Several product managers and me spent the whole of this afternoon showering Oracle ACE Directors (for Database and Middleware) with information, including product direction for the SOA Suite, Identity Management Suite, WebCenter, and Database. We also had a very productive roundtable about the program in general, in which we most of the time discussing the new Oracle Wiki.
It would take me several pages to convey everything covered here, and it's best anyway that I leave that job to the ACEs themselves. Suffice it to say there were many exchanges not only about functionality, but about licensing and pricing as well. The synergy in the room was tremendous, given the presence of experts from not only around the globe, but across the tech stack. (Next year, we should have reps from the world of packaged apps as well.)
Perhaps most important, this meeting provided a rare opportunity for the far-flung ACEs to meet each other in person and trade war stories. In a couple hours, that process will re-start at the Oracle ACE dinner, which will include an even richer cross-section of the Oracle community. Looking forward to it!