Plug-In to Vegas

    COLLABORATE 16 - IOUG Forum Virtual Conference

    Can’t make it to COLLABORATE this year but still need to access user-focused education on Oracle technologies? Join us for Plug-In to Vegas, a virtual group training approach that offers your organization more than 55 hours of focused training to meet your organization's business needs at a cost-effective price. 

    For only $395, Plug-In to Vegas attendees will be able to choose to attend sessions from across from the three most highly rated tracks: Cloud Computing, Database Performance and Manageability.

    Virtually participate in live sessions led by Oracle expert users, consultants and key engineers and even ask questions of the speakers as if you were in the room!


    What "Plugging-In" Means for Your Organization

    • Group training* that provides your team with an unlimited number of seats to access the best in Oracle education without the associated travel and lodging expenses of physically attending the conference in Las Vegas
    • Virtual interaction with a wide range of speakers and subject matter experts
    • Selection of over 55 hours of live, quality streaming content (selected by popular choice) that run concurrently throughout the main event
    • Choice of three sessions for almost all session times from the Cloud Computing, Database Performance and Manageability tracks
    • Unlimited on-demand access to the recorded video/audio proceedings after the event is over

     * While group set-up provides the highest return on investment, virtual access can also be set-up at the individual level.

    How It Works

    • Register for your group seat license.
    • Once registered, you will receive a confirmation along with detailed instructions on virtual set-up.
    • Any time before the event, you and/or your team member(s) select the session curriculum from the virtual program.**
    • While you and/or your team member(s) can access the virtual program individually, it is recommended that you reserve a conference room or specific location prior to the event for the highest return on investment and engagement among the team. 

      ** Note: Sessions range from 30-minute and one-hour sessions.

    Justify Your Attendance

    We want to make it as simple as possible for you to attend Plug-In to Vegas.

    Please download the Justification Letter for Plug-In to Vegas, personalize the letter with your specific business case and send it to the proper decision maker to gain approval. 

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    Cloud Computing Track

    Highlighted Cloud Computing Sessions

    Architecting Your Own DBaaS in a Private Cloud with EM12c

    Gustavo René Antunez, The Pythian Group

    Gustavo Rene Antunez | Speaker at COLLABORATE 15 - IOUG ForumGustavo is an Oracle ACE Associate and a speaker at Oracle Open World, Oracle Developers Day and COLLABORATE. Currently, he is a Team Lead at The Pythian Group.

    He has previously worked for Oracle as a Database Consultant and Solution Architect and has been involved in many challenging projects, including Exadata, ODA and EM12c implementation as well as upgrade projects specializing in backup strategy. 

    Gustavo is also an avid photographer, music lover and blogger.

    Rapid Provisioning of Oracle Clusters and Databases Deep Dive

    Charles Kim, Viscosity North America

    Charles Kim

    Charles Kim is an Oracle ACE Director, VMware vExpert, an Oracle Certified DBA and a Certified RAC Expert. 

    Charles specializes in Exadata, RAC and Virtualization (VMware and Oracle VM) and has authored three books: Oracle Database 11g New Features for DBA and Developers, Linux Recipes for Oracle DBAs and Oracle Data Guard 11g Handbook

    Charles holds certifications in Oracle, VMware, Red Hat Linux, and Microsoft and has over 22 years of Oracle experience on mission- and business-critical databases. Charles presents regularly at local, regional, national and international Oracle conferences, including COLLABORATE - IOUG Forum, VMware World and Oracle OpenWorld on topics such as RAC, ASM, Linux Best Practices, Data Guard Best Practices, VMware virtualization, Oracle VMware virtualization, and 24x7 High Availability Considerations. Charles is the technical editor of the Automatic Storage Management book by Oracle Press and blogs regularly at and

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    Database & Performance Track

    Highlighted Database & Performance Sessions

    A Smart Optimizer Gets Even Smarter: New Histograms in Oracle 12cR1

    Jim Czuprynski, Alliance Technology Group LLC and Zero Defect Computing, Inc. 

    Jim Czuprynski | Speaker at COLLABORATE 15 - IOUG ForumJim Czuprynski has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology, fulfilling diverse roles at several Fortune 1000 companies in those three decades - mainframe programmer, applications developer, business analyst, and project manager - before becoming an Oracle database administrator in 2001. Jim is an Oracle ACE Director and he currently holds OCP certification for Oracle 9i, 10g and 11g. His current role - Senior Oracle Consultant for Alliance Technology Group - gives him the opportunity to mentor and consult with clients on how to best leverage their investments in Oracle technology, especially Exadata.

    Creative 12c Redo Maneuvers

    Craig Shallahamer, OraPub, Inc. 

    Craig Shallahamer | Speaker at COLLABORATE 15 - IOUG Forum

    Craig Shallahamer is a researcher, author, and teacher for thousands of Oracle Database Administrators.

    For over 20 years his focus has been Oracle performance analysis, including firefighting and capacity planning. He is the Founder and President of OraPub, an Oracle ACE Director, creator of the performance product Stori, worldwide teacher of performance courses and regular blogger regarding his performance research.

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    Manageability Track

    Highlighted Manageability Sessions

    The Best Oracle Database 12c Tuning Features

    Rich Niemiec, ROLTA

    Rich Niemiec | Speaker at COLLABORATE 15 - IOUG ForumRich Niemiec is a world-renowned Oracle expert and a best-selling Oracle author. Rich is an Oracle Ace Director and was a Co-Founder and CEO of TUSC, a Chicago-based systems integrator of Oracle-based business solutions started in 1988. Rich currently serves as an Executive Advisor to Rolta International Board of Directors and has served as President of Rolta TUSC and Rolta EICT. 

    Rich is a past President of the International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and the current President of the Midwest Oracle Users Group (MOUG).

    Rich is one of six originally honored worldwide Oracle Certified Masters. In 2007, he authored the Oracle bestseller "Oracle10g Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques," an update of his previous two Oracle best sellers on Oracle8i and Oracle9i performance tuning. Rich was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 1998.

    Smarter Monitoring with Adaptive Thresholds and Time-Based Metrics

    Courtney Llamas, Oracle

    Courtney Llamas | Speaker at COLLABORATE 15 - IOUG Forum

    Courtney started her career as an Oracle DBA and ended up managing one of the largest Oracle Enterprise Manager environments used for the critical monitoring and management of more than 3,000 databases. She is now sharing her experience and knowledge with customers as part of the Strategic Customer Programs team for Oracle Enterprise Manager.

    As part of the Strategic Customer Programs team, Courtney works with customers on implementations to help them follow best practices and take advantage of all that EM has to offer. Using her operations and customer experience, she also contributes to the documented best practices, whitepapers, blogs, IOUG webcasts and OpenWorld presentations for EM.

    The Power of the AWR Warehouse

    Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Oracle

    Kellyn Pot'Vin Gorman

    A talented and accomplished Technical Consultant, Kellyn is a Consulting Member of the Technical Staff, specializing in Enterprise Manager, for the Strategic Customer Program with Oracle.

    Kellyn is a proud member of Oak Table and former Oracle ACE Director with over 14 years of extensive experience in database administration, database group management and technical project management.

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    *** Please note that all sessions are subject to change. Please view My Show Planner for the most up-to-date schedule. 

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