UKOUG So Far December 1, 2009Posted by mwidlake in Meeting notes.
It is the start of the second day (actually, an hour in, have a small “one beer too many” issue to cope with so I missed the first session) and so far I’ve very much enjoyed the event.
I saw several good talks yesterday. highlights for me were; Graham Wood’s talk on ASH, Alex Gorbachev on ASM and Doug Burn’s talk on parallel processing. Doug’s talk fell foul of the curse of all talks, the carefully prepared and tested demo deciding not to play, but a few of us clustered around his laptop to see the final results after the event.
I really wanted to get to Randolf Geist’s talk but one of the “problems” with having been coming to the conference for so many years is meeting up with people you have not seen for ages, getting into a conversation and realising that the next set of sessions started 10 minutes ago.
Today my chairing duties start, with Luca Canli from CERN talking about compressing very large data sets, which is something that is highly pertinent to my current work.
Tomorrow I chair 4 sessions:
Larry Carpenter on DataGuard 11GR2. Larry is an old friend, he gave us some excellent support on Dataguard 5 or 6 years ago.
Piet de Visser on Good Indexing. Piet is up against Jonathan Lewis and James Moorle and he has joked to me that it could be just him and me in the room, but I doubt that. I don’t want to discourage anyone from going to see JAmes and Jonathan (both give cracking presentations) but heck, come and see Piet 🙂
I’m then chairing Christian Antogini, talking on parallel processing. I’ve never “Met” Christian, I’ve been in a couple of large discussions where he was also there, so I am looking forward to meeting him properly.
My final Chairing duty is right at the end of the last day, when only the die-hards and those who’s train ticket is pre-booked late in the day remain 🙂
I’ll be chairing Husnu Sensoy who is talking about backing up enormous database, which many of you will know is a topic close to my heart. That should be a fine rounding off of the conference.
My aim today is to get to a few more sessions and get through the evening without drinking that one beer too many.