Amazing, Awesome some of the words that come to my mind. I wrote this on the plane but I am just posting it;
I have just landed back into the UK and I am still thinking about this conference. My journey began on Thursday, I was flying into Warsaw and my plan was delayed, I really did not want to miss the speaker dinner, a great opportunity to meet everyone. I managed to arrive in sufficient time. I checked in at the hotel and went to meet the rest of the group at the bar.
At the bar was Martin, Neil and Jim, these guys rock ;). Had a quick drink then met the rest of the group at reception?
It was great to meet all the speakers. I have to say we all were well looked after by the POUG organizers, we were taken to a restaurant for an amazing meal and thereafter a little stroll/sightseeing for the few who had lost all direction and sense; we ended up at Irish bar for a night cap.
(Day 1). There was a really good turnout easily I would say 150+ and some had travelled from the borders of Poland. There were 2 tracks running, I went to Jim's talk DBA, Heal Thyself: Five diseases of IT Organizations. It was my first time at Jim's talk, it was superbly delivered after I had left I decided to polish up on my slides for later. I missed Heli Helskyaho's @helifromfinland talk about SQL developer that I really wanted to go to, I heard it was really good. I will catch you next time.
After lunch I went to Pieter's @vanpupi and Philippe's @pfierens talk about Oracle VM on Exadata, this was good as well, learnt some things that you will not find in any documents. Straight after this talk was my presentation. I was told it would be HDMI connection, but there was only a VGA cable (Panic, Panic, Panic) - luckily Philippe let me borrow his adapter as well as a 'Powerpoint Pointer'. Thank You Philippe.
My talk was about extraction of cloud data to a premise BI and monitoring. The room was pretty full, that was a great sign, never really been nervous too much before but I was this time – as the talk progressed we moved to Cloud security and monitoring in the cloud as there was a great interest in this area. After my talk had finished we still had around 5m so we discussed the cloud aspects in more detail. I know there were some more questions on the monitoring side, if anybody did want any info, do get in contact me. This is another great side of user groups, you can go to one talk and ask other topic questions that may come to your mind.
Thereafter I sat into Robin's @rmoff talk about OBIEE 12c Performance, I learnt some new things that will be great for me at work. I have to say you can never know everything there is always thing to learn.
After this talk we were whisked to the POUG Appreciation event as I would call it. They really looked after the speakers and attendees.
(Day 2) – It was a long night, and it was so amazing to see so many people the next day for Neil's @chandlerDBA talk on 'Why has my plan changed'. Being a man with many hats at my work and being a DBA for over 17 years, I enjoyed Neil's talk as I am always fighting SQL performance looking forward to see his scripts. I would definitely recommend it, if you are at a different conference and he is talking – don't miss itJ.
After Neil's talk I decided to stay in this stream for Joze's talk on 'Opening the black box called "Cost Based Optimizer', he's right it is a black box. Thereafter I moved to Martin's @MDWildlake talk 'Tips on Bulk Data Processing with SQL and PL/SQL' – It was a great insight in bulk processing data and this man like's his beer 😉
Once we had consumed our lunch we had our final session of the day '#DBADEV,Bridging the gap between development and operation table' This was a panel session with Sabine @oraesque, Martin @MDWidlake, Philippe @pfierens, Neil @ChandlerDBA, Piet @pdevisser and Erik @evrocs_nl. I think most people would be able to say something in this area, I am always fighting with developersJ. What a great way to end the conference.
All my breakfasts, lunch's were timed with Pieter's – Absolute Legend J. At the last breakfast Pieter, Eric and myself were talking how good the conference was and how they have set the bar really high, it is very high!. It can only get better ;). I can see this conference growing huge, from talking to some of the guests they would like talks on EM Monitoring, Middleware, APEX. Maybe next year have a few of these 😉
This was a super conference venue, food, equipment and the beer, excellently organized and delivered, it was great to meet all the speakers, organizers and guests. POUG is definitely now on the map. It was bloody marvelous 😉