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Here is round 2 of ODTUG President Mike Riley’s list of quotes of about Kscope.

David Peake

“ODTUG Kaleidoscope continues to be THE premier conference for APEX developers. Once again this year there are over 40 APEX sessions and the best social networking opportunities. Whenever you get that many people together in one place, passionate about the same things as you, it is sure to be worthwhile.” – David Peake – Principal Product Manager – Oracle Application Express (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/oracle-application-express-and-david-peake/)

“This is the one conference where I have been able to learn the most in the least amount of time. The brain store behind the sessions is amazing.” – Glenn Schwartzberg – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/where-to-learn-the-most-in-the-least-amount-of-time/)

John Flack

“Great developers helping developers – how could you help learning something worth the price of admission?” – John Flack – Oracle ACE (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/odtug-conversation-with-washington-dc-native-john-flack/)

“The best thing about the Kscope conference is the focus on tools and techniques, and the chance to network within a friendly environment.” – Mark Rittman – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/the-queen-mary-a-great-british-piece-of-workmanship/)

Patrick Cimolini

“Kscope tells it like it is from the developer’s perspective.  You find out what technology works and what doesn’t work.” – Patrick Cimolini (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/odtug-kscope-an-idea-meet-market/)

“I don’t even think there’s a comparable event. This is the only event I know of (from the APEX viewpoint) that has most of the Oracle APEX team along with some of the best APEX developers in the world presenting at.” – Martin Giffy D’Souza – Oracle ACE Director – ODTUG Board Member (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/03022011/)

Alex Nuijten

“Kscope is a real developer’s conference. The presenters tell from personal experience and that’s what makes it so great. It’s not some marketing story, but real useful material.” – Alex Nuijten – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/kscope20110223/)

“Some conferences are too big, others are too small. Kscope seems to have that perfect balance where you feel you’re a part of something big but not so big it inhibits one of the main reasons for attending – knowledge transfer.” – Dan McGhan – Oracle ACE (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/kscope-seems-to-have-the-perfect-balance/)

Cameron Lackpour

“Where else are you going to get the fantastic content married up to nice people who are wildly passionate about sharing knowledge? Nowhere else is where.” – Cameron Lackpour – Oracle ACE – ODTUG Board Member (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/quality-passion-and-the-people-excellence-breeds-excellence/)

“The (still relative) small size of the conference makes it easy to speak to whoever you like.” – Roel Hartman – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/easy-to-speak-to-whoever-you-like/)

Dimitri Gielis

“…KScope became *the* conference to meet the developers around the world. Next to that a big portion of the APEX Development team is present too. I always love to talk to these nice people who are working so hard to give us the best product possible.” – Dimitri Gielis – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/the-conference-to-meet-the-developers-around-the-world/)

“So: why KScope? The ODTUG conferences are the best places I can go in the Oracle market where I can be with people who think and talk about these things. …Or for that matter, who understand that these ideas even exist and deserve to be studied. KScope is just the right place for me to be.” – Cary Millsap – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/carymillsap-kscope-is-just-the-right-place-for-me-to-be/)

With all of these great reasons to attend Kscope why are you waiting? REGISTER TODAY!

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In honor of Flashback Friday, ODTUG President Mike Riley compiled a list of quotes of Kscope past, present, and we hope future speakers and attendees.  We want you to go to Kscope for all of the reasons listed below.

Monty Latiolais

“It’s at Kaleidoscope you realize we all have so much in common” – Monty

– ODTUG Vice President (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2009/04/22/remembering-kaleidoscope%e2%80%99s-past/)

“My best memories of previous conferences are the friends and contacts that I have made. There are plenty of fun activities and the day of service is a great opportunity to give back if you get to the conference early.” – Lewis Cunningham – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/countdown-to-kaleidoscope-2010-begins/)

John Scott

“If I could only go to one conference, it would be Kaleidoscope… hands down, every time.” – John Scott – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/odtug-kaleidoscope-interview-with-john-scott/)

“This is a great conference for sharing experience and learning from the community.” – Sue Harper – Former Senior Principal Product Manager for Database Development Tools – Oracle

“I remember thinking to myself how awesome it was to have that much talent and experience in one room and knowing that you could not find that anywhere else.” Gary Crisci – Oracle ACE (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/gary-crisci-interview-on-kaleidoscope-2010/)

Scott Spendolini

“For Oracle APEX developers, there is no place that even comes close to the depth & breadth of content & presenters that will be at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010″ – Scott Spendolini – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/scott-spendolini-odtug-kaleidoscope-and-washington-dc/)

“There is no doubt in my mind that if you’re a developer working with Oracle technologies, of any sort, you need to be at Kaleidoscope!” – Duncan Mills – Oracle Development Tools Division (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/duncan-mills-laptop-throwing-and-condensed-soup/)

Steven Feuerstein

“Kaleidoscope is one of my favorite conferences. It has a focus and intimacy that are both lost in the bigger conferences. I don’t mind talking to people who haven’t a clue about PL/SQL, but I would much rather hang out with other development geeks – and Kaleidoscope is the place to do it.” – Steven Feuerstein – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/interview-with-steven-feuerstein/)

“I’ve been to several large Oracle conferences around the world including Open World, where I met and spoke to many people. My visit to Kaleidoscope, New Orleans and last year Monterey was where I solidified strong friendships with people who are “super-keen” about what they do. This is an incredibly refreshing attitude which on return to work keeps me going with a buzz for many weeks… at least until the next pay check.” – Chris Muir – Oracle ACE Director (https://odtug.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/countdown-to-kaleidoscope-90-days-to-go-chris-muir-interview/)

This is just part 1 of our quote compilation.  We’ll have more for you next week.  If you would like to be quoted next year Register for Kscope12!

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The week was hectic and productive. During my two previous posts, I was fighting with a horrible internet connection at the Marriott Marquis, so some of the information that I wanted to post didn’t quite make it. So, I’ll add to some to my previous thoughts, and bring you a few items from the rest of the week.

Larry’s Sunday Keynote and the rest of Sunday evening –

Sunday evening, Larry Ellison kicked off the conference with an opening keynote. The topic, Oracle Exalytics. The Exa family at Oracle continues to grow. See a couple of my friends blogs, Glenn Schwartzberg and Mark Rittman, for some more details on what this announcement means.

After the keynote, I got the privilege of attending the annual ACE/ACE Director dinner at OpenWorld. This year, at the Sens restaurant, we had some drinks and good food, but once again, great networking. These folks are the best of the best in the Oracle world, and it is a wonderful time for all. Thanks to the organizers and leaders of this program, Vikki Lira, Lillian Buziak, and Justin Kestelyn for their hard work to make this program really a feather in the cap for Oracle!

Speaking of the ACE Directors, they hold an annual two day briefing before the conference. If you follow them on Twitter, you could tell that this year was going to be very special and exciting here at OpenWorld. I suggest that if you are interested, find out the Ace Directors that are active on Twitter, and start following them. Here is where you can find out more information about the ACE Director program.

Tuesday, I participated in some media interviews. These are fast moving interviews with various members of the media. Think speed dating only you are talking about technology, Oracle OpenWorld, and my favorite topic, ODTUG. Here are links to a couple of the interviews that I did: Application Development Trends and The Server Side.

Wednesday, there were a few items of particular interest that I was able to participate in. In the early morning, members of Fusion Nation gathered in the tents outside of Moscone North. Fusion Nation represented the early adopters of Fusion Applications as well as user group advocates of Fusion Applications and Fusion Technology. I was one of the 25 user group leaders selected to participate in this venture. We got to wear our red vests (apologies to Stanley, the original) all week (as long as we did not become overheated). This program was created to raise awareness of Fusion Applications, and I think with 500 of us wearing these vests, it worked.

Also on Wednesday, about 10 user group leaders got a private meeting with Oracle President, Mark Hurd. Mark is a no-nonsense type of guy, very personable, and willing to listen as well as be heard. We had submitted some questions beforehand for Mark, and he answered those as well as inviting further questions. I believe that Mark thinks the user groups are a very valuable piece of the Oracle ecosystem, and that both Oracle and the user community benefit from user groups.

Larry’s keynote on Wednesday announced the general availability of Fusion Applications. He joked that he had signalled that the release was coming during a couple of other keynotes, and that this took a little longer than anyone anticipated. Also announced was the Oracle Public Cloud, priced with fixed monthly rates as a subscription service. Last, and one that Larry actually demoed, was the Oracle Social Network, allowing collaborative work from a team through real time conversations.

Wednesday evening, Oracle held its signature celebration Appreciation Event, once again hosted on Treasure Island. Instead of multiple stages, as has been the case in the past, there was one stage for the entertainment. Sting started off the night, performing many of his and the Police’s hits. Sting recently celebrated his 60th birthday, but his voice is still golden. Sting was followed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Tom Petty also still has “it”. Many of his hits, including “Free Falling”, had the crowd singing along. Unfortunately, I was exhausted at this point in the evening, and decided to call it a night, missing a repreat appearance by Dave Wakeling and the English Beat. Oracle knows how to throw a party, with many food choices available as well during the night (as well as many drink choices!).

Thursday, I had an early flight out of SFO, so I missed the final day of the show. Honestly, with everything that I had already experienced during the week, I’m not sure that I had enough energy to make it through the rest of the day anyway.

Hope you’ve gotten a little flavor of OpenWorld through this series of posts. It’s not KScope, by any stretch of the imagination.

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In somewhat of a break from my regular question and answer session, I bring to you a posting directly from one of the people that I admire most in this industry, Cary Millsap. Cary is an Oracle ACE Director, and founder and President of Method-R Corporation. Cary is also a member of the Oak Table Network, and author of the book “Optimizing Oracle Performance“. Cary will also be a key member for the team presenting at the KScope Sunday Symposium on Database Development “Tools, Tools, Tools“.

Have you registered for KScope11 yet?

I’ve added in some hyperlinks to supplement what Cary wrote about, and added some more information about KScope and about Cary himself. If any of these links are incorrect, it is my problem, and not Cary’s, and I apologize in advance (and promise to correct them as soon as they are pointed out to me).

All it took to get Cary to write me back about KScope was one question…

Cary Millsap

MR: Why KScope?

CM: “Most people in the Oracle world who know my name probably think of me as a database administrator. In my heart, I am a software designer and developer. Before my career with Oracle, I worked in the semiconductor industry as a language designer. I wrote compilers for a living. Designing and writing software has always been my professional true love. I’ve never strayed too far away from it; I’ve always found a reason to write software, no matter what my job has been. [Ed: Examples include the Oracle*APS suite and a compiler design project he did for Great West Life in the 1990s, the queueing theory models he worked on in the late 1990s, the Method R Profiler software (Cary wrote all the XSLT code), and finally today, he spends about half of his time designing and writing the MR Tools suite.]

My career as an Oracle performance specialist is really a natural extension of my software development background. It is still really weird to me that in the Oracle market, performance is regarded as a job done primarily by operations people instead of by development people. Developers control at least 90% of the leverage over how fast an application will be able to run. I think that performance became a DBA responsibility in the formative years of our Oracle world because so many early Oracle projects had DBA teams but no professional development teams.

Most of those big projects were people implementing big off-the-shelf applications like Oracle Financial and Manufacturing Applications (which grew into the Oracle E-Business Suite). The only developers that most of those implementation teams had were what I would call nonprofessional developers. Now, I don’t mean people who were in any way unprofessional. I mean they were predominantly businesspeople who had never been educated as software developers, but who’d been told that of course anybody could write computer programs in this new “fourth-generation language” called SQL.

Just about any time you implement a vendor’s highly customizable new application with 20,000+ database objects underneath it, you’re going to run into performance problems. Someone had to attend to those problems, and the DBAs and sysadmins were the only technical people anywhere near the project who could do it. Those DBAs and Oracle sysadmins were also the people who organized the early Oracle conferences, and I think this is where the topic of “performance tuning” became embedded into the DBA track.

The resulting problem that I still see today is that the topic became dominated by “tips and techniques”—lists of tricks that operational people could try to maybe make their systems go a little bit faster. The word “tuning” says it all. I almost never use the word except facetiously, because it’s a cheap imitation of what systems really need, which is performance optimization, which is what designers and developers of software are supposed to do. Even the evolution of Oracle tools for the performance analyst mirrors this post-production tips-and-techniques “tuning” mentality. That’s why most performance management tools you see today are predominantly oriented toward viewing performance from a system resource perspective (the DBA’s perspective), rather than the code path perspective (the developer’s perspective).

The whole key to performance is the application design and development team, especially when you realize that the performance of an application is not just its code path speed, but its overall interaction with the person using it. So many of the performance problems that I’ve found are caused by applications that are just stupid in how they’re designed to interact with me. For example, if you’ve seen my “Messed-up apps” presentation before, you might remember the self-service bus ticket kiosk that made me wait for over a minute while the application tallied the more-than-2,000 different bus trips for which I might want to buy a ticket. That’s an app with a broken specification. There’s nothing that a run-time operations team can do to make that application any fun to use (short of sending it back for redesign).

My goal as a software designer is not just to make software that runs quickly. My goal is also to make applications that are delightful to use. It’s the difference between an application that you use because you must and one that feels like it’s a necessary part of who you are. Making software like that is the kind of thing that a designer learns from studying Don Norman, Edward Tufte, Christopher Alexander, and Jonathan Ive. It’s a level of performance that just isn’t on the menu for operational run-time support staff to even think about, because it’s beyond their control.

So: why Kscope? The ODTUG conferences are the best places I can go in the Oracle market where I can be with people who think and talk about these things. …Or for that matter, who understand that these ideas even exist and deserve to be studied. KScope is just the right place for me to be.”

Thanks Cary! Now everything will be juuuust fine!

Cary has his own blog located at http://carymillsap.blogspot.com/. Cary also is pretty active out on Twitter and can be found at http://www.twitter.com/carymillsap.

Look for some more exciting news about some additional content at the right place for YOU to be, KScope11 in Long Beach, CA June 26-30.

See you there!

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Countdown…5 days of Early Bird pricing left. If you are going to Kscope 11, you really should do yourself a favor and sign up before the end of the day on March 25. If you do so, you will be able to attend the best Oracle development conference in existence for the lowest possible cost. Of course, if money is no object to you, feel free to wait.

Next up, a discussion with my friend, Dimitri Gielis. Dimitri is an Oracle ACE Director who specializes in Oracle Application Express. Dimitri was also our SP Conference Content Chair for Application Express in 2010 for our successful conference in Brussels, Belgium. Come to Kscope 11 and meet Dimitri!

Dimitri Gielis

On to the questions…

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

DG: “It’s in the States, always at a nice location (this year Long Beach!) and almost every time it’s excellent weather. Next to just the logistics, the conference became *the* meeting place for all the Oracle Developers around the world. It’s so nice to meet all my virtual friends and people that send me mails or comment on my blog posts at least once a year.

Everything is arranged so well by ODTUG that we as presenters and participants don’t have to worry about all that and we can just enjoy the conference and socialize with everybody.”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

DG: “There are so many great presentations at Kscope that if I would say one favorite I wouldn’t be fair to all the others 😉

There are some nice APEX presentations, but also outside of APEX there are nice sessions about Oracle Development, so I might actually switch tracks sometimes.”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

DG: “I’m asked quite a bit on many conferences to talk and I’ve been accepting a lot of them and really enjoyed them, but running your own business and having a family that wanted to see me too, made it necessary I picked the most important ones for me. So I made the decision that I’m doing the local conferences in the BeNeLux, and travel outside to ODTUG KScope, OOW and UKOUG.

Next to that I allow myself to pick one or two a year that are different and if possible I try to combine them.

As I said before, Kscope became *the* conference to meet the developers around the world. Next to that a big portion of the APEX Development team is present too. I always love to talk to these nice people who are working so hard to give us the best product possible.”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

DG: “I’ve been in LA many times now, but I don’t remember much about Long Beach and the Queen Mary… so I look really forward to that!

I know it’s an interview, but what can you recommend I see Mike? ;-)”

MR: Well, I’ve got a few ideas for you. For some great seafood, and a nice view of the Queen Mary, and within walking distance of the Convention Center, head to Gladstone’s (http://www.gladstoneslongbeach.com/ 20% off coupon here. I had the pleasure of heading there during a site visit, and the food was outstanding!

At Gladstone's - Here is a seafood platter that was prepared for us on our site visit to Long Beach

Gladstone’s is located within the popular area called the Pike at Long Beach (http://www.thepikeatlongbeach.com/). There are plenty of shops, dining establishments, and entertainment options in this location as well. (Too many to list, check it out with the link above).

For some other shopping, dining, and entertainment, head to Shoreline Village (http://www.shorelinevillage.com/). Again, this is within walking distance of the convention center. There is a place called the Yard House (http://www.yardhouse.com/default.aspx) that boasts over 250 beers on tap that should appeal to many. For you tequila lovers, one of the top 20 tequila bars in the country is called Tequila Jack’s (http://www.tequilajacks.com/).

A great way to see some of Long Beach is to take a Segway tour (http://www.segwaylb.com/). Here is a picture of Barbara Morris, ODTUG Secretary, during our site visit.

Barbara Morris on Segway in Long Beach

Look for some more dining, shopping, and entertainment options on the Kscope 11 website coming soon.

Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

DG: “…the first time I came to the ODTUG conference in 2006. I was so amazed by everything…”

MR: Dimitri, can you tell everyone a little bit about the new APEXBlogs website?

DG: “I redeveloped APEXBlogs from the ground up to use all the new features that come with APEX 4.0. Next to that my deepest wish is that APEXBlogs (http://www.apexblogs.info) becomes *the* portal page that brings all APEX Developers together. APEXBlogs brings all the most interesting sources around APEX together in an easy navigateble website. Blogs, Tweets, Plugins, Statistics and a knowledge base that includes an Enhancement Request/Bug database… and there is more to come. At the moment there are over 10,000 people a month visiting the site, but I hope that over the next couple of months that number will be 7 times higher! I hope everybody will promote the site and it becomes *the* platform for the APEX Developers, just like Kscope became *the* conference for APEX.”

Thanks Dimitri! Besides the APEXBlogs website, Dimitri has his own blog at http://dgielis.blogspot.com. His company, APEX Evangelists, is located at http://www.apex-evangelists.com, and Dimitri is on twitter at @dgielis (http://www.twitter.com/dgielis).

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Time is running out on Early Bird Registration! Don’t count on Early Bird Registration being extended this year, as you may be making a very costly mistake. The Early Bird Registration ends March 25th.

I hope you’re getting a sense at how much people get out of Kscope conferences, and the value that is provided. Also, you have a great circle of friends that you make at the conference, ones that you can count on for answers and support when you get home from the conference.

This blog post focuses on Dan McGhan. Dan is an APEX aficionado, and a great presenter. Dan was also recently named an Oracle ACE, and is well deserving of this honor. Make sure you introduce yourself to Dan at the conference. You might even see him at a local cigar bar in Long Beach.

Dan McGhan

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

DM: “There’s always an air of excitement at Kscope that’s hard to narrow down to a single “best thing”. I think it all starts with the people. Meeting new people and seeing distant friends and colleagues is always a real treat. The content is another important element. Attendees are bombarded with so much good content, it’s nearly impossible to walk away without some new ideas and inspiration. Then there’s the location, the food, I could go on and on…”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

DM: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the APEX team present at the Application Express Symposium. With APEX 4.1 on the horizon, it’s great to get a chance to see what’s coming from those that are actually doing the development.”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

DM: “Some conferences are too big, others are too small. Kscope seems to have that perfect balance where you feel you’re a part of something big but not so big it inhibits one of the main reasons for attending – knowledge transfer.”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

DM: “No, neither, but I absolutely love what I’ve seen of California thus far so I’m really excited to go. I’ve fallen into a tradition with a few cohorts where we find a really great place to enjoy a good cigar. Certainly not everybody’s cup of tea, but it is something I really look forward to. Perhaps we’ll find a spot on the Queen Mary this year!”

MR: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

DM: “…my first Kaleidoscope which was 2008 in New Orleans. I had been using APEX at that point for a number of years and formed many online friendships with fellow aficionados. Getting to meet so many at once was something I’ll never forget – I can honestly say it was a life changing event for me.”

Thanks Dan!

Dan has his own blog located here:  http://www.danielmcghan.us/ Dan can also be found on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/dmcghan

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John Flack receives the Editor's Choice Award in 2008 - Karen Cannell, John Flack, Mike Riley, John Jeunnette

Note: We are now less than two weeks away from the Early Bird Registration Deadline of March 25. Registration is going very well at the moment, and in order to ensure you are paying the lowest rate for the conference, you need to do so before the end of day on  March 25. As a bonus, those that are already registered are able to sign up for Hands On Training (as always, a FREE part of KScope). Don’t miss out on this opportunity, as the Hands On Labs are filling up quickly!

My next blog post is an interview with John Flack. John has been interviewed before for this blog. John is a long time ODTUG supporter, attendee, presenter, and is also an Oracle ACE. Instead of KScope being in John’s neck of the woods, like last year’s conference in Washington, DC, John and the conference will be across the continent on the west coast this year, in Long Beach, CA.

So, on with the questions…

MR: What’s the best thing about KScope conferences?

JF: “The food of course. I switched to the vegetarian menu to try to keep the calories down, which works well – usually. One lunch time, the meat-eaters got a nice lean grilled chicken breast, while I got a vegetarian lasagna, loaded with cheese and cream sauce. Either way, KScope has the best food of any conference I go to.”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

JF: “I keep looking for the secret to attending two presentations at the same time. Seeing as no one is presenting on that topic, I think I’m looking forward to Lucas Jellema’s presentation, ‘ADF Developers – Make the Database Work for You‘. Lucas is a fine presenter, which always amazes me because English is not his native language. And the topic sits right on the cusp between my interests in ADF and the databases.”

MR: Why KScope and not somewhere else?

JF: “Somewhere else? Is there anywhere else that I can learn so much in so short a time?”

MR: Have you been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

JF: “I’ve been through Long Beach on my way to my sister’s house in Irvine, but never stopped for long. Funny thing, one of my sister’s daughters had a wedding reception on the Queen Mary, but I was unable to attend. I’ve got a nice picture of my Dad and another of the nieces on the Queen’s deck. I’m looking forward to spending some time in Long Beach and at Lisa’s house, and I’m hoping to bring some of my family this year.”

MR: Your all time favorite KScope moment is…

JF: “…winning the Editor’s Choice Award at Kaleidoscope 2008!”

Thanks John! John has a blog that he maintains at: JJFlash’s Oracle Development Journal.

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Latest in my Kscope run-up blog posts is my interview with Roel Hartman. Roel is an Oracle ACE Director and specializes in Database Application Development. In more recent years, he has become an Oracle Application Express expert. Roel attends many conferences, and has become a regular ODTUG Kscope presenter.

Roel Hartman

Early Bird Registration Ends March 25. Register by then to pay the lowest price for admission to the greatest Oracle Development conference in existence!

So, on to the questions…

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

RH: “The (still relative) small size of the conference makes it easy to speak to whoever you like. It is not as overwhelmingly big as Collaborate or OOW, where you are lucky when you meet someone you know. And the content is always good: no marketing stories but the real, more techie stuff.”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

RH: “I am really looking forward to Sunday’s APEX Symposium where the APEX Development Team will fill the whole day with presentations about the APEX future, version 4.1 (and beyond). The main question during that day will be ‘when will it be available?’ And of course we all hope that the Development Team will surprise the audience with some good news! (Just setting expectations here!)”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

RH: “Although I attend several conferences every year, Kscope is always somewhere nice. So while visiting Kscope, I also had the chance to visit New Orleans, Monterey, Washington…And what Kscope really stands out for is its good food!”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

RH: “I have been close last year at Santa Monica and Venice Beach – and that was awesome. So really looking forward to Long Beach and the QueenMary!”

MR: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

RH: “…I think that was my first Kscope, in New Orleans. The heat outside in contrast to the ultimate coolness of the presentations! And then there is Bourbon Street…which needs no explanation at all…”

Thanks Roel!

Roel’s blog can be found at http://roelhartman.blogspot.com and he is also active on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RoelH (@RoelH)

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Today’s entry is an interview with Cameron Lackpour, one of the newest ODTUG Board Members, passionate blogger, presenter, and also one of the newest Oracle ACEs. Cameron also won the Best New Speaker Award for presenting at Kaleidoscope 2009. Cameron’s expertise lies in the EPM technology stack.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy this talk with Cameron. Cameron was also interviewed back in 2010 for this blog (see that post here).

Cameron Lackpour

Early Bird Registration deadline is March 25. Register now for the lowest possible cost for attending a conference that will inspire you (like it has inspired countless others, including Cameron).

On to the interview…

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

CL: “Wow, that’s a tough one because there are so many parts of the conference that I enjoy, so I’ll cheat and give you a three point answer.

The quality – Excellence breeds excellence. What do I mean by that? I was involved in helping sort through the abstracts for this year’s BI and EPM sessions. Many worthy abstracts were rejected, not because they weren’t good on their own, but because the quality of other abstracts was so high. That was undoubtedly frustrating to those who submitted and were rejected, and I hope they try again next year, but attendees will benefit from some truly outstanding sessions.

The passion – If you’re a primary presenter, your conference fee (not your lodging or transport) is waived. That’s a lot of money, and very welcome, but if you take that amount and divide it by the hours put into the presentation, it works out to U.S. minimum wage or less. That’s been my experience, and unless I’m atypically slow in presentation creation, I suspect it’s true for everyone. My point is, the presenters aren’t in it for the money or adulation (I am patiently waiting for the Cameron groupies but they have yet to materialize), but put in all a lot of hard work because they feel they have valuable information to share with the rest of the world; ODTUG Kscope is their platform.

The people – As you might guess from the passion part of this answer, the types of people you meet at Kscope are inspiring. I’ve never met so many people so willing to share their knowledge. It’s more than inspiring, it’s humbling. I try to act in the same spirit.”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

CL: “What, no easy questions? Okay, in general, I am against human cloning of humans because who knows, maybe I’m the clone in a The Island scenario, and then where would I be? Putting aside wild fantasy, I wish there were two or three or more of me, because then I could attend all of the BI & EPM sessions I want to see. There are the general favorites of course: Gary Crisci, Ron Moore, Steve Liebermensch, Tracy McMullen, Edward Roske, Glenn Schwartzberg, Tim Tow, and Rudy Zucca. There are also some new (or maybe not so well known) presenters that have intriguing sessions: Joe Aultman, John Booth, Justin D’Onofiro, Tim German, Michael Heukels, Eldon Liu, Josie Manzano-Stettler, Kelli Stein, Jake Turrell, and Heather Wine. I think you see my point about too much great content and only one me.”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

CL: “Finally, an easy one. Where else are you going to get the fantastic content married up to nice people who are wildly passionate about sharing knowledge? Nowhere else is where.”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

CL: “You can’t imagine my disappointment when I found out that the Queen Mary is not the ship sunk in Victoria Harbour (that would be RMS Queen Elizabeth and even that isn’t there anymore) and that consequently my name is probably not actually Bond, James Bond. No cleverly disguised secret headquarters of MI6? Sigh, I will just have to walk through corridors that aren’t crazily askew and party with my fellow geeks. We probably have a longer shelf life than the double O section anyway.

You can take from the above insane ramblings, that no, I’ve never been to Long Beach. But I look forward to it. :)”

MR: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

CL: “I’m not sure “favorite” is the right term, unless you can describe a horrible sinking feeling in my stomach during the first Hyperion Kaleidoscope conference in New Orleans as a favorite moment. I went into that conference thinking I knew what I was doing and left after the four days knowing I desperately needed to raise the technical level of my game. It’s been a race ever since and one I wouldn’t be in if it weren’t for Kscope.

Perhaps the realization of professional complacency isn’t a typical happy Kscope moment, but one I wouldn’t trade for anything else. That kind of reality check on what I was doing professionally was and is incredibly valuable. The Oracle EPM world is fast paced and changing all the time. I rely on Kscope to get me up to speed on the latest product developments, learn better ways to implement the products I know or want to know, and decide which products to focus on for the next few years. I can’t get that anywhere else.”

Thanks Cameron!

Cameron’s blog can be found here: http://camerons-blog-for-essbase-hackers.blogspot.com/

To meet Cameron, come to ODTUG Kscope in Long Beach, CA June 26-30 – Where the Cool Kids Are!

I welcome your thoughts and comments. Feel free to contact me at mriley@odtug.com at any time. If you have anything you’d like to share about your Kscope experience, you can post a comment to this blog, or send me an e-mail at the above address.

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I turned this interview over to Monty Latiolais, fellow ODTUG Board Member and content chair for this year’s Kscope. Monty took the time to solicit the following answers from oraclenerd himself, Chet Justice. Chet is familiar with many in the Oracle community. He is a prolific blogger, and an Oracle ACE. Breaking the mold, he is also the first interview from this year’s Kscope conference series that has never attended a Kscope event before. So, let’s make sure we initiate him properly in Long Beach (don’t worry, Chet, we’ll teach you the secret handshake later).

Chet Justice - a.k.a. oraclenerd

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Take it away, Monty…

ML: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

oraclenerd: “I have never been to a Kscope conference, this will be my first. I have bugged a few people about blogger passes the past two years though (I’m never afraid to ask).

I first heard about ODTUG through Lewis Cunningham just a few years ago. Not sure how I missed it during the first 5 years of my Oracle career, but I did.

I’m incredibly excited  to be going. Not only going, but I get the pleasure of organizing the Database Development Tools, Tools, Tools Symposium on Sunday. Not sure exactly what led me to volunteer for such a spot, but I am glad I did. The lineup will be awesome. Cary Millsap, Sten Vesterli, Sue Harper, Kris Rice, Jeff Smith and Marc De Oliveira. And that is just Sunday.”

ML: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

oraclenerd: “I’ve never seen Cary Millsap, he is the one I am most interested in seeing. Why? Well, mostly it’s obvious, it’s Cary Millsap (MR: see Cary’s blog here). From what I have read over the years, Cary is one of the best speakers/presenters out there. What makes it more interesting, from my perspective, is that I don’t understand much of what he is talking about. From a high level I do, of course, but the devil is in the details. That’s where I hear Cary shines. He makes the material easily consumable by mere mortals like myself. That makes him not only a great speaker and topic expert, but a teacher. That’s something I aspire to.”

ML: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

oraclenerd: “I like the focus on the technical. I do not expect as much marketing fluff as I would get at another conference and from the abstracts that I read through, that is the case. Though I will admit that much of my desire is around the opportunity to meet and talk with all of these people. That’s where I get value from a conference like this. I can bounce ideas off of them or I can just sit back and listen. Either way, I come out ahead.”

ML: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

oraclenerd: “I have been to both. I lived in Simi Valley, CA when I was younger (8-12 years old). I remember going to the Queen Mary when I was around 9 or 10. It was gigantic. Not as big as today’s cruise ships, but still impressive.”

ML: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

OracleNerd: “…I should have a few for you after the event. :)”

I’m sure that you will…

Chet (oraclenerd) can be found out on Twitter as @oraclenerd. Chet also blogs all the time at http://www.oraclenerd.com/

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Thanks Monty for reaching out on this interview, and thanks Chet for your input. We’ll see you in Long Beach, and I hope we live up to your expectations!

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