Noted IT speaker Donald K. Burleson is available to present IT
management topics to professional IT management groups, just contact us.
Donald K, Burleson is the CTO at Burleson Consulting, one of
America's largest remote DBA service providers. He has been a working IT manager for more than 25
years and he has authored more then 30 books on computer systems
management. A retired adjunct professor emeritus, Burleson has a
reputation as an
exciting and dynamic speaker, always top-rated at large international
conferences such as Oracle OpenWorld.
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The future of Information Technology
Over the next decade, the advances in hardware and
software technology are going to have a huge impact of the job duties of
the IT professional. This
presentation explores current IT trends from a historical perspective
and shows how the shifting landscape of CPU, disk and RAM is driving IT
management in fascinating directions.
Most managers understand that hardware advances
precedes software advances, but this trend has one important exception
in that the speed of RAM and platter disks have not changed appreciable
in the past 25 years while CPU power continues to improve.
We also are on the cusp of seeing solid-state RAM disk replace
the old-fashioned platters, a change that will forever alter the way we
manage large information systems.
These market changes have profound ramifications to
the IT industry as servers, software, and IT skills shift to reflect
these changing market dynamics.
Solid-state databases, server consolidation,
automated tuning tools, all of these trends change the way that IT
managers work. An effective
manager must understand this changing landscape of the IT industry and
be prepared to adopt novel approaches to accommodate these new dynamics.
This fun and interesting presentation will give the
attendees a look into how their jobs are going to change, sooner than
- See how hardware advances precede software
- Understand the current movement towards server
- See how solid-state RAM disk will change data
The 64-bit Revolution: Tips and tricks for the next
generation of computer systems
The next generation of 64-bit servers are here and
all IT professionals need to know how to optimize computer systems on a
64-bit server. This
presentation explores the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit
architectures, highlights the benefits (and drawbacks) of 64-bit and
shows real examples from TPC benchmarks demonstrating how to get the most from
systems in a 64-bit environment.
We explore the benefits of the new non-uniform
memory access (NUMA) features of 64-bit processors, see how to predict
the benefits from moving to 64-bit and understand how to employ large
data buffering regions to hypercharge I/O speed.
- Inside the 64-bit chip architecture
- See how to use large data buffers
- How to tell of 64-bit is right for you
Internals of File I/O Management
Disk I/O remains the single most expensive of any
operation and every computer professional needs to know how to manage
the storage and retrieval of their database.
With 64-bit technology, the IT professional also must understand
the internals of RAM data buffering and
how to get the most from your RAM
This presentation will use real-world examples from
large IT shops and demonstrate proven techniques for identifying and
correcting I/O bottlenecks.
We will also explore the new solid-state disk (SSD) technology and see
how SSD is being applied in data intensive environments for super-fast
This presentation will examine the dismal future of
platter disks and look at disk load balancing and striping strategies
for large database systems.
We also explore RAM caching of disk I/O and how and when to use
- Understand internals of disk I/O
- See how to locate disk I/O bottlenecks
- See remedies for disk contention
How to hire the right IT professional
In this competitive job market, hiring the "right"
IT professional is more challenging than ever before.
When screening hundreds of resumes you must be able
to quickly pare-down the list and focus on those applicants who have the
right combination of technical and interpersonal skills.
Using proven interview and screening techniques, this
presentation will show secrets for resume evaluation, telephone
screening and the top job interview questions.
By using a method of unobtrusive measures you can
quickly and accurately access important non-technical factors such as
personality and the applicant's ability to work as a team player.
The job market is full of "posers" and pretenders, and you need
to know the right kind of questions to ask a computer job candidate to
separate the wheat from the chaff.
This is an indispensable presentation for all IT
managers who want to hire the right IT professional the first time and
avoid costly hiring mistakes.
- Learn how to quickly identify resume puffing and
- See how to evaluate personality of a professional
- Learn how to ask important personal questions
without violating the law
Ace your IT Job Interview
If you are one of several hundred qualified job
applicants, what can you do to set yourself apart from the competition?
An expert hiring manager knows secrets for quickly spotting
fakers and "posers" and looks for important keywords in your resume.
They also employ special techniques to quickly access your
strengths and weaknesses.
You must also pass a tough telephone screening
before you even get a chance to come on-site for the real interview.
Learn from the manager what to expect and what managers are
looking for in a telephone interview.
The on-site interview is also challenging and the
interviewer will use tools to quickly access you demeanor, technical
skills and personality.
Learn what unobtrusive questions you might be asked, what the manager is
"really" asking, and the most appropriate response.
- Learn to "read between the lines" of innocent job
interview questions and write a bullet-proof resume
- Understand how to set yourself apart from the
- Hear the questions asked during computer job
Downsizing strategies for the IT manager
The collapse of major financial institutions has rippled through the
economy and managers everywhere are searching for ways to stretch their
dollars. In this article, we will explore the ways that IT
Managers trim their budgets to survive the looming worldwide recession.
Bank failures, global insecurity, the credit crunch and declining sales
have many Corporations faced with tough choices. Some must either
limp along with fewer resources or face bankruptcy, and managers
everywhere are struggling to find cost cutting opportunities throughout
This has had a direct and noticeable impact on the IT community.
Layoffs are rampant, and those computer professionals who are fortunate
enough to have their jobs are faced with cutting corners. Many perks
that were considered essential to an IT professional a few years ago are
gone. No more two weeks of professional training courses, no more
trips to conferences and user group meetings, no more frills.
In spite of the recognition by all levels of managers of the importance
of safeguarding information and the value of computer systems, they
still aren't immune from layoffs and cutbacks. Let's take a close
look at how managers can trim the fat from an IT department while
keeping the quality to acceptable levels.