Yesterday was the first meeting of the newly restarted Arizona Oracle User Group, AZORA. It was a good first meeting to kick off what I hope will turn into an active club.
We met in the Tempe Public Library in a large downstairs room with a projector screen and plenty of seating with tables so it was easy to take notes. We also had snacks. I got a Paradise Bakery chocolate chip cookie and bottled water so that put me in a good mood for the afternoon meeting. They also had some giveaways and so I picked up an Oracle pen and notebook to use to take notes during the talk. They also gave away three or four Rich Niemiec books and some gift cards as prizes, but, as usual, I didn’t win anything.
The first talk was about “Big Data”. I’m skeptical about any buzzword, including big data, but I enjoyed hearing from a technical person who was actually doing this type of work. I would rather hear an honest perspective from someone in the midst of the battle than get a rosy picture from someone who is trying to sell me something. Interestingly, the talk was about open source big data software and not about any Oracle product, so it gave me as an Oracle database specialist some insight into something completely outside my experience.
The second talk was about another buzzword – “The Cloud”. The second talk was as helpful as the first because the speaker had exposure to people from a variety of companies that were actually doing cloud work. This talk was more directly related to my Oracle database work because you can have Oracle databases and applications based on Oracle databases deployed in the cloud.
It was a good first meeting and I hope to attend and help support future meetings. Hopefully we can spread the news about the club and get even more people involved and attending so it will be even more useful to all of us. I appreciate those who put in the effort to kick off this first meeting.