High Five POUG: Polish Oracle User Group Conference?

I’ve just returned from presenting at the 2nd annual POUG Conference, this time in Krakow, Poland (the first was in Warsaw). This is the Polish Pint with Oracle User Group conference and is exactly what a conference should be. Educational, Informative, Well-executed and Fun.  It was based in a lovely city, with a wonderful friendly people, good food and great beer!

The Speakers gift was very thoughtful - a personalised t-shirt which my wife has declared too good to wear!

As you might imagine, with a name like Pint with Oracle User Group, there is beer to be drank. But in this case it was as available as the tea and coffee – and completely free! Several hundreds of litres of it were consumed over the course of the 2 day conference, a tiny little bit of it by me. I suppose this is the side effect of having a conference in a micro-brewery. Talk about organization skills!

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Brewery and Conference Location!

There were around 30 speakers giving talks, many of them well-known Oracle ACEs of various hues but a couple of first-timers who were excellent too.  It also reminds me that you don’t need to be an expert to speak at conference. You don’t need to know the n-th level of detail like Jonathan Lewis. You just need a story to tell about something you did that was interesting! I assume we’re all doing something interesting in our jobs from time to time? If you are not, you might want to try to find a job with interesting things to do, then talk about them!

One unique thing was being walked onto stage to a thumping good tune (I picked Human, by Rag’n’Bone Man) by an anthropomorphisation of the POUG Logo – basically a IMG_1571young ‘Oracle’ dressed like Obi-Wan Kenobi. They were also there to help out the delegates and speakers with any queries or problems they may have. Usefully they were all current or recently completed students on their way to being a doctors, vetenarians or structural engineers. High quality help indeed!

Many thanks to Kamil, Luiza and everyone else at POUG for a wonderful conference to remember.

IMG_1536I was debuting a new conference talk about Histograms. The talk went well, I think, but there are a couple of tiny kinks to iron out for the next time I present it – in Slovenia and Croatia – next month. Best remove the POUG-specific slides too, right Adam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

oh, and the talk of the Conference was…Martin Widlake, with a gigantic beer!

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Martin Widlake giving a rather good talk about the parallels (and perils) of Beer and Development

 

 

UKOUG Tech 16

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It is the UKOUG Tech16 (and App16 & JDE 16) conference in a short few days.

As well as giving 2 presentations myself, the first about Disaster Recovery, Far Sync and Fast Start Failover and the second about “RAC for beginners”, I will also be arguing in the DBA v Dev round table at the end of Monday about what I would like to do with most Developers and the best way for me to achieve it without negative consequences.

Martin Widlake and I will be MC-ing the Optimizer round table, with a panel of experts consisting of Jonathan Lewis, Maria Colgan, Nigel Bayliss and Chris Antognini answering your questions (send questions in advance to Tech16@jlcomp.demon.co.uk ), talk to me on the day, or stick your hand in the air in the session.

If that panel doesn’t get you to persuade your management that you need to be at this conference, perhaps the rest of the speakers at the conference will.

We at the UKOUG work long and hard to persuade the best speaker in the world to turn up and talk to us. For Tech 16, I have managed to gather

  • Jonathan Lewis
  • Maria Colgan
  • Connor McDonald
  • Graham Wood
  • James Morle
  • Martin Bach
  • Pete Finigan
  • Chris Antognini
  • Kamil Stawiarski
  • Dom Giles
  • Lothar Flatz
  • Mike Dietrich
  • Uwe Hesse
  • Tim Hall
  • Ludo Caldara
  • Frits Hoogland
  • Martin Widlake
  • 60 ACEs! 60! In Tech alone….. so many awesome guys and girls to teach us stuff. My only sadness is that, in EVERY talk slot there is more than 2 talk that I want to see (yep – at least 3 per hour) and I can’t see them all 😦

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