Sunday, March 8, 2015

#ofmForum 2015 in Budapest has rocked!

Last week I attended the Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum 2015 in Budapest. Over 150 participants from Europe, US and even Latin America (Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela) joined the great event where various Oracle Product Managers and Oracle Partners exchanged their experiences with the community. Jürgen Kress  - well known from his soacommunity & weblogiccommunity blogs - and his team hosted a great event at a great location! Thanks a lot!

The Digital Transformation is just starting

We got an update about Oracles overall cloud & mobile strategy that drives the digital transformation. Nowadays there is a huge demand on business agility due to disruptive technologies and market shifts.

Oracles answer to these requirements are the upcoming Cloud Services

  • Integration Cloud Service (ICS)
  • Process Cloud Service (PCS)
  • Mobile Cloud Service (MCS)
and SaaS solutions running on Oracles PaaS (Database Cloud Service, Java Cloud Service). The main focus for the upcoming releases for  Oracle SOA/BPM/ACM 12c is on stability & improvements.

The nice thing about the ofmForum is that there wasn't just slides but on the most products real working demos. On day 2 there were 3 parallel tracks dedicated for SOA, BPM/ACM and WebLogic&Mobile. The experts gave demos on API Catalog, API Manager, StreamExplorer, Event Processing, Mobile Alta UI & OSB Integration for SOAP to REST transformations, MAF, ICS, PCS, MCS and the Java Cloud Service (JCS) plus Developer Cloud Service.  Really a lot of new acronyms to learn ;)

Day 3/4 was dedicated to 4 parallel Workshops with a lot of hands-on sessions. (SOA, BPM/ACM, Mobile Application Framework (MAF), Multichannel Enablement). I attended the Multichannel workshop. Based on an existing  SOAP-Webservice we used OSB 12c to transform it (without coding) to a REST JSON based service. On top of that we built a mobile app with MAF. In the end I had a running MAF application on my real iOS device.

Networking & Get-together

Besides the cool and new technologies there were a lot of chances to network and get in touch with Oracle Product Managers and Partners. I enjoyed it a lot meeting persons I only knew from twitter or blogs. Thanks for all the great conversations! Further, Budapest is an amazing city! Good food, wine & bars and historical locations. Thanks Jürgen and Oracle for the nice dinner in the spoon restaurant. And if you are in Budapest check out the Simpla Kertmozi, a pretty cool "ruin bar":)

I am really looking forward for the next OFM Forum 2016. Which location will be next?

Further information

See more cool pictures of the event in the twitter stream #ofmForum