#Datachat - an open forum to connect and exchange thoughts about database topics on Twitter.

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We're planning monthly chats for SQL Server and Oracle database users. Get on TweetDeck or your favorite Twitter tool, search #datachat, add a column and you'll see our chat appear. Always include #datachat in your tweet so you'll be part of the conversation. And of course, please be respectful of others' opinions.

This month's awesome guests:

Leighton Nelson

Leighton Nelson is an Oracle DBA, ACE, OCE, VCA-DCV, speaker, author/blogger. He is currently Lead DBA at WorldWide Technologies. Read his blog at: http://blogs.griddba.com/?

Yury Velikanov

Yury Velikanov, I am energetic IT specialist, Oracle ACE Director. I like what I do for living. I have been an Oracle DBA for more than 15 years and currently work for Google in California. However the number of years doesn't say as much about my experience as environments, challenging projects and great people I worked with. I do enjoy learning new things, research and solve problems. More about Yury: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+YuryVelikanov/about

Joseph D'Antoni

A Senior Architect with over a decade of experience working in both Fortune 500 and smaller firms. He is currently Solutions Architect for SQL Server and Big Data for Anexinet in Blue Bell, PA. He is frequent speaker at major tech events, and blogger about all topics technology. He believes that no single platform is the answer to all technology problems. He holds a MSCE BI, a BS in CIS from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from North Carolina State. Find his blog here: joedantoni.wordpress.com

Chat Schedule:

Thomas LaRock Co-hosted by Thomas LaRock
SQL Server MCM and Technical Evangelist at SolarWinds
3/9/15 VMs, SSDs and SQL Server? Joseph D'Antoni - 7pm MT
12/9/14 Stop Throwing Hardware at SQL Server Performance! Tuesday 12/9 - 7pm MST​
11/13/14 Rolling Upgrades Argenis Fernandez - 7pm MT
10/9/14 I/O & Storage Brian Flynn - 7pm MT
8/21/14 SQL Server 2014 Jason Strate - 7pm MT
8/7/14 Optimizing SaaS App. Performance Jeff Kaplan - 7pm MT
6/25/14 Storage Joseph D'Antoni - 7pm MT
5/29/14 Cloud Scott Klein - 7pm MT
Griffin Co-hosted by Janis Griffin
Technical Evangelist at SolarWinds
2/18/15 Tips and Tools for Oracle RAC 12c Leighton Nelson & Yury Velikanov - 7pm MT
1/15/15 Accelerating DevOps Using Data Virtualization Tim Gorman - 7pm MT
10/6/14 Oracle Performance Tuning Craig Shallahamer - 7pm MT

Previous awesome guests:

  • Tim Gorman

    Tim Gorman is an Oracle ACE Director, OakTable member and Technical Consultant for Delphix. Tim is past president of the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG) where he has been a member since 1992 and a board member since 1995. He is also a former board member of the Oracle Developer Tools Users Group (ODTUG). He is an adviser to the boards of the Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG) and the Northeast Ohio Oracle Users Group (NEOOUG). He is also an adviser to the board of Project SafeGuard (PSG) which provides legal advice to victims of domestic violence.

    Tim has co-authored six books, performed technical review on eight more books, has been an Oracle ACE since 2007 and an Oracle ACE Director since 2012, a member of the Oak Table Network since 2002, has an author's page on Amazon, and has presented at Oracle Open World, Collaborate, KScope, Hotsos, RMOUG, UKOUG, and Oracle users groups in lots of wonderful places around the world.

  • Jason Strate

    Jason Strate is Solution Architect with Pragmatic Works. He has been working with SQL Server for more fifteen years. His experiences include architecting and implementing transactional and data warehousing solutions on Microsoft Data Platform technologies, including SQL Server and Parallel Data Warehouse. A recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for SQL Server since 2009, he also has achieved the Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server certification. Jason enjoys helping others in the SQL Server community and does this by presenting at technical conferences and user group meetings including the PASS Summit, TechEd North America, SSWUG Virtual Conferences, TechFuse, numerous SQL Saturdays, and many PASS user group meetings. jasonstrate.com

  • Craig Shallahamer

    Craig is a long time Oracle DBA (1989) who specializes in Oracle performance. He is also an Oracle ACE Director, performance researcher and blogger, consultant, author of two books (Oracle Performance Firefighting, Forecasting Oracle Performance), an enthusiastic conference speaker, and a passionate teacher to thousands of Oracle professionals. He is the founder and president of OraPub, creator of the performance analysis tool, Stori, and clearly pushes the teaching envelope with his online seminars! His blog, A Wider View, is where to find his most recent public performance research.Orapub.com

  • Bryan Flynn

    Brian Flynn, Product Manager at SolarWinds, has held roles in multiple disciplines from desktop support to development, administration and systems engineering with web, database, mail and networking technologies. He's served as a technical contributor and a manager. Over the years, Brian's also developed custom solutions for monitoring IT systems to diagnose and resolve complex performance problems. www.linkedin.com/brianpaulflynn

  • Jeff Kaplan

    Kaplan has over 30 years of experience in the high tech market. He began his career as an industry analyst at IDC, Dataquest and META Group. He then held marketing positions at International Network Services (INS) and InterOPS Management Solutions. Jeff Kaplan is the Managing Director of THINKstrategies, the only strategic consulting firm focused entirely on the business implications of the transition of the technology industry from a product-centric to services-driven solution model, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing and Managed Services. Kaplan is also the Founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace and the host of the Cloud Innovators Summit executive forum series, cloudsummits.com.

  • Scott Klein

    Microsoft Data Platform Technical Evangelist who leaves and breathes data. His passion for data technologies brought him to Microsoft in 2011 which has allowed him to travel all over the globe evangelizing SQL Server and Microsoft’s cloud data services. Prior to Microsoft Scott was one of the first 4 SQL Azure MVPs, and even though those don’t exist anymore, he still claims it. Scott has authored several books that talk about SQL Server and Windows Azure SQL Database and continues to look for ways to help developers and companies grok the benefits of cloud computing. He also thinks “grok” is an awesome word. In his spare time (what little he has), Scott enjoys spending time with his family, trying to learn German, and has decided to learn how to brew root beer (without using the extract). He recently learned that data scientists are “sexy” so he may have to add that skill to his tool belt. scottlklein.com

  • Dominic Delmolino

    Dominic has been using Oracle since 1990 and spent 10 years working there as part of the System Performance Group and 5 years as the Senior Director of Database Engineering at Network Solutions. Currently, he’s Vice President of Systems Architecture at Agilex Technologies Inc. and author of the popular Oracle Musings blog.

  • Kyle Hailey

    Kyle is a principal designer for the Oracle Enterprise Manager performance pages. He is a member of Oracle Oak Table, the co-author of Oracle Insights: Tales of the Oak Table, and was a technical editor of Oracle Wait Interface. He holds a patent in the area of database performance diagnosis, and has been a speaker at Hotsos, NOCOUG,RMOUG, NYCOUG, Oracle World and organizes Oaktable World. Kyle also teaches classes around the world on Oracle performance tuning. Currently Kyle works as a performance Architect at Delphix along with industry leading software, kernel and filesystem designers to take corporate data management to a new level of agility. kylehailey.com

  • Argenis Fernandez

    A Senior Database Engineer for SurveyMonkey based in Redmond, WA. He has worked with SQL Server for over 15 years and enjoys OLTP databases, managing Windows environments, performance troubleshooting, high availability, disaster recovery, best practices, and PowerShell scripting. Prior to SurveyMonkey, Argenis worked for Outerwall, Ultimate Software and as a Senior Consultant on SQL Server Core for Microsoft Consulting Services. In 2013 he founded the Security Virtual Chapter for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS). Argenis is a SQL Server community enthusiast and speaks frequently at major SQL Server conferences, including the PASS Summit, PASS SQL Rally, IT/Dev Connections, SQLBits, and Microsoft TechEd. He is also a Microsoft Certified Master on SQL Server 2008, an avid Twitter user and occasional blogger on SQL Server topics at SQLBlog.com.

  • Tim Chapman

    A Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) and works as a dedicated support engineer (PFE) at Microsoft specializing in performance tuning and high availability. Originally from Louisville, KY, Tim now resides in Chapel Hill, NC. Tim has over 12 years of database architecture, programming, and administration experience. For three years prior to his joining Microsoft, Tim was awarded the Microsoft MVP award for his contributions to the SQL Server community.

  • Pete Finnigan

    Living and breathing Oracle Security, PFCLScan, PFCLObfuscate, Social networking, web hacking, SEO, Software development (C, VB, c#, C++, Perl, PL/SQL) petefinnigan.com

  • K. Brian Kelly

    SQL Server author, columnist and Microsoft MVP; Infrastructure Architect, Security Architect, Directory Services Administrator (Active Directory), Senior SQL Server DBA, SQL Server Author, SQL Server columnist, Children's Minister, Youth Minister Specialties: Infrastructure architecture, security architecture, information security, SQL Server, Perl, Active Directory, IIS, Windows Server. truthsolutions.com

  • George Trujillo

    George Trujillo is an internationally recognized speaker, leader and architect in the Hadoop, Big Data, Cloud, Virtualization and Oracle ecosystems. VMware vExpert, VMware VCI, Oracle and Hadoop Architect. Oracle Double ACE, Sun Ambassador, MySQL Certified DBA, history buff and lover of blues/jazz. cloud-dba-journey.blogspot.com

  • Denny Cherry

    Denny has over a decade of experience in the IT field. He has an impressive set of credentials including being a current Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award winner, and he has been since 2008. He also holds the VMware vExpert award from VMware and the EMC Elect award from EMC. Consultant, SQL DBA, SQL MVP, VMware vExpert, MCM SQL Server 2008, MCT, XBox 360 player, Motorcycle Rider mrdenny.com

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