Just back from a four country tour through Europe talking about JBoss Integration products, meeting with customers, meeting with partners, and demoing the various technologies (JBoss Business Rules Management System, JBoss SOA Platform and OpenShift). It was a lot of fun, tiring, and filled with interesting people. I will try to give an overview of the various cities, events and happenings around JBoss in Europe as I experienced it.
Each location as split into a two day adventure. One day being the JBoss Forum with customers invited to enjoy JBoss talks, demos and good food from the local scene. The other day would be spent on local press interviews, customer meetings, partner meeting, and local sales team training sessions. Each country had its own plan around these items and each country was a different experience.
|Over full room in Madrid.|
There was a live translator (see the silver box in the room where translator sat) and about half of the attendees were listening in on headphones to catch our talks in their native languages. The translator asked us to speak in a steady pace, not too fast but not too slow either, which can be a bit confusing if you have a strong accent in your English.
Travel went smoothly this time, we arrived in Paris and the hotel was at a great location, just off the Arc de Triomphe at the head of the Champs-Elysees.
|JBossians in Paris.|
The next day the JBoss Forum event was held on the Champs-Elysees just one floor up with the window next to the attendees giving you a great overview of the finish to the Tour de France. With ~95 attendees this was again a standing room only event and I demonstrated not only the JBoss BRMS Customer Evaluation and Rewards demos, but also the new Home Loan demo with BPM capabilities (blogging this new project soon). This Home Loan demo leverages both JBoss BRMS and the JBoss SOA Platform to integrate services, ESB, BPEL, rules and BPM.
Again, in the evening we had dinner with some of my oldest JBoss friends and enjoyed some really nice French dining. It was nice to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones!
The second day gave Phil and myself the chance to wander a bit in the morning for breakfast and to get to the office for our Sale Team training session. It would not be proper to visit Paris and not get a shot of the Eiffel Tower. After our training session we headed off to enjoy our weekends before having to head out to Germany for week two of this tour.
Sunday evening flights got both Phil and myself into Munich, Germany with no delays nor much snow to worry about. It had been warming up a bit so most of the snow was melting.
The JBoss Forum event in Munich was again completely full with ~90 attendees. We even had attendees drop in from another event in the same building that turned out to be from our competitors, guess they were interested in JBoss Integration & BPM. Throughout the day there were several press interviews so watch for German language JBoss articles coming soon.
|Munich JBoss Forum.|
The first day here was the JBoss Forum with customers and interested parties. This took place in a hotel down by the river in the center of Zurich and was very well attended. Not a single empty chair. I again showcased the JBoss Customer Evaluation and Rewards demos focusing on the business interaction with the Business Rules Manager and BPM web tooling. There were several attendees that approached me afterwards about how nice it all looked.
|Zurich JBoss Forum.|
The evening was again a team dinner with a local partner joining us to discuss eventual content for the partner workshop I was to give the day after. Phil Simpson traveled on to Geneva for a last JBoss Forum the next day.
|OpenShift USB prize!|
Travel home that evening was without hinder so the two week tour wrapped up nicely with memories of customer, partners and colleagues we had chatted with around Europe.