I’m going to Oracle OpenWorld again this year, and I just finished building my schedule. Wow. This year there are so many sessions I want to attend in the same time slots that I won’t be able to see a fraction of what I want to. Guess I’ll have to skip the session on how to author blue-ray disks using Java in favor of a product roadmap session I need to attend. You see, I’ve started a new project and I have a whole laundry list of stuff I need to come up to speed on. I’m sure it’ll be an informative but exhausting week – it always is.
Gazing into my crystal ball, I’m expecting to hear more about the Fusion applications that were introduced at the end of the 2009 OOW. I think Oracle isn’t re-inventing all of the functionality in their mature ERP/CRM product lines like PeopleSoft, JDE, EBS, and Siebel. But all the same I’m expecting to see some products that are ready for launch and looking snazzy with the deep integration with BI and other apps that Oracle has invested so heavily in.
Speaking of BI, I’m looking forward to seeing the new release of OBIEE. BI apps just look cool, and their functionality makes things like PeopleSoft Matching functionality seem boring in comparison. I'm hoping to see support for a ton of data sources and the ability to publish interactive reports to latest generation mobile devices. Unfortunately I think I missed the BI boat at some point in my career, so bring on the 3-way match!
Exadata was a big hit last year, and I’m expecting to hear about more hardware appliances to build on last year’s momentum. Maybe something that targets the middleware tier and comes pre-installed and pre-tuned with your favorite Oracle application? That would be cool. Not cheap (this is Oracle after all). But very cool. Any idea what it might be called?
On the PeopleSoft front, you’ll want to check out the sessions on the new PeopleTools release. There are also some interesting sessions about how to take advantage of the Web 2.0 features of PeopleTools 8.5. I didn’t see any sessions regarding a big new release of the PeopleSoft applications so I’m not expecting to hear much along those lines.