We’re officially in that melancholy time of year when you know the end of summer is sneaking up on you. Across the country, families are returning from their vacations, kids are getting ready to go back to school and people are noticing a distinct chill in the morning air. Most importantly for all of us tech buffs, though, is the return of conference season. Of particular interest to me, of course, is Oracle OpenWorld.
Ahhhh, OpenWorld. That glorious week long convergence of geekery and aggressive business in the glorious city of San Francisco. Part conference, part trade show, part pep rally, part reunion and part music festival, over 37,000 people are likely to attend the at least some part of the gathering this year.
So, what can we expect out of Oracle OpenWorld 2012?
Some things never change. As with most years, we can expect a regular rotation of off-color comments from Larry Ellison, lots of cute, well-endowed booth babes with mega-watt smiles staffing the exhibition hall and likely at least one performance by a musical “has been” who doesn’t seem entirely sure where they are.
There are a few things unique to this year though, of course. For example, Oracle will be tying in a music festival featuring Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon with OpenWorld. Credit where credit is due, that’s pretty nifty. Some other predictions for this year’s OpenWorld:
- A preview of Oracle’s new generation database – The final version probably won’t be ready until December at the earliest, but I’m willing to bet attendees will be getting an enthusiastic sneak-peak.
- New products- Last year, Oracle revealed both Exalytics and the Big Data Appliance at OpenWorld. Most years, they have something new to drop—this year likely won’t be any different. I’m not sure any new hardware will be announced this year, though.
- Enough cloud to tick off Zeus—Not only will everything be Oracle Cloud this and Oracle Cloud that, but at some point during the key note, Larry Ellison will force everyone to repeat after him slowly, “Oracle has always loved the cloud, and the cloud has always loved Oracle” moments before a banner descends behind him proclaiming that Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.
What are your predictions for OpenWorld 2012? If you have any insight you would like to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org