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Upcoming database conferences – October 2015

For almost any software developer, database designer, or otherwise, events and conventions signify a variety of opportunities. Whether it’s keeping up with the latest patches and functions of a programming language or seeing how other developers handle the sort of problems you deal with, or maybe making business contacts or just meeting like-minded people, there’s a lot to gain from attending the right events.

In this article we’re going to mention some of the most important worldwide events taking place in the upcoming month which focus specifically on database modelling, design and administration.

For a more comprehensive list of database-related events in October, check out our events calendar.

Data Modelling Zone US 2015

Data Modelling Zone US

Data Modelling Zone (DMZ) is a very large conference which runs annually in the US, Europe and Australia. Attendees have the chance of sharpen their skills and share their experiences with fellow database modellers, analysts, architects and enthusiasts. This is a conference that celebrates database design with top-notch speakers and panels for all levels of expertise.

Location: Carolina Inn at 211 Pittsbolo Street in Chapel Hill, NC.

Schedule: October 5 to 7, 2015. Detailed schedule can be found here.


Registration Fees: Normal fee is €1695, but there are plenty of discounts and promos available (For students, instructors, organization workers, etc.) which you can see right here.

My recommendations: In the September events article I highly recommended the Making Your Unstructured Data Come Alive panel with Bill Inmon for Data Modelling Zone Europe and I will do it again for this conference. I’m serious, the man is a legend. He basically defined data warehouses as we know them, and textual disambiguation could be one of the most useful database tools in current development. The panel will happen on October 5 from 8:30 to 11:30.

Experienced SQL modellers wanting to learn some new tricks might also be interested in the Advanced SQL Queries panel with database consultant, trainer and author Michael Blaha on October 6 from 14:15 to 15:15. Data Modelling Fundamentals looks really good for people with less experience in the area and Steve Hoberman is a great speaker and experienced professor with an interactive style, with the unfortunate caveat of sharing the timeslot with Bill Inmon’s panel, on October 5 from 8:30 to 11:30. Nonetheless it looks like the best place to start the conference for database newcomers.

Italian PostgreSQL Day 2015

Italian PostgreSQL Day

The first Italian PostgreSQL Day event was held in 2007 at the Monash University Prato Centre and, since then, the cultural association ITPUG has been organizing the conference every year with increasing participation and success.

Location: Cammera di Commercio ar Via del Romito 71, 59100 in the city of Prato, Italy.

Schedule: October 23, 2015


Registration Fees: There doesn’t seem to be any registration info online so far.

My recommendations: It’s hard to recommend anything since the program for the conference isn’t out yet. Still, I did some digging on previous editions of the conference and I’d say it’s likely that Gianni Ciolli will be a speaker. Last year he did 3 panels which look like they were really interesting, applying PostgreSQL tools for mathematical and logical fields, which he specializes in. If he appears this year as well I’d look into that.

For more information regarding the schedule, registration or any other details you can contact the organizers at

Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Oracle OpenWorld is an annual convention celebrating all things Oracle, aimed towards businessmen, IT managers and line-of-business end users.

It might be an understatement to say that this convention is huge; Last year there were 60 thousand attendees from 145 different countries, and the number of online attendees surpassed 7 million. The event lasts 5 days and it uses a multitude of locations in San Francisco. Halfway through the conference there’ll even be an Oracle Appreciation Event from 18:30 till midnight with live performances from Sir Elton John and Beck Hansen, with a panoramic view of the city and its major landmarks.

Location: The two main locations will be the Moscone Center and Moscone West, at 747 – and 800, respectively – Howard Street in San Fransisco.

Schedule: October 25 to 29. Click here for detailed schedule.


Registration Fees: Pre-Registration (August 31 – October 23) is $2,450. On-Site Registration (October 24 – October 29) is $2,650. There’s a 20% discount for groups between 5 and 13 attendees, and a 20% for groups of 14 or more. Optionally, you can have access to the JavaOne sessions for an additional $100.

My recommendations: There are literally thousands of panels to choose from, which makes the task of recommending one in particular a bit complicated. Still, there are a couple that I, myself, found very interesting.

First there’s Oracle Database Security Customer Panel: Strategies and Best Practices, with a panel of five experts representing diverse companies as security experts and sharing their solutions for security, risk and compliance. This will be an interactive session with the opportunity to ask questions and get tips from the experts. This will be featured on October 29 from 13:15 to 14:00 at Moscone South.

Another attractive panel is Real-World Tales: Realizing the Full Potential of Oracle Databases On Premises and in the Cloud with Oracle database architect Graham Wood. This panel will discuss some of the notable solutions that have been implemented by Oracle’s Real-World Performance Group with the intent of helping the attendees in drastically improving upon their own database architectures, as well as identifying the symptoms that an underperforming system might be suffering from and their fixes. This one will happen on October 27 from 11:00 to 11:45 also at Moscone South.

An event of interest will be YesSQL! which will feature special guests talking about their experience with Oracle and generally celebrating SQL and PL/SQL. Most notably, though, this year will have the first Data Developer’s Choice Award to feature a DB Design category, so that’s something for database designers to look forward to on September 29 from 10:15 to 11:15.

PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2015

PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2015

This is the 7th annual PostgreSQL Conference Europe. It is organized by PostgreSQL Europe, and intended to be an important meeting and cooperation point for users, European or otherwise. It’s a good chance for developers to catch up, learn from each other, build relationships and consolidate a professional network that uses and works with PostgreSQL.

Location: Viena Marriot Hotel, an Parkring 12a, in Vienna, Austria.

Schedule: October 27 to 30. Full schedule here.


Registration Fees: The standard fee is €240. The registration fee for attendees purchasing add-on training on Tuesday, October 27th is €210. Attendees with a valid student ID have a fee of €60. Conference speakers can attend for free, and people wanting access to training sessions on Tuesday the 27th who also purchase the add-on training can do so for free, but with no access to the general conference.

My recommendations: I really think the PostgreSQL Performance Tuning panel might be among the better ones. The speaker, Hans-Jürgen Schönig, has over 15 years of experience in database consulting as well as his own company of PostgreSQL services. This is scheduled for October 27 from 9:00 to 12:30.

Sadly, it shares the timeslot with Stephen Frost’s panel PostgreSQL Server Development, which starts at 9:00 and ends at 17:00. Stephen Frost is among the people that know the most about PostgreSQL, really, so this general review of its features should prove very useful for modellers getting started with the language. I’d be hard-pressed to recommend either over the other, so it’s a matter of preference.

The speaker I mentioned for the Italian PostgreSQL Day convention, Gianni Ciolli, will be a speaker twice for this one. I really like the looks of his panel The Importance of Query Profiling, on October 29 from 11:50 to 12:40. It’s aimed at an advanced audience and it’s about improving and modifying databases to adapt them to new capabilities that might come with each release, as well as a discussion of the tools used for PostgreSQL query profiling.

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