Oracle Database Management Strategic Directions

1. Best Practices for managing Oracle database servers.
2. Oracle Fusion Middleware products like J2EE, ADF, XML, BPEL, SOA, Web Services, Discoverer...).
3. Oracle Application Servers and Apache.

 
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Oracle Open World 2008 - San Francisco

Sharing a few Oracle Open World Experiences


Oracle Open World in San Francisco is one of the best (maybe the best) conference Oracle I've been to. There is so much energy and excitement I thought I would share a few of my experiences.

Catching the Excitement of Oracle Open World in the Caribbean

I was on a flight from San Juan Puerto Rico heading towards San Francisco for Oracle Open World (OOW). Someone sitting next to me seen I was in the Oracle documentation on my laptop. She asked if I was going to OOW and I said yes. She said that she was too. She and a number of members of her team were headed for OOW as well. Before long we were talking about how excited we all were to be heading to OOW.

The excitement of everyone going to OOW seems to be a constant for everyone I talked to in San Francisco. I’ve been to a lot of Oracle Open Worlds and I can’t remember when there was so much enthusiasm for customers, vendors as well as Oracle employees. On Saturday and Sunday all the meetings I had seemed to be full of smiles and a lot of enthusiasm and energy.

Saturday night we had an IOUG board meeting and invited some key volunteers from the conference to join us. It was a great dinner and a lot of fun to discuss upcoming IOUG activities and events for the upcoming conference.

Sunday morning I had some early morning meetings and did some final preparation for a 90 minute expert panel I was leading on Oracle Database 11g New Features. I had a lunch meeting and headed over to the Moscone Center. I got registered and headed up to the IOUG booth where I ran into a number of board members from the IOUG and key leaders from the IOUG. It seems like everywhere I went I was running into people I knew and everyone was full of smiles and you could feel the excitement.

IOUG Helps Launch the Start of Oracle Open World

The International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) was given a large number of presentation slots to launch Oracle Open World. Key IOUG leaders delivered technical presentations ranging from Oracle Database 11g New Features (my presentation), RAC, ASM, Oracle Application Server, Security, Oracle Fusion Middleware, etc. all focusing on best practices.

The IOUG has always emphasized best practices. It was great to see the IOUG get recognized for leadership in the technology side of Oracle.

The agenda for the week is one of the best I’ve every seen at an Oracle conference. Some things that stand out to me at the conference include:

  • Great layout of technical presentations focusing on Oracle Database 11g.
  • Large emphasis on Oracle Fusion Middleware.
  • Strong focus on Enterprise Web 2.0 technologies.
  • Oracle Applications seem to be everywhere.
  • Great evening events with Billy Joel, Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac.
  • New Unconference activities.
  • Open World Connect allows networking with other conference attendees. A great way to bring people together. This is a new level of networking at conferences which includes the opportunity to start your own blog.

Attendees had a choice of getting a flash drive with the conference technical presentations or getting a hard copy book. I liked being give that choice. I preferred the flashdrive. I’m slowly making a move off of hard copy materials and moving everything to a wiki or web sites. With Enterprise Web 2.0 growing in momentum we are all going to need to make the move to more electronic materials.

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