The Annual Oracle Tech Bonanza
The first time I attended Oracle’s Open World, in 2013, was when I truly understood the scale of innovation and expertise that Oracle brings to its customers. Over the years, each year, I have only been more amazed at the breadth of technologies, various success stories, and incredible innovation, that Oracle and our customers combine to bring change to the way businesses operate.
This year was no different.
Oracle Open World 2018 had some of the most relevant and thought-provoking ideas, cutting-edge product showcases, and real-world use cases, on display.
Here is a statistic that might throw a light on the scale of the event.
“This week Oracle OpenWorld 2018 has hosted more than 60,000 customers and partners from 175 countries and 19 million virtual attendees. Oracle OpenWorld is the world’s most innovative cloud technology conference and is slated to contribute $195 million in positive economic impact to the City of San Francisco in 2018.”
For a quick overview of the entire conference, you can read the full press release here.
Starting off the conference every day were keynotes that set the tone for the technology fest every day. Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, kicked off the conference diving deep into two mainstays, among others, of Oracle’s focus, namely, Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications, and, Oracle’s Autonomous Database services. With an increased focus on intelligent platforms and a rich cloud ecosystem, Oracle’s Cloud is a critical component that glues together the dizzying array of services and solutions that Oracle offers.
Some of the other keynote speakers, in no particular order, included, Mark Hurd, Chief Executive Officer, Steve Miranda, Executive Vice President, and Judith Sim, Chief Marketing Officer.
In case you missed it, or want to revisit these sessions, you can watch them all here.
My personal favorite was the session on The Role of Security and Privacy in a Globalized Society. To listen to the heads of highly performant teams discuss real-world problems using our technologies drives home the importance of our products outside the development labs.
Integration Deep Dives:
Throughout the conference, this year, the focus was on helping customers quickly migrate to the cloud seamlessly. Artificial Intelligence embedded in the technologies that Oracle delivers helps customers automate and innovate quicker, more securely, and with the least disruption to their existing operations.
Application integration and Data Integration, two areas that have consistently contributed to the growth of Oracle Customers’ success in the move to the cloud, had their own set of sessions.
Here is a list of the different sessions, topics, and labs, that OOW18 hosted around integration.
There were customer sessions, product roadmap sessions, thought leadership sessions, and demos, to cater to every information that our current and prospective customers would need to make the best decision to partner with us on their journey to autonomous data warehousing and the cloud.
No Oracle Open World is complete without the signature red-carpet event, The Oracle Excellence Awards. This year the award winners included major companies and organizations including American Red Cross, Deloitte, Gap, Hertz, National Grid, Sainsbury's and Stitch Fix.
While the winners no doubt showcase the best of the use of Oracle technologies, they represent only a small fraction of the best and innovative use of Oracle technologies in the real world. It is always a matter of pride to watch our customers describe, in their own words, the difference they make in turn to their end customers using Oracle technologies.
Even as the rumbles of this year’s Open World dies down, we at Oracle’s Integration camp are gearing up for exciting new releases and features. Oracle Data Integration is taking on more and more capabilities, baking them into a seamlessly integrated platform. Existing customers will notice how rapidly the changes are coming without feeling the need to learn new skills that bridges various roles with a single data integration platform. New customers will be delighted at the easy-to-use packaging and pricing models.
Oracle Application Integration is meanwhile bridging the requirements that arise out of needing applications to be connected. With out-of-the-box connectors, ERP integrations, and features that seamlessly utilize artificial intelligence, Oracle’s Application Integration brings process automation and self-service integration to our customers.
This has been an exceptional Open World, once again reminding me of Oracle’s technologies, deep technical and business expertise, and customer commitment.
I am already looking forward to the next OpenWorld.