Building on the success of last year's conference, this year will be bigger and better in every way. We’ve hired a larger venue - the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, just south of SFO. We really loved being at the Dolce Hayes last year (warmly recommended), and it was sad to have to move on, but we need more space to accommodate a significantly larger event with exhibitions, a career centre and much more. We are also running an extensive program of boot camp sessions. The hotel has great amenities and is conveniently located for Silicon Valley and excursions to San Francisco.
We have two keynote speakers this year. Paul Haley is one of the best-known names in the industry – a co-developer of ART and ex-chairman of Haley Systems, subsequently acquired by Oracle. His company was responsible for the Haley Business Rules Suite (now evolved into Oracle Policy Automation). Paul is a consultant at Paul Allen’s company, Vulcan, where he is involved with Project Halo. Said Tabet, another ART veteran, co-founded the RuleML Initiative a decade ago. He has contributed extensively to the development of W3C and OMG rules standards over several years and is focussed on the Semantic Web and the use of reasoning technologies in financial services.
As vice-chair, my job is to oversee the call for speakers and plan the detailed agenda over the next couple of months. If you work with rules engines or other reasoning technologies and have a burning desire to share your knowledge, experience and insight with developers, technologists, researchers, technical leads, etc., then submit a short abstract for a presentation no later than 6th May. You’ll find all the details and T&Cs on the web site. If you just need to learn more about the practical application of reasoning systems (rules engines, constraint solvers and the like) to real-world problems, then book yourself a place at the conference. Book by May 15th to get the best discounts.
With Microsoft working on revamped rules offerings for AppFabric (as mentioned at last year's PDC), it would be great to see a good .NET turnout at the event. Let me know if you plan to attend and are a .NET developer with a passion for rules. If you are a BizTalk developer, even better. I would love to do a boot camp for MS BRE, but would need some indication of committment to this a.s.a.p. in order to look for the funding to host a day of intensive hands-on experience. So, if you are interested, ping me via the 'Contact' menu option on this site.