By Monica Mehta
Oracle ACE Associates, ACEs, and ACE Directors will present more than 120 conference sessions at Oracle OpenWorld this year.
Members of the Oracle ACE program are vital to the Oracle user community. They are thought leaders and professionals who serve as advocates of the Oracle brand to customers, as well as conduits of information between customers and Oracle’s product managers.
“Oracle ACEs are unique because they understand our technology at the deepest level—in many cases, they’ve influenced its development,” says Roland Smart, vice president of social and community marketing at Oracle. “Oracle OpenWorld serves partly as their opportunity to give back to the larger community and build their own brands in the context of the presentations that they deliver onstage.”
More than a dozen ACE Directors will take questions about Oracle Database 12c.
Here are a few highlights from the Oracle ACE-led sessions at Oracle OpenWorld. You can peruse the full list of ACE sessions for more information.
More Than Another 12 on Oracle Database 12c
1:30 p.m. | Moscone South, room 306
Back by popular demand, a group of ACE Directors from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia will take turns delivering quick, seven-minute talks on best practices in Oracle Database 12c.
“If you are a database specialist, this is the session for you,” says ACE Director Debra Lilley, vice president of Certus Cloud Services, Certus Solutions. “We will have more than 12 experts talking about different areas of the database, and then you can decide which areas you want to drill into during the rest of the week.”
Last year’s session, during which 12 Oracle ACE Directors discussed the features of Oracle Database 12c, got so much positive feedback that the group decided to do another session this year—this time with more Directors presenting their advice, and with more time for audience questions.
“This year, we have much more real-life experience using Oracle Database 12c, have drilled more into the features, and have much more to share,” says Lilley. “Attendees will get nuggets of knowledge from a continuous stream of experts. If you can’t stay the whole session, just come and hear a few speakers—but you won’t want to leave.”
Oracle ACE program members are advocates of the Oracle brand.
What Should I Do Now? Oracle Java Cloud Service for the Oracle WebLogic Server Administrator
11 a.m. | Park Central, Metropolitan III
Oracle Java Cloud Service offers all the power of Oracle WebLogic Server but runs as a managed service in Oracle Cloud. Does this mean your job as an Oracle WebLogic administrator is over? No—in fact, you’ll be able to put your skills to more valuable use, says Oracle ACE Director Simon Haslam, principal consultant, Veriton Ltd. Haslam will provide an administrator’s view of Oracle Java Cloud Service and how it can work for others—in particular, administrators who spend their time building, maintaining, and supporting Oracle Fusion Middleware environments.
“There is little doubt in my mind that over the next decade, the shift to cloud platforms will be just as dramatic as some of the IT transitions from previous generations, such as the move from mainframes to minis to client-server,” says Haslam. “This will have a profound effect on the jobs of operations engineers and administrators.”
The DBA’s Guide to Deploying Oracle Database In-Memory Using Database In-Memory Advisor
10:45 a.m. | Moscone South, room 103
In this session, DBAs will learn how to use Oracle’s database in-memory advisor to tune the existing structures for Oracle Database In-Memory, and how to validate this on Oracle Database Cloud using RAT and the SQL tuning advisor API.
“The Oracle Public Database Cloud offers tremendous capabilities and possibilities, more than previously known or understood,” says Oracle ACE Director Julian Dontcheff, global database lead, Accenture. “Oracle DBAs, cloud architects, and infrastructure managers who may have questions about moving databases to the Oracle Public Cloud will find this session valuable.”