UKOUG – A Retrospective
December 9, 2007 1 Comment
This time last week I had just arrived in Birmingham ahead of my first attendance at the UKOUG. Apart from a quick note after Day 1, I gave up on daily summaries, so it’s about time I did a summary of my experience.
It was four days of presentations in the Oracle Server Technology stream, some days were better than others, some periods were a bit sparse and there were a few too many lulls for my liking, but at times there were some tough choices over which presentation to attend.
Socially, it was good to meet people who I only “knew” via their blogs and to run into a few people from previous years in an Oracle-centric consultancy.
Technically, in terms of theme, I went to a variety of presentations. I skipped some tempting presentations because I thought I knew the majority of the subject in favour of broadening my educations.
In terms of 11g, it was interesting but not surprising to hear that there were no/few sites running that version on production (my current client might go that way in March). In terms of 11g new features, I came to the conclusion that there was no killer app. But there were some cool additions – e.g. partitioning enchancements, result cache, sql replay, virtual columns – and I hope to investigate and blog on at least one particular aspect of those imminently.
11g aside, I picked up some interesting information on TimesTen, Oracle Spatial and Oracle Rules Manager (which I’ve fiddled with briefly before and which was referenced as a underpinning technology in some other features). And I attended a number of session with a Security focus – both security in general, auditing and hardening a database, and also focused on Database Vault features- in order to boost my knowledge in that regard.
From the conference, there were two major things that I took away. Firstly, it was the first time that I had attended presentations by Tom Kyte and Jonathan Lewis and I was so impressed by their ability to deliver technical material so effectively. Everyone else was good, certainly no-one I saw was bad, but in my opinion these two gurus were head and shoulders above the rest in terms of a complete presentation – both presentational ease and technical content. The second thing that I took away was just how much I knew already. There were no revelations.
Overall, I’m glad I went. I’m particularly glad that I went to a conference following a major version release. I would go again but not every year.