Friday Sep 16, 2011

Stay Ahead with Oracle Primavera

By Sylvie MacKenzie

Add These Three Essential Sessions to Your Portfolio

If you use Oracle’s Primavera solutions, and you're attending Oracle OpenWorld, then the Oracle Primavera track is for you, featuring 19 sessions, hands-on labs, demos, and exhibits. The track is designed for you to gain valuable information on how to respond to a changing business environment, stay ahead of the curve, and effectively manage your entire project portfolio from prioritization to delivery. Here are three must-attend sessions:

  • The Evolution and Vision of Oracle Primavera for Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (Session 20806, Tuesday, October 4, 11:45 a.m., InterContinental San Francisco, Third Floor) Join Oracle Primavera executives General Manager Mike Sicilia and Senior Vice President Dick Faris for a comprehensive overview of Oracle’s Primavera family of applications, their past, and future.
  • Combining the Power of Your Enterprise Financial Management System and Project Portfolio Management (Session 20802, Thursday, October 6, 10:30 a.m., 3012 Moscone West) This panel discussion covers the combined power of Oracle’s Primavera P6 applications and your organization’s financial system, whether it involves Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Fusion Applications, or Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise or JD Edwards applications.
  • Oracle Primavera Hands-on Labs (seven labs to choose from; see Focus on Oracle Primavera for more information) In self-paced, practical learning sessions covering everything from Oracle’s Primavera Contract Management and Primavera P6 solutions to Primavera Portfolio Management and Primavera Risk Analysis, you’ll discover new ways to derive maximum benefits from your Oracle software.

Download the Focus On Oracle Primavera guide (pdf) and stay connected via, LinkedIn, and Facebook/OraclePrimavera.

Safe and Secure

By Troy Kitch

Three Essential Database Security Sessions

Database security is an important priority for organizations of all sizes, across all industries worldwide, as increasingly sophisticated attacks, new compliance regulations, insider fraud, and data breaches threaten to disrupt businesses. That’s why Oracle OpenWorld 2011 features even more sessions focusing on database security than ever before. Here are three sessions you can’t afford to miss:

  • Oracle’s Maximum Security Architecture (Session 13420, Tuesday, October 4, 1:15 p.m., 103 Moscone South) Privacy, compliance, and insider and external threats are just a few of the challenges confronting organizations of all sizes worldwide. In this session, learn about Oracle’s Maximum Security Architecture, a defense-in-depth security approach that provides flexibility, transparency, and support for heterogeneous database environments including Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, and Sybase. You also have an opportunity to see demos of solutions available to help you safeguard your organization today, and hear firsthand from customers using these solutions. 
  • Oracle Database Firewall: What’s New and Best Practices (Session 13442, Wednesday, October 5, 10:15 a.m., 301 Moscone South) Catch up on the latest about Oracle Database Firewall, including best practices for deployment, management, and high availability. This session helps you make the most out of Oracle Database Firewall’s highly accurate analysis of SQL traffic that allows you to set up intelligent policies to block SQL injection and other threats in real time with no false positives or other costly disruptions. In this session you also hear case studies on how to manage an enterprisewide deployment across Oracle and non-Oracle databases. 
  • Oracle Database Security: Customer Panel (Session 13604, Wednesday, October 5, 11:45 a.m., 301 Moscone South) Oracle Database Security solutions allow customers to protect their mission-critical data against many kinds of threats and address regulatory compliance requirements, all without costly and complex application changes. In this session, Oracle Database Security customers discuss solving different security and regulatory challenges, their deployment experience, and best practices. You also get a chance to interact with these customers and learn from their experiences. 

For a complete listing of all database security sessions, hands-on labs, and more, download the Focus On Database Security guide and stay connected via and

Wednesday Sep 14, 2011

A Key Ingredient for Innovation

By Irem Radzik

Three Essential Data Integration Sessions

Our world is overloaded with information, typically stored in silos that hide the big picture your business needs to move forward. Data integration technology helps bring the pieces together from disparate systems across the enterprise and see the complete picture to make more-informed decisions. That’s why data integration is a key ingredient in finding innovative solutions for today’s never-ending business and IT challenges—and why it’s a key track at Oracle OpenWorld.

With 26 sessions, 20 customers and partners, 12 demos, and six hands-on labs, the Data Integration track covers a variety of topics including data warehousing, system migration/consolidation, data quality, data synchronization for high availability, application integration, cloud computing, and Master Data Management (MDM). And among the track’s many customer presenters you’ll find industry leaders such as Sabre Holdings, Sprint, FedEx, SiriusXM Radio, Citigroup, Thomson Reuters, and many more.

To get the most out of the Data Integration track at Oracle OpenWorld, download Focus on Data Integration, listen to a podcast preview, and don’t miss these three sessions:

  • Customer Panel: Achieving Zero-Downtime Upgrades and Migrations: FedEx, SiruisXM Radio, Dell Monday, October 3, 2 p.m., InterContinental San Francisco, Ballroom B
  • Transforming Legacy Databases with Oracle’s Complete Data Integration Solution: Sabre Holdings Tuesday, October 4, 10:15 a.m., InterContinental San Francisco, Union Square Room
  • Customer Perspectives: Real-Life Anecdotes of Success with Oracle Data Integrator: Ross Stores, PPG Industries, Iron Mountain, PNNL Tuesday, October 4, 1:15 p.m., InterContinental San Francisco, Telegraph Hill Room

Stay connected with Oracle Data Integration via Facebook, Twitter, and blog.

Tuesday Sep 13, 2011

Solve the Social Business Puzzle

By Kellsey Ruppel

Three Essential Oracle WebCenter Activities

Puzzled by how to transform your organization into a social business? Then come to Oracle OpenWorld and we'll help you put all the pieces together. With an abundance of Oracle WebCenter activities to choose from during Oracle OpenWorld, here are two sessions and a customer reception you won’t want to miss:

  • Oracle’s Strategy and Vision for Portals, Sites, Content, and Collaboration (Session 15000) Monday, October 3, 12:30 p.m., InterContinental San Francisco, Ballroom B
    You’ve heard about the latest release of Oracle WebCenter as well as Oracle’s FatWire acquisition, but what’s next? Attend this session to hear from Kumar Vora, Senior Vice President of Development, Oracle, and Andy MacMillan, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle, as they discuss Oracle’s integrated approach to portals and composite applications, Web experience management, enterprise content management, and enterprise social collaboration.
  • Create Engaging and Targeted Customer Experiences, and Convert Customers into Fans (Session 10820) Thursday, October 6, 12:00 p.m., InterContinental San Francisco, Sutter Ballroom
    In this session, learn how Oracle’s Web experience management solution can help you create a relevant online experience for site visitors by dynamically providing appropriately targeted content and offers to customers based on their profile, interests, history, and/or current behavior. Plus, through integration with Oracle Real-Time Decisions, you can leverage predictive analytics capabilities to automatically optimize the site content and experience.
  • Oracle OpenWorld WebCenter Customer Reception Monday, October 3, 6:30 p.m., Palace Hotel, Ralston Ballroom
    Sponsored by Oracle WebCenter partners Fishbowl Solutions, Fujitsu, Keste, Team Informatics, and TekStream. Join executives from Oracle Product Management, Development, and Marketing along with Oracle’s premiere Oracle WebCenter partners for an evening of socializing and networking. Please RSVP.

Download the Focus on Oracle WebCenter guide for additional Oracle WebCenter sessions, hands-on labs, and demo information. Stay connected: Follow us on Twitter/@OracleWebCenter and bookmark

Saturday Sep 10, 2011

Accelerate Your Midsize Organization

By Larry Simcox

Don't Miss These Sessions

Midsize organizations interested in learning more about Oracle Applications should check out the many Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies and Oracle Business Accelerators activities during Oracle OpenWorld, especially these four:

  • Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies Special Interest Group
    Sunday, Oct. 2, 10:00 a.m.—Moscone South, Esplanade Room 304
    Partners are invited to join us during the Oracle PartnerNetwork Forum to network with Oracle’s midsize applications executives who manage the Oracle Accelerate program and Oracle Business Accelerators.
  • Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies: The Customer Experience (Session 17802)
    Monday, Oct. 3, 11:00 a.m.—InterContinental, Telegraph Hill
    This customer panel features midsize executives and their real-life experiences in leveraging Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies to deploy Oracle ERP rapidly and at a lower cost than traditional implementations.
  • Faster, Better, Cheaper Application Deployment with Oracle Business Accelerators (Session 16560)
    Monday, Oct. 3, 5:00 p.m.—Moscone West 3014

    This session covers how using Oracle Business Accelerators has become standard practice for customers globally who want lower costs, reduced risk, and short time to value.
  • Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies: Rapid, Efficient Implementation of Oracle Applications (Session 17840)
    Thursday, Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m.—Moscone West 2005
    Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies offers the power of scalable, enterprise-class technology—engineered to work together and with their existing infrastructure—at a price that’s right for their growing business.

See all the Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies activities during Oracle OpenWorld 2011.

Friday Sep 09, 2011

Linux Rocks Oracle OpenWorld 2011

By Zeynep Koch

Happy Feet Swimming to San Francisco

In this 20th anniversary year for Linux, could it be that Happy Feet, the wayward Antarctic emperor penguin who somehow ended up in New Zealand, is swimming to San Francisco? If so, he’ll have tons of Oracle Linux activities to choose from, including these highlights:

  • Oracle Linux Strategy and Roadmap (15044) Monday, Oct. 3, 3:30 p.m., Moscone South 103
    Don’t miss this session where Oracle executives discuss Linux strategy, roadmap, contributions to the Linux mainline kernel, and what’s in store for upcoming releases of Oracle Linux, including the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.
  • Overview: New Features in Oracle Linux 6 (15048) Monday, Oct. 3, 5:00 p.m., Moscone South 200
    Get an in-depth look at the new features of Oracle Linux 6 with Linux kernel engineering director Chris Mason.
  • Why Switch to Oracle Linux? (15052) Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10:15 a.m., Moscone South 236
    Learn about the “why and how” of switching to Oracle Linux, testing and integration with systems and applications, free management, and high-availability tools. Plus, learn why Dell IT selected Oracle Linux.
  • Hands-on Lab: Oracle Linux Package Management: Configuring and Enabling Services (30540) Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11:45 a.m., Marriott Marquis, Salon 5/6 or Thursday, Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Salon 5/6.
  • Hands-on Lab: Oracle Linux Storage Management with LVM and Device Mapper (30541) Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1:15 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Salon 5/6 or Thursday, Oct. 6, 3:00 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Salon 5/6.

Visit the Linux Partner Pavilion (Moscone South 2241) and see partners BeyondTrust, Brocade, Emulex, HP, PHD Virtual, Qlogic, Storix, Tectia Corporation, and Xsigo showcasing their products running on Oracle Linux, and meet Oracle’s Linux experts and surprise guests; join us for the reception and enter to win giveaways.

Download a complete guide to Linux at Oracle OpenWorld (pdf) and stay connected: Twitter/@ORCL_Linux, Facebook/OracleLinux, and

Wednesday Sep 07, 2011

Get Inside the Cloud Application Foundation

By Ruma Sanyal

Four Essential Sessions

Cloud enablement remains an important focus at Oracle OpenWorld, especially middleware infrastructure products that provide the application foundation for your cloud—application server, data grid, and JVM—with more than 30 sessions, 10 demo pods, and 8 hands-on labs to choose from. Can't make it to everything? Start by focusing on these four essential sessions:

  • The Oracle Fusion Middleware Application Server Roadmap—Building a Cloud Application Foundation (Session 15560)
    Monday, Oct. 3, 5:00 p.m.—Moscone South 306
    We kick things off with a roadmap session for attendees who want to know how Oracle is evolving the middleware infrastructure.
  • Java EE and the Cloud (Session 32540)
    Monday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.—Marriott Marquis, Salon 7
    In this Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) session we will discuss the present and future of Java EE as a cloud-enabling platform.
  • Which Cloud Computing Approach Is Right for You? (Session 15198)
    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 10:00 a.m.—Moscone South 306
    Discover real-world examples and practical advice on when, how, and why to move to the cloud and learn about architectural and operational considerations for private clouds, how to support a cloud implementation, customer success stories, and more.
  • Cloud-Enabled Java Persistence with Oracle TopLink (Session15615)
    Thursday, Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m.—Marriott Marquis, Salon 7
    This session will examine the persistence requirements of Java applications in the cloud—support for massive scale-out and caching, multitenancy, extensibility, and dynamic provisioning—and introduce the features of Oracle TopLink that address them.

Learn more about Oracle Fusion Middleware activities during Oracle OpenWorld.

Friday Sep 02, 2011

Intelligent Performance

By John O'Rourke

Essential EPM/BI Sessions, Labs, Demos, and More

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 is rapidly approaching, and the Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence program this year is our strongest ever, with more than 130 sessions, four Hands-on Labs, 28 demo stations, and more than 30 partners. With so many choices, where do you turn first? Let us point you in the right direction with these essential sessions:

  • The EPM and BI General Sessions, led by Balaji Yelamanchili, Oracle Senior Vice President, Product Development, will provide insight into Oracle’s EPM and BI strategies.
    General Session: Oracle Business Intelligence Executive Briefing
    (Session 16700)
    Monday, Oct. 3, 11:00 a.m.—Moscone West 2002/2004
    General Session: Executive Briefing on Oracle’s EPM Strategy
    (Session 15592)
    Monday, Oct. 3, 12:30 p.m.—Westin St. Francis, California East/West
  • Leveraging ERP Investments with Oracle Hyperion Performance Management Applications (Session 15602)
    Monday, Oct. 3, 3:30 p.m.—Westin St. Francis, Elizabethan AB
    This session will provide an overview of Oracle’s Hyperion performance management applications, including strategies for integrating with Oracle and non-Oracle transactional systems.
  • A Real-World Look at Oracle Business Intelligence (Session 16720)
    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1:15 p.m.—Moscone West 2000
    Hear Oracle BI customers discuss their own best practices and ways to overcome potential pitfalls to achieve a better BI infrastructure.

For more details on these and other EPM and BI activities at Oracle OpenWorld, download the Focus On EPM and BI guide (.pdf). We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco in October.

Wednesday Aug 31, 2011

The Curious Case of Identity

Three must-see Oracle Identity Management sessions

Got your identities mixed between social, mobile, cloud, and enterprise worlds? Sort it out with this trio of must-see Oracle Identity Management sessions, covering solutions, implementation best practices, and customer lessons:

  • Trends in Identity Management (Session 14920)
    Monday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m.—Moscone West 3022
    Identity management continues to be a dynamic market. In this session, Amit Jasuja, Vice President, Oracle Identity Management, will discuss the trends in identity management and how each relates to advances in Oracle Identity Management solutions.
  • BYODW (Bring Your Own Device to Work): Securing the Mobile Enterprise (Session 14908)
    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10:15 a.m.—Moscone West 3020
    As employees use personal devices for mission-critical business activities, IT departments are faced with the challenge of securing multiple types of devices and applications on the corporate intranet and beyond. This session discusses common mobile security problems and how Oracle can help.
  • Achieving Context-Aware Security with Integrated Identity Management (Session 14903)
    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4:45 p.m.—Moscone West 3022
    Growing security threats—both internal and external—require effective policy controls across enterprise, cloud, and mobile ecosystems. This session introduces identity context and describes a security architecture for delivering context-aware security as a preintegrated feature of the Oracle Identity Management platform.

For a complete listing of all identity management sessions, hands-on labs, and more, download the Focus On Identity Management (.pdf), plus learn more about the Oracle Chief Security Officer Summit during Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco on Oct 4. And in the meantime, join the Oracle Identity Management discussion on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook, or visit

Tuesday Aug 30, 2011

Customers Share Best Practices

Eight Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services Sessions

Hear directly from customers on key best practices, including upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12, deploying Oracle Exadata, and achieving high availability with Oracle Database technologies, as well as leveraging Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services, by attending one or more of the eight sessions on these topics at Oracle OpenWorld. Highlights include:

As part of the best practices, you’ll get tips on how to leverage mission-critical support delivered by Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services with a dedicated support team, proactive guidance, and preventive monitoring to maximize availability and performance of Oracle technology. Learn more about Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services at Oracle OpenWorld 2011.


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