DOUG Dallas Oracle Users Group Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:47:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 123691529 TRAINING DAY 2020: Call for Presentations Ends Today (7/31) Thu, 09 Jul 2020 03:38:18 +0000 UPDATE: Today is the last day to submit presentations for DOUG / TLOATUG Training Day 2020. Next week, we will be reviewing submissions and organizing the tracks for the event. Thanks to all who have submitted so far. We have an impressive set of proposals to sort through and you’ll hear from us soon.

If you have an interesting Oracle-related presentation to share, let us know before July 31st. Online form is available through the Training Day subsite and we accept email submissions to

Submit Your Presentation Proposal Below

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DATABASE FORUM: Virtual Session on Security from 2pm to 7pm (7/14) Tue, 07 Jul 2020 05:16:22 +0000 DOUG will be holding a virtual database forum on Tuesday, July 14th from 2pm to 7pm. We will be focused on security with three speakers.

Topic #1 (2:00pm – 3:00pm): Keeping Data Safe in the Age of COVID-19 – a Real-World Case-Study in Protecting Data Privacy
Speaker: Russ Lowenthal and Nitin Vengurlekar, Oracle

Topic #2 (3:15pm – 4:45pm): Oracle Crime Scene Forensics: Crime Reconstruction
Speaker: Daniel Morgan, Managing Director of dbsecworx and Oracle ACE Director Alum

The goal of crime scene reconstruction is to solve the crime and help prevent recurrence. In this session Oracle ACE Director Alum Daniel Morgan will reconstruct successful attacks perpetrated against Oracle Databases and provide guidance on how to mitigate the risk. Morgan’s forensic tool will be SQL*Plus and all DCL, DDL, and DML will be made available to those that attend so that they can challenge their own systems to identify risks.

Topic #3 (5:15pm – 6:15pm): Top 10 Database Security Features You May Not Be Using
Speaker: Russ Lowenthal, Oracle Product Manager

Oracle Database Enterprise Edition has hundreds of powerful features that help you secure your data, and we add new capabilities with every release. Join Russ Lowenthal, Oracle Product Manager, to discover 10 security features you may not be aware of. These features can help you streamline user administration, reduce your attack surface, deploy more-secure applications, and protect sensitive data. Spoiler alert – nothing covered in this session requires an extra-cost license.

Following the last speaker, we’ll have an online happy hour until 7pm.

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EBS FORUM: Supply Chain Hub @ 10am and Enterprise Command Centers (ECC) @ 2pm (5/27) Tue, 19 May 2020 11:25:16 +0000 The EBS Forum is hosting two online one-hour sessions via Zoom on Wednesday, May 27th. You can register for just one session or both sessions. Session is free but registration is encouraged so we don’t bump into a 100 seat limit. Details for both sessions are listed below.

Supply Chain Hub @ 10am
Glen Whelan

This session will provide EBS Inventory supply planners with education and training on a modern, fast and easy to use planning hub.  This tool provides a fingertip supply control planners hub with drill down capability,  together with rapid mass volume exports on every Oracle entity.

Modernizing the way EBS users access and resolve their Inventory, Order Management, Purchase Order, Work in Process, and Bill of Materials queries. 

Also offering a preview of the soon to be supported MRP plan data analytics.

This session will walk planners through a real life inventory scenario,  using a modern query and reporting platform, and demonstrate how they can add simple or complex reports faster and easier than previously possible, including the ability to handle and deliver unlimited amounts of data in seconds. The Hub is fully integrated with the standard concurrent manager, allowing Hub reports to also be scheduled and emailed as required.

Objective 1 – Outline why the SCM Hub has been developed and examine historical Oracle Inventory query solutions.  Demonstrate how users benefit from modernizing & migrating away from the separate form per entity concept as per standard planning forms . 

Objective 2 – Educate users with any level of SQL skills on a modern reporting option. The session will include hands-on creation of reports, as well as education on adding these reports into the existing Oracle forms screens for direct access from within EBS.

Objective 3 – Enlist Feedback. The workshop will introduce an advanced option for MRP and possibly ASCP users, with the opportunity to provide feedback to the needs of these users.

Enterprise Command Centers (ECC) in Oracle 12.4 and up
Andy Haack

Let us give you a tour around and under the covers of the new Enterprise Command Centers (ECC) that Oracle includes free of charge with the 12.2.4 upgrade. ECC is a completely integrated dash-board system with more than 23 different command centers and over 95 dashboards currently available; all configured and ready to use out of the box. ECC is designed to help users pinpoint exceptions quickly and easily and support rapid decision making based on analytical data from many EBS modules.

Cary Talks about Oracle Performance – May 2020 Encore Presentation Mon, 11 May 2020 12:23:24 +0000

DATABASE FORUM: DOUG Brings You Cary Millsap, Liron Amitzi, and Edward Whalen This Thursday, From 2pm to 7pm (5/7) Fri, 01 May 2020 23:30:00 +0000 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.

Oracle University Providing Free Training and Certification through May 15th Fri, 01 May 2020 20:38:42 +0000 Oracle is offering free access to online learning content and certifications for a broad array of users for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database. This program kicks off on Monday, March 30, 2020, and will be available until May 15, 2020.

Starting now, any user, including developers, technical professionals, architects, students and professors, will have quick and easy access to more than 50 hours of online training and 6 certification exams. As part of this offer, learners are given one free attempt per exam.

Oracle University will provide users with free access to an extensive library of materials for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database, as well as content related to topics such as data science, machine learning, and multi-cloud environments such as integration with Microsoft Azure.

Through this limited-time offer, Oracle is making high-quality videos, access to subject matter experts, and recorded demos of hands-on labs available anywhere, anytime so IT pros can accelerate their learning and gain highly sought-after skills.

Start learning and get certified in three easy steps:

Step 1: Get a free Oracle Single-Sign-On (SSO) account. If you have an SSO, skip to Step 2

  • Click on Hello. Log In. (See far right corner of the page).
  • Select “Create an account” and fill in the required fields.
  • Verify account via email.

Step 2: Access learning paths through the links below:

Step 3: Register and take your free certification exam. If you have a PearsonVue account, log in.

  • If not, choose “Create a web account” on the right side of the page and follow instructions.
Letter to the Membership: Moves to Remote Meetings and Preparing for Training Day 2020 Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:27:00 +0000 The past few months have been a roller coaster. Just over six months ago, we had successfully held our biggest Training Day at the Grapevine Convention Center. And three months ago, we saw many of you at Oracle Cloud Day and our February EBS Forum. Then suddenly, everything stopped.

Quarantines and social distancing measures have kept us apart – at a time when many are now needing retraining or networking opportunities the most. That’s why we are taking steps to schedule and conduct our meetings remotely using Zoom.

To make the best content available, we are waiving the event sponsorships for the remote sessions. Registration for the remote sessions will be free, albeit limited to 100 seats for now. And the different forum chairs are reaching out for quality presenters and content.

DOUG is also partnering with the Texas & Louisiana Oracle Applications and Technology User Group (TLOATUG) to bring back Training Day on Thursday, October 1st. For the second straight year, we will be at the Grapevine Convention Center. By sharing the cost and coordinating with TLOUG, we are confident that we can improve upon last year’s strong effort. And this will give our members an expanded set of Oracle eBusiness Suite presentations and even more great speakers. We will be calling for presentations this month and details will be available online at DOUG Training Day 2020.

Oracle Cloud Day 2020 (2/7) Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:58:16 +0000 Oracle Cloud Day Dallas is a full day of talks and interactive experiences covering the hottest topics in data and cloud technology. This year, Oracle will host Oracle Cloud Day on Friday, February 7th at the

Renaissance Dallas Hotel
2222 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

Oracle has four tracks at this event – Modernizing Data Management, Modernizing Applications, Transforming Business with Analytics and AI, and Developer Playground. Full agenda and abstracts are available here.

Registration is free and you can still register at:
Oracle Cloud Day 2020 – Dallas Registration

EBS FORUM: Industry 4.0 and Supply Chain (2/20) Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:18:00 +0000 ** SPECIAL TIME, DAY, AND LOCATION **

Please join us at the DOUG (DALLAS ORACLE USERS GROUP) E-Business Suite Forum meeting on Thursday, February 20th from 4pm – 6pm.

Title: Industry 4.0 and Supply Chain
Luis Sanchez, Practice Director, Supply Chain Practice, Perficient
Perficient, Oracle and RF-SMART


Topic 1 – Oracle Cloud Supply Chain (Oracle) – 15 min
Topic 2 – Industry 4.0 and Supply Chain (PRFT) – 45 min

  • Where is Supply Chain headed?
  • Oracle Cloud SCM and Supply Chain 4.0
  • How does PRFT execute?

Topic 3 – Executing with RF Smart (RF Smart) – 15 min

Forum: Oracle E-Business Suite Forum

Sponsor: Perficient
Sponsor website URL

Non-DOUG Networking Event Sponsored Afterwards by Perficient

City Works Eatery and Pour House at The Star in Frisco (Private Room on second floor overlooking the Ford Center at the Star)

DATABASE FORUM: Back-to-Back Sessions with Jim Czuprynski (11/21) Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:29:16 +0000 Please join us at the DOUG (DALLAS ORACLE USERS GROUP) Oracle Database Forum meeting on Thursday November 21, 2019 from 5 – 7:15 pm.  

Presentation Overview 

“Autonomous Transaction Processing (ATP): In Heavy Traffic, Why Drive Stick?” 
“Vote Early, Vote Often: From Napkin to Canvassing Application in a Single Weekend” (this presentation is about Apex), presented by Jim Czuprynski, Senior Enterprise Data Architect, Viscosity North America.

Refreshments sponsored by (TBD).

To RSVP for this meeting, register below.

Please contact if your plans change, so we can order the right amount of food.  


Texas state government facility (education-related) 
Pecan Room
904 Abrams Road 
Richardson, Texas 75081

Speaker Bio 

Jim Czuprynski has nearly four decades of professional experience in his career in information technology, serving diverse roles at several Fortune 1000 companies before becoming an Oracle DBA in 2001. He was awarded the status of Oracle ACE Director in March 2014 and is a sought-after public speaker on Oracle Database technology features, presenting often at Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG COLLABORATE, ODTUG Kaleidoscope, Hotsos Symposium, Oracle Development Community tours, and Oracle User Group conferences around the world.

Jim has authored over 100 articles focused on facets of Oracle Database administration to his credit since 2003 at and IOUG SELECT. He has also co-authored four books on Oracle database technology. Jim’s blog, Generally … It Depends (, contains his regular observations on all things Oracle and the state of the IT industry. He is currently the Senior Enterprise Data Architect for Viscosity North America.

Mary Elizabeth McNeely / Dennise Wagner
DOUG Oracle Database Forum Chair / Co-Chair
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