31 May 2011

New Events, Travel and Updates

The product managers for the Oracle Database Development Tools have been involved in a number of events in the last few months and I have been on the road with them.  We cover different types of events; the larger Oracle events, our own training days and Oracle user groups. The audience differs at the events, but generally we try to tell attendees as much about our products that we can. Here's how the recent trip break down for me.

The first of the event types that we cover are the OTN Developer Days.  These are a single full day event and include an afternoon of hands on tutorials. My last blog entry was about the Developer Day we had in Dallas.  The team have done a few of these; Dallas was followed by one on Toronto and one in Chicago.  Our next Developer Day is in Warsaw Poland, June 15th. (Oracle Technology Network Developer Day) and offer 4 tracks for the hands on: Oracle APEX, Database (SQL Developer, Data Modeler, XML DB and TimesTen), .Net and Java. 

Another important Oracle event we support is Oracle OpenWorld, which last year had a develop-centric component called Oracle Develop.  We have just taken Oracle Develop to Moscow and Hyderbad.  The great thing about these events is that you get the hands on sessions and most popular talks from Oracle Develop in San Francisco.  So if you can't attend OpenWorld in October this year, then watch out for the spill-over events near you.

The user group events we support vary from product manager to product manager, as typically we are invited to talk at these.   I am UK based, so doing a few trips in Europe is a good option for me and this year I was able to attend the Norway Oracle User Group and Orcan, the user group in Sweden.  My last trip was to Cleveland Ohio!  I really like these users groups because the audience is either using the products we talk about or are looking for the features we have to offer.  This means the talk is useful for the attendees and worthwhile for me!

I've just added the ODTUG KScope 11 logo to my blog, as that's the next big user group I'm off to.  This is a great event to attend, there is lots of new news and useful information and lots of useful technical talks, presented by people using the products they talk about. If you can get across to the West Coast in June, that that's an event worth attending.