Between SYSCO and I we covered topics on automated provisioning, why O-box chose Chef, enterprise deployment, O-box & ODA (me, of course), and SYSCO’s SOA 12c upgrade experiences. There were plenty of discussions too with other companies sharing their Fusion Middleware experiences. All told it was a very interesting and constructive day.
We also had a very nice dinner, including performances by a Norwegian musical/comedy double-act. Whilst the jokes (in Norwegian) went over my head, the musical numbers from “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “He Ain’t heavy” were very entertaining, not least the audience participation!
SYSCO has built up a strong middleware team over the last few years (including an Oracle Certified Master and more Oracle Specializations than I knew existed!) and on the final day I joined some of them at their office for a kind of hackathon. Their Oslo office is in a building shared with Oracle so offered a good opportunity to talk to Oracle people over lunch too.
During the day we had wide ranging discussions about ODA internals, O-box special features, Exalogic, Traffic Director, InfiniBand, provisioning, patching and tuning… it was an intensive day but I came back with lots of ideas for O-box enhancements and further collaboration with SYSCO. I’ll look forward to my next visit!
So, if you are based in Norway, and have an Oracle SOA project where O-box could help, please have a chat with Jon-Petter Hjulstad at SYSCO (contact details on their O-box Partners page).