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BC Oracle TechBlast at Sea

A Burleson Consulting cruise

March 14, 2009: 1st day of class in Ft. Lauderdale
March 15, 2009: Cruise sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale
March 15 - 21, 2009: Cruise the Western Caribbean
At Sea Training Days: March 16th & March 20th


The world's best Oracle training comes from practicing Oracle consultants, real Oracle experts and authors who combine years of experience with outstanding communications skills.  The problem is that the top Oracle experts are busy working with mission critical databases and rarely do public training. 

Only once per year, Burleson Consulting offers a public training class, a rare opportunity to learn the secrets of Oracle from some of the world's most highly regarded Oracle experts and authors, people who have managed some of the world's largest and complex databases.

Don Burleson Lecturing on 2008 Cruise

Beautiful amenities on board

The Appeal of a BC Oracle Cruise

This is a full 6-day Cruise with an onboard Oracle DBA class, all for less than the cost of a traditional training class. Cruise prices are at an all-time low, and this is an unprecedented opportunity to combine the vacation of a lifetime with world-class Oracle DBA internals training.  In past years, BC has had great success with our shipboard Oracle cruises, a great way to have fun and share valuable Oracle technical information.


The Independence of the Seas - The world's largest cruise ship

There are many benefits to our land-sea Oracle training:

  • World class education:  BC has some of the top Oracle experts in the world, and this is a not-to-miss class with expert advise for working DBA professionals.  Unlike traditional Oracle DBA training, the BC Oracle DBA training is taught by practicing Oracle DBA consultants with decades of hands-on, real-world experience. 
  • Bring the family:  Your loved ones can share your stateroom for as little as $649++ each, making the BC Oracle cruise the most affordable training option anywhere. 
  • Convince the boss:  See these important notes on how to convince your boss the BC cruise is a great value.  Here is an Oracle Internals Training Class management overview, ready to print for review by your management. (TOP)
  • Bring the team - This is a phenomenal team building opportunity!  Check out the discounts for multiple attendees from the same company:


    Cost each




















    $   995


  • Traditional invoicing:  Because the training is not at any fixed place, the Oracle class invoices are shown as being conducted in Ft. Lauderdale, where the class begins.
  • Great Price - The BC Oracle DBA cruise is better quality training at an even better price.  At a total cost starting at under $1,500 each (inside stateroom/dbl occupancy), the BC Oracle cruise is far less expensive than a traditional Oracle DBA class, with an unparalleled intimate learning experiences.  Compare your options, and you will see why the Oracle cruise is a no-brainer:
  Vendor  Course Travel Room Total Cost
  Oracle University $3,750 $600 $1,000 $5,300
  BC Oracle Cruise


$600  $1,250* $3,845

*Based on single occupancy cabin rate for attendee and includes 2 nights of hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.


Meet your trainers:

Donald K. Burleson is one of the world's best known Oracle experts and authors. 

A retired Adjunct Professor Emeritus, Burleson has more than 20 years of full-time DBA experience, authored 32 Oracle database books, written over 100 Oracle articles, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Rampant TechPress.


Lt. Col. John Garmany is a graduate of West Point, an Airborne Ranger with 20+ years of IT experience and an active  SECRET security clearance. John has a Master Degree in Information Systems, a Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering, and a BS degree (Electrical Engineering) from West Point. 

John is also a respected Oracle expert and author and chosen by Oracle Press to write the "Officially Authorized Edition" for  Oracle Database 10g Application Server Administration Handbook

Steve Karam is one of the elite DBA's to achieve the coveted Oracle 10g Certified Master status and he has been honored with the prestigious Oracle ACE designation. 

A former senior instructor for Oracle University, Steve has a proven track record in performance and troubleshooting on dozens of high profile Oracle systems, and complex Oracle 10g RAC environments. 



About the BC Oracle cruise

On March 15th, 2009 we sail on the brand new Independence of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship.  We are excited to be on one of her early cruises.

The first day of class begins in Ft. Lauderdale on March 14th, 2008 at the lovely Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel and Yacht Club.  The next day we set sail from Fort Lauderdale and cruise to Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel.  Classes will be conducted on board on March 16th and March 20th, which are the "at sea" days.  The other days remain open to enjoy the ports of call with your family or friends.

For Oracle cruise details and booking information, now.

Western Caribbean Cruise Map

It's never been easier to book your Oracle training at sea.  You book your cruise independently with Royal Caribbean, so you have the full flexibility to choose your own accommodations.

- Step 1:  Book your cruise online

- Step 2:  Book your Ft. Lauderdale hotel for 3/13 & 3/14
              (Mention Burleson Consulting to get our rate of $199.00

- Step 3: Call (800) 766-1884 to book your class seat


About the Oracle DBA internals training class

This advanced Oracle DBA internals training class is created for the learning needs of DBA's and technical IT managers:

  • DBA staff - The Oracle DBA needs to learn how to successfully install, configure, deploy, administer and tune complex DBA environments.
  • IT managers - Managers are challenged to understand how to incorporate DBA into their architectures.  This DBA course is ideal for the IT manager who wants to understand Oracle DBA at a technical level.

The class topics include emerging areas of Oracle; scalability, availability and tuning:

  • RAC internals - (6 hours) Real Application Clusters is the foundation of Oracle high-availability databases, a technology that is indispensable for many mission-critical systems. 
  • Overview of RAC internals
  • RAC configuration secrets
  • Inside cache fusion
  • RAC resource internals
  • instance locking and serialization internals
  • RAC Monitoring & troubleshooting
  • Oracle Tuning Tips - (6 hours) Learn how to tune your system from the top down, locating bottlenecks at the server, disk and instance level. Also see expert tricks for SQL tuning with hints, optimizer parameters, CBO statistics and histograms.
  • Overview of Oracle Tuning
  • Inside the cost-based optimizer
  • Instance-level tuning
  • Tuning the server, disk and network for Oracle
  • Time-series tuning & troubleshooting
  • Tuning with hints and optimizer statistics and histograms
  • Replication secrets - (6 hours) An executive overview of the relative advantages of Oracle Streams, Oracle multi-master replication and Oracle DBA for instance replication.  Learn how to choose the right type of replication and learn the internal machinations of all Oracle replication mechanisms.
  • Introduction to Oracle replication
  • Oracle Streams Internals
  • Oracle multi-master replication internals
  • Oracle Data Guard replication internals
  • Inside Oracle advanced queuing
  • Replication conflict resolution


Why learn Oracle on a cruise?

This is the best Oracle DBA training course anywhere, plus the learning environment is substantially enhanced by the "at sea" experience.  You will have nearly countless opportunities to interact with your expert instructors, who are also experienced Oracle gurus.

  We are limiting enrollees to ensure that every students get personalized attention.

For Oracle cruise details and booking information, send an e-mail to now.

Plus, you can bring your family, sharing your stateroom, combining your training with the ultimate family vacation. 

This is an unparalleled opportunity to learn Oracle DBA from working Oracle DBA experts.  We are only accepting a limited number of attendees, so call and reserve your spot now in this amazing Oracle DBA training. 


BC Oracle TechBlast at Sea 2009 Feedback

?I?m sending this e-mail to really thank you for the amazing opportunity  to meet you, Janet, Robin, John, Steve and the BC group in person.

With this course I reached one of my dreams that was to learn from you and your team."

- Paulo Portugal ? Brazil

BC Oracle TechBlast at Sea 2009 Pictures

BC Oracle TechBlast at Sea 2008 Feedback

John O:
Great transfer of knowledge. [Having the training] on a cruise ship is great for networking.

Pete M:
Great! Hit on several tuning tips that we can quickly implement.

Tom P:
Fantastic! I learned something new each session that [was] beneficial.

Kevan R:
[The BC crew] answered questions I needed to roll out a DW project.

Bill S:
?Great! Course venue wonderful, networking opportunities good, ship great!?




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