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March/April 2008


Learn from the Masters

By Justin Kestelyn

Oracle ACE Directors spearhead seminars on business intelligence and development.

Many Oracle ACEs are well-known for their blogging influence and steady presence among the Oracle Discussion Forums, but some folks—Oracle ACE Directors (for Oracle Fusion Middleware) Mark Rittman and Chris Muir—just take things to an entirely new level.

In 2007, Mark Rittman of Rittman Mead Consulting embarked on a world tour with his Enterprise Business Intelligence Masterclass, a two-day seminar for developers, end users, and IT managers. As described by Rittman, this seminar was designed to explain "the architecture and thinking" behind enterprise business intelligence (BI), with a particular focus on how the combination of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Oracle Fusion Middleware can be used to build integrated, standards-based, and enterprise-level BI applications. Organized and hosted by Oracle University, classes were convened in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Slovakia, and several other European countries, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2008, Chris Muir of SAGE Computing Services in Hillarys, Australia, is spearheading a similar effort in his home region: the Oracle JDeveloper Masterclass, a joint program of the Australian Oracle User Group and Oracle Applications User Group (and sponsored by Oracle Technology Network [OTN], of course). Although not a hands-on workshop like OTN Developer Day, this master class explores a similar theme: declarative development of rich internet applications using Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Application Development Framework. Muir will serve as the main speaker.

While master classes in Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne have already occurred, there is still time to register for April classes in Sydney and Hobart, Australia, and in New Zealand, as well as for a Brisbane, Australia-based course in October.

Oracle OpenWorld, Virtually

For those who visited the OTN Lounge at Oracle OpenWorld last November, thank you for joining us. For those who didn't: We're sorry you missed the show—you really missed out. Fortunately, this Oracle OpenWorld was the most documented one ever, courtesy of the increasingly energetic Oracle blogosphere, the new Oracle Wiki, and many camera-equipped attendees.

OTN Lounge staff counted more than 3,500 visitors across the week, while nearly 4,000 people attended the OTN Night party on Monday night. All told, we distributed nearly 6,000 pieces of software media, 2,500 T-shirts, and 1,000 Oracle Database 11g posters; it was a bonanza for anyone who likes free stuff.

OTN Locator

 OTN home
OTN Headlines
Free software downloads
Technology Centers
Technical articles
Discussion forums
Developer Events Calendar
Oracle ACE Program

Most interesting, the participation in the first-ever Oracle OpenWorld Unconference was even stronger than we expected. Although initial uptake was slow, by the end of the week 80 percent of the Unconference slots had been filled, with sessions held on topics such as "Advanced Index Internals," "Table Partitioning in Oracle Database 11g," and "Portal Versus Oracle WebCenter" from speakers including Dan Morgan, Richard Foote, Rich Niemiec, and Dan Norris.

See notes from the Oracle OpenWorld Unconference sessions at

The Wiki Effect

When we introduced the official Oracle Wiki, we couldn't possibly have known how quickly or intensely the community would embrace it. In early 2008, the wiki had more than 2,600 registered members, with pages having been created about topics ranging from user group participation and human resources-driven identity management to Oracle Unified Content Management installation and hard partitioning in Oracle VM.

If you have a passion for a certain portion of the Oracle stack and want to share your knowledge with the world at large (and capture enhancements to that knowledge at the same time), the Oracle Wiki is a great place to start. Explore it at


Justin Kestelyn ( ) is the editor in chief of Oracle Technology Network.

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