Last week was Collaborate in Las Vegas. I always attempt to keep up with what is going on during the week, but there is always too much to do and not enough time. So here I am a week later putting my thoughts into a blog.
I have been attending IOUG conferences since 1999. The first few were IOUG-A Live events and were great learning experiences for me as I was growing as a DBA. Five years ago, we started co-sponsoring Collaborate with our friends at the OAUG and Quest. As I have gotten more involved in the user group community, the user community and our conferences have taken on a new meaning to me, but at the same time, have become more important.