I was a part of a unique Oracle training seminar that happened in Munich, Germany last week.
This is a Day of Real World Performance Tour seminar given by: Andrew Holdsworth, Tom Kyte, Graham Wood. These 3 well known Oracle experts are key members of the Real World Performance Team that consist of about 25 database experts who focus on Oracle database performance tuning, creating live demos and teaching customers how Oracle perform and how they should write the optimal code.
The format of this Oracle event is very unique. The entire seminar day Andrew, Tom and Graham are continuously on stage sharing in the conversational format very unique technical material debating (sometimes in a funny form) with each other and the audience. There are three screens in the seminar room and every instructor drives his own projector. They show the quite interesting live demos loading terabytes of data and manipulating with billions of rows in just several minutes on their own Exadata systems.
Interesting enough that these guys consider performance tuning aspects of the same problem from different angels sometimes contradicting each other but finally giving concrete solutions and best practices to follow. After those tests and lessons learned you definitely change your mind in terms of database and application performance tuning.
This training seminar makes interesting not only the unique technical material but also all three very different personalities of the instructors and their backgrounds. Tom has never been a DBA but he represents mainly Read more »
An effective database expert nowadays should not only fix the day to day technical problems but also provide efficient IT solutions, present them properly and, based on the management decisions, implement them. To accomplish this, a modern database expert should not concentrate only on technical training but also improve his soft skills.
Seriously, I know good database developers and DBAs that are professionals in their areas but for many of them it’s hard to communicate properly, negotiate with counterparts, propose valuable solutions or give a solid presentation to IT management. Some IT gurus simply ignore this and do not like to participate neither in strategic company discussion nor in this type of soft skills training. From my point of view, this is a big mistake. Besides, I think communication and negotiation topics are very exciting areas where you can train yourself, practise and as a result of that, improve not only soft skills but also your overall IT proficiency.
Recently I had a chance to attend a very interesting 2 days training class on negotiations topics. There I learned and what is really important could practice different negotiation techniques and strategies. Read more »
I always thought Oracle database performance tuning was more an art than a science. Being an Oracle performance tuning expert you have to recite not only database manuals but know how the database really works. Besides, you have to understand the core principles of performance management, including a time-tested methodology that is utilized to determine, investigate, and implement efficient solutions to real performance problems. Read more »