A day in the life of an Oracle Applications Consultant


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Oracle Open World: Day One Summary

I’ve made it to San Francisco, and can report the conference is in full swing.

First Impressions

The attendance this year is significantly higher than it was when I last attended in 2004.  This is not new news to anyone following the conference, but I’ve noted the impact in a few areas:

  1. We’re now eating lunch outside (well, sort of).  Granted, serving lunch for 40,000 plus people is an accomplishment in and of itself, where to seat them all during the lunch hours can also prove to be a logistical nightmare.  Fortunately, Oracle has some obvious influence with the city of San Francisco as the solution was to block off an entire street in between Moscone North and South and construct a giant lunch tent, complete with stage for live lunch entertainment.
  2. The free wireless access works some of the time.  There are numerous hot spots in the convention halls, but at times they were luke warm at best.  It was difficult or impossible to authenticate during peak break times.
  3. The weather in San Francisco on Monday was fantastic!  Although I needed a coat in the morning, I was sweating in it by the afternoon.
  4. Congestion around some of the lecture halls was so severe, they stopped scanning badges for entry as it was delaying the start of the presentation.  This didn’t happen everywhere.  Mostly it occurred in areas where they had messaging centers and other kiosks (coffee, snacks, etc.) set up.  Queues of session “hopefulls” who couldn’t register for a session form outside the door while those who are registered try to get in.  I’ll be one of these people myself as I’m still trying to get into Nadia’s session on preparing for Fusion Applications.

The Road to Release 12

Speaking of new releases of the e-Business Suite, I sat in on Cliff Godwin’s presentation regarding technology directions for the EBS on Monday.  His presentation centered around both R12 and the future Fusion Applications.  In hopes of gaining more information regarding Fusion later today, I’ll comment on a few key takeaways regarding release 12:

R12 will focus on providing a superior ownership experience, additional Business Intelligence capabilities, and service enablement.  The user interface will get an overhaul under the current “SWAN” initiative, and will use the native sun client doing away with JInitiator.  Changes in the technology stack include using 10g R3 with OC4J at the application server tier, and 10gR2 for the database.

XML Publisher will be further integrated into the EBS and will include over 800 templates, many of which will also be translated into over 30 languages.  Additional improvements include a bursting engine, and the ability to consolidate XML reports from multiple sources into a single publishable document.

From a system management perspective, additional packs will become available for Oracle Enterprise Manager, replacing the older grid control for 11i.  Management packs will also be available for PeopleSoft and Siebel, as well as the EBS.

All things considered, Monday was a long but productive day.  I’m looking forward to Tuesday’s sessions, and meeting up with other Oracle Bloggers tonight at the Annual Blogger’s Meetup, organized by Mark Rittman.  Stay tuned - more Oracle Open World 2006 news to follow.


Friday, October 20, 2006

Countdown to Oracle Open World: Schedules and Blog Cards

I’ve finalized my Oracle Open World schedule for next week, and have a good mix of e-Business Suite technology, Release 12, Fusion Middleware, and Business Intelligence sessions lined up.

For the most part, I was able to get into the sessions I wanted with one exception.  I’d really like to attend Nadia Bendjedou’s session entitled Oracle E-Business Suite Customers: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Oracle Fusion Applications, and apparently so would quite a few others as the session has been booked to capacity for several weeks now.  I’ve seen her present before, and always walked away with a much better understanding behind e-Business Suite technology.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed, or maybe I’ll just linger outside the room and hope to sneak in.

Richard came up with a great idea - the creation of OracleAppsBlog business cards.  I’ve created some of my own cards via Overnight Prints to distribute at the conference.  Here’s a preview of what the cards look like:

Front of Card

Front of card

Back of Card

Back of card

Post a comment if you plan on attending any of the sessions below, or if you plan on attending Oracle Open World.  It would be great to meet some of the other members of the blog in person.


The Next Application Platform
Technology Directions for Oracle Applications
Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing in the Next Major Release of Oracle Database
Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Tips and Tricks
Oracle’s Business Intelligence Road Map


Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Architectural Overview
Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Updates
Deep Dive: Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 New Technology Stack
Oracle Analytic Applications Road Map
What’s New in Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition


Oracle E-Business Suite System Management: Release 12 New Features
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12: Installation and Cloning Enhancements
Analytic Applications Q&A with Development and Strategy Executives
Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Standard Edition Discoverer 10g Best Practices


The Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12: Process, Integration, and Eventing
Best Practices for Implementing Siebel Business Analytics
Using Analytics to Compete More Effectively, Improve Sales Execution, and Maximize Revenue
Oracle Discoverer Future: Protect, Extend, Integrate
Oracle Daily Business Intelligence: A Business Intelligence Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite, Providing Relevant, Timely Information to End Users

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Countdown to Oracle Open World: OAUG SIG’s

If you are heading out to San Francisco for Oracle Open World a bit early and have some free time on Sunday the 22nd, you will want to take advantage of the 5th Annual OAUG Oracle Users Forum being held at the San Francisco Hilton.

According to the OAUG webite:

You also won’t want to miss the 5th Annual Oracle Users Forum, which will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the San Francisco Hilton.

Over 40 SIG meetings (PDF file) will be held throughout the morning. Meetings will cover a variety of topics and can be viewed in the Content Catalog, which can be added to your agenda. You need not be a member of a specific SIG or affiliated user group to attend; you just need to have an interest in the focus of the SIG. In the afternoon, join the OAUG for four special community outreach sessions covering our newly affiliated groups of PeopleSoft, Siebel, the Oracle Retail Users Group (ORUG, formerly Retek) and Portal Software. Additionally, the OAUG will feature five selected white paper sessions. Come for the content and discover the value of the instruction available from your peers within the OAUG. The forum is open to all registered OpenWorld attendees.

Having participated in several SIG’s (Special Interest Groups) in the past, I can attest that there is tremendous value in being able to network with others with similar interests, issues, and problems relating to particular niches of the Oracle e-Business Suite.  Thinking of implementing XML Publisher into your environment?  Considering an upgrade?  Trying to understand how you can leverage the Business Intelligence components of 11i?  There are SIG’s for each of these topics and many more to help you network with others with similar questions.

Thanks for all your comments so far regarding your thoughts on this year’s conference.  Post a comment to let us know if there are other Oracle Open World 2006 topics you would like to see covered.  Hope to see you in San Francisco!


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Countdown to Oracle Open World: Hotels and Schedules

With all of the acquisitions Oracle has done over the past twelve plus months, this year’s Oracle Open World Conference is certain to set new records in both attendance and presentations.

I’ve heard rumors that San Francisco can expect around 40,000 Oracle aficionados to descend upon the Bay Area later this month.  The magnitude of the event became apparent to me as I attempted to book hotel accommodations.  Unless I want to lose some serious weight this October, I’ll have to rely on the Oracle supplied transportation as my hotel is 15 miles from the Moscone Convention Center.  The only hotels available within walking distance were well into $400 per night - something the expense account won’t tolerate (thanks iExpenses!).  The moral of the story:  If you haven’t booked your accommodation, you should do so soon… and bring your walking shoes.

Now that I’ve got a place to hang my hat, I’ll need to sort out my schedule for attending sessions.  Fortunately, Oracle has provided a handy Session Builder which allows attendees to build, modify, print, email, and even export your schedule to a PDA.  This year’s conference boasts over 1,400 sessions across four distinct tracks including Applications, Technology, Solutions, and Industries.  The difficulty I’m having right now is trying to figure out how to be in multiple places at the same time.  Given my background and interest in both Oracle Technology and Oracle Applications, there are moments when I’ll need to flip a coin to determine which session to attend when conflicts arise.  If only I could develop a cloning script for myself.

Take a look at the Content Catalog to review the sessions available for Open World 2006.  Once I’ve sorted my schedule, I’ll post it to the blog.  In the interim, if you’re having a hard time wading through all the content, perhaps these recommendations from Mark Rittman and Steven Chan can help you decide.  Much like the hotels, the sessions are filling up fast, so be sure to compile your Open World agenda via the schedule builder as soon as possible to ensure you have a seat.

Be sure to check back on a regular basis for future posts as Oracle Open World 2006 approaches, and post a comment to let us know your thoughts on this year’s conference.  Hope to see you in San Francisco!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Global Oracle User Groups Calendar of Events

I just came across this really good calendar of events at the Oracle User Groups Center. It’s a comprehensive listing of all the Oracle User Groups Events and Conferences taking place around the globe up to April 2007.

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