About JR, Sue-Ellen and Hotsos 2007

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I will be attending HOTSOS 2007 next week; and to be honest, I am not really into it yet. Despite, I guess and hope the great presentations, keynotes and insights that will be given during the week; working hours were harsh and long last month. Trying to uphold (most of the time, self appointed) goals and targets for customers and internal projects, I over did it (a little bit). So while writing this down, I am trying to cool down so it will bring me into the proper (nerd) spirit, where events like the HOTSOS event next week, will give me nice, exhausting, interesting, inspired, insightful days; Long, long, long days, full of great information and discussion.

This is the second time; I will cross the ocean, so it is not all newbie stuff anymore. My colleague Gerwin will also be attending the HOTSOS event. Gerwin, currently still struck by the flu, is just like me, completely into these kinds of events and there will be a lot of discussion with him and others: why, why not, or maybe, it is completely useless/useful to choose for a certain kind of performance solution or architecture. Knowing Gerwin, he would not miss it, so I will drag him into the plane if I have to.

:-)

The big advantage of attending, for us Europeans, lately, is that you can attend to such an event for an amount of money far less than, let’s say, an Oracle training week in the Netherlands (not that I currently would, by the way).

My last encounter with presenters / presentations, on Oracle Open World 2006, was disappointing. I had hoped that the general level of presenting had been higher. Only a small group of people during OOW2K6 like Jonathan Lewis, Tom Kyte or Cary Millsap, where worth going to and upheld there abstract promises. I learned a lot from them (thanks again) during OOW2K6. OK, I was not only attending OOW2K6, for the presentations, but also for meeting people like Mark Drake or Ken Jacobs and for strategic information, given during keynotes.

This disappointment will not occur at HOTSOS 2007. If you read the speaker list, you know you will hear great presentations and insights. You will be tired and broken at the end of the day, but it will be with a smile.

I am still not sure if you have to choose for track A or B (HOTSOS 2007 Speaker Schedule) or if you can change session in between tracks, but nether less the choice will be hard to make which session to pick.

I will present on the AMIS Academy on the 15th of March. I had no time yet to prepare my presentation, so after the HOTSOS presentations; I will have to do some work in my hotel room, fiddling around with PowerPoint. Opposing to Oracle Open World, I scheduled this time some off-time to see something of downtown Dallas. During Oracle Open World, I did only see the streets that connected me from one OOW event to the other OOW event. At night I was too shattered to still lift some of my feet.

The regarding the days to come, I will write about what happened in Dallas during the HOTSOS event. I will do my best to accompany it with some nice pictures.

Hopefully seeing you there,

Marco ;-)

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Marco Gralike, working for AMIS Services BV as a Principal Oracle Database Consultant in the Netherlands, has experience as a DBA since 1994 (Oracle 6). Marco is also eager and skillful in other fields, like Operating System Administration and Application Servers, mainly to find working, performing solutions. Marco has been specializing in Oracle XMLDB, since 2003, focusing on his old love, database administration and performance. He is an Oracle XMLDB enthusiast ever since. He is also a dedicated contributor of the Oracle User Group community, helping people with their steep XMLDB learning curve. To this purpose, Marco also devoted his personal blog site to XMLDB and other Oracle issues. Marco is a member of the OakTable network and an Oracle ACE Director (specialization Oracle XMLDB).

5 Comments

  1. Marco Gralike on

    I wanted to mention your “struggle” regarding your presentation, but i havent followed your “spirit traveling” :-) for a small time now because of to much work (read some of your archive blog writings today to see if you were up to speed). To make things worse for you, you are on my list (even if I didn’t post it yet, again lack of time). I would have chosen track A (if i had to choose), and imporsanated some-else to sneek into your session ;-) Who knows, we will meat in the “B” section of the Hotel on Sunday ;-)

  2. Doug Burns on

    Sorry for the garbled nonsense (and I mean the formatting, not the content). It didn’t look that way when I was submitting it :-(

  3. Doug Burns on

    Marco,
    A long comment, but there are several things to reply to.
    >> to be honest, I am not really into it yet
    Same here, but for this reason …
    >> Gerwin, currently still struck by the flu,
    I am sure we will all be in to the swing of it by Sunday ;-)
    >> Long, long, long days, full of great information and discussion.
    Is that *all* they’re going to be full of??!? Oh, dear me …
    >> My last encounter with presenters / presentations, on Oracle Open World 2006, was disappointing. I had hoped that the general level of presenting had been higher. Only a small group of people during OOW2K6 like Jonathan Lewis, Tom Kyte or Cary Millsap, where worth going to and upheld there abstract promises.
    Great :-( I am currently wondering whether I’m even *near* meeting my abstract promises! Serves me right for aiming too high once again ;-)
    >> I am still not sure if you have to choose for track A or B (HOTSOS 2007 Speaker Schedule) or if you can change session in between tracks, but nether less the choice will be hard to make which session to pick.
    To actually answer something in the end, you can attend whichever stream you want at any time. Fingers crossed it will be good. I’m sure, like you, that it will be.
    In any case, I can pass on verbal thanks for the Housemate of the Month earlier this year.
     
    Cheers, Doug