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Kscope13 Sneak Preview: ODTUG's Monty Latiolais on Why You Should Go

This year, the Kscope13 conference, hosted by ODTUG, takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana from June 23 to 27. The conference, which focuses on sharing technical know-how across the Oracle stack, will feature a growing Oracle Database track.

Targeting developers, administrators, and architects, as well as business users, Kscope13 will include more than 300 educational sessions, plus full-day symposiums, hands-on training courses, and a range of informal networking sessions.

In a recent podcast, we asked ODTUG President Monty Latiolais and Database Chair Kelly Pot’Vin to provide a sneak preview of the event—and explain why database professionals should consider attending.

Q. Kscope always gets great marks from attendees. What do you think makes the event so popular?
Monty: I think that's because it's big enough to attract top speakers and industry leaders, but small enough that you really feel like you have access to the right people. Also, people like the fact that the location changes every year, which means you always get to know new parts of the country.

Q. Do you have any hints for Kscope first-timers?
Monty: I highly recommend that first-timers sign up for the free mentor/mentee program. When you register for the conference, you'll receive a form that lets you address questions and concerns you might have about the conference. You'll be automatically paired with a conference veteran who will help orient you so you can get the maximum value out of your time. It really helps newbies feel connected and engaged, right from the start.

Q. Some people think Kscope is not for DBAs, but in fact DBAs are coming in greater numbers every year. What's attracting them this year, in particular?
Kelly: This year, we had a record number of submissions for database-related workshops, which means we're offering some incredible database content. For example, database guru Tim Gorman will be giving a presentation called “Building Applications That Play Nice in Oracle Database.” Oracle's Maria Colgan, master product manager, will provide a series of presentations about Oracle Optimizer—plus she's helping lead the Kscope Women in Technology panel. And database leader Bobby Curtis, consulting technical manager, is expected to provide some great insights into the next generation of Oracle Database technologies, including tips, workarounds, and new ways of thinking.

Q. Besides all the intense sessions, what about networking opportunities—and some New Orleans–style fun?
Monty: The event will kick-off with a big networking event on Sunday, with plenty of beignets (the delicious New Orleans version of a doughnut), plus lots of New Orleans flare. And on Wednesday night, we will take over Mardi Gras World, where the city produces its famous Mardi Gras floats. The party will feature fortune tellers, a great local band called the Mixed Nuts, and even fireworks to cap it all off.

And of course the main conference hotel is on Canal Street, just steps from Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, and all the fun stuff and history that New Orleans has to offer.

Listen to the podcast today—and you might find a way to save money when you register!

Learn more and register for Kscope13.

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