Saturday, November 29, 2008

Three more days to BIWA Summit 2008

As we get close to the event, the weather is likely to stay mostly dry, at least compared to the heavy rains from the prior week. The low will be 45F, so if you are from a warmer place, please be prepared with some jacket.

We are requesting help from all speakers and attendees of the BIWA Summit, to compete the speaker survey forms, this will help us bring you the speakers that you liked the most in the future years as well. The speakers will receive an envelop with the speaker evaluation forms, all attendees are requested to fill these out and hand over before they leave the room. Please bring along your pens, hopefully the exhibiting sponsors will have pens as giveaways if you did not bring your own...

We have posted the public transit information to the Oracle campus to help keep the event green. However, if you prefer to rent a car, the goos news is there are places selling gas for below $2 in this area. If you still are looking for hotels, Sofitel is very close with a shuttle to conference center. If you are looking for really low cost deal, them Motel 6, is 6/10 th of mile away and rates for Dec1-4 are $54+tax...
#1251, US 101 at Ralston Avenue/Marine World Parkway
1101 Shoreway Road, Belmont, CA 94002, (650) 591-1471
Motel 6

If you will stay here, for an extra day after the event or are getting here on Monday early, check out some of the places worth seeing, specially if you are not from Bay area and donot come here frequently. Some of my favorites are:
1) Golden Gate Bridge, Marina and Fisherman's Wharf (in San Francisco downtown area or close by)
2) Half Moon Bay (Take 92 W - N 101 from Oracle, to the beach... and drive up to San Francisco through the Pacifica!) or if you love the mountains, take 101 S to 84 W, 25 miles of drive up and down the mountains to reach the coast...South of half moon bay
3) Drive north to Napa Valley or Sonoma valley and take wine train ride... (will need almost a full day)
4) Drive along the coast, on 1, thru Santa Cruz, Monterey to big Sur! This will take you at least 3-4 hrs each way... you better not be afraid of heights and cliffs!!! I will post some of the pictures of these areas...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oracle BIWA Summit - Dec 2-3, 2008

It's now only a week!

All the session abstracts and details at posted at this site:
http://ioug.itconvergence.com/pls/apex/f?p=219:77:139866668583012::NO

So if you are heading there, please make your personal schedule as the event will be packed with 4 keynotes and sessions in 6 || tracks along with the hands-on-lab.

This year IBM is the Platinum vendor who will showcase their Optimised Warehouse Initiative i.e. how to run Oracle DW's very fast on the IBM hardware. While there will be a fair amount of focus on the Oracle HP Database Platform, each one has its own niche. If you are a 1 TB to say 25 TB customer and have standardised on a non-HP hardware platform, then you will look at the Optimised Warehouse Initiative (OWI) space. You will find all major H/W vendors such as Sun, IBM, HP etc shipping you a reference or tested configuration with Oracle instance ready for use in DW. Typically, if you have standardised on HP hardware or are pushing over 25 TB, then Oracle HP Database Platform is something you need to look at...

Well at the BIWA Summit, you will find all the experts, Product Managers etc who can give you the first hand information and share the success stories of the pilots and early adopters. This is just one piece of the full pie that the BIWA Summit represents. The full spectrum will have talks on Analytics, other DB featueres that make Oracle a compelling platform for DW, OLAP, OBIEE and much more...

As we get to this event, we are also plannin for the next event and we would like your ideas, the time of year, the place and any changes you would like to see.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Oracle BIWA Summit 2008 (Dec 2-3)

Now we stand 4 weeks from the Summit, 4 keynotes, 50+ sessions, ~ 10 hands on Labs.
Attend a Webcast on Wed Nov 5, 2008 to learn why you should attend the BIWA Summit.
See details at http://OracleBIWA.org

Learn about Oracle BI, Data Warehousing. Learn about Optimized Data Warehouse,
Learn about Exadata (Oracle HP Database Platform)

Still time to grap good flight deals, or the hotel near the Oracle Head Quarters.
Spend 2 days at the conference, speand some time visiting San Francisco Downtown or the nearby beaches.