joins and In-Memory Filtering.

This session offers a great way to dive into the deep end of the 12cR2 DBIM pool, so be sure not to miss it!

 

1-2 September: POUG. Krakow. 12cR2.

Dzien dobry, my colleagues in Europe! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the High Five POUG conference on 1-2 September in beautiful Krakow, Poland. I’m thankful to my colleagues at ORA-600 for organizing this conference; last year’s gathering in Warsaw was packed with some of the best presenters I’ve had the honor to meet and featured excellent, in-depth technical information.

I’ll be presenting one of my favorite topics: Stop Guessing, Start Analyzing: New Analytic View Features in Oracle Database 12cR2. I’ll show you how to leverage the unique features of Analytic Views in 12cR2 that can save an Oracle DBA and application developers from writing inordinately complex code to solve multi-dimensional analytic queries.

Krakow is the Polish “city of kings” filled with marvelous architecture, deep history, and wonderful people … so if you haven’t visited this jewel of a city yet, here’s your chance. You will not leave hungry or thirsty, that’s for sure! I’m happy to report that I’ve been working on my Polish vocabulary and though I have advanced a bit beyond simple greetings, my presentation will still be in English yet again this year, prszepraszam.

Oh, and I’d like to mention that of all the speakers, I’m the only one with a Polish last name. That’s how exclusive this conference is! I’m looking forward to seeing all my European colleagues there. Don’t miss it!