Winter Workshop - Jan 24, 2018

Title:  Oracle Database 18c and APEX
Theme: Speakers will share insights on the new Oracle 18c release, Autonomous Database, building apps with APEX, and additional topics.

When:  Wednesday, Jan 24th, 2018

Where: Normandale Community College, Main Entry North

      Garden Room in Kopp Student Center

      Parking Lots 3, 4, 5, ,6 are closest (enter off Collegeview Road)


9700 France Ave S, Bloomington



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Sponsored by:Collier IT and Meta7 



08:30 - 09:00    Registration, Breakfast and Networking

09:00 - 09:20    Welcoming Remarks, Sponsor and Speaker Introductions

09:20 - 09:30    TCOUG Election Announcements, Candidates

09:30 - 10:30    What's New In Oracle Database 18c - William Hardie @ Oracle Corp.

  • Oracle Database recently switched to new annual Release Model with Oracle Database 18c the first annual release in the new model. This session is a unique opportunity to get ahead of the curve and learn what's new in Oracle Database 18c directly from the Oracle Database development team.

10:30 - 10:45    Break

10:45 - 11:45    Autonomous Database Management - William Hardie @ Oracle Corp.

  • The Cloud may be changing everything, but which cloud is right for your business? The rise of data as a form of capital, and therefore choice of enterprise database cloud, will have a direct impact on the future success of your business. This session focuses on Autonomous Data Management, a new vision for data management in the cloud that offers opportunities for DBAs and can help ensure future business success.

11:45 - 12:00    Lightning Session: 500K Insert Statements Per Second - Dan Morgan @ Meta7

12:00 - 12:45    Lunch

01:00 - 01:15    TCOUG Election Announcements, Goodbyes to Outgoing Board Members

01:15 - 01:45    APEX Low Code and High Control - Jorge Rimblas @ Insum

  • Bam!  Just like that, a fully functional application is created. Did you blink? Let me run that again. Yes, it’s that easy. Oh, you want to change the out of the box functionality?  Click, click, click. Done.You want more you say? No worries. Oracle Application Express is not only Low Code, but it’s High Control as well.  Let me show you where the high control lives and why this tool is so powerful. It may sound gimmicky, but it’s not, APEX is a (hidden for some) gem. In this session, you'll see first hand how APEX can be a Low Code platform and then escalate to demonstrate how it also provides High Control when needed.

01:45 - 02:45    Oracle APEX: What Every DBA Needs to Know - Francis Mignault @ Insum

  • Once an enterprise starts using Oracle APEX, many applications are rapidly created to help manage the business. DBAs start asking questions about managing APEX and installing it in Oracle databases: How can I properly backup and recover our APEX applications? How do I integrate an APEX installation with EBS? What are the different component required and supported for the middle-tier? Those questions and much more will be answered in this session.

02:45 - 02:55    Break

02:55 - 03:45    Oracle Database Career Best Practices, Dan Morgan @ Meta7

  • Our industry changes direction every 20 years and we must too. The tools and techniques, process and procedures, that made a valuable IT professional in the 1960s became obsolete with the move to Client Server in the 1980s. With the move to n-Tiered architecture our industry changed again and requirements included understanding and troubleshooting in an environment with application servers, VLANs, thin provisioning, and connection pools. We find ourselves in 2018 on the cusp of another shake-up. The skills of the future will be based on DevOps, Infrastructure As Code, Machine Learning, and Autonomous Databases. So what are the skills we, as DBAs, need to have to not just survive but to prosper.

03:45 - 04:00    Giveaways, Prizes, and Closing Remarks


About the Speakers


William Hardie, Oracle Vice President Database Product Management

Willie Hardie is Vice President of Oracle Database Product Management. He has been in IT for more than 30 years, and has specialized in relational database technologies for more than 25 years. Willie has worked with Oracle Database since version 5, is a regular speaker at User Group Conferences and currently serves as Oracle Liaison on the IOUG Board of Directors. 


Jorge Rimblas, Oracle ACE and a Senior APEX Consultant with Insum Solutions

Jorge Rimblas has been an Oracle Database professional since 1995, Oracle ACE and a Senior APEX Consultant with Insum Solutions. He started using APEX when it was known as HTMLDB starting with version 1.6 almost 10 years ago. Since 2008, APEX is all he does. His areas of expertise include: Oracle Application Express (APEX), Oracle e-Business Suite, Oracle databases and products. Jorge has helped several companies, in diverse industries, implement custom themes for their applications. His knowledge and experience with UI design, web technologies, and Adobe Photoshop uniquely position him to excel at this kind of work. He has taught APEX to dozens of people and has been a speaker at OOW, RMOUG Training Days and ODTUG KScope conferences. Jorge can be found on Twitter as @rimblas and on his blog


Francis Mignault,  Oracle ACE Director, CTO - Chief Technology Officer, Insum Solutions 

Francis Mignault has over 30 years of experience in IT using Oracle databases. In 2002, he co-founded Insum Solutions, where he currently holds the role of CTO - Chief Technology Officer.  In 2004, he started using Oracle Application Express and hasn’t looked back since. He has presented at several conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe, including Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG Collaborate, ODTUG APEXposed!, Kscope, and APEX World. Francis is an Oracle ACE Director and co-author of two books : Expert Oracle Application Express and Oracle Application Express Administration.  


Daniel Morgan - Oracle ACE Director Alumni

Oracle ACE Alumnus Daniel Morgan is starting his 49th year in IT, is the Principal Advisor at Platinum Partner Meta7, and has been engaged in IT consulting and education for the majority of his career.