Closing the Loop on DC. On to Europe with Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g

By Brian Dayton, Senior Director, Oracle Fusion Middleware

The afternoon breakout sessions in Washington, D.C. were great. Unfortunately we had to turn people away from the Oracle WebCenter session. Vince Casarez must have done such a great job with the demo during the keynote that he over-packed the house. SOA, Application Grid--featuring Oracle WebLogic Suite--and Identity Management were also really, really well attended. I'm glad that we made the call to run the sessions 2 times to make sure that attendees could see what they came for. For those who didn't catch the keynote live, it's now available on-demand. We didn't webcast the breakout sessions but they will be available in-person when the 100+ city Oracle Fusion Middleware Forum kicks into high gear later this month.

Another thing that really started to resonate were some points that Thomas Kurian made during his keynote about the amount of time and effort that has gone into the development of the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g release. He spoke about millions of person-hours in automated and stress testing, the thousands of developers who worked on the release...and more. It really came together when I saw and heard the breakout presentations, the features, and realized the thought (and sweat) that has gone into it. Innovation takes a lot of effort.

Washington, D.C. - By The Numbers
2 - (At least 2 that I'm aware of) all nighters pulled by some of the public relations and OTN folks to make sure that all of the information, documentation, and downloads got out and posted on-time for July 1st
1,000+ - people who were registered for the event at the Mellon Auditorium. It was standing-room only.
1 - Satellite truck to get the live keynote webcast out
1 - X-ray truck to x-ray our satellite truck to make sure that everything was OK. We were in a federal building.
3675 - Miles (or 5915 km) from Washington, D.C. to London---the next stop for Thomas Kurian, Charles Phillips, and the demonstration crew for the next event on July 2nd
66 - The highway between the Mellon Auditorium and Washington Dulles Airport that got closed while our demo crew was on the way to the airport trying to get their flight out
1 - Big sigh of relief, from me and many other folks, when everyone made their flight
3 - Ring Circus
Given that European holidays are fast approaching, we decided to go with a three-prong approach to the initial European leg of the tour. So while the Washington, D.C. team kicks off another event in London, two more teams are doing the launch in Paris and Munich.

It's going to be another long day.

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