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Which Oracle OpenWorld Sessions Should You Attend?

Get an idea of some of the great technologies, topics, and speakers featured at this year’s conference.

By Monica Mehta

September 2018

With more than 2,100 sessions to choose from, there’s something for everyone at Oracle OpenWorld 2018. This year, sessions are handily organized by topic area and role, so attendees can browse their specific areas of interest.

To give you an idea of some of the great topics and features that are lined up, we’re highlighting a few sessions in four main topic areas: Your Cloud Upgrade Roadmap; Transformational Technologies; Your Autonomous Future; and Tomorrow’s ERP, Today. (Times and locations are subject to change; please consult the session catalog for the latest updates.) But this list is by no means exhaustive—search the entire session catalog for more stimulating sessions in your area of interest.


Your Cloud Upgrade Roadmap

The Modern Office of the CFO: Shared Tales from On-Premises to the Cloud [CAS5853]
Wednesday, Oct 24, 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Moscone South – Room 158

Speakers: Thomas Borgula, Director - IT Corporate Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Al Marciante, Senior Director, Product Mgmt EPM Apps Cloud, Oracle; Rich Schmitt, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Services LLC; Mercedes Stone, IT Business Partner, Washington Gas; Roy Gonzales, Director, Accounting, Dexcom, Inc.

In this interactive customer panel, speakers from leading companies in various industries will discuss their Oracle Cloud journey.

Gap Inc. Enables Retail Success with Oracle IaaS and PaaS [CAS3312]
Tuesday, Oct 23, 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3018

Speakers: Chris Fox, Group Vice President, Enterprise Cloud Architecture, Oracle; Fakir Nooruddin, Vice President Information Technology, Gap Inc.

Learn about this leading retail brand’s journey to the cloud from its VP of IT. Topics covered will include business drivers for cloud adoption, IT strategic planning for the cloud, and technology considerations to build a cloud foundation with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Next-Generation Oracle Platform for American Airlines Sales and Loyalty Systems [CAS1151]
Monday, Oct 22, 5:45 p.m.–6:30 p.m. | Marriott Marquis (Yerba Buena Level) – Nob Hill A/B

Speakers: Reza Abouk, Engineer (IT), American Airlines; Brent Skillings, Enterprise Cloud Architect, Oracle; Amjad Khan, Principal SC, EA, Oracle

How did American Airlines transition to a cloud solution/subscription cost model using Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine and Oracle Cloud Machine? Get details about how the company deployed Oracle’s Siebel solutions in Oracle Cloud for nonproduction environments, Oracle Infrastructure as a Service, and Oracle Cloud Marketplace.


Transformational Technologies

5G and the Cloud: Accelerating New Growth Opportunities for Operators [CON6437]
Tuesday, Oct 23, 3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Park Central (Floor 2) – Metropolitan II

Speakers: Andrea Canessa and Eric Mcmurry, Oracle

This session is geared toward service providers that can capture the trillions of dollars in digital service opportunities unleashed by the merging of 5G, the cloud, and IT networking technologies. Learn how Oracle can enable telecommunications operators to deliver dynamic and intelligent vertical industry applications and unleash smart city and home consumer services.

Blockchain: A Killer App for Enterprise Digital Transformation [PRO5856]
Wednesday, Oct 24, 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Moscone South – Room 104

Speakers: Bhagat Nainani, Group Vice President, Oracle; Prasen Palvankar, Senior Director, Oracle

As we get past the hype, it’s time to explore the question of what is really driving the blockchain revolution in enterprises. Learn about the killer app for the adoption of blockchain technologies to drive digital transformation, and see a blueprint for a quick implementation.

Blockchain, IoT, and AI: Driving Business Value Across the Enterprise [BUS4826]
Tuesday, Oct 23, 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Moscone South – Room 156

Speakers: Krishnan Rajan, GVP, Oracle

You hear about blockchain, IoT, and artificial intelligence at every turn, but how much is hype and how much is real? Explore the impact of these exciting technologies for businesses and learn about their value to enterprise applications. You will also hear about customers that are using blockchain, IoT, and AI to transform their businesses today.

Reimagine Your Mobile Apps with Augmented Reality [PRO5773]
Thursday, Oct 25, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3020

Speakers: Joe Huang, Product Management, Oracle AI Bots and Mobile Platform, Oracle; Parvez Syed Mohamed, Director of Product Management, MCS, Oracle

Learn about Oracle’s new augmented reality (AR) platform, part of Oracle Cloud Platform. Explore the technologies behind AR, walk through different enterprise use cases, and deep dive into building an AR mobile app using Oracle Cloud Platform.

The Next Generation of Citizen Experiences: Using Emerging Technologies [BUS6248]
Monday, Oct 22, 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Park Central (Floor 2) – Metropolitan I

Speakers: Franco Amalfi, Director of Innovation, Oracle Public Sector North America, Oracle; Rob Lloyd, CIO, City of San José; Chris Mills, Practice Director, Applications Software Technology LLC

Discover how AI, blockchain, and IoT can shape the future of how government agencies provide services to citizens. This can include deploying virtual assistants and robots that give instant access to city services, using blockchain to establish trust and leverage data collected with IoT sensors, and integrating city systems to drive efficiencies.


Your Autonomous Future

Deep Learning 101 for Non–Data Scientists [BUS4257]
Wednesday, Oct 24, 12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3010

Speaker: Peter Jeffcock, Director, Big Data Product Marketing, Oracle

In this session, get a layman’s view of deep learning. This won’t make you a data scientist, but it will help you understand the basics. Get an overview of the underlying techniques, learn how neural networks operate, see some of the deep learning frameworks, and dive into some use cases of deploying the technology.

Connect Data, Experiences, Intelligence with Oracle Autonomous Cloud Platform Services [PRM4269]
Thursday, Oct 25, 10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. | Moscone West – Room 3022

Speaker: Jon Huang, Senior Director of Product Management, Oracle

See how companies can benefit from Oracle Autonomous Cloud Platform Services to connect data, extend experiences, and gain insight across applications, with AI/machine learning–powered intelligence.

Citibank Partners with Oracle to Transform the Corporate Payment Experience [BUS6551]
Monday, Oct 22, 3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Park Central (Floor 2) – Metropolitan III

Speakers: Sanjay Mathew, Senior Director, Oracle Financial Services Industry, Oracle; Mayank Mishra, Managing Director, Global Head Digital Channels, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

The main objective of Citi’s partnership with Oracle is to enhance client experience by removing friction in the onboarding process and allow Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (Oracle ERP) customers to directly connect to Citi. Learn how new ecosystems are being formed across large banks and technology giants to deliver value to joint customers.

Treasury Wine Estates Takes on Oracle Cloud and Automation [CAS2076]
Monday, Oct 22, 4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Park Central (Floor 2) –Olympic

Speakers: Ash Peck, Treasury Wine Estates; Jeff Amerine, JD Edwards Lead North America, DXC Red Rock; Mark Elley, Red Solutions Lead, DXC Red Rock

Learn how one of the largest wine producers in the world moved to Oracle Cloud and used digital transformation initiatives with Oracle technologies to reduce costs and create efficiencies in its business.


Tomorrow’s ERP, Today

ERP/EPM Product Keynote: Thriving in the Age of Business Model Disruption [PKN6656]
Monday, Oct 22, 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | Moscone South – Room 153/155

Speaker: Matthew Bradley, SVP, Product Development, Business Analytics EPM Apps Cloud, Oracle

This powerful product keynote will discuss the change-agent role that finance and operations play in enabling business model change and all that it entails, and showcase customers blazing the trail towards the intelligent enterprise.

Tomorrow’s ERP, Today: The Last Upgrade You’ll Ever Need [BUS3928]
Monday, Oct 22, 4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Moscone South – Room 214

Speaker: Steve Cox, Group Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle

In this session, learn how take advantage of tomorrow’s ERP to innovate today and predict tomorrow. Hear how companies are using the latest emerging technologies and innovations to build the business of the future. And come away with a vision of where your business needs to go to compete, grow, and thrive.

Oracle ERP Cloud and the $2 Trillion Productivity Opportunity [BUS3927]
Tuesday, Oct 23, 4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Moscone South – Room 214

Speaker: Di Seghposs, Senior Director, ERP EPM Cloud GTM, Oracle

New research from the Wharton School predicts that US GDP could grow by $2 trillion over the next 10 years. This productivity boom will be powered by emerging technologies—AI, machine learning, IoT, and more—and the cloud services that deliver them. Learn why CFOs are poised to lead the growth, how new innovations in cloud ERP are driving increased productivity, and how you can position your company to take advantage of the new opportunities.