Speaking, WhitePapers & Webinars

Speaking Engagements

.Conf 2012 Splunk Conference

June 2013 – Real World Tuning an Oracle EBS Stack

CSOUG – Central States Oracle User Group

May 27, 2014 – Building a Database Monitoring Tool Using Splunk

COUG – Chicago Oracle User Group

Aug 13, 2014 – Application Profiling for Performance Improvements

DBTA – Database Trends & Applications Data Summit Conference NYC

May 2015 – Driving Performance in the Data Driven Enterprise

May 2016 – The Future of Data Warehousing

DOUG – Dallas Oracle User Group

Aug 25, 2016 – Root Cause Analysis with the 5S Approach


RMOUG – Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group

Feb 12, 2013 – Application Profiling Tools

Feb 15, 2013 – Real World Tuning an Oracle EBS Stack

Feb 19, 2015 – Performing Oracle Health Checks using APEX

Feb 19, 2015 – Tuning OEM Templates

Feb 10, 2016 – Performing Health Checks using APEX

Feb 11, 2016 – Tuning ETLs for Better BI

HOUG – Heartland Oracle User Group

April 25, 2014 – Application Profiling for Performance Improvements

InfoTec Omaha

March 21, 2016 – How DevOps is Impacting the DBA’s Role

NYOUG – New York Oracle User Group

Dec 17, 2013 – Application Profiling and Performance Tuning

IOUG – Collaborate 2014

April 15, 2014 – Making Sense of Oracle Alerts Using the Datavail Alert Optimizer

April 5, 2015 – Tuning ETLs for Better Business Intelligence

Whitepapers & Past Blog Posts

Building the Modern Data Hub
August 2016 – Old ETL approaches are complicated and fragile. Do we REALLY need them? Creating a powerful analytics reporting environment with MongoDB or Hadoop is easily done using SlamData. I present a few ideas on how to build a Data Hub using some powerful analytics tools. Watch this webinar to discover how you can gain rapid insights and create more flexibility by capturing and storing data from a variety of sources and structures into a NoSQL database.

Six Ways to Profile Your Application Code
February 2015 – Profiling your application code helps you determine why your code is not running properly. Without it, you do not have the information needed to assess the problem. Once armed with facts, you can tackle the problem’s root cause. Six tools to proactively monitor your application code are described here.

Webinar: Building a Database Monitoring Tool using Splunk
August 2015 – Is your database environment in need of a custom-built monitoring tool? Splunk may provide the answer. In this webinar, we will show you how to build a Database Monitoring Tool for free using both SQL scripts and shell scripts. The examples will be based on Oracle SQL however they can easily be translated into DB2, SQL Server, MySQL or any other major database platform.
You can monitor sessions, disk performance, SQL performance, DB tablespace information, concurrent programs and object statistics…all using one single script and Splunk – for free!

Changing Your Approach, From Reactive to Proactive
April 2016 – Do you know every aspect of your Oracle database? From each parameter, to the database health, down to the data block level? If you did and you were able to stay on top of all those details when a crisis occurred, would you immediately have the confidence to know what the problem wasn’t? The best offense is to have a plan and be able to work that plan. Regular health checks are the best approach to ensure you stay on top of all those details and are always prepared for the scenarios you might be reacting to on a regular basis today. This presentation will outline the tools to use to transition from defense to offense by working and planning proactively.

All The Leaves Aren’t Brown: Many Ways To Profile Your Application Code
January 2014 – Why should you profile? Watch the webinar to find out the right tools for the right job when profiling on both the server and client side. We’ll show you how profile your application code and see what features compare from one profiler to the next.

Oracle Health Checks Using APEX
January 2015 – With the heavy workload that most, if not all, DBAs face, it’s no wonder there is little time left to perform routine health checks. This webinar reviews the real value of health checks, based on the thousands of them performed for clients and how APEX can be used to standardize health checks.

A New Framework for Solving Database Performance Issues
November 2015 – Get Answers with the 5S Approach: If your organization relies on data, optimizing the performance of your database can increase your earnings and savings. Many factors large and small can affect performance, so fine-tuning your database is essential. Vice President and Practice Leader, Development, Tuning and Automation for Datavail, Chuck Ezell, sheds light on the right questions to get the answers that will help you move forward by using a defined approach, referred to as 5S.
These five areas help organize the tuning approach and define the major concerns beyond the architecture, setup, and data model. It also addresses how performance tuning becomes less of a mystery if it can be measured, documented, affected, and improved.