Just back from an awesome PaaS Forum 2017 in Split, Croatia. Another superb community event organized by Oracle's Jürgen Kress (@soacommunity) and team. This event featured the usual flawless planning, marketing, and execution. It was Platform as a Service (PaaS) heaven on the Dalmatian coast.
PaaSForum: Always well presented and marketed. And then it delivers.
There was great interest and energy generated from no less than three chatbot-related sessions, including a super one from partner Capgemini's Leon Smiers (@leonsmiers) on day one (this was a community award winner later!). Oracle wrapped up the second day's proceedings with a superb presentation and live demo of Oracle's chatbot solution for cloud developers by Frank Nimphius (@fnimphiu).
Frank Nimphius steals the show with his chatbot session: Frank is always frank about what developers can do!
The event featured a packed PaaS and Oracle Cloud service integration agenda with an emphasis on the "hands-on" and learning. So, I was only delighted to drive the UX contribution by bringing along the latest Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) greatness for cloud enterprise developers with a UX showcase. I showed off what we are doing with wearable tech (account required) and conversational UIs for SaaS (account required), how our UI is evolving, and more about our free Rapid Development Kit (RDK) partner enablement for a mobility-first world, all built using Oracle Cloud technology.
We build in the UX to our partner enablement and use Oracle technology to build solutions! Ultan O'Broin (@ultan) explaining our RDKs.
It was great to catch up with old friends and meet new people from the partner ecosystem across EMEA and APAC. Check out all that was on offer (including the bootcamps offered later in the week) and the lively commentary and 'interesting' images attendees shared on Twitter with the #PaaSForum hashtag.
The real star of PaaS Forum 2017: Bandit the Cloud Expert. Woof!
I also showed off our Rapid Development Kit enablement, beginning with a live mobile development and UX demo, sharing how to make a decision about which tools to use, how to be part of a partner success story, and concluding with a great supporting commentary from Certus Solutions' Cloud VP Debra Lilley (@debralilley).
Choosing the right tool for the right job.
I was also pleased to hear how some SaaS partners are using the RDK to solve that innovation quandary of what should they should build and when, particularly how they can innovate quickly and show interested customers SaaS and PaaS possibilities without using up scarce development resources allocated to other projects.
A partner success story from APAC. Quotes from our RDK PaaS4SaaS enablement event with DXC Red Rock in Australia. Read more about the event.
In all, this was a super event, priceless in terms of partner networking and a platform for exploring UX needs and wants from the enterprise developer ecosystem, for learning new skills, and for coming up to date fast on what Oracle is offering the PaaS community.
See you next year! Hey, you might even win one of those community awards, just like our friends in eProseed!