Monday, February 18, 2008

There's Something In The Air

Call out the instigators
Because there's something in the air
We've got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here, and you know it's right
And you know that it's right
- From "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman

There is something in the air for the Oracle universe - Collaborate 08 is right around the corner. Collaborate is the annual Oracle user group conference jointly sponsored by OAUG, IOUG and Quest. The conference this year will be held in Denver, Colorado from April 13-17.

There are a few "must see" events and workshops at Collaborate 08 you'll want to register for while there are still seats.

Oracle will be directly hosting a series of free hands-on workshops for service-enabling their applications with the Oracle SOA Suite. The 2-hour workshops will focus on creating BPEL processes for integration with specific Oracle application suites. There will be different workshops for the E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, and Siebel. Oracle provides all the hardware, software, and expert instruction. No prior experience required. The only qualification, so far as I can tell, is the ability to fog up a mirror held under your nose. You can learn more about the agenda for each of these workshops here. This is good stuff...the stags will be showing the fawns what it's like in the woods. Seats will likely fill up quickly. You can reserve a space for yourself by registering here.

OAUG is sponsoring "Mapping Fusion Middleware Success: Case Studies That Lead The Way". This all-day workshop, hosted by RightSizing Inc.'s Jerry Ireland, will take place on Sunday, April 13. The workshop will concentrate on using Fusion Middleware to extend Oracle applications. Workshop structure will consist of a customer case study presentation, followed by technical sessions on the Fusion Middleware components discussed during the preceeding case study. You can learn more about the pre-conference and post-conference workshops here. You can also learn more about this specific workshop here.

You'll also have the opportunity to make faces and throw rotten fruit at me...I'll be presenting the Roadmap to Fusion Applications on Wednesday morning, April 16, at 9:45 a.m. in Room 207 of the Colorado Convention Center. I've learned new things about the path to Fusion Apps since my initial presentation of the Roadmap at Oracle OpenWorld 2007, so this latest version includes some pretty significant changes. If you're wondering how to navigate the waters of Fusion technology over the next five years, this will be an hour well-spent. Thanks for reading - this concludes my blatant plug for my own presentation.

So, there is something in the air...start making your plans for Collaborate 08 now!

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