Last week I spent two full days with the Red Hat middleware team in Tokyo, Japan giving a workshop to partners, customers, and a few internal people on the Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite product.
There were around 30 in attendance and the experience of teaching through an interpreter was one I will never forget. It was a fantastic group from the Tokyo office, including Solution Architect teams that supported the lab portion of each day as most of the attendees needed Japanese language support.
Some of the highlights included my interpreter helping me decipher the vending machine outside so I could buy the right type of coffee... talk about a process!
There was also a good section covering both localization with the JBoss BPM Suite showing a demo running fully in Japanese and a good look at the migration strategy for getting from the previous version to the JBoss BPM Suite 6.
One evening the team took us out to experience real Japanese culture, Karaoke, something I won't soon forget!
Finally, I met with and got Hisao Furuichi to commit to translations of the articles found here around JBoss into Japanese, so keep your eyes peeled for more of that in the future.
Here is a photo impression of the two day event including some of the fantastic food that the local area offered.
I look forward to the next trip to Japan.