Spring 2024 Live + Virtual Workshop

Date: Thursday April 18, 2024 

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: Live + Virtual Event

Map Link and Directions: 565 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Parking: On Site 

TCOUG Check In: (Please register) - NOTE: email Pres@TCOUG.org or Webmaster@TCOUG.org and let us know if you are attending virtually or attending in person. 

Wifi : provided at the site.

Start your Oracle AI & ML Journey  

Oracle Security (Principle of least privilege)

 Eliminating vulnerabilities associated with public objects, HA/DR 

Please see the detailed agenda below.

Workshop Sponsors

Detailed Agenda

09:00AM CDT Welcome/Registration/Hot Breakfast

09:30AM CDT       Opening note by TCOUG President, Suresh Sikharam

09:40AM CDT       Message from our Sponsor - Collier IT

09:50AM CDT       AI and ML are all around us. Start your Oracle AI and ML

   journey! by Biju Thomas, Oracle ACE Director, Global      Oracle Practice Lead at Data Intensity

In today's world, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have become ubiquitous, making it essential to incorporate these technologies into your business processes and applications. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the vast potential of AI/ML and take your skills to the next level. I am new to AI/ML and would like to explore with you the AI/ML capabilities of Oracle products, including the Database, Oracle Applications, and Cloud Services. Let's discover the sources to obtain 101 lessons and beyond to progress in the ML journey.

10:40AM CDT       Eliminating the Vulnerabilities Associated with PUBLIC Objects, TED Talk by Daniel Morgan, ACE Director Alum 

Public objects such as Public Database Links and Public Synonyms increase the database attack surface because they are available to all connected users. Not using the Public objects creates a different issue because every user must have their own private link or synonym. In this "TED talk," only 3 slides, Daniel Morgan will show how to create database links and synonyms that for which access can be granted or revoked by means of a single SQL statement.   

11:00AM CDT         Short Break 

11:10AM CDT         High Availability and Disaster Recovery options in Oracle              Cloud to exceed your business RPO and RTO by Biju Thomas, Oracle ACE Director, Global Oracle Practice Lead at Data Intensity 

The Oracle Gen2 cloud is better, more powerful, and more secure than the Gen 1 cloud. However, Gen 2 has been available since 2019, and many services and features have been added. One area where we saw colossal advancement is business continuity. Let's understand the cloud-native options available to meet the RPO (recovery point objective) and orchestrations available to meet the RTO (recovery time objective). We will discuss the advantages of the Full-Stack Disaster Recovery service on OCI.   

12:00PM CDT     Lunch/Networking Break

12:50PM CDT        Oracle Database: Principle of Least Privilege by Daniel Morgan, ACE Director Alum 

Governance and Regulatory requirements tell us that we must strictly observe the Principle of Least Privilege and, unfortunately, none of them define what that means and how to achieve it: This technical workshop does.

Morgan's PoLP workshop will define the phrase in actionable terms, demonstrate how to protect the database from misuse of its own executables such as SQL*Plus, RMAN, DataPump and SQL*Loader. Database Profiles, Consumer Groups, Resource Manager Plans, System Privs, Object Privs and Roles will all be covered in this full-impact presentation. 

1:40PM CDT         Best of Oracle Cloud World 2023 - Exadata and OVCS by Terry Koch, Sr. Engineer and David Paschall-Zimbel Sr. Systems Engineer, Vaske Computer Inc.


Last year’s Oracle Cloud World had announcements about Exadata X10 as well as Oracle VMware Cluster Services. We will take a broad look at what’s currently available, what features may be of interest, and how this may be implemented in your environment.

2:30PM CDT Tea Break

2:40PM CDT Oracle Database 23c Performance: Monitoring and New Features by Robert Mackowiak

Oracle Database 23c introduces a host of powerful new features aimed at enhancing database performance and query optimization for modern business systems and architectures.


In this session we will cover new performance features, as well as features that simplify tuning and monitoring, like Reservation Based Locking, Priority Transactions, SQL Analysis/Diagnostic/Plan Management, New SQL Optimizations, and more. 

3:30PM CDT         Raffle Draw/Closing note by the TCOUG President, Suresh Sikharam

About the Speakers

Biju Thomas - Oracle ACE Director, Global Oracle Practice Lead (Data Intensity)

Biju Thomas is senior technical leader with a combination of hands-on database skills, enterprise-wide team leadership, Oracle & E-Business suite architecture solutions, and project management experiences. Oracle ACE Director recognition combined with multiple technology certifications. Author of Oracle Certification books published by Sybex Inc.

Daniel Morgan - Ace Director Alum, Technical Director | Database and Cloud Security Professional Services | Minneapolis, MN US (Oracle)

Daniel Morgan is currently Technical Director of Database Security at Oracle and a member of Oracle’s internal Security Tiger Team.   Morgan began his career as an Oracle Database consultant in the mid-1980s working with version 5.1 and is now actively Beta Testing version 23c. His career has included being one of the first Oracle ACE Directors (2007), an adjunct professor at the University of Washington, international travel for Oracle to countries and numerous times speaking at Oracle conferences in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Asia-Pacific Region.

David Paschall-Zimbel - Vaske Computer Inc. Sr. Systems Engineer (Collier IT/Vaske Computer)

Sr. Systems Engineer at Vaske Computer Inc.

David has over 35 years of experience in the IT Industry, starting as a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota. David's current areas of focus include Operating Environments, Engineered Systems, Clustering Technologies (Including Hadoop) and Cloud Administration. He maintains Oracle certifications in Exadata Database Machine Implementation, Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud and is an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Associate.

In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching anime, and playing Final Fantasy 14 MMO. 

Terry Koch - Vaske Computer Inc. Sr. Engineer (Collier IT/Vaske Computer)

Sr. Engineer at Vaske Computer Inc.

Terry Koch has over thirty-five years’ experience as a developer, architect, support, and technical sales team member now and previously at EDS, Oracle, and Cloudera. For more than a decade, Koch has focused on Oracle Engineered Systems installations, implementations, and migrations, as well as OCI and Cloud at Customer implementations and managed services.

Robert Mackowiak - Sr. Principal Database Product Manager (Oracle)

Since joining Oracle in 1995, Robert Mackowiak has worked with Oracle Partners, Customers and Internal Lines of Business to drive technology adoption across the full spectrum of Oracle Database Capabilities. His current role is Senior Principal Database Product Manager, with focus on Oracle Database 23c and Migration of Applications to Oracle Autonomous Database. 

Suresh Sikharam - President TCOUG, Enterprise Data and Systems Architect

President, TCOUG