Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Things I learned at Oracle Open World in SFO 2008

I just came back from a few days at OOW, and it was fun. I shared a biggish apartment with Anjo Kolk, Krister (Sweden) and Oliver (Danish CSC), and it was beautiful to see the beer bottles (good beers, mind you!) gradually filling up the kitchen table allocated for that purpose.

On Sunday, November 11, I was invited to a seven-hour briefing for Oracle ACE Directors (I am such a thing). It was mostly about the Fusion Middle Ware (MW) and in the end a bit about the 11g database.

I have three observations:

1. During the MW presentations I saw more acronyms than in my entire military career.

2. 'Oracle' was the only word with less than seven letters in all those slides.

3. The best thing that can happen to any product is to be bought by Oracle. Turns out, that the purchase itself will transfer the product overnight from being worth-, use- and hopeless to being an absolutely state-of-the-art, best-of-beer product.

Interesting to learn that MW is database agnostic and Apps server agnostic. This obviously generates some interesting discussions inside Oracle.

And, man, do things change in the MW: Forget SOA, here comes SCA. Forget hub-and-spoke - it's just SO yesterday. Forget Portal - here comes WebCenter.

I am tempted to quote the standup comedian Billy Connolly, who said some years ago: "... and it will all change tomorrow, so f.... stay awake!"

Apart from that, it was a good day with knowledgeable presenters, and I learned a lot. Thanks to the Oracle ACE ladies (Emily & Victoria) for setting this up.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I simply set up a virtual office at the tex-mex restaurant Chevy's and met a bunch of friends from inside and outside Oracle during those days. It was good, and it generated a lot of good ideas.

There were 1600 presentations in total. 100 of these were database-related. Interesting.


Blogger Noons said...

"1600 presentations in total. 100 of these were database-related"

hmmmm, do I detect a trend?

good to see you can relate to Billy as well: my fondest memory of one of his shows is when he shouts: "who invented how to milk a cow? You know: fondle,fondle tap,tap, nudge,wink?"

I almost fell off the chair laughing. Nowadays, it reminds me of milking the alphabet to punch out another "industry-standard" acronym. But, I digress...

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Toon said...

MW technology
Du-jour technology

Hot and sexy today.
Forgotten and despised tomorrow.

I just keep playing around in my nice fat database and get things done in a predictable, maintainable and manageable manner.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous sap migration said...

You are very lucky that you have attended the workshop and got a chance to learn so many interesting and new things about Oracle. I wish I too had experienced that environment full of interesting facts. Anyways thanks for the information.

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