Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Optimize Oracle response times with Cary Millsap using Method R

Came across this interesting logical method of Oracle Database Tuning called as Method R, created by Cary Millsap (pictured), a performance tuning expert and an Oracle veteran. If you want to learn more about Method R, you can attend the webinar below. The following information is from Cintra where Cary is currently a Vice President.


  • Date:            Thursday 26th October 2017
  • Time:            11:00 (EDT) and 16:00 (BST)
  • Duration:     30 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A
  • Location:     Online webinar

Your customers’ experience with the speed of your applications is an important differentiator. As you move to the cloud, delivering excellent performance experiences becomes even more challenging.

Traditional Oracle performance management isn’t enough; our revolutionary approach enables you to understand exactly how your users experience your systems.

In this webinar, Cintra practice leader Kyle Smith will discuss Method R with Cary Millsap. Join us to learn more about this extraordinary advance in Oracle performance optimization:

  • What does “faster systems” really mean?
  • Why is it so hard to get there?
  • What is Method R? How is it different? Why did we create it?
  • How does the process work?
  • How does moving to the cloud affect performance management?

If you’re unable to make the time below, please register and we’ll send you the recording afterwards.

Please register on 

Recordings of Previous Webinars:

17th August Method R webinar:

27th September Method R webinar:

Product demonstration recording:


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

EXADATA Essentials For Oracle DBAs: Hands-on 4-Week Saturday Workshop by Gavin Soorma (OCM)

My friend and fellow Oracle Certified Master Gavin Soorma, after his recent popular Oracle RAC workshop (over 100 registrants) is now offering a new hands-on 4-week Saturday workshop on "Exadata Essentials For Oracle DBA’s", so you can fast track your path towards becoming an Oracle Database Machine (DMA) administrator.

In this new workshop, instructions will be provided by Gavin on how to install and configure an Exadata Storage Server on your own individual VirtualBox platform.

You will learn about the architecture, key features and capabilities of Exadata Database Machine as well as how to administer, monitor and manage the Exadata Storage Server using the CELLCLI command line interface. Attendees will learn how to use CELLCLI to create and manage celldisks, grid disks and flash disks as well as how to configure alerts and monitoring of storage cells on their own individual Exadata Storage Server environments.

The 4-week online workshop commencing on Saturday, 30th September will include hands-on lab exercises for each module (for which remote support will be provided) and cover a wide variety of topics (the full list can be seen in the registration URL given below). Recordings of sessions  will be made available for future reference.

The course curriculum is based on topics in the Exadata Database Machine: 12c Administration Workshop course offered by Oracle University, the latter  costs over US$5000 whereas Gavin's workshop is only $499.00 USD which is about 1/10th of the cost.

Kindly use the link below to register and pay for the Exadata Essentials for Oracle DBA’s training course.

Registration URL:

For any related queries or clarifications kindly drop an email to


Porus Homi Havewala.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Oracle preps autonomous database at OpenWorld

Oracle preps autonomous database at OpenWorld

IMHO The new database version will probably use the Oracle Management Cloud (OMC) to monitor and tune, the OMC has machine learning using big data analytics to aid performance tuning. Since version 10g, the Oracle DB has had self-tuning capabilities, i.e. auto application of SQL profiles using the Tuning pack license. Everything else was done by the DBA, perhaps with advice gained from the Tuning Advisor, but the DBA had to make the final call. Probably the self-tuning has been carried further in the coming version with expertise from machine learning. Regarding AWS databases, I would agree that the AWS capability of performance insights is only at its starting stage so databases on AWS Aurora cant really be compared to what Oracle will offer in this regard.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

No-Win, No-Fee Oracle Licensing Review Offer for your Oracle usage

Dear Friends,

As we all know, Oracle Licensing is a complex subject and a lack of its complete understanding can attract millions of dollars in contractual non-compliance during an official audit. Non-compliance on Oracle Licensing can be due to several reasons, including vague rules and inaccurate analysis. If your Oracle licensing is not fully managed or optimised, then you also risk over-paying for support costs that could have been avoided. Over-Licensing or Under-Licensing can both bring large financial exposure for an Oracle end-user organisation. 

Exclusively for the members/friends of our 'Oracle Senior DBA' group on Linkedin, we have negotiated with 'Konnagar Limited' >> << to help you reach a safe harbor with compliance on Oracle licensing. Konnagar Limited won the Gold Award from UK-OUG for 'Independent Services', and is run by Sibaji Dey Choudhury - an ex-Oracle License Auditor with 12+ years of Oracle licensing experience across 300+ customers. 

How is this a good proposition for you? Sibaji will run a complimentary Oracle License Review, exclusively for the members/friends of the group (you need not be a member, just mention the group). If any contractual non-compliance (and therefore, commercial exposure) is identified, only then you pay the fee for the engagement. If no non-compliance is identified, then you DO NOT pay anything. Simple! 

Please note that Konnagar Limited is independent of any Oracle partnership and also does not resell Oracle licenses (or recommend resellers), and therefore has no conflict of interest. The only objective is to help you uncover non-compliance arising out of mismanagement of Oracle Licensing. 

Please reach out to to register your interest. This offer is on a 'No-Win, No-Fee' basis exclusively for the members and/or friends of the 'Oracle Senior DBA' group, so please mention the group name in your email to them even if you are not a member.

Best regards, 

Porus Homi Havewala, 
Oracle Certified Master.


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