IT Innovation

The Oracle OpenWorld Experience, 2016 Edition

September/October 2016

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 brings a community focus to elevation, education, and celebration.

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 is going to be different. Sure, there will still be keynote presentations, sessions, demos, hands-on labs, and a lot more. But this year, the information exchange is focused on a collective learning experience.

“Our core values for Oracle OpenWorld 2016 are to foster community, foster learning, promote innovation, and celebrate our customers’ and partners’ successes,” says Tania Weidick, vice president of event marketing at Oracle.

What does a community-first experience that’s overflowing with news, information, and people look like? It looks like this.

Get Up

Let’s start the conference a new way. Let’s enter through the new Howard Street arches or tower or tunnel. Let’s walk down the reimagined and elevated Howard Street, and because of the network-friendly redesign, let’s stop a couple of times for some friendly networking. Share stories.

Let’s continue our journey with a visit to the canopy-covered Cloud Lounge on Howard Street.

And while Oracle OpenWorld 2016 elevates Howard Street and the cloud, let’s elevate competition. Stop at Oracle Team USA on Howard Street and train like the team. Test your speed, critical thinking, endurance, balance, and agility.

Think Big

Keynotes are stories. Big stories. Big stories about what Oracle has done and is planning to do. And big stories about companies doing big things with big technologies.

Catch a keynote or two or three or four. Thousands of Oracle OpenWorld 2016 attendees will watch the keynotes in Moscone North, starting with the Sunday night kickoff from Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. No one can describe the past, present, and future of Oracle better than Ellison.

Monday morning, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd shares his insights on technology markets—where they are today and where they are headed. Oracle customers share their experiences with technology—where they are today and where they are headed.

Tuesday is a keynote doubleheader. First, Oracle President Thomas Kurian digs into Oracle’s full-stack strategy with details on the latest infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) news and demos of the latest Oracle Cloud services. In the afternoon, Ellison returns with more on the Oracle story and describes what the latest Oracle technology news means for customers.

On Wednesday morning, Oracle’s John Fowler, executive vice president of systems; Juan Loaiza, senior vice president of systems; and Dave Donatelli, executive vice president of converged infrastructure, talk about the present and future of the Oracle infrastructure story—on premises and in the cloud.

Lots of Stories

Perusing Howard Street and attending keynotes will occupy some of your time, but chances are good that you’ll spend much more of your time exploring Oracle OpenWorld 2016’s 1,700 sessions, hands-on labs, demos, and more. Oracle Magazine has a few suggestions for things to schedule or visit: Design Tech High School is coming to the Oracle headquarters campus in 2017. But students from will be available to educate Oracle OpenWorld attendees. Stop by and learn something from high school students.

Interactive stations. Do you want to use a 3-D printer? Build a robot? Construct a cup of coffee? Interactive stations combine the digital and the physical, and some of them smell and taste good, too. Make something.

Food. Think fresh, healthy, local, and organic. The focus on food is a focus on the health of the community. Eat something that’s good for everyone.

Is your focus human capital management? Customer experience? Enterprise resource planning? Everything important to your industry? Centrals @ OpenWorld make it easy to organize your sessions and networking. Think Central.

Greatly Appreciated

The Oracle Appreciation Event is always a hot ticket. This year the heat moves from Treasure Island to AT&T Park—home of the 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. The Giants won’t be at the event on Wednesday night, but “piano man” Billy Joel will be, playing decades of popular classics. Sing along with the Oracle community if you know the words. (Yes, you know the words.)

Next Steps

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