Surely, the title of this blog entry conveys my anticipation for the Collaborate 09 conference event which is scheduled to be held at Orlando, FL from May 3-7 2009. My session on “Global Oracle HRMS Rollouts” was the final session of the day today and I guess I can claim to have had the privilege of ringing the “closing bell” on this exciting event. In fact, with Venkat Perumal having kicked off the first session on the opening day with his presentation on Implementing a Shared File System, it can be said that IT Convergence had the privilege of opening and closing Collaborate 08.
I was a trifle nervous about my own session being slotted for the lunch hour and also being the last for the proceedings. In the morning itself, I could see a lot of participants preparing to go back to their respective cities and until the time of my presentation, I was wondering if I would have to speak to an empty room.
To my surprise, I had about a dozen participants who sat through the very end and asked very pertinent questions relating to system performance in a single global instance and the steps that are needed to ensure data protection laws in Europe. Of course, I have worked extensively on European rollouts of Oracle HRMS, and that experience left me well-prepared to answer those questions. Several participants stayed for a few extra minutes, which not only made me feel good, but its boosted my confidence and excitement to continue my contribution in future events.
Over the last 2 days, I had the good fortune to interact with many participants during breaks and on the shuttle to and from the hotel. Amidst the mixed reactions to the content and presentations, I realized that there is a thirst for knowledge amongst the attendees and while such events do address some of the queries, they also create many more questions in their minds.
This is a great opportunity for people like us – consultants /specialists and consulting organizations alike to help the community gain a better insight into the newer technologies – the pros and cons, the pains and gains by way of publishing and presenting white papers and contributing to discussion forums. One such community forum is the “Knowledge Factory” that has just been launched by OAUG at their website http://www.oaug.org/. I am looking forward to learning and contributing at this forum and hope that I will see you there too. If you have been reading these blogs and wish to comment or request more information, do not hesitate to contact us. My colleagues and I would be happy to interact with you and have a mutually beneficial dialogue.