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Training Days 2021 Keynote Sessions

Wednesday March 17th, 9:00 am - 10:15 am

The Future's So Bright, I Bought A Sunglass Kiosk

Presented by: James Czuprynski

After the events of 2020 a once-in-a-century pandemic, an unprecedented economic downturn, social upheaval, and several hotly-contested political races it's easy to become discontented with your IT career path, and maybe even consider a different line of work. But the truth is that the future of IT is so incredibly bright and its horizons so tremendously broadened that the exact opposite is true: You'd better get your sunglasses ready, and you might even want to buy a few more pairs.


Jim Czuprynski has nearly four decades of professional experience in his career in information technology, serving diverse roles at several Fortune 1000 companies before becoming an Oracle DBA in 2001. He became an Oracle ACE Director in 2014 and is a sought-after public speaker on Oracle Database technology features, presenting often at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle CODE, COLLABORATE, KSCOPE, Oracle Development Community tours, and Oracle User Group conferences on six continents.

Jim has authored 100+ articles on Oracle Database administration, ML/analytics, and APEX since 2003 at, IOUG SELECT, and ODTUG TechCeleration and has co-authored four books on Oracle database technology. Jim’s blog, Generally … It Depends (, contains his regular observations on all things Oracle and the state of the IT industry.

Thursday March 18th, 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Curves Ahead: How Emerging Technologies Impact Information Security

Presented by: Robert Lockard

We are at the cusp of another computer revolution, and you can be sure the criminals will exploit every advancement they can to separate you from your property. AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Deep Fakes, Blockchain, IoT, Augmented Reality, and many other things are here. How can we stay ahead of the curve, keep the information we are trusted with secure?


Rob is a professional Oracle DBA, Designer, Developer, Project Manager. For the past twenty years he has worked as an independent consultant providing quality services to his customers at a reasonable price. He has worked in Financial Intelligence tracking money laundering, terrorist money and identity theft. He has also worked in the Cyber Crimes arena tracking attacks on information systems. He specializes in evaluating and securing Oracle database environments from threats both external and internal.

In 1987 his boss called Rob into his office and told him that Rob was now their Oracle Wizard; he then handed Rob a stack of Oracle tapes and told him to load it on the VAX. Since then, Rob has worked exclusively as an Oracle database designer, developer, database administrator and project manager.

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