The COLLABORATE 08 conference went very well this year with excellent attendance and, as usual, high quality and informative presentations. The aspect I especially like about COLLABORATE as compared to other conferences is that it is user-driven and almost all the 500+ technical sessions were devoid of any marketing speak or selling of products.
I presented 3 sessions between IOUG and OAUG, which were all well attended with over 150 people per session. I guess security is really starting to become ingrained at many organizations. I was somewhat surprised at the number of organizations relatively current with CPU patches based on the informal and highly unscientific "show of hands" surveys.
The PowerPoint presentations from my 3 sessions can be downloaded here -
Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG)
Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG)