Beyond Chatbots: An AI Odyssey

April 18, 2018

Chatbots. You’ve heard of them. You’ve read about them. You may even be involved in developing them. By a wide margin, one of the most popular Oracle Developer podcasts in the last several months was Chatbot Development, First Steps and Lessons Learned - Part 1 which was published back in September of 2017. So it’s safe to say that chatbots remain a hot topic.

So you may be surprised to learn that the conversation you are about to hear doesn’t really focus on chatbots, at least, not directly. Instead, the panel discusses the AI work they're currently involved in, the AI challenges they face, and other issues relevant to developin AI solutions.

This conversation was recorded on February 21, 2018. So let’s journey through time and space to meet the panelists and dive in.

The Panelists

Phil Gordon
CEO/founder of

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Lyudmil Pelov
Oracle A-Team Cloud Architect, Mobile, Cloud and Bot Technologies, Oracle

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Joris Schellekens
Software Engineer, iText

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Brendan Tierney
Consultant, Architect, Author, Oralytics

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Combating Complexity: Fad, Fashion, and Failure in Software Development

March 21, 2018

There is little in our lives that does not rely on software. That has been the reality for quite some time, and it will be even more true as self-driving cars and similar technologies become an even greater part of our lives. But as our reliance on software grows, so does the potential for disaster as software becomes increasingly complex.

In September 2017 The Atlantic magazine featured “The Coming Software Apocalypse,” an article by James Somers, that offers a fascinating and sobering look at how rampant code complexity has caused massive failures in critical software systems, like the 2014 incident that left the entire state of Washington without 911 emergency call-in services until the problem was traced to software running on a server in Colorado.

One of the people interviewed in that Atlantic article was Chris Newcombe, an expert in dealing with software complexity. Chris, an architect on the Oracle Bare Metal infrastructure as a service team,  is one of the panelists for the discussion you are about to hear. Chris is joined by Java Champion and microservices expert Chris Richardson, Java Champion Adam Bein, and Oracle ACE Director and Developer Champion Lucas Jellema. The conversation focuses on what developers can do to combat complexity.


DevOps in the Real World: Culture, Tools, Adoption

February 21, 2018

DevOps is a hot topic, but is that heat driving adoption? Are organizations on the adoption path making headway in the cultural and technological changes necessary for DevOps success? A panel of DevOps experts discusses these and other issues in this freewheeling conversation.

The Panelists

  • Nicole Forsgen, Founder and CEO, DevOps Research and Assessment LLC, Beaverton, OR
  • Leonid Igolnik, Product Development Executive, Startup Mentor and Advisor, Sand Hill Angels, San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Alena Prokharchyk, Principal Software Engineer, Rancher Labs, Cupertino, CA
  • Baruch Sadogursky, Developer Advocate, JFrog, Cupertino, CA
  • Shay Shmeltzer, Director of Product Management, Oracle Cloud Development Tools, Redwood Shores, CA
  • Kelly Shortridge, Product Manager at SecurityScorecard, NYC

Coming Soon

  • Combating Complexity
    An article in the September 2017 edition of the Atlantic warned of The Coming Software Apocalypse. Oracle's Chris Newcombe was interviewed for that article. In this podcast Chris joins Chris Richardson, Adam Bien, and Lucas Jellema to discuss heading off catastophic software failures.
  • AI Beyond Chatbots
    How is Artificial Intelligence being applied to modern applications? What are the options and capabilities? What patterns are emerging in the application of AI? A panel of experts provides the answers to these and other questions.



Women in Technology: Motivation and Momentum

February 6, 2018

IT professionals Natalie Delemar (Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young, President, Board of Directors, ODTUG), Heli Helskyaho (CEO at Miracle Finland), Michelle Malcher (Security Architect at Extreme Scale Solutions), and Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman (Technical Intelligence Manager for the Office of CTO at Delphix, President, Board Of Directors, Denver SQL Server User Group) join panel organizer and moderator Laura Ramsey to share insight on what motivated them in their IT careers, and how they lend their expertise and energy in driving momentum in the effort to draw more women into technology.

The Panelists

  • Natalie Delamar, Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young, and a former president of ODTUG, the Oracle Developer Tools User Group
  • Oracle ACE Director Heli Helskyaho, CEO with Miracle Finland, and an Ambassador for EMEA Oracle Usergroups Community
  • Oracle ACE Director Michelle Malcher, Security Architect at Extreme Scale Solutions and a former president of the Independent Oracle Users Group
  • Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, President Of The Board Of Directors of the Denver SQL Server User Group, and Technical Intelligence Manager for the Office of CTO at Delphix
  • Laura Ramsey, Manager, Database Technology and Developer Communities, Oracle America



Jfokus Panel: Building a New World Out of Bits

January 17, 2018

The first Oracle Developer Podcast for 2018 brings together a panel of experts whose specialties cover a broad spectrum, including cloud computing, big data, security, open source, agile, domain driven design, Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Internet of Things, and more. The thread that connects these five people is that they are part of the small army of experts that will be presenting at the 2018 Jfokus Developers Conference. February 5-7, 2018 in Stockholm.

In this freewheeling discussion the panelists talk about the trends and technologies that have captured their interest, the work that consumes most of their time, and the issues that concern them as IT professionals. Then, to wrap things up, you'll get a quick preview of their respective sessions at Jfokus.

The Panelists

  • Jesse Anderson: Data Engineer, Creative Engineer and Managing Director of Big Data Institute.
  • Benjamin Cabé: IoT Program Manager and an Evangelist with the  Eclipse Foundation.
  • Kevlin Henney: Consultant, programmer, speaker, trainer, writer and owner of Curbralan.
  • Siren Hofvander: Chief Security Officer with Min Doktor, a digital healthcare provider in Sweden.
  • Dan Bergh Johnsson: Agile aficionado, Domain Driven Design enthusiast, and code quality craftsman with Omegapoint.

Click here for the complete program show notes, including additional content from the panelists.


Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin

December 20, 2017

Blockchain originally gained attention thanks to its connection to Bitcoin. But blockchain has emerged from under the crypto-currency’s shadow to become a powerful trend in enterprise IT -- and something that should be on every developer's radar.  For this program we’ve assembled a panel of Blockchain experts to discuss the technology's impact, examine some use cases, and offer suggestions for developers who want to learn more in order to take advantage of the opportunities blockchain represents.

This program was recorded on Thursday November, 9, 2017.

The Panelists

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Lonneke Dikmans
Chief Product Officer, eProseed, Utrecht, NL


John King
Tech Enablement Specialist/Speaker/Trainer/Course Developer, King Training Resources, Scottsdale, AZ


Robert van Mölken
Senior Integration / Cloud Specialist, AMIS, Utrecht, NL


Arturo Viveros
SOA/Cloud Architect, Sysco AS, Oslo, NO



What’s Hot? Tech Trends That Made a Real Difference in 2017

November 15, 2017

Forget the hype! Which technologies made a genuine difference in the work of software developers over the past year? For this podcast we gathered five highly respected developers in a tiny hotel room in San Francisco, tossed in a couple of microphones, and let the conversation happen.

The panelists for this podcast are busy, working developers with stellar reputations:

(Listed alphabetically)

  • Lonneke Dikmans, Chief Product Officer at eProseed. Utrecht, NL
  • Lucas Jellema, Chief Technical Officer at AMIS Services. Rotterdam, NL
  • Frank Munz, software architect and Cloud Evangelist at Munz and More. Munich, DE
  • Pratik Patel, Chief Technical Officer at Triplingo and president of the Atlanta Java Users Group. Atlanta, US
  • Chris Richardson, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eventuate Incorporated. San Francisco, US

This wide-ranging conversation spans containers, microservices, PaaS, IoT, machine learning, and much, much more. Listen!


Chatbots: First Steps and Lessons Learned - Part 2

October 18, 2017

The previous podcast featured a discussion of chatbot development with a panel of developers who were part of a program that provided early access to the Oracle Intelligent Bots platform available within the Mobile Cloud Service. In this podcast we continue the discussion of chatbot development with an entirely new panel of developers who also had the opportunity to work with that same Intelligent Bots beta release.

  • Oracle ACE Director Mia Urman is Chief Executive Officer of AuraPlayer Limited. She’s based in Brookline, Massachusetts.
  • Peter Crew is Director at SDS Group, and Chief Technical Officer with MagiaCX Solutions, in Perth, Australia
  • And Christoph Ruepprich is Infrastructure Senior Principal with Accenture Enkitec Group. He’s based in Dallas, TX

In this program Mia, Peter, and Christoph compare notes on the particular challenges that defined their chatbot development experiences, and discuss what they did to meet those challenges.


Chatbots: First Steps and Lessons Learned - Part 1

September 19, 2017

Chabot development comes with a unique set of requirements and considerations that may prove challenging to those making their first excursion into this new breed of services. This podcast features a panel of developers who have been there, done that, and are willing to talk about it.


Are Microservices and APIs Becoming SOA 2.0?

August 15, 2017

Are Microservices and APIs Becoming SOA 2.0? Are monolithic applications an anti-pattern? Experts Chris Richardson, Luis Weir, Phil Wilkins, and Boris Scholl address these and other questions in this roundtable discussion.