Saturday, August 11, 2007

Oracle Day New York

The stormy dawn of August 8, 2007 was the beginning of a tough commute to the City of New York from Central New Jersey and other sites in this metropolitan area, but a great and successful technology day was awaiting all attendees at the Marriot Marquis, where Oracle brought the best of the best to present four foundational tracks, and keynote presentations by Ed Abbo, SVP, Applications Development, and Thomas Kurian, SVP, Server Technologies Development. The four tracks were namely:

Track 1. Growth and Change, which focused on the impact of the SOA suite and the application server, including Coherence with a highlight on the Data Grid, and the excellence brought by Oracle Business Process Management. The speakers were David Chappell, Jon Huang, and Arun Manchanda.

Track 2. Better Business Insight, focused entirely in business intelligence with great emphasis on the Oracle Business Intelligence foundation, also including a brief demo. The speakers were Andrew Fateman, John Colson, and Jeff Garwood.

Track 3. Risk Mitigation and Compliance, which emphasized the importance of improving governance through Identity Management (IdM) and Database Security, which presented an interesting PeopleSoft application and demonstration. This track also related presentations on SOA, rich content management, and applications infrastructure in relation to the Oracle Applications Integration Architecture (AIA). The speakers were Sudipt Kapadia, Jody Schiavo, and Nadu Bharadwaj.

Track 4. User experience and Productivity, which highlighted and emphasized the applications and web infrastructure, and discussed the importance of the new Oracle WebCenter in comparison to the previous Oracle Portal infrastructure, and its improvement in relation to installation and deployment with an excellent demonstration.
The speakers were Jody Schiavo, Tom Carew, and Jim Donlon.

Rich Schultz, VP of Middleware Product Marketing made the closing presentation with the topic Applications Infrastructure Futures. Oracle’s Kim Marie Mancuso closed the day with a survey raffle with prizes including full conference passes to Oracle OpenWorld 2007 and Callaway Golf Clubs.

This was a brilliant day to consolidate knowledge and expand understanding of Oracle infrastructure and product line or for the newly involved to just get familiar with Oracle Grid architecture, applications, database and application server and related technologies.

When I walked out from the event I encountered spontaneous very positive comments about the outcome of this event among those who attended, in relation to upgrading awareness on the new products and technologies involved.

The afternoon sun was also very bright, as I left the Marriot Marquis.

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