Monday, June 25, 2007

Memories of ODTUG 2007

Last week I was in Daytona Beach, Florida, attending the ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2007 conference, and what a great conference it was. Not only did I meet up with many old friends, among, in alphabetical order, Mike Ault, Mike Durran from Oracle, Kent Graziano, Mark Rittman, and Dan Vlamis; but I made contact with several new people who are destined to become regulars on my emailing list; presented a couple of interesting papers; but I got a chance to attend some great presentations.

I particularly enjoyed Mark rittman's paper on BI EE for Discoverer users, Jeff Hofman's paper on integrating Discoverer with SSO and Portal, and Mike Donahue's paper on BI Publisher. One paper that I had to miss, because it was being given at the same time as I was presenting, was by Mike Durran who was presenting Oracle's roadmap for Discoverer. Mike himself had published Oracle's Discoverer Statement of Direction on OTN (link). If you haven't had a chance to take a look, I fully recommend doing so as it clearly spells out that Discoverer is here to stay.

All in all, I counted almost 10 papers either directly focused on Discoverer on with Discoverer content. This makes a sharp increase over previous years and shows how popular Discoverer has and is becoming. If you or your company are sitting on the fence, already have Discoverer, but haven't made full use of it yet, then now is the time to do so. Discoverer is not going away and is firmly an integral piece of Oracle's business intelligence offerings.

By the way, my two papers from ODTUG will be available for download from by website (link) before the end of this week.