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Innovative experiment demonstrates the innate social nature of NoCOUG conference attendees.

SILICON VALLEY (NOVEMBER 20, 2015) – When NeoWorks founder Sri Rajan broached the idea of a hosted happy hour at Casino M8trix after the fall conference, veteran NoCOUG board members were quite dismissive. “NoCOUG members go to NoCOUG conferences in search of the latest and greatest information on Oracle Database such as sharding in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 and extreme performance in MySQL 5.7 and are not as interested in discussing whether Donald Trump or Carly Fiorina has better hair while chowing down on fried calamari and potato skins and chugging craft beer and mixed drinks” was the consensus opinion.

To the shock and dismay of veteran NoCOUG board members, the experiment was a resounding success as proved by the picture below. When asked how he could have been so confident that NoCOUG members could be sociable, Sri Rajan explained: “Oracle Database professionals are human beings and, like all human beings, they are social animals; after work is done, they love to congregate in groups, laugh, and be merry together like brothers and sisters akin guesting awhile in the rooms of a beautiful inn.” Sri Rajan then began singing the chorus from La Traviata in the style of José Carreras:
 
“Godiamo, la tazza, la tazza e il cantico,
la notte abbella e il riso;
in questo, in questo paradiso ne scopra il nuovo dì.”

Which means:
 
“Let's enjoy the wine and the singing,
the beautiful night, and the laughter.
Let the new day find us in this paradise.”

The success of this innovative social experiment came as a gut-wrenching shock to diehard NoCOUG board members who strongly oppose change and continue to support old ways in spite of opposition. They have already planned a two-day YesSQL Summit on January 26–27 followed, on January 28, by a full-day Practical Tuning Workshop led by Carlos Sierra and Mauro Pagano. “We now have to seriously consider extending our charter to include social activities” said one despondent board member who asked to remain anonymous.

Solid proof of the innate social nature of NoCOUG conference attendees can be seen in the following picture taken at Casino M8trix. Some run-of-the-mill pictures from the conference as well as links to the superb conference presentations are provided for completeness.
 
Happy hour at Casino M8trix
Happy hour at Casino M8trix

Long-serving membership director Joel Rosingana passes the baton to Stephen van Linge. Joel was honored with lifetime NoCOUG membership for his long service.
Long-serving membership director Joel Rosingana passes the baton to Stephen van Linge. Joel was honored with lifetime NoCOUG membership for his long service.

Conference bling
Conference gewgaws

Berry-licious breakfast
Berry-licious breakfast

Oracle Ace Michael Ault explains how to use AWR to decide if flash is right for you
Oracle Ace Michael Ault explains how to use AWR and Statspack to decide if flash is right for you

Good golly, Miss Molly! Sharding is finally here!
Good golly, Miss Molly! Sharding is finally here!

MySQL 5.7 can do 1.6 million primary-key queries per second on a single 72-core Intel Xeon Phi CPU. Can Oracle Database do that?
MySQL 5.7 can do 1.6 million (!) primary-key queries per second on a single Linux server with four Haswell-EX Xeon E7 V3 processors. Can Oracle Database do that?

Oracle Ace John Kanagaraj conducts a private training session for Stephen
Oracle Ace John Kanagaraj conducts a private training session for his fans

Melissa Data can help you with data quality
Exhibitor Melissa Data can help you with data quality

Mandatory Kamran picture
Obligatory Kamran picture

Selected Conference Presentations