George Trujillo at Oracle Open World - Day Two

 Today was a busy day full of lots of meetings.  To me the power of the conference is the networking and sitting in on key presentations that stand out to you.  Today really emphasized just how big Oracle is getting.  The keynotes of Charles Phillips, Thomas Kurian and Andy Mendelson were important to understand Oracle strategic directions and getting synched up on new products and production directions.

 

Also enjoyed talking to different Oracle users groups and seeing the growth and evolution of these groups.  I'd definitely recommend joining one or more of these groups. 

Charles Phillips Keynote

Highlights include:

  • Oracle spending  around $3B in research and development.
  • It's been the year of innovation at Oracle.
  • Acquisitions over the last four years is over 50 companies.  They've gone from 40k to 80k employees.
  • Business applications:
    • Applications Unlimited - new features are enhanced with Fusion Middleware.
    • Software as a Service (SaaS) continues to evolve. 
  • Oracle has three key business areas: database, middleware and business applications.
  • Application Integration Architecture (AIA) is the foundation of integrating and packaging applications.
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware is the key underlying technology that drives Oracle Fusion applications.
  • Beehive is introduced as the new collaboration solution.  Integrates Oracle WebCenter, Oracle applications, etc.  Definitely going after the Sharepoint and Exchange markets. It takes the concept of a personal workspace and turns it into a team workspace.  Integrates e-mail, instand messaging, chat, voic mail, calendars, document sharing, multimedia capability and conferencing applications.  Great idea, will have to see if it takes off better than Collaboration Suite.

Thomas Kurian Keynote

Highlights include: 

  • Talked about BI, Essbase and Hyperion and the increasing role of BI in the middle-tier.
  • Talked about BEA integration into Oracle Fusion Middleware and new products.
  • (I need to come back to this keynote heading over to party at the Hilton)

 

 

Andy Mendelson Keynote

Highlights include:

  • Database replay is a powerful tool for helping organizations upgrade.
  • New Versions of SQL Developer and Application Express (APEX) (new features to convert an Oracle Form to an Application Express).   Also has ability to convert an Access application to APEX.  Being able to convert a Form to an APEX application is very very cool IMO.  The demo by Mark Townsend rocked!
  • MAA - Maximum Availability Architecture - using Oracle Secure Backup, Flash Recovery, ASM, Data Recovery Advisor, Data Guard, Online Upgrades, Flashback and Total Recall. 
  • New Oracle Secure Backup interface allows backing up Oracle database to a cloud.  Will work with Oracle Database 10g and 11g.  They showed a demo of the new interfaces for performing this.  Made it look very easy.
  • Oracle Database Development Cloud
  • Upgrading is getting easier.
  • Database Replay, SQL Plan Management and SQL Analyzer make it a lot easier to upgrade to a new release of the database.
  • Created excitement and enthusiasm by saying during Larry Ellison's presentation he will be showing a new feature coming out "X Performance".

 

 

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