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Take an Early Peek at the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Lineup

Organizers of Oracle OpenWorld 2014 are scheduling the sessions for this year's event, which will take place in San Francisco September 28 to October 2, 2014. The content catalog has been released.

The event features Oracle experts such as Oracle architect Tom Kyte of the popular AskTom website, and Oracle PL/SQL evangelist Steven Feuerstein, both of whom are renowned for their ability to see the world through the eyes of developers. Top sessions to plan for include the following.
  • Tom Kyte: Developers Rule the World (Again)
    Way back in 1992, Oracle Database 7 was the programmer's database with stored procedures, triggers, precompilers, and so on. Then the introduction of the internet shifted the focus to operations, high availability, and related features. Kyte will explore how developers are taking control again and how Oracle Database is responding with new capabilities in the area of JavaScript object notation, new open source drivers, and much more.

  • Tom Kyte: SQL Is the Best Development Language for Big Data
    From the early 1980s till today, data processing has been dominated by SQL. This session explores the latest developments in SQL, and how to use them to exploit big data efficiently and effectively—even when data is not stored directly in Oracle Database.

  • Steven Feuerstein: The Whys and Wherefores of New PL/SQL Features in Oracle Database 12c
    In this session Feuerstein examines a wide array of new features for PL/SQL developers. For example, the function result cache has been enhanced to support functions defined with invoker rights. Administrators can use the ACCESSIBLE BY clause to define whitelists of the program units that can execute subprograms in a package. And administrators can grant roles to PL/SQL program units rather than to schemas, delivering much greater access, control, and flexibility.

  • Maria Colgan: The Top Five Things to Know About Oracle Database In-Memory
    This session explains in detail the top five things you need to know to get the most from Oracle Database In-Memory right out of the box. With easy-to-follow real-world examples, Colgan—Oracle's in-memory expert—explains exactly what steps to take to get up and running, and demonstrates the kinds of performance improvements to expect. Colgan always draws a big crowd, so this session is presented twice.

  • Patrick Wheeler: Multitenant: The Beating Heart of Database as a Service
    As Wheeler puts it, Oracle Database as a service is built on three strong foundations: Oracle Multitenant as the enabling database architecture, Oracle Enterprise Manager for orchestration, and Oracle's engineered systems, such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster, as consolidation platforms. In this session, Wheeler explores how Oracle provides a total solution that truly delivers on the promise of database as a service.

  • Patrick Wheeler: SAS Solutions on Demand: A Multitenant Cloud Offering Based on Oracle Database 12c
    Wheeler discusses how Oracle partner SAS uses innovative techniques and best practices to support premium customers on Oracle's engineered systems and an Oracle Database infrastructure. The session covers how using new features in Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Multitenant on Oracle Exadata systems will lower TCO while maintaining the highest standards of security, availability, agility, and performance.

  • Andrew Holdsworth: What the Real-World Performance Team Learns from Your Automatic Workload Repository Report
    Reports generated from the Automatic Workload Repository feature of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c have been used for many years to understand the health and characteristics of a database instance. They also reveal many other things you may not have thought of. Like Sherlock Holmes, Holdsworth reveals what other secrets can be deduced.

  • Andrew Holdsworth: Real-World Performance of Star and Snowflake Schemas, Parts 1 & 2
    Star and snowflake data models have been in use for more than 25 years. Oracle Database has numerous features that can accelerate query processing, often by orders of magnitude. The first session demonstrates these features, their potential performance gains, and a template for correct usage. During the second session, Oracle's Real World Performance Group shows where most of the mistakes are made and provides a template for success.
Learn more and register today for Oracle OpenWorld, taking place in San Francisco, California from September 28 to October 2, 2014. Check out the content catalog for Oracle Database sessions and watch for the schedule builder tool launching in August to create your personalized event itinerary. Early bird pricing for Oracle OpenWorld ends July 18, 2014.
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