Yes, the last day of the conference arrived. Many folks got a bit of a slow start as they recovered from the prior evenings festivities (but that is true almost any day in the French Quarter!).
Morning Chi Gung was smaller but still a respectable turnout of 14 people. Some of my participants had already started their trek home, others just could not quite get up… c’est la vie.
The KScope Social Network
My first session on this final day was Charles Elliott from Rittman Mead, discussing how to do Social Network Analysis with Oracle Tools. He discussion centered around using R and a graphing tool called D2 (www.d3js.org).
Charles had mined some data (from twitter I think) and then charted some of the connections to determine who were the major influencers related to KScope13 and several of our tracks. My name is up there, but I am a very small dot. You might be able to see in the picture a pretty big dot which is Gwen Shapira, who was not even at the conference this year!
Looks like very cool tech. Not sure where I would use it (yet).
Agile Case Study?
One session I was not too happy with was this one. It was titled as an agile implementation success story but it was (IMO) a veiled pitch for a free addin to SQL Developer.
The entire presentation was a statement of issues in trying to do version control of database objects. And they were all legitimate issues. But there was no case study of a specific project and how they tried to solve the problem. The solution was a product from the speaker’s company that they have developed as an add in to SQL Developer to allow you to control database object check in and check out at the database level.
Nice idea. Looks like it will work.
But, the product is not even available today! It will be release later this summer and is free for up to five users (then I assume it will cost $$).
My beef is that this should have been clearly labeled as a vendor presentation not as a “success” story.
For my last session I went to Stewart Bryson and Edward Roske’s presentation on Innovation in BI: Oracle Business Intelligence Against Essbase & Relational.
This was a great collaborative effort between these two guys who work for companies that might be considered competitors. I am pretty sure this is a KScope first (in many ways).
In the end, after some demonstrations of how to do this, they guys left us with a really nice comparison chart on when to use which tool and its relative effectiveness in solving specific problems.
Nice job guys!
A relatively new KScope tradition is to hold a final closing general session. Here we say farewell to the event and the city with some slides and humorous videos from the week.
We also get to learn who the top five speakers were for the event (as ranked by session evaluations) and who the speaker of the year winner is.
There was also an award for the best Kscope Ambassador (the one who helped with the most sessions). This went to Mark Becerra.
Congratulations to both!
As a final note we got a great little video welcoming KScope14 to Seattle.
The even bigger news was that we already have sponsors for the 2014 event! Platinum, gold, and sliver level sponsors have already signed! Plus a boat load of exhibitors.
We must be doing something right that they have secured their spot a year in advance.
We have come a long way baby!
The website for Kscope14 is up and running. You can register, submit an abstract, and make your hotel reservation for next year.
So head on over there now while you are thinking of it! KScope14.com
One Last Shot
I can’t end this series without at least one picture of the great food here in New Orleans. I did eat well!
See you in Seattle (if not sooner)!
The Oracle Data Warrior