If you missed my day 2, you can view it here.
Keynote: Driving Impactful Business Results
So my day 3 was actual the first proper day of the conference. I was already registered, so I had breakfast in the Caesars Forum as I passed through this building from the monorail to the Venetian where all the keynotes were. There was a long queue to get into the first keynote.
However, the queue was moving and it wasn’t long before I was in where I headed for the front and managed to find a seat spare.
It was a full house as you can see in the video on my twitter feed.
It was then time for keynote to start and Safra Catz the CEO of Oracle to make an entrance which was done in spectacular style.
Safra was first met on stage by Jensen Huang from Nvidia, who talked about how to accelerate workloads, whilst using less resources and costing less by using AI in the Oracle Cloud
Next was Gordon Mackechnie from Deutsche Bank talking about increasing demand, innovation, governance and scaling Mission Critical systems using Oracle Cloud
Next was Raul Obregón Servitje from Grupo Bimbo talking about their cloud first strategy and their ERP on-premises to SaaS Fusion in the Oracle Cloud journey
Next was Diane Schwarz CIO of Johnson Controls, a 137 year-old company. She talked about their Digital Transformation journey, reducing Tech Debt, Cloud First using Oracle Cloud for their ERP on SaaS Fusion. She spoke about the need to not embark on this journey alone, saying how she had spoken to other CIOs and the requirement for strong governance and leadership. She left with a saying “She who goes alone, goes fast. She who goes together, goes further”.
Next was Mike Macrie CIO and Lee Tsukroff CFO from Melissa & Doug, no. 1 toy brand in US talking about innovation, moving to professional back-end ERP Fusion so they can focus on what they are best at, making toys.
Final keynote speaker was Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing F1. He mentioned how airport immigration had recognised him but not his wife Geri Halliwell, hence how popular Formula 1 had become. He talked about how Red Bull are building their own engine using power of Oracle Cloud OCI, to do millions of simulations per second of fluid dynamics to get the most efficient design. And how they using a competitor’s engine would result at being second best, so they had to build their own as Honda pulls out of building engines.
Oracle Database Directions
After the keynote I headed to Andy Mendelsohn, Executive Vice President of Oracle Database Server Technologies. He talked about converged Oracle database, Oracle Autonomous database and talked about the new Oracle Database Service for Azure. One key point, he alluded to happen next year was the partnership with AWS to interconnect the Clouds together, just like the Oracle Azure interconnect. Watch this space!
Keynote: Solving the Most Complex Problems Across Industries
This was Larry Ellison, the chairman of the board and CTO of Oracle keynote.
He shared how we can take some of the most complex problems across entire industries with the right technology and strategy. Oracle had brought Cerner, more details here, and largely this keynote was talking about the challenges in the medical industry and how Oracle using technology can, with Cerner, resolve complex problems like the sharing of medical records, tracking of covid vaccines and providing systems to medical professionals to do their jobs easier.
Migrating VMware Workloads to the Cloud
Ray Kalmbach from Oracle and Troy Ligon from InComm Payments talked about how to migrate VMware workloads to the Oracle Cloud using Oracle Cloud VMware Solution (OCVS), more details here.
They explained how you can create a VMware ESXi cluster using OCI bare metal compute in the Oracle Cloud. Effectively extending your VMware from on-premises to Oracle Cloud. Allowing your Virtual Machines (VMs), to be migrated from on-premises to Oracle Cloud with a simple vMotion action. Then those VMs can be complimented with other OCI services, and then eventually go Cloud native if desired.
Oracle Database, What’s New, What’s Next
Jenny Tsai-Smith and Dominic Giles spoke about Oracle Database, What’s New, What’s Next. Explaining that Oracle Database 23c was the next long term support release, code name App Simple. Accelerating Oracle’s mission to make it simple to develop and run all data-driven apps. Oracle 23c is sum of 21c and 23c with 300+ new features and enhancements, with key focus on JSON, Graph, Microservices and Developer Productivity.
Also announced was:
One year of waived extended support for Oracle 19c, more details here from my colleague Paul.
Monthly Recommended Patches to replace Release Update Revisions, more details here.
Apex 22.2, more details here.
Golden Gate Free, but limited to 20GB, so useful for Database XE, more details here.
Arm Support, couldn’t find any more info on this.
MongoDB compatible API, more details here.
Tomorrow will be day 2 of the conference. Looking forward to it 👍🏽
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