I’ll be speaking at the annual IOUG Collaborate Conference in Las Vegas April 3rd and 5th. To quote their website:


The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest) present COLLABORATE 17: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community. As an educational conference, COLLABORATE 17 helps users of the full family of Oracle business applications and database software gain greater value from their Oracle investments.


Created by and for customers, COLLABORATE 17 offers an expert blend of customer-to-customer interaction and insights from technology visionaries and Oracle strategists. Expand your network of contacts by interacting with Oracle customers, solutions providers, consultants, developers and representatives from Oracle Corporation at COLLABORATE 17.


Here are my presentation topics, dates and times:


  • Oracle Utilities as Vital as Ever
    • Apr 3, 2017
    • 12:00 PM–12:30 PM
    • Palm D
    • Session ID: 762
    • Why are books like "Advanced Oracle Utilities: The Definitive Reference" imperative for today's DBA's and senior developers? The answer: Oracle has become so robust and complex; where many new features are implemented not as SQL commands, but as either PL/SQL packages and/or stand alone utilities. Thus to best leverage all that Oracle has to offer, one must know all those non-SQL command interfaces for those new features. This presentation will demonstrate a few critical examples of such features and their usage. The goal will be to inspire attendees to realize that SQL alone is no longer sufficient - that there are many other commands and/or PL/SQL packages to master.


  • Productivity Enhancing SQL*Plus Scripting Techniques
    • Apr 5, 2017
    • 12:00 PM–12:30 PM
    • Palm D
    • Session ID: 759
    • No matter what other Oracle or 3rd party database tools Oracle DBA's and developers might embrace, SQL*Plus remains a mainstay. However many don't fully realize it's true efficiency potential by not mastering advanced techniques such as Dynamic SQL Scripting (i.e. scripts to generate and run scripts). Oracle ACE Bert Scalzo will demonstrate such techniques and provide example scripts to increase any SQL*Plus users productivity. Furthermore some useful, advanced Unix/Linux shell scripting techniques will be highlighted as well.


  • Flash Based Methods to Speed Up DW & BI Oracle Databases
    • Apr 5, 2017
    • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
    • Jasmine D
    • Session ID: 761
    • DW & BI databases are growing ever bigger while analytical users continue demanding fast performance. While Exadata may be a great solution, not everyone can afford such a capital investment. Oracle ACE Bert Scalzo will highlight simple yet effective methods to utilize flash based storage technology to significantly improve performance with the least cost, effort and interruption. In some cases it's possible to get near Exadata like performance without as many zeros added to the cost.