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RMOUG Training Days 2013 Submission for Abstracts are OPEN!

As many know, I’ve taken on the mantle of Training Days Director this year for RMOUG’s Training Days 2013.  I don’t have much time in the month of August, but wanted to remind everyone that the submission for abstracts is open and can be found on the main RMOUG website page.

We are also looking for volunteers for the 2013 event.  Anyone who is interested, please see the website for details and the volunteer page.

I’m very thrilled to say that I think this will be the best Training Days conference yet!  I’ve attended a number of conferences this last year and I can verify for anyone that RMOUG’s is the “best bang for the buck” both in cost and for the amount of quality content we offer!  The conference has pretty much extended to a full three days now, as OTN Developer Day has enhanced what was once just our University Sessions on the first day.  Training Days is now scheduled for Feb. 11th-13th for the 2013 year, moving us to a Monday-Wednesday line up before the President’s Day holiday weekend.

Registration will be opening in the next week and attendees can already look forward to some nice extras in the registration options.  Cary Millsap will offer you the opportunity to sign up for his “Mastering Trace Data” class on the 11th of February.  I’ve taken this class in both its extended and one day formats and can tell you it’s well worth the extra cost.  We will also offer our excellent University sessions and although I can’t spill much info yet, I’m thrilled with the line-up that is already forming and with the small cost of these sessions, they are worth the chance to get in on these limited seating opportunities!

The 11th is also the much anticipated OTN Developer Day from Oracle.  This year Kris Rice and the Oracle Experts have not only created a new line of workshops for folks to participate in, we are going to include more for the DBA by having a workshop by Maria Colgan.  She’s one of my favorites and anyone who’s attended one of her presentations should really look to this great workshop offering on the first day.

We are already seeing a number of great abstracts submittals.  We expect over 300 this year and will need to trim that down to around 175 presentations in the two days of RMOUG’s main training event.  We’ve re-organized the tracks to better suit the changes in the database and development arena, including Big Data, Hadoop and Exadata into more advanced database topics with the “Database Deep Dive” track, along with separating out “Database Tools” from “Application Development” to give them more defined areas to the Database Technologist.

Our MySQL SIG should bring us more presentations on this highly successful group.  Their Quarterly Education Workshop sessions are packed, so I expect a high turn out at Training Days, too.

I’ve been thrilled with the feedback, suggestions and comments I’ve received from those who have attended, presented or volunteered.  This information has been very valuable in letting us know what to keep, what to change and where we can improve this fantastic conference.

There are a number of web/social media events coming up in preparation for the Training Days conference.  Keep an eye out for these by following @RMOUG_ORG on Twitter, using the #RMOUG hashtag, liking us on Facebook and joining the Linkedin Group under Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group

If you have any questions or just curious about how this great conference comes together, please drop me a line at TrainingDaysDir@rmoug.org or at dbakevlar@gmail.com.

Thank you again to everyone that have been so supportive to the incredible Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days Conference!

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