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Oracle OpenWorld 2008 Special Report

This special report is your guide to Oracle OpenWorld 2008, the biggest annual conference for users of Oracle database and applications technology worldwide.

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 database in the cloud floated at Harvard lab A lab at Harvard Medical School is one of the first customers to test Oracle cloud computing, an initiative Oracle announced last week.

Oracle enters the appliance market with Exadata Oracle's long awaited announcement was made public yesterday as the company revealed storage servers and a data warehouse appliance developed with HP.

Oracle previews iPhone, social CRM applications Continuing its push toward Social CRM, Oracle this week showed off its new Web 2.0 applications built to sit alongside traditional CRM applications and new iPhone CRM applications.

Oracle abuzz over Beehive collaboration platform, other updates at OpenWorld 2008 Oracle takes on Microsoft with a new collaboration platform, and relays new applications and database news as it kicks off its 2008 OpenWorld conference.



Oracle's president Charles Phillips highlights the week's announcements in his opening keynote address.


Larry Ellison announces Exadata, Oracle's first hardware product in partnership with HP during his OpenWorld keynote.



IOUG chief discusses OpenWorld, DBA pay and security SearchOracle talks with Ian Abramson from the IOUG about his goals as president, the IOUG's role at Oracle OpenWorld and the surprising results of two recent IOUG surveys.

Voices of CRM: Loomis on switching from to Oracle CRM On Demand The CIO of Loomis explains how his company is undergoing a transformation of how it serves its customers, including the deployment of Oracle technology.

Intermap details its Oracle database 11g upgrade Intermap is the first company to store 3D elevation data in an Oracle 11g database. In this podcast, Intermap's senior director of information management explains the upgrade.

BEA at Oracle OpenWorld: What to expect SearchOracle talks with Floyd Teter from the OAUG about the BEA-related content at Oracle OpenWorld 2008, including what Oracle and BEA customers should look for at the conference.


  Eye on Oracle blog  

OpenWorld: A big week for Oracle or much ado about nothing? Another OpenWorld has come and gone -- and as always, Oracle had plenty of big announcements. Or, did they?

Are some Oracle DBA best practices not? In his OpenWorld session, "Real World DBA Best Practices," DBA Arup Nanda said that best practices may be "questionable, misleading or downright wrong" -- and you don't have to follow one just because someone told you to.

Andy Mendelsohn's Top 11g features Here at Oracle OpenWorld, Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle's senior vice president of server technologies, didn't have much new to announce around Oracle databases. But he did look back and detail some of the top feature he thinks are convincing customers to move to 11g.

Is Oracle Beehive worth buzzing about? It was the end of a long day -- nearly eight hours since Oracle publicly announced the release of Oracle Beehive -- but users were still eager to find out exactly what makes this new collaboration platform so great.

IOUG's new chief gets competitive: See what IOUG president Ian Abramson had to stay about data warehousing and how to stay competitive in today's challenging environment.

Determining the 'don't-miss' sessions at Oracle OpenWorld: Get an inside look at the OpenWorld 2008 schedules of some top Oracle experts and learn about some sessions that you may want to put on your own list.

An Oracle group for everyone: Read about a new Special Interest Group from the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) that will make its debut at OpenWorld 2008.


  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.


  More Oracle OpenWorld news  

 Home Shopping Network gets ROI from Siebel 8.0 upgrade Savings in maintenance and hardware costs were enough to convince the Home Shopping Network to upgrade from Siebel 6.2 to 8.0, but it was not an easy project.

 Oracle to put Fusion middleware in Amazon Compute Cloud Fusion Middleware in the Amazon Cloud, and updated Java development tools for the newly integrated BEA technology, including the newly christened Oracle WebLogic Server were announced at Oracle Open World.

 Oracle OpenWorld highlights perks and perils for technology partners The news out of Oracle OpenWorld -- new North American channel leadership, partner enablement tools and a customer support portal -- highlight the good, the bad and the ugly nature of being an Oracle technology partner.

 EMC, Pillar offer options to boost Oracle performance of storage disk arrays EMC Corp. and Pillar Data Systems Inc. are pitching methods to boost performance of storage arrays running Oracle, coinciding with the Oracle OpenWorld show this week in San Francisco.

 Up, up and away: Oracle heads for the clouds It looks like Oracle is embracing "the cloud." It was announced at OpenWorld that Oracle is making its full Fusion middleware toolset, and its database, available to run on's cloud infrastructure.

 Oracle VARs get no piece of software maintenance agreements pie Oracle's software maintenance agreement business grew big time in the first quarter, but Oracle partners get no piece of that action.

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