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Open World in San Francisco
July 25, 2005
Mark Rittman

I'm currently in the process of trying to get myself over to the next Open World in San Francisco. I know it's probably the cool thing to actually not want to go to Open World, but I had a good time last year and I'd like to catch up with some of the people I got to meet during last year's event. This years SF Open World is apparently the only Open World Oracle are going to run this year, and it's traditionally the time that new products are announced, so it's nice to be in the centre of it and get a chance to chat with the various product managers. It's also a good opportunity to take part in the BI Advisory board, hear some great presentations, meet up with people like the OTN team and generally get to see Oracle Corp. in its home town. Open World was also particularly good for me last year as I generally don't get a chance to go to many of the UKOUG Conference presentations, as I'm either speaking or chairing myself, or helping out on the company stand.

Last year was fairly straightforward as I actually managed to bag two tickets - one as a speaker for ODTUG, and another as an award given as part of the Oracle Expert programmer. This year though it looks like Oracle are only taking a much smaller number of user group presentations, with the UKOUG only getting a couple of slots and so far no announcement from ODTUG for a "call for papers" (as they did last year), and the Oracle ACE programmer (which replaced the Oracle Experts scheme) didn't originally come with a conference pass (which is a shame).

The deal with my employers is that if I can get a conference pass, they'll cover flights and accommodation, so I'm currently trying to persuade the powers that be that the ACEs (or at least me :-)) should get a conference pass this year. I know it's all a bit undignified but given that I've managed to persuade my wife to let me go again (not bad seeing as we've just had our second child) and for work to cough up for T&A, it'd be a shame to miss out this year. Of course I could always pay for a ticket myself but it's around 1000 so not a trifling sum. I'll keep you posted as to how I get on.


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