JavaOne & Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) conference is one of the biggest and most important technology conference in the world. It hosts tens of thousands of attendees as well as millions online who want to connect, learn and explore industry trends and breakthroughs driven by IT technology. The conference offers more than 2,500 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world.
The conference does not focus purely on databases. There are many more interesting technology areas presented from HW, OS and software development to modern IT trends like Cloud, Big Data, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, etc. But what about the database? Is Oracle not a pure database provider? No, it was probably long time back, but NOT ANY MORE.
Below are a few major topics that were dominating at the last OOW
Oracle is aggressively scaling its cloud business and effectively catching-up with competitors like Amazon (AWS), Azur and Salesforce introducing at OOW17 an array of new Cloud offerings and enhancements and demonstrating its cost efficiency and unbeatable Infrastructure performance. At the same time comparing these all the way against AWS. For example, Larry Ellison (Oracle Founder & CTO) stated that Oracle Cloud would cost at least 50% less of your AWS bill and they would write this in the contract.
The recent launch of Oracle data Centers in Frankfurt supporting European Availability region can only confirm serious Oracle intention in the Cloud business. I personally think that soon only a few large Cloud providers will cover the major Cloud market that in turn will be driven mostly by Software Cloud Services (SaaS and partly PaaS). And there is a big chance that Oracle will be soon in the Cloud leaders caused by a large range of own quality software, modern Java development platform as well as own cost efficient HW, OS and Virtualization stack.
What is this thing by the way? Read more »
At the core of most IT integration projects is data integration. Despite that does not mean this should always be a starting point of your integration projects, I would focus exactly on the data integration topic later in this article. However, before that I’d like to mention different levels of integration that have different levels of semantics. Read more »
Recently I raised a question to the head of an IT organisation whether he has plans to reduce the number of applications, which his IT department is managing and the answer was “No”. I was surprised, even shocked having in mind the considerable application number and the big issues that IT team is facing in the data integration area.
As a matter of fact most of the IT managers rate data integration issues as the most critical to their enterprises. Since a typical IT organization usually has a collection of isolated, incompatible, disconnected applications and databases and to make things worse that number is constantly increasing, I believe this criticality will only increase in the future.
The question arises why the data integration issue is so important to the companies? Read more »
I often hear from customers: Oracle database server is so expensive. Well, I often answer: That depends! In fact, the Oracle database license costs are similar to software from Oracle’s competitors. Microsoft SQL Server has a different license model though. Oracle has a lot of advantages in its flexible license model as well as number of Open Source initiatives. Together, these options allow an enterprise to get cost savings on their IT investments. Read more »