Method R Workbench 9 supercharges Oracle performance-optimization

1st July 2020

DALLAS, 1st July 2020: Method R Corporation, the world’s thought leader in Oracle performance-optimization, today launches Method R Workbench 9. The new software includes powerful enhancements designed to make the end-to-end process of optimizing user experiences quicker and more intuitive than ever.

The software is available now for subscribers to download from Developers, database administrators and others who are interested in learning more, can also join a forthcoming launch webinar, hosted by Cintra, Method R’s exclusive worldwide reseller.

Enhancements throughout the performance-optimization process

Method R Workbench 9 includes improvements spanning the complete process of measuring application performance. Able to handle thousands of Oracle trace files at a time, the software includes a variety of tools to pinpoint, extract and analyze the relevant data.

Find the right performance data faster

Finding the right trace data is significantly faster, thanks to enhancements to the MRskew utility, which helps pinpoint the specific experience to be assessed. In Workbench 9, MRskew is more than 10 times quicker than in Workbench 8.

Likewise, the MRls utility, another tool to help identify which trace data files to analyze, is more than 10 times faster as well.

There’s also new data displayed in the Method R Workbench 9 file pane, including CPU time and row count, further accelerating the identification of which trace data files require further analysis.

Isolating the experience for analysis

Once Method R Workbench users have identified the files containing the trace data they require, the brand new MRcrop utility automates the process of isolating and extracting the specific experience data for analysis and optimization. MRcrop implements five different extraction algorithms, giving exceptional flexibility in isolating the data that the user is seeking to analyze.

Other enhancements

Since 2018, the Workbench application has printed English-language advisory text into its profile reports, to guide users through a high-level analysis of each report. Advisory text throughout Method R Workbench 9 has been updated to help users interpret their trace data even more quickly and effectively.

Workbench 9 also includes a new MRwhen utility, which provides a human-readable timestamp for any event that has been traced. This makes it easy, for example, to correlate trace data with performance data collected from other sources.

Making performance-optimization more accessible

Cary Millsap, Method R founder and Cintra vice president, said: “Method R Workbench 9 makes performance-optimization using Oracle trace data faster, more flexible and more accessible.

“For people who already use trace data to measure their application response times, the speed and increased flexibility of Workbench 9 will blow them away. And for those who don’t use trace data today, the new release opens a new door to this powerful way to measure and optimize their Oracle-based software.

“We’ve been using Workbench 9 to find individual user experiences recorded within thousands of trace files with ease. It’s an amazing amount of power to have over Oracle’s most detailed performance data. The new Workbench makes it easier for developers and DBAs to integrate tracing as a standard part of their software creation and management workflows.”


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