Vennster was well represented in the SOA/BPM Space, we did the following sessions:
- SOA Made Simple: service design (Ronald van Luttikhuizen)
- SOA Made Simple: creating a roadmap for your SOA (Lonneke Dikmans)
- Effective Fault Handling in Oracle SOA Suite 11g (Ronald van Luttikhuizen)
- Introduction in Eventing in SOA Suite 11g (Ronald van Luttikhuizen)
- Using the B2B Adapter in a Dutch government project (Ronald van Luttikhuizen)
- Securing heterogeneous systems using Oracle WebServices Manager (Ronald van Luttikhuizen and Jens Peters)
- Deployment in Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle BPM Suite (Lonneke Dikmans)
- Stop generating your User Interface! Start designing it (Lonneke Dikmans)
Of course there were also other presentations by other presenters ;) DOAG is a big conference, with over 400 presentations. Most of them cover cases, others explain the latest developments. There is a number of tracks that are of interest if you are working in the 'middleware space': BPM, Middleware & SOA, development, Java and Strategy and Business. The English spoken sessions are not as popular as the German language sessions, but both are well visited.
I visited three sessions, one case study titled "Dynamische Benutzer-Workflows mit SOA und BPM-Suite" by Arne Brüning, one about the new developments in EclipseLink called "The Evolution of Java Persistence" by Doug Clarke and the last one was a session titled "NoSQL and SQL: Blending the Best of Both Worlds" by Andrew Morgan. All three happened to be presented by Oracle. They were very different in nature. The workflow session discussed a customer case. It was interesting from that point of view. I would have preferred more technical depth, but the presenter was well prepared and had an interesting story to tell. The session by Doug about Eclipse gave a nice overview of the latest developments and put them into perspective of the history of TopLink and EclipseLink. I think that this is a good strategy: it shows that EclipseLink is both proven and modern: it has been around for years and part of the original team is still working there PLUS they have solutions for new developments like JSON, REST services, NoSQL and multi-tenancy. The final presentation was an example how not to do that. The presenter put NoSQL in the title in an attempt to attract a crowd. But the session was really about MySQL clusters. A lot of people left the session while he was talking, because it was completely off topic. The presentation itself was not bad, but the title was misleading.
Unfortunately I did not have time to see more sessions, because of all the presentations we were doing ourselves. There certainly was a lot more I would have liked to listen to and I hope we will be back next year!