Oracle OpenWorld ended last Thursday. The week included several major announcements from Oracle. Here is my take on the biggest of those:
- Fusion Applications are now Generally Available
- This marks the culmination of six years of effort and is a major accomplishment for Oracle. They presented a list of more than 100 functional areas that are currently available, along with more than 200 early adopter customers.
- The integration of business intelligence (BI) directly into the applications is touted as a major innovation. It seems to be thorough and well thought out. I’ll definitely be digging into this more in the coming months.
- New Exalytics BI Appliance
- Oracle Public Cloud and Oracle Social Network
- Oracle Public Cloud is a hosted offering of Fusion Applications (with Fusion Middleware and Oracle Database as the foundation).
- Early analyst reactions match mine – this is yet another hastily assembled incomplete offering.
- This is Oracle’s PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering and, as such, it takes direct aim at Microsoft Azure (and the recently announced not-yet-available Google Cloud SQL). It will be interesting to watch the battles that unfold in that space.
The week featured a lot of distraction from the ongoing war of words (most of it childish) between Larry Ellison and Marc Benioff. I won’t elaborate on that here – I spoke enough about it last week.
One final comment: the concerts at the Appreciation Event on Wednesday night were a great success. Sting was incredible. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers also delivered an outstanding performance. Those who stayed until the very end (which I did) saw a short but inspired performance by The English Beat. The evening was rain-free (confounding all the weather forecasts). Nothing hampered our enjoyment – not even the drunken idiot who (literally) collapsed and crashed into my wife and me. Congratulations to Oracle for a spectacular event.
For now… I’ll leave you with this thought:
It will be interesting if Oracle can deliver on its product promises, especially the new cloud offerings. We’ll be watching (along with lots of others).