OpenWorld 2013 – Key Announcements

I had the opportunity to attend the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 and would like to share some of what I learned.

Oracle made the following announcements during OpenWorld 2013:

Availability of Oracle Database In-Memory: The Oracle Database In-Memory option is designed to enable 100x faster queries to give customers instantaneous results and increase transaction processing rates by 2x. The option helps customers accelerate database performance for analytics, data warehousing, reporting and online transaction processing (OLTP). It is available with Oracle 12c and is especially useful for speeding up reporting functionality that is built into the database or any custom reporting built within the application database.

Availability of The Big Memory Machine: SuperCluster M6-32, the “Big Memory Machine,” is ideally suited for big memory databases. It has a maximum configuration of 32 terabytes of system memory and 32 processors. SuperCluster M6-32 is perfect for large-scale application consolidation, OLTP, data warehousing, complex applications and in-memory databases. Applications and analytics can be run simultaneously, accelerating performance while running entire databases and applications in memory. Application performance may be enhanced by up to 20x.

Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance: The new Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance is engineered specifically for database protection. It is designed to deliver near-zero data loss protection and a massively scalable architecture. Key benefits of this appliance are it eliminates backup windows, enables a restore to any point in time, prevents data loss, enables autonomous tape archival and scales efficiently.

There were other improvements and additions announced in the areas of Oracle Big Data Appliance, Oracle Cloud Portfolio and Oracle Identity Governance, all revolving around moving the existing enterprise management systems in the direction of Cloud and Big Data. Everyone is looking to move into the cloud to reduce their data center maintenance costs and obtain more actionable insights from the large data that they gather from their businesses on a daily basis. In summary, all of Oracle’s key announcements indicate a strong headway in the areas of Big Data and Cloud.

What is new with PeopleSoft 9.2?

The mission for new PeopleSoft 9.2 applications on Peopletools 8.53 is to deliver modern, intuitive, and simple-to-use applications that allow customers to be more productive and stay current at a lower cost.

PeopleSoft 9.2 applications offer the following:

  • Easily find and act on what you want using global search and related actions
  • Intuitively execute business processes through visually guided processes
  • Quickly make informed decisions leveraging Pivot Grids
  • Effectively perform role-based tasks utilizing WorkCenters
  • Work anytime and anywhere with HTML-based mobile solutions
  • Manage change on your terms via the new PeopleSoft Update Manager

What is next for PeopleSoft?

  • Simplified user experience for multiple devices, including native tablets and smart phones
  • Integration into native applications – Example: HTML email approval via Microsoft Outlook
  • Leveraged Oracle Cloud services to make PeopleSoft available in the Oracle Cloud as a service
  • Solutions that combine Best-in-Class High Performance Hardware with PeopleSoft applications to allow quick discovery and decision-making opportunities at reduced costs
  • Fusion applications that continue to evolve and offer most of the HR functionality offered within PeopleSoft

Based on my discussions with other clients and colleagues at OpenWorld, the fusion applications still need to mature in the marketplace to be ready for primetime. Many clients are still looking forward to PeopleSoft new releases. Since Fusion Application is set to become the flagship product of Oracle, eventually all of the functionality between the existing PeopleSoft, EBS and Fusion Applications will be the same, making the transition from PeopleSoft or EBS to Fusion less painless for customers. However, this is easier said than done; it may be another 5 or 10 years before that becomes reality.




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