Maria Colgan is a master product manager at Oracle Corporation and has been with the company since version 7.3 was released in 1996. Maria is responsible for evangelizing the new database functionality and getting the feedback from customers and partners incorporated into future releases of the product. Prior to this role, she was the product manager for Oracle Database In-Memory and the query optimizer. Based on Maria’s extensive experience with the Oracle Database and SQL tuning, she creates material and lectures on the Oracle Database, the best practices for incorporating it into your environments. She is also a contributing author to the Oracle Optimizer blog http://blogs.oracle.com/optimizer and the Oracle Database Developer blog http://blogs.oracle.com/developer.