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Recapping Oracle OpenWorld 2019 Day 1: HCM Breakthroughs Abound As Conference Kicks Off

Albert Qian
Content marketing manager for HCM

The 2019 edition of Oracle OpenWorld kicked off today, as thousands of technology and business professionals descended upon downtown San Francisco. After a brief, unexpected September shower, the sun broke through and clear skies prevailed. Meanwhile, conference attendees were experiencing breakthroughs of their own as they learned about Oracle’s new customer-centric products and services, tuned in to Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison’s keynote, and attended sessions showcasing Oracle HCM Cloud’s innovations and customer success stories.

The following is just a sampling of what attendees heard today.

Oracle Is Leveraging Emerging Technology to Create Tomorrow’s HR, Today

Kai Petzelt speaks about Oracle HCM Cloud's emerging technologies at Oracle OpenWorld

Attendees began their day with a chat with Kai Petzelt, VP of Product Marketing for Oracle HCM Cloud. He discussed emerging technologies in HR, including the value of conversational experiences and intelligent automation and insights. Attendees were presented with use cases that showed just how data-driven HR has become, from suggesting career moves through prompts, to gauging and predicting employee attrition.

Towards the end of the session, attendees were treated to a demo of the Oracle HCM Cloud platform as experienced on a mobile phone.

Oracle Cloud ERP, HCM, and PPM Rolled Out on Three Continents in Six Months

Customer stories are always the highlight of OpenWorld, showcasing the power and potential of technology. In this particular session, a partner was able to implement Oracle solutions in South America, North America, and Asia for a multinational client.

Among the lessons learned in the session were the increased efficiency of the cloud, the importance of training, and the benefit of automation. For this particular customer, the cloud is accelerating their momentum regarding innovation.

Notable Customer Stories Include Cherokee Nation and a Leading Global Restaurant Brand

Other notable customer stories from the day came from Cherokee Nation, a leading entertainment brand, and a household name in the consumer foods space.


  • Cherokee Nation is transitioning from an Oracle PeopleSoft environment to Oracle HCM Cloud, helping drive recruiting for over 7,000 employees with US$2 billion dollars of economic impact. Cherokee Nation will be fully live on Oracle HCM Cloud on January 1, 2020 with Core HR, Benefits, Payroll, Talent Management, Workforce Compensation, and Onboarding.
  • For the leading entertainment brand, managing more than 16,000 employees responsible for creating US$13 billion dollars in annual revenue is a major challenge. Long faced with too many manual processes, inefficient knowledge sharing, and lengthy approval processes, this market leader turned to Oracle HCM Cloud to eliminate, streamline, standardize, and automate processes. For the brand’s leadership, breakthroughs were discovered around ensuring end-to-end alignment, product readiness, and placing user-friendly design at the forefront of development. 
  • The leading global restaurant brand integrates with Oracle HCM Cloud and other internal Oracle systems to support over 35,000 employees. They are currently implementing Oracle Recruiting Cloud and were able to leverage Oracle HCM and Oracle PaaS to improve scalability by reducing customizations and empowering users to easily manage configurability. 

Oracle HCM Cloud’s Strategy for Integration

Throughout the week, we’ll be attending sessions where the product management team discusses their strategies for the coming year. In this particular session, integration was in the spotlight, as the team highlighted tools that come standard on the Oracle HCM Cloud platform.

Of special note were the new integrations available with the Oracle Digital Assistant, which allows for even deeper contextual capability around pertinent HR topics such as vacation balances and time cards.

And Finally, the Larry Ellison Keynote

As the day ended, attendees flocked to Moscone South for Larry Ellison’s keynote, where he discussed the progress Oracle has made with the autonomous database and the availability of an autonomous operating system. In acknowledging human error and the mistakes made in the course of our labor, Ellison observed that solving these would also solve the problem of data theft.

Finally, he surprised the crowd by offering a free tier for Oracle Cloud, unlocking the possibility of further innovation across a variety of industries, including HCM. With more technology accessible than ever, what additional breakthroughs will become possible?

As the conference progresses, we’ll be back with daily HCM updates and news from notable sessions and keynotes. Stay tuned -- and in the meantime, see what else is worth looking forward to at OpenWorld this week. 


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