5:30 AM? So I must be in the "wrong" timezone.... Just like most European based Oracle ACE Directors in this hotel I woke up early. Not as early as some others - I noticed tweets from around 2:30 - but nevertheless early.
After a decent flight with some sleep and a few movies we arrived at San Francisco airport yesterday around noon. We were already warned by the flight attendant about the long lines for immigration, but this wasn't quite what we expected:
Usually the line starts somewhere in the big hall but this was about 200 metres before the hall! So expectations were set at a 3 hour waiting time ... After one hour we arrived in the hall and then it showed that half of the hall wasn't used for the queues - which is a good thing, because then there are less people in front of you as you night expected - but also half of the booths weren't used. And that was what caused the long delay in the first place. Probably due to the government expense cut (a.k.a. sequestration). So all in all it took about 1.5 hours. One advantage : You don't have to wait for luggage - that's waiting for you!
Today is the first day of the ACE Director briefing. In these two days the announcements done at Open World will be revealed to us and discussed with the Oracle Product Managers / Directors and such. Also Thomas Kurian will stop by to tell us where Oracle will be heading and to answer the question from the audience (I guess it'll be around 75 people).
When the show starts we will be under NDA, so we can't tell / blog / tweet anything about until Larry or another Oracle presenter has officially announced it.
So right now I can only guess... I expect some of the Exadata features will be available for "regular" databases as well. So more compression options for instance. I expect more "in memory" database features will be announced as well as more Big Data / NoSQL stuff. Maybe even an appliance? Like a Oracle Big Data Appliance (OBDA)? With all the Hadoop, MapReduce, NoSQL and database stuff in one piece? "Engineered to work together"? We will see ....
Last year the motto was : Cloud, Mobile. Social.
Cloud... Oracle did release the Oracle Cloud early this year and will extend their offerings. Mobile ... We did get more mobile Fusion Apps, ADF Mobile and APEX Mobile, So that's covered as well. Social... Oracle did announce the Oracle Social Network last year. Never heard anything from that since! Did you?