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]

Can You See What’s Missing from Howard Street?

It’s big and made of canvas. Or in this case, not.

By Tom Caldecott 

If you’re attending Oracle OpenWorld and have gone between Moscone South and North on Howard Street this year, you’ve noticed a difference from years past. No huge tent vaulting across the street. In its place is an open plaza of stages, monitors, couches, chairs, tables, water stations, and people—relaxing and enjoying themselves. 

Why no tent? In the words of one of the Oracle conference managers, we want to: 

· Give attendees a better experience, taking advantage of the nice weather in San Francisco this time of year and not being restricted to the footprint of a tent (good thing the huge rainstorm we just had was on Saturday and not during the conference itself!).
· Create a more comfortable experience for attendees while they’re watching the keynotes. We're broadcasting the keynotes in the plaza. So for those who do not want to spend an hour and a half or so in the dark in the keynote hall, they can be outdoors, sitting on a comfortable couch or chair, sipping a drink and learning about the latest innovations.
· Improve the utilization of the grounds. The open space can accommodate a wide variety of activities throughout the conference—not just lunch.

The reaction from attendees?
 “Much better!”
“I like the open area.”
 “It’s nice to be outside.”
“The tent was too hot.”
“Great weather for San Francisco.”
“Is it always sunny here?” 

Come explore Oracle Plaza @ Howard Street—uncovered. 

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