AUSOUG 2007 in Melbourne is Over

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The second, and the last, day of AUSOUG 2007 in Melbourne is over. Earlier today I had great presentation as I already blogged about. I had a quick chance to peak into Steve Lemme’s presentation on CA approach for solving an IT management dilemma. The only reason I was interested in it is because one of our clients is using CA Unicenter and looking to move away from it so I wanted to make sure that this is right (I’m quite sure myself anyway but it’s just a DBA perspective).

I had baked potato for lunch plus a sandwich. After that me and Paul Moen went down for a coffee (thanks to Chris Muir for suggestion of a better place). Oh yes – I’ve finally had a pleasure to meet Chris Muir.

Instead of keynote and the following presentation, I paid a visit to exhibitors and spoke to practically every exhibitor. It turned out that some of them knew or heard about Pythian which was quite pleasing to hear. I also found out that Han Xie (I’ve met him yesterday first time during follow up on my RAC presentation) from Dialog Information Technology had only come because of my presentation! As soon as he saw my name on the agenda few days ago, he requested his managers to send him over. This was a very pleasing compliment — thanks Han.

I sat on presentation about Web 2.0 interface with APEX but, frankly, I was almost falling asleep as the result of little rest last night and extremely monotonic speaking manner of the speaker. I also expected to be presented on how actually do that in APEX instead of some pretty much web 2.0 propaganda and demonstration of few cool widgets. Widgets were very cool indeed but it was definitely not my expectations. Anyway, what am I, DBA, supposed to know about development?

The last session for me was The Great Oracle Development Tools Debate with panel speakers (no need for names ;) being proponents of:
– Oracle JDeveloper
– Oracle Forms
– Oracle APEX
– Oracle Fusion as the whole concept

No one from .Net and only one person from the audience admitted he is using it. Strange, I quite liked .Net when I used it few years ago. If only it could run on non-windows platforms.

Anyway, the whole audience was pretty much concerned about discontinued Forms support (2014 was the year given by Lynne Munsinger from Oracle). So it was clear that new projects don’t start in Forms nowadays. But the choice between APEX and J2EE based platform was difficult. The audience was very cautious about Java and Fusion while optimistic on APEX. However, concerned that APEX won’t fit enterprise solutions bill, many are waiting on Java platform to become enough stable and reliable enough to build applications that can be supported for years to come instead of changing technology every year or so.

From my point of view it all boils down to when the business wants to spend the money — in advance with Java based Fusion and have a risk of loosing everything or slowly as the progress using APEX and having results right away. For me the choice is clear but modern architects and technologists might not agree with me.

Closing was quick — Babette didn’t win anything even though I sacrificed my chance for her (read that I was too lazy to stamp the paper at every exhibitor). I’m satisfied with the conference. I met many interesting people and discussed about how people work here in Australia and how the business is organized.

I’m going to the observation deck now to watch the sunset and I must harry not to miss it. I’m leaving tomorrow morning and will be in Ottawa on Wednesday night after the long journey (I don’t want to think about it now).

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About the Author

What does it take to be chief technology officer at a company of technology experts? Experience. Imagination. Passion. Alex Gorbachev has all three. He’s played a key role in taking the company global, having set up Pythian’s Asia Pacific operations. Today, the CTO office is an incubator of new services and technologies – a mini-startup inside Pythian. Most recently, Alex built a Big Data Engineering services team and established a Data Science practice. Highly sought after for his deep expertise and interest in emerging trends, Alex routinely speaks at industry events as a member of the OakTable.

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