Saturday, February 15, 2014

Why do I attend Kscope?

Kscope14 will be my 6th Kscope event. After New Orleans, Monterey, Washington, Long Beach and New Orleans again (yes, I missed San Antonio), this year Seattle will be the place to be at the end of June.

So why do I spent quite a lot of time and money to visit this event? That's because of two reasons: the content and the fellow attendees. Without any doubt the content of Kscope is best you can get in one conference. And it doesn't matter whether your interested in database development, APEX or Hyperion, there's only one conference with that much awesome presentations. And that draws a certain type of people: your fellow attendees. The size of the event and the location (usually) offers an unique opportunity to meet and greet whoever you want. You don't have to make an appointment to talk to someone, as there is a huge chance you'll run into each other at a presentation, during lunch or at the bar. Speaking of lunch ... there is no conference or event that serves better food than Kscope!

During Kscope14 I will do two presentations myself. One in the beginners track about "Starting mobile development with APEX" and one about "Creating hybrid APEX applications".

As the APEX Content Lead, I am looking forward to all (APEX) presentations. Especially all the planned APEX 5 presentations will have my attention. Apart from those I planned to attend the "Pins, Polygons, and Perspectives: Visualizing Geographic Data in APEX" by Christoph Ruepprich and "Oracle APEX + Node.JS A Primer" by John Scott.
Another thing I also like (and has been requested during previous conferences), is the "intro track". So the first two days of the conference we do have one (out of three) complete track 100% dedicated to APEX beginners. And another thing I'm fond of are our "newbie slots". In order to prevent an unequal competition between newbie presenters and well known APEX rock stars, we planned the presentations of the Kscope newbies against each other. So they all get an equal chance to get a full room!

So, right now you understand I am looking forward to Kscope14 a lot. And I hope I'll meet you there in June. Visit http://kscope14.com for all details, abstracts, location and registration.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The evolution of APEX Evangelists

Every year we at APEX Evangelists come together to discuss the past and the future of the company. In the past 7 years a lot has changed; the APEX market changed, the community changed, we personally changed, etc ...
We really like APEX, we are all passionate about it, we love to have technical discussions with each other and come together to share our thoughts, but we also like our independence and make our own trade-offs company wise.
So we decided to go a different route with "APEX Evangelists". And that’s why we’re now in the midst of transforming APEX Evangelists from a company to a network.
A network of APEX experts. A network without any financial incentive behind it. A network of independent people that are passionate about APEX. A network of recognised experts in the Oracle community. A network with members that can rely on each other and trust each other.


You can also become part of this network, but only by invitation and acceptance by the other members.
We love to compare us with the Oaktable network, which is a network of experts for the Oracle database. We hope that the "APEX Evangelists network" will be the same for Oracle Application Express.
The first addition to the APEX Evangelists network is Martin Giffy D’Souza and we hope to grow the network further in the next months.

The new website of APEX Evangelists - which reflects the network now - is live, you find it at http://www.apex-evangelists.com.

If you wondering what else the future will bring me, I changed the name of my company to APEX Consulting. You can find the new website on http://www.apexconsulting.nl.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Where's Wally? Or upcoming conferences for the first half of 2014 ....

Conference season has started as usual with RMOUG - where I've never been and still would love to go once. The conferences for the first half of the year where I will be presenting are listed below.

February 13, ODTUG online webinar
Together with Mia Urman I will be presenting "Running Oracle Forms from an APEX Application". About five years ago I wrote an article and presented about how to integrate Forms and APEX and this is another option in that area. You can join, for free, without travelling at the ODTUG site.

March 11, OUG Ireland, Dublin
Just like last year, I'll be attending Dublin early March. It's a very well organized conference in a beautiful venue. You can see all the presentations and all other information here. I'll be presenting "Best of both worlds: Create hybrid mobile applications with Oracle Application Express" - and "Finding the Needle in the Haystack or How to Troubleshoot an APEX Issue".

March 25, APEX World, Zeist
Officially the largest APEX-only conference in the world with an expected attendance of about 300 APEX enthousiasts. The complete - and impressive - agenda can be found here. I'll be doing the "hybrid" presentation again.

April 3-5, OUG Norway, Oslo - Kiel - Oslo
As most people know by now, this conference is on a cruise ship. So there's no escape ;-)
The agenda is awesome, with speakers from all over the world. Check this out. I'll be doing "An introduction into APEX" and "APEX and BI Publisher - a match made in heaven?"

April 29, APEX Usergroup, Düsseldorf
I've been invited to do a presentation at this event. Don't know which one yet...

June 5-6, OUG Finland, Helsinki
This will be my first visit to Finland. Really looking forward to this as the conference is somewhere outside of the city. I'll be doing the "BI Publisher" and the "hybrid" ones over there. The full agenda is not on line yet.

June 22-26, Kscope, Seattle
Last in the first half of 2014, but definitely not least, is Kscope. All information and the superb agenda can be found online. Apart from the stunning APEX agenda with three parallel tracks (I have to admit, I am biased, being the content lead) also the Developer Toolbox and Database tracks are very appealing to me. And then I didn't even mention the other tracks (Essbase, Hyperion, ADF & Fusion, EPM, BI & DWH) - until now that is...
Oh yeah, I'll be presenting the "hybrid" one again and "My first mobi - Starting mobile web development with APEX".

Hope to see you in one - or more - of these events!

Most presentations are sponsored by the Oracle ACE Program, extremely well organized by Vikki and Lillian.