UKOUG Tech13

I attended the UKOUG Tech13 conference this week, along with over 1,000 other Oracle Technical Professionals (and some less-professional too), to learn what I could about how everyone else is doing stuff with Oracle, and how it works. And to share some experiences.

I wasn’t disappointed.

As with everything these days, there was a lot of activity on Twitter about the 4 day conference, and one of the sponsors, RittmanMead, had knocked up a rather wonderful tweet visualisation (click here to see how – magical):

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As you can see, there are some of the worlds best-known Oracle techies on the list of top speaker tweets, but I am as pleased as anything to have been in the top 10 most tweeted speakers at the end of the 1st day (although I suspect that’s because I knew where the pub was, rather than too much about my 1st presentation)

Get involved with the Oracle community, in whatever form. It leads to professional and personal development, real insights about what Oracle really does (rather than what the marketeers say), and some good friendships. And possibly liver disease judging by the amount of alcohol consumed by all. :-)

@chandlerdba

UKOUG Tech13 launch last night

UKOUG Tech13 agenda launch last night. Feeling energised today if a little delicate.

Looks like I’m giving 2 presentations this year.

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UKOUG Combined AIM and Database Server SIG Agenda

On 18th July, the UKOUG has a combined technical Oracle SIG in London.

I am (a) deputy chairman of the Availability, Infrastructure and Management (AIM) SIG, which concentrates on subjects like RAC, Exadata and Grid Control, and we are combining forces with the Database Server SIG to produce a 2-stream technical Super-SIG.

The Agenda is on-line here http://www.ukoug.org/events/aim-and-database-server-combined-sig and given the excellent and extensive list of well known speakers that we have managed to attract, I can’t imagine a single DBA in Northern Europe who won’t want to be at this one.

You can register now. If your company is a UKOUG Member or Partner, you can (probably) come along free! I hope to see you there, and in the pub afterwards.

UKOUG – Call for Papers

The UK Oracle User Group has put out it’s call for papers, and the deadline is rapidly approaching.

Have you registered as a speaker and sent in a abstract yet? NO? Don’t you know how great an opportunity it is for you. Discuss your ideas with your peers. Network. Instruct and inform. Help other avoid the pitfalls which dogged your project. All by telling everyone about it. We will love you for it at the user group. And you will love the feedback you get. Anyone can speak, everyone has a good story to tell.

You need to register by THIS FRIDAY, 1ST JUNE!!!

Go on. Try it. http://techandebs.ukoug.org/default.asp?p=9306 – you might surprise yourself.

UKOUG 2011

Well, I’m back at work today missing the excellent final day of the UKOUG 2011 (@UKOUG  #UKOUG2011), but frankly I’m worn out.

After watching some of the most fantastic presentations by the likes of Doug Burns, Jonathan Lewis, Greg Rahn, Tanel Poder and many others**, my brain is full. I couldn’t absorb another fact.

A similar crowd, too numerous to mention, then helped me destroy the information that I had just learned, through the medium of good British Real Ale and Whisky.

Technical blogs to follow, once my brain cools down and my liver recovers.

Neil.

**A special mention to Thomas Presslie for pouring shots of The Balvenie Scottish Single Malt Whisky into me to demonstrate DataGuard Fast Start Failover, at 10:30am. Transactional Whisky indeed. Not sensible but good fun and a novel way to represent a commit :-D – I’m on the left http://lockerz.com/s/162506859 (thanks for the Photo, Doug)

UKOUG Management & Infrastructure SIG – New Date

To blatantly steal this post from Martin Widlake, as I’m Deputy Chairman of the SIG, and I’m also presenting:

I ought to just mention that the UKOUG Management and Infrastructure SIG has moved from Tuesday September 20th to Tuesday September 27th (so two weeks from today). It had to be moved as we had a bit of a problem with the room booking. It will be in the usual venue of the Oracle City Office in London and is, of course, free to members of the UK Oracle User Group. {If you are not a member, you can come along for a fee – but if you are interested in coming along to see what a UKOUG Special Interest Group meeting is all about, send me a mail}.

So, if you fancy some free information about:

  • Getting the best out of your intel hardware (and BIOS in general) {Steve Shaw from Intel}
  • The latest on Oracle GRID and OEM {both presentations by customers not Oracle, one by Niall Litchfield and one by ‘Morrisons’,though Oracle supported us very well by finding one of the customers!)}
  • A presentation and discussion on Outsourcing by Piet de Visser
  •  A consideration of how deep into the technology real-world DBAs need to go to solve issues (Martin Widlake and myself)
  • An Oracle support update

Well, register for the event and I’ll see you in two weeks!

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