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Appearances and Meetings

Below are the user groups, conferences and any other public events that I will be at and whether I am presenting or not. If you see me, come over and say “hi”, it’s always better to chat face to face.
I don’t include London Oracle Beers as that just resulted in way too many entries!

Future Events

7th-9th December 2015
UKOUG Technology Conference 2015
ICC Birmingham
What (if any) papers I present are yet to be decided but I will be there for the whole event in my role as Lead for the Database Streams.

17th-20th November
DOAG 2015
Nuremberg
Do I, don’t I… Want to but so much to do.

25th-29th October
Oracle Open World 2015
Moscone Centre, San Francisco
I intend to return to Oracle World this year. I have submitted a few papers but competition is tight – we’ll see if I get lucky on the presentation front. However, as I am an Oracle ACE I should get an invite so I just need to pay for my tickets and a park bench.

13th October 2015
RAC & CIA SIG
Tenter House, London (near the Oracle City office)
This will be an afternoon/evening event, agenda yet to be announced (but we already have a couple of good talks lined up). As Deputy Chair, I’ll be there and will probably take part in a panel session, answering questions from the floor.

1st July 2015
DBMS and RAC & CIA SIG
Hilton Hotel, Reading, Berkshire
This is a joint SIG between the DBMS and RAC, Cloud, Infrastructure & Availability SIG. It is in effect a mini 2-stream conference.
I will be presenting on “An introduction to Indexing” on the DBMS stream and I am deputy chair for the RAC & CIA SIG so I will be helping out on that stream too.

11th-12th June 2015
Harmony 2015
Swissotel, Tallin, Estonia
I will be presenting my “How Oracle Works in Under and Hour” talk. I am on straight after the keynote by Graham Wood and it looks like it is just me on the agenda at that time.
Later on I’ll be presenting on “Boosting Select Performance by Clustering Data”. Sadly, I have to leave shortly after that and miss the rest of the event so that I can be back in London for the Agenda Planning Day for UKOUG Tech15.

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Past Events

30th April 2015
Club Oracle #4,
103a Oxford Street, London
Presenting an updated version of “5 ways to advance your career through IT Disasters”

19th March 2015
OUG Ireland 2015
Croke Park Stadium, Dublin
AT last I am getting to support this event, I am presenting an updated version of Learning From Disasters and then, due to another speaker having to pull out for health reasons, I’m doing my Oracle Lego talk which is an introduction to Database Design.

5th March 2015
Coventry Building Society
This is actually a company-specific event, I am repeating my “How Oracle Works in under 50 minutes” for some of their IT department.
{Update: This ended up being a large crowd, something like 60 people. Some excellent questions and, as we had time, I extended the session and elaborated some points. Really enjoyed it.}

4th March 2015
RAC CIA SIG
Tenter House, Moorgate, London
I deputy Chair this SIG so I will be present. We are trying something new this year and having some of the SIGs run from mid-afternoon into the evening, to make it easier for people to attend and not lose a whole day out of the office.
I will be part of a panel session on answering questions from the floor.
{Update – this worked very well}.

26th February 2015
Club Oracle #3
103a Oxford Street, London
Again, I am there simply to enjoy the event and learn.

7th-10th December 2014
The UKOUG TECH 2015 conference
ACC Liverpool
Four days of multiple streams. I am the Database stream Chair for this event so as well as presenting a couple of times I will be introducing the event first thing Monday in Martin Bach’s talk (each talk at that time will have a committee member welcoming everyone) and hosting Maria Colgan for the database tech keynote. I’ll be generally “around” of course, I hope to see you there.
Presenting on Monday at 10am HOw Oracle Works in 50 minutes, an introductory overview of what the oracle RDBMS actually does!
Presenting on Wednesday 10am on Boosting performance by Clustering Data

12 November 2014
Club Oracle London #2
I’ll be there to support this excellent, local User Group. Free, excellent talks, beer & pizza laid on, excellent.
Dom Giles, Jason Anthony and Jason Arneil presenting
I’ll be there as simply an interested member of the audience.

14th October 2014
RAC CIA SIG, Birmingham
(It was supposed to be at Oracle office in Blythe Valley Park but moved short notice to hotel)
Filling my role as deputy chair for the event including being part of an open panel session.

16th September 2014
Oracle Midlands #OM5
Speaking on Boosting performance by clustering data.
This got recorded and put up on YouTube!

16th July 2014
Combined RAC CIA and RDBMS SIG, 110 Rochester Row, London
Presenting on “The first few things you need to know about Exadata”. This will be the last outing for this talk. The tech is moving on and my experience is NOT, so I cannot continue to speak with any authority.

14th July 2014
Oracle Midlands #OM4
I will be doing a lightning talk on “Breaking Exadata” (just follow the advice of oracle sales idiots and not their brilliant pre-sales tech people) and you can see some details in my own blog post advertising it.

3rd July 2014
Club Oracle London #1
Workers Educational Centre, 96-100 Clifton Street.
Inaugural meeting of this local user group backed by Jonathan Lewis and e-DBA, I’ll be there supporting this new initiative but not talking (OK, when do I ever shut up totally).

2nd April 2014
Last AIM sig (was RAC SIG)
Thames Valley Park
I’m hosting the Q&A session but more importantly, I’ve badgered my old mate Dave Webster from Betfair to talk again, in with a strong line-up – Joel Goodman, Chris Lawless, Jason Arneil, Richard Bingham.

25th March 2014
Oracle Midlands #OM2
Attending just to learn and support this regional user group. Graham Wood is there!

1st-4th December 2013
The 2013 UKOUG Technical Conference
Manchester Central Convention Complex
Sunday 1st, Joint presentation with Neil Chandler on “10046 Trace – Powerful or Pointless in the Real World”
I’ll be around from Super Sunday for the whole conference, chairing some sessions but mostly just enjoying the event.

22nd October 2013
UKOUG AIM SIG
Oracle office, Blythe Valley Park, Birmingham.
Deputy chair and will be on the Q&A panel

8th October 2013
UKOUG DBMS SIG
Thames Valley Park, Reading
Presenting on SQL Tuning Sets & Baselines to provide performance stability during 10g-11g migrations

18th July 2013
London?
Combined UKOUG AIM & DBMS SIG
I’ll be presenting A Technical Introduction to Exadata

23rd April 2013
UKOUG AIM SIG
Just attending, as Deputy Chair.

17th-19th April 2013
Norwegian User Group conference
Oslo, Norway and Colour Line Ferry to Kiel
Wednesday I will be presenting on Hiding data with Row Level Security, Thursday is IT Disasters and Friday An Introduction to SQL Tuning

11th-13th February 2013
Rocky Mountain User Group Training Days
Colorado convention center, Colorado US.
A rare trip for me to the US now that I pay my own way. As well as being an ideal opportunity to meet some US people I only currently know online I’ll be presenting on The first 5 things to know about Exadata.

2nd-5th December 2012
The 2012 UKOUG Oracle Conference
International Conference Center, Birmingham
Here we go again, four days of great talks, meeting friends, beers, chatting, presenting, meeting new people and, Oh, Oracle stuff.
For once I am keeping the presenting duties down, just doing the Oaktable Sunday and presenting on Guiding Principles for Gathering Statistics (or not).

15th-16th October 2012
Slovenia User Group
This will be my first trip to Slovenia, meeting up with Joze Senegacnik and others.
Presenting on First 5 things to know about Exadata, Principles of VLDBs {without Exadata} and a keynote on Learning from IT Disasters.

3rd July 2012
UKOUG AIM SIG
The Met, Leeds
I went to Leeds University and I have not been up there for a couple of years, so it will be good to make a return visit
Presenting on The First Few Things you need to know about Exadata

21st-24th March
Norwegian User Group conference
This user group meeting is on a boat, which was concerning to me as I get seasick easily, but they are having a day on-land first and I have the option of getting off the boat at Kiel if it is all too much.
This will be my first overseas conference since my two trips to OOW in the 2000’s
Presenting twice, on Index Organised Tables and Principles of VLDBs

{Sorry, I failed to update this for a while, will back-fill if only for my own records!}

14th March 2012
First AIM SIG – merger of the RAC and M&I SIGs
I’m just a punter at this one unless my chairing of the M&I SIG results in me taking some role in the new SIG.

29th Feb 2012
UKOUG Scottish SIG
Oracle Linlithgow
presenting on Index Organised Tables

5th-7th December 2011
The 2011 UKOUG Oracle Technical conference.
International Conference Centre, Birmingham (where else?!)
The usual three days of meeting friends, going to talks, drinking in pubs, going to more talks and having a great time.
Presenting on Monday morning at 11:05 on Oracle Lego – an introduction to Database Design and again on Wednesday at 14:25 on Index Organized Tables.

4th December 2011
OakTable Sunday
ICC, Birmingham.
A selection of some of the OakTable talks from the following UKOUG conference, being previewed in smaller quarters. I’ll be presenting on the benefits and drawbacks of Index Organised Tables.

Tues 27th September 2011
UKOUG Management and Infrastructure SIG
Oracle City Office, London
I chair this SIG and I will also be presenting with Neil Chandler on 10046, do you need to go that deep or not. This is the last MI SIG meeting before we merge with the RAC&HA SIG.

24th March 2011
UKOUG Back to Basics special event
Oracle City Office, London
This is a day of technical talks aimed at those new to Oracle RDBMS.
It will be the first showing in 3 or 4 years of my “5 ways to advance your career through IT Disasters”. I’m really looking forward to it.

19th January 2011
UKOUG UNIX SIG
Oracle City Office, London
First UNIX SIG of the year and an opportunity for me to repeat the Stats talk from the conference which I messed up so badly. {It went much better this time}.

29th November – 1st December 2010
The UKOUG Technology and E-Business suite conference
International Conference Centre, Birmingham
The annual UKOUG conference, a tad earlier this year but same place, same deal, same three days of good stuff. I’ll be presenting once, first thing Tuesday morning on best methods for gathering all types of statistics – object, system, dictionary and fixed_objects.

5th October 2010
UKOUG Management and Infrastructure SIG
Oracle City Office, London
For once I am simply chairing and not presenting.

29th April 2010
UKOUG Northern Server Technology Day
Hilton City, Leeds
Presenting on Database Statistics Best Practices, ie how to get gather (or not!) statistics to give you good and yet stable performance.

30th March 2010
UKOUG Management and Infrastructure SIG
Oracle City Office, London
This is my SIG so I will be chairing for the day and also presenting on Database Statistics Best Practices.

10th March 2010
UKOUG DBMS SIG
Oracle TVP, Reading
Just going as a delegate to this one, very interested to see CERN talk about testing and validating backups and the talk on rolling forward very large physical databases.

30th November-2nd December 2009
The UKOUG Technology and E-Business suite conference
International Conference Centre, Birmingham (where else?!)
The Annual UKOUG technology conference, the best Oracle meeting going. Back to 3 days, back to concentrating on technology.
All my talks were rejected, but I’ll still be there – it will be nice to just enjoy the event and not worry about preparing talks {who do I think I am kidding?}

1st October 2009
Management and Infrastructure SIG, UKOUG
Oracle City Office, London
I chair the MI Special Interest Group
I’m giving the presenting a rest this time, the delegates get so see and hear enough from me already!

7-8th September 2009
Oracle Life Science User Group Conference 2009 CANCELLED
{Sadly, cancelled due to low numbers. I was REALLY looking forward to this one too}
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge
This is the annual conference of the International Oracle Life Science User Group and I have been asked to present but the actual topic is not decided yet. I used to be one of the directors of the user group, and worked as the Sanger, so it will be great to meet up with some old friends.

16th June 2009
RAC and High Availability SIG
One Great George Street, London
I’m just along as a delegate for this one.

3rd June 2009
Management and Infrastructure SIG, UKOUG
Oracle City Office, London
I chair the MI Special Interest Group
I will also be presenting on “Being an I.T Manager”

20th May 2009
UNIX SIG, UKOUG
Wolverhampton Science Park
I will be presenting on “Tuning for non-experts”. It is an introductory presentation, aimed and DBAs and Developers who have little experience in tuning and might find the more advanced stuff currently looks more like vooodoo magic than logic.

28th April 2009
Northern Server Technology day, UKOUG
Park Inn hotel, York
A two-stream event of technical talks and one by me on “IT Disasters, your Route to a Brighter Future”.
My talk is an attempt at humour in respect of disasters I have been around and what I learnt.

And many more but we are getting onto the realms of history here.

Comments»

1. coskan - November 7, 2009

“All my talks were rejected, but I’ll still be there ”

Just for curiosity what were they about ?

It would be nice to watch you presentations which I have never had chance to.

I will be there on Wednesday only because of recession :) I hope I would catch you any of Tanel Poder sessions, I plan to attend all of them and as a last one I need to choose one of the last two between Wolfgang Breitling or Husnu Sensoys

2. Dird - May 29, 2015

http://oraclemidlands.com/archive?e=5 will bring up the #om5 event details. I need to add a “copy link” button.
Also, good to see you updated this page :) it was on 2012 until a couple months ago?

mwidlake - May 29, 2015

Thanks Mike, I’ve updated the links. Yes, I failed to update this for a long time. I’m slowly refreshing bits of my online presence

Dird - May 29, 2015

Make sure you attend all the London events, it’s the only reason I know there’s been 4 so far :P They need a #loc5 / #cora5 tag to keep track


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