By ChristinaColunga-Oracle on Jan 12, 2016
Guest post by Sten Vesterli
As the New Year kicks off, so does the 2016 industry conference season. The first four months are packed with events that range from global telecommunications and healthcare IT conferences to user group meetings, and even a series of Oracle CloudWorld events around the world.
Last fall, when I returned from Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, I reflected on whether such hallmark events remain relevant in a world where we increasingly expect all of the information we need to be available on demand and, literally at our fingertips.
My conclusion is that these events continue to be vital and vibrant opportunities for learning, and I offer three compelling reasons why:
- Specific Answers
- Knowledge Sharing
Oracle, for example, has a very comprehensive technology stack, and there are often many possible ways to meet any specific business challenge. The collateral about each product cannot compare all the possibilities, but attending an overview session by an independent Oracle Ace director gives you an understanding of how each product fits into the overall picture.
Events, such as Oracle OpenWorld, provide a unique opportunity to ask your specific questions and get the answers you need, either in a Q&A panel session or at the demo grounds, where you can meet senior developers and product managers.
Both at conference sessions and at the various social events around a conference, you have the option to meet other professionals and hear about their challenges and how they overcome them. Many people have interesting and innovative solutions but do not feel like standing up in front of an audience to talk about it. But over a beer in the bar, you might learn many useful tips.
Serendipity means finding something useful that you were not looking for. The interesting word comes from an old fairytale, but the meaning is as relevant as ever.
Have you ever browsed a physical bookstore and found a book you would never have thought to look for online? You will experience the same kind of happy coincidences at live conferences, where you are exposed to a concentrated barrage of technology, products and ideas. It is very likely that you will stumble upon technical possibilities you were unaware of, and which can make a difference for your organization.
Oracle is working hard to make product information available through many channels, from documentation and tutorials to videos, podcasts and Virtual Technology Summits. but all of these have limitations in the amount of knowledge they can transfer. To increase your success with Oracle software, you should also attend live events like user group conferences, Oracle OpenWorld, or other specialized events, such as Oracle Industry Connect or Oracle CloudWorld programs. I know I'll continue to participate and benefit in the years ahead.