Lots of people are blogging insightfully about OpenWorld so I thought I would provide some non-insightful remarks to buck the trend!
With 50,000 attendees I didn’t expect to bump into too many people I knew, boy was I wrong! I walked into the registration area and immediately was hailed by a couple of customers I had worked with a few months ago. Moving to the employee registration area in a different hall I bumped into a colleague from the UK who was also registering. As soon as I got my badge I bumped into a friend from Ireland! So maybe OpenWorld isn’t so big after all!
First port of call was Larrys Keynote. As always Larry was provocative and thought provoking. His key points were announcing the Oracle cloud offering in IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, pointing out that Fusion Apps are cloud enabled and finally announcing the 12c Database, making a big play of its new multi-tenancy features. His contention was that multi-tenancy will simplify cloud development and provide better security by providing DB level isolation for applications and customers.
Next day, Monday, was my first full day at OpenWorld. The first session I attended was on monitoring of OSB, very interesting presentation on the benefits achieved by an Illinois area telco – US Cellular. Great discussion of why they bought the SOA Management Packs and the benefits they are already seeing from their investment in terms of improved provisioning and time to market, as well as better performance insight and assistance with capacity planning.
Craig Blitz provided a nice walkthrough of where Coherence has been and where it is going.
Last night I attended the BOF on Managed File Transfer where Dave Berry replayed Oracles thoughts on providing dedicated Managed File Transfer as part of the 12c SOA release. Dave laid out the perceived requirements and solicited feedback from the audience on what if anything was missing. He also demoed an early version of the functionality that would simplify setting up MFT in SOA Suite and make tracking activity much easier.
So much for Day 1. I also ran into scores of old friends and colleagues and had a pleasant dinner with my friend from Ireland where I caught up on the latest news from Oracle UK. Not bad for Day 1!