Thursday, August 17, 2006

Oracle Open World 2006

So it's official. I'm heading to OOW2006 this October and looking forward to it. I've been before and if you are new, it's a bit overwhelming as you get this sea of people frocking from one session/building to another.

There are over 1300 sessions this year and with each session averaging one hour and a break of 15 minutes in between. The last time I was there, it took almost half an hour to get all the registered attendees into the more popular sessions so the 15 minute gap might not be enough. Some notable bloggers includes Tom Kyte, Jonathan Lewis, Andrew Clarke, Steven Chan, Steven Feuerstein, just to name a few.

One of the things that struck me was that Oracle sent out their Conference Builder link to registered attendees but I was not able to log in until a day later. An email to the support contact did not result in any response. I have finished my conference schedule and unfortunately I am missing Tom Kyte's session on "Database worst practices" as it conflict with another session that I need to attend as it pertains to the usage of Oracle technologies in my organization.

This year, the Conference social event is featuring Elton John and scheduled for Tuesday evening so that should be a blast. There's a welcome reception being hosted on Sunday evening and I would think that Oracle Canada is hosting a reception for their Canadian attendees on Monday evening although there is OTN and Oracle Develop that same evening so maybe the Canadian reception might be on Wednesday (last evening of the conference).

It's going to be a long week as I would like time to attend the vendor booths to see what they have to offer and also to pick up the usual assortment of swag (t-shirts, caps, mugs, etc.)

For those of attending, come early or stay later to enjoy the sights of San Francisco. I will be flying in Friday evening and then attending the X-treme sessions on Saturday and Sunday so will probably have minimum free time to take in the sights before heading home Thursday evening. I've been to San Francisco a number of times already so that's not a priority for me.