2016 East Coast Oracle Users Conference (ECO)

November 2 & 3
Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown Hotel
3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609

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2015 Presentations by Topic

Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing Oracle Applications (EBS)

2015 Keynote Speakers

The Most Important Things You Should Know about Oracle
Cary Millsap, Accenture Enkitec Group
Cary Millsap has been a performance specialist and business leader in the Oracle ecosystem since 1989. In the years since, he has helped convert a lot of catastrophes into successes, and he has traveled with most of the best Oracle experts in the world. Cary latest book is The Method R Guide to Mastering Oracle Trace Data and he also co-authored Optimizing Oracle Performance with Jeff HoltIn this presentation intended for both technical and non-technical audience members, Cary will distill the most important lessons he has learned and illustrate those lessons with stories from his career.

Cary Millsap is a teacher, consultant, writer, software designer and developer, and Oracle software performance specialist, currently at Accenture Enkitec Group. He also owns and operates Method R Corporation, a company that provides software tools and education services to firms including Fortune 100 companies. Cary has presented at hundreds of events and his blog is read by thousands of people each month. He is published in journals including Communications of the ACM and wrote Optimizing Oracle Performance, for which he and co-author Jeff Holt were named Oracle Magazine’s 2004 Authors of the Year. His latest book is The Method R Guide to Mastering Oracle Trace Data. Cary worked for Oracle Corporation throughout the 1990s, where he founded and grew three consulting practices, and educated thousands of users in Oracle technology. In 1993, he was named the Oracle USA national consultant of the year, and in 1996 he was awarded Oracle Consulting’s top honor for the Americas Division. When he left Oracle in 1999 to become an entrepreneur, he was a Vice President in charge of the US$20M System Performance Group. 

Empowering Your Technical Career with Social Media
Kellyn Pot' Vin-Gorman, Oracle Corporation
Jeff Smith, Oracle Corporation

Social Media and creating a personal brand is something techies are hearing about every day, but how can it really empower your career? Building a personal brand identifies us as unique in the vast and bustling world of the internet and connects us with our network on a different level than traditional means such as email or via user groups.  Social media can create networking opportunities, sharing of technical knowledge, even mentoring and sponsorship in the technical world you might not have otherwise. Leveraging these channels in the professional world provides us an opportunity to be genuine and reveal a little more about the company you work for, your personal brand, and yourself. Join Oracle’s SQL Developer Product Manager, Jeff Smith, and Enterprise Manager’s Consulting Member of the Technical Staff, Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman, as they share their journey and insights into why social media and having a personal brand are important to techies and the value it provides to the companies they work for.  

Jeff Smith is the Product Manager for Oracle SQL Developer and SQL Developer Data Modeler, specializing in database development and administration tooling since 2001. He speaks regularly at conferences and user groups world-wide. Jeff likes to help people be better at their jobs and get more out of Oracle’s tools.

Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman is the Consulting Member of the Technical Staff, specializing in Enterprise Manager for the Strategic Customer Program with Oracle. She is a member of OakTable and former Oracle ACE Director with over 14 years of extensive experience in database administration, database group management and technical project management. In addition to a proven ability to implement large-scale database servers for enterprise level environments, Kellyn is fluent as a liaison between technical and non-technical users. 

Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap
Elke Phelps, Oracle Corporation
This Oracle Development session provides an overview of Oracle’s product strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite technology, the capabilities and associated business benefits of recent releases, and a review of capabilities on the product roadmap. This is the cornerstone session for Oracle E-Business Suite technology. Come hear about the latest new usability enhancements of the user interface; systems administration and configuration management tools; security-related updates; and tools and options for extending and customizing Oracle E-Business Suite and integrating it with other applications.

Elke Phelps is a Senior Principal Product Manager in the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group. She joined Oracle in 2011 after having been an Oracle customer and Oracle Technologist since 1993. Her primary areas of expertise include Oracle Database and E-Business Suite deployments and upgrades, platform migrations, and infrastructure design. Elke is the lead author of the Oracle Applications DBA Field Guide (Apress 2006) and Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide (Coqui Tech and Press 2010), the founder of the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) E-Business Suite Applications Technology Special Interest Group (SIG), and a contributor to the Oracle Applications Technology blog.


Extreme BI: Creating Virtualized Hybrid Type1+2 Dimensions
Kent Graziano, Data Warrior LLC
Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing / Advanced
In order to deliver value to end users faster, one option is to build virtual data marts. Projecting a raw star schema off your Hub and Links is relatively straightforward and well understood. We wanted to take it several steps further. Seems simple enough, but Type 1 or Type 2 dimensions? We decided to develop a hybrid dimension structure that could support both Type 1 and Type 2 in one view that leverages MD5 hash keys and the projected end dates. This presentation will show you the architecture and the actual working code we used to make it all work.

Worst Practices in Data Warehouse Design
Kent Graziano, Data Warrior LLC
Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing / Intermediate
In this session attendees will walk through a typical bad data warehouse design, see what reverse engineering shows in a supposedly complete design, discuss what is wrong with it and options to correct it. This will be a test of your knowledge of data warehouse best practices by seeing if you can recognize these worst practices.

Kent Graziano is an independent consultant, the owner of Data Warrior LLC in The Woodlands, Texas, and is a lifetime member of Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG) and ODTUG.  He is an award-winning author and speaker, Oracle ACE Director, a certified Data Vault Master (DVDM) and Data Vault 2.0 Practitioner (CDVP2), and expert data modeler and data warehouse architect with more than 30 years of experience, including over 25 years using Oracle (since version 5), Oracle tools, and two decades doing data warehousing. Kent has written numerous articles, authored two Kindle books (available on, co-authored four books, and has done many presentations, nationally and internationally. You can follow Kent on twitter @KentGraziano or on his blog The Data Warrior (  

Save Time and Money by Automating Your Data Warehouse
Chris Stewart, WhereScape.
Data Warehousing/BI / All
In this session, learn how data warehouse automation can handle repetitive and mundane development tasks to allow you more time to focus on meeting business requirements and deadlines.  Chris Stewart will discuss how automation embraces and facilitates agile development as well as highlight its deployment and documentation capabilities, then demonstrate an automation tool in action.

Chris Stewart is Director of Professional Services for WhereScape and has been designing and implementing data warehouses for the last 20 years. Before joining WhereScape, Chris led data warehouse architecture for several large clinical quality improvement and supply chain companies. During the last decade he has leveraged the massive parallel computing power of Oracle, Netezza and Teradata to build large data warehouses without the use of traditional ETL tools. Chris has experienced data warehouse automation both as a customer of WhereScape and now leading professional services for WhereScape in theU.S.

Integrating Master Data Management into Your Warehouse
Jim Raper, AFARI
Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing / Intermediate
Master Data Management (MDM) is one of the most talked about but least frequently implemented best practices for small to mid-size enterprise data environments.  This presentation points to a way to use the tools already in your Oracle Data Warehouse environment to add a self-healing MDM module to DW staging area.  Developed as part of a research project by AFARI, this DW/MDM solution uses Oracle APEX and WhereScape’s ETL toolset.

Jim Raper is the Research Director of AFARI involved in researching practical business and technical solutions for exploiting operational and business data.  With over 40 years of  experience in designing, developing, fielding and using decision support systems for the government and private industry, Jim is an evangelist for putting Business Intelligence tools in the hands of business analyst.  He is the author of The Vault Unleashed, a business intelligence novel.

"To BI or not to BI" on the Cloud
Kunal Sama, Thirdware
Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing / All
This presentation will introduce and explain cloud business intelligence solutions and the competitive landscape, with an overview of Oracle's BI Cloud Services benefits and limitations. Best practices are also discussed, plus “Do’s & Don’ts” guidelines to be followed while implementing Oracle’s BICS solution. 

Kunal Sama manages Presales and Solutions at Thirdware. He has 11 years of experience implementing solutions for enterprise performance management, information management strategy, solution architecture and software evaluation. Prior to joining Thirdware, Kunal worked as a Solution Architect with PwC & Deloitte in Technology Consulting. 

Continuous Integration and Source Control Management for OBIEE, Hyperion, and ODI
Christian Screen, Art of BI Software
Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing / Intermediate
Leveraging the multi-user development environment (MUDE) in Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE) has its challenges even though it was built to handle many basic software development lifecycle scenarios. However, companies using Oracle BI MUDE have mixed approaches for engaging with multiuser metadata development which should typically include Oracle BI artifacts such as the RPD, web catalog, and security. Attend this session to see examples of bad Oracle BI multi-user development processes and obstacles that stymie development teams from being as efficient as they could be, then learn how to properly use MUDE and multi-user development scenarios within an Oracle BI implementation to create efficient MUDE processes.

Christian Screen is a Business Intelligence evangelist with over 13 years of experience in technology ranging from low-level programming, e-commerce, Data Warehousing, Enterprise Performance Management, and of course, Business Intelligence. He is an Oracle ACE, an Oracle Deputy CTO, and holds several technology and project management certifications. The first book on Oracle BI 11g was published in 2012 and he just happened to co-author it. He is the Co-Founder and Senior Architect at Art of BI Software, an analytics management tools and consulting firm.

How to Achieve an Oracle Real-Time Warehouse and Analytics Solution
Christian Screen, Art of BI Software
Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing / Intermediate
This session takes a common use case for having readily available analytical information throughout the day within an organization and discusses how it can be achieved in an Oracle eco-system. Answers to common questions, solutions to roadblocks and mis-steps are discussed in order to show how to model a real-time data warehouse solution that pulls transactional data from the system of record and combines the data in an Oracle Data Warehouse to provide customers with seamless real-time analytics. Insights into your existing Data Warehouse, the Oracle BI Applications solution, Oracle GoldenGate, and other technology and techniques are discussed with an emphasis on data modeling and how to mitigate disruption of the transactional database system.

Christian Screen is a Business Intelligence evangelist with over 13 years of experience in technology ranging from low-level programming, e-commerce, Data Warehousing, Enterprise Performance Management, and of course, Business Intelligence. He is an Oracle ACE, an Oracle Deputy CTO, and holds several technology and project management certifications. The first book on Oracle BI 11g was published in 2012 and he just happened to co-author it. He is the Co-Founder and Senior Architect at Art of BI Software, an analytics management tools and consulting firm.

OBIEE Multi-tenancy in 12c and BICS
Bill Heenan, Mythics
Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing / Intermediate
With the soon-to-be-released OBIEE 12c along with BI in the cloud services offering, Oracle’s new solutions provide for implementing OBIEE in a multi-tenant, multi-user development environment.  This session is an in-depth look at each of these solutions and how they provide for better control and capability for each line of business to create analytic solutions without imparting or being impacted by poorly designed solutions from other teams when sharing an environment.

Bill Heenan is a Director of Analytics at Mythics, supporting clients in implementation of Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing solutions.  He has extensive experience with Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Project and Program Management, Data  Architecture, Application, Technical and Enterprise Architectures. He has successfully led the implementation of the Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence programs at several government agencies and successfully architected and implemented CGI’s Federal Financial Systems at HUD and ATF.

Master Competitive Analytics with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery
Syed Haider, Vendita Technology Group
Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing / All
This presentation is an introduction to Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID), an innovative data discovery product allowing organizations to quickly explore and evaluate data from structured and unstructured sources. OEID features a web-based, user-driven application front-end, and an in-memory data server, facilitating fast examination and assessment of information, and the ability to rapidly gain insights from data that is otherwise inaccessible by using conventional BI and reporting tools.

Syed Haider Ali is a Technology Sales Consultant at Vendita Technology Group where he is responsible for managing sales of in-house engineered technologies: Vendita Configured Data Servers and Vendita License Manager. Syed's experience includes working for Symantec's Platinum Partner where he helped the execution of sales for Symantec Products and Services. His areas of expertise are IT Sales and Services Management, Client Relationship Management, Business Analysis and Account Management. He is ITIL v3 Foundation Certified and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, and Master's degree in Business Administration (Marketing).


Ensuring Your Physical Standby Is Usable
Michael Abbey, Pythian
DBA / All
The session will cover items that seem so inconsequential like crontabs, maintenance scripts, listener entries, and so much more. In reality missing pieces, no matter how small, can derail the best intentions. Once one gets into the planning phase for a successful and complete switch to the DR site, all the pieces will fall into place if one pays attention to a lot more than just the database.

Michael Abbey has been a well-respected resource in the Oracle CORE tech community for over 25 years. He was on the team that wrote the first book for Oracle Press in 1994. He has been very active in many user group and vendor events, and recipient of the Chris Wooldridge award from the IOUG in 2008.

Strategies for Compliant and Cost Effective Oracle Licensing
Erica Meinke & Erik Benner, Mythics
DBA / All
This presentation focuses on strategies to get the most from your Oracle licensing, how to manage the licenses, including virtualization strategies to help stretch your IT budget, while achieving the performance you need.

Erica Meinke is the expert for Oracle licensing, managing the license migration team for Mythics. While at Oracle she built the Oracle process for license migrations.

Erik Benner is a published author and an Enterprise Architect with Mythics, focused on architecting solutions that meet the customer’s business and technical needs. He has worked with Oracle and Sun Systems since the mid- 90s, and is experienced with most of the core Oracle technologies.  Erik speaks often at Oracle events, is actively involved with the user community, and is the SIG Leader of the IOUG Solaris SIG.

Resource Manager: the Critical Piece of the Consolidation Puzzle
Karl Arao, Accenture Enkitec Group
DBA / Advanced
This session will show you how you can take advantage of Oracle Database Resource Management features to guarantee a stable and predictable performance as workload increases and as servers increase in density through consolidation. Attendees will learn about an example-based and problem/solution approach showing how to manage, allocate, and prioritize the critical resources such as CPU, Memory, and Storage I/O Performance. The 12c DBRM and new Exadata IORM features/directives will also be discussed.

Karl Arao is an OCP-DBA, RHCE, Oracle ACE, and a proud member of the OakTable Network. He works for Accenture Enkitec Group as a Senior Principal where he currently spends most of his time exploring Exadata capacity planning and performance. He shares his experiences, adventures, and discoveries in his blog (, he tweets at @karlarao, and owns a Wiki site ( where he shares his quick guides and documentation on technologies

Database Management 101 - How to Get the Most Out of EM to Monitor and Administer Your Databases
Werner De Gruyter, Oracle Corp USA
DBA / All
Want to know how to do Database monitoring and administration in EM? Look no further! We'll start with the basics (discovery, monitoring, alerting), continuing to explore the many features in EM for diagnosing (ADR incidents, SQL Tuning, ...), tuning (Advisors, ASH, AWR, ADDM, ...) and managing the life cycle of a database (configuration, compliance, patching, provisioning, ...), finishing with reporting and dashboards.

Werner de Gruyter is a respected Enterprise Manager expert who frequently presents at conferences on the internals of EM.  He co-authored the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Handbook and is the developer of the much used EMDIAG tool kit.  As an Architect in the Enterprise Manager Strategic Customer Programs team, he works with the world's top customers and implementations of EM.

Implementing Database Transparency
Jonah Harris, NEXTGRES LLC
DBA / All
If you've ever had to migrate an application from one database vendor to another, or manage databases from multiple vendors, you've experienced some time-consuming hassles. Learning the new system, installing all the new tools, and rewriting the subsets of your application which aren't compatible are as painful as they are costly. NEXTGRES decided to take a completely different approach, building a tool to transparently migrate an application between databases. In this talk, we'll describe the technical details of how our tool hides database-specific differences and provides interoperability between MySQL, MongoDB, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and Oracle by appearing as whatever database we want on-the-wire. This allows us do to crazy things like use SQL*Plus against SQL Server, a MySQL-based application on Oracle, or an Oracle-based application on MySQL transparently, without having to switch drivers, SQL, or code.

Jonah Harris is an OakTable Member and long-time Oracle Internals enthusiast who has administered, developed against, and consulted on every major commercial and open-source database system to date. His range of database knowledge includes everything from query language specifics to internal structures, file formats, and network protocols. In addition, Jonah has spent the last seven years leading software architecture and developing high-performance (sub-millisecond) search systems for one of the top ten social networks in the United States. C is his favorite programming language.

Pinpointing Root Cause and Solving Performance Problems Using AWR/Tuning Tools
Roger Cornejo, GlaxoSmithKline
DBA / All
This presentation introduces root cause analysis (RCA) methods for getting to the right AWR (Automated Workload Repository) information to solve your specific DB performance issues. The attendee will be equipped with tools and knowledge of how to use this information to assemble a cohesive picture of the performance problems at hand; pinpointing the performance issues and leveraging the tuning and advisor tools to quickly take action to resolve them.

Roger Cornejo has 30 years of experience with extremely large/complex global DB applications using Oracle (since v4). His current focus is on DB performance analysis and tuning. He has presented at previous East Coast Oracle Users Conferences, as well as IOUG Collaborate 14, and has also spoken at several industry conferences on Federated Data Integration.

oRCAle World: Root Cause Analysis
Daniel Morgan, Meta7
DBA / All
Root Cause Analysis is the process by which IT professionals identify the underlying cause of issues affecting their infrastructure and applications. Often we go for the quick fix, 'reboot the server,' and don't take the time to determine 'why' the server needed the reboot. This session focuses on real-world examples related to networks, storage, and databases.

Daniel Morgan, is an Oracle ACE Director and Principal Advisor for Meta7. Dan has more than 40 years in IT and more than 25 years with Oracle, was a member of the 12c Beta test team, has taught Oracle at the University of Washington, lectured at Harvard, and presented seminars at conferences worldwide.

Oracle Database 12c - Advanced Backup & Recovery Solutions for Data Protection
Priyesh Malvankar, Fujitsu America Inc.
DBA / All
We will start with quick must-know fundamentals about physical backups, logical backups, and tools, then jump into advanced 12c features, challenges with backups, then walk though a few recovery scenarios on how-to examples if you come across a data loss whether it’s a datafile, tablespace, database or whole site. Data loss can happen due to various failures and we will discuss those with possible solutions. You will also learn about duplicating CDBs, PDBs using RMAN, Zero Data Loss Appliance.

Priyesh Malvankar has 15 years of experience in the IT Industry and is currently working as an Oracle EBS Apps Admin and Oracle DBA at Fujitsu America. He has extensive experience in defining, implementing and testing database backup strategies and performing database recovery when required.

Controlling Execution Plans - Workshop
Kerry Osborne, Accenture Enkitec Group
DBA / All
This presentation will be an online hacking session. The intention is to log on to a system and run through several scenarios utilizing a set of scripts developed to quickly implement SQL Patches, SQL Profiles, and SQL Baselines for controlling execution plans or applying specific hints to the SQL behind the scenes for other purposes. The scripts will be provided as part of the presentation materials.

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

Patching Exadata: Pitfalls and Surprises
Gleb Otochkin, Pythian
DBA / Intermediate
The session will describe how to patch different components of Oracle exadata, how to prepare for the process, and how to create a proper action plan. We will talk about potential problems and issues one can have during the patching process and how to be ready for them.  We will also discuss what Oracle Platinum service can do for you and how it can help to keep your engineering system healthy.

Gleb Otochkin started to work with data in 1992 and has been at Pythian since 2008. His areas of expertise include replication, Oracle RAC, Oracle engineered systems, virtualization and performance tuning.

Oracle Database Security: Top 10 Things You Could & Should be Doing Differently
Simon Pane, Pythian
DBA / All
Learn key security-related functionality and exposures in the Oracle database.  Even senior or certified Oracle DBAs and developers are likely to learn many tips and suggested techniques or practices that they can implement immediately to help secure and protect their Oracle databases.  No additional software or licenses required; this topic covers only the hidden gems in the databases you already have.

Simon Pane has worked as a DBA for many years covering the Oracle Database from versions 6 through 12c.  Certified as an OCP, OCE, and ACE Associate, his focus is on High Availability, Monitoring, Backup & Recovery, Migration & Consolidation, and Security and he has experience with literally thousands of database environments.  Simon enjoys sharing technical knowledge and has presented at many user groups and conferences in Canada and the United States.

Database 12c New AWR, ASH and ADDM Features Using EM12c and Beyond
Kellyn Pot' Vin-Gorman, Oracle USA
DBA / Advanced
Understanding the power of the Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) is crucial to finding the answers the business demands when performance questions arise.  This session will take the DBA through each of the powerful features included with AWR, Active Session History (ASH), and Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor (ADDM) to make the DBA’s life easier and the answers to big performance challenges clear with EM12c and from the command line.

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, and social media activity under her handle, DBAKevlar, is well respected for her insight and content. She is the lead author on a number of technical books, hosts webinars for numerous technical groups, including All Things Oracle and has presented at many technical events.

Fast Track Your Oracle Database 12c Certification
Roopesh Ramklass, Pythian
DBA / Intermediate
The Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) credential is widely regarded as one of the most sought after industry certifications. Kick start your career by attending an informative session with an official Oracle Press Exam Guide Author that provides an overview of the topics covered in the various exams and discusses strategies for exam preparation. Additionally, we discuss the design of a suitable learning environment, answer prerequisite certification requirement questions and provide guidelines for upgrading your certification, if applicable.

Roopesh Ramklass is an Oracle Certified Master with expertise in Infrastructure, middleware and database architecture. He has worked for Oracle Global Support, Advanced Customer Services and Oracle University. He has run an IT consultancy and is experienced with infrastructure systems provisioning, software development, and systems integration. He has spoken at numerous conferences and is the author of several technology books.

Eliminate Downtime During Migrations, Upgrades and Platform Modernization
Jeffrey Surretsky, Dell Software
DBA / All
Join our information management experts as they reveal how to easily reduce IT costs and risk with powerful, yet simple-to-implement, data replication. You’ll discover the data replication method that makes it fast, easy, safe and affordable to upgrade to Oracle 12c — as well as migrate from Oracle to other databases such as SQL Server® and SAP® ASE® — with minimal downtime. In fact, with the data replication technique you’ll learn, you’ll be able to easily get data from Oracle to almost any database supported by ODBC. You’ll also see how to dramatically improve analytics and reporting with near real-time data replication. 

Formerly a DBA, Jeffrey Surretsky has been working at Dell Software for over 15 years as a Database Systems Consultant where he has focused on database solutions. His expertise encompasses technologies around high availability, migrations, and database performance.  Having received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and MBA in Management of Information Systems, Jeffrey has been in the IT industry for almost 30 years.

Data Pump Tips, Techniques and Tricks
Biju Thomas, OneNeck IT Solutions
DBA / Intermediate
Data pump was introduced in Oracle Database 10g, and has evolved over the versions with various features and performance improvements in moving data and objects. The legacy export (exp) / import (imp) utility is still maintained in all versions including 12c for backward compatibility, and to migrate legacy data to newer versions of the database. In this session we’ll discuss how to extend data pump for your various data and object migration needs outside of copying a table or schema. You will learn to export public and private database link and synonyms, various object filtering and row filtering techniques, and methods to verify the contents of dump file.

Getting Started with Oracle Database 12c Multitenant Administration
Biju Thomas, OneNeck IT Solutions
DBA / All
Multitenancy in Oracle Database 12c is a major architecture change, and DBAs have to learn new syntax on managing the (pluggable) databases within the (container) database. In this introductory session, you will learn basics of pluggable database administration including creating databases, cloning databases, upgrade, applying patch, data dictionary views, running script in all databases in a container, updating initialization parameters, listener configuration, connecting to database, creating and managing users & roles. For each task you will see how the tasks differ from a traditional non-container database. You will also learn methods of migrating or upgrading pre-12c databases to 12c pluggable databases.

Biju Thomas is an Oracle ACE, Oracle Certified Professional and Certified Oracle Database SQL Expert. He is Principal Solutions Architect at OneNeck IT Solutions and has been developing and administering Oracle databases since 1993 and Oracle EBS since 2006. He is a frequent presenter at Oracle conferences, has published articles in Oracle technical journals, and authored Oracle certification books, including Oracle Database 12c OCA. Biju's blog is at and you can follow him on twitter (@biju_thomas) or facebook (fb/oraclenotes) for daily Oracle Tidbits.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Security: a Practitioners Guide
Courtney Llamas, Oracle Corporation
DBA / Intermediate
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c security framework can be quite overwhelming for the EM administrator.  It's often hard to understand how the components interact and how to best leverage them for your organization.  Learn how to take advantage of Enterprise Manager roles, groups and named credentials to properly grant permissions and privileges to users.  Utilizing EM privileges, we'll show how you can safely grant access to application teams and developers, without the worry of changes being made.

Courtney Llamas started her career as an Oracle DBA and ended up managing one of the largest Oracle Enterprise Manager environments used for critical monitoring and management of more than 3,000 databases. She is now sharing her experience and knowledge with customers as part of the Strategic Customer Programs team for Oracle Enterprise Manager. As part of this team, she works with customers on implementations to help them follow best practices and take advantage of all that EM has to offer

Same Plan, Different Performance
Mauro Pagano, Accenture Enkitec Group
DBA / Intermediate
Sometimes even when you do all your homework and make sure a SQL has exactly the same plan, you still end up seeing different performance across environments. What would possibly cause it? This session will focus on the most common scenarios that make an execution plan (or a step of it) slow down your SQL across different environments. We'll use real -life examples to learn how to identify the symptoms of such factors using the standard diagnostics (mostly 10046 trace / v$ views), how such factors affect the performance of your SQL and how to address them.

Mauro Pagano is a Consultant at Accenture Enkitec Group who specializes on Oracle Database Performance and Tuning. He has over 10 years of relevant Oracle experience in the area of performance, is known by the community as the author of SQLd360 and for his contributions maintaining and enhancing popular tools like SQLTXPLAIN (SQLT), SQLHC and Trace Analyzer. Mauro has trained over a hundred Oracle engineers on SQL Tuning topics. His main area of interest is SQL Tuning, CBO Internals and Wrong Results.


Getting Started with Web Services
Zeeshan Baig, AST Corporation
Application Development / Novice
Web services are a common way to communicate between applications regardless of  the languages or platform your application is developed on, so understanding  web services is a critical skill. In this session we will go through the basic foundation of what web services are and how you can create, utilize, and secure them.

Zeeshan Baig is an Oracle ACE member and Solution Architect with 15 years of experience in Oracle technologies. Based in Chicago, he specializes in Oracle Middleware, Database, Cloud and Web technologies. Zeeshan is a Certified Specialist professional in Oracle ADF, Weblogic and Database. You can find his technical blog at and YouTube channel at

Using RAC to Scale Your Application and Database
Vlado Barun, Oracle Corporation
Application Development / Intermediate
RAC (Real Application Cluster) is a feature used to scale-out Oracle Databases. While there are plenty of resources on how to install/configure RAC, it is less common to find information aimed at developers  and architects on how to use RAC to maximize the scalability of their applications. This presentation walks through a real-world use case on how application design decisions can 'make or break' Oracle RAC. Using a live demo, the audience will experience the performance and scalability gains that can be achieved when an application is designed to take full advantage of Oracle RAC.

Vlado Barun is a member of the Real-World Performance Team at Oracle Corporation, focusing on optimizing database performance and scalability for high-performance mission-critical systems. Prior to joining Oracle Corporation, Vlado assisted a variety of organizations as DB Engineer, DBA, Database Architect and Manager of Database Development & Operations.

All the Free Tools from Oracle Corporation
Dan Hotka,
Application Development / All
This presentation will include a live demonstration on various available tools from Oracle10 and 11 databases,  including SQL Developer, TKProf, Trace Analyzer, SQLXPlan, PL/SQL Profiler, and undocumented explain plan tools.  It  is packed full of tips and techniques, including scripts that help find offending SQL statements.

Dan Hotka is a training specialist and an Oracle ACE Director who has over 36 years of experience in the computer industry, over 30 with Oracle products.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge of the Oracle RDBMS and is well -published with 12 Oracle books and over 200 articles.  He is frequently published in Oracle trade journals, regularly blogs, and speaks at Oracle conferences and user groups around the world. 

REST Enabling Your Oracle Database with SQL Developer and Oracle REST Data Services
Jeff Smith, Oracle Corporation
Application Development / Intermediate
Making your Oracle data accessible to your web applications has never been easier. Automatic REST enablement of your objects is now available with the latest releases of SQL Developer and ORDS. This presentation will show how one can install and configure ORDS completely from the SQL Developer user interface. You will then be shown how to define REST API endpoints for your tables and views - create, query, update, and delete.

Jeff Smith is the Product Manager for Oracle SQL Developer and SQL Developer Data Modeler, specializing in database development and administration tooling since 2001. He speaks regularly at conferences and user groups worldwide. Jeff likes to help people be better at their jobs and get more out of Oracle’s tools.

Application Development in the Oracle Public Cloud
Brian Spendolini, Oracle Corporation
Application Development / All
The Oracle Public Cloud offers a multitude of development options across multiple platforms. This presentation will outline what platforms can be used to access the data in the database (Java, APEX, REST), how to set up your development tools to access the cloud database, and what management options are available. Demos will consist of a Java, APEX and Mobile application accessing and using the cloud database. Learn those options and how best to utilize them on the Oracle Public Cloud.

Brian Spendolini is a Product Manager for the Oracle Database Cloud Service offerings. He has been involved in various capacities with Oracle technology for over 15 years, concentrating on the database and database application development areas. In addition, Brian is currently working on a book about Oracle Application Express 5, which will be published in 2015.

LOBS, BLOBS, CLOBS Dealing with Attachments in APEX
Tim St. Hilaire, Sumner Technologies
Application Development / Intermediate
APEX leverages the database to store and manage files submitted by the user, which is valuable when building applications allowing the developer to create rich collaboration environments.  In this presentation we will show how attachments work in APEX with examples of user interface forms, reports and code.  The presentation will review the APEX wizards and expand with techniques for using the LOBS and information necessary to manage the database objects.

Tim St. Hilaire has been working with Oracle as a developer, integrator, and architect since 1999.  His most recent focus is on the Oracle Application Express (APEX) tool set and integration opportunities available both internal and external to the Oracle Database.  His efforts continue as a consultant, blogger, author, and co-founder of Sumner Technologies with a focus on commercial product development.  Tim can be reached at or at @sthilaire on twitter.

APEX 5 Security Primer
Scott Spendolini, Sumner Technologies
Application Development / All
APEX is one of the fastest ways to build and deploy a web application based on the Oracle Database.  But before jumping into this technology, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how to do it securely. Designed for those just starting out or wanting to learn more about APEX, this session will outline the basics of the security constructs that are embedded in Oracle Application Express. It will cover how user management in APEX works, authentication, how to secure pages and components, and provide an overview of APEX’s architecture.

Scott Spendolini is a principal at Sumner Technologies, a world-class Oracle® services, education and solutions firm. He is a regular presenter at many Oracle-related conferences, is an Oracle ACE Director, an Oracle Certified Oracle Application Express developer, author of Expert Oracle Application Express Security and co-author of Pro Oracle Application Express. Prior to reigniting Sumneva in 2015, Scott was an APEX Practice Director at Accenture and Accenture Enkitec Group from June 2012 through April 2015. He holds a dual bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in Management Information Systems and Telecommunications Management.


Oracle E-Business Suite 11i/12.1/12.2 Performance Monitoring Quick, Easy, and Accurate
Michael Barone, OATC, Inc.
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / All
E-Business Suite Oracle Application Manager (OAM) powers-up the SYSADMIN and the DBA with great insight and visibility into the Database Performance and Application activities. Navigate from the Oracle Application Manager Users Sessions to executing Database SQL-Statements. Then you can turn on Database Session/SQL Tracing and even terminate the Users Session and much more.

Michael Barone has 25 years of IT experience and 16 years of Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) DBA experience. He has worked on installing, setting up, upgrading and administering the production, test, and development databases for major international organizations, federal/state/local government agencies, and manufacturers and upgrading existing Oracle Databases and Oracle Applications. Michael has extensive hot/cold E-Business Cloning and backup/restore/disaster-recovery experience  on multiple E-Business versions.

Prepare for the Fusion Security Model by Understanding Role-based Access Control in R12
Susan Behn, Infosemantics, Inc.
Oracle Applications (EBusiness Suite) / Intermediate
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 provide foundational knowledge 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 led and participated in numerous assessments, upgrades and implementations in many commercial and government industries.  She 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.

R12 Patch Wizard for Sysadmins and Functional Super Users
Karen Brownfield, Infosemantics, Inc.
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / Intermediate
Need a file version?  What objects that last patch touched so you can plan testing?  When that report or form was last patched?  Did that patch wipeout my customization? Attend this presentation and learn how to answer these questions without bothering your DBA.  And yes, Patch Wizard still can analyze Oracle recommended patches, download and merge them (merge not available in R12.2).  Learn the improvements made in R12.1.3/R12.2.4 and where you still should be careful.

Karen Brownfield has spent 25 years managing and administering E-Business Suite. She is co-author of a workflow book and other EBS administration books. Karen was awarded Oracle ACE in 2009, is a certified EBS and Fusion Specialist, and has presented papers at various user group conferences locally, regionally, and internationally. Karen serves on the Oracle EBS Applications Technology Customer Advisory Board, and is board liaison to the User Management SIG.

PCI 3.0 - Will Complying Prevent Hacking?
Mark Cuneo, CardConnect
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / All
PCI Payment Card Industry 3.0 Compliance guidelines are now in effect. If you accept credit cards as payment this is a significant change to how you comply. Just as important is preventing hacking, since no one wants to be the next Target or Home Depot. Discussion will focus on key changes in PCI 3.0, the impact on EBS, and  if there are  additional steps to take to secure your environment.

Mark Cuneo has over 12 years of experience in Governance Risk and Compliance for ERP Applications. He teaches public speaking and debate to high school students and for over 20 years has enjoyed developing his skills as a public speaker.

Insightful EBS Purging Strategies
Bill Dunham, OATC, Inc.
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / All
Purging and Archiving are very complex subjects and there is so much information available that it is impossible to cover everything in one presentation. We will discuss and review concepts through use of standard features and functionality, through the use of Purging features found in Oracle Application Manager (OAM), and the use of third party purging and archiving products.  Oracle EBS users considering Purging and Archiving are encouraged to participate in this session.

Bill Dunham is an Oracle ACE, OATC Principal, and a well-known Oracle EBS Applications consultant having worked with Oracle technology products since 1985 and Oracle EBS Apps since 1991. He has worked in many IT/project capacities mostly focusing as an EBS Program/Project Manager, Architect, Technical/Functional Lead, QA Manager and client advocate. Bill has presented papers at many local and regional OAUG events and Oracle OpenWorld and is the author of numerous articles and several books.

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 with a Focus on Online Patching Feature
Sumeet Kabra, Oracle Corporation
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / All
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 is a new release of the E-Business application from Oracle, bringing a revamp of architecture with Weblogic replacing Oracle Application Server, in addition to dual file system usage for online patching. With 12.2, application patches can be applied online while business users continue to access the system with minimal and predictable downtime in a flexible downtime window. This session discusses 12.2 architecture with a focus on Online Patching and will include the new patching tool 'ADOP' and a new feature of Single File System for non-production deployments.

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 - Configuration Management
Sumeet Kabra, Oracle Corporation
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / All
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 is a new release of the E-Business application from Oracle, bringing a revamp of architecture with Weblogic replacing Oracle Application Server, in addition to dual file system. This session discusses the configuration management in E-Business Suite 12.2,, starting with the technology overview then looking at the major configuration changes with the introduction of FMW such as Weblogic-managed servers replacing erstwhile OC4J containers , changing the way applications access the database objects. We’ll also outline the standard tools to manage configuration.

Sumeet Kabra has 10+ years of experience with Oracle Database and Oracle E-Business Suite, and working knowledge of Oracle BI Suite of applications. He is currently implementation tech lead for dedicated customers for Oracle Corporation. Prior to Oracle, Sumeet worked as an analyst in Birlasoft Inc. He received best performer of the year twice and was an Oracle Pacesetter Award winner for three years.  He is Oracle Database and E-Business Suite Certified.

Advanced Architectures for Oracle E-Business Suite
Elke Phelps, Oracle Corporation
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / 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 Senior Principal Product Manager in the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group. She joined Oracle in 2011 after having been an Oracle customer and Oracle Technologist since 1993. Her primary areas of expertise include Oracle Database and E-Business Suite deployments and upgrades, platform migrations, and infrastructure design. Elke is the lead author of the Oracle Applications DBA Field Guide (Apress 2006) and Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide (Coqui Tech and Press 2010), the founder of the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) E-Business Suite Applications Technology Special Interest Group (SIG), and a contributor to the Oracle Applications Technology blog.

Need Reporting Across Multiple EBS Modules? Reports Wand Is an Excel-based Option
BJ Lee & Tom Williams, Excel4apps
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / All
Business users in Finance, Accounting, and AP/AR often need access to data across multiple modules within Oracle EBS. How do they see a business process, such as Procurement to Payment, in a concise, user-friendly way? Many larger BI tools are too cumbersome for the ad-hoc reporting necessary for these users. Additionally, business users have a preference for analyzing their reports in Excel, and the gap between EBS and Excel can mean wasted time. We'll discuss how our customers use Excel as the front-end presentation layer to Oracle EBS modules, enabling flexible, fast reporting across multiple modules.

Tom Williams is the Mid-Atlantic Territory Manager with Excel4apps, a provider of best-in-class Excel-based reporting for Oracle and SAP users worldwide. With over 7 years of software sales experience, Tom is dedicated to understanding clients and prospects in order to find solutions for their financial reporting challenges. At Excel4apps, Tom connects blue chip companies with Excel4apps available resources including software, training and support.

BJ Lee has a wealth of experience in financial reporting as a former finance professional and now an Excel4apps Solutions Specialist. He works closely with global organizations providing customized training and support on financial reporting solutions.   

Looking for a Discoverer Transition Strategy?
Tim Miller, Global Software Inc.
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / All
In this session, we will demonstrate how to replace static Discoverer reports making them immediately available via an Excel Spreadsheet while leveraging Oracle Security and Descriptive Flex Fields. We will walk through how other organizations, such as Fujirebio Diagnostics, Wolverine Trading and TII Technologies addressed this challenge by implementing an Oracle reporting solution that eliminates manual, error-prone, static spreadsheets and leverages the tactical ad hoc reporting capabilities of Microsoft Excel.

Tim Miller is an Information Technology professional with 20 years of IT experience, specializing in Oracle Applications Functional and Technical Implementation and Support with expertise in Project Accounting.  His experience includes full cycle R12 Oracle Application implementation, R12 Oracle Applications upgrade, enterprise web application development, and data warehousing and reporting.   

Empowering EBS by Integration with WebCenter Content and Imaging
Donna Sternberg, AST Corporation
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / All
E-Business Suite is widely used by many organizations.  Storing attachments within EBS, however, is rarely the optimal solution for your organization.  In this session, we will explain how Oracle WebCenter Content and Imaging work together to accomplish several business advantages for your organization. 

Donna Sternberg has worked with WebCenter Content since 2001 when it was Stellent UCM.  After 2006, she has provided WebCenter analyst and architect services to a number of Oracle WebCenter customers.  As an Oracle Certified WebCenter Content Implementation Specialist, she brings substantial knowledge and experience to the role.

Feeling Dumped? Get Ready to Replace Discoverer and Never Look Back
Derious Malone,
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / All
You know how you only miss something when it’s gone? That’s how many people feel about the retirement of Oracle’s Discoverer report writing tool. Hubble®, an integrated suite of performance management apps from, has been helping companies for years replace Disco and they’ve never looked back. Hubble allows your business users to easily create and analyse data directly out of Oracle in real-time, eliminating the need for IT to create, recreate and refine reports as everyone’s needs evolve. With pre-built content across financials, purchasing, inventory and HCM, as well as access to any information stored in Oracle, including custom tables and views, our award-winning solution will transform the way people access information. Learn how to get over the heartbreak in less than an hour (the install and configuration time of Hubble), and learn to love Oracle again!

Derious Malone has over 14 years experience of full life cycle JD Edwards (JDE) implementation. For eight of those years he was employed directly by JDE, and the remainder with various JDE clients in the role of Director or Project Manager. He has provided project management and consulting services with responsibilities for all aspects of implementation including project management, consulting services, resource deployment and product training for numerous sector clients throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa.

Deep Dive into SSL Implementation Scenarios for Oracle Application E-Business Suite
Subhajit Das Chaudhuri, Pythian
Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) / Advanced
The primary reason why SSL is used is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can understand it. It keeps the Internet from being ruled by anarchists and criminals and provides many direct benefits to you and your customers. Attend this session to understand the intricacies of this technology and ways to implement it in your E-Business infrastructure.

Subhajit Das Chaudhuri manages an expert team across four continents at Pythian that works to keep clients' systems up and running at peak performance. With 11 years as an Oracle Applications DBA, Subhajit has extensive knowledge of Oracle Applications E-Business Suite Technology stack (11i and R12), 10gAS - SSO, OID and Portal, Fusion Middleware - OAM, OID 11g, WebLogic, Reverse proxies, application performance tuning, backup recovery and more. He holds four Oracle certifications, speaks at many events world-wide, and authored  two books, Integrating Oracle Applications E-Business Suite 12.1.1 with OID and OAM 11.1.2 and Integrating Oracle Internet Directory with Microsoft Active Directory 2008 and Oracle Applications E-Business Suite R12.1.


Oracle IDAM - Security Inside/Out
Shujaat Ali, Oracle Corporation
System Architecture/Administration / All
As organizations consume an increasing number of mobile and cloud apps, identity management becomes fragmented and they are increasingly adopting a strategy of extending enterprise identity services to the cloud. This presentation explores how organizations are using Identity Management to give users access to all their data from any device while providing an intelligent centralized view into user access rights across mobile, cloud and enterprise environments. See how Oracle Identity Management can securely accelerate your adoption of mobile and cloud applications.

Shujaat Ali (CISSP) is a Principal Security Specialist with over 16 years of experience in deploying Identity, Access and strong authentication solutions for DoD, Federal, State, Healthcare and large-scale IT applications. Working with Oracle Identity Management solutions, he has promoted the use of web and enterprise SSO, access management, identity governance and mobile security. Prior to Oracle, Shujaat worked for Entrust, where he was responsible for deploying strong authentication solutions using Entrust Certificate Authority, digital certificate base encryption, digital signature and application security.

Best Practices for Upgrading and Migrating to EPM and Beyond
Eric Helmer, ADI Strategies
System Architecture/Administration / Intermediate
Learn the best practices, methodology, roadblocks, lessons for upgrading to Oracle EPM

Under the Covers: Architecture and Internals of Oracle Hyperion EPM
Eric Helmer, ADI Strategies
System Architecture/Administration / Intermediate
This session is a technical deep dive into the architecture of the EPM system. Learn the different components of the EPM suite including foundational software and Shared Services.  The session will also cover architecture and data flow, as well as required system administration activities, and upgrade considerations.

Oracle ACE Director Eric Helmer is the VP of IT, managed and cloud hosting services, for ADI Strategies and one of the nation’s consulting leaders in Oracle-Hyperion Business Intelligence Infrastructure services.  He is a recognized expert in the area of world-class Hyperion Windows and Unix implementations and a champion for the free exchange of information on best IT practices around Oracle solutions.  He has been dedicated to Oracle Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence solutions for over 15 years, specializing in the entire EPM/BI Stack of products and all the critical enterprise systems that power it.

Take Control of Your RDS Architecture
Ben Alvey, Scripps Networks Interactive
System Architecture/Administration / Intermediate
In today’s cloud-first world it is easy for your AWS account to become cluttered with one-off parameter groups, security groups, and misconfigured RDS instances.  Learn how easy it can be to standardize your RDS environment with Python Scripting and Cloud Formation Templates. Build on what you've learned and plug it into a pipeline to complete your CI/CD environment.  

Ben Alvey started out in 2001 in development and went on to Oracle DBA on Unix in 2005. Recently he has been moving toward a more Hybrid/DevOps culture as part of a Systems Engineering team and working with Amazon Web Services.

Using Oracle's VDBench to Implement IDC's AFA Testing Guidelines
Michael Ault, IBM
System Architecture/Administration / All
Testing all-flash arrays is difficult. By utilizing VDBench scripts and IDC AFA testing guidelines this presentation shows how to develop repeatable, reliable tests to evaluate AFAs. Attendees will learn what tests IDC suggests for AFAs, how VDBench scripting works, and how to utilize VDBench for AFA testing. Actual test results will be used.

Mike Ault has worked with Oracle since 1990 in a variety of industries and is currently the Oracle FlashSystem Consulting Manager for the STG group in IBM. He has published over two dozen Oracle-related books and has written articles for several database-related magazines. Mike is also a highly sought- after speaker and expert instructor for local, regional and international Oracle conferences.

WTF Is Your Linux Server Doing Tonight?
Erik Benner, Mythics
System Architecture/Administration / Intermediate
This session will teach you a few tips and tricks about your Linux server from digging into logs, to using uncommon commands to solve everyday problems. We will cover some basic Linux admin tasks that work on engineered systems like the ODA and Exadata, and stand- alone servers. We even will drill into the OS log files and uncover what makes a server tick.

Erik Benner is a published author and an Enterprise Architect with Mythics, focused on architecting solutions that meet the customer’s business and technical needs. He has worked with Oracle and Sun Systems since the mid- 90s, and is experienced with most of the core Oracle technologies.  Erik speaks often at Oracle events, is actively involved with the user community, and is the SIG Leader of the IOUG Solaris SIG.

Exadata Performance Troubleshooting Methodology
Mike Chafin, Oracle Corporation
System Architecture/Administration / Intermediate
This presentation will review an end -to -end approach to health and resource utilization monitoring for Oracle Exadata Environments focusing on Oracle Enterprise Manager. In addition to technical details, a troubleshooting methodology will be presented that allows administrators to quickly identify and correct issues in an expeditious manner.

Mike Chafin is a member of the Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) Manageability Team at Oracle, focusing on Oracle Enterprise Manager MAA solutions and manageability of Oracle Engineered Systems. Mike has 19 years of experience as a database-focused software engineer, database administrator, and technical lead.

Capacity Planning with AWR: Eliminate the Guesswork
Roger Cornejo, GlaxoSmithKline
System Architecture/Administration / All
This presentation will show via actual case studies how to eliminate the guesswork in capacity planning by making insightful use of AWR data (e.g., I/O, CPU, and network workload), repurposing this information to meet the needs of DB capacity planning.  DBAs and systems people are often called upon to make capacity decisions without enough information on the system, even though the information can easily be gleaned from AWR data, if you know where to look.

Roger Cornejo has 30 years of experience with extremely large/complex global DB applications using Oracle (since v4). His current focus is on DB performance analysis and tuning.  He has presented at previous  East Coast Oracle Users Conferences, as well as IOUG Collaborate 14, and has also spoken at several industry conferences on Federated Data Integration.

Understanding the ERP Cloud Service and Suggested Leading Implementation Practices
Anil Minocha, Fujitsu America Inc.
System Architecture/Administration / Intermediate
Attend this session to understand the Standard Oracle ERP Cloud Service subscription and the different modules that are available within the ERP Cloud umbrella. We will also cover methodology, setup/configuration using Functional Setup Manager, key implementation considerations and suggested leading practices including security, upgrades, data migration, content migration scenarios, integration options that are available to Oracle ERP Cloud Service implementations.

With more than 15 years of experience, Anil Minocha has had a wide range of responsibilities in Oracle and IT Program and project management, training, functional, and technical Oracle E-Business Suite applications, database and technology. He has experience working through full life cycle 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.

Sizing 101: Which Engineered System Is Right for Your Needs?
Carlos Sierra, Accenture Enkitec Group
System Architecture/Administration / 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 guessestimates, which sometimes are quite far from reality.

Carlos Sierra is a regular speaker on several Oracle Users Groups. He specializes on database Performance and SQL Tuning and currently works for Accenture Enkitec Group. Carlos has 19 years of Oracle experience and before that he developed large applications on UNISYS mainframes. On his current role as consultant, he helps Oracle sites on reactive performance issues and on pro-active health-checks and sizing projects.

Practical Strategies to Enhance Privacy and Security in Oracle's Cloud
Venkat Sundaram, Mythics Inc.
System Architecture/Administration / Advanced
Oracle's Cloud offers a great platform with many hidden features that enable protecting availability, integrity and confidentiality of data. In this session we will demonstrate strategies to realize a high ROI from a security and privacy perspective and discuss practical ways to leverage Oracle Cloud solutions, improve privacy and security initiatives within your organization, minimize storage expense and mitigate security risks.  We will also walk through NIST controls and best practices mapped to Oracle CX & HCM Cloud.

Venkat Sundaram is a Security Architect with Mythics Inc.,  and assists public sector clients in the development and implementation of emerging security technologies. His areas of expertise include data security, encryption, malware, command and control, cloud, identity management and insider threat . Venkat is currently piloting next generation data/cloud Security Solutions protecting multiple platforms from advanced threats. As a CISSP and Deloitte Alumni, Venkat has extensive experience in the industry to help his clients deliver on strategic solutions. He holds an MBA from Johnson & Wales University.


Unlocking New Insights with Information Discovery:  Combining Structured Data & Unstructured Dialogues Creates New Perspectives
Ed Sullivan, Ranzal
Professional Empowerment/Management/Trends / Novice
Information Discovery allows business users to gain valuable insight into data by uniting critical data sources so that users have better access to and can find meaningful correlations in data. This insight empowers companies to make more informed decisions, improve business processes, and transform their business.

Ed Sullivan has over 20 years of technology industry experience in both software and consulting companies in various leadership positions in all aspects of consulting including sales and delivery.  Notable companies include PWC, Oracle, SAP and Endeca where he spent over 5 years leading the Midwest consulting practice. Prior to Oracle’s Endeca acquisition, he was instrumental in establishing and growing the Endeca Information Discovery business selling and delivering solutions to some of Endeca’s largest customers.

How to Fix a Broken Process
Ed McDonough, Avout
Professional Empowerment/Management/Trends /Intermediate
When implementing software projects, inevitably, a business process will either need to be re-designed to be in accordance with best practice or will need to be changed to match the software functionality. In both cases, a significant amount of ‘Process Re-engineering’ will need to take place to accommodate the new business process. This presentation will address the change process required to do an effective job of addressing business process change within a software project implementation setting. We will also explore different process re-engineering approaches for designing new business processes. 

Ed McDonough has 30+ years business experience in distribution and manufacturing processes and technology, including 20 years of Oracle EBS applications experience in supply chain and manufacturing modules. He was a major contributor to ongoing project methodology designs, Oracle applications community education and development and project performance IT initiatives for several manufacturing and distribution concerns.