OpenWorld 2008: A Few of My Favorite Things
By oracletechnet on Oct 01, 2008
Now that Oracle OpenWorld is history, I wanted to recount a few of may favorite things/experiences. Sadly, I don't have much time to enjoy the actual content of the show anymore, so I will have to live vicariously through others for that experience. But a few things really jumped out at me:
1. The Cloud Computing support announcement.
Although plenty of SaaS/Cloud purists have quibbled about this (the announcement did not include utility-based licensing), 95% of humanity will agree that the new ability to provision supported Oracle Database/Fusion Middleware instances in the Amazon cloud is very, very positive. If you're a developer, your prototyping options on Oracle just expanded considerably: Instead of taking the time and expense to procure and manage boxes or database access for hot or short-term projects, you can now be and up and running very quickly, with little ongoing administration required. Or, if you're simply interested in evaluating Oracle products, you now have a nice, hardware-free alternative to doing an install. We're already looking at ways to take advantage of this new capability for workshop purposes, for example.
2. The Oracle ACE experience.
It's getting to the point that for me, the entire purpose of OpenWorld is meet and greet ACEs, and I know that the ACEs themselves relish the opportunity to interact in person. (For an interesting perspective from an ACE outsider, read this post from Robert McMillen.) The number and quality of new ideas that fall out of these meetings is just staggering, and we've barely scratched the surface.
3. The Unconference.
No surprise there, I loved the unconference. By opening the agenda up early this year via wiki, we succeeded in attractive some great presenters, and great content. Unfortunately, the sessions themselves were not well attended in general, for various logistical reasons I expect. For 2009, we will press for integration with the Session Builder tool, and consider moving the venue to Oracle Develop (where most of the attendees will be). I welcome any other thoughts or ideas you have.
4. The community content network.
Every year, an ad hoc online community forms around this event, with YouTube, blogs, Twitter, flickr, and this year Oracle Mix and Qik serving as the chief content creation and networking tools. It's almost more fun to vicariously participate via this network, as opposed to actually being there ("almost" being the operative word).
Those are a few of my favorite things. And yours?
BTW, during the conference I spoke with Michael Kastler about OpenWorld goings-on for his TechTalk radio show; you can hear the results here.