We have a lot of kick-ass talent at GigaSpaces, but it's not every day you get an email like the one we got about Owen Taylor, one of our main technical evangelists. We got this from Atif Aziz, one of the organizers of the Swiss .Net Microsoft User Group (published with Atif's permission):
I just wanted to drop some feedback about Owen's presentation to the user group. Frankly, I am not exaggerating the slightest by saying the attendees (myself included) were completely blown away. I am really grateful that he put all his passion and enthusiasm in delivering the talk (even after such a long flight), which went to demonstrate his own conviction of the subject matter and consequently made the audience more receptive to newer ideas. Owen is a rare gem in that he possesses some very unique and exceptional presentation and story-telling skills. He took a subject that was fairly new to the audience and delivered it very effectively, building momentum as he went along. He presented the problem space in its historical context and then slowly moved over to the solution without missing any of the essences along the way.
I would end there, but I think the attendees were even more amazed when he managed address all of the technical concerns and queries that were brought up during and afterwards. Really, I know something changed in that room that day. :)
Here are the exact words of one of the attendees that I received by e-mail the following day. “I just wanted to thank you for bringing this "inspiring" and "delicious-food-for-thought" talk to the community. It was great and I enjoyed it a lot. thanks again”
Owen tirelessly travels the globe, spreading the word about Space-Based Architecture, GigaSpaces, Jini/JavaSpaces and all things distributed computing.
Besides his own excellent blog, Owen's been featured multiple times on TheServerSide.com and other sites, sharing his deep technical knowledge. But what really sets Owen apart is that he is a natural born performer. He was a performer on Broadway for many years and that combined with his tech knowledge and passion -- well, it's dynamite.