Day 0/1 - Getting into the mood
|Registration Desk and helpful staff|
|View over Oslo at night|
Day 2 - The boat
M/S Color Magic arrived timely and it was impressive to see the big thing coming into the harbor. Some of the international star guests came in late and the organizers where quite happy about every single one who made it in time. Cary Milsap was one of them but it also was a pleasure to have Arun Gupta on board this time. After the guests left the ship we could jump on it. Very easy to walk around and spend some time.
My first session went well. It wasn't that much attended. Not unexpected given the fact that there has been 90% DBAs on that boat and Java and Java EE are still something that really are different topics to cover for Oracle User Groups.
Day 3 - Back to Germany take one
Storebælt bridge. It was a true pleasure. Without the usual conference hectic and the need to go back to your hotel everything was tight much closer together and there was plenty networking opportunity for everybody around.
Day 4 - Back to Germany take two
For sure! I felt in very good hands during the whole conference. The organizers did a fantastic job looking after their speakers and there was not a moment I would change. Except the fact that I would love to have seen more attendees in my sessions but .. yeah, I mean ... that probably still is something I have seen with many other Oracle User Groups also. It is a different world and that is still very DB centered after all. Need to try to get GlassFish or WebLogic running in the JVM on the DB .. that might finally catch more attention :) No, jut kidding, I have ever been a big fan of WebLogic and the middleware offerings that came into Oracle with the BEA acquisition and I am willing to continue my journey to spread the word about them. If you want to get more picture impressions you can have a look at the different photo sets on G+: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4. My presentations have been uploaded to Speaker Deck and I hope to see them up at the ougn website shortly, too.
A final hearty "Thank you!" to the OUGN board for having me! It was a pleasure and I truly enjoyed the company!