As many of you will know, I was in two minds whether to host the recent OpenInsight (OI) 10 Product Awareness Training. Furthermore, I heard a number of comments about the validity of hosting the event based on OI10 not being ready for a few more months.
However, given what I learned at the last RevUS Conference and the amount of change that is coming, I decided to blindly carry on with my plans. The new version can be used to make developers more productive, help new developers to become comfortable with the new version more quickly and the benefits to end users on screen and under the hood. This was way too much to leave for people to work through when the release hits our desks and I wanted to give developers the opportunity to get a good head start.
The three day event was therefore scheduled to host the normal Revelation User Group (RUG) in the morning and then we would get into the OI10 release in more detail over the next two and a half days.
Mike and Carl did an amazing job as usual and despite working with live and moving code for the demonstrations, the event went very well and the feedback has been very welcome.
To sum things up, I came into work this morning to find an email from Bill North which made the event all the more worthwhile. Like many OI developers around the world, Bill has been following the OI10 blog and he thought that he had a fairly good idea of what the new version is all about. However, as he says:
“Even though I had been following the OI10 blog, I was amazed by the amount of changes and enhancements being introduced in OI 10. So I am looking forward to getting my hands on OI 10 too!”
I guess that you can say that the event was very worthwhile. I would like to therefore thank Carl and Mike for taking the time out of their busy schedules, to Prashant for all of the planning and logistics and for Andrew covering for me on Wednesday evening when everyone went out to dinner. Also, to everyone that took the time to come to London for the event and to raise their awareness about the biggest OI release – probably ever.
If you have the chance to attend another of these events somewhere in the world or the main US conference in March, I can highly recommend them to you.