SOALatam Conference 2015 in Lima Review

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Now that the SOALatam Conference 2015 in Lima is over and work slows down a bit because Christmas is approaching it’s time for a summary. To conclude it was one of the best conferences I attended in 2015. You may ask why I favour SOALatam over the others and there are several reasons:

  • It’s vendor independent.
  • It’s cross technology.
  • Although it is cross technology, it is focusing on new developments, such as Docker, microservices and API Management.
  • It’s small but high quality. Good to fit into one single day!
  • There are brilliant people speaking from major companies such as ThoughtworksS&P Solutions but also independently working folks like Thomas Erl and me :-)
  • There is a max of 2 parallel tracks (and one is more business oriented), so you never miss out a lot.

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I personally enjoyed it because I met a new bunch of colleagues. My presentation was about Linux Containers Docker: Thorough and Critical Overview, covering Docker security, Docker Swarm, Docker Compose and Docker Networking including some predictions for the future. Also I discussed some challenges that show up in a Docker environment when running non 12-factor applications such as Oracle WebLogic Server.

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DOAG Conference 2015 – It’s a wrap!

 

20151117_175947DOAG Conference is completed and it was a good one. I did two presentation, both are available for download now from the official DOAG site and from slidshare:

Also I enjoyed meeting my top 3 customers at the conference, attending some great sessions about Hadoop Security, API management and Dueck’s keynote (elaborating about how to treat techies more like cats than dogs, instead of talking about volkswagening). Also, for the first time we had an Oracle ACE dinner organized by Björn Rost and Martin Klier – thanks to OTN!

 

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Next Stop: SOALatam Conference Lima / Peru

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Just back from Oracle Open Word 2015 in San Francisco, it’s a great honor for me that my presentation Docker Containers: A Thorough and Critical Overview was accepted for the the SOALatam conference in Lima.

Most presentation will be in Spanish, I will the only non-latino speaker apart from Thomas Erl.

I am looking forward to a world class conference in Lima and to meeting friends such as Tabata Jessica Pérez as well as Rolando Carrasco and Arturo Viveros from the SOA myth buster team. Thomas Erl is the keynote speaker and it’s also a good opportunity to win a top notch computer science text book :-)

Heaps of reasons for a trip to Lima. CU there!

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DOAG Conference 2015 Middleware & Volkswagening

DOAG Conference 2015 in Nürnberg is getting closer. This is a great opportunity to hear about what is announced at Oracle Open World 2015, mingle with peers and enjoy this years’ invited speaker Gunter Dueck. He published an essay about volkswagening (german only) that is worth reading. Reminds a bit about the graphic card producers that optimized their card specifically for the benchmarks used by IT magazines a couple of years ago. Anyway, Gunter Dueck is worth listening to – another reason to attend DOAG conference!

I usually tell German IT professionals and even attendees at international workshops that this is the must-do event if you are even only remotely working with Oracle technology. It’s great because it’s full of Oracle tech.  Although it’s not only about the Oracle red opinion because there are lots of consulting companies, individuals and people like me presenting :-).

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Make sure you don’t miss out the two presentations that I will deliver this year about WebLogic 12c features and about Docker. Also think about doing your own presentation maybe next year. You will get a free entry ticket (not mentioning all the fame due to the presentation).

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OUGN Conference 2015 Trip Report

Saturday night I returned from my trip to Oslo where I attended the OUGN2015 conference. Myself, I presented some exciting WebLogic 12.1.3 features doing a rather technical hands-on demo with a few slides only. As usually, I tried to mention the existing show stoppers. Indeed I had no fixed agenda, instead I tried to make best use of the allotted 45 minutes showing as much as possible which worked out well.
Seems like the attendees were most impressed by my demo using the new RESTful API in a combination with URLs typed into the browser, curl, Python and a REST plugin to create and test a JDBC data source.

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Overall it was a fabulous event – not only (but also) because it was hosted on a cruise ship. Since I recently explored the Hadoop eco system and big data myself, I highly enjoyed the keynote given by James Morle ( “map reduce is dead”, “the industry suffers from overly complex systems”). Also I largely agree on what calls the “idiot factor” in IT.

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I attended some strategy and middleware sessions, but I learned most about big data. Good to see that Oracle is not missing the boat here with technologies like Kafka, Spark and Storm but nicely integrates with them.

Also exploring Oslo was lovely! It was my first time there and I checked out some cafes, the harbour area and a few museums, including the Viking Ship museums and the Kon-Tiki museum where you can see the vessel that Heyerdahl used to cross the pacific with his men and a parrot.

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Apart from learning something new, what matters about a conference is who do you meet and who do you chat with. OUGN2015 was well worth the trip!