Just got back from the Oracle Lunch2.0. While it was interesting to hear all the database giant’s Web2.0 initiatives, I felt this was the most presentation-heavy Lunch2.0s I’ve been to.
The presentations featured Oracle’s widget initiative, basically enabling users to access enterprise CRM information through lightweight applications that they can take wherever, and applications that will work with whatever widget platform you are using. They also demoed an enterprise mashup application featuring data from Google Maps, Oracle’s CRM and GPS applications. You’re clocking in billable hours. Are you really at the service call? Google Maps says you’re in a bar somewhere downtown. U-huh. Ok a less scary example – say you’ve dispatched support to a client. Now you can give a more accurate ETA to your client. Perhaps AT&T should have something like this.
“Our service personnel will be there in approximately 13 hours…”
The food was great, saw a lot of familiar faces. But it sure would’ve been nice to talk to Oracle engineers who may have been working on the projects they demoed today. (Netgear’s Lunch20 is a nice example…they did the demos nicely by setting up booths where engineers talked about their products in smaller groups…because IMHO, Web2.0, among the many things it stands for, is about interacting with your users). The presenters said it several times during the demos that they are interested in hearing feedback from the web community that was present. But beyond saying you want to hear from the community I think it’s also important to make the environment conducive to feedback. Just my two cents. I’m sure there was time after the presentation, but I was gone by then.
But thank you Oracle for the great food. I hope you’ll open up to the web community again as I’m really interested in your Web2.0 stuff, but hopefully with more conversations and less presentations. The projector is nice, but I want to play with it and experience the application for myself. It would be nice to talk to the engineers who worked on it. Again, just my two cents.
Here are some pics from the event.