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Five Minute Briefing - Oracle
February 7, 2018

Published in conjunction with the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), this bi-weekly publication contains news, market research, insight for the Oracle ecosystem, as well as IOUG news and information. Subscribers also receive IOUG ResearchWire, a bi-monthly reseach report for the Oracle community.

News Flashes

Oracle has announced the Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool (DBSAT) to help organizations assess the security configuration of their databases, identify sensitive data, and evaluate database users for risk exposure.  

It's no secret that data management has changed dramatically in the nearly 10 years since the onslaught of "big data." A decade ago, the relational database management system (RDBMS) ruled the enterprise.  Today, polyglot persistence is the mandate, and innovative NoSQL and NewSQL databases, cloud services, and data processing technologies have arisen alongside stalwart RDBMSs, data warehouses, and traditional on-premise deployments. However, despite the increasingly challenging data environment, experts agree, opportunities for DBAs abound—provided they are willing to continue learning and growing and to step in to fill gaps where they open up.

As the president of the Independent Oracle Users Group I often get asked for advice about which Oracle event to attend—COLLABORATE or Oracle OpenWorld. Sometimes it's just, "What is COLLABORATE?" or even, "Isn't COLLABORATE just a mini Oracle OpenWorld?" These two events are very different, and, depending on your role, one may be better for you than the other.

Think About It

Are machines better equipped to do what DBAs do? There was an interesting post recently that stated 800 million jobs worldwide were at risk due to automation by 2030. The impact will not be equally distributed between job functions. In addition, different job functions will see different percentages of jobs automated.

IOUG News and Information

The cost of registration for COLLABORATE 18 will never be this low. Register before March 8 to secure Early Bird pricing and join us in Las Vegas April 22-26.

Take advantage of the many opportunities for peer interaction through panel discussions and provocative talks at this year's Data Summit conference. This unique event brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders from all types of organizations.

Stay tuned for our Member Town Hall, taking place later this month. This session will include pertinent IOUG member information and a special presentation from Rich Niemiec and Willie Hardie. More information to come!

Oracle provides informational resources, including educational events, webcasts, and white papers.

Last year, more than 400 executives and professionals participated in a DBTA multi user group survey to assess the delivery of IT performance excellence across a range of enterprises and how this is translating into business profitability and growth.

Oracle recently announced Oracle Database 12c Release 2, which added various new features, one of which is database native "Sharding". In part two of this three-part article series, Nassyam Basha focuses on prerequisites and the initial deployment step.