Okay, say what you want about Oracle's world domination strategy, their ridiculous margins on support, or what they are doing to Java. (I have opinions on all three, by the way). What Oracle does do is throw a great party for everyone that is tangentially related to Oracle's ecosystem... as long as you don't call San Francisco home. To those that do, let me apologize. Oracle folks are pretty tame, but we do make things... crowded.
This is my 12th Oracle Open World in a row. The first was in 2001-- I still worked for Oracle, I did my time on the expo floor, and Cheap Trick and Journey played the appreciation event. Since then I've changed jobs twice, worked the demo floor for swag, and (based on my memory) saw the Violent Femmes, Elton John, Joan Jett, Lenny Kravitz, Aerosmith, Black Eyed Peas, Sting, Kings of Leon, and Pearl Jam.
But I get more out of OOW than just cool concerts (There?s a whole sub-topic that can be explored on the nature of getting to/from Treasure Island, and why perhaps that is ruining the ?Appreciation Event?).
I reconnected with my Oracle Press colleagues, and discussed the next Oracle book.
I reconnected with the always great Michael Abbey (@MichaelAbbeyCAN) from Pythian.
I (finally) renewed my long-expired membership to IOUG.
Hit up my Oracle Sales Rep for getting my company onto their Cloud Services in the next 12 months. Met a dozen vendors, peers, and presenters who explained things I didn?t already know.
So, thanks again Oracle. See you next year.