"RU Ready?" This is what I was thinking when I was on the plane to China.
Being that this was my first time in China, I didn’t even know what to expect much less how many people would show up at my Data Studio session. I was on my way to attend the Rational Software Development Conference in China, which was hosted in the Shanghai Convention Center in September.
When I finally arrived I was completely surprised to see how many people showed up at the one day conference!
Around 900-plus people packed the 2nd floor to listen to “R Heroes” discuss what Rational had to offer this year. Due to the larger than expected audience, the auditorium was packed with attendees for the keynote speech, and since so many people showed up they had to open a separate hall to televise the speech! Did I mention the entire conference was also streamed online live? Talking about using technology to its fullest advantage!
To my surprise, I had around 110 people show up at my talk, and the conference hall was so packed that there were people standing on chairs outside the door trying to get a glimpse of the slides.
By the request of the local team at the last minute, I was asked to present my Data Studio slides in Chinese. Now I really had to put my 10-plus years of Chinese school learned in the US to work!
When I speech was over, there was silence. I could hear people scribbling on their notepad, jogging down notes. Was my Chinese so bad that no one knew what I was saying?
And all of sudden, hands were popping into the air.
This was the first time many of the attendees were introduced to Data Studio and its family of products. Attendees were asking great questions like how to use pureQuery with their existing Hibernate applications. And how Data Studio could help them become productive.
On my plane ride back to the states I exhaled a sigh of relieve as I boarded the plane. My mission was complete.
-- Tina Chen