Collaborate Conference Summary

We made it through the Collaborate conference! It was a whirlwind of activity, with Vlamis Software presence from Saturday through the closing session on Thursday. Here are some of the Vlamis Software (and associated BIWA SIG) highlights:

Saturday: Dan attended Collaborate conference committee kickoff meeting. Really good group of people to work with!

Sunday: Dan set up hands on lab (HOL) room. Everything worked! By the way, the HOLs were a huge hit. We ran 6 different HOL sessions, using 2 virtual machines on 20 computers, servicing as many 60 people at a time. We received great feedback on the sessions and I believe people really appreciated having a chance to actually touch and feel the software. HOL sessions included:

  • OBIEE (presented by KPI Partners)

  • BI Publisher (presented by BI Publisher product management)

  • Oracle Warehouse Builder (presented by Rittman Mead)

  • Oracle Data Mining (presented by Rexer Analytics)

  • Oracle OLAP (presented by OLAP product management with help from Vlamis Software)

  • Excel running against Oracle OLAP (presented by Simba)


Our thanks go out to the above excellent instructors, to KPI Partners for sponsoring the hands-on labs and to our very own Jonathan Clark of Vlamis Software for working with all of the instructors to get the PCs configured for the labs.

Monday: Lots of sessions to attend. Also, the trade show floor opened up. Vlamis Software had a booth at the show and we received a lot of traffic throughout the show. Our notebooks and pens were a big hit. We raffled off a copy of the book Oracle Essbase & Oracle OLAP: The Guide to Oracle’s Multidimensional Solution. We will be mailing out a copy of the book to the winner soon.

Tuesday: More sessions followed by the BIWA Reception, with Robert Gersten, Sr. VP of BI Development at OracleI. It was great to be able to slow down and actually talk with some of you in the BIWA community. I (along with Karl Rexer) was honored to receive the 2010 BIWA Haydu Contribution Award for outstanding contribution to BIWA SIG.  Very nice!

Wednesday: More sessions. Vlamis Software was involved in three different sessions that morning:

Thursday: Dan participated in the closing debate: Should I Stay (10g, MySQL)
or Should I Go (11gR2+)? Dan argued for Going to 11gR2+

After a whirlwind week, it was nice to head home. Lots of great contacts. I’m looking forward to Collaborate 2011!