Monday, October 12th, 2009

OpenWorld 2009: Day 1

General OpenWorld News

Oracle expects 35,000-plus for OpenWorld

Oracle is beckoning tens of thousands of business partners and customers to its OpenWorld conference at Moscone Center this week, promising to answer a host of business software questions. It’s a tall order for the Redwood City software giant. Questions abound concerning how Oracle will integrate Sun Microsystems, when it will roll out its much anticipated Fusion Applications Suite, how it will expand its cloud services and how it will help customers weather tough economic times.

Oracle Vice President of Corporate Marketing Tania Weidick said 35,000 to 40,000 people are expected this year, potentially a 10 percent drop from the 40,000 that attended last year’s convention. She said the economy has played a role in paring the number of registrations, but that walk-ups could increase the numbers. Oracle continues to use every inch of convention space available, including 300,000 square feet of show floor. It has also expanded the number of sessions to almost 2,000 events, about a 10 percent increase over last year.

Oracle Revamps Partner Program

Oracle will announce significant changes to its partner program on Sunday, at the start of its annual OpenWorld conference. The new Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized will see partners slotted into one of four categories, determined partly by their level of specialization with particular Oracle technologies. Read more …

Today’s Keynotes

Charles Phillips and Safra Catz “The Art of the Possible”

The IT landscape is transforming from a bespoke potpourri of components interconnected by consultants to one that is actually delivering ready-to-deploy appliances. The era of unique and unlimited configurations for each customer is ending. Welcome to the future: Standard, tested, engineered, and certified.



by Peter Slager

Oracle Fusion Applications: Is 2010 Delivery Too Little, Too Late, or Smart Strategy?

An inside look at the launch delays, large expectations and executive departures that have dogged Oracle’s next-gen application suite, now promised for delivery in 2010. One key question: Is this Oracle marketing bravado gone wrong, or common sense regarding a complex product? Read more …


e-Business Suite

By Bob van den Ende

Sunday there was a Keynote by Tom Kyte “What are we still doing wrong?”

Oracle Architect Tom Kyte has given many best practices presentations in the last 10 years and many worst practices presentations as well. He’s seen some things change over the last 10 years and seen many other things stay exactly the same. In this keynote he looks at the good and the bad, what we do right and what we continue to do wrong over and over again.

There will be a replay on Monday, October 12th at 11am pacific time – see this link for details:

More info Tom Kytes:


OpenWorld 2009: E-Business Suite Technology Stack Certification Roadmap

This Roadmap presentation summarizes the latest techstack certifications, desupport notices, support policy updates, and other important topics from the last year in a single, cohesive presentation.

Topics from this presentation include:

  • E-Business Release 12.1.1 technology stack components
  • Important Oracle Support policy updates for the E-Business Suite, Server Technologies, and Fusion Middleware products
  • Summary of the latest desupport notices relevant to EBS environments, covering desktop clients, browsers, database releases, and internal and external application tier servers
  • Listing of the current and recommended EBS certifications
  • Glimpse of upcoming certifications


Presentation can be found here:
Oracle Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Standalone Applications for Release 11.5.10 Customers: How? (Session S309539)

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i customers can take advantage of some of the standalone solutions from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. There are many significant functional innovations and new capabilities in R12.1. A lot of these customers don’t have the time or the budget to upgrade from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i yet. Nadia Bendjedou has an OpenWorld 2009 session in which she’ll be covering options for how Apps 11i users can take advantage of Apps 12.1 standalone applications.

Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Strategy and General Manager Update (Cliff Godwin, Oracle; Murali Subramanian, Oracle. Session S309787)In this session, hear from Oracle E-Business Suite General Manager Cliff Godwin as he delivers an update on the Oracle E-Business Suite product line. This session covers the value delivered by the current release of Oracle E-Business Suite, the momentum, and how Oracle E-Business Suite applications integrate into Oracle’s overall applications strategy.




By Frank Kortekaas

 This year the focus for PeopleSoft will be on two new releases:

PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management 9.1 Solutions

PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 is expected to address three key business challenges: increasing productivity, improving business performance, and reducing costs. In addition, planned Financial Management Solutions enhancements will help finance managers support business growth while increasing the organization’s regulatory compliance and oversight capabilities, says John Webb, Oracle vice president of PeopleSoft Enterprise product strategy.

 “The focus of Financial Management Solutions in Release 9.1 is to streamline and automate critical tasks, such as the period end close, and to automate activity monitoring for greater visibility into cash assets and their allocations,” he adds.

 Among the Oracle OpenWorld presentations dedicated to the new financial capabilities are:

  • PeopleSoft Financial Management Solutions 9.1 Overview/Sneak Peek at Post-9.1, which will summarize the benefits of the applications for finance managers
  • More Automation and Control! PeopleSoft General Ledger 9.1 Automates Period Close, a session that will focus on period close, a critical area of financial management
  • Better Mileage in Travel and Expense: PeopleSoft Expenses 9.1 Takes Control in Uncertain Times, will preview the new iPhone application Oracle iReceipts, which manages cash transactions directly from your iPhone

 Two sessions devoted to maximizing cash resources—Reduce Liabilities Through the Power of PeopleSoft Payables and PeopleSoft eSettlements 9.1 and Is the Balance Sheet Too Risky? Let PeopleSoft Billing and PeopleSoft Receivables 9.1 Help.


PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools 8.50

Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools 8.50 is now generally available This new version of PeopleTools is the foundation to the PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 applications; however, it is also available to customers running any of the recent PeopleSoft Enterprise applications (8.8, 8.9 and 9.0).

 While the scope of PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools 8.50 is vast, it was developed with a special focus on the end user. Productivity, performance, and user experience are enhanced thanks to the new web 2.0 capabilities, integrated collaboration features, and updated user interface.

 PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools 8.50 is so feature-rich that it would be impossible to list all of the enhancements on this page, however here are some key benefits:

  • Greater User Performance
  • A Related Content framework allows on-page integration of external content, related to the specifc task at hand
  • Improved menus and navigation, with contemporary new styles
  • Dynamic UI features, including partial page refresh, modal search windows, mouse-over pop-up windows, and type-ahead filtered search
  • Improved Developer Productivity
  • Enhanced Interactive PeopleCode Debugger
  • AppClass Drilldown PeopleCode Editor
  • Improved Integration Test Tools
  • Expanded Reporting and Data Access
  • Query as Feeds, enabling users to retrieve PeopleSoft data via RSS
  • Connected Query for joining or nesting multiple queries
  • Centralized reporting console
  • Enhanced Security, Lifecycle Management, and Infrastructure
  • Adoption of Java 6 on all server tiers
  • Latest versions of WebLogic Server, WebSphere, and Tuxedo
  • Full support for 64-bit Linux and Windows
  • Integration with Oracle Configuration Manager
  • Support for Oracle TDE, Database Vault, and Audit Vault
  • FTPS and ADAM (AD LDS) support

 For a complete description of all the new features and benefits of PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools 8.50, see the PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools 8.50 Release Notes (Doc ID 888632.1) on My Oracle Support.



By Ellen Koenen

 The focus of Siebel at Oracle Open World will be on Customer, Innovations and Industries. As a result of the economical crisis markets change, the way customers want to deal with them will also change. Companies have to react on these changes on an appropriate way. Oracle helps companies searching for new changes in this market. Companies have to innovate their product and their way to handle with their customers. For all these changes Oracle will came up with Industry Specific Solutions.

Important Sessions:

  • Monday 12 October: Oracle CRM executive vision and product strategy update from the Senior Vice-President of Oracle, companies refine themselves in need of customers and the demand of today’s economic climate.
  • Monday 12 October: Oracle CRM Customer Panel, Siebel CRM & Oracle on Demand
  • Tuesday 13 October: Innovation Customer Panel, how companies have transformed the way they do business using Oracle CRM Products.

Wednesday 14 October: Siebel 8.1.1, key features & damage customers can leverage in Siebel 8.1.1.

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