A Golden Gate to an Open World, Part 1
By jack.flynn on Aug 11, 2008
Sowing the Seeds of Success
Remember what you were doing way back in 1986? Swaying to We Are the World? Recording episodes of The Cosby Show on your Betamax? Arguing about whether David Lee Roth was better than Sammy Hagar? Or perhaps you were part of a group of devoted Oracle users, creating what has become San Francisco’s premier technology event.
Oracle hosted almost 500 devotees at the first International Oracle Users Week (IOUW) in the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco in 1986. Here, attendees saw early forays into the design of flexible software and the clustering technology of Oracle Database Version 5.1. Overwhelming enthusiasm for this first San Francisco conference led to the creation of what is now known as the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG)—and charted a course leading to Oracle OpenWorld.
Back then, information was just becoming portable. IBM had recently introduced the first laptop computer, the PC Convertible, and Mark Crispin revealed the Internet Mail Access Protocol (IMAP). These innovations allowed employees to share information from anywhere. The IOUG and Oracle saw an opportunity in the demand to connect employees enterprisewide, and decided to present subsequent IOUW conferences jointly, watching attendance grow steadily.
In 1996, Oracle decided to take control of the Oracle users’ conference beginning with the 1997 event, scheduled for San Francisco. Oracle OpenWorld was born.