Many readers of these BLOG posts are seasoned attendees/presenters at this IOUG/OAUG/Quest collaborative event held every spring. User group events are one of the best stomping ground for hungry IT specialists, thirsting for news on late-breaking solutions and more traditional technologies. During my tenure as the Events Director for the IOUG (circa early 21st century), two common items delivered in evaluations from attendees were:
- not enough presentations targeted to beginners
- more focus needed on the traditional technologies
Pythian, for one, and many other companies are delivering content to satiate the appetite of attendees looking for these types of presentations. Bottom-line –> we are all beginners in corners of the Oracle technology of which we have little or no experience. I first got my hands dirty with the Oracle technology in 1986. This was a late release of version 3, around the time that 5.1.22 was their flagship product. For those of you who remember that landmark release, it was a rock upon which many emerging DBA personnel cut their teeth with the bi file and ior s and ior i :). In 1997 or so, Oracle announced plans to have a major RDBMS release every four years, leading to 9i ~ 2001, 10g ~ 2004, and 11g ~ 2007. As much as adopters of their technologies would hope, it is impossible for the install base to move 100% with the emerging technologies as they and the vendor would prefer.
For this reason, presentations about “older” technologies have a place at all software conventions, especially those user group-based. Pythian supports clients using a wide range of Oracle releases from 8i all the way up to 11g. If I looked under the covers of some clients’ metadata, I would likely find ones still using Oracle7 and maybe even V6. My point: There is a spot at shows in the COLLABORATE realm of user group events for presentations that discuss technologies that, in the scheme of things, may be “old-school” but still have widespread adoption in the client base.
Papers/presentations aimed at beginners are another can of worms. I attended a beginner’s session on RAC last year in Orlando and was overwhelmed in the first 10 minutes by the depth and breadth of the material. The presenter was a world-renowned RAC expert with an avid following in the Oracle space as well as a second-to-none knowledge of this corner of Oracle’s technology. What was beginner’s material for this person was way too advanced for little old me :). My solution was to submit an abstract called “RACing Up the Miles as a Beginner”, which I will be giving on Wednesday April 25 at 11:00am eastern in room 4 (check the daily agenda updates as this may/could change). The raison d’être for this paper is to give beginners a bare-bones intro to RAC, discussing a few (I do mean a few :)) memory-related concepts, a few architecture items, and a brief intro to srvctl and crsctl.
See you at COLLABORATE. I will be the guy walking around with Pythian and Michael Abbey on my badge. Stop me in the hall; I love meeting new faces at these shows…