Thanks for the nice ink– e-vita SOA-team @ OOW 2011

Open World 2011 was a great success with 45.000 people. I will in this posting share some of my experiences and thoughts.  You can have a short look at the announcements made at OOW here (I will only get in detail on some of them).

imageWhat Oracle-people can tell us depends very much of what is already announced, so at OOW the news are being portioned out during the week. We can get a sense of what will happen during the week (reading session titles/descriptions), but one is not sure before it is announced. The biggest thing this year is the Cloud – and I see how this has been a focus at Oracle for a long time now. I believe Cloud will be even bigger the next years. They will provide a Cloud that is a service comparable to what is available on Amazon AWS today, but the Cloud-support will also be available in all layers in the software. This is the reason why next version of Fusion Middleware will be named 12c – for cloud. First available 12c-product is Grid Control 12c – released at OOW.

Fortunately for those that were not at OOW and for those of us that missed some good sessions, Oracle has made them available for all. I think this is excellent. Content catalog

All keynotes and general sessions were also streamed live on YouTube, and Twitter made it possible to follow what colleagues and friends where experiencing in the other sessions. It is now possible to be a part of OOW even if not being there.

If there is one thing that I would like to share for newbies on OOW: Go to Demo Grounds – there you meet the experts, and they can demonstrate the products for you. They can give you the answers to your questions. It is open Monday to Wednesday, so Thursday is too late. I spent a lot of time there.

This was a busy week, from early morning to late night – the social part of OOW is as important as the sessions. There were over 300 Norwegians in SF this year, most of them at the yearly Sunday dinner at O’Foleys. As every year we met there for the daily beers from 17-19.

My week was as follows:

  • Thursday : Arriving SF
  • Friday: Webcenter Partner Advisory Council, SOA/BPM Partner Advisory Council at Oracle HQ
  • Saturday: Bicycling with SOA Community around SF, ending up in Sausalito for dinner. Thanks to Jürgen Kress for the arrangements @soacommunity
  • Sunday: ADF Methodology group, Glassfish roadmap, Norwegian Dinner.
  • Monday: Demo Grounds, Webcenter reception
  • Tuesday: Took the Application Grid certification, Application Grid Partner Advisory
    Council, SOA Partner Community Reception at Gordon Biersch
  • Thursday: SOA/BPM Customer Advisory Board, Beer and food at Thirsty Bear
  • Very,very early Friday – return to Norway

First part of OOW was very focused on HW, but Larry’s Keynote on Wednesday was the better one in my opinion. I will share some of the themes that I found interesting this OOW.


My favorite products are in the SOA/BPM space – the biggest announcement came before OOW. It was the release of BPM Suite Feature Pack. Look here for details:

This is a release made for improving BPM, but it is also possible to apply on SOA Suite installation. One such enhancement is around Rules: improved editing in JDeveloper, tracing and testing.

One new announcement was Oracle Process Accelerators. These are Pre-built BPM solutions to automate common business processes. This will reduce cost and time to deploy, embed best practices, they will be extensible and adaptive to customer-specific needs. Processes will be both horizontal and industry-specific. This will be available at no cost, and I think will be an excellent starting point for your processes. Read more here:

One book recommendation: Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g Handbook – this is an excellent follow-up of the book from last year. Authored by Oracle PMs. More focusing on best practices and with a good introduction to BPM and standards. It also covers the latest version.

I am looking very much forward to even more Social BPM and Adaptive Case Management in the future. This is the product I am most enthusiastic about – and I hope for a BPM service in the cloud.

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