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Special report: Oracle OpenWorld '06

Look no further for full coverage of OpenWorld, Oracle's biggest annual conference, including breaking news and updates on Oracle's database technology and applications products.

Oracle OpenWorld is the premier event for all users of Oracle Corp. technology, including its database management system (DBMS) and enterprise applications. is on the scene to bring you the latest breaking news from the conference in San Francisco, as well as tips and advice on new features and products.


  Breaking news  

Oracle 10g, biometrics help Motorola fight crime: Motorola is using Oracle 10g to back up biometrics image-scanning devices used in crime fighting and border control.

Practical tips for deploying Oracle and open source: It's high time that companies started evaluating open source software in the same manner that they do proprietary offerings, according to speakers at Oracle OpenWorld.

Oracle announces full support for Red Hat users: Oracle's Larry Ellison says his company is now offering full support for Red Hat Linux users at half the price they normally pay.

Pitney Bowes offers sage Siebel CRM advice at OpenWorld: Pitney Bowes has been through multiple Siebel deployments. Its data warehouse chief offered advice on deploying Siebel Analytics at Oracle's OpenWorld conference.

Oracle serves up application, BI news: While the first two days of OpenWorld have focused on the database, partners and middleware, Oracle offered some application news with a preview of E-Business Suite 12.

Social networking forces change in customer service: At OpenWorld, Oracle executives and Gartner analysts discussed the impact social networking and new media are having on the service industry and how contact centers must adapt.

Increased automation means changing roles for DBAs: DBAs won't face demise in the face of greater automation, but their roles are certainly going to change a great deal, says a speaker at Oracle OpenWorld.

Oracle to acquire MetaSolv: Oracle is planning to purchase telecommunications software provider MetaSolv.

Oracle to preview Enterprise Manager 10g upgrades at OpenWorld: Oracle is extending Enterprise Manager 10g to cover its E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and Siebel applications.

Expert: Now is the time for Oracle to clear up Fusion confusion: One analyst says with OpenWorld around the corner, now is the time for Oracle and Larry Ellison to retrench, digest its acquisitions and present a clear product roadmap.

Podcast: Database guru previews Oracle OpenWorld: caught up with database guru Mark Townsend to talk about this year's OpenWorld show, who discussed the major highlights of the event, including the keynotes that are geared toward database administrators and demonstrations of the newest database products.

Podcast: IOUG's Kaplan on what's hot at OpenWorld: Oracle OpenWorld kicks off next week, and IOUG president Ari Kaplan says RAC, grid computing and high availability will be some of the hottest topics of discussion among attendees.


  Database tips & advice  

Introduction to Business Process Execution Language (BPEL): It's important for managers, developers and DBAs to have an understanding of how BPEL can benefit them. This article provides an introduction to BPEL including Oracle's BPEL Process Manager.

Spotlight on RAC, grid and availability: Availability is a hot-button issue with DBAs these days -- users want more of their data available more of the time. How can you achieve this? This special report can help.

Learning guide: SQL: Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned expert looking to tweak query performance, this learning guide to the structured query language (SQL) has something for you.

Spotlight on performance tuning: Performance tuning -- keeping your database and SQL queries running smoothly -- is one of the most important and demanding tasks for an Oracle DBA. This special report compiles analysis, tips and expert advice on this topic.


  Applications tips & advice  

Learning guide: Oracle applications: This learning guide highlights information on Oracle's changing role in the enterprise applications space, with news, analysis and tips on Oracle's corporate purchases, the progress of Project Fusion, making the most of E-Business Suite and other apps, the continuing battle between Oracle and SAP, case studies and more.

Oracle Fusion Update Center: Everything you need to know about Oracle's high-profile acquisition spree and Fusion integration plans is here in one spot.

From soup to nuts, PeopleSoft to Sigma, a rundown of Oracle's acquisitions: It started with a lengthy takeover battle and a fight with the Department of Justice and ended three years later with 20 acquisitions for billions of dollars. We outline them all here.


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