„I wish you great holidays in Malta, enjoy the sun and don’t work too much!“
I was probably not the only participant from all over Europe, Dubai, US and India, who heard this sentence from employees, family and business partners. Four days Malta Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum are now behind me and I must say, I’m not really recovered. But happily exhausted! Let’s start at the beginning.
Jürgen Kress and his team had again organized a great program. Around 140 participants from EMEA, numerous Oracle ACE Directors and Oracle product managers from the US were highly motivated to exchange their experiences with the Oracle Fusion Middleware community.
Oracle Internet of Things for a completely connected world
On Tuesday the keynotes by Ed Zou and Alistair Hopkins were a great start for all the participants. In particular, Ed, who could show Oracle’s progress with Internet of Things (IoT) projects and how Oracle’s future strategy will leverage the new middleware platform 12c. His example of San Francisco, where car drivers can already get dynamic parking lots at different prices depending on the demand in downtown areas. Thousands of sensors allow drivers to plan their journey into the city perfectly and parking times can be extended with mobile apps. In the afternoon some exclusive presentations about the new features of the Oracle SOA Suite 12c (Robert Wunderlich) and Oracle BPM Suite 12c (David Read) followed. Unfortunately we are not allowed to speak about the details, but I can already promise that there will be a lot of cool features to show in the upcoming launch events! Overall the upcoming versions have left an excellent impression to all of us!
The first day was perfectly balanced with an organized trip to Mdina in the evening, the old capital of Malta – now a World Heritage Site. The guided tour through the medieval city at night had a very special atmosphere and was impressive to all of us. Just as the subsequent banquet at which until late new contacts and networks have been created.
Updates to Oracle ADF Mobile, Oracle SOA Suite 12c & BPM Suite 12c
On the second day, three different tracks were offered, all of them fully packed with the deep expertise of Oracle ACE Directors and the product managers on site. Above all I liked the sessions where best practices and experiences from large fusion middleware projects were exchanged. Furthermore there were some sessions where the product roadmaps were pointed out for 12c and there were rumors in the crowd which features could probably follow at Oracle Open World. The last presentation of the day was held by Yogesh Sontakke who was introducing the new SOA Suite 12c Cloud Adapter Framework – definitely an area in which Oracle needs to work extremely hard to catch up with some competitors!
Everything is connected! Oracle Big Data, Fast Data & Oracle Event Processing
Without question a highlight of the two days was the presentation of Guido Schmutz that used Twitter to show how impressive Oracle Event Processing is performing and how Big Data and Fast Data solutions could be realized on top of Oracle Fusion Middleware. Even if in the end his virtual machine was not working anymore, everyone got a perfect picture of what is being foreseen to companies worldwide when Internet of Things and Big Data concepts become reality everywhere.
Advantages of Oracle Fusion Middleware in real life testing
On Thursday and Friday we had the opportunity to test the featured product highlights in workshops with experienced Oracle specialists. I have participated in the Oracle Adaptive Case Management (ACM) workshop, the new „wonder weapon“ when modeling agile business processes. Again, the product impressed the participants and some people even said that after Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp Oracle ACM should be considered the „next big thing“. At the same time workshops for Coherence 12c, Internet of Things and Oracle ADF Mobile took place. Even though I could not visit them during the breaks there was enough networking provided time for an intensive information exchange between the groups.
The Oracle Fusion Middleware community rocks!
Yeah, it’s that easy to summarize four exciting days at the Hilton in Malta. Not only the first class location but also the numerous opportunities to make new contacts and link up to each other were a perfect part of the successful event. The OFM Forum 2014 was organized perfectly by Jürgen Kress and his team – you really did an amazing job! Again at this point I appreciate the great commitment that Oracle shows in this event! I personally have not visited any event before, where all the partners had such a great benefit from the active community. In my opinion it should be mandatory for all Fusion Middleware partners to participate in 2015. Now being back at the esentri office again it turned out that the intense networking – partly until late into the night – has been incredibly exhausting and has indeed little to do with holidays. The event was outstanding anyway and I’m looking forward to our next meeting in 2015.