Anton Els

From early on in my career I have enjoyed tinkering with new technologies and always had the drive to never stop learning.

Setting goals is important and over the years I have managed to achieve some of these goals which include presenting at a conference – which become reality, and since then (2013),

I have presented at various international conferences. Other goals I am proud of include becoming an Oracle Certified Master, an Oracle Ace, and completing my first AWS Certified Professional certification.

I started my career in consulting and enjoy working with people and have successfully implemented many projects from small to large scale.

During these projects I gained a good understanding of project management and other areas such as storage and networking, not just the database side – I guess my interest into solution architecture drove this.

You might say I am a techie at heart, but I do know that having a good understanding of the overall architecture of a solution as well as talking to, and working with the business, can achieve far better results than just focusing on the technical side and making assumptions about the business.

Over the last six years I have embraced another area of interest – development.

I have managed a successful product from initial design to roadmap to delivering to the end customer, this include areas such as quality assurance, continues integration and delivery.

As mentioned the learning never stops and when you manage a development team, you have to know what it means to be agile, focussed and that team work can lead to great success. I am a co-author of “Oracle Database 12c Release 2 Multitenant (Oracle Press)” and Vice President of the NZOUG.

I do have a number of other interests, albeit a bit strange that some of them is again technology related… these include DevOps, Docker, Serverless, Alexa, Linux, Virtualisation, Disaster Recovery, IoT, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, 3d Printing, golf, running and theatre.

Christian Shay

Christian Shay is a product manager in the Database Technologies group at Oracle.

As a .NET and Oracle Database on Windows evangelist, he speaks to user groups, at Microsoft events and at Oracle events worldwide.

Alex Keh

Alex Keh is a senior principal product manager at Oracle focusing on data access and database integration with .NET and Windows. He’s spoken previously at many Microsoft and Oracle events, including Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, VSLive!, Oracle Develop, ODTUG Kscope, and Oracle OpenWorld.

Craig Shallahamer

Craig is a long time Oracle DBA who specializes in Oracle tuning and machine learning and started the OraPub website in 1995.

Craig is a performance researcher and blogger, consultant, author of two books, an enthusiastic conference speaker and a passionate teacher to thousands of Oracle professionals.

He clearly pushes the teaching envelope with his performance-focused membership program, webinars and videos! Craig has received a number of technical, effectiveness and community involvement awards. Craig is also an Oracle ACE Director.

Gavin Parish

Gavin is a product manager in Oracle’s Exadata team, with a focus on Exadata’s software and hardware roadmap. Prior to the Exadata team, Gavin was a founding member of the team responsible for launching the industry’s first on-premises public cloud technology – Oracle Cloud at Customer. In his 15 years in Oracle Product Management, Presales…

Trent Schafer

Developing with Oracle technologies for 10 years, have been working with APEX for most of that time.

Have a keen interest and Web and cloud technologies, and enjoy learning and sharing any new discoveries.

Patrick Barel

Patrick Barel is a PL/SQL Developer for Qualogy [] in the Netherlands. Besides working with SQL and PL/SQL he wrote different plug-ins [] for PL/SQL Developer []. He publishes articles on his own blog [].
In 2015 he received the Oracle Developer Choice Award in the PL/SQL Category.
In 2019 he has been promoted to ACE Director.

Ahmed Hafez

Oracle EPM & BI Specialist with over 10 years professional experience in Australia and Internationally with clients of different sizes and various industries (mining, oil & gas, education, government, financial institutions and many more).

I lead & manage implementation teams, set strategies, design solutions, implement best practices, set standards and lead clients to achieving their desired solution and outcomes.

I love taking complex technical problems / solutions and elegantly breaking them down into clear and easy to understand explanations and concepts thus bridging the infamous gap between the business and the technical solutions required to meet the business needs & requirements.

Roy Swonger

Roy has over three decades of experience in commercial software development.

His 20+-year career at Oracle has included work on software process and quality improvement as well as a progression of management roles in technical documentation, software development tools, and core database technologies.

Roy has managed the Database Upgrade & Utilities in the Server Technologies division for more than 15 years.

In this capacity he is responsible for the development of database features such as the Data Pump, SQL*Loader, External Tables, and Transportable Tablespaces.

In addition, Roy runs the global Upgrade Program for the database, coordinating worldwide efforts to make database upgrades faster, easier, and less risky for customers. Roy holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Master of Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Highlights of some of Roy’s presentations:

Upgrade to 19c, Live and Uncensored!:This includes 3 live upgrades in the session, plus a dive into the new 19c AutoUpgrade feature
How to Migrate to Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud: a nuts and bolts discussion about the methods and tools available for migration to ADW/ATP
At OOW we will be enhancing this with the automation to be announced for customers, such as the Zero-Downtime Migration (ZDM) utility
Best Practice for Patching Oracle Database: decidedly unsexy topic, but of great interest to customers. My group took over responsibility for database patching earlier this year, so this is a lot of damage control of the current state of DB patching as well as showing the progress made and laying out plans

Franco Ucci

Franco drives adoption of AppDev, Integration, Security, Digital Experience and Cloud BasedArchitectures, supporting both Organisation Transformation and Modernization Initiatives witha team of Cloud Platform Specialists across Australia and New Zealand. Franco’s Current Areas of Engagement are APIs, Chatbots, Blockchain and Kubernetes.