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.

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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!

 

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!

 

June 6th: Putting the DBA in D-Day at NATCAPOUG

At the invitation of my friend and colleague Erik Benner, I’m thrilled to present one of my favorite Oracle 12cR2 topics at a brand-new Oracle User Group – the National Capital OUG (NATCAPOUG) – on this coming June 6th. So if you are in the Reston, VA or Washington, DC area that evening, please be sure to register for that event and I hope to see you there!

Here’s a summary of what you’ll learn:

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.

May 9-10, Atlanta: Get Your Tech On, Courtesy of GAOUG!

If you are ready to find out more about Oracle 12cR2 – or if you’re even just worried about the future of Oracle DBA-dom – please mark May 9-10 on your calendar and plan to join me and an illustrious group of Oracle ACEs in Atlanta when the Georgia Oracle Users Group convenes their 2017 Tech Day conference.

My first presentation is DBA 3.0: Transform Yourself into a Cloud DBA, or Face a Stormy Future, will offer up my viewpoints on how five key trends in the IT industry – Cloud, Big Data, IoT, Security, and Reshoring – are having an impact on the role of the Oracle DBA within their IT organizations, and how it’s crucial to transform yourself into a Cloud DBA in 2017.

My second presentation, Stop Guessing, Start Analyzing: New Analytic View Features in Oracle Database 12cR2, will take a look at 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.

If you attended this event last year, you already know how much talent was on stage and the level of technical detail that was presented. Please tell your colleagues all about this event – it’s one of the best in the Southeastern US, and supported by an extremely robust Oracle User Group. So if you are planning to be in the Atlanta area during the 2nd week of May 2017, don’t miss this event!

If you want to learn more about GaOUG Tech Days and the other impressive speakers, check out the blog hop posts below. If you’ve never heard of a blog hop, it’s a group of bloggers who all get together to blog on a similar topic, giving you a lot of useful information from different perspectives, but in one stream. Enjoy your “hop” between blog posts and register for GaOUG Tech Days today!

Stewart Bryson, RedPill Analytics

Jim Czuprynski, OnX Enterprise Solutions

Chris Lawless, Dbvisit Software

Bobby Curtis, Oracle Corporation

Danny Bryant, Accenture Enkitec Group

Eric Helmer, Mercury Technology Group

 

March 15th: DBAs, Start Your 12.2 Engines!

After what seems to me like an eternity, I’m excited to see Oracle has finally announced that Oracle Database 12.2 will at last be generally available as of March 15, 2017. This is subject to change, of course, so check MOSC Note 742060.1 for details.

To get yourself up to speed, be sure to take a look at my presentation (here in video form) on what I think are some of the most compelling features of 12.2. I hope that you find them interesting, enjoyable, and most of all informative – be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

On to 12.2! It’s going to be an interesting 2017. (But we already knew that, right?)