Thursday, October 13, 2011

Oracle Open World 2011 (part 2)

Back at home I can say that Oracle Open World 2011 has been a great conference with more than 45000 attendees – more than ever. Oracle, customers and partner executives focused in their keynotes on the latest technologies for today and the future.

From the first day on I saw a lot of interesting sessions about new products, improvements, hands-on labs and demos. By the way: for all people who will ever have the chance to attend to OOW I really recommend to have a detailed look at the demo grounds. I did spend quite some hours there with a lot of interesting discussions and new impressions. In the field of BPM a special one was the demo pod with the Oracle Process Accelerators. It’s basically a set of Pre-built BPM solutions to automate common business processes. With that approach the main target is to reduce costs and to embed best practices. They will be available as horizontal and industry-specific accelerators, which are extensible to customer-specific needs. The initial release is scheduled for 2012 and it will be accessible from OTN. According to the current plans the first release will focus on Travel Request Management, Document Approval and Public Sector Incident Reporting. See the Oracle BPM Blog for further details. Also nice was the Open World Bookstore where you could buy many Oracle business and technology books. For me a very interesting one was the brand new book Oracle BPM Suite 11g Handbook from Manoj Das, Manas Deb and Mark Wilkins.

In my last post I wrote about the keynotes in the first days. On Wednesday Larry Ellison came out for his second keynote. It was a very exciting one (probably because it was not about Hardware like the opening keynote). First of all he said that after six years of engineering Fusion Apps is now generally available. On one hand this is a very long time – I agree. On the other hand its worth to mention that Fusion Apps is based on a lot of products of the Fusion Middleware Stack – especial SOA. This means that Oracle is not just a producer of large software packages; Oracle also consumes the products we work with! See the product page for more details.

After that Larry Ellison announced two new services. The first one was Oracle Public Cloud, a set of integrated services that provide customers a subscription-based self-service access. Based on SOA and industry standards it’ll allow to run any Java app or any database. Also Fusion Apps can run on-premise and cloud scenarios - Oracle Fusion CRM and HCM can soon be purchased. In terms of security it separates VM and Database per customer.   

The second one was the Oracle Social Network – a secure enterprise collaboration tool built into Fusion Applications and integrated with business intelligence and business processes. As a main target it enables customers, partners and colleagues to work together as a team. Like other Fusion Applications it runs on mobile devices as well as on desktop computers.  

More Open World and Java One announcements are listed on the Oracle Technology NetworkBlog. If you missed the Oracle Open World 2011 you can download session content from the Oracle Open World Content Catalog or you can watch Oracle Open World sessions and keynotes on demand.
Last but not least – don’t forget to register for Oracle Open World 2012 :-)

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