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OpenWorld 2017 in review: Oracle cloud offerings at center stage

A roundup of news and trend stories, user case studies, and podcasts from the Oracle OpenWorld 2017 conference, where the spotlight was focused on Oracle's cloud services and technologies.


Oracle OpenWorld 2017 in San Francisco was a deep dive into all things Oracle, providing attendees with advice on using its existing products and an updated roadmap of the company's technology plans for cloud computing, business applications, analytics and data infrastructure.

As with other recent Oracle convocations, though, the news out of OpenWorld 2017 centered on additions to the lineup of Oracle cloud offerings -- part of an ongoing effort to catch up with rival vendors on support for cloud-based environments that affect traditional ways of deploying and managing IT systems.

The rollouts included Oracle Database 18c, a new release debuting in the cloud that the company likens to a self-driving car because of embedded machine learning functionality. Oracle also added security features infused with machine learning to its cloud management software. In addition, OpenWorld 2017 saw the launch of a blockchain cloud service that enables customers to use the emerging technology, which is designed to improve data security and streamline transactions and data sharing between businesses.

If Oracle seems to be hoisting long passes with some of these moves, it also took care of basic blocking and tackling at OpenWorld. The company is skipping from the current 12c database straight to Oracle 18c to reflect the 2018 model year, as part of a new plan for annual releases; the expectation is that database updates will be more incremental and get delivered automatically as part of a cloud subscription going forward. And licensing changes announced just before the conference are intended to ease user transitions from on-premises software to Oracle cloud offerings.

This guide covers the high points of Oracle OpenWorld 2017, including advice from customers that have completed Oracle cloud migration projects. It also provides a retrospective look at the year's other big Oracle-related conference: Collaborate 17, held jointly in Las Vegas by the three major Oracle user groups.

1Databases and infrastructure-

Cloud data management developments at OpenWorld 2017

Oracle Database remains Oracle's flagship product, and it was in the spotlight at OpenWorld 2017 thanks to the introduction of the 18c release, which will initially power an Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud service. The stories in this section look at the database update and other moves by Oracle to make its data management, analytics and IT infrastructure technologies more competitive in the cloud computing arena.


Ellison touts machine learning, database automation in 18c

Oracle founder Larry Ellison highlighted the machine learning capabilities and autonomous operations built into Oracle Database 18c. But they aren't a threat to the jobs of database administrators, he claimed. Continue Reading


Oracle beefs up cloud security via analytics, automated fixes

Against the backdrop of the massive data breach at Equifax, Oracle is taking steps to strengthen the security features in its cloud management software -- and taking shots at rival Splunk. Continue Reading


Second-day view: What's behind the new Oracle cloud offerings

In a podcast recorded on the second day of OpenWorld 2017, TechTarget reporters analyze Oracle's technology rollouts at the conference and assess its overall cloud strategy. Continue Reading


Oracle's autonomous database technology isn't so revolutionary

Despite Larry Ellison's claims of revolutionary advances, Oracle isn't the first vendor to offer self-driving database features, according to IT analysts who see the company in catch-up mode. Continue Reading

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Name game: Oracle not invoking Einstein or Leonardo peer on AI

Salesforce has Einstein and SAP has Leonardo. But Oracle has refrained from tapping another human genius to give a name to the AI technology it's embedding in various products. Continue Reading


Oracle jumps on blockchain bandwagon with new cloud service

Following similar moves by rivals Microsoft and IBM, Oracle is now offering a blockchain service in an effort to give its cloud users a higher level of data and transaction security. Continue Reading


Oracle takes another shot at AWS with Universal Credits

With its Universal Credits program and companion Bring Your Own License option, Oracle is changing its cloud pricing model to try to take business from Amazon Web Services. Continue Reading


Annual releases of Oracle Database mean changes for DBAs

As Oracle changes its database release cycle to yearly updates with new version numbers, Oracle users will get faster access to new features -- but also new upgrade questions to weigh. Continue Reading

2Cloud applications-

OpenWorld 2017 news and case studies on business applications

ERP systems, HR software and other types of business applications are key components of Oracle's cloud strategy. The stories in this section cover technology updates to the Oracle cloud offerings for application users, as well as OpenWorld 2017 user sessions that featured IT managers discussing migrations that their organizations have made to Oracle application environments running in the cloud.


Podcast: The latest in Oracle AI and Oracle HCM Cloud

Constellation Research Vice President Holger Mueller weighs in on Oracle AI developments, and explains the importance of the new recruiting module in Oracle HCM Cloud. Continue Reading


Oracle updates HCM Cloud with new AI and analytics features

Oracle enhanced its HCM Cloud applications, adding AI and analytics capabilities to keep up with broader HR software advances on user experience and workforce analytics. Continue Reading


Oracle spreads AI apps throughout its cloud ERP suite

Oracle has built its line of Adaptive Intelligent Applications into major Oracle ERP Cloud modules, becoming the latest entry in a race among ERP vendors to show AI leadership. Continue Reading


Oracle SCM Cloud helps manufacturers tie up loose data ends

In a panel discussion, three Oracle SCM Cloud users share lessons on what, for some, was their first real deployment of ERP software to integrate financial, sales and supply chain data. Continue Reading


Oracle ERP Cloud migration move a winning bet for Caesars

Caesars Entertainment migrated from decades-old green screens to Oracle's ERP Cloud service, a shift that succeeded thanks to careful project planning and change management. Continue Reading

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CIO: IT teams shouldn't fear digital transformation, cloud projects

Digital transformation and cloud initiatives offer new opportunities, not redundancy, for IT managers and software developers, CIO Catherine Kendall said at OpenWorld 2017. Continue Reading

3Collaborate 17 coverage -

Stories from the annual Oracle user group conference

Collaborate is an annual conference that's held in the spring and organized by three Oracle user groups: the database-oriented Independent Oracle Users Group, the Oracle Applications Users Group and the Quest International Users Group, which is primarily geared to users of Oracle's PeopleSoft and JD Edwards application lines. The stories in this section cover news related to Collaborate 17, plus user sessions at the conference.


Oracle updates cloud applications, but also extends EBS support

While Oracle is releasing a new version of Oracle Cloud Applications, the company says it won't leave users of its E-Business Suite on-premises software behind anytime soon. Continue Reading


Hybrid cloud environments the primary focus at Collaborate 17

In advance of the Collaborate 17 conference, OAUG President Alyssa Johnson said members of the applications user group are moving to the cloud -- but not as a rip-and-replace journey. Continue Reading


Six challenges to overcome during Oracle EBS implementations

Blender maker Vitamix had Oracle's E-Business Suite applications up and running in 18 months. Its director of IT details ways to address six challenges faced when implementing EBS. Continue Reading


DBA shares tips for managing upgrades to Oracle's EBS 12.2.5 apps

The documentation needed for upgrading to version 12.2.5 of Oracle's E-Business Suite applications is daunting. An experienced DBA shares tips on how to ensure a smooth upgrade. Continue Reading


PayPal augments Oracle databases with NoSQL systems

A data platform architect at PayPal discusses how the company is using Cassandra and other NoSQL databases as alternatives to Oracle Database on some of its processing jobs. Continue Reading

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