RMOUG: You should be here

I arrived in Denver yesterday afternoon for the RMOUG Training Days event. As I’ve written before, this is the first conference I’ve attended (and paid for!) as an attendee in at least 6 years, maybe the only one ever. The coolest part was that the small amount I paid for an attendee registration ($285) has already been totally worth it, and the sessions haven’t even started yet. Many people would pay that amount just for an opportunity to visit with some of the people I got to talk with last evening.

After all, I know of no other conference where you can have meaningful, interesting conversations with all of these fine individuals in a single evening: Mogens Nørgaard, Debra Lilley, Graham Wood, Kevin Closson, Daniel Liu, Gaja Krishna Vaidyanatha, Jeff Needham, Christo Kutrovsky, Mike Ault, John King, Joze Senegacnik, Tim Gorman, Duncan Mills, Lynn Munsinger, and Peggy King. And those are just the people I got to talk to (there were many other well-respected technicians and sharers of knowledge around that I didn’t have time to speak with. I haven’t even gotten to see Cary Millsap, Robert Freeman, Craig Shallahamer, Riyaj Shamsudeen, Tanel Poder, Jeremiah Wilton, Tom Kyte, Iggy Fernandez, or Daniel Fink yet.

This is my first time to RMOUG and you may be thinking that this is some sort of fluke to have all these great researchers and presenters at one event, especially a relatively small event where there are ample opportunities to network with them directly. I’ve reviewed the RMOUG agenda for the last 3 years and this agenda is representative of the quality that they’ve managed to schedule for the event every year. Plus, unlike other conferences, the RMOUG attendee tuition is priced to help them break even, not make a large bankroll. My biggest regret is that I couldn’t manage to get here before this year!

  • http://seilerwerks.wordpress.com Don Seiler

    Say hi to Riyaj for me. I miss having him on-hand for my pitiful problems.

  • http://oracledoug.com Doug Burns

    Yeah, ok, I'm jealous ;-)

    You've confirmed everything I've heard about RMOUG but I'm sworn off conferences for a while, and crossing the Atlantic adds another couple of days not working :-(

  • http://www.dannorris.com/ Dan Norris

    I am hoping to attend his session later today. I'll pass it along!

  • http://www.dannorris.com/ Dan Norris

    I dare say that it'd be worth the couple of days. Really, I'd consider dropping one of the other events I attend if this event is always such high quality…and cheap!

  • http://seilerwerks.wordpress.com Don Seiler

    Say hi to Riyaj for me. I miss having him on-hand for my pitiful problems.

  • http://oracledoug.com Doug Burns

    Yeah, ok, I'm jealous ;-)

    You've confirmed everything I've heard about RMOUG but I'm sworn off conferences for a while, and crossing the Atlantic adds another couple of days not working :-(

  • http://www.dannorris.com/ Dan Norris

    I am hoping to attend his session later today. I'll pass it along!

  • http://www.dannorris.com/ Dan Norris

    I dare say that it'd be worth the couple of days. Really, I'd consider dropping one of the other events I attend if this event is always such high quality…and cheap!

    We wish you were here too!