Those who know me will be aware that I try to support the UK Oracle User Group’s journal (#PTK) in a number of ways from submitting articles through to being part of the review panel. I’ve mentioned in the past some of the changes that the journal has undergone (here for example). But another change is that the editorial team are including more diverse content. For example in the latest issue just out. It includes an article about Millennials in the workforce and how things are changing. A theme that is confronting not only businesses as employers, but as the new generation of influencers and decision-makers and that will be making our enterprise buying decisions, and dare I say it, members of a user group.
As part of the team who also informs the User Group’s event planning, I happened to throw in some thoughts about supporting and engaging the newer generation. That led to an invitation to participate in an interview which has contributed an interesting article on millennials in the workforce.
Putting the company man hat on for a moment, it was good to highlight the efforts that Capgemini make to support new talent into the organisation.
The article is here, and links to the Tech and App parts of #PTK journal are here.
The magazine features the approach trialled in the last issue of Oracle Scene where the Journal was split in two – one half focusing on Oracle Applications and Applications Technology and the other on Oracle core technologies i.e PaaS, IaaS, Database, Infrastructure etc. it also just happens that Amy appears in one half, and I in the other.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the high quality of articles that reflect the diversity of Oracle’s portfolio and community – covering things like Women In IT, Conversational AI, Sanjeevan Bala from Channel 4 discussing the use of Data Science, Database Security and Table Scans.
Another Spring means another excellent Oracle EMEA PaaS Forum for Oracle partners. Every Year Juergen Kress organizes the event, finding really nice venues to host several hundred people over four and half days.
The event is split into several parts, Monday afternoon normally involves Oracle Ace’s presenting on best practices, insights on applying the various technologies etc. For me this meant presenting on the London Developer Meetup, looking at how it worked, what has been successful, and what hasn’t. For those know have read my blogs on the subject (here) will know about our Drone initiative.
Then Tuesday is a single stream day where Juergen has managed to pull in SVPs and Senior Product Managers from around the globe to provide a high-level view of what has been going on with their products. For anyone consulting in the Oracle domain, this is incredibly useful. For example, there is a clear strategy coalescing around AI and Machine Learning both as a service proposition to users, but also how these technologies are being made available and used within other products. Other areas such as OIC and SOA CS have stability and maturity, and the road map is about maximising connectivity with the newer products.
But before the sessions start, Juergen starts with opening remarks, and demos’ something engaging. In previous years this has been things like Digital Assistants/Chatbots and so on. This year, we have been fortunate to be an active contributor by demoing the drone through the use of APIs and talking about the ideas. The dry runs of the demo on Monday went without a problem, but when it came to the main show, the drone was a little uncooperative – we think because the air-con had really kicked in. But importantly, even not achieving the desired result, the message of engagement made it home.
Wednesday is split into streams with in-depth sessions from the different Product Managers, he amount of insight gained from these sessions is tremendous, some of which is very much protected by safe harbour statements or not for public disclosure such is the honest and open discussions. The day closes with an Ace Director initiative which demonstrates the application of Oracle Cloud products to a plausible use case, and Luis Weir (Capgemini Oracle CTO) is part of. This session has become something of a tradition now.
The day’s business concludes awards, and for a second year the UK Capgemini team have taken home two awards for APIs and PaaS Contribution.
The final two days are then a choice of Hackerthon or 1/2 day training sessions on different products with the relevant Product Managers, and an excellent opportunity to pick the brains of the presenters as well as get hands-on experience with the different products.
The week isn’t without it’s social and networking activities of course …
I have a new article about service registries that follows on from the Article I wrote last year on the Oracle Technology Network (see here). The article has been posted on the Capgemini website – here.
Last week we attended the Oracle EMEA PaaS Forum in Budapest. I have to say we’re proud to be part of a team that has picked up two conference awards. Firstly our CTO Luis Weir for Contributions to API Solutions and then the wider team have collected an award for overall Outstanding PaaS Contributions.
L-R, me, Amy Grange, Soham Dasgupta (Capgemini Netherlands), Luis Weir (Oracle Delivery Unit CTO), Jurijs (Yury) Fjodorovs
Monday night (18th December) I co-hosted with Luis Weir the first London OracleDeveloperMeetup. Despite being a Monday evening in the run up to Christmas where a lot of people will attending Christmas events, needing to finish present shopping or event started their holiday we still had a tremendous turn out. With nearly 50 people out of almost 100 registrations coming to the Oracle London Office.
The evening kicked off just after 6pm with beer, pizza and time for people to Network. At 7pm we started with what had been scheduled to be two short 25 minute presentations to share insights into API design best practices and an overview of Apiary. Such was the interest, interaction and conversation in the subject and content that the session over ran. But here in lies one the benefits of a Meetup over things like conferences. In the Meetup the is space and time for the presenters to adjust to what the attendees wish to cover rather than beholden to the venue scheduling.
With the presentation and discussions finding a suitable pause, it was an opportunity for a call to arms to be made, and for people to try using developing APIs. With a mission defined which we hope people will try to continue with as it will contribute to the next Meetup. You don’t need to have attended last night’s event to participate in the next Meetup. If you want see what we’re going to try achieve take a look at the end of the slide deck. We think it will be be very entertaining and the source of a lot of laughter and amusement.
Some people did take up the challenge, others took it as an opportunity to talk further about the technology or just network.
My latest contribution to the Oracle Scene journal is available at here. This article looks at the evolution of APIs, and a look at modern API Gateway capabilities. The article uses an analogy to explian the capabilities in a non-techie way.
In addition to my article the team I’m part of get a mention for their wins at this years Partner of the Year awards.
I have been fortunate to be supporting and occasionally contributing to a series of blogs on Chatbots being written by Leon Smiers, Capgemini Oracle Chatbot SME (and also Oracle Ace). The blog posts are: