NorthEast Ohio Oracle Users Group Great Lakes Oracle Conference

2018 Great Lakes Oracle Conference (GLOC)

May 16 & 17, 2018
Cleveland Public Auditorium
Cleveland, OH

Conference Schedule at a Glance

Keynote Addresses

Why Use PL/SQL?
Bryn Llewellyn, Distinguished Product Manager, Oracle Corporation
Large software systems must be built from modules. A module hides its implementation behind an interface that exposes its functionality. This is computer science’s most famous principle. For applications that use an Oracle Database, the database is the persistence module. The tables and the SQL statements that manipulate them are the implementation details. The interface is expressed with PL/SQL. Developers and users of applications built this way are happy with their correctness, maintainability, security, and performance. But when developers follow the NoPlsql paradigm, their applications have problems in each of these areas and users suffer. This session provides PL/SQL devotees with unassailable arguments to defend their beliefs against attacks from skeptics. Skeptics who attend will see the light. Bryn has written a whitepaper that gives a careful and detailed account of what his presentation addresses. You can download it from the Oracle Database PL/SQL and EBR blog. 

Oracle Database In-Memory - What’s New and What’s Coming
Maria Colgan, Product Manager, Oracle Corporation

Oracle Database In-Memory transparently accelerates analytics by orders of magnitude, allowing users to get immediate answers to business-driving questions that previously took hours or days. This session provides a clear understanding of how Oracle's unique “dual format” architecture works and illustrates how the new in-memory functionality interacts with key database performance features such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC), Oracle Exadata, and much more. Attendees will also get a sneak peak at where Oracle Database In-Memory is going next.

Feature Sessions

Connecting Hadoop and Oracle
Tanel Poder
, Founder & CEO, gluent 
In this session, we will explore the many options for moving data between the Oracle and Hadoop world, querying Hadoop data in Oracle and vice versa. Keywords: Hive/Impala, Sqoop, ODBC, Spark DataFrames, Connectors, Replication. This high-level session is intended for Oracle professionals who are Hadoop beginners and gives you a quick overview of how Hadoop-based SQL engines are different from traditional RDBMS and how to get data in/out of Hadoop.

Tanel Poder is a co-founder and CEO of gluent, a stealth-mode startup connecting the traditional enterprise world with the brave new world of Hadoop and Cloud. Interesting times ahead! 

Innovation, Big Data and the Internet of Things
Rich Niemiec, Rolta AdvizeX

This presentation will cover Oracle's acceleration and the cycles of innovation in the world. We'll look at the current Big Data revolution and some of the solutions out there, as well as Oracle's Big Data solution. We will review the role that both Google and Facebook have played in the Big Data ecosystem and also how other NoSQL databases like Cassandra and MongoDB fit in. Finally, we'll look at the Internet of Things (IoT), which will drive Big Data even faster.

Rich Niemiec has been President of the Oracle Consulting Practice at Rolta Americas LLC since August 2014. He co-founded Rolta TUSC, Inc., a subsidiary of Rolta India Ltd., in 1988 and served as its Member of Executive Board. His experience in data processing ranges from teaching to consulting, with emphasis in database administration, performance tuning, project management and technical education. Rich was one of the first six people around the world to be named by Oracle Corp. as an Oracle Certified Master. He is internationally recognized and respected as a master in database administration and has delivered hundreds of lectures on Oracle toAll levels and types of Oracle users.

Managing Oracle E-Business Suite Auditing and Security

Elke Phelps, Oracle Corporation
Come to this session to hear recommendations for auditing, monitoring and securing your Oracle E-Business Suite environment and sensitive data.  Configuration guidelines for monitoring and auditing activity in your Oracle E-Business Suite application and database will be provided, along with an overview of secure configuration guidelines, updates to the secure configuration scripts, and optional security integrations.  The session will wrap up with a summary of some of the new new security features available in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.

Elke Phelps is a Product Manager in the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group, specializing in Oracle E-Business Suite database integration, upgrades, minimizing downtime, security and advanced architecture. She is the lead author of the Oracle Applications DBA Field Guide (2006) and Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide (2010). Elke was designated an Oracle ACE (2007) and Oracle ACE Director (2009) and received the OAUG Oracle Ambassador of the Year award in 2015.

Selected Presentations

Developer    DBA    Data Warehousing/BI    Oracle Applications    Professional Development


DEVELOPER

Oracle Application Express 5.1 New Features - It Gets Even Better!
Joel Kallman, Oracle America, Inc.
Developer / Intermediate
Come see what's new in Oracle Application Express 5.1, developed (in part) right here in Ohio!  New Interactive Grid.  New Jet Charts.  And more!

Joel R. Kallman is Director of Software Development for Oracle's Server Technologies division at Oracle America, Inc., responsible for the development and product management of Oracle Application Express.  Joel has been at Oracle since 1996 and is the co-creator of Oracle Application Express.  He is a contributing author of several books on Oracle technology, including Expert One on One Oracle, Beginning Oracle Programming, and Mastering Oracle PL/SQL: Practical Solutions.   Joel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science from the College of Engineering, Ohio State University.  Learn what is happening in the global APEX Community by following @joelkallman on Twitter.

Oracle INSERT Statements for DBAs and Developers
Daniel Morgan, Meta7

Developer/ All
Everyone that has written SQL for more than a few weeks thinks they have mastered basic DML statements such as Insert, Update, and Delete: Unfortunately, this is not true. Most of the syntax elements available for these basic statements are not only unknown to developers, but are also unknown to DBAs with a decade or more of experience. This presentation will focus on optimizing DML by learning more about these capabilities.

Oracle ACE Director Daniel Morgan is the Morgan behind Morgan's Library on the web. He developed the Oracle curriculum, taught at the University of Washington for 10 years, also taught Oracle at Harvard University, guest lectured at the University of Oslo (Norway) and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). Morgan is a frequent speaker at Oracle events around the world in EMEA, APAC, and the Americas including OpenWorld, Collaborate, and ODTUG Kaleidoscope.

The Objects of My Affection. Deploying Your APEX Applications
Francis Mignault, Insum Solutions
Developer / Intermediate
During this session, learn how to deploy your applications to test, UAT and production. Learn about APEX 5.0 features that will help you package and deploy your applications. This session will also talk about SVN and automating application installs.

Francis Mignault has over 30 years of experience in IT and 25 using Oracle databases. In 2002, he co-founded Insum Solutions, where he currently holds the role of CTO. In 2004 he started using Oracle Application Express. He has presented at several seminars and conferences in the US and Canada, is an Oracle ACE and co-author of Expert OracleApplication Express 1st and 2nd edition.

When You're Getting Good at an Obsolete Technology
Vincent Morneau, Insum Solutions
Developer / Intermediate
The world of front-end development is changing fast. From the moment you start adopting a new technology, a newer and better one is emerging. It's a reality that's hard to face when you're getting good at an obsolete technology. This session is about a set of modern front-end tools that will positively change the way you code APEX applications. The suggested methodology will result in a well-organized code-base that will save you time and money.

Vincent Morneau is a developer, blogger and speaker. He has been working with APEX for over six years in the world's largest APEX development team at Insum Solutions. His focus has recently shifted to the front-end aspect of development, where he shares his vision throughout Twitter at @vincentmorneau and his blog at http://vmorneau.me.  Vincent is also a big fan of open source coding and he systematically shares any piece of code that he finds valuable on his Github account at https://github.com/vincentmorneau

Shaping Up Theme Roller beyond Universal Theme
Vincent Morneau, Insum Solutions
Developer / Intermediate
You're probably using Universal Theme along with Theme Roller lately. Even though it's very flexible, Universal Theme can't always be used on customer projects because of branding concerns. Did you know you can bring Theme Roller to absolutely any other APEX theme? Theme Roller's attributes are 100% customizable. This session targetsIntermediate to advanced developers with an interest in UI. You'll be able to increase your design productivity by building better reusable themes and by creating your own theme styles from the ground up.

Vincent Morneau is a developer, blogger and speaker. He has been working with APEX for over six years in the world's largest APEX development team at Insum Solutions. His focus has recently shifted to the front-end aspect of development, where he shares his vision throughout Twitter at @vincentmorneau and his blog at http://vmorneau.me. Vincent is also a big fan of open source coding and he systematically shares any piece of code that he finds valuable on his Github account at https://github.com/vincentmorneau

PL/SQLAll the Things in Oracle SQL Developer
Jeff Smith, Oracle Corporation
Developer / Intermediate
Most folks write their PL/SQL in a file, and compile it via SQL*Plus or maybe even SQL Developer's worksheet. They are missing out on SO many features that can make their code better and their days shorter. SQL Developer is first and foremost the PL/SQL IDE for Oracle Database. This session will show you how to search and navigate your PL/SQL, document your PL/SQL, debug your PL/SQL, tune your PL/SQL, test your PL/SQL, and source control it. As always, expect lots of live product demo and an opportunity to ask questions and interact during the session.

Jeff Smith has worked for independent software vendors since 1999, for the past 15 years working on and around database software tools. He is currently a Product Manager for Oracle, working on the SQL Developer team. Jeff’s true passion lies in helping people maximize their productivity and retain sanity while working with database development and administration tools.

More Than Just Tips & Tricks: SQL Developer & How to Turbo Charge Your Oracle Experience
Jeff Smith, Oracle Corporation
Developer / All
This session isn't about a cute feature that will make you smile or chuckle. No, this session is about giving every attendee at least 2 to 3 new techniques that will make them better at their job. And, you'll probably smile and chuckle too. We will share the features customers find the most useful, most time-saving, and most fun. This presentation is constantly changing and no two sessions of it are ever exactly the same. So, new to Oracle? New to SQL Developer? Been using it for a long time? Seen this session before? Love to heckle or openly challenge a speaker? Then this session is for you. Fewer clicks, fewer button click - more code, faster code, less work, more fun.

Jeff Smith has worked for independent software vendors since 1999, for the past 15 years working on and around database software tools. He is currently a Product Manager for Oracle, working on the SQL Developer team. Jeff’s true passion lies in helping people maximize their productivity and retain sanity while working with database development and administration tools.

Strike That! Securing Data with Oracle Advanced Security & APEX
Scott Spendolini, Sumner Technologies
Developer / All
There hasn't been a time in history where data security is more prominent and important than it is today.  With data breach occurring almost weekly, organizations are scrambling to make sure that their infrastructures - both on premise and in the cloud - are as secure as they can be. Fortunately, this task is not as daunting as it seems - when you use the proper tools.  This session will highlight how using features of the Oracle Advanced Security option - particularly Redaction, VPD & encryption - can help developers build secure APEX applications. 

Scott Spendolini is a principal at Sumner Technologies, a world-class Oracle services, education & solutions firm.  He  is a long-time and regular presenter at many Oracle-related conferences, an Oracle ACE Director, author of Expert Oracle Application Express Security and co-author of Pro Oracle Application Expres and an Oracle Certified Oracle Application Express developer. Prior to reigniting Sumner Technologies in 2015, Scott was an APEX Practice director at Accenture and Enkitec.  He started his professional career at Oracle Corporation, where he worked with Oracle E-Business Suite and was a Senior Product Manager for Oracle APEX.  He holds a dual bachelors degree from Syracuse University in Management Information Systems and Telecommunications Management.

Explore the Charting Capabilities of Oracle Application Express
Jason Straub, Oracle Corporation
Developer / Intermediate
The most simple and immediately effective way to make your data easy to understand is through the design of your graphs and charts.  In this session, we will explore the various charting capabilities available with APEX, from native Flash and HTML5 charts, through our array of chart plug-ins now incorporated in Packaged applications. We will also cover the future of charting in APEX, based on the Data Visualization components of Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (Oracle JET). See how you can integrate these great looking charts to tell a story in your application.

Jason Straub has been working for Oracle since October 2000 and is a developer on the Application Express team. His primary development responsibilities include installation and upgrade as well as integration features such as support for consuming Web services. Jason is currently working on the next version of the Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service.

Tracing Your PL/SQL
Ric Van Dyke, Hotsos Ltd.
Developer / All
Using the 10046 trace event you can see a lot about what happens to your SQL, but you don't see what happens with the PL/SQL.  Oracle provides two packages to help do nearly the same for your PL/SQL.   DBMS_PROFILER and DBMS_HPROF create profiles of your PL/SQL which lets you know where the work happened in a PL/SQL block.  Armed with this information tuning your PL/SQL becomes much easier.

Ric Van Dyke is an Oracle ACE with over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. He worked as a developer and database administrator with Oracle starting with Version 6 and for Oracle Corporation for 10 years primarily as a core database instructor where he taught and developed several courses. Ric also served in the Advanced Technologies Services consulting group as a technical manager where he worked with several clients doing RAC installs and performance engagements. He has been with Hotsos for over 10 years, mainly as an instructor, but he also does performance consulting engagements and frequently speaks at local user group meetings.

Saving a Heap of Cache (Oracle JDBC Memory Management 101)
Gary Martin, Snap-on Business Solutions
Developer /Intermediate
The primary objective of this presentation is to provide the attendee with fundamental knowledge of how the Oracle 11.2.x JDBC driver manages SQL result set memory within a running JVM. A working knowledge in this area can provide Java developers, database designers, system administrators, and DBAs with the ammunition required to design, diagnose, and tune SQL workloads running on J2EE/Java enterprise systems for memory scalability.

Gary Martin is a Kent State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in computer science. He is currently a Software Solutions Architect with Snap-on Business Solutions and past president of the Northeast Ohio Oracle User Group. He has over 17 years of development experience with the Oracle Database, Java Enterprise Application Development, and various other database-related technologies.


DATA WAREHOUSING/BI

How Oracle APCC Satisfies the Analysis Craving of Supply Chain Executives
Somnath Ghosh, Fujitsu America, Inc.
Data Warehousing/BI / All
In this session attendees will learn how APCC Dashboard and Analytics help monitor vital stats of Supply chain, what differentiates a transactional OBIEE tool from APCC, and how APCC seeded functionality can deliver results from day one.

Somnath Ghosh is a seasoned Oracle Value Chain Planning Architect having more than a decade of experience in designing and implementing value chain suite of products for some of the very complex implementations across the globe. He has worked on 6+ full cycle implementations and for varied industry domains - High Tech and Semiconductor, Discrete Manufacturing, Automotive - both discrete and flow.

Visual Analytics: Oracle's Analytics Strategy
Brian Lawrence, Oracle Corporation
Data Warehousing/BI / All
The ability to have fast, interactive, visual insights into business performance can mean the difference between success and failure. Oracle Business Analytics can help, with new ways to gain business insights through the simplicity of the cloud and data visualization. Sift through any data using visual analytic tools; pinpoint what matters, then put together a story of your data-driven conclusion. Create powerful data mash-ups and have an actual 'conversation' with your data. With visual analytics and data discovery tools, the possibilities are limitless.

Brian Lawrence is a Master Principal Sales Engineer within Oracle's North America Analytics Team. Based in Cleveland, OH, Brian is responsible for supporting the success of Oracle's Business Intelligence portfolio. With more than 15 years of experience with Oracle, selling Oracle Applications and BI products, and another 10+ years of implementation experience as an Oracle customer, Brian has worked with numerous companies to successfully address their information insight needs.

BI Reporting and EBS Advanced Performance Tuning (RAC Setup) - Customer Success Story
Periyakaruppan Ramanathan, Fujitsu America, Inc.
Data Warehousing/BI / Advanced
Performance is the key to retain your customer! This session will equip you to learn the tools and techniques to address performance issues proactively and re-actively!

Periyakaruppan Ramanathan has over 15 Years of Oracle DBA hands-on experience. He has a passion for performance tuning and is a member of OAUG. Periyakaruppan has presented at several conferences and is a speaker in corporate sessions presenting new technologies to the business community and user groups.

Smarter OBIEE Pieces Parts
Christina Rouse, Incisive Analytics LLC
Data Warehousing/BI / Intermediate
Come learn the technical aspects of creating time dynamic, metadata-driven dashboards that carry your organization's brand sure to make the accountants, data, and marketing people happy! This demonstration shows how to leverage initiation block variables to create dynamic saved filters and how to display other important 'credentializing' metadata about the dashboard.

Christina Rouse specializes in enterprise business intelligence and data warehouse solutions.  She is an improvement catalyst who applies business intelligence technology and digital information assets for profit growth.  Chris has nearly 25 years of data experience on a broad range of technical platforms.

Warp Speed Ahead: Migrating from Planning 9.3 to PBCS
Deanna Sunde, Key Performance Ideas, Inc.
Data Warehousing/BI / Intermediate
See how a client migrated from on-premise version 9.3 to Planning and Budgeting Cloud.  The project started with a clean-up effort on objects such as forms and reports, then migrated from 9.3 to 11.1.2.3 on a lab environment and then to PBCS using LCM.  The ODI interfaces were updated and Business Rules were migrated to Calc Manager.  Hear tips and tricks and how the build and roll-out for this project was completed in 8 weeks.

Deanna Sunde is an Oracle ACE Associate and Delivery Director for the West at Key Performance Ideas, Inc.  She has over 15 years' experience with Hyperion, is a leader in the community and has held positions as President of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG, host of the OOW EPM Symposium, leader of the Kscope conference planning track and Secretary for the SROAUG.  She is a frequent speaker at conferences and is a Hyperion Planning, PBCS, EPRCS and Essbase Certified Implementation Specialist.

All About EPMA: From Setup to Tips and Tricks
Deanna Sunde, Key Performance Ideas, Inc.
Data Warehousing/BI / Intermediate
Reasons for using EPMA vs Classic mode will be discussed with the pros and cons and design considerations.  EPMA will be demonstrated including the shared library, local library and how to share dimensions across the EPM suite, how to exclude portions of a dimension.  Creating a flat file, a profile and loading the metadata and how to use the EPMA batch utility as well as how to load the tables directly will also be presented.

Deanna Sunde is an Oracle ACE Associate and Delivery Director for the West at Key Performance Ideas, Inc.  She has over 15 years' experience with Hyperion, is a leader in the community and has held positions as President of the ODTUG Hyperion SIG, host of the OOW EPM Symposium, leader of the Kscope conference planning track and Secretary for the SROAUG.  She is a frequent speaker at conferences and is a Hyperion Planning, PBCS, EPRCS and Essbase Certified Implementation Specialist.

Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence 11g
Tim Vlamis, Vlamis Software Solutions, Inc.
Data Warehousing/BI / All
Oracle BI is a comprehensive, powerful, and flexible Business Intelligence platform. We will evaluate several dashboards from a data visualization perspective showing you how to edit and improve your own dashboards and demonstrate cutting edge visualizations you can do in OBIEE. You'll learn dashboard design best practices along with specific dos and don'ts from real-world implementers and authors of the Oracle Press book of the same title. You'll see how to extend OBI's native visualizations with Java script and advanced tools and see how to adapt and modify your current dashboards, visualizations, and analyses for use with mobile devices.

An expert in the visualization of data and the design of business intelligence dashboards, Tim Vlamis combines a strong background in the application of business intelligence (BI), analytics, and data mining with extensive experience in business modeling and valuation analysis, new product forecasting, and new business development processes and scenario analyses. An Oracle ACE, Tim is an active speaker on BI and data visualization topics as well as marketing and business development. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics from Yale University. As an Adjunct Professor of Business, Tim teaches in Benedictine College's Traditional and Executive MBA programs.

Starting Smart with Oracle Advanced Analytics
Tim Vlamis, Vlamis Software Solutions, Inc.
Data Warehousing/BI / All
Everyone knows they should be integrating data mining and predictive analytics, but it can be challenging to discuss the merits of a project before team members share a common understanding of both. We will share excerpts from our 3-day start up process and a detailed outline of the best practice methodology for getting clients started with Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise, how we develop that common understanding using live software, and how to facilitate brainstorming sessions to identify projects with the highest ROIs.

An expert in the visualization of data and the design of business intelligence dashboards, Tim  Vlamis combines a strong background in the application of business intelligence (BI), analytics, and data mining with extensive experience in business modeling and valuation analysis, new product forecasting, and new business development processes and scenario analyses. As an Oracle ACE, Tim is an active speaker on BI and data visualization topics as well as marketing and business development. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics from Yale University. As an Adjunct Professor of Business, Tim teaches in Benedictine College's Traditional and Executive MBA programs.

Sizing 101: Which Engineered System Is Right for Your Needs?
Carlos Sierra, Accenture Enkitec Group
Data Warehousing/BI / All
Sizing a new hardware is more of a science than an art, but is it an exact science? Maybe not. When it comes to establishing the amount of computation requirements from a current set of databases, there are certainly a few 'unknowns' and a few 'assumptions'. This is where the sizing becomes a bit of an art... but still remains a science. This session is about explaining the foundations of a sizing exercise; using metadata from your current database instead of human guesstimates, which sometimes are quite far from reality.

Carlos Sierra is a regular speaker at Oracle Users Groups on topics related to Performance and SQL Tuning. He is the author of some legacy tools like SQLTXPLAIN and SQLHC; and of some modern ones like eDB360 and eSP. Carlos has almost 20 years of experience in Oracle databases, and many more on legacy UNISYS and IBM mainframes. He currently works as a consultant for Accenture Enkitec Group, where he leads the Oracle database Health-Check team.

Overcoming the App-Data Gap with Nimble Storage Predictive Flash Platform
Stephen Ischay, Nimble Storage

Data Warehousing/BI / All
We all expect instant access to data. Data is essential to businesses, governments, scientists, engineers, developers, and students. Complex infrastructure creates an app-data gap that disrupts data delivery and makes users wait. Closing the app-data gap requires predicting and preventing barriers to data velocity. Join us to learn how the Nimble Storage Predictive Flash Platform delivers data velocity by using InfoSight predictive analytics and a Unified Flash Fabric to close the app-data gap.


DBA

Modern Linux Tools for Oracle Performance Diagnosis
Tanel Poder
, Founder & CEO, gluent 
DBA / All
This session is mostly a demo of modern Linux tools that help with Oracle troubleshooting and performance diagnosis at a low level. In other words, we will not look much into the general systemwide tools like vmstat or iostat, but go much deeper into measuring individual processes, threads and even IO requests.

Tanel Poder is a co-founder and CEO of gluent, a stealth-mode startup connecting the traditional enterprise world with the brave new world of Hadoop and Cloud. Interesting times ahead! 

The Best Oracle Database 12c New Features
Rich Niemiec, Rolta AdvizeX

DBA / All
This presentation will look at which 12c new features should be investigated for use. Most of the features covered will be related to the DBA, but there will also be a few outside that realm that focus on the developer. There will be simple examples (such as a quick example using pluggable databases) to show the basic functionality of the new features.

Rich Niemiec has been President of the Oracle Consulting Practice at Rolta Americas LLC since August 2014. He co-founded Rolta TUSC, Inc., a subsidiary of Rolta India Ltd., in 1988 and served as its Member of Executive Board. His experience in data processing ranges from teaching to consulting, with emphasis in database administration, performance tuning, project management and technical education. Rich was one of the first six people around the world to be named by Oracle Corp. as an Oracle Certified Master. He is internationally recognized and respected as a master in database administration and has delivered hundreds of lectures on Oracle toAll levels and types of Oracle users.

Edition-based Redefinition: the Key to Online Application Upgrade
Bryn Llewellyn, Distinguished Product Manager, Oracle Corporation

DBA / All
Edition-based redefinition (EBR) was introduced by Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and is significantly improved in Oracle Database 12c. It enables you to patch and upgrade the user-created artifacts that implement the database backend of an application without interrupting the availability of the application. EBR brings these new object types: the edition, the editioning view, and the cross edition trigger. They jointly support the semantic effect of creating a full copy of your application backend, in the same database, maintaining bidirectional transactional data synchronization between the old and new versions. Existing sessions can continue to use the pre-upgrade application and, at the same time, new sessions can use the post-upgrade application. When no sessions are any longer using the pre-upgrade application, it can be retired.

Bryn Llewellyn has worked in the software field for more than 35 years. He joined Oracle UK in 1990 at the European Development Center to work on the Oracle Designer team, transferred to the Oracle Text team and then into consulting as the text specialist for Europe. He relocated to Redwood Shores in 1996 to join the Oracle Text Technical Marketing Group. He has been the product manager for PL/SQL since 2001. In 2005, he became responsible, additionally, for edition-based redefinition (EBR), the Oracle Database capability that supports online application upgrade.

Best Practices for Getting Started With Oracle Database In-Memory
Maria Colgan, Oracle Corporation
DBA / All
Oracle Database In-Memory is one of the most fascinating new database features, promising an incredible performance boast for analytics. This presentation provides a step-by-step guide on when and where you should take advantage of Database In-Memory, as well as outlining strategies to ensure you get the promised performance boast regardless of your database environments. With easy-to-follow real-world examples, this presentation explains what steps you need to take to get up and running on Database In-Memory.

Maria Colgan is a master product manager at Oracle Corporation and has been with the company since version 7.3 was released in 1996. Maria's core responsibility is the Oracle Database In-Memory Option.  She is responsible for evangelizing the new functionality and getting the feedback from customers and partners incorporated into future releases of the product. She is also a contributing author to the Oracle Optimizer blog http://blogs.oracle.com/optimizer and the new Oracle Database In-Memory blog http://blogs.oracle.com/In-Memory.

Using RPMs to Automagically Install Oracle Agents to EM12c
Michael Gangler, Secure-24
DBA / Novice
In this session attendees will learn the RPM process to install Oracle agents, how Puppet works to deploy the RPM process, and how Oracle agents are installed via an automated process.

Michael Gangler is an Oracle ACE and Past President and currently serving on the board of directors of the Southeast Michigan Oracle Professionals (SEMOP) and a charter member of the Board of Directors of the International Oracle Users Group. He has been recognized worldwide as an accomplished and Certified Oracle DBA and relational database expert.

RDBMS Forensics: Troubleshooting Using ASH
Tim Gorman, Delphix
DBA / Novice
Arthur C. Clarke wrote that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic and it sometimes makes troubleshooting seem like art. But it is not art; it is a process, and this presentation uses two case studies about resolving the ORA-03136 connection lost error to demonstrate that process and to show how components such as ASH, typically thought of as performance tuning tools for DBAs, are also useful diagnostic tools for everyone.

Tim Gorman is a technical consultant for Delphix who enable data virtualization to increase the agility of IT development and testing. Tim has co-authored six books, performed technical review on eight more books, has been an Oracle ACE since 2007 and an Oracle ACE Director since 2012, a member of the OakTable Network since 2002, and has presented at Oracle users groups in lots of wonderful places around the world.

Top 10 Oracle Wait Events Everyone Should Know
Janis Griffin, SolarWinds
DBA / Intermediate
There are over 1200 wait events in Oracle 12c, but there are only 10 (in my experience) that are seen often. If you can learn these 10 wait events, what causes them and their solutions, you will be ahead of the performance analysis game. The list of 10 wait events to be discussed came from over 100 consulting engagements with customers, so come find out what they are and improve your performance troubleshooting skills.

Janis Griffin is an Oracle ACE and Performance Evangelist at SolarWinds. She has over 24 years of DBA experience including design, development and implementation of many critical database applications. Janis has held DBA positions primarily in the Telecom Industry, working with both real-time network routing databases and OLTP business to business applications. She  has mentored many DBAs and Developers on best practices in database design and performance tuning.

ASHmasters
Kyle Hailey, Delphix
DBA / Advanced
Average Active Sessions  is a simple, powerful and elegant way of displaying the multidimensional data found in Active Session History (ASH). In this presentation, find out how to determine Average Active Sessions from ASH and how to use the metric with OEM or by hand by mining ASH data.

Kyle Hailey is a principal designer for the Oracle Enterprise Manager performance monitoring pages. He is a member of OakTable Network, the co-author of Oracle Insights: Tales of the OakTable, and was a technical editor of Oracle Wait Interface. He holds a patent in the area of database performance diagnosis, and has been a speaker at many Oracle conferences. Kyle also teaches classes around the world on Oracle performance tuning and currently works as a performance Architect at Delphix.

Virtual Data
Kyle Hailey, Delphix
DBA / All
This presentation will dive into virtual data technologies such as file system snapshots on EMC, Netapp and ZFS, Delphix appliance, Actifio, and Oracle Snap Clone.

Kyle Hailey is a principal designer for the Oracle Enterprise Manager performance monitoring pages. He is a member of OakTable Network, the co-author of Oracle Insights: Tales of the OakTable, and was a technical editor of Oracle Wait Interface. He holds a patent in the area of database performance diagnosis, and has been a speaker at many Oracle conferences. Kyle also teaches classes around the world on Oracle performance tuning and currently works as a performance Architect at Delphix.

Exadata, Oracle Multitenant and Oracle In-Memory - How They Fit Together
Anuj Mohan, Data Intensity

DBA / Intermediate
What are Oracle Exadata, Oracle Multitenant, and Oracle Database In-Memory? This session presents business cases for when to use each solution and how to use them so that they complement each other. Join the discussion on Oracle Exadata features including Extreme Flash, Cell Offloading, Instance Caging, IO Resource Manager, and Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression and the Oracle Database 12c features In-Memory Column Store and Database Resource Management.

Anuj Mohan has15 years of experience as an Oracle DBA, currently working as a Technical Account Manager for Data Intensity. Prior to that he worked for Perot Systems, IBM, and Bharti Airtel. Anuj manages the Special Interest Group for 12c [Oracle12cSIG(IOUG) ] and  blogs at http://oracle-12c.com. He is 12c,11g OCP, Oracle certified 10g RAC Expert, Exadata implementation specialist and Oracle 9i OCA. He has been a speaker at many Oracle user groups and conferences.

EDI Oracle Integration: It’s Not So Scary Anymore!
Brett Congdon, 1 EDI Source, Inc.
DBA / All
The thought of moving to a new EDI operation and then integrating that with your Oracle ERP solution can unleash anxiety in even the most experienced IT professionals. Their number one concern: it’s too disruptive to the business. Yes, it’s challenging, but modern solutions are making it easier, less disruptive and can provide you with an overall lower cost of ownership. Here, we’ll share case stories and practical ways you can seamlessly integrate your EDI operation with your Oracle ERP solution.

Brett Congdon has more than 15 years of experience with enterprise software solutions and implementation, leading consulting teams and partner integration efforts in the manufacturing, financial, real estate and other industries. He established 1 EDI Source as an Oracle Gold Partner in 2014 providing a unique integrated solution for EBS clients.  As Director of Client Services Brett creates scalable solutions for businesses that want standardization combined with the ability to handle unique business requirements.

Next-Generation Data Management
Sean Stacey, Oracle Corporation
DBA / All
In this presentation we’ll discuss how Oracle Database 12c simplifies the customer's journey to the Cloud (private & public), customer experiences, typical use cases and what DBAs can look forward to next.

Sean Stacey is a Director with the Oracle Database Product Management team in the Oracle Server Technologies organization.  Sean joined Oracle in 1997 and has focused on supporting Oracle's partner development community with programs around Oracle Database adoption. He has authored several white papers and presented sessions at several public sessions. Prior to joining Oracle, Sean was a software developer and then Oracle Database administrator in Australia and the United Kingdom. 

Quantum Leap for You, Dear DBA, with Smart Cloning and Efficient Backup
Lyson Ludvic, Oracle Corporation
DBA / Intermediate
If Smart Cloning and Efficiency in Backup is a black hole for you, after this session you should have a quantum leap into the Sparse Cloning & Smart Backup DBA bandwidth. A live demo and intricate articulation of different facets of Sparse  Diskgroups and one level Zero backup for the life of your database will be a magic wand for you. Quantum leap into a new world of smart cloning and smart backups.

Lyson Ludvic, one of the first Oracle Certified Masters in Boston, has worked for the last 20 years in Oracle products - primarily as an Oracle DBA. He currently works at Oracle Coporation in Engineered Systems and is passionate about infrastructure consolidations, performance Tuning, Cloning and backups.  He has an MBA from University of Missouri and MS in Management Information Systems from University of Illinois.

Top 7 Old Features
Craig Martin, Nationwide
DBA / Intermediate
We will look at 7 Oracle features that don't get as much attention as they deserve, even though they haveAll been around since at least 11gR1.  You will get a quick overview of each, with some examples of how they work, and some advice about where you may want to use them.

Craig Martin manages a team of Application DBAs at Nationwide in Columbus, OH. He has been working with Oracle since 2002, specializing in SQL and PL/SQL with a focus on performance improvement. Craig is a frequent presenter at Oracle user groups and conferences.

Database 12 Gems: The Most Valuable Underpromoted Features
Daniel Morgan, Meta7
DBA / All
Oracle Corp. is really good at promoting 'new features' in each database release but they often focus on those 'new features' that require licensing such as multi-tenant and Active Data Guard ... and reasonably so. This presentation focuses on what is new in 12c, extremely valuable, and not being promoted by Oracle, in blogs, and conferences. You'll learn about Advanced Index Compression, Attribute Clustering, Predefined Inquiry Directives, and other gems that enhance the value of upgrading to Database 12c.

Daniel Morgan is an Oracle ACE Director with more than 25 years of experience working with Oracle products. He wrote the Oracle curriculum for the University of Washington, was the program's primary instructor for 10 years and is the Morgan behind the MorgansLibrary.org website. Currently Principal Adviser at Forsythe Meta7, Daniel began his IT career in the early 1970s with Fortran IV on mainframes, spent more than a decade writing COBOL, and moved into relational databases in the mid-1980s focusing primarily on the Oracle Database.

SQLd360, SQL Tuning Diagnostics Made Easy
Mauro Pagano, Accenture Enkitec Group
DBA / Novice
SQLd360 is a new free tool built with the idea of making diagnostics collection faster and easy without having to install anything in your database. At the same time data analysis is made much easier with charts and graphs that help to quickly answer even complex questions.  This session will focus on how SQLd360 can be used to resolve real-life issues, showing how charts and graphs make SQL Tuning much easier.

Mauro Pagano is a database performance engineer with special interest in SQL Tuning and Wrong Results. He is the author of SQLd360 tool and the previous maintainer of other legacy tools like SQLTXPLAIN and SQLHC. Mauro has over a decade of experience in the Oracle world, from database tuning to applications development. He currently works as a consultant for Accenture Enkitec Group, as a member of the Oracle database Health-Check team.

Enterprise Manager 13c - Empowering the DBA with Advanced New Features
Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Oracle Corporation
DBA / Advanced
This session covers a small set of very advanced and powerful features in Enterprise Manager's newest release, 13c.  Take this opportunity to learn how to create Chef recipes in the EM Job system and create advanced patch and upgrade plans forAll Oracle products, including engineered systems.  We will spend time on Corrective Actions, teaching DBAs how to eliminate night time paging and create smart corrective actions to deal with common alerts autonomously.

Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman is a member of the OakTable Network and was an Oracle ACE Director until joining Oracle as the Consulting Member for the Strategic Customer Program, a specialized group of Enterprise Manager Specialists.  Kellyn is known for her extensive work with Enterprise Manager 12c, its command line interface, environment optimization tuning, automation and architecture design.  Her blog, http://dbakevlar.com and social media activity under her handle, DBAKevlar, is well respected for her insight and content.

New Performance Features of Enteprise Manager 13c and Database 12c
Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Oracle Corporation
DBA / All
With the release of Enterprise Manager 13c and Database 12c, there were a number of enhancements and new performance features in terms of the Automatic Workload Repository.  This session will not only offer a refresher of some of the coolest features that are rarely known for performance tips and tricks, but also the new In-memory and performance metric data included in the AWR, ASH and ADDM.  
The attendee will leave with a new understanding on how to quickly diagnose performance issues, offer long-term solutions to complex problems and how to offer secure access to performance data to development and analysts to make them co-owners in performance concerns of the database environment.

Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman is a member of the OakTable Network and was an Oracle ACE Director until joining Oracle as the Consulting Member for the Strategic Customer Program, a specialized group of Enterprise Manager Specialists.  Kellyn is known for her extensive work with Enterprise Manager 12c, its command line interface, environment optimization tuning, automation and architecture design.  Her blog, http://dbakevlar.com and social media activity under her handle, DBAKevlar, is well respected for her insight and content.

Where's Waldo? Using a Brute-force Approach to Find an Execution Plan the CBO Hides
Carlos Sierra, Accenture Enkitec Group
DBA / All
This session is about using the free tool Pathfinder, which is a non-intrusive  brute-force analysis that iterates overAll parameters and fix-control that may change an Execution Plan;All on search of a non-trivial Plan that may perform better than an 'optimal' Plan computed by the CBO. In some cases PLNFND can be used to find or rule out suspected BUGs or wrong results.

Carlos Sierra is a regular speaker at Oracle Users Groups on topics related to Performance and SQL Tuning. He is the author of some legacy tools like SQLTXPLAIN and SQLHC; and of some modern ones like eDB360 and eSP. Carlos has almost 20 years of experience in Oracle databases, and many more on legacy UNISYS and IBM mainframes. He currently works as a consultant for Accenture Enkitec Group, where he leads the Oracle database Health-Check team.

RESTful Web Services Primer for DBAs
Sean Stacey, Oracle Corporation
DBA / Intermediate
REST or Representational State Transfer is a design style that has become the most important technology for applications and services deployed in the Cloud today. Oracle provides a rich set of tools and APIs for managing and configuring the Oracle Public Cloud. Operations such as creating and deploying Database Cloud Instances and configuring Object Storage containers canAll be performed using RESTful services.  Traditionally speaking RESTful web services expertise has been the domain of the application developer but times are changing and DBAs need to become aware of this paradigm.

Sean Stacey is a Director with the Oracle Database Product Management team in the Oracle Server Technologies organization.  Sean joined Oracle in 1997 and has focused on supporting Oracle's partner development community with programs around Oracle Database adoption. He has authored several white papers and presented sessions at several public sessions. Prior to joining Oracle, Sean was a software developer and then Oracle Database administrator in Australia and the United Kingdom. 

PowerShell: a DBA's Best Friend
Noelle Stimely, University of California, Office of the President
DBA / All
Why is PowerShell a DBA's best friend?  It's a lightweight, simple and powerful tool to manage database operations. PowerShell gives you the ability to run scripts against your Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL databases from a common area.  This presentation will explain PowerShell, the history, how it can be used and how to configure it to execute scripts against your databases.

Noelle Stimely is presently a Senior Database Administrator at the University of California, Office of the President.  Noelle has been an Oracle and SQL Server Database Administrator, and holds certifications in Oracle 8/8i/9i/10g and HP LoadRunner.  She has held various positions including Lead Database Administrator, Senior Database Administrator and Oracle Instructor over her career.


ORACLE APPLICATIONS

Discoverer Migration and Self-Service Reporting
Rick Hight, Polaris Associates

Oracle Applications / All
You are not alone if you are concerned about Oracle’s announcement to “de-support” Discoverer. This presentation will focus on how companies around the world have taken advantage of Reporting Workbench and its built-in utility to migrate Discoverer reports to Reporting Workbench. We will also show how users can manage their common reporting needs using the 900+ pre-built reports or by creating new reports while staying in compliance with Oracle security requirements.

Rick Hight is a Reporting Solutions Specialist at Polaris Associates and has presented papers at numerous Oracle conferences on strategies to achieve better results through efficient reporting. Polaris Associates offers an Operational Reporting solution for Oracle E-Business Suite called Reporting Workbench (http://www.polarisassociates.com) and an application agnostic management reporting solution called ORBIT Analytics (http://www.orbitanalytics.com).

Replacing Discoverer Reports: Quickly. Accurately. Inexpensively
Anand Yegappan & Austin Reason, EiS Technologies
Oracle Applications / All
As Oracle de-supports Discoverer, many companies are struggling to find the right ‘replacement’ tool that will protect their investment and minimize the impact on IT staff and end users. Our approach will quickly migrate Discoverer Workbooks and Business Areas into dynamic SplashBI Reports. SplashBI is an on-demand business intelligence and reporting tool that can make your Discoverer conversion faster, easier, and more affordable! It is compatible with the Oracle EBS Security Model, converts Worksheets, Columns, Parameters, Conditions, Totals, Format, Colors along with Folders, keeping your workbook structure intact. You can run your converted reports from Excel and access them on tablets and mobile devices.

Anand Yegappan has13 years of Oracle Applications experience and has been  involved in requirements gathering, development, support, implementation, creation and maintenance of reports and training. He is an expert in E-Business Suite 11i, R12.0 and R12.1, specializing in Human Resources Management modules. Recently, he has worked in integration of ERP systems and conversion of reports from Discoverer to SplashBI / EiS Express Reporting . 

Looking for a Replacement to Discoverer?
Susan Adkison & Brent Wyse, Excel4apps

Oracle Applications / All
Many Oracle users are struggling with subledger reporting or are seeking a replacement solution for Oracle Discoverer. If you are facing those issues, you may have found the answer with Reports Wand. Join Brent Wyse, Territory Manager, and Susan Adkison, Solution Engineer, at Excel4apps as they discuss a simple, but powerful means to deploy operational reporting in Excel to deliver business information to users without a dependency on IT staff for setup and deployment. Reports Wand solutions gives you an Excel front end to real-time E-Business Suite subledger data and it's now available with over 1,000 out-of-the-box reports.

Susan Adkison is a Solution Engineer with Excel4apps, a provider of best-in-class Excel-based reporting for Oracle and SAP users worldwide. With a passion for improving reporting efficiency, Susan has worked with global manufacturing, finance, and retail companies to empower their users to provide accurate, insightful information to stakeholders with minimal effort.  At Excel4apps, Susan provides consulting, training, and solution development for users of Oracle EBS.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Central Texas. 

Prepare for the Fusion Security Model by Understanding Role-Based Access Control in R12
Susan Behn, Infosemantics, Inc.
Oracle Applications / All
RBAC is the security model for Cloud (aka Fusion) - in Fusion the 'grant' is to a job or position, so when the position changes, the roles are automatically end-dated and new roles automatically assigned.  In R12, this functionality is rapidly improving with each patch set. This presentation will start the building blocks for this functionality and then show step-by-step how to implement a security rule using role-based access control, permissions and grants and further explain how and where these security features are used to  strengthen access controls within the application. Also included are newest changes in R12 that may surprise you during your implementation or upgrade.  Finally, we will explain how this is the basis for the security model in the cloud.
Susan Behn is certified as an Oracle ACE with experience in EBS releases 9 through 12.2+. She has over 26 years of experience working with Information Technology -- specifically with Oracle EBS -- since 1993. Susan has co-authored two books: The ABCs of Workflow for EBS R11i/R12 and The Release 12 Primer 'Shining a Light on the R12 World’. Susan is also the chair of the Oracle EBS User Management SIG and chair of the TX-LA OAUG geo group.

Benefits of Migrating to the Cloud
Eugene Breger, Mercury Technology
Oracle Applications / All
Today many E-Business Suite customers are challenged to maintain their own hardware and software, not to mention retain qualified IT staff. A compelling solution now exists and that is to migrate to a Cloud hosting/managed services solution. Oracle offers this solution as do certified partner organizations. This presentation will be a high level review of directions a company can consider taking in the exciting world of Cloud.

Eugene Breger is a former Oracle employee who led the first Consumer Packaged Goods initiative across North America. He now promotes cloud hosting/managed services solutions for Oracle Applications customers.

Discovering the Power of Big Data in Oracle EBS with Endeca Information Discovery
Gustavo Gonzalez, IT Convergence
Oracle Applications / Intermediate
In this session attendees will learn how Oracle E-Business Suite extension for Endeca can be extended into a Big Data Discovery, understand the high-level implementation steps for a Big Data including E-Business Suite with examples, and learn how licensing will affect you if you already own Endeca extensions for E-Business Suite.

Gustavo Gonzalez has been working at IT Convergence since 2006 and is currently Chief Technology Officer wearing the hats of user of Oracle technology internally and externally to customers. He is an Oracle ACE Director since November 2012 and co-author of Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Handbook, Third Edition. Gustavo is founder and President of AROUG, a board member of the LatinOAUG, and Director for Applications for LAOUC.

How to Successfully Rollout Oracle EBS Mobile Apps
Gustavo Gonzalez, IT Convergence
Oracle Applications / Intermediate
In this session attendees will learn how to provide employees faster business execution and increased productivity and how Smartphone Applications have taken our business capabilities to the next level.

Gustavo Gonzalez has been working at IT Convergence since 2006 and is currently Chief Technology Officer wearing the hats of user of Oracle technology internally and externally to customers. He is an Oracle ACE Director since November 2012 and co-author of Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Handbook, Third Edition. Gustavo is founder and President of AROUG, a board member of the LatinOAUG, and Director for Applications for LAOUC.

MDM Integrating PIM - iStore - Customer Satisfaction - Standard Descriptions  
Matt Hauser, AXIA Consulting

Oracle Applications / Intermediate
A top U.S.-based manufacturer had item descriptions that were inconsistent, vague, duplicate, and incomplete. They were preparing to launch a new web store using iStore and needed to have parts categorized properly. This session describes the journey to categorize items, generate standard descriptions and integrate the data to iStore by syncing items from ICCs in PIM to iStore sections, and building out a taxonomy that would make sense to both business users, as well as customers. Using the methodical creation of a taxonomy and schema structure of PIM UDAs to generate item descriptions by leveraging the attribute values and functions in PIM resulted in higher customer satisfaction rates and reduced duplication.

Matt Hauser is a Project Manager/Developer from AXIA Consulting who has 11 years of extensive experience in consulting and 6 years in industry with a specialization in security.  He has broad financial and manufacturing industry exposure, as well as experience with federal and state governments.  Matt has extensive EBS experience including Inventory, BOM, Purchasing, iStore, PIM, iSupplier, OM and other EBS modules.

Integration Scenario between External System and EBS
Gary Holsopple, Vita-Mix Management Corporation
Oracle Applications / Intermediate
How Vita-Mix implemented sales order creation between their Oracle Ecommerce solution and EBS. This discussion will talk about the canonical contract/schema, the SOA middle tier and the EBS PL/SQL mechanisms used to create an order within EBS.

Gary Holsopple is an Enterprise Architect at Vita-Mix Corporation for the past 13 years, working with Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP and doing .net development.   He is currently an EA in the Oracle EBS ERP.  Prior to that Gary was an architect/development lead at Keybank for 17 years.

Five Extensions to Make a WebCenter Accounts Payable Imaging Implementation Successful
Gilbert Jadallah, AST Corporation
Oracle Applications / Intermediate
This session explains the out-of-the-box solution and how it works. Also, It explains the extensions that many customers required in previous successful implementations that were encountered in the past. These extensions are EBS batching, enhanced line pairing, tax and freight, AP analytics and enable users to adjust the accounting periods in WebCenter

Gilbert Jadallah has more than ten years of experience as a Consultant, Software Engineer, and a Business Analyst focused on system planning, architecture, design and development life-cycle for custom enterprise, content management and mobile applications utilizing Oracle ADF 11g, WebCenter Content 11g, WebCenter portal 11g, WebCenter Imaging, WebCenter Content:Rights 11g and SOA 11g, ColdFusion, PHP, Java, and Android SDK

Master the Receivables Cash Application Process in Transaction-Intensive Environment
Bhaumik Jambusariya, Fujitsu America, Inc.
Oracle Applications / All
These days, more and more companies are going for shared service centers for their receivables operations. In such a transaction-intensive environment, cash application becomes quite challenging. In this presentation, we’ll discuss several automation techniques to streamline the cash application process, saving significant time and resources. Using these automation techniques, the system will create a receipt, research the applicable transactions using customer references and apply them to the receipt automatically.

Bhaumik Jambusariya has over 13 years of rich Oracle ERP experience with specialized knowledge in finance. He has played a variety of roles including Solution Architect, Implementer, and IT Analyst in diverse engagements across many industries and companies (mostly Fortune 500). His education background is Engineering in Information Technology and an MBA in Finance.

Automating Functional Testing Using Oracle ATS, Test Starter Kit and Oracle Flow Builder
Anil Minocha, Fujitsu America, Inc.
Oracle Applications / Intermediate
This session will help the attendees to understand and use the OATS tool. The attendees will learn how to leverage the framework, Test Starter Kit and the pre-defined components of Flow Builder in order to automate the testing of Oracle E-Business Suite for reducing the functional/regression testing effort

With more than 15 years' experience, Anil Minocha has a wide range of expertise in Oracle and IT Program and Project Management, training, functional and technical Oracle Applications, database and technology. Anil has strong experience working through full lifecycle of system development including documentation, methodology, planning, testing, training and enablement, train-the-trainer, knowledge management, hands-on installation/configuration, implementation/upgrade, rollout and support.

Patch Proactively With Patch Wizard (Even if You Aren't a DBA)
Karen Brownfield, Infosemantics, Inc.

Oracle Applications / Intermediate
Increase your support effectiveness - learn how to know if a patch touched your customization, how to find a file version or whether a patch has been applied without SQL or UNIX (or bothering your DBA). Understand what patches are available and what the patch updates.
Karen Brownfield is a workflow developer, functional specialist, project manager,  Oracle ACE, certified EBS and Fusion Specialist, co-author of 5 EBS administration books including The ABCs of Workflow for E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 and has presented papers at various user group conferences locally, regionally, and internationally. Karen serves on the OAUG board, the Oracle EBS Applications Technology Customer Advisory Board and is OAUG board liaison to the User Management SIG.

Master Data Structures Operating Units, Inventory Orgs and MOAC
Anil Patil, Fujitsu America, Inc.
Oracle Applications / All
Prior to Release 10.7 there was no multi-org and no Operating Unit. The land was filled with multiple installs if you had different business units that had a requirement to segregate data and work as independent organizations within the same corporate umbrella. With the release of the multi-org option there has been transition from single org to multi-org, but what does this mean and how does it impact the user? Learn what this means to transactional functions, reporting and challenges when you choose to or choose not to use multiple operating units.

Anil Patil heads the North America Oracle Financials Center of Excellence for Fujitsu, supporting customers acrossAll industries implement Oracle Financials solutions and leading the Cloud Financials solutions. Prior to joining Fujitsu, Anil worked for Oracle where he managed the Asia-Pacific Oracle Financials Implementation and Support teams. He was a key member involved in rolling out the Global Single Instance for Oracle and setting up the Shared Service centers. Anil has been working on Oracle Financials for the last 18 years and is very passionate about designing and implementing creative solutions for his customers.

Advanced Architectures for Oracle E-Business Suite
Elke Phelps, Oracle Corporation
Oracle Applications / All
Attend this session to build on the three-tier logical Oracle E-Business Suite architecture to meet your business requirements.   It covers features that provide high availability, scalability, and performance, including load-balancing, clustering, and virtualization. Learn how to securely deploy Oracle E-Business Suite for internet access with a 'demilitarized zone' (DMZ). The presentation wraps up by applying the various topics covered in the session to assist you with planning a disaster recovery project for your environment.

Elke Phelps is a Product Manager in the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group, specializing in Oracle E-Business Suite database integration, upgrades, minimizing downtime, security and advanced architecture. Elke is the lead author of the Oracle Applications DBA Field Guide (2006) and Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide (2010). Elke was designated an Oracle ACE (2007) and Oracle ACE Director (2009).  She received the OAUG Oracle Ambassador of the Year award in 2015.

Splitting, Shaping, and Manipulating: Changing Oracle Applications to Support Mergers & Acquisitions
Chris Tyner & Greg Pitstick, AXIA Consulting, Inc.
Oracle Applications
All
Is your company involved in a merger or acquisition event, or even a significant re-organization?  If you are running Oracle E-Business Suite as your ERP system, this can present challenges to translate significant operational changes into the system.  This presentation will examine many of the system-related impacts of M&A activity and how to deal with them.

Chris Tyner is a senior consultant with AXIA Consulting, Inc. He has 24 years of experience in systems integration consulting, including over 16 years working with Oracle Applications (since Release 9.4.2)


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Database Security - How Do I Get There?
Shawn McElhinney, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Professional Development / Novice
Large data breaches are becoming commonplace.  Everyone wants their systems 'secure', but far too often people aren't quite sure how to get there.  As a DBA you need to know how to protect critical and how to interpret the sometime cryptic security requirements that you are expected to adhere to.

Shawn McElhinney is a CISSP, CCSP and OCP technical consultant with 18+ years of implementation experience, providing technical expertise for multiple implementations of Oracle-centric technologies for public and private sector clients.  EBS AppsDBA work is his core skill set, and he continues to expand his knowledge in WebLogic, Java, systems analysis, security, and enterprise solution design/implementation. 

The Hybrid World - RDBMS + Hadoop
Kerry Osborne, Accenture Enkitec Group

Professional Development / All
The hybrid world is coming! There is no doubt that hadoop has established a foothold in traditional enterprises by now. On the other hand, the well-established RDBMS products are far from dead. One of the major problems with hadoop is that the native open source SQL engines are just not as capable as the traditional RDBMS engines. What that means is that moving an application to hadoop generally requires a major effort to re-write the data access layer (i.e., the SQL). Nevertheless, the power and the scalability of the distributed hadoop architecture are undeniable. So why not use the best of both worlds? The combination of the two, if done right, can create a platform that combines the best of both architectures. This presentation will discuss approaches for building just such a hybrid platform.

Kerry Osborne is an Oracle performance specialist and founder of Accenture Enkitec Group, an expert model Oracle-focused consulting company that was acquired by Accenture in 2014. Kerry has co-authored two Oracle books, Pro Oracle SQL (with Karen Morton) and Expert Oracle Exadata (with Tanel Poder). He is also a member of the OakTable Network and an Oracle ACE Director.

The Convergence of Data Governance and Cyber Threat Analytics
Jeffrey Needham, FabrixAnalytix
Other / All
The emerging crisis in Cyber Security stems from an incomplete awareness of where and how sensitive data is spread across 100s of databases and 1000s of schemas.  Before data can be protected, it must be identifed.  This session discusses the broader topic of governance and how an Apache ecoystem is uniquely qualified to automate the governance, tagging, assessing, filtering and eventual protection of data.  There will be a brief overview into a NIST working group proposal at how to collect, transport and analyze attack surfaces in an enterprise utilizing Dark Corridors and Fabrics for the invisbile transport and predictive modeling of existing and pending Threats.

Jeffrey Needham has been working on at-scale computing problems for a while, starting with an 'orange-book' compiler for supercomputers. While working on the Oracle kernel - and the underlying kernels/hardware that came of age with Oracle - he acquired a sub-specialty in clustered filesystems, which continued while at Red Hat and Netapp, At Yahoo and Hortonworks, he developed his platform engineering skills, culminating as Hortonwork's Federal Field CTO with a specialty in Threat Analytics and down-range, situation-aware use cases. Jeffrey is the founder of Fabrix Analytix which specializes in unique Apache appliances for threat, governance and IoT.

Business Continuity – What Can We Afford?
Maz Zankowsi, Tier1

Other / All
Business Continuity (a.k.a Disaster Recovery) is on everyone's to-do list, but the financial constraints are so extreme, we never get to our objective. Can there be a "real", lower cost, limited license cost, "reliably testable" Business Continuity Solution for Oracle database applications? Yes, using virtualization and private hosting, Business Continuity is achievable.

Maz Zankowski has worked in IT for more than 25 years, eight of them as a consultant for Oracle Corporation. His varied roles have involved software implementation, operations, and management in banking, networking, microfilming, and database/software enterprises. He is currently Chief Technical Architect at Tier1.

The Top 5 Ways to Drive Efficiency Gains in Your Oracle ERP
Frank Lauria & Rob Krause, OnBase by Hyland
Other / All
Many vendors use document management to connect files with Oracle objects and transactions. However, document management can’t do it all. By managing your content, processes and cases on an enterprise information platform, you empower your employees with the information they need, when they need it. You’ll improve service levels and transform your organization. Join us in this session to see how integrating Oracle with an OnBase enterprise information platform enables you to increase productivity, reduce operating costs and minimize risk.