Submitted my Oracle OpenWorld 2015 presentation earlier.
Today is the last day to submit proposals for presentations or tutorials.
Oracle have extended their deadline for proposals until May 6th!
According to a Book of Lists survey, 41% of people’s biggest fear is “public speaking”. To put that into perspective, “death” is the biggest fear for 19%, “flying” for 18% and “clowns” don’t even register (which does make me seriously doubt the survey’s credibility).
I gave my first public presentation at IOUG Collaborate 2015 last week in Las Vegas and I didn’t die.
Why did do make your presentation debut at the second largest Oracle event on the calendar? Excellent question.
I will be presenting DBA 3.0 or “How to Become a Real-World Exadata DBA” at Collaborate 2015 – IOUG’s annual user conference – from April 12th to 16th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. I submitted this as my abstract:
“DBA resources are more scarce than ever before and it can be very difficult to allocate time on anything but keeping the lights on – even when an organization has made a (substantial) hardware investment in Exadata.
However, if Exadata is treated like any other Oracle database, the promised “extreme performance” will likely be very underwhelming to developers, users and managers and can become unwieldy for DBAs to support.
On the other hand, when an organization configures and supports Exadata properly, they can realize exponential performance improvements in key IT infrastructure, can facilitate better business decisions and may actually reduce infrastructure costs.
The customer has bought a sports car – but might not realize that they haven’t taken it out of second gear (yet).
I will talk about the evolution of Exadata and then get into the “nuts and bolts” of how to support a high-performance Exadata environment as a Production DBA.
I will discuss how to get performance improvements of up to 20x, what NOT to do as an Exadata DBA and how Exadata can become the foundation of your organization’s high-performance enterprise infrastructure.”
I hope to see you in Las Vegas!
Quite some time ago, I read a fascinating article, co-written by easily the best Oracle instructor I ever had the pleasure of being taught by in Joel Goodman, which talked about the skills required to be a “DBA 2.0”.
They even mentioned Exadata needing its own “version”, though they suggested it would be “DBA 2.1”. I’m not sure Exadata had made it out into the wild at this point.
The article was written five or six years ago and was tremendously prescient. With the data industry at such a fascinating crossroads with Big Data, engineered systems and extreme performance, how will the DBA role change to keep up with the demands of the ever-increasing volume and mission-critical exploitation (hopefully the beneficial kind) of enterprise data?