Spent the day at OpenWorld today. It is my first time. I am doing a presentation on using a Business Process-driven approach to integrating ERP systems on Thursday with Juliana Button from Product Management.
I attended Thomas Kurian’s Middleware General Session/Keynote, where Thomas annouced Oracle Application Grid, and talked about how the Fusion Middleware products are converging into a suite that will sit on top of the Application Grid, and power the applications that we will run on it.
As Thomas spoke, I could not help but compare the Application Grid concept to mainframe computing. I spoke to some other attendees who felt the same way. I think that we are approaching a time when distributed computing will be able to provide the same kinds of quality of service, availability, etc. as mainframe customers have enjoyed for many years. I am looking forward to playing with the Application Grid and experiencing its virtualisation, and service level/goal based management. Mike Lehmann showed us a great demo of doubling the workload on a grid, and how it automatically provisioned extra capacity in the application server tier and in the Coherence data grid tier to handle the additional workload. It even halfed the response time while running at double the transaction volume – impressive stuff.
Dave Shaffer showed us JDeveloper 11g, which he said is going to ship soon. The SCA tooling looks really good, and Dave showed us how JDeveloper has now been integrated into Oracle Enterprise Repository, to provide easier governance and service lifecycle management, right from the IDE. ADF 11g also looks good, and I think the new mobile development tools, and integration with Microsoft Office will be heavily used. Dave also told us about JDeveloper having new integration with Project Management systems, including Microsoft Project.
I also attended the Database General Session today and heard about a number of great features in the Oracle 11g database, including Advanced Compression – which can save heaps of storage, and provide faster (read) query performance, and Real Application Testing, which should ease migrations and regression testing greatly.
We saw a demonstration of how Application Express can automatically migrate (most) Oracle Forms applications to Application Express, which is fantastic, I know I talk to a lot of people who have investments in Oracle Forms, and have been wanting to understand the options for moving forward.
Also visited the Exhibition Halls, which are enormous. Was great to see how many partners show up, from the regional ones (even a few from New Zealand) through to the large multinationals like HP, IBM, EMC, VMWare and many others.
It is great to see a lot of customers and partners from New Zealand here, who have made the trip to learn more about Oracle. I hear that the hands on labs are very good, and that you can see a lot of work has been put into them to make sure that everything works – might go and take a hands on lab or two tomorrow!