UKOUG – Tech13 – day 3 review
Posted by John Hallas on December 5, 2013
Another busy day at the Manchester Central complex. An early start with Martin Nash talking about RAC connectivity issues and bugettes. Very interesting but I don’t think my brain was fully in gear at 08:30 after a big hotel breakfast.
Straight into another two-man CERN presentation on Lost Writes. The first half was about a scenario they had seen where an index has lost some data and frankly there was no explanation for what caused it to happen. However the second part was around how you might deal with the scenario and that was very good and gave a lot of food for thought.
Jonathan Lewis then spoke for an hour about histograms and how they had developed in 12c. There were some really good points made but I suspect he lost some of the audience about half way through – including myself – I did notice a man in front of me who was doing a Sudoku throughout the presentation.
I did my AWR talk and felt it went OK but because there was no time to talk to anyone afterwards and as I did not get much audience feedback it was quite hard to judge how well it went. The first time I did it was at a SIG and I think the low-key, less time-pressured environment suited the talk much more than the conference.
That was the end of the conference for me. I caught up with a couple of people and then made my way home. All in all it was a very well run conference and the Manchester venue was better than Birmingham in my opinion. I really cannot see the exhibition carrying on though. I did not look at one stand and I suspect there were many others who did not either. I cannot see what the exhibitors got out of it.
I must mention the entertainment on Tuesday evening which was a drinks reception sponsored by Enkitec and Delphix at the National Football Museum. I was very pleased to get my photograph taken holding the actual ball used in the 1966 World Cup Final. I think everyone was asked to wear gloves but it might just have been me!!