BNB at Oracle Open World in San Francisco, CA. 18 -22 September 2016.

Day 1 (September 18th)

Oracle OpenWorld started with Complete, Integrated Cloud keynote driven by Larry Ellison, Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, who shared his vision for Oracle Cloud and customer success in the Cloud.

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David Callaghan , Oracle Senior Vice President, Alliances and Channel (EMEA), explained what are the advantages of being Oracle Partners and which is the Oracle strategy related to marketing, branding, how to generate demand what would be the sources necessary to be successful partners.

Penny Philpot Group Vice President, Oracle Worldwide Alliance & Channels Leader, presented what are the opportunities available for partners with Oracle Cloud Solutions through different go-market strategies and resources as well as focused on customer cloud enablement via partner specialization.

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Here, find out how you can be up-to-date on different sessions:

Digital Transformation: Your First Steps with Oracle Mobility

Taking Global Talent Acquisition and Onboarding to the Cloud Rapidly

Avoid the Storm Clouds: Top 10 Things to Consider Transitioning to the Cloud

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Day 2 (September 19th)

Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle and a member of the company’s Board of Directors, started Oracle OpenWorld second day with “The World Ahead” keynote. The main theme of his remarks were the could as a generational shift (an intersection between people and success). Through an engagement presentation where spectators interacted with the speaker, Mark Hurd pointed out the main impact of the use of technology on the economic welfare and how innovation is still a huge challenge for companies to respond to the market changes.


One of Hurd’s statements was related to the investment in technology and the return of the investment. Shifting to cloud maximizes IT budget and expands the portfolio of product and services to fulfill innovation requirements.


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People Cloud Architecture Presentation: Practical Applications and Use Cases

Graham Smith, Lead Consultant, Cedar Consulting Ltd Oracle Compute Services; IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and DBaaS (Database as a Service) , PeopleTools 8.55 , ACM, Oracle Marketplace provisioning of PeopleSoft Images, release of FSCM PUM Images 016, 017, 018, 019 and 020, HCM Images 015, 016, 017 and 018, are some of the themes that are related to the People Cloud Architecture.

Graham Smith pointed out how PeopleSoft Applications are the main tools that work in a user friendly environment, and in the Cloud.  

PeopleSoft Talk Live! All Things PeopleSoft Information Development and Your Event Guide

Marc Weintraub, Senior Director Product Strategy, Oracle

Gregory Parikh, Vice President, Oracle PeopleSoft Information, Media, and Partner Enablement, Oracle

This conference session discussed the countless information sources Oracle offers for PeopleSoft. Resources like portal pages, planning tools, blogs, new features on PeopleSoft Cloud Manager and “Elastic Search” were presented, as well as the PeopleSoft portal at the Oracle OpenWorld.


General Session:  How Oracle’s Modern Cloud Applications Can Drive Your Success

Steven Miranda, Executive Vice President, Oracle
David Hicks, Oracle
Rick Hassman, Vice President and CIO, Pella Corporation
Scott Petty, Enterprise Products and Services Technology Director, Vodafone Group Services limited
Sarah Alper, Finance IT Leader, GE Digital
Steven Plymale, President and COO, Profound Medical
Suzanne Henricksen, Senior Director, The Clorox Company

This was the first Oracle Applications session. It’s main goal was to present the latest Oracle’s developments on  E-Business Suite,  PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel applications.

Steve Miranda talked about Oracle’s modern application strategy and the latest information about Oracle’s HCM, Customer Experience, Enterprise Resource Planning, Supply Chain Management, and Database-as-a-Service solutions.  

Miranda pointed out the challenges that companies have to face while they are improving, moving functions from ERP to the cloud, and the impact of the interaction between ERP and Supply Chain into these integration processes.

Day 3 (September 20th)

A Vision for Smart Cities and Modern Government

Safra A. Catz, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra, India

A new partnership was announced: Safra Catz, Chief Executive Office (Oracle) presented the Government of Maharashtra as Oracle’s partner to develop smart city projects in India.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed by both intends to accelerate the transformation initiatives of the digital state and government.

“By 2020 India will be the youngest nation in the world, and this demographic advantage will be for the next 20-30 years so skill and speed is really important. The solution is technology” Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra, India.


This new project includes a Center of Excellence (CoE) where Government-to-Citizen and Government-to-Business services will be improved. It is expected that the CoE solutions will be replicated in other indian cities through a scalable common framework.

According to CIO magazine, Oracle has revealed the state-of-the-art campus at Bengaluru, nine centers throughout India, and the idea to train indian students to develop computer science skills.   


Oracle OpenWorld Keynote: The Oracle Cloud – Built for Continous Innovation

Thomas Kurian,  President of Oracle Product Development

Bhanumurthy B. M., President and Chief Operating Officer, Wipro

Thomas Kurian, President of Oracle Product Development, showcased new innovations across infrastructure, platform, applications and data. Some live demos included the Oracle IaaS, PaaS and SaaS portfolio.

The main idea was to show how Oracle is changing the way how customers access to infrastructure, platform and applications as cloud services from Oracle. Open Source and Customer Experience where the main focus of live demos (analytics, data visualization and security).

“Our vision on platform as a service….same software, same API, same price, same subscription on a media consulting model” Thomas Kurian

He presented virtual data centers created by IaaS at the Cloud as well as Leader Circles inside a scalable solution for any business size. Thomas Kurian also reviewed the Oracle Cloud Data Management PaaS options: NoSQL, MySQL, Data Guard, RAC, and In-Memory.  

“Any human being, anywhere in the world with just a browser could create a Virtual Data Center and deploy the Oracle platform technology to build cloud services” Thomas Kurian


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Experience the Modern HCM Cloud (Talent Management) 

Timo Treels, Senior Director Global HCM Go To Market, Oracle
Dawn Huffman-kerins, Director, HCM Applications Group, Oracle
Cynthia Chew, Director, HCM Solution Specialist, Oracle
Daniel Royston, Senior director, HCM business applications group, Oracle
Todd Caylor, Executive Director, Global HCM, Oracle

In this session HCM Cloud was the focus; how to promote internal volunteering opportunities and how to engage employee networking. Employee empowerment, career and engagement strategy will be developed through the Oracle talent management solutions.


See this reading recommended by Dawn Huffman-keris: Five Do’s And Don’ts For Deploying HR Cloud Applications

General Session: PeopleSoft Human Capital Management Update and Roadmap – Enabling Modern HR 

Robbin Velayedam, Director of Product Strategy at Oracle

Felicia Mayo, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Diversity

Robbin Velayedam and Felicia Mayo showed the latest features in the Oracle PeopleSoft HCM applications: HR, workforce management, talent management, and help desk.

One of the most interesting live demos was the Employee Self Service solution which summarizes some PeopleSoft HCM Fluid User Interface capabilities such as Company Directory, HR Service Center, Expenses, Schedule, Payroll, Employee Profile, Total Rewards, Requisition, Talent Profile and Benefits on the same screen.   

Oracle HCM Cloud: Oracle Learn Cloud Overview 

Steve Viarengo, Vice President Product Management, Oracle HCM Cloud Service

This session stressed on how Oracle Learn Cloud was updated through the changes on different features: Group Widget Concepts Car, User Profile Widget Concept Car and Team Monitor were some of the newest features presented.


Steve Viarengo made a comparison between Oracle Taleo Learn Cloud and Oracle Learning Cloud where the size of the organization and strengths of the solution were highlighted.    


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Day 4 (September 21th)

Oracle Converged Infrastucture – on – Premise Solutions with Cloud Insurance

Dave Donatelli, executive Vice President, Oracle, focused his keynote on how Oracle simplifies its architecture in order to satisfy the IT market requirements.  


Oracle Cloud at Customer, Cloud Insurance, Hybrid Cloud and Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud were the main insights of Donatelli’s speech. In addition, he explained how Oracle provides flexibility and  different options to different size of companies. Additionally, backups, data center complexity, subscriptions behind firewall, database workloads coverage, and integrated systems cost efficiency vs. self-build were other topics he covered.


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Juan Loaiza, Senior Vice President, Oracle Database Systems and John Fowler, Executive Vice President, Oracle Systems, presented the strategy and vision of the Oracle’s infrastructure development. The Database Platforms of the Future presentation showed the long term plan to deepen the roadmap of databases into the cloud.


Getting the Most Out of PeopleSoft: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface 

Sasank Vemana, Lead Developer, The Florida State University

Pramod Agrawal, Vice President, Software Development, Oracle

Matthew Haavisto, PeopleTools Product Strategy, Oracle

This session discussed how the use PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface can be improved through different tools that can help users adapt to the new navigation paradigm. Homepages, tiles, search, guided processes, and related actions are part of those tools than can be adapted to PeopleSoft PeopleTools features such as branding, simplified analytics, activity guides, and forms and approvals.  



Getting the Most Out of PeopleSoft: Transitioning to Elasticsearch 

Matthew Haavisto, PeopleTools Product Strategy, Oracle

Kevin Antoff, Application Systems Engineer, Wells Fargo

Ramasimha Rangaraju, Group Manager, Oracle

Oracle’s PeopleSoft is moving to Elasticsearch as a search engine option. This session pointed out the main features of PeopleSoft 8.56. On the following slides you will find the main ideas of this session.



The Power of PeopleSoft Human Resources: PeopleSoft Human Resources Update and Roadmap

Julie Alonso, Product Management Director at Oracle, focused on Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Resources scope. New features available in PeopleSoft core HR solution were presented; guided self-service using PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface, global HR, onboarding/offboarding, employee snapshot, plus many more PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface self-service enhancements.

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Day 5 (September 22th)

Last day of Oracle OpenWorld. Some PeopleSoft sessions were made and some interesting topics can be highlighted.  

Innovation is also related to how to get knowledge to develop technology. Interactive sessions where the speaker engaged the audience was part of Oracle’s communication. The use of graphic facilitation, apps for making questions, on live sessions, and other techniques took part on Oracle OpenWorld.

Some interesting PeopleSoft sessions related to the improvements of tools for reporting and analytics, discussions among an entire PeopleSoft team where you could ask questions and be part of the debate. Last but not least,  how to secure Oracle PeopleSoft where you had the opportunity to identify  the advantages of People Tools security features.


For 5 days San Francisco was the city of Technology, Big Data, Internet Of Things, Hybrid Cloud, Open Source, Security, BackUp Centers, Analytics, PeopleSoft, HCM, HR, ERP and Management. All the discussion were inside the business software environment.

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