OOW2K6: The madness begins
The policy of closing the exhibition halls during the keynotes is already getting annoying. There are thousands of people who physically can't get into Hall D and they need something to do. Shutting the exhibition halls just creates crowds of lost-looking people with nowhere to sit.
My choice of sessions yesterday seems to have been remarkably prescient. Chuck Rowzat's keynote devoted a lot of time to the new BI Suite functionality which Mark talked about. Perhaps Oracle really did buy Siebel just to get its BI Analytics software. And Andrew Mendelsohn's talk on the Future of database technology revealed that 11g will automate the partition and compress strategy that Tim Gorman presented.
The other stuff in 11g is geared towards managing change, so maybe we should steel ourselves for a suffix change: 11c anyone? Some of this is going to be a hard sell because Oracle are not backporting these features . "If you upgrade to 11g it be easier for you to upgrade when 12g comes out!" is not a compelling marketing message. But I suppose the hot patching functionality does build on the automatic database management stuff which distinguished 10g. Interesting show of hands: a large majority of people in this session were still using 9i.
Then it was showtime. Apparently my session was sold out, although in the end it wasn't quite full - perhaps some people found the prospect of lunch more appealing - and everybody who wanted to got in. Mostly it went alright (I think). The one problem I had was using SQL*Developer to run the test script but TextPad to edit the code. My laptop frequently froze during the context switching so I was only able to run about half of the demo. I'm not sure why that happened: I had been careful to disable my virus scanner before I started the session. Maybe it was something to do with running through the big screen. Still it gave me the opportunity to get some cheap laughs at the expense of java.
At least now I can relax and enjoy the rest of the conference. If I can somewhere to sit, that is.