Since joining OTN full-time this year as the Systems Community Manager, I have had the fortunate pleasure of interviewing many guests - from product managers, ACE Directors, partners, management and others - to bring you insights into technical topics. It has been a short and fascinating journey but somehow I have always felt like the proverbial story of the blind men and an elephant trying to figure out what the elephant is all about. I wanted to have someone help me connect the dots and get the big picture. Who better than John Fowler, EVP Systems! I made my move and sent off an email asking John if he would be open to meeting me at Oracle OpenWorld 2016. A lightning fast 30 Minutes later I already had a response. Well that dream came true and the man who made it all possible behind the scenes was Marshall Choy, Vice President of Product Management. To prepare, I watched all of John's past OpenWorld and other videos on YouTube. I knew John is technical, so I met up with two former colleagues from Amdahl who are now in the SPARC engineering group including Stephan Papa who helped me brush up. I thought about some questions and got some suggestions from Oracle ACEs. As my first OpenWorld weekend came up, I was nervous and asked around for advice. Stephen Chin, Community Manager and John Foley Senior Director, Content Central told me at a dinner the night before not to worry as John was a "nice guy," and the interview would go well.
I arrived early to do the video setup and waited. After a few phone calls to guide them to the spot, John and Marshall dropped by the OTN Community Cast studio at Moscone South. My colleagues Bob Rhubart and Laura Ramsey appeared and I felt more at ease. I have to admit I had sweaty palm when meeting John Fowler, but he is very down to earth, pleasant and of course knowledgeable and visionary. John gave a past, present and future look at Systems technologies, including Solaris, SPARC, Engineered Systems, and Cloud, plus a peek of his OOW16 Keynote. Watch the video here.
My favorite quote from John, "another giant leap in both software capability as well as hardware capabilities so the beat goes on continuous innovation."
Hope you enjoy the insights and please do share your comments.
If you want a deeper dive into SPARC and Oracle's Latest Software in Silicon Breakthrough and Beyond check out the interview with Rick Hetherington VP, Hardware Development.
btw If you want to see John's Keynote with Juan Loaiza, Oracle Sr. VP on "Database Platforms of the Future," it is below.