Friday, November 23rd, 2007

OpenWorld 2007: Review

Open World LogoGeneral OpenWorld news

OpenWorld 2007 facts and figures:
- From 11 November until 15 November 2007
- 43.000 visitors (124 different countries)
- 1.625 sessions
- 600 demo products
- 73.000 hotel rooms
- 178 Shuttle busses
- 60.144 chairs
- 45.000 setup hours

Use this link to view all keynotes:


The big announcement for Fusion Applications came on Wednesday in the keynote of Larry Ellison. He announced that the first Fusion Applications will be delivered in the first half of 2008. The first applications that are coming are:
• Sales Prospector
• Sales References
• Sales Tools

This are some additional screenshots of given demo.

Fusion Prospector
Fusion CampaignOracle Lib

Larry Ellison: First Fusion apps to arrive early in 2008
For the final Oracle OpenWorld keynote, singer Billy Joel, part of the evening entertainment lineup, introduced Larry Ellison, who is celebrating 30 years at the helm of the company he co-founded. He announced that the first Fusion applications would come out early in 2008, focusing on salesforce automation, with pre-built integration packs for Oracle’s E-Business Suite ERP.

Oracle’s wall-to-wall software suite
Oracle massive software suite, important components of which were assembled during the company’s aggressive acquisition strategy (41 companies over the last 45 months), has yielded an impressive product road map. Oracle presented its grand vision to the 43,000 attendees of OpenWorld, its annual user conference which was held this past week in San Francisco.

E-Business Suite

A few highlights from the available presentations:

Important fusion components to know in relationship with EBS

  • Applications Integration Architecture(AIA)
    • The Best Practice Processes are represented as abstract models and extensible execution flows
    • Hubs to Consolidate Key Entities to common definition
  • Event Driven Architecture (EDA)
    • EDA is designed to control Workflow
    • Works outside the Application Suites
  • Master Data Management
    • Distribute data as a service from a single point of truth to consuming applications, enterprise business processes and decision support systems

The R12 “subledger accounting solution” is renamed to “Oracle Fusion Accounting Hub” !!

Migrating from “sunsetting” tools to new technology:

  • Workflow -> BPEL
  • Reports -> BI Publisher
  • Jinitiator -> Sun Native Client
  • Portal -> Web Center
  • OAF -> ADF


During Oracle OpenWorld the big message regarding PeopleSoft customers is reassurance. Doris Wong, vice president and general manager, PeopleSoft enterprise said: ‘Our commitment to PeopleSoft within Oracle remains, despite any messages you may be hearing out there. Eb Abbo, senior vice president of Oracle applications said Oracle is still very much committed to it’s Applications Unlimited program to provide support to customers running legacy legacy systems from PeopleSoft, Siebel and JD Edwards. Eb Addo and the other executives were careful to say they have no intention of forcing customers to upgrade and the older applications will be supported indefinitely under Oracle’s Applications Unlimited program. “Our job isn’t to tell [customers] what to move to or when,” Chuck Rozwat, executive vice president of product development said. The PeopleSoft strategy is to protect, extend and evolve PeopleSoft.

A lot of session on PeopleSoft applications were given during the Oracle Open World. One of the most interesting session highlighting PeopleSoft applications was the PeopleSoft Enterprise Roadmap Session. In this session, John Webb, vice president of product strategy, discussed the upcoming release op PeopleSoft 9.1, which is planned late 2008 together with the release of PeopleTools 9.50. The PeopleSoft 9.1 themes are flexibility, intelligent business execution and organizational effectiveness. So what are the new improvements and new features of PeopleSoft 9.1? Well the products discussed in de PeopleSoft Enterprise Roadmap session were talent management, end to end financial solutions, project execution, asset efficiency, complete procure to pay automation, plan-to-cash, Customer Relationship Management, Maximize Analytic Investement, Enterprise Performance Management. For more information, please view the presenation of the PeopleSoft Product Roadmap Session of Oracle Open World 2007.


Siebel Applications at Oracle OpenWorld 2007 (podcast, 4 min.)
Listen to Mike Betzer, Oracle Vice President of Product Management, highlight key sessions, highlights, and other opportunities for customers to learn about Siebel Applications at Open World 2007.

Siebel Contact Center and Service
Explore product updates and road maps, customer successes, and broader customer relationship management integration and connectivity opportunities.

Anytime, Anywhere with Siebel Mobility
Siebel mobility covers mobile web client, handheld, and wireless clients.

BlackBerry / Siebel Solutions
Oracle’s Siebel Mobile Sales and Service application on the BlackBerry platform lets mobile sales professionals serve customers more efficiently. Siebel on BlackBerry enhances competitive advantage by enabling speedy decision-making on opportunities in real time.

Siebel 8.0 and the Value of Applications Unlimited (podcast, 18 min.)
Fred Studer interviews Ed Abbo, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Oracle’s Siebel Applications Development, about the latest Siebel CRM release, CRM on Demand and Oracle Applications Unlimited and the benefits they provide customers.

Siebel and Oracle Fusion Middleware
This session describes how Oracle’s Siebel is adopting standards-based Oracle Fusion technologies to deliver greater value and services to CRM deployments. It covers the migration path from Siebel Customer Relationship Management to Oracle Fusion CRM.

Oracle Adapters for Siebel:

Top 10 Things to do to Prepare for Fusion Applications (podcast, 12 min.)
Cliff speaks with Nadia Bendjedou, Product Strategy Director for Oracle’s Fusion Upgrade Office, about ways customers can prepare their current Oracle investment for Fusion by leveraging best practices, taking advantage of Oracle’s Fusion Architecture and Fusion Middleware, and moving to SOA-based Integration.

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