OracleWorld took on a Vegas tone, with a bit of Americas Cup fervor and disfavor pulsing through the partying crowd. Serious work groups clustered around laptops and project docs =, ignoring the party atmosphere. So, in other words, about the same as most OracleWorld annuals, with the exception of Larry Ellison slipping out, none to subtly to watch his baby, a boat, fight it’s way back to the top of the America’s cup. It’s amazing what you can buy. Sales teams discused sales strategies for miving more and better partner driven projects. More quickly. Newbies held forth on what they were iterating near an open tap bar.
It really is a do not miss meeting. SJN Sales sends multiple teams every year and never leave feeling quite like we covered every session and speech, and news announcement that are stacked three deep throughout the week.
As one of the Silicon Valley firms known to be operated by card carrying grown-ups, Oracle is Larry’s world writ large ,but with plenty of rules and systems so you can always look around and know who is in charge. This was even apparent at sessions where newbies and veterans discsued the finer merits of changes made to Peoplesoft and other Oracle product lines. Everyone had their say and then everyone deferred to the folks designated as the leader/facilitator/etc.
I couldn’t help but notice the higher than ev er before percentage of really young partner product managers and Oracle managers in attendance. The core of middle-aged, industry lifers that built Oracle has now, by acquisition become another Silicon Valley hipster hang-out. The only difference is that for the most part the older voices of experience are still hanging around, meeting colleagues usually on seen via Skype.
I did ask a few senior statesmen at OW about recent media and public rumblings about younger-is-smarter, age discrimination rampant in valley hiring. A couple of nervous chuckles and one Oracle development team leader said, “ah, you’ve got it all wrong. We’re all in our twenties. This is what working for Larry leads to.” pointing to his own grey hair.
If you missed the follow-up piece on valey age discrimination, here it is: If you missed the story, you can find it here. http://www.sfgate.com/business/bottomline/article/Readers-offer-tales-of-Silicon-Valley-s-ageism-4758726.php
Have a good week. Pop me an email or twitter if you are at a better meeting than the one I’m reporting about.