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A loss from the UK User Community – Graham Gilbert

Last week, as part of organising the AIM and Database Server joint UKOUG SIG tomorrow {which I should have blogged about but just never got around to}, I was made aware of the fact that a man called Graham Gilbert died back in April.

Anyone who has anything to do with the RDBMS parts of the UK Oracle User Group probably knows Graham as he ran the RDBMS SIG for years and years and years. For the rest of you, you missed out as Graham was a Jewel. I can’t say he was a close friend, after all I was not aware he had died, but I was saddened by it – and that is unusual as I am particularly sanguine (callous?) when if comes to death. {For example, on hearing about the death of my own father, who I did actually like and get on with, my immediate and on-going response was “damn, that’s inconvenient”}.

UKOUG Speaker Evaluations…

This is a bit of a vanity post, so excuse me blowing my own trumpet.

I just took a look at the speaker evaluation feedback from UKOUG 2012 and it was pretty good. Only 4 of the people left “wordy” feedback:

  • Could have done with more time. Just the sort of presentation I came to conference for v.good.
  • Impressive.
  • Brilliant presenter and useful content, could have been twice as long.
  • Very nice presentation.

As far as the rating feedback went, the scores in each area were out of 6. I got just under 5 for the slides and the rest (content, presentation skills and value of presentation) were all above 5, which I think is pretty good. I was particularly happy with the presentation skills result.

I don’t take this stuff too seriously as these ratings are very subjective. Some people are always mega-critical and some people would give you 6/6 if you tripped and fell of the stage, but it is a nice little ego boost.

Friday Philosophy: It’s Not What you Know – It’s What you are Getting To Know.

This has been a good but tiring week. It started with the UKOUG TEBS conference where I saw lots of people I know, a few who I didn’t but now do and I had good times in pubs and restaurants. One evening culminated in my singing part of “Two out of Three ain’t bad” in the style of a munchkin with Nial Litchfield in a pub at 1am, which I am sure he woud rather forget about – so if you know him, ask him about it. For me that was the indicator to go lie down in the dark and sleep. Irrespectve of drunken singing, I must had talked about 20 topics with 40 people over the conference, exchanging ideas, tricks and war stories.

UKOUG 2012

The UKOUG 2012 conference was a rather short affair for me this year as I was only there for 1 day of it.

During the Sunday I was at my nephew’s birthday party. In the evening I returned to Birmingham in time to make it to the Oracle ACE dinner. Big thanks to Debra Lilley for organizing it and to the Oracle ACE program for sponsoring the event. I used the opportunity to ask a number of questions about ADF and WebLogic. I’m still a newbie and since I seem unable to distance myself from the subject, I figured I need to know a bit more. :)

Monday was my first and only day at the conference. The lineup was like this:

Why Present (UKOUG TEBS 2012)

The annual UK Oracle User Group Technical and E-Business Suite conference is fast approaching and rather than just say “hey everyone, I’m going to present at a conference” I thought I would say why I present at conferences (and SIGs (and any opportunity I get) ).

Scale Abilities Awarded Gold Partner of the Year

Scale Abilities is very proud to announce that we have secured first place (Gold) in the UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards in the Database category. Thanks go out to all our clients that voted for us, we really appreciate your support and hope that we continue to exceed your expectations moving forward. Our competitors in […]

Presenting at UKOUG 2012…

I’ve got confirmation that I’m presenting at the UKOUG 2012 conference in December. As I’ve said before, I like seeing places, but I hate the travelling, so I’m not looking forward to having to get to the ICC in Birmingham. That’s one killer 4 mile journey I’m going to have to endure… :)

See you there!

Cheers

Tim…

Friday Philosophy – Presenting Leads to Drinking, Discuss

Just a quick Friday Philosophy {the day job is very demanding at the moment, thus the silence on the Blog front}

I’m presenting in Leeds at the start of July on UKOUG AIM SIG on “The First Few Things You Need To Know About Exadata”. As part of the final preparation of the agenda it’s been raised that we should have a beer after the event and put it on the agenda.

Now, when I ran the Management and Infrastructure SIG, there was always a last item of “retire to a pub for a drink or two”. It is a common feature of technical UKOUG SIGs and a great opportunity to chat to the speakers more.

UK Oracle User Group Council Elections

If you are a member of the UK Oracle User Group, you are entitled to vote in the elections to the council. The polls close this week on Thursday 8th March.

You can vote on-line at http://www.ukoug.org/other/councilvote/.

Regular readers of this blog will have an interest in the PeopleSoft community. Steve Smith has been a deputy chair of the PeopleSoft Technical SIG for several years, and is standing as the representitive of the PeopleSoft community in the UK, and I urge you  to support him,

UK Oracle User Group Council Elections

If you are a member of the UK Oracle User Group, you are entitled to vote in the elections to the council. The polls close this week on Thursday 8th March.

You can vote on-line at http://www.ukoug.org/other/councilvote/.

Regular readers of this blog will have an interest in the PeopleSoft community. Steve Smith has been a deputy chair of the PeopleSoft Technical SIG for several years, and is standing as the representitive of the PeopleSoft community in the UK, and I urge you  to support him,