Oracle ACE Directors Meeting…

Today was the Oracle ACE Directors meeting from 10:00-16:00.

Database:

As far as the database was concerned, I was hoping we would get a sneak preview of the much hailed “Big Announcement” planned for Larry Ellison’s keynote speech on Wednesday. Unfortunately all attempts to draw something out of Mark Townsend resulted in phrases like, “Wait until Wednesday!”

This is certainly increasing the intensity of speculation. I just hope it lives up to the hype. At least it’s hype about the database I suppose. :)

There wasn’t much on a technical level I’ve not already covered as part of my 11g OCP notes, but there were a few things that helped me understand the bigger picture of what Oracle 11g is trying to achieve. It just puts things into context a bit, rather than thinking of things as individual features.

Other snippets include:

  • The 11.1.0.7 patchset comes with a little something extra. The Graphical Explain Plan Monitor from Grid Control is now part of Enterprise Manager. Mark did a demo of this feature and it looks really neat.
  • The 11gR2 beta program is just about to start. I was kinda expecting an announcement about 11gR2 during the conference, but it seems this is a little way off yet.
  • There were a multitude of, “we may or may not be announcing this feature this week”, statements. I’m not sure what can be published, so I’ll just point you to Lewis Cunningham, who has already listed some of them. :)

Middleware and Apps

As far as the middleware and applications were concerned, I’ve come away feeling more confused than when I went in. The recent aquisitions mean there are a whole bunch of overlapping products and it is not always clear which you should pick. All products will eventually have a smooth transition to 11g Fusion Middleware, but that is some way off. Currently, it feels safer to keep your head in the sand and wait for 11g Fusion Middleware. That said, I think what they will end up with will be a killer app server… probably…

I’m feeling relatively in the swing of the SF timezone, which is a big improvement from last year. So it’s out to meet the bloggers later. A couple of years ago this was a small affair. It seems like this year half the conference will turn up. :)

Cheers

Tim…