DATABASE FORUM: DOUG Brings You Cary Millsap, Liron Amitzi, and Edward Whalen This Thursday, From 2pm to 7pm (5/7)

UPDATED ON 5/4: Added Speaker details for the Afternoon sessions. If you run into issues connecting to the meeting, you can contact us at

To maintain the safety of our members and provide access to content from leading Oracle experts, we have changed from our traditional format.

#1) Instead of meeting at the University of Dallas or Richardson, we will be conducting our sessions via Zoom. To prevent Zoom bombing, the sessions will be password protected and Zoom info will be provided to you via email after you sign up.

#2) Instead of our traditional 5pm – 7pm timeslot, we are extending our meeting out to an mid-afternoon / early evening session. This allows us to host speakers starting at 2pm and keep going until our normal early evening time. The idea is to reach as many of our DOUG members as possible.

2:00pm – 3:15pmCary Millsap, “Cary Talks Oracle Performance”
3:30pm – 4:45pmLiron Amitzi, “Dealing with Optimizer Complexity”
5:00pm – 6:15pmEdward Whalen, “OEM 13.4 for Performance”

2:00pm – 3:15pm Cary Milsap (@CaryMillsap)
Title: Cary Talks Oracle Performance

Cary is a frequent presenter at Oracle events and a favorite speaker for the membership. He is the author of The Method R Guide to Mastering Oracle Trace Data and the lead designer of the Method R Workbench software suite. He wrote the book Optimizing Oracle Performance, for which he and co-author Jeff Holt were named Oracle Magazine’s 2004 Authors of the Year. He is published in professional journals including Communications of the ACM and always delivers something new and interesting.

Cary Millsap is an entrepreneur, leader, teacher, software technology advisor, software designer and developer, writer, and Oracle software performance specialist. His technical work is quoted in many Oracle books, in Wikipedia, in blogs all over the world, and in numerous conference presentations each month. He has presented at hundreds of public and private events around the world, and his blog is read by thousands of people each month. He is published in journals including Communications of the ACM. He wrote the book “Optimizing Oracle Performance” (2003), for which he and co-author Jeff Holt were named Oracle Magazine’s 2004 Authors of the Year, and the book “The Method R Guide to Mastering Oracle Trace Data” (2011, 2016). Mr. Millsap is Vice President of User Experience Solutions at Cintra Software and Services, and he owns Method R Corporation, a company that makes enterprise grade software measurement tools for companies including Fortune 100 firms.

3:30pm – 4:45pm Liron Amitzi (@amitzil)
Title: Dealing with the Optimizer Complexity

The optimizer is one of the most complex components in Oracle. In this session we will talk about the optimizer from a slightly different perspective, its deterministic (and non-deterministic) behavior and how it affects performance. We will explore the recent features that change stability of plans and how, as DBAs of the new generation, we can handle it. The session will include real life examples, best practices, and tips and tricks that will make every DBA understand the new optimizer features.

Liron is an Oracle ACE Director and a senior Oracle DBA consultant, with more than 20 years of experience. During these years Liron worked as a senior consultant with a large number of companies in various fields and managed an Oracle Professional Services Team. He mainly specializes in high availability solutions, performance, backup and recovery, and other infrastructure and application database areas. Liron is the president of BCOUG (British Columbia Oracle User Group), and he is also a well-known instructor and lectures in Oracle courses, events and forums

5:00pm – 6:15pm Edward Whalen (@etwhalen), Performance Tuning Corporation
Title: OEM 13.4 for Performance

Edward Whalen is an Oracle ACE Director and the Chief Technologist and Founder of Performance Tuning® Corporation ( Edward has been working with Oracle for over 20 years. He holds the distinction of being one of the few people to write books on both Oracle Database and MS SQL Server and has written for both Oracle Press and Microsoft Press.

#3) Sadly, because of the remote restrictions, we’re not able to cater food for the meeting. So, if you get hungry, you’ll have to contact Fratelli’s Pizza or Potbelly’s on your own. However, we will have the Zoom conference open during the breaks for virtual networking and will have a Happy Hour after the last speaker wraps up.