I intentionally named the post name as -2, it is because Oracle Open World will start 2 days later (not counting Saturday, 17th September). Although it looks all the same, each year has it’s own differences in scope and detail. So let’s start sharing the story.
When I stepped into the plane (luckily I had the seat in exit row), aircraft door was opened and I was able to take some photos right next to wing. And I had the internet connection during the flight. This was my first time having internet so immediately started tweeting and checked my mails and done many other things. But, this made me not to sleep much. 😥
After landing and immigration, visa, etc., we’ve made it to Sofitel Hotel after waiting about an hour in front of San Francisco International Airport. We were total of 6 Ace Directors waiting after 5-10 minutes.
Then checked in Sofitel, had a nice dinner with Ludovico Caldara (and his girl friend), Gokhan Atil, Franck Pachot in an American over-sized Italian pizza & pasta restaurant. I slept too early (10:30pm, this is really rare) because I was suffering.
Then Oracle ACE Director Product Briefings sessions are started at 8am. This year, we have amazing number of sessions and we needed to select some of them which some of them are in parallel.
It was not a usual thing that Product Briefing sessions started with Thomas Kurian (EVP of Product Development) at 8am. But it was so usual, he was fantastic. He shared all the upcoming announcements as well as what happened in Oracle space from the last year till now, within an hour. I cannot share the details, because we are all under NDA.! So stay tuned for all the upcoming announcements during the #OOW16.
And during the Product Briefings sessions, my fellow ACED, Bobby Curtis, made a great surprise and signed a copy of his book and gave me as a present. This was so cool Bobby, thank you.!
By the end of the day, I attended 8 sessions.