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  • March 1, 2016

Don't Miss HotSOS Symposium 2016--Oracle Performance Experts

Laura Ramsey
Manager, Oracle Database Developer Communities

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Next week Oracle Database Performance experts will be flying in from around the world to attend the 14th Annual Hotsos Symposium being held at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, TX. This event is exclusively focused on performance aspects and Oracle database optimization.  On the Oracle community calendar, Hotsos sits right between 2 of the biggest regional Oracle User group events:  Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days, and IOUG/AOUG Collaborate 2016.

I had a chance to meet with Ric Van Dyke, Director of Curriculum for Hotsos and Oracle ACE Director,  during RMOUG TD2016, and we had a fantastic time taping an interview about Hotsos.  

Rick Van Dyk Hotsos

[Photo courtesy of @oldmanramsey]

 Alas, the most professional interviewer and the most expert subject with the most advanced video equipment will never be enough if the mic ain't hot. 

So, after sending Ric an email admitting my uncharacteristic technical foible, we came up with this transcript of what we thought we had recorded.

What you need to know about Hotsos Symposium

Q: Tell us about Hotsos...how did this symposium get started, and what makes it so special?

After forming Hotsos, the founders decided to host a
3-day event and bring all of the world's top Oracle performance experts
together to speak and network with DBAs who wanted to learn about
Oracle optimization. Eventually, they added training
day for a deep dive into one or two topics. 

The Hotsos Symposium is different from most other
Oracle conferences in that it is completely focused on performance.  All
the presentations are about helping you as an oracle professional have a
better performing Oracle based application. 
If you are a DBA, Developer, Data Architect or Manager of these folks,
and you want a faster Oracle based system to support your business, this
is the place to be.

Q: What sessions are you most excited about?  Any Hands on Labs that might be fraught with danger and excitement? 

Wow, it’s hard to pin it down.  We have such great ones to choose from...

  • Join Cardinality Estimation Methods by Chinar Aliyev,
  • Controlling
    Execution Plans Workshop by Kerry Osborne, and
  • Plan Stability – When you
    don’t want things to change by Finn Jorgensen

...just to mention a few
that I’m looking forward to.  And other great presentations
by Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Tanel Põder and Bryn Llewellyn too.  We don’t have any Hands on Labs this year, but looking forward
to having that in the future!

Q: How do you go about building your agenda for Hotsos?  It must be hard to select from such a great field of submissions.

Yes it is.  A key is to focus on performance.  Generally we shy away
from presentations that would be just on installing a product or feature
type sessions.  The idea is to help folks use their Oracle system to
its full potential. We use past presentations
as a guide for repeat presenter but are always looking to bring in new
folks.   This year we again have several new folks with interesting

Q:  Tell us about the Special speaker. 

Richard Foote (Mr. Index) will be our training day
presenter.  Each year we have 3 days of the conference with 2 tracks and
then a one full day training day with a special guest.  This year I
think we have a really great opportunity to
learn from simply the expert on Oracle indexing.  I’ve very excited
about his training day and he is also doing a Q&A session on
Tuesday.  If you don’t know Richard he’s from Canberra Australia and has
been working with Oracle for over 20 years.  His expertise
in index in particular is exceptional.  Personally I know I’ll learn a
lot from his session and training and I’m sure everyone there will.

Q: So if I cannot attend the event in person, can I attend any sessions
Online?  Where do I go to register ...and what's the best way to be
prepared to have a great online experience?

Yes, you can attend virtually.  We’ve been doing this for a couple of
years now and it’s working well. Of course you miss out on some of the
casual conversation opportunities but if you can’t be there this is an
excellent way to participate.   Go to our web
site hotsos.com click on the Symposium tab and there is a link there to
the virtual symposium.  From there you can register as a virtual

Q: What else do we need to know?

Start planning for
2017! The dates aren’t officially set just yet but you can plan on it
being about this same time next year, first week or so of March.

Here's where to go to register as a Virtual Attendee for the On Demand sessions this year at Hotsos 2016.

Thanks Ric! Have a great event...and next time I'll remember to turn on the mic~

Ciao for Now!

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