HrOUG – The Croatian Conference

Arriving on Tuesday afternoon, directly from the Slovenia Conference and it’s straight into the 3rd Autumn conference! Conveniently, Slovenia and Croatia are timed together and are held within a little over 1 hours drive (plus a 15 minute boat ride!) apart. Well done on that one guys!IMG_1892

A quiet beer as many speakers and delegates wait at the docks for the boat to arrive, and I seem to be timing these sunsets well!IMG_1795

Wednesday was a day off, so Tuesday night allowed me to let my hair down a little and have a drink until late into the night. Wedneday, and the organizer, Davor, had arranged for all of the Oracle ACEs and Oakies to go on a tour of nearby Pula followed by some Go Karting. Great fun! I knew nothing of Pula so I was rather surprised to discover a huge Amphitheatre there!

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The talks, on Thursday and Friday, were a repeat of the talks in Slovenia about Histograms and Plan Stability.  A great conference in a truely excellent location – having the conference on an island gives it the same magic as the OUGN conference: you can’t just wander off, we are all there together and that really adds to the conference.

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Rovinj with Andrew!

As a added bonus, one of my friends happened to be in the nearby town of Rovinj on the Friiday afternoon, which meant a serendipidous meet-up for lunch.

Overall a wonderful pair of conferences which felt as much a holiday as work, although I think I need a holiday to recover from them.

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 Tech17 Call For Papers!

The UK OracleUser Group has opened its Call For Papers for our flagship conference.

tech17We are looking for presenters across all Oracle technologies – and non-Oracle Open Source tech too! Showcase your skills in front of a thousand technologists of all skill levels and experience.

Do you have a story? Yes, you do. Submit an abstract here! You don’t need to be explaining the deep dark internals of an obscure part of Oracle nobody else has ever seen. Just tell us what you are doing. That’s cool, and that’s what we care about (although if you do have a talks about deep dark internals, we’ll have that too)

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Image originally tweeted by @fictionaIs

But I’m not Original?

That’s not how delegates see it. That’s not how I see it and that’s how the selection committees see it.

You can be so the (wo)man, and own the conference! Two cakes? Yes please!

We have over 250 speaker slots available over the course of 3.5 days. We want new speakers, we want old speakers (which is lucky), we want everyone!

Whether you speak or not, the combination of awesome agenda a social interaction makes it the best all-round Oracle conference in the world. See you there!

Oracle Conferences

So the conference season is all over for another year. I have had a bumper crop of conferences and have been a very lucky man to attend and present and learn.

 

OUGN – The Boat – a 2 day conference on a ship. We’re all in it together, and nobody can sneak off after the last talk and avoid the party as we are all in the middle of the sea. So much fun, and the less said of me finding myself in a corridor at 1.30am, wearing only a sm… [redacted on public decency grounds]

 

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POUG – Pint with Oracle User Group Poland in Warsaw lived up to its name. So many good parts to it; tables of beer, way too much vodka, great organization but the engagement of the audience was the highlight for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BGOUG-Great location, group shot

BGOUG – Bulgaria’s twice yearly conference. This one was in Pravets, an hours drive from Sofia. I cannot sing the praises of this conference highly enough. Beautiful location. Kind-of like being at a family wedding with added learning and less fights 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DOAG – Flew straight from Sofia to Nuremberg to the biggest Oracle conference in Europe. Extremely good conference on the outskirts of a lovely city. So much to opportunity to learn, it was amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

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UKOUG – Obviously the very best conference in Europe, but I am biased as  I help to organize this conference. This year I took a larger role leading the team pulling together the Database agenda, which was about 1/3 of the total content of Tech16. Lots of hard work, but it payed off with a bumper crop of speakers from Oracle, over 60 ACEs, a list of excellent topics and only a couple of room allocation problems where we got a bigger audience than we expected (but fortunately none in my streams)

 

As well as helping Organize UKOUG Tech16, I also run several 1-day community events each year as the Chairman of the UKOUG Special Interest Group (SIG) for RAC, Cloud, Infrastructure and Availability.

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UKOUG Communities Meet

At the UKOUG we have a “communities” evening, with beer, wine and nibbles for a couple of hours. I also bring a bottle of whisky for people to taste (I like whisky) and several other speakers and delegates also brought favoured bottles, including Belgian and German Whisky. The German stuff was great!

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UKOUG Ace Dinner

I’d like to thanks all of the organizers, speakers and delegates for making the UKOUG and all of the other conferences for letting me attend, speak, learn and have a wonderful time this year.

Finally, thank to Jennifer and the Oracle ACE Program for helping all of our communities, big and small, to hold these events and provide Prawn Toast and Thai Green Curry at the UKOUG ACE Dinner 😛

 

 

I hope see all you in Ireland in March!

 

DOAG Conference + Exhibition

Another quick post to let you know I will be presenting at the German Oracle User Group Conference [DOAG], which runs from 14th-18th of November 2016

This is a huge conference and exhibition over 4 days with many DOAG_2016tracks and a vast array of great speakers.

I hope to see you in Nuremberg! It will be good. Oh, yes. Es wird gut sein

 

DOAG Konferenz + Ausstellung 2016

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