Slightly OT: SQL Server conference vs. Oracle conferences...

From: Robert Freeman <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 08:27:40 -0800 (PST)
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I'm in Seattle this week attending SQL Pass (anyone else in Oracle-L here?). I'd liken SQL Pass, somewhat, to Collaborate though it is very database specific. I'd say there are maybe 1500 to 2000 attending here (I've seen no numbers, this is only a guess). Yes, I'm a man who is visiting a foreign country. I wear my Oracle shirt proudly and got a few interesting looks in the process yesterday.

One thing I've noticed (thus far) is the maturity at this conference (and fairly I've been one day only so far) is NOTHING like those at the bigger Oracle conferences such as Collaborate, RMOUG or HOTSOS. The level and depth of the speaking at the Oracle conferences is much better than what I've seen here. I've yet to see a presentation that wows me as I have from the likes of Tom Kyte, Tim Gorman, Cary Millsap and the like. There is a level of maturity that is missing here I think, both in presentations, style and content. Anyway, I fully recognize that my Oracle bigotry might be showing, but I'm not all that impressed. Let's see how I feel at the end of the week.

Just thought I'd share.



 Robert G. Freeman
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