It’s great when things work, and this year’s Oracle Technology Network Architect Meet-Up just plain worked.
The objective was modest: a simple, no frills chance for architects from across the spectrum to get together, compare notes, and just hang. There were refreshments. There was cheese. Lots of cheese. But best of all, there was a room full of architects of all stripes, chatting each other up, swapping business cards, and having a good time.
On a personal note, this meet-up, more than any other event this week, offered me an opportunity to spend some rare f2f time with people who are otherwise tiny profile photos on Twitter or Facebook, 140-character messages, blog posts, or voices on a podcast. A great many people across the architect community have been kind enough to share their insight and expertise as panelists on the ArchBeat Podcast, or through articles published on OTN, or at live events like OTN Architect Day, and, of course, JavaOne, Oracle Develop, and Oracle OpenWorld. Those people don’t just make my job easier. They have become friends – smart, funny, generous friends that I look forward to seeing and talking with every rare chance I get. The fact that the list of those people grows longer every year only makes the whole process even more gratifying.
So a tip of the ArchBeat hat to everyone, old friends and new, who turned out for tonight’s Meet-up. Let’s do it again sometime soon.
More photos here.