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Oracle Open World 2016 is almost here…where did the summer go??
With this upon us, there is something you attendees need and that’s to know about what awesome sessions are at Oracle Open World from the Delphix team! I gave my options up as is the tragedy of switching companies in late spring from Oracle, but you can catch some great content on how to reach the new level in data management with Tim Gorman, (my phenomenal hubby, duh!) and Brian Bent from Delphix:
After absorbing all this great content on Sunday, you can come over to Oak Table World at the Children’s Creativity Museum on Monday and Tuesday to see the Oak Table members present their latest technical findings to the world. The schedule and directions to the event are all available in the link above.
If you’re looking for where the cool kids will be on Thursday, check out the Delphix Sync event! There’s still time to register if you want to join us and talk about how cool data virtualization is.
If you’re a social butterfly and want to get more involved with the community, check out some of the great activities that, and I do mean THAT Jeff Smith and the SQL Developer team have been planning for Oracle Open World, like the Open World Bridge Run.
So I’m about to depart for one day in San Antonio, Tx. to present at the International Performance and Capacity Conference, but I wanted to try to get another blog post out, this time regarding my survival at the 2015 Oracle Open World.
I’m not sure if it just that the schedule was a month later than usual or that it was just more demanding this year, but I left on Friday, feeling utterly exhausted and judging by the tweets and posts from others on social media, I don’t think I was the only one! I always regret what I didn’t get to do or those I didn’t get to meet, but this year, there were even events that I was supposed to attend that I wasn’t able to! There were just too many demands on my time- I’d get up at 5-6am each morning and collapse in bed at 11pm to midnight each night thinking about what I still had to get done!
Some of my favorite times were at the demo booths. I really enjoyed talking to everyone and getting the chance to introduce the attendees to Enterprise Manager 13c was a joy. The great new interface and features were impossible not to get excited about!
I’ve always tried to get everything prepared before I leave for the event and outside of anyone’s control, my poor co-presenter for Oak Table World, Stewart Bryson, had to go in for emergency surgery on his knee. Rather than do my well-known AWR Warehouse presentation sans the great OBIEE tier from Stewart, I chose to build out something new. My mistake- I chose to decide on the topic after drinking out with Alex Gorbachev on Friday evening. I really should know better than this, but instead attempted to build a Raspberry Pi project with missing hardware until I finally had to admit to Alex that I’d coded my way into a hardware corner without the time or resources to get out of. Needless to say, I found myself without slides or a technical topic on Sunday for my presentation Tuesday morning.
I ended up having to skip the bridge run, (in my arthritis case, walk) and got down to building out a new project after seeing the stuffed bears in the Oracle retail store. I knew I wanted to inspire the attendees to get involved with the younger generation, but what could I quickly build out without too much demands on my time that would do that? After purchasing one of the bears, I went over to Central Computers and added a PiCamera to my already purchased Raspberry Pi investment.
Thanks to some jumper wires from Mark Vilrokx and, a few misc. buttons, safety pins and such from stores downtown, I was ready to start operating on the bear. The amount of odd comments as I sat in the OTN area, cutting open the bear and pulling the stuffing out to insert the Raspberry Pi was pretty humorous. I had to warn my husband as he went into our room much later in the day, that no, I was not building a bomb and to hide the hardware from the poor maids before they freaked out upon cleaning our room!
The end product was pretty cool though- The RPI_OracleBear is a picture taking, tweeting stuffed bear when you pushed the button on his paw! You can check him out on Twitter, as he was a guest to a couple of the parties and locations throughout the conference week. The session at OTW went well and I was very happy with the response, especially considering I’d just put it together the last 48 hours between booth duty and other demands. The worst part was that in the middle of coding the python piece for the project, I lost track of time and missed the Enterprise Manager SIG meeting on Monday evening! This is where hyper-focusing is more of a liability than a gift.
I was able to make all my other commitments throughout the week, including publisher meetings representing my group, meeting with many customers and getting the word out about Oracle Management Cloud and even demoing Enterprise Manager 13c! I really noticed just how busy I was when I’d finished having a lunch debriefing with Oracle Education Foundation on Thursday afternoon and the realization hit me that I didn’t have anything to do for the next three hours. I’d been running non-stop for so many days that I just didn’t know how to handle any downtime, but ended up going back to my room to mail out RPI Oracle Bear, (no one wants to know what would have happened if I’d tried to take him through TSA scanners…) and packed my bags to gladly go home the next morning. All and all, it was a great year, but looking forward to the event next year to be a bit earlier than the end of October! 🙂
Things we learned this year:
Last but not least- Kudos to Oracle not just for putting on a great conference, but of all things, the backpack attendee gift this year. I know it sounds strange, but I give away these bags or turn them down. This year, I talked my husband out of his in less than a day and will be using it on my trips for quite some time. Its compact, attractive and stays on my small shoulders. I expect conferences to cater to the majority of attendees and let’s be honest, it’s men, but this bag is something that both men and women found very functional and appealing. Great job on a small but cool detail for the attendees.
So I’ll be heading out for Oracle Open World 2015 in just over another week. This is the first year in a while that I won’t be speaking, (my own fault, as dummy here hasn’t figured out how to submit sessions internally yet, duh!) but I’m still going to support the demo grounds, meet with customers and speak at Oak Table World!
Per Steve Karam, if you need to know who’s speaking and why you should attend the sessions at the Children’s Museum, well here’s a few:
Jonathan Lewis – Yes. That Jonathan Lewis. Also an alien of extraordinary ability.Tanel Poder – Doer of things you didn’t know SQL could do and the snappiest snappermakerAlex Gorbachev – Jack of all trades, master of…well, all of them really.Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman – Cloud Control control, techno wiz, and data lacquererTim Gorman – Kellyn’s hype man. And world renowned Oracle expert.Kevin Closson – Refusing to party like it’s 1999 since 1999Gwen Shapira – A fifty petabyte machine learning datastore in human formCary Milsap – His advice has probably saved your database and careerOak Table World – The best Oracle speakers outside of OpenWorld. Literally, not figuratively.
Now if that doesn’t sum it up, well, let’s be honest, there are over 60 members and more speaking that listed here, so if you have time, it’s the best “unconference”, EVER.
With that said, we’ll get back to why everyone is there in the first place and it’s because of my awesome employer, Oracle!
I’m busy preparing my new sessions for post Oracle Open World, which I have three conferences in November, (San Antonio, Chicago and Germany) and ensuring customers I’m in charge of for OOW preparation are ready to go when the stage lights go up! It’s a fun kind of crazy chaos and the kind I commonly thrive under, so we’re all good!
With that said, there are a few events I’m looking forward to-
Sunday, Oct. 25th, 8:30am- Bridge Run with Crazy Oracle Peeps
Yeah, me and my arthritis will be walking that bridge, but it’s still a great event and I’ll be going. I’m not doing the bay swim or the bike event. Enough is enough, you crazy, exercise nuts! 🙂
I have wonderful peers at Oracle and Akshai Duggal is one of them! She’s going to be explaining how our SCP teams build out the REALLY massive Enterprise Manager environments, ensuring uptime, clear and concise monitoring, along with understanding pesky things like metrics and templates. Check out her session with real use cases, how can you beat that?
Monday, Oct. 26th, 5pm- in the RAC Attack Area- Enterprise Manager SIG from IOUG and Oracle.
Come meet up with all the top EM specialists in the world as we discuss the best topics surrounding Enterprise Manager and enjoy the hospitality of the OTN lounge area!
Monday, Oct. 26th, 6pm, the ODTUG Reception, (another invite only event…)
Another event I look forward to every year and even though I’m over booked this year, I’ll make sure to stop in for this, too!
Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 10-10:50am- Oak Table World- Stewart Bryson and I are going to talk about OBIEE and AWR Warehouse. Children’s Museum
We just wanted to play around a bit and see how much trending and analysis we could do with the product and had a great time building this out. Come check it out and then head on over for….
The big boss is talking, no not Larry, but my boss, Prakash Ramamurthy! He’s going to be discussing the coolest of the cool in new stuff that I’m totally obsessed with right now and if you miss out on this session, you’re going to be missing out on the best!
Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 12:15pm, Oak Table Ted Talk! Secret Topic! Children’s Museum
I can’t tell you what I’m going to talk about, but I’m going to tell you what I can’t tell you now. Yeah, I really just said that… 🙂
Courtney Llamas and a slew of great folks will be on stage talking how to become an EM Champion!
Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 4:15pm- Hybrid Cloud—Pivot to the Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control [CON9712] Moscone South 300
I really enjoy working with Steve Steltling in our SCP team and he’ll be presenting with Phillip Brown on Hybrid Cloud!
Wednesday, Oct. 28th- Bloggers Meetup from Pythian…..I’m waiting….still waiting….no invite yet….Where is it?
This is an event that I always enjoy and wait for the invite from Pythian each year, but nothing yet and will be pestering Alex Gorbachev until it shows up… 🙂
Wednesday Oct. 28th, evening- NOT GOING TO TREASURE ISLAND
Yeah, you heard that right. Every year, even when I did get a wrist band, I gave it to someone deserving and then Tim and I enjoy the quiet city for a dinner out in ANY restaurant we like… 🙂 We just aren’t much into concerts and love the opportunity to allow someone else to go that may not have by giving them Tim’s band, (now that I’m with Oracle, I no longer get one…)
Werner DeGruyter, our EM Yoda and Shailesh Dwivedi are going to talk about a great topic. I love mining Oracle EM data, so if that’s something you are impressed with, don’t miss out on this session!
If you want to see all the best of the Enterprise Manager sessions, here’s the Oracle Open World Schedule specific to EM!
Friday is the flight home, pick up my dog, DaVinci from the pet hotel and find out if my youngest son, Josh, still knows who I am!