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Free Training (next Management and Infrastructure SIG) September 17, 2009

Posted by mwidlake in Meeting notes.
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The next Management and Infrastructure SIG is coming up, 1st October in Oracle City office in London. The agenda and details can be found here.

I think the line up is a good balance of technical and management, which is what the SIG is all about – but then I am biased :-)
Real Application Testing, ASH/AWR, how to hire staff, Grid control for complex sites and flexible e-business suite architecture are all covered, plus the chance to ask questions of our Oracle Support representative (Along the lines of “how do I best escalate SRs”, not “what does bug number 2324567.1 on linux not happen on hp-ux”).

As some of you know, I currently chair the SIG {for those who do not know, a SIG is a Special Interest Group of the UK Oracle User Group}. The event is free to those with UKOUG membership {excluding bronze I think} and anyone can come along for £80.

Numbers for SIGs have been hit by the recession over the last 12 months – people’s travel budgets being slashed, pressure on staff/managers of staff that everyone always “looks busy”, reduced access to things that can be seen as a perk.

However, it strikes me as odd that SIGs don’t become more popular when things are tight. After all, they are in effect free (or cheap) training and opportunities to make or maintain contacts with people you can share experiences with. There are also domain experts around who love to talk about their chosen topic, so potentially free consultancy too.

If you have any interest in the topics covered, I’d encourage you to come along for some of this free stuff :-) Likewise, keep an eye on the other UKOUG SIG events, there is usually very good stuff at all of them.

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