5/12/2004 -- Last month I attended the International Oracle Users' Group (IOUG) Live! 2004 conference held this year in my home base of Toronto. As user conferences go, this is one of the better ones and includes a large selection of presentations by Oracle users to other Oracle users, which often provide you insights not always available directly from the horse's mouth. On top of that, if you're interested in certification, each day included Oracle University seminars to get you ready to write the latest OCP exams (still 9i since the 10g track is not out yet). Vendor support is always good, and many senior Oracle representatives key in developing the technology were on hand to answer questions and mingle with the attendees - Oracle Magazine fans could even "Ask Tom" a question! I strongly encourage you to consider attending next year's conference, or visit the IOUG Web site here to find out about getting involved with a local chapter - users are the best people to help other users.
While at the conference, an interesting statement stuck with me. In a presentation on configuring Oracle Portal in Oracle Application Server 10g (don't call it 10gAS), the presenter said, "Enterprise Manager is a wonderful tool for managing and monitoring Oracle 10g - database and application server."
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