Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NZOUG Conference 2010 Call for Papers - 15-16 March

If you're interesting in presenting please take a moment to read this message from the New Zealand Oracle Users Group, and note the deadline for submissions is at the end of next week 31-Oct-09! For full information please see the NZOUG Website. Disclaimer: I'm on the NZOUG Committee.

The New Zealand Oracle Users Group is pleased to announce…

Call for Papers and Training for the 2010 Conference

15th and 16th March 2010

We only require your presentation or training topic and short abstract at this stage.

We invite all users and suppliers of Oracle technology, Oracle applications and related products and services to submit presentations or training sessions including:

  • Stories from Oracle Users – everyone wants to hear them! Tell us your story, case study or any useful tips
  • Oracle Partners playing a key role in the Oracle world
  • Third party suppliers of products and services that will assist Oracle technology and application users

Presentation topics may include but are not limited to Oracle Applications such as EBS, JDE and Peoplesoft, BI Applications, Oracle Development, Middleware and Database technologies. Everything is welcome for submission but delegates are especially interested in hearing case studies of real life scenarios and situations, lessons learnt and best practices.

Both Technical and Business streams will run throughout the conference programme with presentations covering the implementation, use and support of the whole range of Oracle and associated third party products and services.

If your paper is selected for presentation:

  • You’ll be admitted to the conference free of charge upon submission of your full written paper, and
  • Your paper will be published in the conference proceedings.


How do I submit an abstract? Visit our abstract submission website and complete the Call for Papers submission, by 31 October 2009. We encourage you to submit your topic or interest by this time as last year we had a great selection from the first call.

You are welcome to suggest a topic you’d like to hear at the conference and we’ll try to source a presenter, also any questions, suggestions or comments are welcome at anytime to

Remember to visit our website for all up to date information on regional events, the conference, and other news.

We look forward to receiving your submissions by 31 October 2009


Simply click here to register for the conference at our online registration page.


There will be an early bird discount for all registrations before the 1st January 2010. After that standard rates apply so get registering now.

Amazing 2010 Offer!!!! 

Register 3 Full Registration Attendees and get an additional Full Registration, for another member of your team, absolutely free. So if you have more than 3 people who would like to attend this great exciting educational event then it is even cheaper than ever before.

Conditions Apply.


Early Bird Standard Rate

Full Registration: NZOUG Member



Full Registration: Non Member
This fee includes the cost of NZOUG Individual Membership



Day Registration (includes Monday dinner)



Additional Exhibitor/Sponsor Staff Registration




15th and 16th March 2010

Rotorua - Energy Events Centre – Same city, new location!


Contact us via our website or for any other questions please contact our conference management company, The Conference Company.

By phone on 09 360 1240 or by email at

OpenWorld 2009 done - back to Windy Wellington

With OpenWorld 2009 all done plus a few highly enjoyable days in the Valley I'm now back at home. I had a fantastic time once again, second time around was much less daunting - I went for less sessions, more unconference and more shopping!

The first couple of days of OpenWorld this year seemed very light on attendees, but with a flurry of activity in the last few days and a fantastic appreciation event - an awesome performance from Aerosmith - things really picked up. Very few product announcements of essence from the Oracle team so the real highlights for me were catching up with a variety of people/groups at a number of events:

  • Australia/New Zealand Dinner
  • Rittman Mead BI Meetup
  • Bloggers Meetup
  • Oracle APEX Meetup
  • Catching up with the BI Publisher crew and meeting Ike
  • Hanging out with Michael, Greg and Mike - cheers guys.

A huge thanks to all the above for the hospitality.

So only a few notes this year that took my interest to note them down. It seems a bit light especially on the eBusiness Suite side so if I have missed anything major, please post a comment.

Larry's Keynote Announcements:

  • Linux update - survey (was it by HP?) reported 65% of Oracle Database customers run Oracle Enterprise Linux beneath the database. Interestingly high percentage.
  • Review of Exadata "v2" (Sun Oracle Database Machine) with statistics showing results twice as fast as "v1".
  • Product Support System in the works including on site data mining for analyzing system configuration and auto-advising bugs/patches needing to be addressed.
  • Fusion Applications related:
    • Commitment for support of, and new functionality in eBusiness Suite, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards and Siebel applications for the next decade in addition to Fusion Applications
    • "Version 1" of Fusion Applications in Testing.
    • Fusion Applications are "SaaS ready" and deployed on SOA, BI standards based middleware.

Just the one product release announcement related to my areas of work:

  • Business Intelligence Applications OBIA Release available

A number of interesting things up and coming, but most set for calendar year 2010.

OBI 11g - yet to be released, but demo'd, with my notes:

  • Common UI Components across the BI and Fusion product suites
  • Online BI Publisher Template Builder
  • A variety of excellent new features addons such as Answers Groups, Selection Steps, Visualizations
  • Extensions to current fuctionality such as Action Framework
  • Additional features such as Scorecards

Oracle APEX 4.0

  • The whole APEX community is getting ready and excited about the APEX 4.0 release due 2010.
  • It's great to see the new APEX Listener pre-production release out and getting plenty of feedback.

E-Business Suite:

  • 12.1.1 to include a new hompage / navigator + Web 2.0 style components therein
  • 12.1.1+ Integrated SOA Gateway (as an alternative to the EBS Adaptor which is part of SOA Suite).
  • Enterprise Manager pack addons for Health checks including online Patch and technology component Version comparison and recommendation tools.

Some other interesting tidbits that I noted:

  • Trial Usage of Advanced Compression on Oracle internal E-Business Suite top 100 objects reduced space usage on average by 3 times. Gotta see how Vision instances go with compression.
  • BI Publisher Data Template builder in the works (still), along with the demo'd BI Publisher Online Layout Template editor (demo'd as noted above).


So another excellent OpenWorld over - thanks to Oracle for putting on another flawless event and appreciate the Bloggers Pass. Even the weather made me feel at home ;-)

Next major event on my calendar is the NZOUG Conference 2010, Rotorua, New Zealand, March 15-16 2010 - looking forward to it. Hope to see some of you there!

PS. On a side note, from a New Zealand perspective, interesting that an IBM data center should fail around OpenWorld given Larry's consistent reiteration about the redundancies in the Oracle Database Machine and lack thereof in IBM's ex TPC-C beating solution! Even more than a week later seems like things are not quite back to the usual high Air New Zealand standards - following pic snapped 20-Oct-09.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Oracle OpenWorld 2009: From Silicon Welly to Silicon Valley Again

Off to Openworld 2009 in a couple of days. Given that it's my second time I know a lot more of what to expect. But of course my schedule is overflowing again - even more of a mixed bag this time with fewer conference sessions, but more meetups and unconference sessions that I should have looked at more closely last year!

Here's what my main schedule looks like:

Hope to see you there - And a huge thanks to Oracle for the blogger's pass - wouldn't be there without it!

Catch ya!

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