OpenWorld 2008 Summary…

This is the 3rd OpenWorld I’ve attended and I think it was probably the most enjoyable for me so far.

The first year I was more than a little overwhelmed and intimidated by everything. The scale of the event is hard to imagine and being surrounded by people who are at the top of their game is quite daunting. I wouldn’t say I was suffering from hero worship, but I did get the odd “we are not worthy” moment.

The second year I had a bit of a “been there, done that” attitude and I don’t think I really appreciated it as much as I should have done.

This year I think I found my groove and relaxed into things. It’s really cool to reconnect with people from previous years and meet new people.

Massive thanks to Victoria Lira and Lillian Buziak who I bugged incessantly about my travel arrangements for this trip. You are both worth your weight in gold. Big thanks to Justin Kestelyn and the OTN crew for making sure everything ran smoothly.



PS. Doug, perhaps next year you will be 3rd on the list…

The Oracle DBA… A dying breed?

I’ve updated the site notes for my OpenWorld unconference session. If you fancy having a look, it’s on the Oracle Wiki.

It’s quite hard to summarize the conversation, but I think I got the gist of it down. Remember, the notes are trying to convey the opinions of the people present. I’m not saying this was a representative sample of people, but the opinions and attititudes was certainly quite interesting to me.



Update: The Oracle Wiki page was removed.