A Preview of Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Oracle OpenWorld is an annual conference organized by Oracle, which provides Oracle users and technologists a unique opportunity to learn and socialize.

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is scheduled to take place from September 28 – October 2, 2014 in San Francisco.

The conference is designed to provide Oracle users a platform to find best suited Oracle products for their business and technology needs. It also allows users to get a hands-on experience of Oracle products and learn their use through demos by experts.

Along with Oracle announcing future products users learn best practices and new ways of leveraging Oracle applications in this conference.

Oracle has revealed the list of around 1800 sessions planned for Oracle OpenWorld 2014, which provides a lucid picture of what we can expect from it. Some of the highlights from the event are as below.

Database 12c
Oracle 12c database was released in June 2013, but most of the customers have not upgraded to avoid bugs in this release.

Oracle has released the new in-memory option for 12c, which is expected to convince customers to finally upgrade to 12c. Although the product is being hyped currently, CEO Oracle is going to market the product at the conference.

Another key feature of 12c is multi-tenancy which allows multiple databases to run in a single database instance. This feature will allow customers to cut down on their system overhead.

A number of customers who have implemented and benefited from these features of 12c will be a part of the conference.

A variety of sessions planned for 12c are expected to enlighten customers about this version and hence increase the user base.

Engineered Systems
Oracle entered the hardware business by purchasing Sun Microsystems, and the hardware division is finally growing with increases in sales. Oracle offers customers Exadata, Exalogic, Exalytics engineered systems.

The sale of software packages from Oracle is much higher as compared to the sale of these engineered systems. Oracle claims that the use of their engineered systems for running their software significantly increases the overall performance.

This year Oracle intends to prove this point from a real-world perspective through number of sessions featuring customers who have switched to their engineered systems.

Public cloud
OpenWorld conferences in the past have heavily featured Oracle’s cloud applications. This year the conference will be highlighting their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings.

Oracle is offering a storage device on the IaaS side but computing and messaging services are still in preview. WebLogic application server, database and database backup services are being offered on the PaaS side and mobile, developer, documents and business intelligence services are in preview.

OpenWorld 2014 will allow Oracle to provide customers a comprehensive picture of what the upcoming cloud services will be like.

Fusion Applications
Oracle’s next generation Fusion Applications are marketed as being flexible which can be adopted by its Siebel, J.D. Edwards, E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft customers according to their ease.

It is expected that a lot of emphasis will be put on the co-existence deployment model this year.

A number of sessions are planned to encourage Fusion adoption among customers. One of these sessions will brief the customers on how Oracle has deployed Fusion HCM and ERP modules internally. They will learn about the implementation approach followed by Oracle and the end state achieved.

Big Data
At OpenWorld 2014, Oracle plans to share its vision of unified big data management system with the customers. This vision will include new features for its Big Data Appliance, 12c database, NoSQL Database and Big Data SQL.

Big Data SQL is a brand new capability which is expected to be introduced in more detail in the coming weeks.

Oracle Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven and MySQL Vice President of Engineering Tomas Ulin will be featured as keynote session speakers this year. This indicates that Oracle still places a lot of importance on MySQL.

A number of sessions regarding MySQL will be a part of the conference and customers will gain insights about upcoming MySQL features and learn best practices.

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