Monday Sep 30, 2013

Edward Screven Keynote: The Internet of Things—And a Surprise Appearance by Members of ORACLE TEAM USA

Edward Screven, Oracle chief corporate architect, painted an expansive picture of the world driven by smart, ubiquitous, connected devices: M2M—machine to machine—or the Internet of Things.

 He said an M2M system requires the abilities to:

  • Acquire and transmit—based on a standards-based, scalable, secure platform
  • Integrate and secure—to reduce cost and complexity and protect data integrity
  • Analyze and act—to extract business value

“Everything Oracle offers,” said Screven, “has been engineered to work together, so customers can focus on innovation. Oracle is the Internet of Things platform.”

Joining Screven on stage were Henrik Stahl, Oracle vice president of Java Product Management, who illustrated how businesses can harness value from device-generated data, and Dr. Thomas Kiessling, chief product and innovation officer, Deutsche Telekom AG, who described the company’s M2M strategy and research that shows “consumers will pay more for meaningful connectivity.”

Chris Baker, Oracle senior vice president, Global ISV/OEM/Java Sales, came to the stage and said, “Much of the value is in software,” like Java Embedded and the Oracle identity management suite, “which provide a complete and secure platform for building embedded solutions.”

Screven said that the Internet of Things will inevitably drive changes to business and customer relationships. “It’s now the most important technology trend.”

“Failing to plan for this change,” he said, “risks adding even more complexity and cost to technology investments.”

“And now,” he announced, “let me introduce you to the winners of the 34th America’s Cup …”

Music blared. The crowd jumped to their feet. And Ian Burns, Shannon Falcone, Rome Kirby, and Simeon Tienpont of ORACLE TEAM USA entered the hall with the America’s Cup trophy. They took the stage and chatted about their incredible victory with Tom Ehman, vice commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Learn more:

Oracle’s Internet of Things Platform

Video: M2M World Congress 2013: Building a Platform for a Totally Connected World (22:45)

White paper: Oracle's Internet of Things Platform: The M2M Platform for a Connected World

Beecham Research Report: M2M Solutions: The Move to Value Creation and the Internet of Things

Video: IDevNews Rise of the Mobile Machines: Oracle's Solution for Internet of Things and M2M (8:36) 

Article: Optimising M2M: From Device to the Data Centre

Article: The Internet of Things: Will M2M Transform Your Company or Kill It?

Friday Sep 27, 2013

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Next Year’s Oracle OpenWorld

And it's always good to think ahead.

By Michael Kure

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 may be at a close, but it's not too early to start thinking about next year’s event, to be held September 28 to October 2, 2014. 

And why not? For this year's attendees or for others thinking about attending next year, this is the earliest opportunity to sign up to be notified when registration opens for Oracle OpenWorld 2014.

What are the benefits to notification? Knowing that when registration opens up it will be at the absolute lowest cost that will be offered. Not to mention that the earlier you register, the better selection you'll have of hard-to-get hotel rooms.

Exhibitors, too, can start thinking about achieving their sales and marketing objectives at next year’s Oracle OpenWorld. Learn more about 2014 exhibitor opportunities.

Finally, companies interested in 2014 sponsorship opportunities to maximize their branding efforts can get more information about 2014 sponsorships.

Time flies, and Oracle OpenWorld 2014 will be here before you know it. See you next year!

Thursday Sep 26, 2013

Cool Sailing ... and What’s Hot Today at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle Team USA Apparel, of course.

By Tom Caldecott

Head over to the Oracle Store in Moscone North today and you’ll think you’re at an hours-only sale in a department store. The line outside the store stretches around the retail establishment. Why? Ask anyone who is patiently waiting, waiting, waiting for 20 minutes or so to get in and the answer is almost universal: Oracle Team USA. The majority are there for the Oracle Team USA shirts and other branded apparel manufactured by Puma.

“As soon as Oracle won, it was like flies to paper. People started rushing to the store,” said one prospective shopper. And that observation was confirmed by an Oracle representative at the entrance. “We’ve been extremely busy ever since.”

What’s hot? The branded t-shirts and then the polo shirts. Some of the items are 20% off. And people are loading up. After all, “I’ve got family,” said one shopper with arms filled with t-shirts. “Do you know many kids I have? It’s ridiculous,” said another. And let’s not forget the seasonal response from a shopper, “I’ve got to get Halloween costumes.”

The Oracle Store in Moscone North will be open until 4:30 p.m. today (Thursday). Another Oracle store (without Oracle Team USA apparel) is in Moscone South, West Bridge, and will be open until 4:30 p.m. today as well.

You can load up on all kinds of non-sailing Oracle and Java gear as well, not to mention great titles from Oracle Press. Don't miss out.

Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

Congratulations to ORACLE TEAM USA!

ORACLE TEAM USA won its eighth consecutive race to claim the 34th America’s Cup against Emirates Team New Zealand.[Read More]

Look, Touch, Deconstruct.

Getting Hands-On with Hardware (and Software) at the Oracle DEMOgrounds

By Michael Kure

Among the demo pods at the DEMOgrounds at Moscone South are Oracle experts ready to talk to you about engineered systems, servers, storage, optimized solutions, software-defined networking, and more. This is the place to go for you to look, learn, touch, and deconstruct—and, of course, your opportunity to ask the tough question.

New and attracting crowds is the just-announced Oracle SuperCluster M6 with 32 terabytes of memory. A cluster of people (pun intended) gather around the ‘Big Memory Machine' and Exadata Storage Expansion units—looking and taking pictures.

Hardware afficionados interested in database solutions with a big memory footprint and performance acceleration through Exadata technology come by to check out capabilities and ask questions.

Another draw is “engineered systems deconstructed,”—with its four-pedestal configuration which pulls apart Exadata, Exalogic, and Oracle SuperCluster—where people can see, touch, and examine the various components.

Data sheets are great, but nothing beats being able to see and touch the products in person—and getting the opportunity to question the people who made them.

Belly Up to the Oracle Support Stars Bar

Technical Answers on Tap

By Tom Caldecott

The Oracle Support Stars Bar is designed to help Oracle OpenWorld attendees get answers to their toughest questions about Oracle software and hardware products. And the people who work the bar have the engineering expertise to answer most questions. And if they can't answer, they know who can.

This week, the bar has been busy, with the bartenders fielding technical questions. But, as is the case every year, a few of the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 questions have gone beyond what one can learn in engineering school.

Here’s a sampling of those questions presented at the bar:
“Where are the Oracle bags?”
 “Is this the way to the keynotes?” 
“How do I get to the pier?”
“Where are the restrooms?”
“What’s the WiFi password?” (there are signs everywhere that have that information)
“Do you have a pen?” (from an attendee who had just left the pen-filled Exhibition Hall)
“Can I get a drink?”

The Supports Stars baristas are good sports, and answer these misguided inquiries too.

But seriously, if you have tough technical questions that only the experts can answer, visit the Oracle Support Stars Bar at Moscone West, Lobby Level 2. They're open on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for technical questions…and directions.

Modern Customer Experience Keynote: Welcome to the Age of the Customer

Wednesday’s morning keynote covered one of Oracle’s most important initiatives: customer experience.[Read More]

All That's Fit to Print at the Oracle Store

New Books from Oracle Press—Only at Oracle OpenWorld

By Michael Kure

Riddle me this, Batman! Where can you find all that is fit to print on Oracle Database 12c, big data, cloud storage, BI, MySQL, Java WebSocket, PeopleSoft People Tools, and more, all in one location?  At the Oracle Store, of course.

The small store, tucked away in the east bridge of the Moscone South lobby, is somewhat Batcave-ish in its new location, but well-stocked with softcover technical reference books from Oracle Press.  

Among its catalog of titles, Oracle Press is debuting a handful of new books at this year’s conference. You can be among the first to buy and read Oracle Database 12c: The Complete Reference by Bob Bryla—not available anywhere else—or Oracle Big Data Handbook by Brian Macdonald, which is already flying off the store shelves.

Hot off the press is Hudson Continuous Integration in Practice by Winston Prakash. Also making their conference debut is Java WebSocket Programming by Danny Coward and MySQL Workbench by Michael McLaughlin.

Apart from these new releases, if you're looking for current titles, fret not. Popular titles such as Mark Rittman’s Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Developer’s Guide and PeopleSoft Developer’s Guide for PeopleTools and PeopleCode by Judi Dolittle are readily available. 

By the way, if you would like to meet the authors of some of these books, come on down to the Oracle Store for a book signing on Thursday at 1 p.m.

And if that isn’t enough to convert you into a bookworm, you can enter to win five Oracle Press books of your choice and two Oracle Press Teddy Bears! I only wish they had a Bat Signal out front to draw attention to their store and the impressive inventory of books.

Fans Seek Photo Ops with the Latest Celebs

A Look at the Hottest Stars at Oracle OpenWorld

By Tom Caldecott

It’s a busy scene outside Moscone North Hall D. In the center are the celebrities of Oracle OpenWorld. Pressing up against them are their enthusiastic fans, snapping photos, handing their cameras and smart phones to perfect strangers for the chance of a photo op standing next to their favorite stars.

“It's been like this throughout the show,” says a member of the celebrities’ entourage. “Larry Ellison talked about them in his keynote on Sunday and the people have been streaming in.”

Who are these celebrities? The new SPARC M6-32 and Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance, as well as all the other Oracle Engineered Systems that can be found at the showcase in Moscone North.

This year, the showcase is filled from one end to the other with hardware—along with demo kiosks—that show how application issues can be solved with these Oracle solutions. In addition, the entourage—the technology experts—are available to answer questions.

According to the entourage, the systems are the best kind of celebrity. They bring in the crowds. They don’t take rest breaks. And they never ask for green M&M’s.

 To learn more about these new Oracle stars, start here.

The News from Oracle OpenWorld

There’s a lot going on at Oracle OpenWorld, and it’s impossible to see it all. Fear not! We've got you covered.[Read More]
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