IBM Transaction and Messaging Congress in Salzburg

Salzburg domes 2

Last week I was at the IBM WebSphere Technical Conference / Transaction and Messaging Congress in Salzburg, Austria, along with a lot of other Hursley people. Specifically I presented a couple of talks on WebSphere ESB, including introducing some of the new features coming up in 6.0.2. The talks were well attended with some good questions, and it was nice to get out and meet some customers. In addition I sat on a couple of panel sessions on which some good questions and discussions ensued.

This was my first visit to Salzburg, after visiting both Vienna and Innsbruck for previous IBM conferences. It’s a lovely city, nestled in a valley through which the River Salzach flows. The dominating feature of the ridge running above the main part of the town is the Hohensalzburg, a fortress first built in 1077 and which is the largest remaining of its kind in Europe.

Salzburg Cathedral 2

The old town contains a number of impressive churches including the Salzburger Dom, an impressive cathedral in which the city’s most famous son was baptized. Of course, there are numerous buildings, streets and tourist traps associated with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and even one of the restaurants we ate in speculated that some of his works may have been composed there!

All in all, Salzburg is a lovely place, and I can imagine it gets even more charismatic as the snow starts to fall. With FlyBe starting flights direct from Southampton next month I can see that Lana and I might have to return together at some point.

I took the 400D along for its first foreign outing, and on a spare day managed to fire off a couple of hundred frames, the most interesting of which can be found on flickr.

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