Open World Shanghai - Pictures and Commentary
By billy.cripe on Aug 12, 2007
Open World Shanghai was very good. With about 8K people registered and almost that many actually showing up inspite of the extreme heat and humidity, the event was very well received. I was present in the demogrounds every day with my Chinese counterparts who were absolutely fantastic (THANKS VICKI and SHIFENG!). The ECM booth had a lot of traffic and the demos were working well.
In addition to working the booth I also gave 2 presentations. The first was an introduction to Oracle's new ECM. "Introduction to Universal Content Management" was the session title. Here's the sign that was outside of the session room. I hope any Higher Ed folks who showed up were still impressed with what they heard about Oracle ECM!
The second session was on Multi-site management and this was extremely well received. The message of eliminating IT bottlenecks is not as resonant here where smart IT people are cheap and plentiful. Most bottleneck problems can be solved with the hiring of more people. But the message of centralizing control and regulation of sites while distributing the work and empowering the workers was *very* well received. Demo booth traffic spiked heavily and stayed strong after each session.
Both sessions were at capacity in the rooms - and this without any of my typical conference antics. It's good to know folks are interested in the technology and the capabilities, not just a performance.
Facilities were quite nice. The conference was held in the Shanghai international convention center (click for picture). Rooms were well staffed, sound worked well (except for when they tried to play the IRM Formula 1 video - stang!). And yes, we did get out to see some of Shanghai (with customers of course!).
We took a group to the Yuyuan Gardens and surrounding area. It was quite beautiful, and for me, who has never before been to Asia, quite exotic)
While I did not get to stay in the conference hotel, I did wind up booked in the Grand Hyatt - one of the tallest hotels in the world as it is housed in the top floors of the JinMao Tower. The coolest thing about this hotel, inspite of the fantastic service and wonderful view of the Huangpu river and old town and Pearl tower, was that my room came quipped with its very own lightsaber. I am not making this up. Check out the pictures!
Talk about cool! Yeah. The force was with me.
I'm still in Japan which has its own set of beautiful places and great people. I'll write more about that later.