“2014 has been a very important year for Oracle,” said Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison to open his Sunday kickoff keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco. And Oracle OpenWorld 2014 was a very important conference for as many as 60,000 in-person attendees and 7 million participating online.
Why do so many people go to Oracle OpenWorld? For the news. For the demos. For the advice. And let’s not forget the networking and the fun. This year, there was plenty of all that and more.
As with last year, the cloud was a big topic of discussion, especially in the keynotes. “In 2014, we built a lot of technology for the cloud,” Ellison said in his Sunday keynote, and he described Oracle’s commitment and milestone releases in infrastructure, platform, and software cloud services.
On Monday, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd talked about a new era of social and mobile technologies, powered by cloud. He was joined by chief information officers of seven leading companies who explored some of the challenges of the new era.
On Tuesday, Oracle Executive Vice President of Product Development Thomas Kurian examined three major topics—big data, mobility, and the cloud—and new Oracle products and services that enhance a customer’s ability to succeed in those areas. Ellison’s Tuesday keynote included a discussion and demonstration of capabilities introduced by Oracle in 2014 to help customers easily move their on-premises databases and applications to Oracle Cloud and extend their applications with Oracle Cloud platform services.
And on Wednesday, Oracle Executive Vice President of Systems John Fowler looked at how the latest Oracle cloud, database, and high-performance engineered systems technologies are enabling customers to run a real-time enterprise that delivers always-ready, instant results.
Beyond the keynotes, cloud was the subject of sessions across many of the conference’s focus areas, or “Centrals.” Whether an attendee was interested in big data, human capital management, the customer experience, engineered systems, MySQL, supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, Oracle partner-related information, or a variety of industries, there was a Central and related sessions to match that interest. In total at Oracle OpenWorld, there were more than 3,450 speakers—with more than 1,800 partner and customer speakers—and more than 2,700 sessions in 17 venues.
JavaOne 2014 celebrated innovation in the Java platform, momentum, and community.
Devoxx4Kids Day kicked off the conference, as 150 kids got hands-on and had fun with programming, robotics, and engineering. The JavaOne strategy and technical keynotes during the week reaffirmed Oracle’s commitment to building a strong and flexible Java platform that will enable IT professionals to adapt to rapid technological change, from the Internet of Things to more-powerful enterprise systems. At the JavaOne community keynote, a parade of innovators showed off Java-based projects, from programs to teach kids to code to automated vehicle testing systems that can save lives. JavaOne 2014 followed the March 2014 release of Java SE 8, which changed the landscape for Java developers, thanks to lambda expressions and their ability to reduce the need for boilerplate code. The conference also marked the establishment of 80 new user groups in the past year.
When attendees were not in sessions, many could be found in the Moscone West and Moscone South Exhibition Halls, touring the Oracle and partner exhibits and filling their bags with tchotchkes. There were 460 partner exhibits in more than 390,000 square feet of floor space. In Moscone West, Oracle product support specialists answered questions at the busy Oracle Support Stars Bar.
In the lower lobby of Moscone North, the Oracle Engineered Systems Showcase attracted large crowds, as it did last year. According to the Oracle representatives at the showcase, two of the biggest crowd-pleasers were Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance (announced at Oracle OpenWorld) and Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance.
Attendees obtained news and advice and networked with experts and peers in the User Groups Pavilion and Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Lounge in the lobby of Moscone South. On Howard Street, they heard about the technology behind ORACLE TEAM USA’s America’s Cup victory and saw the winning boat.
More networking, with an emphasis on fun, was on offer at Wednesday’s Oracle Appreciation Event on Treasure Island with Aerosmith, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Spacehog. 2014 was another great year at Oracle OpenWorld.
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