Rittman Mead Consulting are represented at the ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2007 conference that's currently running at Daytona Beach, Florida, with myself (Mark Rittman) presenting two papers and co-chairing the BI & Data Warehousing SIG along with Kent Graziano. We've been long-term supporters of ODTUG, the Oracle Developer Tools User Group based in the States but with a world-wide membership, and it's great to come along, share stories and experience in working with tools such as Oracle Warehouse Builder, Oracle Discoverer, and developer tools such as JDeveloper and Designer.
ODTUG works alongside national user groups such as the UK Oracle User Group to provide a global forum for developers looking to work with Oracle and third-party development tools, and it's an honour for me to chair both the UKOUG Business Intelligence & Reporting Tools SIG and co-chair this international one. Like all user groups, we're looking to "add-value" to members, help them connect with their peers and create a community that continues between the SIG meetings. If you're at Daytona Beach, make sure you come along to the SIG meeting on Tuesday evening where Kent and I, together with other BI&W experts such as Jean-Pierre Djicks (OWB Product Manager) and Mike Durran (Discoverer & Delivers Product Manager) will be attending.
As for me, I got here on Saturday evening, after first losing my luggage at Atlanta (I was at the wrong baggage reclaim, another flight from Gatwick came in at the same time) but otherwise having a good journey, as I was able to bag an exit seat and spend about six hours working on the new seminar material. I spent yesterday in the main conference hotel mainly working but catching up with people such as Lewis Cunningham; today I'm also working with the main conference presentations (for me at least) starting off on Tuesday. I'm presenting two papers, one on Oracle Data Integrator and one on migrating from Discoverer to Oracle BI Suite Enterprise Edition, plus as I said I've got my SIG co-chair responsibilities over the three days. I haven't registered yet, but I'm told I'm down on the shortlist of ten for "best speaker at ODTUG Kaleidscope 2006", I don't expect to win it but it's nice to get nominated.
That's it for now though, I'll post more when I've been to a few talks - the ones by Jean-Pierre Djicks on new OWB11g features look particularly interesting.