OTN APAC 2014 : Shanghai


It’s Sunday, so it must be Shanghai…

Shanghai BannerBecause of the early night, I managed to get about 8 hours sleep, which was probably the best night I’ve had since I started the tour.  The hotel room had a super-firm bed, which was great.

The Shanghai conference started with a session by 刘冰冰 covering most of the latest announcements from Oracle. It was in Chinese so I wasn’t able to follow properly, but I could get the gist of it from the pictures on the slides and the occasional English words (In-Memory) or acronyms (PDB, CDB) spoken in English. 🙂

My session came next. One of the guys translated my slides to Chinese, which you can download here, so I was presenting from those. Taking Giuseppe’s advice, I spent a few minutes putting some of the English text into the speaker notes. If I hadn’t done that I would have got lost a number of times. 🙂

The room was enormous, so people did what people do and spread out across it, which made it feel a bit like I was speaking to the chairs. I had to keep reminding myself to look around the room, rather than focussing on one spot. 🙂

After lunch it was Giuseppe Maxia speaking about MySQL replication. Followed by Maclean Liu , then Bjoern Rost speaking about RAC.

Bjoern didn’t have his slides translated, so he was doing some “slide polishing” right up to the last minute before his session started. I think he’s been spending too much time with Doug Burns.

Bjoern was followed by 沈宏 speaking about the In-Memory option and Joe Huang speaking about Mobile Application Framework (MAF).

Once the conference was over we went out to get some food, which was really good. I got to try a number of different things, including something which translates to “stinky tofu”. I won’t be having that again. 🙂 Then it was back to the hotel and bed.

Overall it’s been a really pleasant experience in Shanghai. Thanks to all the people here in the SHOUG for organising the event and inviting us.

Tomorrow it’s a late morning flight to Tokyo, so it should be quite a normal day from a time perspective.



PS. For those that like to follow my laundry habits, I’ve had some clothes washed using the hotel laundry service… 🙂

Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

6 thoughts on “OTN APAC 2014 : Shanghai”

  1. I often use hotel laundry in SE Asia, it seems like a good price and it is excellent quality. Slightly jealous of your trip on the Shanghai Maglev.

  2. I think it’s probably weird that my main take-away from this post is the idea that you have laundry groupies. Even so, I think that’s an order of magnitude less weird than the concept of laundry groupies.

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