Last week I was in Las Vegas for Collaborate 15. Here's a summary of my experiences from a week in Sin City.
The biggest issue for me was deciding which sessions to attend. Collaborate is in effect three conferences rolled into one (IOUG, OAUG and Quest), so in any given slot there was up to 50 concurrent talks! Even narrowing this to the IOUG presentations still normally left over 10 sessions to choose from. With so much choice, I found the session planner hard to navigate. Others commented on this too, so this looks like one area the conference could improve next year.
Depsite the size, many of the sessions I attended were only about half full. I'm not sure whether this is a result of having too many concurrent sessions or just me choosing less popular talks - apparently some such as the one on OpenLDAP were standing room only!
I managed to battle my way through the planner though and find some great talks. My favourite was Dan McClary's where he explained how Oracle's Big Data SQL product works. This is an area I've not played with yet, so I found it very useful for getting up to speed. It's certainly a feature I plan on spending more time with.
I have to say thanks to the folks at Solar Winds for inviting me to their shindig on Monday night. This proved to be a great chance to meet new people over a few drinks. :)
The trip was also a great chance to meet the newest member of the Developer Advocate team - Blaine Carter. He's focusing on open source development and helping show that we here at Oracle are happy to work with open source products. He's got some fantastic ideas, so keep a lookout for content from him over the coming year.