July 27: Meet Me in Dallas, Get Excited about Oracle 12cR2!

I’m excited and honored to announce that I’ve been asked to speak again at the Dallas Oracle User’s Group (DOUG) at their coming July 27th meeting. Registration is now open for this event, so be sure to sign up soon!  I’ll be reprising two of my most requested topics:

DBA 3.0: Transform Yourself into a Cloud DBA, or Face a Stormy Future

I’ll 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.

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.

Oh, one more thing: My colleagues at ViON Corporation have graciously agreed to sponsor this event … and that means there will be some decent raffle prizes and “swag” on hand. Please be sure to join us, my Texas colleagues!



Join Me In Dallas on 4/23 @DOUG For New Oracle 12cR1 Topics

I’m excited and honored to announce that I’ve been asked to speak again at the Dallas Oracle User’s Group (DOUG) at their coming April 23rd meeting. My topics will be:

Precisely My Point: Leverage Attribute Clustering and Zone Mapping in Oracle Database

I’ll explain how to use the brand-new Attribute Clustering and Zone Mapping features for improved query performance in Oracle Database

A Smart Optimizer Gets Even Smarter: New Histograms in Oracle 12cR1

I’ll show how Oracle Database 12c’s two new histograms – Top Frequency and Hybrid – can dramatically improve the accuracy of cardinality estimates, construction of better execution plans, and speedier access to skewed data sources.

My new allies, Alliance Technical Group LLC, are also sponsoring this event, so I’m sure that there will be plenty of excellent “vendor swag” as well. Registration for this event is open already, and I anticipate there will be a full crowd as there was when I presented in Dallas last August, so please be sure to sign up soon!

Is Hotsos 2015 On Your Horizon? A Discount May Help You Decide!

I just found out that I’ve been selected to present this year at Hotsos Symposium 2015 in Dallas, TX this coming March 1-5. It’s a great honor to be chosen, and it’s my second year in a row, so I’m really pumped to be attending this year!

Hotsos 2015 features the top talent of the Oracle community focusing its collective efforts to improve Oracle database and application performance. I’ll be just one of the featured 28 speakers this year; I’ll be presenting my findings on Oracle Database’s most exciting feature setIn Memory Column Store – as well as In Memory Aggregation and Advanced Index Compression. And there will be a full day of optional training led by Carlos Sierra and Maura Pagano as well. The best part of Hotsos is its intimacy; I had a chance to talk in person to some of the top “rock stars” of Oracle Corporation, including Tom Kyte and Maria Colgan, about the future of the 12c Database without feeling like I was pinning them against a wall to get their autographs.

The good news: You can get a $250 discount for attendance if you sign up soon – just use code 14BSYMSA. Remember that this discount also applies to the virtual attendance option as well – an option that’s been if travelling to a warmer climate in March isn’t within your organization’s travel budget. (For group rates, please contact Stacey Aucoin @ Hotsos.)

I hope to see you all there! It’s going to be an absolutely awesome gathering of talent.