Day 2 of the ACE Director Briefing followed a similar format to day 1. Lots of things we are not allowed to talk about and a few things we can.
Of the things we can talk about:
Here’s a quick rundown of places I plan to be during the week.
Me : Great to get some time with you Kerry.
Kerry : I’m wearing a baseball cap.
Me : OK… Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen you without one.
Kerry : I never take it off.
Me : Really? Isn’t that a bit inconvenient?
Kerry : Not really. If the peak gets in the way I turn the cap around.
Me : OK… So what’s your favourite sport?
Kerry : Baseball, mostly because of the caps…
Me : I’m a bit pushed for time, can I get back to you to finish off this interview?
Kerry : Sure thing dude. I’ll send you an Enkitec cap…
Me : Nice to meet you Jonathan.
Jonathan : I find speaking English too inefficient, so I will be answering the questions using ASCII.
Me : Oh. OK. That’s going to be kind-of confusing, but let’s try. Where do you get information about Oracle from?
Jonathan : 68,101,102,105,110,105,116,101,108,121,32,110,111,116,32,121,111,117,114,32,119,101,98,115,105,116,101,32,121,111,117,32,105,100,105,111,116,33
Me : I’m not sure this is going to work out. Thanks for your time… I think…
Doug : Sorry I’m late. I was out drinking last night and I’ve got a bad case of “jet lag” this morning.
Me : So, tell me something about yourself that you think the readers would like to know.
Doug : Sorry, I’ve got to go. I need to do some slide polishing. Bye.
Me : Oh…
Me: What functionality will most people in the Oracle community associate you with?
Me: What is your favourite non-Oracle pastime?
Cary: I like to put see-through paper over a picture and draw around the outline.
Me: Isn’t that called tracing?
Cary: I guess!
Me: What is your favourite fictional character?
Cary: Dick Tracy.
Me: What was your favourite children’s TV show.
Me: At last. Something that doesn’t relate to tracing. What is it about Thunderbirds that you like?
Cary: I liked watching the adventures of the Tracy family.
Me: Oh. OK. Perhaps we should talk about your family. Tell me about your family.
Cary: I’ve got kids and wife called Mindy. My pet-name for her is Tracey.
Me: I think we are done here…
As I’m sure many of you will know, “the first rule of ACED is to constantly talk about ACED”. So every year they put us in a room for the 2 day ACED Briefing where “the first rule of the ACED Briefing is don’t talk about the ACED Briefing”. You can guess, this is going to be devoid of spoilers!
I think it is safe to say, the main focus areas of Oracle OpenWorld 2014 are reasonably predictable, but a number of the announcements related to those areas of focus are not so predictable! I think there will be something for everyone next week! That’s all I’m going to say about the ACED Briefing content!
Now for opinion time. This is obviously affected by what I heard during the day, but also what has been happening for the last couple of years…
I recently put some more PL/SQL new features articles live.
I’ve also posted a top-level new features article.
I did my normal last minute packing last night. After a quick panic this morning, I was off in the taxi I for the airport.
I find it amazing how sense goes out of the window at airports. There was a big sign saying “Put empty trays on rollers”, so people were either leaving them or stacking them up. Either way, they were getting in the way. WTF? RTMF!
The first flight to Frankfurt was fine. While waiting to board I was staring at the guy in front thinking, “I’m sure I could do his fade better than that!” I might have to start hairdresser-base.com…
Virtually everyone in data space today claims that they are a Big Data vendor and that their products are Big Data products. Of course — if you are not in Big Data then you are legacy. So how do you know whether a product is a Big Data product?
While there might not be fully objective criteria (and mainly because Big Data definition is still in the air and people interpret it as they see fit for their purpose), I think I can provide one good suggestion on how to determine when a certain product is NOT a Big Data product. Of course, it will depend on the definition of Big Data that you believe in.