May 2002

The Specialist
Database News You Can Use

May 2002
A monthly newsletter for Oracle users
from Database Specialists, a consulting firm
specializing in Oracle technology

In this issue:

Wait Events Session Makes Top 10 at IOUG Live!

The technical session called “Interpreting Wait Events to Boost System Performance” by Database Specialists President Roger Schrag was ranked number nine out of over 300 sessions at the International Oracle Users Group conference in April. More than 325 conference attendees packed the room to listen to Roger’s 90-minute presentation on the wait event interface and how it is extremely helpful in diagnosing application and database performance problems.

Roger also prepared an accompanying white paper compiled from real-life situations. Learn how to get to the root of performance problems and gain improved response time and better throughput. Download your copy of the presentation and white paper today at
Oracle9i New Features: A Roadmap for Oracle8i DBAs

The Oracle9i database has an amazing amount of new functionality. Database Specialists President Roger Schrag has put together an overview of Oracle9i hot topics most pertinent to database administrators, along with some additional features that you can look forward to.

This paper is written for DBAs experienced with Oracle8i who are looking for a quick roadmap to what has changed and what is new in Oracle9i. You’ll get an overview of some of the fundamental changes in the Oracle9i database that you really need to know about before working with Oracle9i. Plus, you’ll get the scoop on many new features that may be of interest. Don’t miss this focused, technical paper. You’ll find it at
A General Overview of Oracle9i Database Release 2

Are you looking for the latest news about Oracle9i Release 2? Mark Townsend, Director of Product Management at Oracle Corporation, gave a one-hour presentation on this topic at the May 16 Spring Conference of the Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG). Mark, a popular speaker at NoCOUG, outlined 9iR2 enhancements that increase and improve availability, data integration, application development, content management and manageability. Mark also covered 9iR2 features in the areas of business intelligence, OLAP, and data mining.

Flexible DBA Help for Oracle Shops Large and Small

Keeping your Oracle databases available–and your users satisfied–takes experience. From large companies that need expert tuning advice or more depth for 24 x 7 coverage to small companies that don’t require a full-time onsite DBA, flexibility is key to supporting your Oracle systems in a cost-effective manner. That’s why Database Specialists offers a flexible remote DBA service called DBA Pro.

We can tailor a DBA Pro plan just right for you. Need senior DBAs available 24 x 7 with guaranteed response time? Our team of Oracle Certified DBAs, each with over 10 years of experience, can be on call for you. Want an experienced Oracle DBA to check performance metrics on your databases each day and give personalized recommendations for maximizing availability and throughput? We can assign one of our DBAs to look after you. Want an expert you can call on just when you need help? We’ll give you a direct channel to experts who have written white papers and spoken at national Oracle conferences. To find out more about DBA Pro, check out or give us a call at 888-648-0500.
Share Your Knowledge

Do you have a favorite resource that you’d like to share with The Specialist audience? Have you written a handy script or a paper on an Oracle database topic you’ve researched? Just jot a note to Lisa Loper, editor of The Specialist, at We’ll be happy to share your information with our audience and give you ample credit!

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