It is time… Time for one more very special conference for me. Why special?
- I have never been to ODTUG Kaleidoscope before. I always like new conferences — new experience.
- Unlike Sheeri, I do not speak! This is one of those rare conferences where I come to slack off, meet old friends and make new ones, go to lots of sessions and actually learn stuff.
- Coming from the DBA background, it’s not often that I come to development oriented conferences and I think I should do more of that.
- It’s in Washington, DC. I lived there for some time and have number of good friends there. I’m really excited to see them again!
So what am I going to do there? I just arrived and right in time for the Oracle ACE Directors’ briefing that will run for the whole days of Friday. This is a super secret meeting where Oracle’s super secret plans are shared. Nobody can talk about that after this meeting or their tongues are cut off on the spot. For those of you who didn’t realize I’m joking, the ACE Director’s briefing is where Oracle shares the roadmap of its products — some of it is long term strategy and some is about the upcoming releases. There are few things that we are asked not to share in public but, frankly, there is nothing really sensitive. One of the most interesting parts of the briefing are the Q&A moments when all kind of questions get asked (sometimes tough ones) and, to the most parts, gets answered.
It took me the same time to get to the hotel from Dulles International Airport as flying from Ottawa. Oh well, the beauty of DC traffic. Now I’m sitting at the back of the room enjoying the demo of the new APEX 4.0 and quietly having a bite. I see quite a few familiar faces (or rather backs) that I’m about to say hello to (pending the next break).
So what’s ahead? Yesterday, we all received a surprise invitation (well, surprise to me at least) to ACE Directors welcome reception organized by the ODTUG board members. Looking forward to that.
Saturday is the ODTUG Community Service Day where the volunteers help to beautify Ronald H. Brown Middle School in Washington, D.C.
Sunday is ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010 Symposia and I’m still not sure whether I should select APEX or Performance, Scalability, and Security track. Sunday night is the night of Oracle ACE dinner and I think I managed to miss few ACE program dinners at the past few conferences so I’m really looking forward to this Sunday.
Monday evening, come for the Sundown Sessions which are open discussions moderated by Oracle ACE Directors. I’ll be hanging either in MySQL or Database Development halls. Immediately following that, on my agenda is Oracle ACE Directors Reception — this is your chance to mingle with the bunch of Oracle ACE Directors and other cool folks and abuse some complimentary food and drinks (thanks to OTN).