Quiet Period Over

I was hoping that I’d find time to blog regular updates during the Open World week, but this proved a lot more difficult than I anticipated. There was simply so much going on during the days and evenings plus I had to continue with my day job; building Fusion GL and Intercompany Applications (that’s the day job I can’t blog a lot about). So to summarize my Open World, I saw a lot of people, talked a lot about Oracle, presented an Intercompany Session, spent some time on the DEMO booth and was exhausted at the end of it all.

I was going to attempt to write a review of the week, but there’s so much to say and so many people to remember to give a mention that now is not the time. I will focus on one particular area, the DEMO grounds; working here is IMO the hardest job at Open World (although I haven’t actually done all the jobs so what do I know?). What you do is stand there for four or five hours at a time and wait for people to come and ask you to Demo anything they want to see or ask you any question at all vaguely related to the area you are covering. You get questions ranging from ‘Can you tell me the differentiators between Oracle Apps and SAP?’ or ‘What’s new in R12?’ to ‘I have logged SR number X and I’m not sure I agree with the response, can you take a look?’. The eBusiness suite area seemed pretty busy this year and we often had a decent size group of people gathered round, which can be tough but it’s good that people are interested. The conversations that I most enjoyed were when somebody had a customization in 11i that they thought they could replace with standard functionality in R12 and I could confirm they were right. However the most amazing thing about the demo booth is the amount you learn about how customers actually use, or would like to use our products and the real day to day issues they have around implementing, manging and extending them to meet business needs.

What do you think about the DEMO grounds, best place to go and get questions answered? Or are they somewhere you avoid? If you worked there, let me know what your experience was – sound off in the Comments.

Author: David Haimes

I'm Senior Director in the Oracle Research and Development Organization, with close to 20 years working in various roles on the development of the Financial Management product suite.  Since the summer of 2016 my focus is exclusively on working with customers and longer-term design work, particularly around next-generation functional and technical architecture. My task is to figure out NOW what the financial management system of the next 3, 5 or more years should look like and start working toward it.  At the moment the majority of my time is spent working on Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), leading the effort for all of SaaS applications.  I'm also interested in AI, Machine Learning and new UX and interaction paradigms such as chat bots. I started out in Oracle UK and found my way out to Oracle's Redwood Shores, California HQ in May 2000.  My previous role was product owner for Fusion Accounting Hub, General Ledger, Intercompany and Legal Entity products in Oracle Fusion Financials and eBusiness Suite General Ledger. I have also worked on EMEA Globalizations, Federal and Public Sector Financials, XML Payments and a variety of projects on other products down the years.

4 thoughts on “Quiet Period Over”

  1. Wish the DEMO grounds were not lumped into the Exhibition Hall. Getting to a DEMO pod requires one to run the vendor gauntlet – often an irritating and unpleasant experience

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  2. Floyd,

    I have heard a few people complain that we’re buried right at the back of the exhibit hall, not sure if anything can be done about that I’ll ask around.

    I consider it an achievement if I get through the exhit hall without collecting any branded desk toys that will get in my way for the next 12 months.

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  3. I agree with you about this being one of the hardest jobs but in a sick way I find it the most interesting as well. I think I like the challenge of the range (which you described perfectly). You just can’t fake it working on the demo grounds.

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