March 30 - April 1, 2021

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Designed exclusively for the Oracle Database community.

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INSYNC Education

In search of practical hands-on learning, expert insights and inside info from the Oracle teams? Join us at INSYNC to hone your Database & Tech knowledge, skills and capabilities during 3 jam-packed digital days.

Meet the Oracle product teams, hear from leading solutions providers and get up close as Oracle Database experts talk technology and share hard-earned insights, useful how-to information and simple tips & tricks that can transfer directly to your organization.

From Oracle Q&A, panel discussions and roundtables to workshops, live product demos and Hands-on Labs, INSYNC offers 4 tracks and flexible session formats that fit any schedule

Choose from 100+ hot topic sessions and join industry innovators and technology leaders as they share product updates, new release overviews, case studies and best practices with the Quest IOUG Database & Technology community.

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Hot Topics

  • Emerging Tech
  • Infrastructure Technology
  • Security
  • System Architecture
  • Machine Learning & AI
  • Digital Assistants

INSYNC Keynote Session

Oracle Data Management Strategy

Presented by Jenny Tsai-Smith, Vice President of Database Product Management, Oracle

Session Abstract

Oracle has a history of delivering data management solutions of choice for managing customers’ operational and analytical workloads on-premises and in the cloud. Jenny Tsai-Smith, Vice President of Database Product Management, shares Oracle’s strategy for continuing to deliver truly unique and innovative products and services to meet and exceed customers’ requirements.

Speaker Bio

Since joining Oracle in 1993, Jenny Tsai-Smith has held leadership roles spanning technical support, content development, education delivery, plus Oracle Cloud acceleration of startups and scientific research. As the leader for database product management, Jenny works with release and development management to take products and services from design through development to production. Her team runs the customer advisory board, drives technology adoption partners, performs field enablement, assists with migrations to Oracle Database, and works directly with a wide range of customers. She meets regularly with customers, partners, press and analysts to better understand existing and emerging data management requirements, and to discuss how database innovations can be applied to solve real-world challenges.

Other key speakers at INSYNC include:

William Hardie
Vice President Oracle Database Product Management
Charles Berger
Senior Director Product Management, Machine Learning, AI and Cognitive Analytics
James Czuprynski
Zero Defect Computing, Inc.
Simon Pane
Oracle Principal Consultant
The Pythian Group
Wayne Martin
STG Technology Manager, Oracle Technology Plans

Michael Messina
Senior Managing Consultant
Rolta AdvizeX
Rich Niemiec
Chief Innovation Officer
Viscosity North America
Kai Yu
Distinguished Engineer, Oracle ACE Director
Dell Technologies

INSYNC Session Highlights

Session ID: 100430

The Future’s So Bright, I Bought A Sunglass Kiosk

After the events of 2020 – a once-in-a-century pandemic, an unprecedented economic downturn, social upheaval, and several hotly-contested political races – it’s easy to become discontented with your IT career path, and maybe even consider a different line of work. But the truth is that the future of IT is so incredibly bright and its horizons so tremendously broadened that the exact opposite is true: You’d better get your sunglasses ready, and you might even want to buy a few more pairs.
Presented by James Czuprynski, Zero Defect Computing, Inc.
Session ID: 101560

Oracle Database 21c New Security Features

Oracle Database 21c has been released and is the latest innovation release of the Oracle Database. A number of new security features are included with this release and should be adopted when creating new databases or upgrading existing databases. Learn about the new security features and changes in security for this database release. Key new security features are blockchain table, gradual database password rollover, mandatory case-sensitive passwords, and Unified Auditing enhancements.
Presented by Stephen Kost, Integrigy Corporation
Session ID: 100090

Oracle Machine Learning: Overview, What’s New?, AutoML, Customer Use Cases, Appls & Road Map

Oracle Machine Learning is now a free feature in Oracle Databases (on-premises, Cloud and Autonomous). As part of Oracle’s Converged Database strategy, OML “moves the algorithms; not data” processing data where it resides. Oracle Machine Learning extends Oracle Database(s) delivering 30+ ML algorithms and AutoML functionality via SQL (OML4SQL) and integration with open source languages: Python, OML4Py and R, OML4R. This OML presentation and demonstration(s) highlights existing and new OML features: AutoML, AutoML UI, new algorithms in 21c, OML4Py and OML Services. Now Oracle DBAs, users and application developers can leverage OML’s ML algorithms to discover new insights, make predictions and deploy ML models enterprise-wide via APEX, Oracle Analytics Cloud and embedded in Applications. Come learn how to get started taking immediate advantage of these free and powerful in-database ML capabilities.
Presented by Charles Berger, Oracle
Session ID: 100050

Introduction to Oracle Database 21c

The latest release of the world’s most popular database, Oracle Database 21c, was recently released on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (including Autonomous Database Free-Tier Service). In this session, we’ll take a look at some of the new features and enhancements that further enable Oracle’s converged capabilities for data-driven applications.
Presented by William Hardie, Oracle
Session ID: 101950

Accelerate Oracle Database analytics 80X and use less CPU and IO with the In-Memory feature

Learn how the IBM POWER9 helps you accelerate performance of the DB In-Memory and reduce CPU use when performing complex analytics queries. After a brief overview of Oracle Database In-Memory we’ll share our experiences testing this feature with simple and complex queries on POWER9. We have the speed ups achieved to share for a set of reporting queries run In-Memory compared to disk row format, as well as hints and tips for getting the best results with In-Memory.
Presented by Wayne Martin, IBM
Session ID: 100510

The Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool

Learn how to set up and configure and utilize the Oracle Database Security Assessment tool. The tool can help with data and database security best practices and options. The tool can also help you uncover the sensitivity in your databases so that you and implement ways to better protect your data.
Presented by Michael Messina, Rolta AdvizeX
Session ID: 100270

Covid19 Patient Testing System – Real World Deployment of Autonomous Database, APEX and Data Safe

In 2020 An internal Oracle team along with several value-add Partners, assembled to develop a Patient Screening, Scheduling, and Testing System. This system was built in rapid development mode to deal with the much needed Covid19 testing. The Coalition executed Mockups, POCs, and deployment at unprecedented speed, and due to the short time frame and urgent need, critical decisions on platform stack components, data governance, and long term supportability were quickly made. This session will review how the Coalition addressed the design, governance, and security requirements necessary to implement this system. As part of this discussion, we describe the thought process for final stack design, how the CDC Covid19 guidelines impacted our solution, explain the overall configuration, cost savings and outline the deployment experience. Key areas of discussion will include Autonomous Database features, Data Catalog, Data Safe, and other Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Services.
Presented by Nitin Vengurlekar, Oracle
Session ID: 101480

Multitenant 12.1 to Multitenant 21c: Technical Deep Dive

Database 21c pluggable databases offer numerous options for the cloud. In this session walkthrough Multitenant for cloud/on-premises databases. Topics covered include container database (CDB)/pluggable database (PDB) concepts, PDB value, shared/exclusive components, and accessing CDBs/PDBs. The session briefly covers migration options to 12c/21c from previous versions and then delves into Oracle Database 12c R2/21c features including PDB relocate, lockdown profiles, system global area/program global area for PDB, memory I/O resource prioritization, snapshot carousel, dynamic lockdown profiles, CDB fleet management, and new features in Oracle Database 21c if time permits.
Presented by Anuj Mohan, Big River Steel
Session ID: 101800

Best Strategies To Audit Your Database System

Database Security is one of the most important topics nowadays as data breaches are on the rise, in this presentation I will discuss best strategies to audit your Oracle database systems. Moreover, Auditing will cover three layers: database layer, OS layer, and configuration layer.
Presented by Emad Al-Mousa, Saudi Aramco
Session ID: 101040

Oracle Enterprise Manager: 7 Robust Features to Put in Action

Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) brings your Oracle deployments together in a single management, monitoring, and automation dashboard. Oracle developed this solution, so it offers deep integration with many of its technologies. The ease of integration, coupled with the support of both on-premise and cloud-based Oracle databases, allows it to fit into many enterprise infrastructures. Oracle Enterprise Manager can also monitor and manage non-Oracle databases, making it a cost-effective and central tool to manage IT environments with a mix of database platforms. This presentation takes on a brief history of OEM and then does a deep dive into seven robust features organizations should consider implementing.
Presented by Rakesh Nagdev, Datavail

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INSYNC Tracks and Hot Topics

DevOps & Deploy

Working on database and/or application development means learning multiple languages and performing a balancing act between Web-based, wireless and client/server applications. What will give you the edge to create successful applications? Do you use the Oracle suite of tools, or do you need to look for something that you can integrate? And how will your applications be used? With wireless technology? Through a portal? Will your forms and reports be used on an intranet or on the internet? This track covers the topics that surround the development and deployment of your applications.

  • IoT and Chatbots
  • Code Management
  • Complimentary Technologies
  • Data Modeling
  • Database Cloud/PaaS
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Development Fundamentals
  • Development Tools
  • DevOps (Ci/CD, Docker, etc.)
  • Emerging Development Technologies (Python, Rest API, etc.)
  • Infrastructure Technology (IaaS/Storage)


The relational database continues to evolve to include more new features, and as a result, has become even more complicated. On top of all the daily challenges of maintaining a high performance database, now you have to be sure the data are available 24/7 and compatible with other systems. This track is designed to provide DBAs of every experience level and industry with the tools to productively and creatively administer your data.

  • Database 101
  • Database HA / DR / Recovery
  • Database Internals
  • Database Performance
  • Database Security
  • Database Upgrades and New Features
  • ML in DB
  • Blockchain Tables
  • NoSQL Databases

Data Science & Analytics

Learn how organizations are using Data Science & Analytics to transform their operations and sustain their competitive advantage, addressing the challenges of managing rapid growth for data storage and availability, and how analytics are enabling organizations to function more efficiently. You’ll hear how other users are proactively using customer data to create opportunities, what how to make better, Big Data-driven decisions.

  • Big Data
  • Big Data Modeling
  • Cloud BI / Analytics
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Integration (Kafka, etc.)
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Warehouse
  • Hadoop
  • Machine Learning and AI
  • On-Prem BI/Analytics
  • System Architecture (Data Federation, Data Virtualization)

Professional Development

With so many emerging technologies on the horizon, it’s important to take a look at how your role is changing and evolving. Explore opportunities for improving or furthering your job role in today’s fast-paced and disruptive environment.

  • Business Acumen (Presenting, leading teams)
  • Evolving DBA
  • Grow Your Role
  • Networking for Success
  • New to IT
  • Prepare for Your Next Role
  • Working with Others

INSYNC Session Types
Mix and match your sessions for a flexible, custom experience!

  • Customer Case Study: Explain how you or your company have successfully leveraged a specific product, tool, or process. Pass along first-hand tips and tricks, lessons learned, and advice
  • Insights Talk: Looking to inspire? This traditional lecture format introduces an innovative idea or creative solution to a challenging technology problem.
  • Panel Discussion: Perspective is everything! Hear from a moderated lineup of 3-4 subject matter experts sharing different perspectives on a specific topic of interest.
  • Roundtable Discussion: Exchange information and ideas around a specific issue, topic or task in this facilitated open forum.
  • Special Interest Group: Engage with “your people.” Host a conversation to explore shared interests and hot topics.
  • Workshops: Dive deep in these hands-on sessions that walk you step-by-step through specific techniques and skills in a field.

Members-only Activities

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