It all started on Sunday, 02 May 2010 with a group from the Netherlands flying out to Valencia, Spain for the EMEA Partner Summit. Weather was great, very warm and sunny but was soon to change into rain.
We checked in, attended our meeting to get things sorted out for the Kickoff at 1900 hours. The Summit was opened by Jim Whitehurst himself welcoming the 450+ partners and Red Hat personnel.
After the opening keynotes we migrated into the venue hall and mingled with our partners while enjoying the Spanish food and drinks.
The second day was my active day to present two presentations on JBoss SOA-P and BRMS. I was also able to attend a few sessions on JBoss ON CLI usage (tech session) and JBoss SOE (tech session). The rest of the day involved talking with various partners and developers about all things JBoss (BPM, BRMS and SOA-P mostly). My sessions went pretty well, even had a partner in the front recording everything on a hand held video recorder. He mentioned it would be on YouTube sometime soon.
In the evening the partners were put into a bus sorted by their region, so I was off with the Benelux partners to the beach for some traditional Spanish food, Paella!
The evening ended in a beach club with about 100 of the partners enjoying the company of all the Red Hatters!
The third day is a full agenda of sessions, round tables and speeches from partners and Red Hatters. There are both infrastructure and middleware in a abundance! The evening will be concluded with a party at an old convent here in Valencia.
Follow all the active news on my twitter account @ericschabell and sort on the tag #emeapartnersummit, there are more pictures and running commentary until the Summit concludes Wednesday afternoon.
The atmosphere has been really great and I am really enjoying the chance to interact with partners. This is a different engagement than with customers as we are both trying to accomplish the same things. Very open and easy hum of activity in the sessions and exhibition hall, I would be very happy to come back next year!