Oracle OpenWorld 2013 – The internet of everything is coming
You wake up and find your clothes have been selected for you. Your wardrobe knows what the weather is like and who your meeting is with so it’s selected the appropriate clothes for you. Based on traffic reports, your phone tells you exactly what time you need to leave to get to your appointment on time. Your car has had a say in the matter, noting that you need to make sure you stop for gas on the way home. Your navigation system has also learned that you need to pick up some groceries and your dry cleaning on the way home. The needed items are added into your phone. When you get home your house is able to determine that your meeting went well by the notes you took and has appropriate music already turned on for you.
One of the key themes at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 was that what I just described is a world that we are very close to living in. Many of these pieces are already falling into place. We already control more and more aspects of our lives digitally and it’s going to keep increasing year after year. At the root of all this are big data and analytics. By big data, I mean huge data. Data is being captured in sizes that were virtual unheard of a few years ago. With all of this data, there’s going to be an incredible demand for systems and software that are capable of handling and processing this much information.
It’s remarkable that a conference that began nearly 30 years ago with roughly 500 attendees has grown to a global event that now hosts 60,000 attendees from 144 different countries. Oracle OpenWorld is now one of the premier technology conferences in the world where business executives, technologists and application architects from around the world gather to gain knowledge and collaborate on where modern technology can take them and their organization.
Even before OpenWorld, it had already been an exciting year for Oracle. Database 12c was released and the new line of T5 servers was also introduced. To top these off, Larry Ellison of Oracle announced two major items at OpenWorld. The first announcement was the new M6-32 system, which is available immediately. This Engineered System has an incredible 32TB of DRAM and 32 12-core processors. This system is designed for the most demanding compute needs out there. The M6-32 is also available in SuperCluster form with high speed attached Exadata storage.
The other major announcement from Oracle was the introduction of an in memory option for Oracle’s Database. This feature will allow you to store your data in memory in both row and columnar format simultaneously which will increase analytical performance while not adversely affecting transactional performance. In fact, due to the data being in memory you can drop many indices and improve write performance. When released, no code changes will be required to take advantage of this feature, which is one of the key selling points.
One of the more exciting things for me this year at OpenWorld was that for the first time, I was invited to speak at the conference. On Tuesday afternoon, I presented on Oracle’s globalization features that are included in the database. I also reviewed global application architectures and development packages that are available to assist with multilingual application development.
All of the usual items were there at OpenWorld such as two incredibly large exhibit halls and extensive networking and education opportunities. Oracle had just about every hardware and software product on display from SPARC hardware up through Business Intelligence applications.
There have been advancements in Oracle’s cloud offerings as their cloud platform continues to grow in both usage and popularity. Leveraging Oracle’s tools for human capital management seems to be gaining quite a bit of momentum too.
The entire week long event was capped off by Team Oracle winning the America’s Cup in the San Francisco Bay in a dramatic do or die comeback.
As we connect our cars, houses, appliances and everything else to the internet there’s going to be more and more data generated. Systems and software are going to need to process and analyze all this data. Luckily for all of us Oracle is already one step ahead into the future and will be ready when we are to take us along for the ride.