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October 12, 2012

Worth it

Filed under: Oracle — Jonathan Lewis @ 7:41 am BST Oct 12,2012

Yesterday I went to London to visit   Pewterers’ Hall, the base of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers (est. ca. 1450), to give a presentation at the Server Tech special interest group of the UK Oracle User Group.

I was on as the last event of the day, and the title of my presentation was “The Pessimist’s view of Exadata” – which, I have to say, starts with a slide where I point out that  I think Exadata is a wonderful piece of kit. Unfortunately I over-ran my time, but I had a reasonable stopping point so I stopped nearly on time, but said that if anyone wanted to stay on after the close of business I’d go through the rest of the slides.

Ten people were able to stay on, and asked several questions about use and strategy – and that sort of enthusiasm  really makes me feel I’ve done something worthwhile. And then something like this happens – and really gives me a massive boost.


  1. Is the presentation online somewhere ?

    Comment by sagizvi — October 12, 2012 @ 12:33 pm BST Oct 12,2012 | Reply

    • I second this question.

      Comment by Roger — October 12, 2012 @ 6:58 pm BST Oct 12,2012 | Reply

    • sagizvi,

      It will be posted on the UKOUG library some time in the next few days as a pdf file – I’ve only just emailed it to the SIG representative in the office.

      Since it’s very similar to the presentation I did at the OakTableWorld conference in SF during OpenWorld you could view if you’re not a member of the UKOUG. I’ve only just sent a pdf file to Kyle Hailey for the OakTableWorld site , but at some point he’s also hoping to put up the videos of all the presentations.

      Comment by Jonathan Lewis — October 12, 2012 @ 9:40 pm BST Oct 12,2012 | Reply

  2. Hi Jonathan,
    I did not have the opportunity to attend this session, but i honestly have to say that all the stuff you have published (posts, whitepapers, and books of course) have dramatically increased my motivation to learn more each day. And i think there are thousands of people feeling like me.
    Your knowledge sharing spirit and your ability to make what’s complex being simple is an invaluable help in my daily dba challenges.
    so, i simply want to thank you.

    Comment by Olivier — October 12, 2012 @ 4:17 pm BST Oct 12,2012 | Reply

  3. Jonathan,
    I am absolutely agree with Olivier.
    I also hope, someday, to be able to attend your session.
    Please, keep doing.

    Comment by Joao — October 13, 2012 @ 2:23 am BST Oct 13,2012 | Reply

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