From September 29 through October 5, 2012, Oracle’s week of conferences in San Francisco, California, brought together a wide range of attendees interested and invested in Oracle technologies, announcements, and expertise. In addition to the long-standing flagship conferences Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, new this year were conferences focused on customer experience (Oracle Customer Experience Summit @ OpenWorld), partners (Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld), MySQL (MySQL Connect), C-level and line-of-business executives (the Executive Edge @ OpenWorld), and Java embedded technology (Java Embedded @ JavaOne).
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison discussed Oracle’s comprehensive cloud offerings in one of two featured keynotes.
Oracle President Safra Catz shared views on business strategy and vision at the Executive Edge @ OpenWorld event.
The thousands of conference sessions required the use of all of San Francisco’s Moscone Center, plus the conference space of 10 hotels, and numerous other venues.
Oracle President Mark Hurd appeared live from Oracle OpenWorld on CNBC’s <em>Closing Bell</em> with host Maria Bartiromo.
More than 50,000 attendees participated in seven events across Oracle’s unprecedented week of conferences.
Oracle introduced its next-generation Oracle Exadata X3 systems.
Attendees flocked to four exhibition halls, which featured more than 700 exhibits and Oracle demos.
Oracle tented two streets—Howard and Taylor—to accommodate attendee meals, meetups, and lounging.
Java creator James Gosling made a surprise appearance at the JavaOne community keynote to talk about Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider.
Networking is always an attraction at the conferences, and attendees had numerous formal and informal opportunities, such as the Oracle OpenWorld Welcome Reception, throughout the week to do just that.
Joss Stone was one of 30 performers at the debut Oracle OpenWorld Music Festival, which gave attendees the chance to get their groove on after sessions.
Oracle Executive Vice President Thomas Kurian’s keynote focused on how Oracle’s cloud platform and application services are transforming business.
With this diverse content offering, the numbers were impressive. More than 50,000 people from 144 countries attended. More than 3,500 speakers conducted presentations and workshops over seven days. More than 700 exhibits and demos from Oracle and its partners filled four exhibition halls. Of course, not everyone could attend in person, but between live-streaming and on-demand video, there were more than 1 million views on oracle.com and YouTube (youtube.com/oracle), virtually increasing attendance by 20 times.
Press and customers—including attendees from 100 percent of the Fortune 500—were eager to hear the latest announcements from Oracle, and Oracle did not disappoint. Significant technology announcements included Oracle Exadata X3, a lightning-fast database in-memory machine; Oracle Solaris 11.1, which is optimized for cloud computing deployments; Oracle’s social relationship management solutions, designed to take advantage of big data to help create improved experiences for customers; and expanded Oracle Cloud services.
Oracle conferences are known for creating unique opportunities for networking and community building, and this year was no exception. Not only did more than 25,000 people attend the renowned Oracle Appreciation Event on Treasure Island featuring Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon, but the Oracle OpenWorld Musical Festival—new this year—brought 30 performers (including Grammy winners Joss Stone and Macy Gray) to multiple venues for five nights of rock, blues, ska, and alt-country. Other notable happenings included a conversation with Moneyball author Michael Lewis—and the conferences captured national attention at very close range when the set of CNBC’s Closing Bell moved to Moscone Center for two days, where host Maria Bartiromo conducted live interviews with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Oracle President Mark Hurd. From the opening keynote and Welcome Reception to the final It’s a Wrap! celebration, there was much to see, do, and learn at Oracle’s week of conferences. Mark your calendar: next year’s events run September 22 through 26.
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