Examining the ongoing challenges of delivering high-quality, value-added ERP services in Higher Education.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

OOW Day Two

New words / phrases that have entered my vocabulary this week so far:

  • Hadoop
  • Exadata
  • Exalogic
  • Exalytics
  • InfiniBand
  • NoSQL
  • Big Data
  • Parallel Everything (vs congruent term Share Nothing)

The day started with keynote address from EMC and Oracle. Interesting session because EMC pitched their hardware solution, including the option of end-user self-service server provisioning, and then Oracle basically said "you don't need those guys [EMC] if you buy our engineered solutions."

No matter what session I attended -- EBS Roadmap, EBS Financials Vision and Strategy, Higher Education Solutions Roadmap, or BI Strategy -- at least 15 minutes was spent on the power and speed of buying packaged HW/SW components from Oracle. This Exa-thing is clearly the focus of this conference, and making applications people talk cores and DRAM seems to be the prime mission. I am a little fatigued.

That said, the conversations about "unstructured data" and Big Data are pretty interesting. EMC demoed a dummy auto insurance app that crunched social media data as an input into pricing -- lots of pictures of drinking on FB and your premium could go up. The technology on display was intellectually compelling; the Big Brother possibilities less so. In our world of admin computing, we generally have the luxury of well-structured data, but the potential tools out there today -- Hadoop is open-source but Oracle is packaging a version -- could have important applications in the academic and research computing arenas.

I wish I could say I learned some things at the EBS and Higher Ed roadmap discussions, but not much has changed since OAUG and HEUG in the spring. 12.2 is "not imminent" and they strongly recommend upgrading soon... PeopleSoft remains the strategic platform for higher ed... Essbase will be the reporting platform for Oracle Fusion GL... Buy Exadata.

The most interesting session of the day was surprising -- who would have suspected that two geeks from the development organization would do the best job so far explaining how all the Exa stuff fits together?

I spent a little quality time on the vendor floor. There was an actual sumo wrestler in diaper, but I didn't get a photo with him. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but the conference doesn't give enough dedicated time for the vendor exhibit hall. Or lunch. Looking forward to Day Three.


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