This year's Oracle Open World 2014 was a lot of learning and meeting old and new friends.
What a fun and great conference!
The big highlights for me were:
Oracle 12c In Memory Database- in sight and everywhere this was a key mantra at the event.
Big Data SQL- another new thing that intrigues me is using SQL to manage Big Data applications with Hadoop, NoSQL and other applications.
Engineered systems- Oracle demo grounds featured Exadata, Exalogic, Big Data Appliance (BDA), etc front and center.
Last but not least, Oracle Public Cloud was a centerpiece in the keynotes and sessions. Oracle is now a serious contender to not only IBM, HP, Cisco, and EMC but to Amazon Web Services (AWS) with public cloud offerings.
Last year, Oracle introduced hands on labs (HOL) to allow participants to learn first hand new technologies aside from the standard product marketing and general conference sessions.
This year the hands on labs (HOL) were greatly expanded and I spent the majority of my time attending a dozen or so of these excellent sessions for learning first hand how to work with Oracle Public Cloud, virtualization, big data and NoSQL.
Prior to OOW, I attended the 2 day Oracle ACE Director summit and had a great experience learning first hand from Oracle's Thomas Kurian, EVP of Product Development as well as many product and engineering folks from Oracle.
Last but certainly not least, I presented at the Delphix booth on performing Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrades with Delphix and had a great attendance. Next month I am presenting at the BGOUG conference in Sofia, Bulgaria which will be an exciting event.