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APEX Alpe Adria 2024

T Third time the charm. I love this conference, love the atmosphere, love the people. This year I have really enjoyed the networking and made few new friends. Sadly, Peter's minions were not present again, and this time nor was Peter. The APEX team was a bit more secretive than usual, but it here are some statements: APEX 24.1 will be a bit late (no news) It might and it might not bring us the 5 features promised on last Kscope (you could actually made and deliver a baby during this waiting) Oracle has build 41 thousands of bespoke internal APEX applications Cloud starting prices for APEX service were dramatically reduced And I have done it. I finally stepped up and presented something on a conference for the first time, in front of a real audience with 70+ people. And that something was a bit controversial topic. Huge thanks to the people supporting me, also huge thanks to all guys who made this conference happen. I have enjoyed it more than ever befor
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Oracle ACE Associate, 2023-2024

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