Some people with probably think that I drank the Kool aid- Well our CEO and Chairman did a fantastic job this morning as a key note speaker at Oracle OpenWorld! Not as controversial as other CEOs , but certainly a speech which makes employees very proud to work for Cisco.
John McAbel who has been involved in the preparation of this speech warned me couple of days ago
“We are very excited to have John Chambers at Oracle OpenWorld this year. It’s the first year he is a key note speaker in four years at the conference I think it’s a reflection of the growth of the UCS within the Oracle ecosystem We have now hundreds of customers who are running UCS today , many of these customers are running large Oracle mission critical workload, such as EMC, Qualcom, University of Colarado, and others . So I think that John being here is a reflection of this growth, but also of the overall commitment of the partnership between the two companies Openworld in fact runs on Cisco networking gear and we run a lot of Cisco on Oracle eBusiness Suite and Oracle data base . So there is a nice synergy between the two companies
I think you’ll find this key notes unlike other key notes at Oracle OpenWorld , where we are going to have demonstration on stage of Cisco UCS running Oracle codes, we are also going to show how we can take that technology to help improve how customers will process words and some of the processes you will find them entertaining !”
- He was right !I saw this morning a constant flow of appreciative tweets on John’s speech Here are some of them starting with Marc Benioff from SalesForce.com “John Chambers is delivering one of the best keynotes in our industry. Watching him is humbling. He is as good as they get.”( @benioff)
“Have to say, Cisco CEO John Chambers is an excellent speaker, nice mix of biz, tech and vision RT “(@mfauscette) “That winds up John Chambers. Impressive talk! I learned a lot.”(@Oracleheretic) “Keynotes focusing on substance, not style issues. Other keynoters should take note, emulate“(@carterlusher) “Vendors that speak at industry conf’s should replay John Chambers #oow11 keynote. Very good balance of Thought Leadership + Product Pitch” (@sameerpatel) “John Chambers is the best speaker in our industry. #oow11 He sets the bar.” “Bold & consistent if nothing else” (@ca_bshimmin) “Great ideas! John Chambers, Cisco President, at Oracle OpenWorld”
I will not go through all the rich content of this entertaining and some times provocative speech (“If you agree with everything I say today, I haven’t done my job”. John Chambers). I hope to be very soon in a position to point to a the slide deck or even the recording of the speech -- So stay tuned
But here are some talking points (as perceived by the audience) , as well as the first reactions on this speech about change from The Register and The New York Time
Though Oracle OpenWorld 2011 opened with a bang on Sunday night, and I, like many, enjoyed both the keynote and the metakeynote (aka, Twitterstream, see Intel’s Pauline Vist’s fantastic take on the keynote), Monday was when the conversations really started. High-level observations: wow, that’s a lot of people, especially in line for coffee. Average Starbuck’s wait time: 20 minutes. How this makes the average OOW attendee feel:
OOW Attendee Before Coffee
Post-caffeine drip, and with the day’s sessions underway, there was a lot of buzz around Big Data, amplified by the relative silence of the Cloud. Nature of this show or trend? We shall see. Perhaps it’s a post-Cloud world, on to the next thing?
In the Cisco booth, lots of interest in the Cius demo, with lively discussion around the distinctions between tablet solutions and the need for an enterprise-class tablet. The Cius demo highlights the simplicity of collaboration across devices (VXI!): virtual doesn’t mean decreased performance.
Cisco’s strong partnerships with our technology partners are on full display here at OOW11. Here’s the UCS featured in the Intel booth (complete with fabulous Intel lighting):
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Lot of people, lot of activities, lot of parties , lot of data, lot of announcements and lot of clouds ! - That’s Oracle OpenWorld 2011 here in San Francisco ! We have been pretty busy today , with a great flow of visitors on our booth (#721) and a series of well attended theater presentations and speaking sessions.