Amis Oracle OpenWorld and CodeOne review

Last October 22nd until 25th San Francisco  was the place to be for Oracle OpenWorld 2018 and Oracle Code One 2018. Oracle OpenWorld is the yearly event where Oracle-experts share their knowledge and expertise. Oracle Code One (The successor of JavaOne) is focussing on modern (application and integration) architectures and software development.

For those less fortunate and unable to attend (like myself) there are several sources to stay up to date.

Watch the Keynotes and some of the sessions On Demand.

Check the Session Catalogs from both Oracle OpenWorld and CodeOne for downloads of the presentations and sessions.

Amis Oracle OpenWorld & CodeOne review 

As always Amis has send a delegation to the Oracle conferences. Thanks to Amis and Lucas Jellema and Robert van Mölken in particular I had the chance to get up-to-date. Like every year the organised a Oracle OpenWorld & CodeOne review. In this review Lucas and Robert coverd the following topics (among others):

  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), the Generation 2 Cloud
  • Containers and Kubernetes in the Oracle Cloud
  • Blockchain
  • Machine Learning
  • Autonomous everything
  • IoT
  • Moderne architectures like MicroServices, ServerLess, CQRS & Event Sourcing

Check out the different slides on SlideShare:

Announcements, Analysis and Overviews on Data, Analytics and Machine Learning – …

Takeaways & Interpretations on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure – …

Blockchain, Integration Cloud, ServerLess and MicroServices –

Custom Application Development – …

SaaS & Business Applications – …

Thanks Lucas and Robert, I have enough homework to keep me busy until next year.

Originally published on LinkedIn.

Challenges and Pitfalls of Data Visualization

The last two days I was present at the 2018 nlOUG Tech Experience at the Rijtuigenloods in Amersfoort. The Dutch Oracle User Group organizes this event with 69 speakers from 19 countries, who give more than 70 sessions on ground-breaking topics in the field of Oracle (related) Technology.

‘The Cloud is Next’ Tech Experience! 

The nlOUG has been able to get both Regis Louis (Vice President of Product Management & Strategy, Oracle Cloud Platform, EMEA/APAC) as well as Penny Avril (Vice President of Product Management Oracle Database) on stage. They have brought us up to speed with Oracle’s Cloud Platform strategy and Autonomous Data Management.

In addition, Oracle was present and offered various hands-on labs where visitors have been able to try out the latest Cloud products from Oracle themselves.

There where a lot of inspiring and challenging sessions on applying Oracle technology in practice. These sessions include, Continuous Delivery, Blockchain, Data Guard, Oracle Data Modeler, JSF and ADF, hybrid API strategies, Low-Code, Bots, API Integration Testing, Cloud-based Agile Team Development and many more.

The Analytics track was filled with sessions about Data Visualisation, Kafka, Graph Database, Hybrid Cloud solutions, Chat bots and much more.

The Psychology of Data Visualization

Yours truly had the privilege to take the stand in one of the old train wagons. “A picture says more than a thousand words”. This sounds like a true statement. While it’s true that it is easier to tell a story with visuals than with words, it makes a huge difference which visual you are using for which story. What is the real story behind a visual. Using the wrong visual to tell a certain story can reduce the benefit of a visual to zero. In this presentation we will go through the Challenges & Pitfalls of Data Visualization.

I uploaded my slides on SlideShare.

Of course a big thanks to our sponsors!


I had a great time. As always these conferences ar great place to exchange knowledge and meet with like minded people. I have met some ‘old’ and some new friends. Hopefully I will see you (again) next year at the third anniversary of the nlOUG Tech Experience.

Originally published on LinkedIn.

nlOUG Tech Experience | 7 & 8 juni 2018 | De Rijtuigenloods

English version below

Het concept programma van de 2018 editie van de nlOUG Tech Experience staat online!

Het concept is hetzelfde als vorig jaar. Verspreid over twee dagen zullen er presentaties gegeven worden die de complete Oracle Technology Stack bedienen. Het congres zal ook dit jaar plaatsvinden in De Rijtuigenloods in Amersfoort

Datum: 7 en 8 juni 2018.

Voor meer (sponsor) informatie kunt u contact opnemen met de nlOUG via

Via de volgende link vind u een impressie van het vorige event.

Hopelijk komen we elkaar tegen in ‘De Rijtuigenloods’ in juni.

The concept program of the 2018 edition of the nlOUG Tech Experience is online!

The concept will remain the same. During two days there will be presentations that serve the complete Oracle Technology Stack. The venue will again be the Rijtuigenloods in Amersfoort.

Date: June 7th & 8th 2018.

For more (sponsorship) information please get in contact with nlOUG:

Please check out some impressions from the last event.

Hopefully I see you in ‘De Rijtuigenloods’ next June.


Originally published on LinkedIn.

Full Scale Data Architecture College Tour

Yesterday I attended the Full Scale Data Architecture College Tour. A unique opportunity to step into the boardroom and find out what an executive thinks about IT, architects, architecture and data in particular. The host of the event; Ronald Damhof and Sylvia Butzke (COO at PGGM Investments) did a great job of keeping the conversation going. Sylvia was willing to answer questions from both Ronald as well as from the audience.

I will not give a complete transcription of the 1,5 hour event. Following are a few of my highlights of the evening.

Sylvia seems to be a leader who overlooks the situation / organisation and tries to understand thoroughly what is happening and why it is happening. Are these things necessary or is there a possible alternative.

“Doing the right things instead of doing things right”

You have to understand why things are the way they are and then; “So what?”. Why is it relevant.

For Sylvia the role of an Architect is to ask the right questions about the existence of an organisation. This should be done from a business perspective. It doesn’t make sense to start with the technique, although that seems to be the easiest way. Often because the Architecture capability is considered an IT role. The Architect supports in asking the relevant business questions and helps the business answer these question.

The outcome of an Architecture exercise must give an organization something to hold on to. This is not without obligation. An Architecture should have authority within the organisation. There is no general Architecture. Each Architecture is specific and in context of that organisation.

Together with the board, an Architect (it can be discussed which specific role, I guess it will be the Enterprise Architect) should act as a trusted advisor. Someone partly responsible for the course of the organisation. Both roles should reinforce each other. They must have the same goal. If they collide, the do not have the same goals. It’s a skill where they must experience each others added value.

Sylvia warns not to rush to technology to quickly. That looks very tempting because of the digitalisation and all the technological opportunities. If you do not see the bigger picture, you might only build a point solution for a current challenge.

Keep on thinking. Are we asking the right / relevant questions? Are we using the right datasets to answer certain questions?

So what’s the role of data in the boardroom? The boardroom is responsible for the strategy of an organisation. What are we going to do? How are we going to direct the organisation. The way this is organised, determines the maturity of an organisation. Technology is supportive. Data can be collectedby effective use of IT (digitalisation). The boardroom needs to be able to understand how digitalisation works

Normally organisations are managed in different layers. To get an better understanding, it makes sense to manage the organisation structured as a T. The Top layer is still responsible, but the expertise is top-down in the organisation. Making decisions together in the deepest fibers of the organisation. The board needs to gather the right expertise and understand what is happening. This means that the board needs to determine how much they are willing to understand. The experts need to determine how much information and expertise they need to aggregate to make it able to consume by the board. The challenge for the top management is to find balance between innovation & experimenting versus discipline & data quality. It’s not a matter of choosing but trying to do both.

The form in which an Architecture is communicated (e.g. Archimate) is not necessarily important. What is relevant is to understand its relevance and its dependency within the total Architecture. Certain dimensions of the Architecture are important. The Architect is the conversation partner.

Data is a means and not an end in itself. One can look at data as a mean to reach a certain goal. Data can (and should) be used to answer questions. Business must learn how to ask questions. If done right, data can be seen as an asset. The value of data can be compared with the value of people, material and money within an organisation. To manage people correctly within an organisation, organisations have an HR-policy in place. A Data-policy should be in place as well. A policy specific to the organisation.

According to Sylvia being Agile means being able to learn and to adapt to change. These days things are changing very fast so you cannot direct a company on what. You need to focus on the why and according to which principles.

The actual challenge within organisations is that we want to do ‘something’ with data. The important question to answer is; Why? What are we doing? Which processes are important? Which data is involved? What is the dependency of the different processes and the related data? Determine the Business Context first before you start to do ‘something’ with data.

“Stay curious and immerse yourself in the why”

Final takeaway; “Stay curious and immerse yourself in the why”; So what?

Next meetup on 22nd of March will be the Full Scale Data BOK Kickoff session

If you are interested in the Full Data Architect movement, check out these online profiles on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook.

Originally published on LinkedIn.

Collegetour; an executive talking data

Last week I was present at the third Full Scale Data Architect meetup. The Full Scale Data Architect group is created by Ronald Damhof and Martijn Evers.

Ronald and Martijn have a mission; “…to make Data Architects come to grips with the new reality of data, and how to get control back. For this, we started a movement for Full Scale Data Architects to help us combat the ever-increasing data-tsunami. For raising awareness we postulate 10 commandments for the (aspiring) Full Scale Data Architect. Join us on our mission to combat data entropy.”

The topic of last weeks meetup was; “The Future of Data/Information modeling”. For me, as an Oracle Data and Analytics consultant, with a focus on the technical implementation of data, these meetups are very interesting. I am infected with the red virus and approach most data challenges from an Oracle perspective. It’s good (and in fact a necessity) to look further than the technical implementation of data as well.

The key take away from the last meetup is that there is no standard solution for whatever data challenge. You always have to focus on the customers’ concerns. Familiarize yourself with the customers’ concerns and base your solution (both functional as well as technical) on these. A passionate argument by Martijn Evers and a lively discussion in/with the audience.

“Collegetour; an executive talking data”

I really liked this meetup and I am looking forward to the next one. This one will be really interesting. Thursday, February 15, 2018 – the first edition of the Full Scale Data Architecture College Tour will be organized. The Full Scale Data Architects have secured a C-Level executive of a high ranking financial institution who is willing to be interviewed by the host; Ronald Damhof and is also willing to answer questions from the audience.

I already secured my seat, I hope to see you there as well. Have a look here at other planned events.

If you are interested in the Full Data Architect movement, check out these online profiles on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook.

Originally published on LinkedIn.