It’s all over for another year! Collaborate14 may be behind us, but the topics discussed will be at the forefront of our minds and working lives for the next 12 months and beyond.
Hot topics for Oracle E-Business Suite customers this year included release 12.2, Big Data analytics, and mobile applications – all as part of the EBS roadmap.
For those of us still avoiding an EBS upgrade, Collaborate14 gave us a sharp reminder that this can’t be dodged forever. In fact, EBS upgrades were given a lot of attention throughout the show thanks to the recent release of EBS R12.2 (officially released at last year’s OpenWorld conference), and with Oracle ending support for release 11i at the end of 2015.
On-line patching, a long awaited for capability, was introduced with R12.2 and drew a lot of attention at the conference; multiple sessions were given about this topic, and what customers should be aware of as they prepare for it (and an updated Developer’s Guide was published). Panaya was part of the R12.2 beta program, and its upgrade and patch automation solutions support R12.2 (12.2.2 as well as 12.2.3). I personally gave a session about R12.2, joined by Rachel Clark from Synaptics, a valued Panaya customer. You can watch a webcast of this presentation here
Another critical theme this year revolved around mobile applications. On Tuesday, experts from the Oracle mobile strategy team gave a great lecture on this. In the hour long session “Simplify Enterprise Mobility: Extend Oracle Applications to Mobile”, they discussed how EBS users are employing the Oracle Mobile Platform and Oracle Mobile Security Suite to extend their applications to mobile.
Of course, you can’t go anywhere these days without discussing Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics. A total of 27 sessions focused on cloud tracks, with many of them helping companies determine whether cloud is the right way to go for their organization, and how to gradually move to the cloud.
And for me? My biggest highlight also involved the Cloud as we revealed Panaya’s Quality Management Cloud suite of solutions, featuring Automated Impact Simulation as well as Collaborative Testing for Oracle EBS. Feedback from visitors to Panaya’s booth and from people who attended our sessions (“On the Way to EBS R12.2 – Easier, Faster, Safer” and “EBS Testing: How to Get Your Business Users On-Board”) was extremely positive.
Click here and watch my Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2 presentation at Collaborate14 now!