Tuesday Mar 01, 2016

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

Hotsos 2016 Banner

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 topics.

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 attendee.  

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!
LKR

Wednesday Aug 12, 2015

Make Your Nominations: Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards

I Did.  You Should. Here's the Nomination Form.  Here's Why:

The Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards celebrate and recognize technical expertise and contributions in the Oracle Database community. We all have an expert in our lives. Here's your chance to nominate them for an award. Who is that expert? Sometimes we're inspired by a technical presentation at an Oracle User Group event or SIG; but more often it's that person who is on the discussion space with an answer or suggestion just when you need it. Either way, it's easier to develop great solutions when we "know" someone in our community...and they are is rooting for us, and even helping us along.

Here's my nomination:  John Stegeman.  And he will be embarrassed and might send me a howler for nominating him. 

John Stegeman is a regular in the Oracle Database Community. When he's not answering questions in the Oracle Database General Questions space, he's commenting on social discussions around the Watercooler. He's a Grand Titan with 243,225 points on the Oracle Community platform and an Oracle ACE. He might not be digging in coding an app today, but then again he just might be because he's clearly got SQL chops. And, while he may not realize it, he's been a tremendous help to me as a community manager because his activities help me keep a pulse on what's going on in the community :)

Here's what you need to know:

  • Nominations are open through August 15.
  • A panel of judges, composed of Oracle ACEs and Oracle employees, will then choose a set of finalists.
  • The worldwide Oracle technologist community votes on the finalists from September 15 through October 15.
  • The winners of the Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards will be announced at the YesSQL! Celebration during Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

Get your nominations in ASAP!

Ciao for now,

LKR


Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle Technology Network Sunday in Review / Monday Preview - Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

Sunday OTN Kick Off Event was a BIG success and the RAC ATTACK was awesome. Thanks for joining us!

Here is a listing of OTN activities at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne for Monday, September 29th. Be sure to double check the schedule at the when you visit the OTN Lounge for any changes.  


OTN Lounge - Upper Lobby, Moscone South -

Monday, September 29th to Wednesday October 1st-

  • Oracle ACE Program –11:30 to 3:30 - The Oracle ACE Program Recognizes prominent advocates.  Stop by to learn how to become an Oracle ACE, Gain community recognition for sharing your knowledge and expertise, Advance your career and network with like-minded peers
  • Oracle Community  - 11:30 to 3:30 - Learn about the Oracle Technology Network Community Platform, and get a preview of the new badges that are coming soon! Get answers to questions, network with peers, and be rewarded for your expertise/activity in the Oracle Community
  • MAF Developer Challenge Office Hours – 12pm to 1pm - Taking the challenge?  Stop by and talk to a MAF product expert.  Not signed up? There is still time to register for the MAF Developer Challenge.  Go here to register: (XXX)
  • Relax and Make Your Own Shirt or Origami with us in the Lounge. 

Monday September 29th Only -

  • SQL Live - Monday, September 29th, 2:00pm – 4:00 pm - Come learn about this Dynamic leaning environment featuring code libraries, tutorials, schemas and worksheets for improving your SQL and PL/SQL knowledge and skills. 
  • Delphix and DbVisit –Monday, September 29th, 3:30pm to 5pm  - Enter the worlds of database replication and virtualization fast and hassle free. Meet with experts that will help you get up and running with tools and labs that will help you grok how replication and virtualization really work.
  • Oracle Technology Network’s TechFest with Tweet for a Beer–Monday September, 29th 7pm to 9pm – Howard Street Plaza - OTN's Tech Fest is the place hang with your techie peers, sip wine or drink beer, dance to the DJ. Be sure to keep your eyes out for the blinking OTN team they will be walking around the event handing out "goodies" while they last.  This event is open to Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne full conference pass attendees. Don't forget your badge!
  • The Yes SQL session hosted by Steven Feuerstein for 6:00 PM this evening is "sold out" but not to worry, Steven will be in the OTN Lounge all week with SQL and PL/SQL books and ready to answer any questions.  


OTN Activities @ Java Hub / Hilton - Monday, September 29th to Wednesday, October 1st -

  • Hackergarten
  •     3D Modeling 
  •     Meet The Experts
  •     Get Your NEW OTN Java Shirt! Find out how onsite @ the OTN Desk in the Java Hub


Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

IMPORTANT: My Oracle Support and OTN Profiles Merge on January 31, 2014


For My Oracle Support Community Users...

On January 31, 2014, we plan to migrate the My Oracle Support Community (MOSC) to the same platform used for the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) forums. This platform will bring new community features to help make it easier to find information through a more intuitive interface, and enhance the way you connect with Oracle experts and industry peers. If you are a user who has the same email address that accesses both My Oracle Support Community and OTN forums, be sure to read this important blog brought to you by Oracle Support.

Ciao for now!

LKR

Friday Oct 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 - A Community Perspective

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 enters the history books as another fantastic event. Between Oracle Team USA winning the America's Cup (on a boat stuffed full of Oracle technology), Oracle unveiling new technologies that support greater innovation, and all the action at JavaOne, it will be hard to beat. See Ace Director Danny Bryant's perspective on the event, and his experience connecting with Oracle DBAs and experts. Jason Arneil also reports on his 5th outing to OOW. If there is any event you must have on the calendar, it has to be Oracle OpenWorld, and Jeff Smith gives a great overview of why. 

Over the coming weeks, keep checking back to the Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog where the presentations and additional content will be posted for attendees to access.  

Finally, a note of thanks for hanging out at the OTN Lounge. We had a great time meeting you all and hosting the developer challenges, presentations and meetups. Be sure to keep those Tweets and Comments coming!  

- The OTN Team 

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Ready, Set, Go Mobile! Oracle APEX Challenge -- OOW13 @ OTN Lounge

Wait! Wait! Before you lock in your schedule for OOW13, make sure you reserve time on Monday 9/23 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the Oracle APEX Challenge. Showcase your deepest development ingenuity...re-arranging your calendar.

Here's The Deal:

The contest is open to all registered Oracle OpenWorld 2013 attendees. The challenge is to build a "mobile" user interface. We'll open registration on Monday 9/23 but for now, check out the APEX Challenge page for more detail.  

When you register on Monday, we'll give you an Application Express Workspace and everything you need to complete the task. You bring the skills.

Here's what we're looking for:

 Appearance / User Interface Design How visually pleasing is the Entry app when run on a mobile device based on factors such as screen design, sizing, consistency, correct labels, etc.   30%
 Ease of Use How intuitive and easy-to-use is the Entry Application?   30%
 Process How fully developed and implemented is the concept in the submitted Entry? Does the Entry run successfully on different mobile devices? How complete is it?  30%
 Innovation / Novelty To what degree does the Entry illustrate new and innovative ways of presenting and/or processing information on a mobile device.  10%

You already know that Oracle APEX is a declarative, rapid web application development tool for the Oracle Database. Using only a web browser, you can develop and deploy applications that are fast and secure. It's fully loaded with mobile application development features and templates, and it's available with all versions of Oracle Database. (Yes, Oracle 12c.)  

Come show us what you can do with it.

  • Contest Location:  OTN Lounge (Moscone South, across from registration)
  • Contest Office Hours: Monday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Prizes: *** 1st prize:  $300   *** 2nd prize: $200 *** 3rd prize: $100 *** Amazon Gift Cards

I'm rooting for you. Make me proud.

- LKR 

Monday Jul 08, 2013

Tomorrow! OTN Architect Day: Cloud Computing

If you wake up Wednesday morning with a headache it'll probably be because you missed OTN Architect Day: Cloud Computing on Tuesday. That's tomorrow! But don't panic -- you still have time to register.

When: Tuesday July 9, 2013
8:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Oracle Conference Center
350 Oracle Pkwy
Redwood City, CA 94065

Register now. It's free!

Here's the latest update to the event agenda:

8:30am - 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 9:45am
Keynote
21st Century IT | Dr. James Baty
VP, Global Enterprise Architecture Program, Oracle

Imagine a time long, long ago. A time when servers were certified and dedicated to specific applications, when anything posted on an enterprise web site was from restricted, approved channels, and when we tried to limit the growth of 'dirty' data and storage.

Today, applications are services running in the muti-tenant hybrid cloud. Companies beg their customers to tweet them, friend them, and publicly rate their products. And constantly analyzing a deluge of Internet, social and sensor data is the key to creating the next super-successful product, or capturing an evil terrorist.

The old IT architecture was planned, dedicated, stable, controlled, with separate and well-defined roles. The new architecture is shared, dynamic, continuous, XaaS, DevOps.

This keynote session describes the challenges and opportunities that the new business / IT paradigms present to the IT architecture and architects.

9:45am - 10:30am
Technical Session
Oracle Cloud: A Case Study in Building a Cloud | Anbu Krishnaswami
Enterprise Architect, Oracle

Building a Cloud can be challenging thanks to the complex requirements unique to Cloud computing and the massive scale typically associated with Cloud. Cloud providers can take an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) approach and build a cloud on virtualized commodity hardware, or they can take the Platform as a Service (PaaS) path, a service-oriented approach based on pre-configured, integrated, engineered systems. This presentation uses the Oracle Cloud itself as a case study in the use of engineered systems, demonstrating how the technical design of engineered systems is leveraged for building PaaS and SaaS Cloud services and a Cloud management infrastructure. The presentation will also explore the principles, patterns, best practices, and architecture views provided in Oracle's Cloud reference architecture.

10:30 am -10:45 am Break
10:45am-11:30am
Technical Session
Database as a Service | Markus Michalewicz
Senior Principal Product Manager Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC)

New applications are now commonly built in a Cloud model, where the database is consumed as a service, and many established business processes are beginning to migrate to database as a service (DBaaS). This adoption of DBaaS is made possible by the availability of new capabilities in the database that enable resource pooling, dynamic resource management, model-based provisioning, metered use, and effective quality-of-service controls. This session will examine the catalog of database services at a large commercial bank to understand how these capabilities are enabling DBaaS for a wide range of needs within the enterprise.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Panel Q&A

Dr. James Baty, Anbu Krishnaswami, and Markus Michalewicz respond to audience questions.

Registration is free, but seating is limited, so register now.

Monday Jul 01, 2013

One Week To Go: OTN Architect Day: Cloud Computing

One week remains until OTN Architect Day: Cloud Computing kicks of at the spectacular Oracle HQ campus in Redwood Shores, CA. The event is free, and there is still time to register.

When: Tuesday July 9, 2013
8:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Oracle Conference Center
350 Oracle Pkwy
Redwood City, CA 94065

Register now. It's free!

Here's the latest update to the event agenda:

8:30am - 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 9:45am
Keynote
21st Century IT | Dr. James Baty
VP, Global Enterprise Architecture Program, Oracle

Imagine a time long, long ago. A time when servers were certified and dedicated to specific applications, when anything posted on an enterprise web site was from restricted, approved channels, and when we tried to limit the growth of 'dirty' data and storage.

Today, applications are services running in the muti-tenant hybrid cloud. Companies beg their customers to tweet them, friend them, and publicly rate their products. And constantly analyzing a deluge of Internet, social and sensor data is the key to creating the next super-successful product, or capturing an evil terrorist.

The old IT architecture was planned, dedicated, stable, controlled, with separate and well-defined roles. The new architecture is shared, dynamic, continuous, XaaS, DevOps.

This keynote session describes the challenges and opportunities that the new business / IT paradigms present to the IT architecture and architects.

9:45am - 10:30am
Technical Session
Oracle Cloud: A Case Study in Building a Cloud | Anbu Krishnaswami
Enterprise Architect, Oracle

Building a Cloud can be challenging thanks to the complex requirements unique to Cloud computing and the massive scale typically associated with Cloud. Cloud providers can take an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) approach and build a cloud on virtualized commodity hardware, or they can take the Platform as a Service (PaaS) path, a service-oriented approach based on pre-configured, integrated, engineered systems. This presentation uses the Oracle Cloud itself as a case study in the use of engineered systems, demonstrating how the technical design of engineered systems is leveraged for building PaaS and SaaS Cloud services and a Cloud management infrastructure. The presentation will also explore the principles, patterns, best practices, and architecture views provided in Oracle's Cloud reference architecture.

10:30 am -10:45 am Break
10:45am-11:30am
Technical Session
Database as a Service | Markus Michalewicz
Senior Principal Product Manager Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC)

New applications are now commonly built in a Cloud model, where the database is consumed as a service, and many established business processes are beginning to migrate to database as a service (DBaaS). This adoption of DBaaS is made possible by the availability of new capabilities in the database that enable resource pooling, dynamic resource management, model-based provisioning, metered use, and effective quality-of-service controls. This session will examine the catalog of database services at a large commercial bank to understand how these capabilities are enabling DBaaS for a wide range of needs within the enterprise.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Panel Q&A

Dr. James Baty, Anbu Krishnaswami, and Markus Michalewicz respond to audience questions.

Registration is free, but seating is limited, so register now.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2012

Next OTN Sysadmin Day is on August 23rd



Our previous OTN Sysadmin Day in Santa Clara had almost 100 attendees. The one in Denver will have similar presentations, but we're adding some content on virtualization.

The event is on Thursday, August 23rd.  It's free.  And lunch is included.  See the OTN Garage blog.

- Rick

Tuesday Feb 28, 2012

Next OTN Sysadmin Day

The next OTN Sysadmin Day is April 10 in Santa Clara, California. If you can make it, bring your laptop and walk through our hands-on labs for Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux. We'll help you perform routine sysadmin tasks with the ZFS, virtualization and security features of Solaris 11, and the package management, service and run levels, and volume management of Oracle Linux, plus the Btrfs filesystem. We'll include an overview of Ksplice, Ops Center, and the Oracle Solaris Studio IDE. Santa Clara, California, USA.

More information on the OTN Garage Blog.

- Rick