Oracle Magazine January 2012

Some things defy description. And sometimes trying to describe such things helps to make that point. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams has such a description: “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.” When people who have never been to Oracle OpenWorld ask me to describe it, I often borrow from Adams and begin my description with “Oracle OpenWorld is big.”

I usually then go on to number the different venues, the street closures, the hotels, the tents, the attendees, and so on. After Oracle OpenWorld 2011, however, I’m going to start mentioning the number of industrydisrupting news announcements that come out of this event.

Typically Big

A typical Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco experience is a collection of news, education, networking, socializing, sightseeing, and more. In the area of news, Oracle OpenWorld is a launchpad for Oracle and its partners to make really big announcements, a place for everyone to take in that information, and an opportunity for all manner of media to comment on it. Oracle OpenWorld 2011 certainly did not disappoint anyone looking for big news.

For all of you who attended Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco, California, watched online on the YouTube channel, experienced other coverage of the event, or somehow managed to miss the event completely (is that possible?), there are more than 34 pages (print or digital) of Oracle OpenWorld–related content in this issue of Oracle Magazine.

Oracle OpenWorld–related news in this issue includes Oracle Public Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Oracle Social Network, Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle NoSQL Database, Oracle Big Data Appliance, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle SPARC SuperCluster, and Oracle Excellence Awards.

Cloud computing was a big part of the Oracle OpenWorld conversation, including the Oracle Public Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Oracle Social Network, and Oracle Fusion Applications announcements, and the final day of the conference was dedicated to the cloud. Engineered systems were also in the news as Oracle introduced Oracle Big Data Appliance and Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and previewed Oracle SPARC SuperCluster.

Even hands-on technology content is part of the Oracle Magazine Oracle OpenWorld experience: Tom Kyte includes information from one of his Oracle OpenWorld presentations in this issue’s Ask Tom column.

Not Big Enough

Because Oracle OpenWorld is so big, the 34 pages of Oracle OpenWorld coverage in this issue only scratch the surface of what happened there. I encourage you to explore the links in Next Steps for more information about Oracle OpenWorld and the biggest news from the conference. I also recommend that you explore the links in the rest of this issue’s Oracle OpenWorld coverage to continue your exploration of that news— and see how big it really is.

Tom Haunert, Editor in Chief
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