A specialist is someone who knows a lot about a topic. He specializes and specializes and knows ever more about an ever smaller knowledge area. And in the end, he knows everything about nothing.
I’ve just submitted my abstracts for the UKOUG Technology Conference in December, and I was forced by the website to choose only one product as the topic of my presentation. That is a problem and reflects a worrying trend towards silo mentality in IT. Each developer has his own tool and is either ignorant of other tools or actively hostile towards them.
One of my favorite topics has always been the “How to choose the right Oracle Tool” presentations that I have been giving in various guises for 15 years. I understand why this presentation never makes it onto the agenda at Oracle OpenWorld, where each product management team has a limited number of slots and want presentations that are uniquely about “their” product. But these comparisons are very valuable to all Oracle developers and customers, and I believe user groups should offer them. That’s why it saddens me to see UKOUG follow the silo mentality and move towards single-tool presentations.