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IOUG President Michelle Malcher: Maximize Your Oracle OpenWorld

As president of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), Michelle Malcher is passionate about educating fellow DBAs and sharing best practices. A 15-year veteran of database administration, she currently leads the DBA team at DRW Holdings in Chicago.

We asked Malcher to share ways for both newcomers and veteran conference-goers to get the most out of Oracle OpenWorld 2013, which takes place in San Francisco September 22 to 26.

Q. With more than 50,000 attendees, Oracle OpenWorld is one of the largest annual tech conferences. Do you have any tips for making the conference easy to navigate?
A. I highly recommend people arrive a day early, because on Sunday, before the official conference kickoff, there are lots of special user group sessions, so arriving early gives you a chance to acclimate before the fun starts.

The IOUG User Forum on Sunday, September 22, 2013, gives you an opportunity to join other IOUG members and Oracle professionals for a full day of technical training from IOUG experts. These sessions are a great way to meet people with the same interests, start making connections, and gather some advice from experienced conference-goers.

Also, bring comfortable shoes, because you will be doing a lot of walking!

Q. Obviously, the recently launched Oracle Database 12c will be a hot topic at Oracle OpenWorld. What can people expect to learn?
A. Last year's conference was about previewing the coming release, but this year, we really get to dig into the technology, see how it works, and hear what actual users are thinking. You can expect coverage of all the new aspects of Oracle Database 12c—including upgrade planning. There will also be some special sessions on career building in the age of this new technology.

Q. What if people want to find out more about IOUG at the conference, or just network with members?
A. You can always head over to the User Group Pavilion (Moscone West, Level 2, Overlook 2A), where the IOUG will have a kiosk. Come by and learn more about your IOUG membership, connect with the Board of Directors, and pick up some IOUG swag! We're also hosting a member appreciation night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23, at the South Side Spirit Lounge. All are welcome, including nonmembers. Just ask for a wristband at the IOUG kiosk.

Q. Could you tell us some sessions you think everyone should attend?
A. People should not miss Larry Ellison's welcome address on Sunday night, as well as his keynote on Tuesday. It's a great chance to focus on the big picture and understand the major themes of the conference as well as the industry generally. And DBAs won't want to miss Andy Mendelsohn's general session, "Oracle Database 12c—Engineered for Clouds and Big Data." Not only will Andy show the latest release in action, but he’ll also preview what's on the database horizon.

Q. Any other tips?
A. Use the hashtags #OOW13 and #IOUGOOW when tweeting, and follow the hashtags for news and updates on sessions, speakers, and unique offers.

Be sure to get out there and network!

Learn more and register now for Oracle OpenWorld 2013.

Learn more about the IOUG at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.

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