Profit's Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Session Recommendations

Oracle Exadata/Oracle Exalogic: The Magic Wand for the Aging Application Infrastructure
Sunday, 10:15 AM | Moscone West – Room 2007
Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld used to involve a mix of hotel check-ins, some sight seeing, a bit of American football watching, and attendance at a few user group meetings. No longer. Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld is now a full-fledged conference day, with special interest group meetings, an essential opening keynote featuring Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and exceptional sessions like this one. Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic are returning major benefits for customers, who are increasingly implementing the flagship engineered systems together for extreme benefits. This session, presented by Oracle Diamond partner Infosys, will demonstrate how the pair can be used to scale out enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM) and customer relationship management (CRM) implementations. Presenter: Rizwan M.K., Practice Lead Infosys Ltd

Key to Successful Implementations: Communication and Mandatory Education
Sunday, 12:00 PM| Moscone West – Room 2001
Presenter Gerard Stam is an Oracle OpenWorld veteran. And as head of applications for Gemeentewerken Rotterdam (Municipality Works) he has seen what it takes to implement critical IT systems for a major European city. Change management is always a concern for managers and users alike, and Stam has seen how mandatory training and education (guided by the mantra “No education, no access”) can dramatically improve acceptance rates post-implementation. It’s a bit of tough love that executives concerned with change management won’t want to miss.

Oracle OpenWorld Opening Keynote
Sunday, 5:30 PM | Moscone North – Hall D
If there is one way to get an overview of the entire week of Oracle OpenWorld in one sitting, it’s during Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s opening keynote. With so much going on at the show this year, it’s feels impossible to get to everything I want to see (at least it feels that way for me). So starting the week with Larry and a complete overview of the week’s major product announcements, including news about engineered systems, Oracle Fusion Applications, cloud computing and more.

Global-Scale Online Gaming with Oracle Coherence and Grid Computing
Monday,11:00 AM | Marriott Marquis - Salon 7
I’ll admit it: I’m a gamer. I don’t know how many memoirs lay unwritten or symphonies uncomposed because of the hours I’ve spent thwarting conspiracies or fragging zombies on some video game system. Riot Games, creators of the wildly popular League of Legends massive multiplayer online game, had to build a technology platform that could sustain millions of gamers hitting the Riot Games servers 24 hours a day. Oracle’s grid computing technologies and Oracle Coherence are helping make this possible—and providing a model for performance and scalability that could benefit any enterprise (zombies or no).

Building Oracle Systems in the Developing World
Monday, 3:30 PM | Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3
Typically, the big enterprise systems we cover in Profit are the domain of corporate multinationals and successful regional mid-market businesses. But what about the developing world? Surely the efficiency benefits of enterprise IT could be a positive force in a developing nation where availability of resources can be a major limiting factor. I'm looking forward to hearing Paul Dorsey, president of Dulcian, share his experiences building the national budget and expenditure system for the Ethiopian government, reveling the challenges and rewards of working on the IT front lines.

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