Wednesday, September 25, 2013

OOW - Tuesday Keynote

So, as I'm writing this, I'm in the press tent at #OOW13 sipping on a Dr. Pepper fetched for me by one of the lovely staff members here.  Yeah, it's a tough job but somebody has to do it.  I'm a bit torn regarding my feelings a press tent versus the press room at past Oracle OpenWorlds.  Love the press tent approach for several reasons:  it's much easier to stay engaged with the conference (some of the sides are open), it's a great place to check out all the keynotes, and the open layout encourages catching up with old friends in the press corps and meeting new ones.  My only objection:  when the Bay area warms up, this tent gets really hot! Deodorants and tempers are tested to the extreme.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand:  Tuesday afternoon's keynote. First, a nit.  Larry Ellison ditched the keynote for the cup races.  Thomas Kurian delivered the keynote in Larry's stead.  Cool by me.  First, the American team is mounting one of the greatest rallies in sports history as I write this.  Making history...yeah, that's where I'd be too.  To top it off, Thomas Kurian has developed into a great presenter in his own right.  While Larry may be a bit more entertaining with loads of smack talk for the competition, Thomas is clear, concise, energetic and stays on point.  In fact, in terms of sharing information, I'd personally rather listen to Thomas (no offense, Larry).  So, for all the folks giving Larry grief for his choice on's not really news, let's move on.

The keynote was pretty amazing...lots of announcements from a cloud services perspective:
  • Database in the cloud, this provides full control of a dedicated database instance and supports any Oracle database application, giving users flexibility and choice over the level of managed services provided by Oracle.
  • Java Cloud: this provides Oracle WebLogic Server clusters for deployment of Java applications
  • Business Intelligence Cloud: Enables users to analyse data with visual, interactive dashboards for the web and mobile devices. 
  • Document cloud is like a Sharepoint in the cloud provides file-sharing and collaboration solution. 
  • Marketplace Cloud, this provides a marketplace were partners can publish applications and customers can browse through the list similar to google and apple store.
  • Application in the cloud includes full ERP – Financials, Projects, HR, CRM, and EPM
I think some of the service level offerings for database in the cloud will cause some pretty significant disruption in the Oracle consulting services ecosystem.  You could see a significant shift in the type of work, especially in terms of a move from less demand for basic database administration services to more demand for complex, leading-edge types of things (less database optimization and patching, more managing disparate environments in different locations of varying types if infrastructure platforms).  More work, but of a much different type of work.

Catch the Tuesday keynote yourself?  What did you think of it?  Share.  You know what to do.

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