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Aug 19 2008   8:05PM GMT

Determining the ‘don’t-miss’ sessions at Oracle OpenWorld

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

Oracle OpenWorld is less than five weeks away. You’ve already registered, made your travel plans and prepared your presentations. But what else can you do between now and the start of the world’s largest annual Oracle conference? 

It may be a good idea to do what many of our fellow bloggers have done — start making up a schedule. With more than 1,500 sessions to choose from over the course of five days, you should probably have a plan of attack before you arrive.

Doug at oracledoug.com‘s five-day plan (which he, like many others, made with Oracle’s Schedule Builder) includes sessions such as “SQL Tuning Roundtable with the Experts,” “Inside Oracle Database 11g Optimizer: Removing the Mystery” and “Time-Travel Through Your Data with Oracle Total Recall.”

He admits to purposely leaving off any Web 2.0 or ‘Futures’ presentations, but you can find these in Oracle ACE H.Tonguç Yilmaz’s schedule, which includes a visit to the session “Web 2.0 Development with Oracle Application Express.”  Mark Rittman of Rittman Mead Consulting is especially looking forward to “Using Cube-Organized Materialized Views” andNew Technologies in Oracle BI Suite Enterprise Edition.” And all three of these Oracle gurus are planning to spend time in the OTN Lounge, where Oracle ACEs will be holding ‘office hours.’

This is only a tiny sampling of the vast array of OpenWorld presentations, sessions, keynotes and roundtables to choose from. Of course, your choices depend on your interests, industry, product area, etc. But here’s a list of a few sessions that I (and some of the aforementioned bloggers) found interesting — and that you may want to add to your list!

  • Oracle OpenWorld Unconference: This is a more informal workshop, in its second year, where anyone can sign up to present a session on their topic of choice.
  • Keynote with Charles Phillips and Chuck Rozwat (9/22 at 9 am): Rittman speculates that this may include announcements about the first Fusion release and key features of Oracle Database 11gR2.
  • Oracle 11g Cram Session: This is part of OpenWorld’s Exam Cram Series. Other Oracle Certification activities include on-site certification testing and an OCP Lounge.
  • Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) Knowledge Factory session: This session gives an overview of the an overview of the OAUG’s Knowledge Factory, which was launched at COLLABORATE 08.

Which sessions are on your ‘must attend’ (or ‘must not attend’ ) list? What would you recommend to others? Seen any of the speakers before? Similar presentations? Are they worth it or not?

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