It's Not Who You Know, It's Who You Meet
By stephen.fox on Aug 26, 2009
A Guest Post from Oracle ACE Director, Lucas Jellema
Our first guest post this year is from Lucas Jellema. In addition to being an Oracle ACE Director, Lucas is CTO at AMIS, an Oracle and Java Technology Consulting firm based in The Netherlands. He has his own blog, but today he shares with us his thoughts on the opportunities available at Oracle OpenWorld.
Oracle is huge—in terms of products and technology, and certainly in terms of people. Nowhere will the people part of Oracle become more obvious than at Oracle OpenWorld. For a whole week, San Francisco is red, taken over by tens of thousands of Oracle users and Oracle staff..
Oracle OpenWorld is an excellent opportunity to share your experiences, questions, knowledge, enthusiasm, or even passion with like-minded souls. To talk to the people behind the products—the product managers and software engineers in the campgrounds. And the people behind the forum entries, blog posts, and technical books. To learn, not just in the technical sessions and hands-on labs but also and perhaps more so during the lunches and while standing in line (an intrinsic part of Oracle OpenWorld as well).
I have had so many brief and long conversations with total strangers who in some way, usually through common experiences and shared interests, were very familiar at the same time. Conversations that often resulted in exchange of contact details and ongoing communication. For me, Oracle OpenWorld is about people—about friends, even.