I’ve discussed the continued overlapping of technologies and subsequent redefining of roles and sectors with many in my network this year. And, come to think of it, I’ve always dipped into some talks at ‘Tech ‘1X’ if I felt them relevant to my network despite being predominantly an ‘Apps 1X’ attendee. 

It’s only been comparatively recently that I’ve started to preview events I’ll be attending and this is the first time more than one of the traditional tech verticals will be under the same roof (albeit under different banners, but that’s besides the point…).

But, as I looked over the listed talks and began to plan my own schedule it suddenly dawned on me that doing a combined preview of ‘Day One’ might prove tricky since Tech 18 begins on Sunday December 2nd and Apps 18 begins on Monday 3rd.  

Whilst existing business commitments mean I won’t arrive until Monday evening, I’ll be keen to catch up with anyone who has been able to attend the Sunday and Monday highlights, and below you’ll find a few talks which really caught my eye when reading over the agenda.

On Sunday at 2PM Kyle Hailley’s (Amazon) Database slot Monitoring Database Performance in the Cloud looks like a great way to kick off proceedings, followed at 3PM by David Owen’s (Oracle) Migrate Your On-prem Application to the Cloud in a day – HOL.

Two talks at 16.10 jump out at me, the first being Brendan Tierney’s (Oralytics) Introduction to Machine Learning Using Python and Andy Colvin’s (Accenture Eniktec Group) Build Clouds Fast – An Introduction to Terraform on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

In Sunday’s final slots, Luiza Nowak’s (ORA-600) ‘You Really Need To Improve Your Presentation Skills, Even when you Work in IT’ will no doubt strike a chord with many and I will look forward to hearing the key takeaways of everyone who attends.

Apps 18 kicks off on Monday December 3rd, and amongst the first talks at 9AM I’m intrigued by both Rajat Sharma’s (Splash Business Intelligence) ERP & CRM Analytics Together in one Boat and Charles Berger’s (Oracle) Using Oracle’s Machine Learning and ADWC to Detect and Fight Fraud. Over at Tech 18 at the same time, I’d recommend Mark Waite’s (Griffiths Waite) A Methodology for Migrating Oracle Forms Applications to Oracle JET and Craig Sykes’s (Explorer) Implementing Blockchain in your Oracle Database.

I’d be interested to hear the thoughts of anyone who attends Jo Bates’s (Certus Solutions) Seven Human Factors that Drive Project Success or David Heraty’s (vertice) Abbey International Finance – Financial Consolidation and Analytics – with OAC. At 11.20, Simon Hayler (Oracle) will be presenting Infrastructure as a Code with Oracle Linux & Terraform Running on Oracle Public (Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)) & Private Cloud (Oracle OpenStack) – no doubt an important insight on this key issue for much of the Oracle community.

Raghu K’s (Reliason Solutions Ltd) Predictive HR Analytics on Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) at 11.50 will offer excellent advice on how organisations can use their data to make better HR decisions, including an opportunity to learn about LIME (Local Interpretable Model Agnostic Explanation) which is GDPR-Compliant.

In the afternoon (13.35 to be exact), Mark Daynes (Beyond Systems) will give his talk Data Visualization for Oracle Procurement, which I expect to be especially interesting as it will include live demonstrations – definitely one not to miss.

At 16.15, Oscar Colino Garcia (Oracle) will speak at Apps 18 on Analytics & AI Applications, whilst over at Tech 18 Mark Simpson (Griffiths Waite) will present Introducing AI to your JavaScript Applications – An Oracle JET Chatbot.

If you’re attending any of the talks I’ve mentioned above it would be great to hear your thoughts afterwards, and, if other talks have caught your eye, let me know in the comments section which you’ll be attending. 

I’m due to arrive in Liverpool on Monday evening so would be delighted to meet anybody keen to chat over a whiskey (not compulsory) during the evening social.