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Announcement: New “Oracle Diagnostics and Performance Tuning” Seminar Now Available !!

Mon, 2019-01-14 00:26
It’s been a work in progress for quite some time, with many of my customers asking when will it be completed. Well, I’m very excited to announce that I have finally completed my new 2 day “Oracle Diagnostics and Performance Tuning” seminar and that it’s ready to be presented. I already have a number of […]
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New “Let’s Talk Database” events in Australia/NZ in February/March 2019 !!

Mon, 2019-01-07 18:58
Very excited to announce some new “Let’s Talk Database” events scheduled for February 2019 in various locations in Australia/NZ: Canberra: Wednesday, 20 February 2019: Registration Link Sydney: Thursday, 21 Feburary 2019: Registration Link Brisbane: Friday, 22 Feburary 2019: Registration Link Melbourne: Wednesday, 27 February 2019: Registration Link Wellington: Friday, 1 March 2019: Registration Link   […]
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UKOUG “Lifetime Achievement Award” Speaker Award

Tue, 2018-12-18 17:32
I was recently very honoured and flattered to have received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” Speaker Award from the UKOUG. I have only managed to get to the excellent UKOUG Tech conferences on a couple of occasions, so it was both a thrill and a surprise to be so honoured. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make […]
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AUSOUG “Oracle Master” Award

Wed, 2018-11-21 19:43
  I was very flattered and honoured to be named one of the first 4 “Oracle Masters” by the Australian Oracle User Group at the recent AUSOUG Connect 2018 conference in Melbourne. Thank you to all the AUSOUG members involved for this award. As always, it’s a pleasure to help fellow Oracle Database professionals in […]
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Presenting at AUSOUG Connect 2018 Conference in Melbourne, 21 November 2018.

Sun, 2018-11-18 06:25
  After initially not being in a position to make it this year, I will now be presenting at the AUSOUG Connect 2018 Conference in Melbourne this coming Wednesday, 21 November 2018. My presentation will be: “12c Release 2 and 18c – New Indexing Related Features” Oracle Database 12.2 and 18.3 releases have introduced a number […]
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Enable Index To Search For NULLs By Adding Constant to Index List. But Some Constants Better Than Others (Never Let Me Down)

Wed, 2018-11-14 18:29
By default, Oracle doesn’t index an entry if all columns within the index are NULL. However, (as I’ve blogged previously), it’s possible to index all possible NULL values by simply adding a constant value to the index column list. Importantly, the CBO knows when a column has all it’s NULL values indexed and can potentially […]
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March 2019 – New Webinar Dates Announced for “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices”

Tue, 2018-11-13 22:19
I’m very excited to announce two new Webinar events for my acclaimed “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” training event, running in March 2019 !! For details of all the extensive content covered in the webinars, please visit my Indexing Seminar page. The webinars will run for 4 hours each day, spanning a full week period (Monday […]
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FIRST_ROWS_10 CBO Is Hopeless, It’s Using The Wrong Index !! (Weeping Wall)

Mon, 2018-11-05 05:45
There’s an organisation I had been dealing with on and off over the years who were having all sorts of issues with their Siebel System and who were totally convinced their performance issues were due directly to being forced to use the FIRST_ROWS_10 optimizer. I’ve attempted on a number of occasions to explain that their […]
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“Hidden” Efficiencies of Non-Partitioned Indexes on Partitioned Tables Part IV” (Hallo Spaceboy)

Tue, 2018-10-30 22:17
In Part I, Part II and Part III we looked at some advantages of Global Indexes that may not be obvious to some. One of the advantages of a Local Index vs. Non-Partitioned Global Index is that a Local Index being a smaller index structures may have a reduced BLEVEL in comparison. This can save […]
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“Hidden” Efficiencies of Non-Partitioned Indexes on Partitioned Tables Part III” (Ricochet)

Wed, 2018-10-24 20:15
In Part I and Part II of this series, we looked at how Global Indexes can effectively perform “Partition Pruning” when the partition keys are specified in SQL predicates, by only using those index entries that have a Data Object of interest stored within the index Rowids. In this piece, I’ll cover the key performance […]
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“Hidden” Efficiencies of Non-Partitioned Indexes on Partitioned Tables Part II (Aladdin Sane)

Tue, 2018-10-09 01:16
In Part I of this series, I highlighted how a Non-Partitioned Global Index on a Partitioned Table is able to effectively perform “Partition Pruning” by reading only the associated index entries to access just the table blocks of interest from relevant table partitions when the table partitioned keys are specified in an SQL Predicate. Understanding […]
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“Hidden” Efficiencies of Non-Partitioned Indexes on Partitioned Tables Part I (The Jean Genie)

Thu, 2018-10-04 03:00
When it comes to indexing a partitioned table, many automatically opt for Local Indexes, as it’s often assumed they’re simply easier to manage and more efficient than a corresponding Global Index. Having smaller index structures that are aligned to how the table is partitioned certainly has various advantages. The focus in this little series is on […]
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New Zealand: “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” Seminars November 2018.

Thu, 2018-08-23 17:37
Good news for those of you in beautiful New Zealand. Due to popular demand, I’ll be returning to run some of my acclaimed “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” seminars in November 2018. The dates and events are: Wellington: 19-20 November 2018: Registration Here or Buy Directly Here Auckland: 21-22 November 2018: Registration Here or […]
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“Let’s Talk Database” coming to Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane and Perth in September.

Thu, 2018-08-16 19:08
Due to popular demand, I’ve been asked by Oracle to again run some more “Let’s Talk Database” events in September. Dates and venues are as follows: Monday, 2 September – Wellington (Wellington Oracle Office): Registration Link. Tuesday, 3 September – Auckland (Auckland Oracle Office): Registration Link. Wednesday, 12 September – Brisbane (Brisbane Oracle Office): Registration Link. Thursday, 13 September – Perth (Perth Oracle Office): Registration Link. […]
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FAQ: Webinars for “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices”

Mon, 2018-07-30 05:01
I’ve been somewhat inundated with questions regarding the “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” webinar series I’ll be running in October and November since I announced both webinar series last week. So I’ve compiled the following list of frequently asked questions which I’m hoping will address most of those asked. If you have any additional […]
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Announcement: Webinars for “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” Now Confirmed !!

Mon, 2018-07-23 03:28
Exciting News !! I can now confirm the dates for my first webinars of my fully updated and highly acclaimed “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practice” seminar. For details of all the extensive content covered in the webinars, please visit my Indexing Seminar page. The webinars will run for 4 hours each day, spanning a full week period […]
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Announcement: Venue Confirmed For Upcoming Brussels “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” Seminar

Wed, 2018-07-18 02:55
I can finally confirm the venue for my upcoming “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” seminar in beautiful Brussels, Belgium running on 27-28 September 2018. The venue will be the Regus Brussels City Centre Training Rooms Facility, Avenue Louise / Louizalaan 65, Stephanie Square, 1050, Brussels. Note: This will be the last public seminar I’ll run […]
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Rebuilding Indexes: Danger With Clustering Factor Calculation (Chilly Down)

Tue, 2018-07-17 01:33
Let me start by saying if you don’t already following Jonathan Lewis’s excellent Oracle blog, do yourself a favour. In a recent article, Jonathan highlighted a danger with rebuilding indexes (or indeed creating an index) when used in relation to collecting index statistics with the TABLE_CACHED_BLOCKS preference. I’ve discussed the importance of the TABLE_CACHED_BLOCKS statistics […]
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Index Column Order – Impact On Index Branch Blocks Part II (The Weeping Song)

Wed, 2018-07-04 21:25
In Part I, I discussed how the order of columns in an index makes no real difference to the effectiveness of the index if all columns are referenced via equality predicates. If the leading column has a high number of distinct columns, it might result in less necessary data within index branches as less data […]
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Announcement: New Europe Seminar in Brussels, Belgium 27-28 September 2018

Tue, 2018-07-03 01:49
Due to popular demand, I’ll be running another of my acclaimed seminars in Europe later in the year, this time in Brussels, Belgium on 27-28 September 2018. This is a must attend seminar of benefit to not only DBAs, but also to Developers, Solution Architects and anyone else interested in designing, developing or maintaining high […]
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