Filling Up Your Dance Card

Schedule your sessions by following the experts

By the time Oracle OpenWorld attendees hit the show floor, most of them already have a scratch list of all exhibits and sessions they plan to attend. When mapping out your conference options, it’s helpful to know which keynotes or panels are popular among the VIPs, fellow attendees, or industry insiders.

Business intelligence guru Michael Armstrong-Smith is one such wonk. He carefully maps out his itinerary for the entire conference and shares his favorite presenters and live demonstrations on his Learn Discoverer Blog. A veteran of the Oracle road show circuit (and the author of the Oracle Discoverer Handbook), he not only posts his schedule of events, but also usually follows up by reviewing the hands-on labs and providing additional links or related articles.

Another way to prepare is to follow the blogs of some of Oracle OpenWorld’s finest speakers, like Steven Feuerstein, an evangelist and software developer whose main obsession these days is code testing. On his FeuerThoughts site, he outlines three of his upcoming presentations at Oracle OpenWorld 2008 and keeps the world up-to-date on everything PL/SQL. Or keep an eye on the online postings of Oracle employees like Steven Chan as he riffs on the latest technology stack news from Oracle Applications Development.

Finally, be sure to check back here on July 22—we'll have an exclusive announcement about the release of some cool new scheduling tools.


Thanks for the mention, Jack. I thought I would let your readers know that I have two blogs, and feuerThoughts is the least<\i> PL/SQL intensive of the two. The other can be located at my PL/SQL Obsession site, cyberhome of all my PL/SQL resources: Warm regards and see you all at OOW (during which, as it turns out, I will celebrate my 50th birthday!), SF

Posted by Steven Feuerstein on July 17, 2008 at 10:08 PM PDT #

Thanks Steven for the link to your second blog -- makes me wonder if we need another one, too, just to keep up : ) Here's hoping that a fantastic Oracle OpenWorld contributes to a very happy birthday.

Posted by Jack Flynn on July 18, 2008 at 02:42 AM PDT #

Jack, Any ETA on the time for the scheduling tools announcement? Thanks for the tip!

Posted by David Wagoner on July 22, 2008 at 05:46 AM PDT #

ETA is two hours ago : ) Actually, I just got an update and the tool builders are fighting a few kinks even as we type. Still hoping to go live today—so I'll post immediately when I get the thumbs up. Thanks for checking in, David.

Posted by Jack Flynn on July 22, 2008 at 06:04 AM PDT #

Thanks for the update, Jack. Looking forward to seeing what you folks have in store for us!

Posted by David Wagoner on July 22, 2008 at 07:09 AM PDT #

Well, it appears that our exclusive announcement for today is that the new scheduling tool ... will be ready tomorrow. We're hoping that it will be up and running no later than noon Pacific time. We apologize for the delay, but we want to ensure that the tool is working correctly for you right from the start. Stay tuned ...

Posted by Jack Flynn on July 22, 2008 at 07:17 AM PDT #

Okay -I can see the new Scheduler Builder.. But How do I truly Reserve a seat for a session?

Posted by Jay Perry on July 29, 2008 at 08:47 PM PDT #

Hi Jay, If you add a session to your calendar in Schedule Builder, that reserves your seat for the session. However, to keep your reservation from expiring, you must arrive for the session at least 10 minutes in advance. This is necessary to accommodate as many people as possible while making sure that all the sessions start on time. Thanks for your question.

Posted by Jack Flynn on July 30, 2008 at 11:40 AM PDT #

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