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Early in November, the 2014 SQL Anywhere Technical Summit was hosted in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The invitation was open to any SQL Anywhere customers to attend, and we had representatives from 30 different companies join us for 2.5 days of technical discussions with the SQL Anywhere engineering team.

This event was a great success, allowing customers unfettered access to the SQL Anywhere development, support and product management teams to discuss a wide variety of technical issues as well as hear about upcoming release plans for SQL Anywhere.  It also gave the SQL Anywhere engineering team direct access to customers, which they found extremely useful.  This direct communication helped the developers gain a better understanding of the direction customers are heading in with our technology and some of the specific pain points they are having in their business.  All of this information feeds back into the roadmap planning for the future of SQL Anywhere.

Here we see our audience learning about OData and SQL Anywhere and how they work together.

There were also plenty of opportunities for customers and engineering to pick each other's brains during adhoc conversations at lunch and a small evening reception that was held on site.

Overall, all the attendees, including those from the SQL Anywhere team found this event to be a great success.  In the post-event survey, 96% of the attendees were highly satisfied with the summit and would attend the event again if another one was held in the future.