Are you going to Oracle OpenWorld 2014? I am, and I hope to see you there! As you probably know, OpenWorld is a humongous event with tens of thousands of people in attendance and some amazing presentations. Why, I even hear Oracle’s new CTO might be there. I wonder if he has anything to talk about?
This year we’ll have a ton of activity at the Delphix booth. You can check out the speaking schedule, location, and more on Delphix’s website. At the very least you’ll want to register to win a sweet custom carbon fiber bike. I’ll be speaking on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the booth so please come on by and say hello.
I’ll also be hanging out quite a bit at OakTable World with data technology luminaries Kyle Hailey, Tim Gorman, Ben Prusinski, Adam Bowen, and other Delphix folks to take part and prepare for a very special set of events: the Attacks!
Delphix, DBVisit, and Solarwinds will be teaming up to present #CloneAttack, #RepAttack, and #MonitorAttack respectively, three events aimed at giving you real-world usage of some outstanding products for the Oracle world. Delphix specifically will be providing all participants with a 90-day developer trial of Delphix in all its glory so you can learn and experiment yourself with virtual data platforms. Be sure to check it out.
Lastly, I’m excited to announce that I will once again be appearing on #theCUBE this year. John Furrier and Dave Vellante are incredible hosts who really dig deep into the meat of the new tech and offerings in the IT world, and I’m honored to have been a part of their show last year and to be on again this year. That will be on Monday at 1PM PDT, so tune in if you can.
This promises to be an outstanding OpenWorld. I look forward to seeing you there!
Day 2 of the ACE Director Briefing followed a similar format to day 1. Lots of things we are not allowed to talk about and a few things we can.
Of the things we can talk about:
Of the things we can’t talk about:
Overall I thought this was a really great briefing. There was a lot of stuff on the agenda that didn’t relate to my core skill set, but I still got drawn in. It’s good to be aware of what’s happening around you, even if you will never get chance to get on top of it. Big thanks to the Oracle ACE Program and OTN for getting this organised for us!
After a bit of socialising, it was on to the coach to drive from Redwood Shores to San Francisco. We are now all in the Hilton and waiting for OOW to start tomorrow.
This morning I did my first proper gym visit of the trip. I hit the weights and did some stretching. I’ve just got to avoid food for the next 6 months and I’ll be buff!
Here’s a quick rundown of places I plan to be during the week.
|Sunday 9/28/14 3:30||Expert Oracle Exadata: Then and Now [UGF6626]||I’ll be participating in the Exadata Then and Now Panel with Tanel Poder, Andy Colvin, Martin Bach, Karl Arao, Frits Hoogland and anyone else we can drag in. The idea is to get book authors from “Apress Expert Oracle Exadata” version 1 and version 2 (due out by the end of the year) to discuss things that have changed since the book was first published in 2011.|
|Monday 9/29/14 11:30||Engineered Systems General Session[GEN8922]||This is an hour and half long session with a bunch of speakers (me and Keith Lippiatt from Accenture/Enkitec, Juan Loaiza, John Fowler, Ganesh Ramamurthy and Michael Workman from Oracle). This will be a more technical talk than you might expect for a keynote. And I’ve heard some of the speakers are dressing down, so I shouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb. :)|
|Tuesday 9/30/14 12:45||How to Hire World Class Oracle Dudes and Dudettes||This is a TED talk on how to find exceptional people and how to get them to join your company.|
|Wednesday 10/1/14 3:00||Hanging Out at Jillian’s||I’ll just be hanging out with some of the Enkitec guys.|
|Thursday 10/2/14 10:45||Oracle Database In-Memory In Action[CON6812]||This is a joint presentation with Tanel Poder on the new 184.108.40.206 In-Memory Option.|
Hope to see you in San Francisco.
Me : Great to get some time with you Kerry.
Kerry : I’m wearing a baseball cap.
Me : OK… Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen you without one.
Kerry : I never take it off.
Me : Really? Isn’t that a bit inconvenient?
Kerry : Not really. If the peak gets in the way I turn the cap around.
Me : OK… So what’s your favourite sport?
Kerry : Baseball, mostly because of the caps…
Me : I’m a bit pushed for time, can I get back to you to finish off this interview?
Kerry : Sure thing dude. I’ll send you an Enkitec cap…
Me : Nice to meet you Jonathan.
Jonathan : I find speaking English too inefficient, so I will be answering the questions using ASCII.
Me : Oh. OK. That’s going to be kind-of confusing, but let’s try. Where do you get information about Oracle from?
Jonathan : 68,101,102,105,110,105,116,101,108,121,32,110,111,116,32,121,111,117,114,32,119,101,98,115,105,116,101,32,121,111,117,32,105,100,105,111,116,33
Me : I’m not sure this is going to work out. Thanks for your time… I think…
Doug : Sorry I’m late. I was out drinking last night and I’ve got a bad case of “jet lag” this morning.
Me : So, tell me something about yourself that you think the readers would like to know.
Doug : Sorry, I’ve got to go. I need to do some slide polishing. Bye.
Me : Oh…
Me: What functionality will most people in the Oracle community associate you with?
Me: What is your favourite non-Oracle pastime?
Cary: I like to put see-through paper over a picture and draw around the outline.
Me: Isn’t that called tracing?
Cary: I guess!
Me: What is your favourite fictional character?
Cary: Dick Tracy.
Me: What was your favourite children’s TV show.
Me: At last. Something that doesn’t relate to tracing. What is it about Thunderbirds that you like?
Cary: I liked watching the adventures of the Tracy family.
Me: Oh. OK. Perhaps we should talk about your family. Tell me about your family.
Cary: I’ve got kids and wife called Mindy. My pet-name for her is Tracey.
Me: I think we are done here…
September 26, 2014 (Back to the Previous Post in the Series) As I was walking from the back of the facility where I work to my office just recently, I started repeatedly saying to myself as I approached the office door, “that huge computer was not here when I started calling my office a second home“. I […]