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COUG and MOUG invite you to spend the day with the best in business Oracle speakers.



Oracle Chicago  |  Thursday July 18, 2019  |  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

MOUG and COUG will combine forces on Thursday, July 18th!  This will be a special meeting that includes Oracle ACES, ACE Directors, Authors, Oracle Product Managers & other leading edge experts presenting on the Oracle Database, Chatbots, Robots with Oracle, In-depth Oracle Optimizer, SQL, PL/SQL, APEX, and more.

Venue will be at the Oracle offices in the Willis Tower (Sears Tower).

Register now to:


1. Reserve your spot at Early Bird Pricing of $10 per person! (Space is limited)

2. Meet Oracle product management elite!

3. Learn from Oracle ACE experts on real use cases and solutions for organizations like yours!

Breakfast and Lunch are included.  Attendees must sign in or register at the door.


Registration information:

Through July 1, 2019:     $10 per registrant

July 1 – July 17, 2019:    $20 per registrant

July 18, 2019:     $30 at the door (Cash and Card accepted)

Discount available when you buy 3 registrations at a time!


Venue: Oracle Chicago

Willis Tower
233 S Wacker Dr
(312) 651-8000


Parking is available both on Wacker and Franklin Streets. Prices vary from $15 to $35 dollars per day.


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:55 AM The DBA’s Next Job & Planning for It
Rich Niemiec, Viscosity North America
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Keynote: Oracle Database 19c: What’s New & What’s Next
William Hardie, VP Database Product Management, Oracle Corporation
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Keynote: Oracle APEX Best Features
Joel Kallman, Senior Director, Software Development, Oracle Corporation
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch Break and Panel Q&A with Tony Jedlinski
Developer Track DBA Track
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM APEX & Web Services
Scott Spendolini, ACE Director, Viscosity (Former Oracle Product Manager)
Oracle Storage Management – History of ASM, New Features and Engineered Systems
Nitin Vengurlekar, ACE Director, Viscosity (Former Oracle Product Manager)
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM My Top 5 Tuning Tips – My best developer tuning tips
Janis Griffin, ACE Director, Quest Software
Dynamic Performance Analytics Normalized Metrics for Database Speed
Roger Cornejo, ACE, GlaxoSmithKline
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Oracle & PostgreSQL
Timothy Steward, EDB
Jim Czuprynski, ACE Director, Viscosity
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Closing Statements and Raffle


Keynote Speakers

William Hardie

William Hardie

VP, Database Product Management

William Hardie is responsible for Oracle Database product management, focusing on growing Oracle’s business in the global database, data warehousing, and embedded database markets. His area of expertise includes Oracle Database, Oracle Exadata, Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle In-Memory Database Cache, Oracle Advanced Compression, and other key Oracle Database options.

Hardie has been in IT for more than 25 years and has specialized in relational database technologies for more than 20 years. Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, he has worked with Oracle Database since Release 5.

Joel Kallman

Joel Kallman

Senior Director, Software Development

Joel R. Kallman is Senior Director of Software Development for Oracle’s Server Technologies division at Oracle America, Inc.  He is responsible for the development and product management of Oracle Application Express.  Joel has been at Oracle since 1996 and is the co-creator of Oracle Application Express.  He is a contributing author of several books on Oracle technology, including Expert One on One Oracle, Beginning Oracle Programming, and Mastering Oracle PL/SQL: Practical Solutions.   Joel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science from the College of Engineering, Ohio State University.

Rich Niemiec

Rich Niemiec

Chief Innovation Officer, Viscosity North America

Rich Niemiec is the current Chief Innovation Officer of Viscosity North America. Rich is an Oracle Ace Director, a world renowned IT Expert, and was a co-founder and the CEO of TUSC, a Chicago-based systems integrator of Oracle-based business solutions started in 1988. Rich has served as President of Rolta TUSC and Rolta EICT.

Rich is the past President of the International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and the current President of the Midwest Oracle Users Group (MOUG). Rich has architected and tuned many Fortune 500 systems over the past 25 years.

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Oracle Corporation

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