Pythian at Oracle OpenWorld 2012: Speaking Sessions

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Pythian is pleased to announce our speaking schedule at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld 2012!

Below are the speaking sessions that we will be participating in, including one session that we will be co-presenting with our friends at Harvard Business Publishing. If you would like to meet with Pythian, please arrange a meeting through

Session TitleSession IDTypeSpeakerDate/TimeLocationAbstract
Smooth as Silk Oracle Exadata PatchingCON6588Conference SessionFahd Mirza ChughtaiThursday October 4, 2012, 11:15 – 12:15Moscone West – Rm 3024The more components a system has, the more challenging its maintenance becomes. Oracle Exadata marries storage with computation through a fast and reliable network, and patching all of these seem daunting.  Many companies seem to struggle with it, with some even avoiding it altogether by keeping it “pending”. This presentation will give tested, applied, and working tips to make the Oracle Exadata patching experience smooth as silk, like vacationing in Hawaii.
Building the Integrated Data Warehouse with Oracle Database and HadoopCON6668Conference SessionGwen ShapiraWednesday, October 3, 2012, 10:15 – 11:15Moscone West – Rm 3014From tracking customers in online stores to tweets and blog posts, unstructured data is rapidly growing and contains vital business information waiting to be tapped by savvy IT organizations. Storing and processing unstructured data is a challenge best answered by dedicated big data systems, such as Hadoop and Oracle Big Data Appliance. But for the ultimate in business intelligence, the structured and unstructured data must be integrated to offer a unified view of the business. In this presentation, we will discuss the challenges in managing big data, the existing technologies that can be used, and the way they can be integrated with existing data warehouse and business intelligence systems.
Measuring Performance in Oracle Solaris and Oracle LinuxCON6699Conference SessionGwen ShapiraMonday, October 1, 2012, 12:15 – 13:15Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate C3You can’t improve what you can’t measure. If you want to get the most out of your database, you need to start with the basics: Are you using your hardware and operating systems efficiently? Attend this session to learn how to measure system utilization in the Linux and Oracle Solaris operating systems and how to use this information for tuning and capacity planning.
How Oracle Database Appliance Saves the Day at Harvard Business PublishingCON7629Conference SessionAlex GorbachevMonday, October 1, 2012, 15:15 – 16:15Moscone South – Rm 301When time came for a hardware refresh, Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) singled out Oracle Database Appliance as the platform of choice to move all their Oracle database assets to. While going through the final checks in committing to the new platform, disaster struck – sudden hardware failures brought one of the production systems down.  HBP accelerated the acquisition of Oracle Database Appliance, and days later a fully configured database appliance was in the data-center ready for production workload. During high escalation and lots of stress on operational teams, ODA delivered on the promise of rapid readiness. The initial success confirmed the strategy of consolidating multi-vendor HP, IBM, and Dell environments onto a single platform.
Value-Based TestingUGF10419User Group ForumGwen ShapiraSunday, September 30th, 2012, 12:00 – 13:15Moscone West – Rm 2009If you have already done test-driven development, QA testing may seem superfluous. This session discusses ways to get even more value out of a QA process from the development and operations perspective. It covers how Operations can use QA to get a first look at upcoming releases and how its feedback to Development can be captured and leveraged for success. It also outlines techniques for performance testing, baselining, and getting the most out of a QA cycle.
Flexible Design and Modeling: Planning for Constant ChangeUGF10416User Group ForumGwen ShapiraSunday, September 30th, 2012, 9:15 – 10:00Moscone West – Rm 2009It’s impossible to have the perfect design, and attempts to do so just frustrate everyone. Although some have advocated abandoning design activities altogether, we’ve seen how a lack of planning leads to disaster. This session goes over techniques that enable you to do “just enough design” to prevent problems while rapidly enabling the start of development. It also covers what makes a design flexible without being overly generic.
Oracle RMAN – Don’t Forget the BasicsCON6458Conference Session (IOUG)Michael AbbeySunday, September 30th, 2012, 10:30 – 11:30Moscone West – Rm 2022Recovery Manager (RMAN) has been the flagship backup solution for over a decade. Once deployed, it offers the best of breed when backing up and Oracle back-end. Late-breaking features and functionality always draw the most attention. The deeper one gets into its power, the more one is reminded to ensure its basic functionality has been properly implemented. This presentation will remind attendees to zero in on the top 10 setup/implentation basics to ensure their work is not wasted by having missed some important underpinnings essential to use of this tool.
A detailed floor plan can be found here.
We will also be attending MySQL Connect 2012 this year. Danil Zubrivsky and Marco Tusa, a member of the IOUG advisory board, are both excited to be presenting at this first time event.
Debug and Fix Replication Issues Like a ProCON9248Conference SessionDanil ZubrivskySunday, September 30th, 2012,17:45 to 18:45Hilton San Francisco – Golden Gate 6Replication is a powerful feature of MySQL that makes it possible to bring up copies of a master database for different purposes: backups, high availability, scaling, and so on. One of the greatest benefits of MySQL Replication is simplicity. It is easy to set up and maintain, but why do so many DBAs out there struggle with replication errors, trying to fix data discrepancies between master and slave databases over and over again? This presentation focuses on analyzing the most common replication problems: duplicate key issues, missing data, and the like. It also includes examples of how mixing transactional and nontransactional statements can cause unpredictable replication errors and how analyzing binary logs helps identify the root cause of a problem.
Scaling MySQL with Multimaster Synchronous ReplicationCON9215Conference SessionMarco TusaSunday, September 30th, 2012, 16:15 to 17:15Hilton San Francisco – Golden Gate 6In this session, The Pythian Group describes its experience with a challenging architecture design and proof of concept and presents a supporting case study of a synchronous solution. The customer asked the company to investigate and design an architecture based on MySQL to support an application that served shops around the globe and to scale out and scale in, based on sales seasons. In the session, Pythian shares its experience and presents the results of its proof of concept. The session covers these topics:
• Defining real customer requirements
• Installing, and doing initial setup
• Applying the customer scenario to the solution
• Scaling-out test and efforts
• Scaling-in test and efforts
• Geographic distribution
• Numbers and considerations

Finally, Pythian is co-sponsoring and giving four sessions at this year’s OakTableWorld event, the hardcore technical internals-oriented parallel conference held (for free) on Monday and Tuesday at the Children’s Creativity Museum on site at the Moscone Center. I can’t be the only one who thinks hosting this kind of session at the Creativity Museum is incredibly fun and appropriate, right?

ASM SurvivabilityConference SessionAlex GorbachevTuesday, October 2nd, 2012, 11:00 to 11:50Children’s Creativity Museum Moscone Center – Oak Table World
Lightning round: Trust but Verify (15 minutes)Conference SessionAlex GorbachevTuesday, October 2nd, 2012, 12:00 to 12:50Children’s Creativity Museum Moscone Center – Oak Table World
Lightning round: Human reliability in IT operations (15 minutes)Conference SessionPaul ValleeTuesday, October 2nd, 2012, 12:00 to 12:50Children’s Creativity Museum Moscone Center – Oak Table World
Big Disasters – Learn how to fail from the expertsConference SessionGwen ShapiraTuesday, October 2nd, 2012, 1:00 to 1:50Children’s Creativity Museum Moscone Center – Oak Table World
When you’re at OpenWorld, please remember to join us at our Annual Oracle Open World Blogger’s Meet-up at Jillian’s on Wednesday, October 3rd at 5 p.m.
Alex will be posting details about where you can RSVP in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

Interested in working with Liz? Schedule a tech call.

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Oracle Open World 2012 Mela | The Pythian Blog
September 26, 2012 7:41 am

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