IOUG helps start Oracle Open World with a Bang

Sunday was a great start to the conference. The International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) had a large number of technically focused presentations that were delivered by IOUG recognized leaders in different areas of technology. There were technical presentations ranging from Oracle Database 11g New Features (my presentation), RAC, ASM, Oracle Application Server, Security, Oracle Fusion Middleware, etc. all focusing on best practices.

The IOUG has always emphasized best practices. It was great to see the IOUG get recognized for leadership in the technology side of Oracle.

The agenda for the week is one of the best I’ve every seen at an Oracle conference. Some things that stand out to me at the conference include:
– Great layout of technical presentations focusing on Oracle Database 11g.
– Large emphasis on Oracle Fusion Middleware.
– Strong focus on Enterprise Web 2.0 technologies.
– Oracle Applications seem to be everywhere.
– Great evening events with Billy Joel, Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac.
– New Unconference activities.
– Open World Connect allows networking with other conference attendees. A great way to bring people together. This is a new level of networking at conferences which includes the opportunity to start your own blog.

Attendees had a choice of getting a flash drive with the conference technical presentations or getting a hard copy book. I liked being give that choice. I prefered the flashdrive. I’m slowly making a move off of hard copy materials and moving everything to a wiki or web sites. With Enterprise Web 2.0 growing in momentum we are all going to need to make the move to more electronic materials.

The energy of this conference is going to be the start of a lot of momentum that I believe you will see continued through out the year.

George J. Trujillo, Jr. – IOUG Board of Directors

Catching the Excitement of Oracle Open World

I was on a flight from San Juan Puerto Rico heading towards San Francisco for Oracle Open World (OOW). Someone sitting next to me seen I was in the Oracle documentation on my laptop. She asked if I was going to OOW and I said yes. She said that she was too. She and a number of members of her team were headed for OOW as well. Before long we were talking about how excited we all were to be heading to OOW.

The excitement of everyone going to OOW seems to be a constant for everyone I talked to in San Francisco. I’ve been to a lot of Oracle Open Worlds and I can’t remember when there was so much enthusiasm for customers, vendors as well as Oracle employees. On Saturday and Sunday all the meetings I had seemed to be full of smiles and a lot of enthusiasm and energy.

It’s a lot of fun to start a conference with so much energy and excitement.

George J. Trujillo, Jr. – IOUG Board of Directors