Last year I made a bit of fun of Oracle, picking on the symbolism in their closed, walled conference setup vs. the open festival-like environment at Salesforce.com’s competing event. Here’s a little pictorial reminder:
Dreamforce did not even feel like a conference, rather a Festival – Woodstock, Mardi Gras, SXSW – your pick. Fun. Contrast that to Oracle’s fortress:
Actually, the above picture reminded me of a formation of the Roman Legion…
I found it shocking how the external appearance truly reflected the messaging of the two companies.
But wait.. OMG… does Oracle actually read blogs? 🙂
This year Oracle Openworld literally copied to Dreamforce setup (just swapping the astroturf for O-Red).
Of course speculation started right away on how Salesforce.com will respond.. or whether they even want to, given the newly found (but now we know short-lived) Larry-Marc bromance:-)
And now we know – Salesforce surrendered, asked for Alien help. Dreamforce Plaza, home to 120,000 people next week is taken over by Space Pods. The invasion has begun:-)
Don’t believe in Space Invasions? Here’s another theory, just for you:
How the #DF13 bee hive was constructed. They used 10 million bees to lift the structure. AMAZING!
And if you’re still skeptical… well, here’s how Dreamforce Plaza was really built – but keep it between us, will you? 🙂