OpenWorld 2011 news roundup

Oracle launching 'Big Data,' in-memory appliances

Oracle is apparently adding two more members to its family of systems that combine hardware and software, including one that targets 'Big Data' and another with in-memory computing capabilities. The Big Data Appliance and Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine were lined up outside the main keynote hall on Sunday at Oracle's OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.

OpenWorld 2011: Day one slideshow

San Francisco takeover, new SPARC SuperCluster, Exadata, Exalytics and Exalogic Oracle-Sun machines. Photos from Day 1 of the event

Oracle looks to Apple for strategy

Big numbers, big claims, big data and big ambitions dominated this year’s keynote speech from Oracle chief Larry Ellison on the first day of a massive OpenWorld 2011. The ‘big’ play hinges on Oracle’s updated big iron appliances: the Exalogic database machine, Exadata middleware machine, a new SPARC SuperCluster machine running Solaris 10 or 11, and its Exalytics in-memory analytics machine.

Coopers upgrades to JDE 9

In the competitive world of beer brewing responding to the complex demands of major retailers, distributors and pubs can be just a big a challenge as nailing the perfect blend of malt, hops, water and yeast. Just ask Coopers’ commercial manager, Michael Sheerer. A JD Edwards (JDE) customer since 2004, the company recently upgraded from version 8 of the ERP suite to version 9 along, along with a refresh of its IBM-based hardware.

MySQL hits new development milestone

Oracle is making the open-source MySQL database more stable and feature-rich through a shift in development philosophy, MySQL Vice President of Engineering Tomas Ulin said during a keynote address Monday at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. Ulin announced the availability of a second DMR (development milestone release) for the upcoming MySQL 5.6, as well as one for MySQL Cluster 7.2. The code should not be considered half-baked, he said.

FAQ: Oracle OpenWorld's burning questions

But the bigger the company, the more questions it has to answer about its future directions and past promises. Thanks to interviews with industry experts, reasonable speculation and some digging, here's a look at some of the most important questions facing Oracle going into the OpenWorld 2011.

JavaOne celebrates the success of enterprise Java

Enterprise Java may not be as trendy these days as social networking, HTML5, or mobile computing, but it remains a mainstay in IT and will receive plenty of attention at this week's annual signature conference devoted to the now-16-year-old Java platform. The JavaOne conference, being held in San Francisco in conjunction with the Oracle OpenWorld event, features a plethora of discussions on enterprise Java, ranging from Java EE's (Enterprise Edition) impacts on both multicore processors and the Google App Engine cloud platform to Java EE Web Profile.

Oracle pushes appliance message to software crowd One thing became clear at Oracle's OpenWorld conference: The vendor is intent on drilling the benefits of its hardware-plus-software systems into a customer base that largely remains invested only in Oracle's applications, databases and middleware.

Oracle may launch its own PaaS offering

Oracle may unveil its own platform-as-a-service offering next week, setting it in competition with Microsoft's Azure, Salesforce's Heroku and many other smaller services, analysts said. While Oracle has been selling various products that other companies could use to build either public or private PaaS offerings, it is now planning to host a service itself, Yefim Natis, a Gartner vice president, said.

Infosys seeks high-value IT work

Infosys chief S.D. Shibulal has signaled his intention to add more Australian customers to its books as the Indian outsourcing company moves into a period of expansion into higher-value consulting and systems integration work.

Big Red apps coming to iPad and Android

In a clear sign of the influence consumer mobile devices are having in the enterprise Oracle has flagged that it plans to make available iPad- and Android-compatible versions of its traditional ERP and CRM suites as well as its latest Fusion apps.

It's all about video - Cisco's Chambers

Cisco is betting that video-based collaboration will be the foremost driver of productivity – and customer dollars for the troubled networking vendor – in the coming decade.

IT transformations are too much work

Once the current wave of core IT transformations have been completed it will be many years before we see their likes again as they have become simply too big, complex, and hard to do. That’s the view of Oracle’s APAC VP applications development, Doug Hughes, and the vendor’s Australian customers Australian Financial Group (AFG) and IT consultancy PresenceofIT.

Exadata underpinning Oracle Cloud play

Oracle is banking that when organisations across the Asia Pacific turn to new infrastructure to support their move to private cloud or launch of public cloud services, bigger equals better.

TomTom launches Geospatial for govt, business

Dutch SatNav device company TomTom is making another tilt at business and public sector windmills with the launch of a ‘Google Maps for enterprise’-style geospatial service. The service offers geocoding – the ability convert a street address to a map coordinate; optimal vehicle routing; and mapping information display; all for use in applications which are underpinned by Oracle’s Database 11g.

Benioff comes out swinging at Oracle The chief continued his spat with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Wednesday morning - and you might not see Marc Benioff at an Oracle conference again. Benioff came out swinging after Oracle cancelled his OpenWorld keynote and relegated him to what will probably be a quieter spot at the show on Thursday morning.

"Oracle is saying we can go on at 8am. tomorrow when the show is over. Thanks, Oracle, for that opportunity," Benioff said, speaking at a nearby restaurant where his team had quickly arranged an alternative location for him to speak. "They also offered us an 8am slot on Sunday on Alcatraz," Benioff quipped. "Thanks for that too, Oracle."


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