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!



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?)

Join Me in Dallas for Hotsos Symposium 2017 on February 28

hotsossymposium2017_logoMy colleagues at Hotsos have humbled me again: I’ve been chosen once again to present at Hotsos Symposium – one of the most concentrated bunch of Oracle database performance tuning experts in North America – in Dallas, TX during the week of February 28, 2017.

For the first time ever, I’ll have two sessions at Hotsos. My first session – titled Oracle 12cR2 Database In-Memory: Adventures with SwingBench TPC-DS – will show how Oracle 12cR2’s latest Database In-Memory features can make a serious progressive impact on complex queries. It’ll also be the first time that I’ll publicly demonstrate the latest version of the venerable Swingbench utility which now offers the capability to simulate a scaleable version of of the TPC-DS benchmark against an Oracle database. I’ve been honored to work with Dominic Giles, Swingbench’s original author, to develop and extensively test this latest version of that tool since mid-2016.

My second sessionStop Guessing, Start Analyzing: New Analytic View Features in Oracle Database 12cR2 – will show you how to take advantage of a brand-new set of features that makes extremely short work of building complex analytic queries against fact and dimension tables with the creation of only a few simple database objects.

So if you are in the neighborhood of Dallas during the first week of March, please register and attend for this most excellent conference! I hope to see you there.

Forestall Failure Before You Upgrade With Oracle 12cR1 RAT

TIOUG_Logohe second part of my two-part series entitled Regression Analyzed, Tout de Suite: Leveraging Oracle 12c Database Real Application Testing (RAT) Suite has just been published in IOUG SELECT Journal’s 4th Quarter 2016 edition. This part of the article series show how I leveraged RAT’s Database Replay features to evaluate Oracle Database’s Database In-Memory features. If you don’t have an IOUG membership, you can still browse a copy of my article in PDF format … but seriously, shouldn’t you become a member of one of the best Oracle User Groups in North America?