12 Things You Will Love about 12.2
Conner McDonald, Oracle Corporation
In 2005, the AskTom team gave you the top 10 features on Oracle 10g. In 2007, it was 11 features on 11g, and then another 11 features on 11g Release 2 in 2009. And in 2013, 12 new features with Oracle 12c. Now, with Release 12.2 of the Oracle Database, we continue the theme, but covering 12 cool features that will make Developers and DBAs more productive.
Connor McDonald is a former Oracle ACE Director who has joined the Oracle Developer Advocates team. Over the past 18 years, he has worked with systems in Australia, the UK, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and the United States. He has co-authored three books, and has been a popular speaker at Oracle conferences around the world, specializing in topics regarding the database engine and PL/SQL. He has twice won the Inspirational Speaker award by the UK Oracle User Group in 2009 and 2011.
Writing Without Bullshit for Technical Professionals
Josh Bernoff, CEO wellnesscampaign.org
A typical business professional now spends 46 hours per week reading and writing -- and nearly all of that is on a screen. To succeed in such a noisy environment, technical professionals must change their communication style. They must adopt the Iron Imperative: treat the reader's time as more valuable than your own. Whether it's email, reports, or technical documentation, what works is brief, front-loaded, well-organized text that's free of jargon. This talk explains the crisis for meaningful technical communication and how engineers and managers must change the way they write to respond.
In 35 years as a writer, Josh Bernoff has written just about everything but fiction – software documentation, online help files, press releases, newsletters, magazine articles, Web copy, over a hundred research reports, and four books. His blog, withoutbullshit.com, generated 1 million page views in its first six months.
For 20 years he was a principal analyst and senior vice president, idea development at Forrester Research, the elite technology research company. In that position he wrote reports, gave speeches all over the world, and worked with Fortune 500 clients on business strategy. At Forrester he invented Technographics, the segmentation on which the company’s consumer survey business is based. He analyzed the publishing, television, and music industries. He predicted the impact of technologies like video streaming, social media, and mobile applications.He appeared on 60 Minutes and got quoted everywhere from The Wall Street Journal to TV Guide. The Society for New Communications Research recognized him as “Visionary of the Year.” Before Forrester he worked for startup companies including Software Arts, the company that invented the spreadsheet. He also spent three years as a Ph.D. candidate and National Science Foundation Fellow in mathematics at MIT. His bachelor’s degree is from Penn State. He lives in the Boston area and is the CEO of a non-profit, wellnesscampaign.org, dedicated to the pursuit of wellness through changing habits