Looking forward to UKOUG Conference 2007

It’s hard to believe but having been into and around Oracle technologies for over ten years now, I’m only now planning to attend my first conference (even more surprising as my wife used to work for UKOUG years ago and would go away to organise said events. Not sure why I never went with her back then.)

I’m really looking forward to it. I wanted to go the Miracle DBF in Edinburgh 2007 but it came down to a tough choice between that and taking the family on holiday.

 Anyway, so all things going to plan, I will be attending the UK OUG Conference 2007 from Monday 3rd December to Thursday 6th December. I’ve joined the UKOUG, yearly membership which includes access not only to the conference but also to loads of special interest groups throughout the year.

Looking at the conference agenda, there are parallel presentation streams throughout the days – Server Technology, Oracle E-business Suite, Business & Strategy, Fusion, Design & Development Engineering, Application Server & Middleware, Business Intelligence, PeopleSoft, Stellent, Siebel, JD Edwards and Oracle Communications – blimey!

Most of the presentations I’m interested in seeing fall into the Server Technology category. Even so, there are some tough choices to be made over the four days. From the agenda some of the stand out sessions for me are:

Day One

  • 09:40 – 10:30 Technical Keynote by Tom Kyte.
  • 12:25 – 13:10 First decision to be made – “Playing Russian Roulette with Silver Bullets” by Jonathan Lewis or “Data Integrity constraints: concepts and trigger design” by Toon Koppelaars.
  • 13:30 – 14:15 “TimesTen: Anatomy of an In-Memory Database” by Chris Jenkins.
  • 15:20 – 16:05 Choose between Joel Goodman’s “Oracle 10g: RAC Tuning Tips”, Robyn Sands’ “An Industrial Engineer’s Approach to Oracle Management and Performance” and “Performance Tuning using SQL new features” with Riyaj Shamsudeen.
    16:40 – 17:25 Julian Dyke’s “Flashback Logging”.
  • 17:35 – 18:35 Tom Kyte’s “11g New Features for DBAs”.
  • 18:40 Drinks…

Day Two

  • 09:00 – 09:45 “Cost Based Optimizer Roundtable” facilitated by Jonathan Lewis.
  • 09:55 – 10:40 “Performance Metrics using Statspack and Analytical SQL” with Daniel Fink or
  • 10:20 – 11:05 “Harvesting the Advantages of a Database Centric Development Approach” with Toon Kooppelaars.
  • 11:15 – 12:15 “11g New Features for Developers”.
  • 13:30 – 14:!5 “Oracle Security Tools” with Pete Finnigan or “The Duplicity of Duplicate Rows” with Hugh Darwen, Alex Gorbachev and “RAC Connection Management” or “New .NET features for Oracle Database 11g” by Alex Keh.
  • 14:25 – 15:25 Jonathan Lewis and “Understanding Statspack”.
  • 15:40 – 16:25 “Following the Rules of Expectation – Oracle 10g’s Rules Manager and Expression Filter Uncovered” with Melanie Caffrey.
  • 16:50 – 17:35 “Query Transformations” by Joze Senegacnik.
  • 17:45 Community Focus Pubs…

Day Three

  • 09:00 – 10:00 Graham Wood and “DB Time Performance Method”.
  • 10:40 – 11:25 James Morle with “Every Performance Problem Is One Of Two Things” or “Why Tune SQL” by Daniel Fink or Luca Canali’s “A Closer Look Inside ASM” .
  • 12:30 – 13:15 Andrew Clarke and “Modelling on the cheap”.
  • 15:40 – 16:40 Joel Goodman and “Extending Security With Oracle Database Vault”.
  • 16:50 – 17:35 Either Pete Finnegan’s “Oracle Forensics” or Jeremy Schneider and “The Advanced Adminstrator’s Arsenal for Tracing, Troubleshooting and Tuning Oracle on Linux”.

Day Four

  • 09:00 – 09:45 Niall Litchfield and “Database Bad Practices”.
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Christo Kutrovsky with “The Answer to Free Memory, Swap, Oracle and Everything”.
  • 11:10 – 11:55 Doug Burns and “Oracle Server Deployment Standards”.
  • 13:10 – 15:15 A close call between Daniel Fink with his “A Multitier Approach to Performance Diagnosis”, Jonathan Lewis and “Optimisation through Understanding” and Steven Feuerstein’s “Practical Best Programming for PL/SQL Developers”.

It’s not an easy decision to go, taking time out from earning money to pay all those bills.
But it looks like a very interesting few days.
I feel knackered already.
Plus I have the attention span of a gnat… if indeed gnat’s have short attention spans.


4 Responses to Looking forward to UKOUG Conference 2007

  1. Doug Burns says:

    Brilliant. I look forward to meeting you 🙂

    You’ll have fun and definitely learn something. I think it’s good to get out of the office, focus on technical matters and then meet like-minded people too.

    Although I suspect that last line might be a euphemism for drinking 😉

    For future reference, you should consider presenting. It’s a way of cutting the costs a little otherwise I’m not sure I could justify it myself.

  2. dombrooks says:

    Cheers Doug, same here.

    All these people, legends even 😉 , whose names I am familiar with but who I’ve never seen or met. They say that Tom Kyte is ten feet tall and can fix a database with just a wave of his hand…. just kidding. Well, about the ten feet tall bit anyway.

    Euphemisms for drinking are good. Great even.

    I have a lot of respect for anyone who stands up in front and presents.

  3. Maria Colgan says:

    You should also consider checking out the session “Inside the Oracle Database 11g Optimizer” on 04/12/2007 15:55 – 16:40!

  4. dombrooks says:

    Maria – absolutely, this was just a first impression but thanks for drawing my attention to your presentation. On reviewing again your competition, I’d say there’s a very good chance of me seeing your presentation.

    Whilst I still have my difficulties with the 9 and 10 optimizer, and whilst I think it will be some time before I have (m)any clients on 11g, it will be good to be ahead of the game.

    Looking forward to it.

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