UKOUG; My schedule and gradually some notes

3 12 2008

Monday december 1st

Keynote    ‘Oracle Corporate and Product Strategy Update’, David Callaghan, Oracle

As keynotes go, general and fluffy. Main point: Oracle is (trying to be) complete, open and integrated.

Beginners’ Guide to Partitioning, Mr Jonathan Lewis, JL Computer Consultancy
Indeed a beginners guide. But mr. Lewis could not help himself and he did put some valuable advice in regarding performance aspects. Such as:

  • There is a penalty to partitioned indexes which can lead to having to visit every partition which is not expected behaviour
  • Bind variables may make it difficult for the CBO to do partition pruning, dates can do that as well, and make sure you use 4-digit years preventing the optimizer from thinking you are talking about the first century
  • New to me, but probably not to others, Bloom filter (in 11g, maybe already in 1ogR2?), something to investigate
  • Partition exchange when a global (unique) index is present will require checking of the index even when using the NOVALIDATE clause.

And a teaser/challenge to check whether it is possible to solve the performance problem of “where ‘2007-01-01’  between start_date and end_date” with a range-range composite partitioned table.

Oracle Business Intelligence Road Map and Strategy, Mr Nick Tuson, Oracle

General introduction of where Oracle thinks the place of BI is. It is a key support part of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). And EPM is supported by virtually all Oracle Products, not only the BI products. Oracle uses something that they have called the Common Enterprise Information Model (CEIM). I will try to find a reference or white paper to it later.

BI applications have a new component wich will be the integration of Oracle Data Integrator (ODI, formerly Sunopsis).

Lots of new and changed interfaces, personalised start page, lend from server technology and Fusion middleware integration.

Probably a useful presentation if you are ‘into’ OBIEE, Hyperion and the like. Unfortunately I am not.

Anatomy of Data Breaches: How They Occur and How to Protect Against Them, Ms Tammy Bednar, Oracle

Excellent material of how you can characterise the types of people that are a threat to your systems. Including the measures you can take to prevent the data breaches from happening. If the presenter had been a bit less nervous the presentation would have been even stronger. I hope to very soon see the slides on the UKOUG conference website so I can build on that to win over more people to consider security.

Flash Recovery Area, Mr Tuomas Pystynen, Miracle Finland Oy

As can be expected of Tuomas a thorough investigation of what the FRA is, what kind of files it holds, what the drawbacks are of using it and even a novel use of FRA for making a copy of a database. If you have enough diskroom, of course nothing is free.

Below a short description of the kind of files FRA can hold and a warning (by Tuomas) that you can place other files in the FRA but then they are not seen by the processes that guard the filling up of the FRA and you could end up with a low level error along the lines of ‘file system full’.

• Current control file
• Online logs
• Archived logs
• Control file autobackups and copies
• Datafile copies
• Backup pieces
• Flashback logs

Only the last logs will actually be used in a Flashback feature (flashback database to be precise) so why it is called Flash Recovery Area is a matter of opinion.

The best way… , Thomas Kyte, Database Product Evangelist, Oracle

I would like to call the presentation a kind of ‘rant’ against the people who, just like that, want to know what is the BEST way to do something. And they don’t want to spent time thinking about whether the way they have been given is indeed the best way in their circumstances. Which is almost never the case. I think it is about save to say that we all know the standard answer to the standard ‘best way’ question; It depends. And the above illustrated in a manner that we all would love to be able to copy. But alas, there is only one Tom Kyte.

And then the UKOUG 2008 Opening Party …….

Tuesday december 3rd

‘Oracle Exadata – Extreme Performance’ , Andrew Mendelsohn, Oracle

A short reprise of why we need a database machine or even a storage server. And all that from Oracle. Very interesting, but it will be some time before most of us will see such a database machine from close by. At least for me, the dataware houses I’m working on are not that big.

Monitoring Oracle using Open source software, Mr Jason Lester, DSP Managed Services

A good, well structured presentation of why you would choose Open Source Software (OSS). And in this case not from a technical viewpoint, but from a business viewpoint. Main points being vendor lock-in and dependency on key technicians with commercial software. Also a good overview of what OOS products come into play and how you can integrate several products into a valuable ‘dashboard’. There must be something there for the Techies as well. Looking forward to this document being uploaded as well.

Change, Change, Change, Mr Tom Kyte, Oracle

What can I say, good as ever. Read his blog.

Oracle 11g’s SuperModels: Predictably Enhanced, Ms Melanie Caffrey, Oracle

Weird PL/SQL, Mr Steven Feuerstein, Quest Software

Database Constraints – A Woeful State of Affairs and a Polite Excuse, Dr Hugh Darwen, University of Warwick; Mr Toon Koppelaars, RuleGen BV

Socializing in the COMMUNITY FOCUS PUBS …..

Wednesday, december 4th

Designing Data Warehouse in Oracle 11g, Mr Vincent Chazhoor, Lafarge NA

Data Warehouse modelling for dummies, Mr Andrew Bond, Oracle

Sort Merge: Coming to a join near you, Ric Van Dyke, Hotsos

Active Statistics, Mr Wolfgang Breitling, Centrex Consulting Corporation

Performance Tuning Basics, Mr Doug Burns, Bayvale

Visual Data Modelling with SQLDeveloper, Sue Harper, Oracle

Last, but not least; 25th YEAR CELEBRATION PARTY

Thursday, december 4th

A complete BI+W Architecture, Mr. Andrew Bond, Oracle

What’s in Oracle Warehouse Builder 11GR2, Miss Nathalie Nunn, Oracle

Comparing Materialized Views and Analytic Workspaces in Oracle Database 11g, Keith Laker, Oracle

Deploying a Dimensional Model on the Oracle Database, Stewart Bryson, Rittman Mead Consulting

Managing OWB 10gR2 in a deployed environment, Wolfgang Scherrer, infomArt Gmbh

Variance as a tool: Measuring for Robust Performance, Ms Robyn Sands, Cisco

Optimizing Systems by Eliminating Throwaway, Mr Daniel Fink, OptimalDBA

Early night, much needed.

Friday, december 5th, Sinterklaas, pakjesavond

Not home this night so I won’t get any presents from Sinterklaas this year. Oh well, I don’t know if I have been that good a boy this year.

Oracle 11g Data Warehousing Masterclass, Mr Mark Rittman, Rittman Mead Consulting

Advanced SQL Features, Mr Daniel Fink, OptimalDBA

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