Clearly (… as a number of people have quite rightly pointed out 🙂 ) I already failed and broke my promise to write a blog post every day of this week. But, let’s be real for a moment – I’ve, over the past 2 days, had the perfect opportunities to build my network within the Oracle PaaS community and I would never turn that down. Over the past 6 years (..almost..), the entirety of my career so far, I have learnt many things. However, the single most powerful piece of advice I’ve ever had is “Your network is key!”. It is true, and so is the old saying:
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!”
So anyway…. the past 2 days have been CRAZY. And, that is a crazy in a good way FYI. Super busy, lots of information to understand and process. Lots of new faces and names to remember and quite simply, just not enough sleep! I’m going to have to consult my notes for this blog post to jog my memory on who I’ve met and what I’ve learnt – but, that isn’t because the information was not interesting enough to remember, more so that so many topics have been discussed.
I simply cannot write about each new thing that I heave been exposed to but, as with my Day 1 post, I’ll pick a couple of the areas that really caught my attention and sparked some conversations. But first, there are 2 things I need to write about:
Oracle PaaS Partner Community Forum – Annual Awards
Each year at the PaaS Community Forum, Jurgen Kress (the conference and community chair) selects people or a group of people for awards based on their exceptional contribution to the PaaS community. Now, if you were already too eager to see what the below picture is, than you will have already guessed that we made it onto this prestigious list. Not once… but TWICE. (Well… it was actually Luis – the CTO of Capgemini’s Oracle Delivery unit within the UK) who won one of them and a team effort from all of the DU team members back in the UK for the other.
Luis was up first to collect his award for “Outstanding API Contribution 2018” and then then all Capgemini attendees collected an award for “Outstanding PaaS Contribution 2018” (see picture below.) A huge congratulations to Luis, the rest of our team and to all the other award winners for all the hard work that certainly goes into getting these awards.
Oracle PaaS Partner Community Forum – Networking Event
A networking event was arranged for Tuesday evening for all conference attendees. We took a very pleasant walk from the conference venue through the streets of Budapest to a bar called “KIOSK”. A fantastic bar next to the river Danube which made for a very picturesque view. The evening was filled with drinks, food and networking. I met the guys from my “Jarvis Pizzeria” story in my second blog post and many other Oracle experts.
Now, for my technology highlights from Day 2 & Day 3.
API Management (Delivered by Robert Wunderlich, Jakub Nesetril & APIMatic)
I’ve attended 2 sessions on the subject of APIs. The first was a focus on how API Management unlocks new revenue opportunities (Led by Robert Wunderlich and supported by Jakub Nesetril). The second, focused on Oracle API Platform Cloud Service (APIPCS) and the functionality that lies within. Again, led by Robert Wunderlich, however, this time, supported by APIMatic).
The sessions gave me a high level understanding of the vision of API Management and how we can use it with our clients, and a small glimpse into the future in this space. There was some best practices around the utilisation of producing API blueprints and storing in tools such as apiary so that all team members (both front end and back end) can use this as a reference point in their development. The Oracle APIPCS session had focus on API plans and provisioning APIs for use by users/applications.
Chatbots and Mobile development (Delivered by Grant Ronald & Frank Nimphius)
Again, I attended 2 sessions on the subject of Oracle chatbots and development in the mobile space. The first was a focus on Natural Language Processing (Led by Grant Ronald) and the second was a “from zero to bot in under 60 minutes” (Led by Frank Nimphius).
Before I start on this, if you haven’t heard of chatbots, where have you been for the past year! I feel like it is almost all that anyone has seemed to talk about!! Whilst both of the sessions’ topics were effectively the same and showcased the same technology, the delivery of the sessions were very different and so, I feel it was worthwhile to attend both.
I was introduced to the capabilities of bots (instant apps, FAQs, UI components, resourcing bundles for language recognition and translation, etc), how we must implement them in such a way that the bot can understand the context of a simple string of text submitted by the user and the best implementation practices. Frank’s session built on this, where we witnessed him building a simple chat bot a matter of moments. He actually built a bot which accepted pizza orders…. HEY Jarvis Pizzeria – the next extension to your PCS offering? 🙂
Soaring in the Clouds (Oracle ACE Director team)
This demonstration was simply outstanding. The creativity of the Oracle ACE Director team, inclusion of so many cloud technologies & capabilities and the complexity of the technical architecture was mind blowing. Oracle JET, Oracle Visual Builder Cloud Service (VBCS), Kafka, mongoDB, Oracle Database Cloud Service (DBCS), Kubernetes, Oracle Wercker, microservices, etc. – You name a technology and I’m pretty sure it will have been in there! This was certainly an example where a lot of the presentation went well over my head!
On top of this, I also got to meet up with the team at UiPath a platform for Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and something which I’ve been dabbling in for a couple of weeks now. It was great to chat with them and talk about the capabilities of the tool. I will, at some point, write up a full blog post on this tool and RPA based on my understanding so far and the things that I have learnt over the past month or so through trial and error. Like UiPath, I also had the chance to talk with Flexagon about their FlexDeploy tool which focuses on build, deployment and release automation. A very impressive piece of software with a HUGE amount of pre-built functionality and full extensibility.
The main content of the conference is now over … 😦 😦 😦 😦 . However, there are still 2 more fun filled days of hands-on workshops to get using the latest and greatest of the Oracle cloud offerings. More to come on that over the next couple of days, however, I am very excited to really get my hands on the product and begin my implementation journey!
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned to hear more about my journey to the cloud.