Oracle OpenWorld 2011 will be taking over San Francisco Oct. 2-6, with its more than 40,000 attendees checking out keynotes, sessions, demos, and events on blocked-off streets around the city.
The conference has thousands of sessions on the various products Oracle and other related vendors have to offer. It is chock-full of sessions that include direct end user insights on their implementations of various projects such as Exadata, Fusion Applications, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel, J.D. Edwards, Oracle Database 11g and MySQL, and others.
Of course, having so much can be confusing – sometimes it is tough to filter through everything and find what you want. So in addition to checking out the OpenWorld Schedule Builder, here are a few tips on what’s happening this year at OpenWorld, and what sessions I, readers and members of our advisory board are attending.
Let’s first take a look at expected announcements. At Oracle’s most recent earnings call, CEO Lawrence Ellison said the company planned on announcing four engineered systems in the near future. Since then, Oracle has announced the Oracle Database Appliance and the Sparc SuperCluster T4-4. So what will the other two be?
All indications are that one of them will be something code-named Exalytics. Yes, another Exa- device. According to IT Consultant Scott Tiazkun, the product will be an engineeered system built for business analytics. Tiazkun isn’t too high on it, pointing to what he thinks has been little success with Oracle’s major systems announcement last year, Exalogic.
Ellison also said at the company’s last earnings call that Oracle will be announcing a big data engineered system related to and using Hadoop, a popular open-source big data platform. There have since been reports that the announcement will be an Oracle NoSQL database that includes in-memory features as well.
As for the other engineered system that Oracle will announce, who knows? Last year, IDC analyst Al Hilway predicted that Oracle would come out with something this year called ExaFusion – that is, a server appliance for Fusion Applications. So that is a possibility.
As for me, I’ll be there Sunday to Thursday and attending sessions on Exadata, Exalogic, Fusion Applications, E-Business Suite and other Oracle ERP applications, and more. My colleague Barney Beal will be covering CRM and other Oracle news. We’ll also have folks covering the JavaOne conference as well.
I heard from a couple readers this week who said they were interested in sessions on Oracle Database, MySQL and cloud computing. As for some of our advisory board members:
Vinod Haval from Bank of America will be taking part in several sessions, including an Exadata customer panel and Q&A as well as being a guest speaker at the Oracle Enterprise Architecture Summit. He is looking forward to the keynote addresses and data warehousing sessions.
Sarah Novotny from Blue Gecko will be orchestrating, presenting at and attending community talks and sessions around MySQL. She will also be staffing the MySQL community kiosk in the User Group Pavilion. On Monday she is speaking at a session called “Operational Wins in MySQL 5.5.”
On Monday SearchOracle.com will publish a conference landing page where you’ll be able to find the best comprehensive coverage of OpenWorld, Oracle Develop and JavaOne. Check it out.