Archive for November 12th, 2004
I promised an update on the South African and UK Oracle User Group annual conferences, and Friday afternoon would seem like a good time to do this.
This conference took place in Sun City which is an impressive, but to western european eyes somewhat odd venue. It is a 5 star venue – but driving through dirt poor neighbourhoods with people reduced to selling fruit at intersections to get there is somewhat disconcerting to say the least.
Overall the content was disappointing. Probably the major example of this for me was the awarding of Most Innovative presentation to a product demo.
One thing that did stand out was that Open Source in general and Linux in particular has a real opportunity in this market.
It felt a little odd to be in Birmingham without all the Christmas decorations up, but the content was probably better than ever for someone with a technical bent.
Highlights for me included Julian Dyke on Logical IOs, Wolfgang Brietling on tuning by setting stats with DBMS_STATS and Rachel Carmichael on How not to be a DBA.
Another theme was the number of presentations on how things can go wrong. Connor McDonald spoke humourously on bad application design and Jeremiah Wilton spoke on real disasters.
Finally for the guys from Denmark and Iceland, I have just one word.