Since some years I attend the annual partner forum, and though I had a very busy time at my customers, plus the week after I had to present on the Analytics and Data Summit, I still decided for my self to attend to this forum. After leaving my "Oracle Red Stack" car behind on the airport I flew to Budapest on Monday morning.
Arriving on my final destination, the Boscolo Autograph hotel, I was amazed about this very nice hotel, which happened to be very comfortable and luxury, very nice architecture on the in side. My compliments to Jurgen and his team to book this hotel for the conference.
Day 1: ACE Sessions
This afternoon is reserved for ACES and ACE Directors from partners who like to speak of some customer success story, or putting a great contribution to some product of Oracle. One of my favorite sessions was the one from the https://twitter.com/JarvisPizzeria team which we're very active with their blogs about the Oracle PCS. They deserved their community award!
I was surprised about the many countries from where partners we're attending to this forum. Luis Weir, together with Phil Wilkins spoke passionate about their favourite subject Oracle API CS integrated in a full solution with a Oracle JET application, integration layer with OIC and a SaaS layer consisting of some SaaS solutions such as Oracle Taleo.
The other sessions we're also very interesting to hear; it is always a pleasure to listen to Simon Haslam, he spoke about provisioning the Oracle Cloud in a secure way, which was very useful to hear; I recognized the same he told about using the the Oracle Cloud GUI; provisioning one instance is not such an issue but doing 20 ends up in a lot of filling in and typing.
Furthermore I was very pleased about the fact that the Oracle Management Cloud is adopted in the PaaS and it was this year an important topic. Last ACE session was about a customer case telling the using the analysis capabilities to search for root causes in bad performing applications.
Unfortunately I was running out of time else I would have definitely spoken about my experiences with the Oracle Management Cloud.
Finally Jurgen handed out his Community Awards, congratulations to all the winners!
Day 2 : General Sessions
This day is filled with keynotes and presentations from various members of Oracle's Product Management. The openings keynote was held by Jean-Marc Gottero to give a high level overview of the position of the Oracle Cloud in EMEA and the role of partners
The entire day was filled with presentations so I give here some highlights which popped up out of my memory.
Ed Zou made an important announcement in the line of the Autonomous Database- Autonomous PaaS Services. Now this was very fresh news so not much to elaborate - yet, But again I was very pleased to hear the Oracle Management Cloud would play a very important role in this solution. The exact date of releasing these services are not known, and also not known what will be in it. He also told about other new areas Oracle will cover such as blockchain, Intelligent Bots, AI and Machine Learning.
Pyounguk Cho presented ( in his enthusiastic style ) the various Cloud platforms from an AppDev perspective, such as JCS, ACCS, Stack Manager. In fact about Enterprise Java these days and it's position in the cloud. Highlights for development, infrastructure, data management , security and monitoring were important topics.
JCS comes now with a concept called quick-start instances, comparable with the quick-start package for WebLogic developers can download to set up fast and easy a WebLogic domain.
Other new features like snapshot and cloning and the integration of the Identity Cloud in JCS passed the stage.
Another topic about the Application Cloud, a docker based polyglot platform showed us compatibility with non Java such as Python, Node JS, PHP, and the easiness of building and deploy these native applications making use of their belonging docker images. These different applications can run within one single tenant and exposed to end users through Oracle's cloud loadbalancer. The elastic feature is also a very nice feature which customers can use to scale up or down belonging to their needs.
Oracle's messaging and streaming platform - Event Hub Cloud Service - based on Apache Kafka showed us the need of replacement of traditional message brokers and data integrators.
Finally, the stack manager was discussed which showed a platform for managing all these different cloud solutions into one where customers can group and manage their services into one atomic stack.
Robert Wunderlich and Jakub Nesetril spoke about API Management. Funny detail I found was that Robert mentioned the Rabobank about their current path to API management. and Open Banking. Especially important for partners to know their position and how they can fit in bringing these solutions to customers.
They announced some new coming partnerships with companies which are into the API Management market.
Better authentication integration was one of the topics, explaining how OAUTH can be better configured in the API platform, plus integration with other technology partners and their solutions.
Later that they I went off for a video interview about, as you might guess , about my favourite topic, the management cloud. This will be soon published along with the other interview held in the forum.
The evening program was very well organized with a nice dinner and networking event held at the "Kiosk" in Budapest
Unfortunately I could not attend the entire because of my flight schedule, though I could attend a few of my favourite topics
It was a nice seeing back with Maciej Gruszka, as he spoke about developing micro services and serverless applications and new patterns of development, compared against the
monolithic applications with significant footprint managed by Application Servers. Pattern such as micro services will become more common among architects as the viable architecture. More vendors these days are designing applications called functions or serverless applications and they implemented it on their cloud. Maciej showed containerized environments with Kubernetes as scheduling infrastructure for Docker based applications running in Oracle Cloud. and the Managed Kubernetes service as the core engine for running microservices framework and serverless
Pyounguk Cho continued where he left the day before, showing the broad options of the JCS. Another good session was the one from Jurgen Fleisher, from Product Development of the Oracle Management Cloud. Now the presentation was not entire new for me but still hearing it from another perspective gave me new insights and inspirations. He gave a good explanation of what Machine Learning means nowadays, and the role the Oracle Management Cloud can play in any IT organization as it comes to Monitoring, analysis, DevOps and autonomous platforms.
Key take aways
Because I'm deep into Oracle technology, some of the content I already know. However also some new topics pass by and I think it's very important to put them into the right place of what I already heard. Further more as a partner from Oracle it's evident to really partner with Oracle and exchange and absorb knowledge and experience.
For me, attending this event is a must.
Finally, lots of thanks to Jurgen and everyone in his team responsible for this excellent organized forum.