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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

OOW 2012 Day 2

An intense day at the Moscone Center (and friends -- had two sessions at the Intercontinental) with sessions from 10:45 to 5:45 with hardly a break. And only because I watched the 8am keynote from my room.

Not an amazing day; I learned a few things, for sure, but frustrated by the lack of insight into future direction. Without major releases in the last year, at least one of the sessions (E-Business Suite Financials Roadmap) was a repeat performance. And despite attending both the BI and EPM sessions I have no clearer picture for when the two products will finally be interoperable. Lesson learned for the rest of the week: I am done with roadmap sessions. All the announcements that matter get tweeted anyway. To give one example, I only learned about the extensions to Extended Support for both 11i and R12 via Twitter, not in any sessions I attended...

Here are the things I learned:
  • Hyperion Planning can now run in Exalytics
  • Oracle Hyperion Planning will soon be available as Oracle Cloud SaaS; big changes to the site overnight. Information page now live
  • Spam tweets can be hilarious -- when the #oow hashtag was hijacked by porn it was rather hilarious, except for the resulting confusion re: #oow (official) and #oow12 (briefly traffic moved here during porn-storm; some stayed there)
  • They tacked on another year of Extended Support for EBS 11i and 12, largely because of the delays with 12.2 (which is still "in the next year")
  • Endeca is everywhere; saw a demo of it within iProcurement and it is very slick but definitely not free... We will be seeing Endeca integrations in every App for sure, and it seems like things are moving unusually fast.
  • More advanced visualizations (waterfalls, heatmaps, more trellises) are coming to OBIEE and they have invested a lot of R&D in revamping OBI Mobile "HD"
  • There was not a single woman on stage for the "Masterminds" session featuring Oracle Applications SVPs
  • Facebook managed to make even E-Business Suite look stylish and modern through configuration and customization
  • In many organizations the CFO is becoming the "Chief Decision Officer" (according to Deloitte) and becoming more involved in strategic planning beyond just financial operations
Off again for another busy day... Hard to believe the week has barely started.


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