Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's Coming...

So you better save the date. The tenth Hotsos Symposium is scheduled for March 4-8, 2012 in Irving, Texas. More to follow soon...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Training Day 2011 - Karen Morton's Slides and Scripts

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Hotsos Symposium and Training Day 2011

To all of our attendees, thank you for coming to Hotsos Symposium and Training Day 2011. Photos are online at Shutterfly. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hotsos Sym 2011 Training Day with Karen Morton

As if our brains weren't full enough, we're listening to Karen Morton today at Hotsos Symposium Training Day 2011. Her topic is "Managing SQL Performance - Practical Information and dTools for Writing and Maintaining Optimally Performing SQL". OK...that's a mouthful (or an eyeful), but Karen is breaking it down for us beautifully.

Thanks to everyone who came to Sym and Training Day this year! We hope you had fun and learned a lot. We send a special "thank you" to Karen Morton for everything she's done to continue the successful tradition of Training Day. You rock, Karen!

Be sure to start thinking about coming back for Hotsos Sym 2012! It'll be our tenth, and Gary promises to make it a blow-out.

Hotsos Symposium 2011 - Day 3

Day 3 of Hotsos Symposium 2011 started off with Margaret Norman and "how to Set Up Stable Parallel Execution".

Karl Arao talked about "Mining the AWR Repository for Capacity Planning, Visualization and Other Real World Stuff".

Toon Koppelaars took us through "Triggers Considered Harmful, Considered Harmful".

Gary Propeck walked us through "The CBO's Look at Clusters, IOT's, Partitions, and Other Objects".

Maria Colgan taught us how to "Implement Best Practices for Extremem Performance with Oracle Data Warehousing".

Mark Farnham went through his "Physical Ordering of Data: Is It Ever Useful?"

Tanel Põder shot his way through "Troubleshooting the Most Complex Oracle Performance Problem I've Ever Seen".

Tom Kyte summed up this year's Sym with "Just in Time".

To the attendees, "thank you" for making this another great Sym! To the speakers, "thank you" for the informative presentations and networking opportunities you provide to the attendees. Special "thank you's" to our keynote speaker, Kerry Osborne, and Training Day instructor, Karen Morton.

Tomorrow...Karen Morton, all day, at Training Day. Can't wait!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hotsos Symposium 2011 - Day 2

Today, Margaret Norman taught us about "Moving to 11g Statistics".

Doug Gault taught and entertained us with "Mining Oracle Application Express 4.0, Debug Data for Hidden Performance Trends".

Doug Burns had more on "Statistics for Partitioned Objects".

Friedrich Pfeiffer taught us "How (Not) to Do a Hardware Sizing for a Large Oracle Data Warehouse".

Wolfgang Breitling led us through his "Time Series Analysis for Statspack and AWR".

Riyaj Shamsudeen gave us "Advanced RAC Troubleshooting, Parts I and II".

Maria Colgan gave us the "Top Tips to Get Optimal SQL Execution All the Time".

Miladin Modravic gave us "Oracle Diagnostic Events in 11g".

Our buddy behind the camera, Dan Fink's topic was "Variance Analysis, Profiling, and Trending Using ASH and AWR".

Dr. Neil Gunther led us through "Brooks, Cooks, and Response Time Scalability".

Mahesh Vallampati made sure there was "Enough Blame to Go Around".

Alex Gorbachev taught us "Database I/O Performance: Measuring and Planning".

Tim Gorman gave us "Forensic Analysis Using AWR and ASH".

After all these great presentations, our attendees' brains were full, and they needed to let off a little steam at the Hotsos "Swamp Stomp". See below for how they cut loose.

So, make plans now to attend next year. We promise you'll have a stompin' good time!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hotsos Symposium 2011 Day 1

Ooooh, if you're not here, you missed out on a great Day 1 of Hotsos Symposium 2011. Cary Millsap helped us "Think Clearly about Performance".

Kerry Osborne took us back to mainframes and brought us forward to Exadata in his keynote address, entitled "Back to the Future".

Toon Koppelaars worked his hocus pocus to assist attendees in "Thinking Clearly with SQL".

The disco king, Stephan Haisley, gave a great presentation on "Oracle GoldenGate Performance".

There were so many other wonderful presentations by the lovely Gwen Shapira, Gerwin Hendriksen, Andy Zitelli, Andrey Nikolaev and Shan Nawaz. By the end of the day, the attendees were ready to cut loose at Netezza's "Awesome 80's Arcade".

If we could write a postcard to you, it'd say, "Wish you were here!"