Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

Connecting customers, content, and careers

By Tom Caldecott

September/October 2014

Tens of thousands of Oracle technologists and business users head to Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco every year to hear about the latest Oracle and Oracle-related technology, best practices, and trends from industry experts and peers.

This year, each conference will be more than a world-class learning and networking opportunity: The focus is on customer conversations. More Oracle customers are scheduled to appear on conference stages than in previous years, and more customers are scheduled in conference sessions to share their experiences and talk about their business challenges and successes.

Oracle OpenWorld Is Central

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco, the world’s largest conference focused on Oracle technology, offers more than 2,500 sessions, labs, demos, and meetups this year as well as more than 3,000 speakers discussing everything from cloud computing to developer tools, applications, solutions, and industries.

At the heart of Oracle OpenWorld’s customer-centric storytelling programming are nine focus areas that concentrate on the business and technology topics and industries most significant to Oracle customers. Attendees will be able to choose from these focus areas, or “Centrals,” covering customer experience (CX), human capital management (HCM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), big data, engineered systems, MySQL, Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), and major industries from communications to utilities.

Click Programs on the Oracle OpenWorld website to navigate through the various “Centrals” and get information, including the speakers, sessions, demos, exhibits, and agenda for each focus area.

CX Central @ OpenWorld

CX Central @ OpenWorld offers 300 sessions covering marketing, sales, service, commerce, and social—all with one focus: to help attendees make the most of their marketing efforts and learn how to deliver a seamless customer experience regardless of where or how customers connect with their companies. Discover how to differentiate your brand by creating a unified web, social, and contact center experience.

HCM Central @ OpenWorld

How can you improve your employee experience? HCM Central @ OpenWorld provides 85 sessions dedicated to helping attendees leverage the cloud and use social media to drive collaboration and develop talent. Learn how to employ mobile technology to give employees anytime, anywhere access; use big data to gain workforce insight; and efficiently manage a complex global organization with local compliance.

ERP Central @ OpenWorld

At ERP Central @ OpenWorld, discuss ways to transform your back-office systems into a collaborative, efficient, and intuitive hub. Get a peek at the roadmap for Oracle’s ERP products, hear how Oracle customers are taking their ERP to the cloud, and learn how to assess when the time is right for your business to do the same.

SCM Central @ OpenWorld

Transform your supply chains from a functional necessity to a competitive advantage. At SCM Central @ OpenWorld, attendees learn how to use the cloud to deliver logistics solutions that seamlessly combine cross-functional processes with mobile and traditional tools. Hear customers and industry experts talk about dramatically reducing response time to demand and supply upsets with advanced and rapid supply chain planning.

Big Data Central @ OpenWorld

How can you gain additional benefit from big data in your business and in your decision-making? Get answers in more than 100 dedicated sessions at Big Data Central @ OpenWorld, and hear how customers are harnessing the power of big data for their business.

Engineered Systems Central @ OpenWorld

At Engineered Systems Central @ OpenWorld, sessions focus on simplifying and enabling IT for the cloud, big data, and the customer-driven world. Discover how to implement the ideal cloud platform for databases. Get information and advice to effectively manage a platform for in-memory databases that provides fast transactions, and select a platform to improve data warehousing. Sessions cover the latest versions of Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic.

MySQL Central @ OpenWorld

Millions of organizations depend on MySQL to power their business-critical web, cloud, and embedded applications. Want to learn and share best practices for developing next-generation applications with MySQL? At MySQL Central @ OpenWorld, find out what’s new in the MySQL world, learn about new features, get insight on product roadmaps, boost your skills, and share your success stories with the global MySQL community.

OPN Central @ OpenWorld

Focusing on Oracle PartnerNetwork, OPN Central @ OpenWorld is designed to help partners build their business with Oracle. Attendees have the opportunity to hear from Oracle executives the current corporate direction and strategy for Oracle products, solutions, and services. OPN Central @ OpenWorld provides partner-focused discussions about the latest IT trends, including cloud, social, and mobile, and opportunities to network with customers, prospects, and peers in the OPN Lounge and at the OPN AfterDark reception.

Industry Central @ OpenWorld

What’s your industry? Education and research? Financial services and insurance? Healthcare? Life sciences? Communications? Public sector? Retail? Industry Central @ OpenWorld offers tracks with dedicated sessions and networking opportunities to keep you up to date and connected with industries spanning the alphabet from automotive to utilities.
When: Oracle OpenWorld and the @ OpenWorld focus areas run September 28 through October 2.

The One Place for All Things Java

This year, the world’s leading Java conference offers more than 500 dedicated sessions, including keynotes, hands-on labs, tutorials, demos, and meetups, along with more than 500 speakers. JavaOne session topics include the core Java platform, Java and security, and Java and the cloud. Attend talks on tools and techniques to enhance the user experience, the Internet of Things to interact with the physical world using Java, and agile development. Learn about Java 8, including lambda expressions, the new date/time APIs, and embedded support.

Take a break in Duke’s Café, the JavaOne outdoor lounge on Taylor Street. And bring your children to Devoxx4Kids on the Saturday before the conference. For more about JavaOne, visit
When: Devoxx4Kids is on September 27; JavaOne runs September 28 through October 2.

Join the Conversation


Oracle OpenWorld


Enroll in the University

Make the most of your conference experience by attending Oracle University or JavaOne University. Both training programs take place on Sunday, September 28, and offer deep-dive seminars. Visit and for more information.
When: Oracle University and JavaOne University are on Sunday, September 28.

Participate in the Oracle Users Forum

Attend a program of user-driven content presented by the Oracle, Java, and MySQL user group communities. In addition, many of the user groups will have presentation kiosks and representatives onsite to answer questions about the groups and activities during the conferences. Want to join a user group? The representatives can help you register. Visit for more information.
When: Oracle Users Forum is on Sunday, September 28.

Have Fun

The Oracle conferences are more than a conversation about the latest technology, best practices, and industry trends. They’re also about having fun and networking. For example, on Monday, September 29, join the celebration for developers, DBAs, and architects at Oracle Technology Network’s Tech Fest in Oracle Plaza (on Howard Street). And mark your calendar for the Oracle Appreciation Event on Treasure Island on Wednesday, October 1. Enjoy food, carnival games, and a Ferris wheel, while rocking out with legendary bands.


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