I am still amazed at how people and companies increase the cost of Oracle to themselves.
One discussion was with a one-man company, and how Oracle Enterprise Edition is so expensive. This former employee, now entrepreneur, was still under the impression that Personal Edition has no capabilities. A quick glance in the licensing document would have told him that the $400 + 22% annual fee would have served his purposes, since Personal Edition is for developers and includes all features of the Enterprise Edition (except RAC) at no extra charge.
Another discussion effectively was an acknowledgement that companies do not bother to understand and use the features they have bought - resource management, scheduler, email, etc. Instead they buy additional product from other companies, attempt to shoehorn all these things together, incur additional license costs both from Oracle (because they now have additional s/w using up cores, therefore they need additional cores of DB license) and the added product they buy, as well as the cost of integrating it.
And they wonder why Oracle seems expensive.
We had a wonderful discussion with the IOUG Spatial and Graph SIG executive and a number of SIG members.
I'd love feedback one idea: is to create a MAP Attack - a hands-on workshop similar to RAC Attack, with extremely fine-grained detail on installing and loading database and spatial, through installing and configuring Map Viewer and Map Editor, that we could play back at conferences.
As usual, we had a lot of people interested in RAC Attack. And as usual, the attendees found that the difficulty is in getting the networking and shared storage right. The bulk of the problems arose from network mis-configuration.
Again we had a number of discussions on "X as a Service". I think it is very important that DBAs start to embrace that - OracleVM, Cloud Control and DB Templates are in their future.
DBAs may still be able to push back for a while, but I am increasingly seeing CIOs and CTOs be convinced of the cost savings. And if DBAs are not familiar with the technologies, they are being pushed aside and viewed as roadblocks to progress. This can be a scary position to be in. Learn the Cloud Control ...
One of the best courses I've taught in a while is the Oracle Virtualization (OracleVM for x86) course. Well worth the time.