Northern California Computer
August 6, 2013
5815 Owens Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588
8:30 – 9:30 Registration
9:30– 10:30 How to Use In-Memory Tables to Optimize Data that is Frequently Accessed
Speaker Larry Strickland, DataKinetics
In-memory tables provide the shortest path to data. When you have data that is read frequently, and you can reduce the time it takes to access that for each transaction, you achieve significant leverage when you access that data over and over again. This means that you don't have to choose between performance improvement, capacity improvement and cost reduction. For the right data and the right application, the savings are substantial. In-memory tables can be used for one application, can be used to share the same data amongst many applications, or can be used to pass information from one application to another. Because accessing data from in-memory table is so fast, business rules and application specific parameters can be placed in memory, and can be accessed almost as fast as if they were part of the application. This also means that these rules can be changed without modifying application code, providing great flexibility in implementing changes to the business rules. Other ways to use in-memory table to optimize performance of applications are described. A detailed description of how to identify the kind of data that is best for optimization with in-memory tables is provided.
10:45 – 11:45 Building Calendars with Proc Report
Speaker: Frank Bereznay, IBM
Web based calendars are a very intuitive way to organize and present large sets of chronologically related reporting objects. Each day or period of time becomes a link to the related content. Cell attribution, such as background colors (traffic lighting) and or pop up values, can also be used to enhance the information content for a calendar cell. Frank’s presentation will show how SAS Proc Report can be used to create these types of calendars
11:45 ‑ 12:45 NCCMG Business Meeting/Lunch Sponsored by DataKinetics/DataKinetics Product Presentation
12:45 –1:45 The Stork Correlation – Use & Abuse of Statistics in Performance & Capacity Planning
Speaker: Denise Kalm, Kalm, Kalm Kreative, Inc.
Terms like “mean,” “standard deviation” and “correlation” are used frequently in our industry, but how many really understand them? And how often are statistics misused, creating confusion and misunderstandings, when their main purpose is to communicate your results more accurately? This presentation will include a review of pertinent statistics, how they are derived, and where and when to use them in performance and capacity planning.
Statistics can be fun and increase your decision-making confidence. Now, if we can just get past the terminology and the math…and remember, it is often more art than science.
“Statistics is a systematic method for getting the wrong conclusion with 95% confidence.”
2:00– 3:00 ***2012 Mullen Award Winner***
Storm Chasing – Troubleshooting in the Cloud
Speaker Stanford White, Siemens Medical Solutions
Take a storm chasing expedition in the cloud, and experience the often unappreciated complexities of moving from Kansas to Oz, while circumventing the dangers lurking along the Yellow Brick Road to success. This user story, from a cloud provider’s perspective, will take the reader on a journey of discovery through the design and implementation of a newly hosted application, as well as, a perilous race to find an elusive and dangerous creature hidden in the cloud. Always pay attention to the man behind the curtain!
Call for speakers in 2013. If you are interested in speaking, call Cathy Nolan at (925) 803-0884 or (925) 890-8390.
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