OTN Tour Latin America 2016: Argentina

Oracle Technology Network Tour 2016 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires was the first city of the OTN tour where I was slightly less busy. We got there by ferry from Montevideo. Arriving at the conference site we could already see our pictures in the elevators:-) I talked about WebLogic Server 12c, the heart of SOA and did a live demo about Oracle’s perspective on Docker.

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The Conference

Apart from delivering my own presentations, also I attended Carlos’s Sierras workshop about tuning tools for data bases. Conference itself was great, very well organized and again I met some great people who became friends.

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Also I was asked to give an interview about the importance of conference like the OTN tour for students.

Some Sightseeing

I did a half day city tour with Carlos during half a day off.

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By the way here is a link to a video compiled of even more photos about Argentina.

OTN Tour Latin America 2015: Ecuador

Quito

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Quito first of all surprises by its altitude. The altitude of the city of Quito is pretty much the height the highest mountain in Germany (2880m). I was absolutely looking forward to be in Quito, since the last time I was there was more than 20 years ago when I was backpacking through South America.

20150824_101946For me the event was another wonderful hotel and another perfectly organized conference with a surprisingly high number of attendees! Both my sessions were well attended, I’d guess up to 80 people, and there was even live translation provided for the attendees! Also I liked the idea of two parallel streams only, so at the end we had more attendees in each stream. In my Docker presentation I focused even more on a longer live demonstration accompanied  by a few slides only.

Paola, our charming host did everything to make the event a great success. She invited us for a guided city trip so we had a chance to see the equator, the historic center and Panecillo, the mountain overlooking Quito and the city center. At night we went again to Panecillo for a excellent dinner and a view of the city’s lights.

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Oracle ACE Directors: Heli, Frank, Ronald, Deiby

Btw, I uploaded the WebLogic with Docker and 12 new features of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c presentation slides to slideshare.

OTN Tour Latin America 2015: El Salvador

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San Salvador

In San Salvador I had the best hotel experience. I got upgraded for no particular reason to the executive lounge which provides a view to the local volcano (and free soft drinks).

Also I met Alex Gorbatchev from Python for the first time in person. The conference was at a military club in a very relaxed and safe atmosphere. Anyway, I felt a bit like the scene in the Monty Python clip with the comfy chair since it was really hot and we faced a splendid swimming pool without having the time and/or possibility to go for a swim.

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Again I did two presentations one about Docker in general and its usage for WebLogic with  and one about 12 new features of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c both with great audience feedback and participation. After the session there was a high number of people asking for the slides and trying to get some answers on additional topics. My impression was that a smallish but very interested group of people is working with WebLogic and that everybody was curious about Docker.

Same as in Guatemala the conference ended with a picture taking session 🙂 Heli from Finland has another blog posting about the fun part of our trip.

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