Feedback from Oracle OpenWorld 2007

How Your Opinions Shaped This Year's Conference

survey.jpgAs part of Oracle OpenWorld 2007, we conducted extensive surveys of attendees. Your feedback provided valuable insight and greatly influenced how we designed Oracle OpenWorld 2008.

Here's a sampling of what we learned, and how it's making the difference for 2008.

71% of respondents expressed a preference for fewer keynotes as part of the overall formal agenda. We've reduced the number of keynotes and mapped them to focused content streams to help you spend your time where it means the most. See our post on Oracle OpenWorld Streams.

49% of respondents requested dedicated time in the formal agenda to visit the Exhibition Halls. This year we're providing greater access to the Exhibition Halls in two ways. First, we've extended the overall hours for the halls, so that they're open a total of 29 ½ hours during the conference. Second, we've set aside 3 hours of dedicated time—Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

37% of respondents asked us to ensure that abstracts and information provided for the breakout sessions are accurate. This year we're streamlining our titles and abstracts to reduce the opportunities for error. We've also assigned two experienced editors to edit all first round materials and to vet any additions or changes.

57% of respondents asked for more emphasis on practical training and on tips and tricks within breakout sessions. This request has been submitted to the Oracle OpenWorld 2008 content committee to be addressed at this year's conference. We also gave you more control over session content in 2008 via submissions and voting in the Submit a Session program on Oracle Mix.

72% of respondents asked that we repeat breakout sessions that "sell out" due to popular demand. In response, we've set aside slots for this purpose. It's tricky to schedule sessions on the fly, but when we see a session filling up, we'll do our best to arrange a repeat performance.

As you can see, we take your feedback seriously, and it really does influence the conference. So be sure to participate in this year's survey—and of course, leave your comments and suggestions right here on the blog.

Comments:

Interesting. How many responses did you get back? 100 or 10,000? As I asked on the other posting, (http://blogs.oracle.com/oracleopenworld/2008/05/oracle_openworld_streams_just.html) what about the rest of the survey results. There where a TON of questions. Why not show the results? Wish I could have gone this year. Great Sessions/training! Unfortunately, the "cost" of going to OW was not in the budget P-

Posted by Patrick on August 05, 2008 at 11:44 PM PDT #

Thanks Patrick, You may recall that at the end of the conference survey last year, we asked participants if they would be willing to participate in an additional survey to help shape our Oracle OpenWorld 2008 plans. We had 578 conference attendees volunteer to take part in the follow-up survey. We analyzed the first survey and used those results to dig even deeper in the second survey. The numbers we’ve posted here are from that very targeted follow-up survey. Seeing that there’s an interest in these results, it’s our intention this year to do a better job of sharing them in a timely manner. In the meantime, you might be interested in some of the demographic information we obtained through last year’s survey.

Posted by Jack Flynn on August 07, 2008 at 02:51 AM PDT #

Thanks Jack...You ( and crew ) are doing some great work listening to the attendees ... Patrick

Posted by Patrick on August 07, 2008 at 10:58 PM PDT #

Thanks for the kudos Patrick, and for your comments and questions. We really appreciate that you take the time to participate in the conversation and help us create a better experience for everyone. Hope you make it back in 2009 to enjoy some of the results.

Posted by Jack Flynn on August 08, 2008 at 12:59 AM PDT #

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