Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Oracle Day in Honolulu, January 28, 2014

Converge, Connect was the theme of the Oracle Innovation Forum in Honolulu,
Hawaii. With an attendance of over 100 there were lots of interesting
discussions. The event took place in the ball rooms of Westin Moana Surfrider
on the beach side of Waikiki.

The event started off with the key note, Innovation in Practice by Gayle
Fitzpatrik focusing on innovation, convergence and integration. She touched
upon Oracle Cloud Solutions. 25 million Users, and over 10000 customers makes a
compelling case. There were many slides showing how Oracle Cloud Solutions were
better than others in all respects including flexibility, security, and
performance. She also spoke about the dawn of the M2M era and the Internet of
things. In any case business should be good in the coming years with over 50
billion connected devices. Some examples of Oracle solutions adopted by industry
was also mentioned with  lot more details about a Regional Power

Mark Kelder of Oracle described the Oracle 12 C features; the advantages of
pluggable vs. separate databases for an enterprise. The scaling of pluggable
databases beats that of Separate databases by a wide margin. With Container
Database 12.1, the upgrading in place (in-situ) is a matter of minutes (I am not sure if I got the unit correct; I will sure when the promised PPT arrive)  and you
can plug/unplug databases as required (versions 10.2, 11.1 and 12.1). Point in
time recovery for plugged databases is another great feature which is most
appropriate for SaaS. He also described the cloning of pluggable databases for
test and development as well as dual format covering both row and column for
the in-memory database.

Troy Kitch spoke on Internet of things and various security regulatory
compliances (PII, PCI, PIPEDA, PCI DSS and Directive 95/46/EC). Unfortunately I missed most part of his talk.

In the afternoon Srividhya Kasturi explained the details of Oracle Mobile
Solution covering Mobile Apps; Mobile Platform and Mobile Security. She
mentioned MbaaS, the Mobile backend as service. There was a lot of talk in
trying to answer, what is driving the cloud? Globalization; data explosion;
rise of mobile devices; Social media; and the necessity to modernize to
survive were all mentioned.

I am not sure if this is the order of importance in the driving forces
but what appears to be given is security is still a troubling issue.

She also touched upon a hybrid cloud with private cloud (SaaS, Paas, and IaaS) and Public Cloud (SaaS and PaaS). 5 considerations for cloud integration were laid out; Connectivity, flexibility, (Visibility-Management?), security and scalability). CISCO WebEx order management system with Oracle SOA Suite was mentioned.

Michelle Beasley and Gia Villanueva compared and contrasted traditional ETL+CDC
vs. the modern E-LT + real time. Ross stores case study was mentioned.

All in all it was an interesting day with all the modern buzz and Oracle as
usual extended impeccable hospitality to the attendees.

Full schedule here:

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