My Journey Begins….

I guess I should introduce myself… I’m Amy Grange, an Oracle Applications Consultant at Capgemini since July 2012. I’m not a very funny person, people usually laugh at me rather than with me (DOH!!), so, please, excuse all of my attempts to be funny in this blog post or any subsequent blog posts should you frequent this site.

I’m also not a natural writer, I never have been and quite frankly never will be, but, I hope that I can, in these blog posts, be honest about my experiences, sharing my highs and lows of my journey to cloud technologies (…and any other topics that appear to be relevant!).

As the title of this blog post suggests, I certainly fall into the novice category when we’re talking about cloud technologies, Oracle Cloud, Platform as a Service (PaaS). All that is about to change. Cloud technology is EVERYWHERE and it’s about time that I turn my hand away from traditional on premise implementations and take my journey to the cloud. (not the fluffy white things in the sky – or grey, if you are from Manchester, UK like myself 🙂 )

The Capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice! – Brian Herbert

My journey certainly does begin here… Yesterday I flew to Budapest, Hungary to attend the Oracle PaaS Community Forum conference that will be held this week. This is pretty much my first real exposure to PaaS and I simply cannot think of a better way to be introduced. The PaaS Community Forum is famous for attracting some of THE most knowledgeable Oracle PaaS consultants from around the world. It is a very sought after event with a history of over subscribing…. ok, I guess I’ve made the point that I feel SUPER privileged to be here!!!

I’m staying at the Continental Hotel Budapest, it is a very nice hotel in close proximity to bars, restaurants, shops, and most importantly, only a 5 minute walk to the conference! The history of this building dates back to the early 20th century, when the former Hungarian baths were build on site (One of the most important spas of “Pest” and later to those of “Budapest”).  (Thanks for the info Wikipedia 🙂 ) –  The architecture of the hotel is amazing with a grand front entrance and quirky interiors.

I started the day by visiting a local (to my hotel) coffee shop. “The London Coffee Society” – Yes, I know, it doesn’t shout out “I’M IN HUNGARY” to me either, neither did the sign on the window that read “I was born in Hackney!”. However, it was very nice and the employees were all lovely and spoke really good English! This is important as the Hungary Forint (HUF) currency is unusual to me and it is safe to say I don’t speak a word of Hungarian! 😦 – Google Translate is coming in very handy.

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The conference does not kick off until this afternoon but I will plan (…try…) to upload a post to this site each day of this week to tell the world what new things I’ve learnt – or heard, and not understood :). I’ll maybe get round to doing a short summary of this afternoon’s content this evening, but, don’t hold me to it!

If you have made it this far, thank you for reading, and stay tuned to hear more about my journey to the cloud.

Amy xo

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