[ suggestions for improving ?] Nope! I think the way it was conducted, it was pretty good. We had 0 issues due to the GoToMeeting or delivery techniques.
Maybe writing on screen (while presenting) options might be a little helpful.
I most liked that the course was very well balanced and touched many a different toipcs. + It being a small class of just the 3 of us from Schneider, we went into some very specific examples of problems and JOhn Watson more than accommodated us and spent more time on topics where we needed more time and skimmed the ones we were experienced much. This gave us an opportunity to almost have tailor made workshops as well where we went beyond the scope of the course and exercises. Very Helpful, indeed!
I think it would be good to have information on your Audience's experience ahead of the course, so that Day 1 can be more productive based off of the experience of the class. Not a biggie though!
Overall, excellent class!
This was an online course. The workshops/exercises were about as solid as one could ask for. The presenter was A+. We did skip over various slides on a daily basis, which may have been due to time constraints, so that can sometimes provide trainees with an intermittent memory of whether they missed something they might want to know more about, but it was only 5 days, so presenter made sure he touched over the most important aspects, so when you look at it from that perspective, a trainee just needs to be ready for 8 hours gauntlet of information; which is good; Plantronics - keep doing that - that probably saved plenty of time, not having to call #s back in, plus able to mute, etc. The book delivered - it's just a powerpoint presentation, which is great I guess, but I may use it as a reference, not sure. Having the PDF, for late enrolees, like me, saved me, and the Training Team responded ASAP the moment we transacted billing, so that was A+ as well; SB didn't wait till Monday, they got us rolling early before course started - A+
Start with a clean slate, except for fact that Sys Admin built the clustered environment for us. Often a DBA will be previewed to assist in the layout of 2,3,4 nodes, what the requirements, in writing are, before we jump start RAC build. Being able to build my own from scratch was exactly what I needed to augment my 3+ years of dedicated RAC support, because company did not permit but only handful of DBAs and not many sand boxes either to build from scratch, maybe one, to somehow be shared by 100 DBAs; so this class was worth my investment in closing that piece. Now I probably would like to get into GoldenGate, but may have to save my money, plus want to enhance replication ground-up, others... If I can get those types of classes as well, hands-on, I would go back to SB or other that offers, because I probably would wait until 2020 to get a company to give me time to train for that - speaking from 10+ years of experience, multiple accounts * multiple companies. Anyway, I will be able to go back and look at my notes and probably will have to spend weeks compiling things in a way that I will be able to translate use in business world, but that just tells you about how much training I received from SB on this subject matter. Thanks!
I think the PDF being in the format it was, is likely best avenue when training, going through bullet points, etc - I would not detail any further, even though any trainees first thought, maybe a bit more detail that will help - not in the PPT (even PDF version) - but I think the Paper one that is shipped; it would be nice to have a bit more detail - something that would draw you to the paper version - not saying should add another 300 pages to it; that fact that the book is well organized, with tabs, is very cool! Quick access - but at first glance, you say, well I have the electronic version of this. If the book offered some information that the PPT did not - not sure, whether it's useful links (maybe I overlooked some) or other information -- I don't know you may have your reasons as to why it was done this way - and hey it's better than zero information - so not complaining - but often descriptions in a paper copy have a way of re-inforcing words, topcs... a PPT does not re-inforce from a paper copy standpoint... for training day purposes - stay with the PPT version... Just a thought... Other than that: course is heavily dependent on the trainers' presentation side, so when the trainer is very solid, then the trainees become very well trained. Make sure you have top notch trainers for this, and then the current format works; e.g., don't have someone like John W., not sure how course would fare. We were very fortunate to have John W. as a trainer as well as Gary, et. Al. assisting with our experience. Thanks! Cya down the road, perhaps, online, most likely - The U.S. Midwest is 6 hours away from London, although I did a small stint in London in 1998 with COLT Technologies, onsite for about a week, btw.