Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oracle Openworld 2009 - Call for Papers Extended

As Justin Kestelyn posts, this is the first time in his tenure that a public call-for-papers has been issued for Oracle Openworld.

The deadline has recently been extended until April 26. So if you were thinking about writing an abstract but figured you were going to run out of time, you now have an extra week. Oracle employees aren't allowed to submit abstracts :( as we are given an allocation.

If you are from a consulting company you may want to consider doing a joint presentation with one of your clients as these are always appealing. Are you running on an 11g Database and can talk to the advantages of 11g, experiences upgrading, etc. - then include details in your abstract. Competition for sessions is always intense so your abstract needs to interest (sell) those doing the reviewing - Good luck!

For all of you submitting an APEX abstract please forward me your entry (with speakers). Last year I was very lucky to secure a few sessions outside of the normal channels. I have no idea whether I will have any opportunities this year - every year the rules change.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Upcoming Conferences: Oracle Openworld Japan & Collaborate

I will be attending Oracle Openworld in Tokyo, April 22 - 24.
I have a number of presentations and hands-on-labs, plus will be Mark Townsend's official "demo bunny" for the Database keynote. Given that Mark is a Kiwi (friendly term for someone from New Zealand) and I'm an Aussie, the first time we did this in Moscow, our esteemed colleagues (other US based PMs) in the audience even had trouble following us as we slipped into colloquialisms (try saying that 3 times really quickly) - I did feel for the poor old translators after that one. We repeated the same keynote in Prague without as many local terms and it went very well, so hopefully the translators have an easier time in Japan.

Collaborate 2009 in Orlando Florida is up next, May 3 - 7. There are 16 APEX Sessions from many speakers. John Scott will even be signing his book after his session. To see all the Collaborate sessions, complete with dates and times, click here.

Hope to see you at the conferences,

Get the 'Latest' from APEX OTN Site

We have been freshening up our APEX OTN Home Page with lots of new content. These include 'Latest Highlights', 'Latest Collateral', and 'Latest Books'.

Today for example we put out a new white paper 'Integrating APEX with BI Publisher' thanks to Jason Straub. Read his posting here for more details.

Another new addition today, under 'Latest Highlights' is the new Oracle Store developed in Application Express. Our development team in conjunction with other teams have been rebuilding the old Oracle Store in APEX. This is the first release featuring Enterprise Linux and Virtualization (VM). This multi-lingual / multi-currency application is another nice example of an Internet facing Oracle APEX application.

Latest Collateral & Highlights also include a podcast with Mike Riley, President of ODTUG, and an interesting article from Profit Magazine on a very successful modernization project in Florida.

The Community & Partners pages continue to swell across all categories including some interesting new Internet Applications many of which look nothing at all like regular APEX screens - Check all the community pages out for yourself here.

So I strongly recommend you check in on the APEX OTN Pages regularly to keep tabs on all the latest offerings.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Doing More with Less with Oracle Application Express

I will be participating in a webcast hosted by Redmond Magazine.
The webcast is on April 28 at 11:00 PST / 14:00 GST / 19:00 GMT.
The format will be a discussion / interview type format with moderator, Peter Varhol, asking me lots of questions.

The objective of this webcast is to discuss how APEX can be used to "streamline processes and lower operational expenses".

To register for the webcast simply click on the Title!
You could even win an iPod Nano simply by registering and listening to the webcast.

Speak to you soon,