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London March 2020: “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” and “Oracle Performance Diagnostics and Tuning” Seminars January 21, 2020

Posted by Richard Foote in Richard Foote Consulting, Richard Foote Seminars, Richard's Blog.
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Time is fast running out to enroll for one of my acclaimed seminars I’ll be running in London, UK in March 2020. The dates and registration links are as follows:

23-24 March 2020: “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” Seminar – Tickets and Registration Link

25-26 March 2020: “Oracle Performance Diagnostics and Tuning” Seminar – Tickets and Registration Link

You can also purchase tickets to both seminars at a special 20% combo discount (all enrollments so far have gone with this option, so it’s obviously the way to go):

23-26 March 2020:  Both “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” and “Oracle Performance Diagnostics and Tuning” Seminars – Tickets and Registration Link


The cost for each individual seminar is:

  • Early Bird Rate (enrollments prior to 31 January 2020) £990.00 (+ VAT)
  • General Rate  (enrollments post 31 January 2020) £1190 (+VAT)

The cost for the seminar combo is:

  • Early Bird Rate (enrollments prior to 31 January 2020) £1550.00 (+ VAT)
  • General Rate  (enrollments post 31 January 2020) £1900 (+VAT)


The venue is the rather nice Hilton London Kensington.

Prices include attendance to the seminar, both soft and hard copy of the extensive seminar materials, lunch and morning/afternoon tea/coffee.

Both seminars are very highly acclaimed, with past attendees universally applauding the quality and educational outcomes of the training.  They’re both aimed at Oracle Professionals (DBAs and Developers) who are interested in Performance Tuning and how to maximise the performance of both Oracle Databases and associated applications.

All the details of the Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices Seminar.

All the details of the Oracle Performance Diagnostic and Tuning Seminar.

Both seminars have strictly limited places to ensure a quality event for all attendees with venues booked with only small classes in mind. So I recommend booking early (as it’s cheaper) and to avoid possible disappointment. I don’t get to run these kind of events in the UK very often (it would be over 2 years since I last run seminars in London) so do take advantage of attending what will be a unique training opportunity while you can.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact me at richard@richardfooteconsulting.com.

Hope to see you at one or both of these seminars next year !!

Big Announcement – New Job, New Country (A New Career In A New Town) April 1, 2017

Posted by Richard Foote in Richard's Blog, Richard's Musings.



After 5 1/2 years at Oracle Corporation, I’ve decided to leave and take on a very exciting new challenge !!

President Trump’s office have accepted my nomination to head their IT department in Washington DC, where I’ll be responsible for ensuring all USA government data is stored in a extremely efficient and secure manner. So secure, that hopefully all those other US agencies (FBI, CIA, New York Times, etc.) that are trying to get access to it won’t be able to 🙂

Russia also expressed an interest in my services, but the beauty with this opportunity is that I’ll be able to work for both countries at the same time (obviously in a discreet, unofficial basis if you know what I mean).

I‘ll be in charge of all IT related matters with regard the new USA presidential administration, ensuring all White House related data is stored appropriately and securely (e.g. Fake News, Real News, Real Fake News, Fake Fake News, Fake News That Seems Fake But Is Really True, Real News Which Must Surely Be Fake But Is Remarkably True But Is To Be Marked Fake Regardless, Russian News Which Is Obviously True But Is Fake – Honest, etc. etc.). The tricky bit of course will be keeping all the inside leaks secret and working out what news belongs in what category. Unless it’s fake but sounds better if it were true (or fake), in which case it’s unclassified and to be replicated in the Fox News website.

Love to say I’ll miss Australia but to be honest, I’m getting a little worried about health services here as I unfortunately get older. That’s why I want to move to the USA, where they have a great universal health insurance system and I know if ever my luck is down and I can’t afford health insurance, I’ll still be well looked after.

For obvious reasons, I will have to live in Washington DC to perform my new role. Well I don’t actually have to be in Washington, I have Russian friends who say it’s dead easy to login into the USA Government systems from wherever. But if all the travel bans ever get implemented, I might not then be able to get into the US so it’s best I get in while I still can. I’m not Muslim which helps no end, but once the fake news gets out that I am Muslim with Mexican parents, well you see the problem here don’t you.

Only regret I do have in my new role will be having to stand occasionally behind President Trump and be photographed while he signs a presidential executive order. What can I say, the money is good and if the planet gets a little warmer, well won’t that mean more temperate winters and fewer mosquitos which has got to be a good thing right ?

Of course, one of my big responsibilities as head of IT in Washington is “modernizing” the computing infrastructure. That said, there does seem to be a culture of perhaps going back and doing things as they did in the past, so I’m kinda hoping my plan to implement Real Application Clusters using a bunch of re-processed Sinclair ZX81s will both work and fit in with my coal loving colleagues in the administration.

Love golf, I really do and to be perfectly honest this is my main motivation for taking on this job. My hours are basically to work for just a couple of mornings each week and spend the rest of the time playing golf and watching all that fantastic American TV. We’re under strict orders to only watch Fox News of course, but there are some really cool Russian dramas and reality TV shows we’re allowed to watch as well.

So exciting times ahead, looking forward to it all. Assuming of course the world doesn’t end first.


Demo Links To All Older Posts Now Accessible (Chains) January 3, 2014

Posted by Richard Foote in Richard's Blog.
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OK, for a quite some time (too long probably !!!) people have been sending me emails and leaving comments that they have been unable to access a number of the demos to my older posts and those listed in my Presentations and Demos page. I previously would write an article but include a demo that illustrated the point I was trying to make in a separate link, primarily to not scare people off with overly long posts. However WordPress stopped supporting the plain text files I used to upload the demos and so people would get error messages when accessing the demos . This was one of the reasons I stopped using this format and instead simply included the demos as part of the text of my later blog articles. That and because many people didn’t bother following the links anyways and so missed out on a lot of the fun.

As people pleaded for access to a particular demo I would fix them but in order to start 2014 with a clean slate, I’ve gone through all my blog articles and where it had a link to a demo, re-formatted the associated file to PDF which WordPress does support. So hopefully, everyone can now access all my demos to all my articles both on the Home and Presentation/Demos page. If you happen to stumble across a link to a demo that doesn’t work, just let me know.

I feel like I’ve finally cleaned out the back shed, a job I kept putting off …