IDUG EMEA always provides interesting content. Whether it’s John Campbell’s greatest hits (INSERT ALGORITHM 2 disable / re-enable, enhanced dynamic workload placement in Connect 11.1 M4 FP4, real storage management fun), or our own Julian Stuhler (Cloudy With a Chance of DevOps – A Survival Guide) and Damir Wilder (SQL Tuning Basics: Simple Steps to SQL Sufficiency), there was plenty of good presentation material today.
The weather here is much warmer than back home in the UK – 23 Celsius rather than 3! Talking to a couple of customers, it seems that the beach – about 2 minutes walk from the hotel – has been established as the best place to hold meetings.
In previous years, Triton have run a large drinks (and a little food) party with DBI on the Monday evening. DBI decided not to come to Malta, so we tried something a bit different this year and took our customers and a few friends out to dinner at the Caviar and Bull restaurant a short walk around the harbour from the conference hotel. Good company and a wonderful meal – lots of sharing dishes, including some theatre with some dishes arriving with smoke (intentional!) under the lids, and another with liquid Nitrogen!
If you didn’t come this year, you missed a good venue and a lot of great content. One way to get to IDUG is to be a speaker at the conference. The committee would much rather hear presentations given by real customers, rather than vendors and consultants and the conference fee is waived for speakers, so put a few thoughts together and come and join us next year.