What They Say about Dan Hotka
Companies who have benefited from my training/services:
ACT, Alliance Technologies, Allstate Insurance, AmDocs, Anheuser-Busch, APAC, AstraZeneca, Atex Media, BAE Systems, Baxter Co, Bectel-Bettis, Inc, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Boston Scientific, Butler Mfg, City of Cedar Rapids, City of Ft. Collins, City of Norfolk, City of Portsmouth, City Utilities, Comcast, Data Sciences, DeCare Systems Ireland, Dekod, Denso, Dice.com, Direct Tech, Inc, E & J Gallo Winery, EMC, Flexco, Foremost Farms, General Mills, Goodman Fielder, GTX, Hon Office Furniture, ICBF, IDOT, IFMC, IHSenergy, Infineon, Irish Cattle Breaders Federation, IRS, International Paper, Iowa Telecom, Johnson County Community College, Lockheed Martin, Kansas University, Kansas State University, Kinematik, Koios, KRKA, LDS Church, LifeTouch, Logica, Medco, Mid American Energy, MIT Vacations, National Security Technologies, Nationwide, Navy, Northrup Gruman, Novartis, Now Health Group, Oracle Corp, Pearson Education, Perodua, PIC, Pioneer Hybred, Pleasant CO, Proekspert, Prosoft, RX America, Quinn Healthcare, Raiffeisen Bank, Sentry Ins, State of Florida, State of Michigan, Steel Warehouse, TDS Telecom, Tele2, The Star, Trinity Logistics, TIS, TriStateGT, Trutek Inc, University of California, University of Chicago, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, US Cellular, USCG, US Cellular, VMWare, Vallent Technologies, Washburn University, Webmedia, Wells Fargo, Xerox Singapore, Zira
Nice comment from an Oracle University seminar participant:
Nice comment from a regular client 2012
Thanks again for all of your help in the past- you truly were one of the
Feedback from RMOUG 2011
This was a near perfect score for my 'All the Free Stuff' Presentation
What were the strengths of this presentation?
85% gave me a 5, 12% gave me a 4!
What recommendations do you have for improvement of
...I enjoyed this comment!
Feedback from a recent Web-based SQL Tuning class... (April 2011)
John Rose says: Have been employing well the learning with which I came away from your SQL tuning course, and am wondering about the upcoming schedule for your Advanced PL/SQL Tips and Techniques course.
Feedback from a recent Web-based SQL Tuning class... (April 2011)
It was a very good course. The instructor was very clear in explaining the course. I wish I could apply all of what I learnt.
Very informative. Going to help me write better SQL code.
Very knowledgeable instructor and course materials is full of excellent information including SQL code examples & techniques, multiple ways to get & interpret explain plans and references to other materials (ie white papers, book, websites, etc)
Feedback from my All the Free Stuff ppt at RMOUG... (Feb 2011)
Excellent presenter, time went quickly, appreciated the handout.
Lots of information.
Dan is a great presenter and knows his stuff.
...85% gave me a 5, 12% gave me a 4!
Room for improvement: (I enjoyed this one) --> More VW stories
Feedback on my Understanding Explain Plan book... (March 2011)
Borjana Stojic says: Dan
Hotka’s book: “Oracle SQL Tuning: A Close Look at Explain Plans” is a very
useful book that helps me a lot in my every day work and it helps me a lot in
understanding Explain Plans.
Feedback from a Collaborate10 attendee... (April 2010)
Howard Hackworth says: I am a DBA and a 12 year user of Embarcadero's DBArtisan, a Toad competitor DBA tool. My new company uses TOAD exclusively and although I have been meaning to make the switch it has been a difficult transition without any training on using TOAD. Your session and now armed with your book I am
SQL Performance Tuning At Your Desk! (November 2009)
Galina Savikovsky says: This was the best class I ever had and the most cost-effective one. (I had a bunch of classes from Oracle itself and other providers). Dan is a great teacher and is very pleasant to work with. I also really liked his eagerness to say good things about tools developed by other people or to give other Oracle gurus the credit they deserve. This is a rare quality. This class is worth every penny and every minute spent. Thanks a lot for the great week and for the priceless information.
Feedback from a regular RMOUG attendee... (November 2009)
Robert Holland says: You are an inspiration to me...I have watched you grow and contribute to the well being of us all throughout the past 14 years of my time in the RMOUG and in
every way you exemplify the lifestyle, ethics and mythos/pathos I wish to build myself. Your self-esteem is your best asset because it frees you to be
Advanced PL/SQL At Your Desk! (November 2009)
Mike Williams says: Thanks Dan. Great class, you've done a terrific job with all of it --
...he later writes:
for an excellent class. When I think back over how much you
Advanced PL/SQL Tips and Techniques (Denver 5/09)
I loved the code examples and snippets to take with me. Class very well laid out. Dan's expertise in this area is exceptional. I have learned some useful tips. Great stuff! I enjoyed the course and would certainly recommend to others.
Advanced PL/SQL Tips and Techniques (Chicago 3/09)
Trainer was knowledgeable and entertaining; All around excellent instructor; Answered all questions and was very thorough; Enjoyed his examples and personality - Please bring Dan back for future classes - he is excellent!
Oracle SQL Performance Tuning Course (Ireland 2/09)
Best courseware I've ever seen! I'll definitely pull this out as reference at work.
Why Is My Oracle10g Database is Slower than my Oracle9i Database (April 2008 - Collaborate):
Stefan Gawalewicz wrote:
Great Presentation! Thanks
Dwain Gibson wrote:
Your class was very informative and I am glad I attended it.
Feedback from TOAD Tips and Techniques Course
Al Hayes recently attended my TOAD Tips and Techniques course and says:
"I was generating a list of the best things I learned in the class last
Discoverer10g Tips and Techniques at RMOUG (February 2008):
Tammy O'Keefe wrote:
Thanks so much! Your presentation made RMOUG worth it for me this year.
EMail reply about my quarterly Newsletter
Key Gottry says: "I enjoy your articles, especially the one in
DBAzine about histograms and stats. Keep up the good work, and thanks for
sharing your knowledge and experience"
Gorgon Lederman wrote: "Just wanted to say thanks for a great newsletter. I hadn’t realized that Oracle released an upgrade to the Trace Analyzer tool. Thanks for keeping me on the bleeding edge!
Tuning When You Cannot Change the Code at Collaborate06 (April 2007):
Dwain Gibson wrote:
Tammy Harris wrote:
Excellent presentation at Collaborate 06!
Dean Langford wrote:
I really enjoyed your session on Tuning When You Cannot Change The Code in Nashville. It was probably the most packed session that I attended, not to mention one of the most informative.
Amit Kopal wrote:
I really enjoyed your session. I actually thought that it was the best session out of everyone's I attended.
Feedback from recent Oracle Developer10g Reports and Queries (web interface) on-site class:
Barb Hellman wrote:
BTW….Feedback on your training session was that you were the best trainer they’ve had. Good Job!!!!!
EMail about my Oracle9i Development by Example book:
Gerald King wrote:
First off, let me thank you for putting out Oracle9i development by example, I find it easy to follow, and it is helping me to understand how to use Oracle.
Reference from one client to a prospective client:As Coordinator of Human Resources Development, I oversee training and development for all of our employees (approximately 1400 employees).
In May of this year, I hired Dan Hotka as an independent contractor to train 36 of our programmers on our campus. Dan worked with one of our IT managers and myself to customize a SQL Tuning and Troubleshooting program that would meet our specific training needs.
The resulting program exceeded our expectations, and our employees came out of the training with skills that they were able to immediately apply to their jobs.
From my perspective, one of Dan's greatest strengths as a trainer is that he has real world experience using the software. He's not just a trainer who has learned the software and teaches a class. When I contract with a trainer, I expect him to be able to answer specific questions that our employees have about the work they are doing. Dan was able to take on that consulting role and apply the software to the work we are doing here.
We have recently approved our development plans for FY04, and I am certain that we will be working with Dan to develop training programs again this year. I would most definitely recommend Dan Hotka to our best clients because of the real world experience he brings to the classroom and his willingness to meet our specific training needs.
(name and company withheld by request) Coordinator Human Resources Development not-for-profit organization Iowa City, IA
Oracle Advanced SQL Tuning Tips and Techniques Workshop Attendees say :
Oracle Tuning & Troubleshooting Workshop Attendees say (Spring 2003):
Trade Show Attendees say (RMOUG 2005, RMOUG 2004, IOUG-A 2003, ODTUG 2003, IOUG-A 2002, ODTUG 2002, Apps World 2002):
Sales Managers say (Sales Manager, Quest Software, UK Office):
User Group Administrators say (the gentleman wishes to remain anonymous):