I just got back from what seems like much more than a two week road trip. Met a lot of great customers and partners, and had some very insigthful conversations along the way.
I gave a talk about multi-tenancy and vendor lock-in at the Holland Open Software Conference in Amsterdam in Friday. I wasn’t sure how well a VERY open source-minded crowd would react to a SaaS talk – since SaaS apps tend to obviate the concept of pure open source software. But the attendees were very receptive and ears pricked up at the concept of Multi-Instance architectures and what Data Center Edition means from a software development, deployment and management perspective.
One of our partners, OutDare, has made a very cool Sugar integration that will make call center management and optimization on the Sugar platform an easy and way cool scenario. I don’t want to give too much away, as it is still in development, but it was really cool to see.
But going from a conference like Holland Open to the (perhaps ironically in this case) titled Oracle OpenWorld conference will be an interesting change. Really a night and day situation here. I have been to many, many Oracle conferences and they do put on a good show. But it is impressive to see some really wild tech innovation at such a smaller show as the Holland Open.
All in all, between the London Acceleration and the great interactions at the Amsterdam event and with our partners and customers in Europe in general, it is safe to say that the European arm of the Sugar Universe is thriving.