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Register to attend the largest grass-roots Oracle Users Conference in the nation.

Training Days 2019

February 19 – 21

Westin Westminster Hotel

Last year’s Training Days provided content from renowned experts in an incredible venue with free parking. Building on that momentum, this year promises a conference full of educational sessions featuring best-of-the-best presenters, with the low-key networking opportunities and breathtaking scenery you’ve come to expect!


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Keynote Presenter – Kerry Osborne, Accenture Enkitec Group
Kerry Osborne

How to Stay Relevant

I keep hearing people express concerns about their jobs and discussing what they think they should be doing to ensure that they remain valuable and employable. These questions are not new, by the way. COBOL programmers were asking the same questions a very long time ago. Why are they asked with so much more frequency now? It’s complicated. But I believe it’s the result of uncertainty caused by the massive amount of change going on in the IT world. The trend toward cloud computing is definitely high on the list of disruptive changes. But there’s also a strong push to automate all sorts of operational tasks and, of course, that includes traditional DBA tasks. I’m sure you’ve heard Larry talking about the autonomous database, right? AI, massive increases in data volumes, and the trend toward open source software also contribute to the disruption.

Change is inevitable, and the pace is relentless. But despite all that — and at the risk of ruining the punch line of the presentation — I don’t believe there will ever be a shortage of opportunities for smart, industrious people, as long as they are willing to evolve their skills. So, let’s discuss where the industry is headed, where we should be focusing our energy, and How to Stay Relevant.

Kerry Osborne is an Oracle performance specialist. A consultant for most of his career, he’s been fortunate enough to spend time doing a combination of technical and business stuff. Kelly started an Oracle-focused consulting company called Database Consultants in the late 80s (later renamed ThinkSpark), which he eventually sold. In 2004, he co-founded another Oracle-focused firm, Enkitec, which was acquired by Accenture in 2014.

Pre-conference Workshops
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Pre-registration and additional fee required.

MongoDB 101
Sigfrido Narvaez, Principal Solutions Architect, MongoDB
9:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Curious about MongoDB? Learn an overview of MongoDB during this interactive, hands-on workshop. After the workshop you will have an introductory understanding of:

  • MongoDB use cases
  • Design patterns
  • How to achieve HA with Replication
  • How to achieve horizontal scale with Sharding

How to get started developing on MongoDB

APEX for the DBA
Scott Spendolini, Charles Kim & Jerry Ward, Viscosity, NA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Intro to APEX (1 hr.)
Just what is this APEX thing? This session will provide an overview of what APEX is and what it can do. It will focus on the technical architecture, schemas, and other database components that APEX makes use of, as well as a logical overview. DBAs will also see just how easy it is to create their own applications with APEX.

APEX Installation, Configuration, & Management (2 hrs.)
After a general overview, it’s essential to understand how to install and manage APEX. This session will do just that — explain how to install APEX and how to apply any associated patches. It will also discuss different middle-tier deployment options and how to configure ORDS, which is an essential component of APEX.

Once APEX is installed and configured, there’s not much management needed from a DBAs point of view. But what little there is will be covered here, including how to secure an instance of APEX, ways to provision and manage developer workspaces, and protocols for the ACL and Oracle Wallet.

How to Write Better Technical Reports
Cary Millsap, Cintra Software & Services
9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Writing technical reports is not the most fun thing in the world for most people, but the thing you need to realize is that the person who records history literally controls how history will be remembered. My career has been distinguished more by writing than anything else I do.

A good technical document needs to be strong, relevant, crisp, informative, and interesting. And if you try to write one up at the end of a project, you’ll learn two horrible things. First, you won’t be able to remember enough details to write the truth. And second, you’ll find yourself wanting to write strong declarative sentences that you can’t write without doing a little more research. Since your project is done, you don’t have the chance. In this way, the writing of the report profoundly influences the project itself.

In this informal session, I’ll cover a number of tips that will help you write stronger, more relevant, and more interesting reports. The goal will be to help you to better showcase your hard work, and in fact, improve the quality of the work you’re writing about.

This session will describe:

  • why your report is just as important as your work itself
  • when you should write your report
  • tips for making your report stronger and more relevant
  • examples of what to do, and what not to

Cary Millsap is a writer, teacher, designer, developer, consultant, and software performance specialist.  He has presented at hundreds of events around the world, and his blog has been featured on the front page of Reddit. He tweets at @CaryMillsap. He is the author of The Method R Guide to Mastering Oracle Trace Data and Optimizing Oracle Performance, for which he and Jeff Holt were named Oracle Magazine‘s Authors of the Year. His is published in professional journals including Communications of the ACM.  He is the lead designer of the Method R software tools that help professionals around the world manage Oracle Performance.

Mr. Millsap is Vice President of User Experience Solutions at Cintra Software & Services and he owns Method R Corporation, a company that makes enterprise-grade software measurement tools for companies including Fortune 100 firms.  In the 1990s, he was Vice President of the $15 million System Performance Group at Oracle Corporation. He is a founding member of the Oak Table Network.



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