Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

OpenWorld 2008: Day 1

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The X is coming’…

Charles Phillips Keynote Why Moscone North Was Buzzing
This morning Oracle President Charles Phillips set the tone for Oracle OpenWorld by calling this “the Year of Innovation.” He then backed up his statement over the next hour by demonstrating just what Oracle has accomplished since we last met at Oracle OpenWorld.

First he rolled through some numbers for perspective: Oracle has made 50 acquisitions in 44 months. We now offer 3,000 products. Our number of employees has grown from 40,000 to 85,000 since the acquisition strategy began, and one-third of these new employees joined us through acquisitions. We have 20,000 developers working across 30,000 servers. And we will invest about $3 billion this year in pure research and development.

Our overall product strategy, Phillips said, remains the same. To provide products that are complete, open, and integrated. They are complete so we can control all the components and add value. They’re open to create standard communication between Oracle components, and with third-party components. They’re preintegrated to reduce the amount of integration the customer has to do and to reduce the growing complexity of IT systems. Read the full story.

The keynote of Phillips and Rozwat had a smal Dutch touch, besides Michael Phelps the CIO of KPN Jan Muchez was brought on-stage to tell the World about Oracle success.

It’s All 49ers, For A Change

Instead of Oracle’s open World the San Francisco Chronicle opened this morning with news on the 49-ers:
Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown, and QB J.T. O’Sullivan went 16-for-23 for 189 yards as the 49ers chewed up the lowly Lions 31-13 on Sunday.

Oracle Beehive

Charles Phillips and Chuck Rozwat announced “Oracle Beehive”. This is all about Collaboration (next of Collaboration Suite). Think of Communicate (email, wiki, chat and so on) and Coordinate (calendar, contacts, tags). From Fragmentation (different kinds of applications, databases) to Integration, so reducing Infrastructure. Choice of client software (e.g. Outlook) and Co-Existence (Beehive next to Exchange server).
It’s integrated in the Oracle Infrastructure, so it’s Secure and Open. Makes users more productive. All about Web2.0.

It is really a buzzzzz.

Here you can find the keynote schedule. It looks like no special Apps key note is planned.

Follow our Logica colleague Roel Hartman on OpenWorld.

Download and read the OpenWorld Daily Newspaper: Tuesday, 23 September

by Peter Slager

Oracle sees progress on Fusion apps
Observers say Oracle is finally making substantial progress on its next-generation Fusion Applications suite, more than three-and-a-half years after the project was first announced.  Oracle has said Fusion Applications will blend together the best features from its various product lines, which include PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards, Siebel and E-Business Suite. Read the full story

Oracle aims to get Fusion to some by next year
Oracle is aiming to get the first version of Fusion Applications into the hands of early adopters in 2009, and the initial version of the software will deliver a significant chunk of functionality, an Oracle executive said during a panel session Sunday at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. “We’re pretty far along,” said Chris Leone, group vice president of applications strategy. Oracle can’t talk about general availability for the applications but plans to “look for some early adopters that we can get live and get started in the 2009 time frame,” he added. Read the full story

E-Business Suite
by Wouter Schaap

One of the tools available is Oracle MIX. This can be selected from the open World home page. The tool is for attendees, but one can register and read only or participate in forum discussions or join a group. I’ve signed up for the ‘E-business Suite’ and try to keep you posted on interesting discussions.

Follow the link to find EBS Financials presentations, Keynotes, Application Lounges and demogrounds: http://www.oracle.com/openworld/2008/focuson/e-business-suite-financials.pdf or If you want to know about other products, technology  and the presentation schedule, you can find it here:  http://www.oracle.com/openworld/2008/focus-on.html#applications

by Tom Altena

Released news
PeopleSoft Technology Blog: http://blogs.oracle.com/peopletools/2008/07/w

OAUG Provides Educational Sessions, Hosts Meetings at Oracle OpenWorld 2008 http://digitalproducer.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=514253

Interesting PeopleSoft sessions on OpenWorld 2008 for today:
S298998 PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management Overview and Road Map
S299271 PeopleSoft Customer Relationship Management Road Map
S299124 PeopleSoft PeopleTools Enterprise Road Map, Part I
S299126 PeopleSoft PeopleTools Enterprise Road Map, Part II
S300266 Troubleshooting PeopleSoft Technical Issues from the Client
S299116 PeopleSoft PeopleTools Enterprise Advanced Tips and Techniques
S300023 Absence Management for PeopleSoft Customers
S300041 Human Capital Management Vision and Road Map

by Rick van Haasteren

Oracle has announced that the new version of Siebel, 8.1, will include more self-service capabilities.

Siebel on your iPhone? Oracle Mobile Assistant will be used to complement Siebel CRM Oracle Sales Library. This will enable CRM users on the road to quickly manage their information, leveraging the iPhone user experience. The software will be free to download from the Apple App store (http://sev.prnewswire.com/computer-electronics/20080922/AQM08722092008-1.html)

Oracle announced that it is using Siebel and other products to assemble specialized software for insurance companies.

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