Oracle OpenWorld 2012 starts on Sunday in San Francisco, and SearchOracle.com recently talked to four well-known Oracle experts to get a good idea of the topics and sessions that will be hot at the show. The experts are Floyd Teter, VP of technology at EiS Technologies; Alex Gorbachev, CTO of Pythian; John Matelski, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG); and Mark Clark, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG).
What are you most looking forward to at OpenWorld?
Floyd Teter: New functionality releases for Fusion apps, more news of SaaS for Oracle apps, possible new releases of WebLogic and Database.
Alex Gorbachev: Great networking opportunities; past-midnight Pythian after-parties at The W Hotel when everything else ends. Bloggers meet up. From Oracle announcements perspective: next database release, more cloud moves, potential changes in the big data strategy [and] potentially new engineered systems.
John Matelski: Oracle OpenWorld offers numerous chances to meet with Oracle executives, and this has only been enhanced now that Oracle is working even more closely with the user group community. I like to take advantage of user group activities that take place during the weekend and don't conflict with other conference events. I also enjoy the networking and learning that occurs at OpenWorld. It always amazes me how in the midst of 50,000 plus attendees, people with the same interests, industries, challenges and opportunities seem to find their way together, and do some invaluable networking.
Mark Clark: There are almost too many things going on at OpenWorld to choose from, but user group Sunday is always a favorite. Oracle invites a number of the larger user groups to help deliver educational content to attendees. The OAUG will have nearly 60 geographic and special interest group presentations delivered that day. These are great opportunities to see experts share their knowledge, and they offer fantastic opportunities to network.
What topics and subject areas will you be focusing on at the show?
Teter: Fusion apps, Oracle Enterprise Manager, E-Business Suite, Oracle Business Intelligence and Reporting.
Gorbachev: Big data, new database release, new engineered systems.
Matelski: As a customer with a very broad Oracle footprint, including E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, database, and other technologies and tools, I will be attending to get product updates and roadmaps related to everything that is a part of our Oracle ecosystem. In addition, I am looking forward to learn more about their Exa-everything strategy, including their diverse product portfolio around big data analytics, as well as their hardware strategy.
Clark: Our members tend to be most interested in those areas that are more applications-oriented. I'll personally [want] to hear more about Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, as well as some of the Fusion Applications sessions.
What is your favorite thing to do in San Francisco?
Gorbachev: Morning coffee. Late nights with friends from all over the world.
Matelski: When I go to OpenWorld, I am there to leverage everything that the conference has to offer, which means I am focused on conference activities and related networking from about 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. every night. Having said that, San Francisco is such a wonderful place to visit, I would encourage people, if they can, to take a day or two, and take advantage of the many things that San Francisco has to offer, including visiting one of their wonderful parks, visiting one of their museums, taking a boat tour in the Bay or visiting one of the many fine dining establishments that it has to offer.
Clark: The restaurant selections in San Francisco are numerous. If you are missing any type of food you can't normally find, you can find it here. For me, its Chicago-style deep dish pizza with the actual cornbread crust. There is a local place here on Divisadero that I try to hit whenever I'm here for work, but never on Monday. They are closed on Mondays.
Mark Fontecchio is the news and site editor for SearchOracle.com. He will be reporting live from Oracle OpenWorld 2012. Follow him on Twitter: @OracleTT.