It all started a couple of months ago. I submitted a presentation and my friend Philippe Fierens submitted a panel session together with Adam Bolinski (Ora600.pl) , but unfortunately, I’m joining #teamRejected Lots of cool and nice people had to join as well, so it’s not too bad.
Then great news came and my boss asked if I was interested of visiting Oracle Openworld. I didn’t have to think twice, so my answer was yes very quickly.
The trip starts early. Very early … on saturday at 04:30 in the morning we had the appointment at the company. There a little coach picked us up and after a 2hour drive, we arrived at schiphol.
A nice group of friendly and interesting people traveling together. This will be fun!
After a short check-in, bagage drop-off and all other security checks, we had breakfast and after that, off we go!
Immediately it became very clear what the main topic of this Oracle Openworld would be: CLOUD! 🙂
Personally, I’m very sceptic to this new “hype”, but the only way to know if I’m right or wrong is to go with an open mind and experience it.
10:30h of flying later, we safely landed in San Francisco. Then the necessary checks, and we took a cab to the hotel. Checking in and then off we went to the Moscone center for the registration.
It IS impressive. People told me it’s big and large, but if you stand there for yourself, you know they’re right. This is going to be cool.
After registration we went for a walk. Doing something a little bit active in order not to suffer from the jetlag. Then I received a message from Philippe, he’s already at Jillians, so we went to have some drinks together to catch up. Always nice to see friends again! And friends do have some good ideas, this night’s dinner would be sushi. A very typical sushi bar but so good! If I could find it back, I would recommend it!
The next day, sunday, ok there are already some sessions, but for my first time in San Francisco I really wanted to see the bridge. So with the oracle belgium people we we went biking. After riding the Goldengate bridge and taking the Ferry back, it’s time to follow some sessions.
I tried to create a varying schedule filled with attending some sessions and going to the demo-grounds. My personal feeling was that you really had to search well for technical sessions, whilst when walking a moment in the demo grounds, you could talk to lots of technical people and some of my questions I had were answered very quickly. So it became clear very quickly that this was the place to be.
Sunday evening, the glorious moment of every OOW – virgin. Larry’s keynote. To be honest, he let me down. After hearing so much about the keynotes maybe my expectations were a bit high but, it is an impressive event. We closed the evening with some drinks and then … early to bed!
Monday a day full of sessions/demogrounds/… but most of all, trying to get to know as much as possible about the newly announced exadata, the Exadata SL6-2. A sparc based engineered system which I think Oracle is going to push pretty hard. Engineers I was talking to, said that this machine is to be used in the Oracle cloud. Still trying to figure out on how to check it easily to confirm this.
Tuesday it became very clear that Oracle is focusing on cloud … but … “there will be a coexistence of about 10 a 15 years”. I like this, but in some way it feels like they aren’t very confident in their own product, but time will tell. Larry held his second keynote and this was really what I had expected. If you’re curious, you can see it here. And that evening we had a blast during the benelux party. So we went early to bed, literally 🙂
Wednesday, the last full day. I spent most of the time on the demo grounds this day. Taking a picture of the famous America’s cup and an interesting session about the exadata technical deep dive and internals. Congratulations also to Oren Nakdimon (@dboriented on twitter), he had a nice presentation about upgrading his pl/sql code without any downtime on standard edition.
Last full day, apparently means also the appreciation event. It was announced to be Billy Joel, but he cancelled and was replaced by Gwen Stefani and Sting. Personally, I’m not really a Gwen Stefani fan … but Sting was really fantastic and he got the atmosphere going!
Thursday was a day of buying some presents for home and rushing to the airport.
A common topic through many presentations and talks at the geek theatre at the demo grounds is encryption. It’s almost named in one sentence with cloud. Which they immediately turn directly to sparc. So my guess is sparc will be pushed more and more. Just because of the encryption on the chip and the software in silicon which can help you with the in-memory option of the oracle database. This screams for some tests.
In summary, my first Oracle Openworld experience was fantastic. I can advise everybody that you need to have experienced it at least once. Such nice friendly people, and lots of knowledge transfer. Thanks Exitas for letting me doing this!