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OBUG 2009

Yesterday (March 31), the Oracle Benelux User Group held its (almost) annual conference in Antwerp. Apart from the three central keynotes, the around 600 attendees (my guess) could pick one of the 10 concurrent sessions - in three timeslots. The conference was mainly 'Apps' driven: most sessions where from an Apps-perspective - so there were only a few interesting sessions from a database / development point of view.
José Lazares (Vice President Applications Development and Applications Integration Architecture) did the first keynote. The message I got from it was: more BI dashboards presenting data from different sources (a lot of screen shots with nice graphs). I skipped the first concurrent session, because I had to be on our stand. The second sort of keynote was by Tom Sligting, a Dutch stand-up comedian. He had some very funny jokes, but had a hard time with the sometimes barely-responsive audience.
Lonneke & Lucas did a duo presentation on SOA Suite 11g (in fact it was a trio presentation, because Ronald ran a demo from the projector room - 50 meters from the stage). Seems like 11g is aiming at building more integrated solutions, because you now can use the different tools in a single project.
The last session was 'Forms 2.0' by Wilfred van der Deijl, who presented his view on migrating from an Oracle Forms to an ADF world. I was already familiar with his work, especially the OraFormsFaces stuff, because I use his technique for a part of the Oracle Forms/APEX integration (which I will present during ODTUG Kaleidoscope, - shameless plug - ).
All in all a good, well organised day, with - and I have to admit - really good food...

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