The person who had the hotel room before me set the alarm for 04:00. 🙁
We got to the event in plenty of time and it looked like a mini-OpenWorld. 🙂 I chatted with a few people, then I had to go and setup for the keynote…
The conference started in the normal way, with an introduction to the event and an introduction to the Oracle ACE Program by Pablo. By the time that was finished we were running about 20+ minutes behind schedule.
Doing a keynote about SQL and PL/SQL can be quite nerve-wracking. You start to wonder how many people in the audience use other technologies, or how many are students that don’t have the prerequisite knowledge. I would rather do a more general session as a keynote, but this represents a different challenge.
Originally my slot for the keynote was 40 minutes, but based the mixed audience, I dropped out a few of the demos and a couple of the more complicated slides, which allowed me to claw back a few minutes. I finished in 27 minutes, so we were 13 minutes closer to being back on schedule. 🙂
I think the session went well. I managed to get a few laughs and I got some questions and nice comments at the end, which was good. 🙂
From there I went to see Debra‘s session on “Upgrade or Migration to Oracle Cloud Fusion Applications. Debra had a mixed audience, so she altered her session to fit. Essentially she set the scene for what cloud apps are and why they are interesting for businesses.
The next session I went to was Alex Zaballa presenting “The Best Oracle Database 12c Tuning Features for Developers and DBAs”. This was a tour of the 12c new features (mostly) related to tuning. Alex also included a quick demo of SQLcl, which should make Jeff Smith and Kris Rice happy. 🙂
After a short break it was time for Tim Gorman to present “RDBMS Forensics: Troubleshooting Using ASH”. He presented two case studies, both reporting the same errors, but being caused by different things. He talked through the process he followed to identify the root cause, in both cases using ASH to find the smoking gun. Tim has got a really good presenting style, which is really easy to watch.
There was a speakers lunch, then it was back to the sessions, with Tim Gorman speaking about “Three Types Of Table Compression”. He started with a basic explanation of compression algorithms, then moved on to talk about a variety of Oracle functionality, including table compression. Once he covered the theory, he moved on to discuss a case study involving compression.
The only English speaker for the next session was Alex, and I had already seen his presentation in Costa Rica, so I took a session of down time. 🙂
From there is was my last session of the day, which was me talking about Oracle databases in the cloud. It was a fun session, and a nice one to close the day with. Not too heavy.
After the conference presentations were done, we all got together for the wrap-up session. We got to have a quick chat with people, say goodbye and get some photos with people.
After the event was over we went straight out for dinner. I think a lot of us were super tired, but it was great food with great company and a really nice end to a really enjoyable day. Thanks to Rene and everyone from ORAMEX for inviting me, asking me to do the keynote and making everything run so smoothly. It was a fun day!