Here’s a final warning of the busy time I’m having next week. It starts with the E4 conference in Dallas (full agenda here),my topic is “Due Diligence examining Exadata”. Then it’s on to Minneapolis where I’ll be doing a one-day event on finding and reading Execution Plans (Agenda andRegistration). After that I head out to San Francisco for the NoCOUG summer conference (my keynote is on Creating Test Cases, followed by a breakout session on stats collection in 11g – where I’ll be describing the approximate NDV and the benefits of column groups). Finally I’ll be ending the week with another one-day session on Beating the Oracle Optimizer (Agenda andRegistration).