OK, the first day of OOW is about to dissolve into the vendor and group parties.  What did we learn?  Oracle is doing what they said they were going to do.  They are still acquiring other companies.  They are investing in existing applications, technology and, now, hardware. They are huge by design.  Remember how Phillips used to emphasize that the company had to be at a scale to change how technology is delivered?  They are achieving it.

But, why are we here?  So we can be informed and share the knowledge!  I haven’t checked out the reality of whether this is truly a Chinese proverb but I love and respect the thought. “When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.”  What have you learned of value today?

Here’s a few bullets (like in the Praxis Report that will be published next week) (Yes, shameless plug to the JDE users and those thinking of improving their SCM.)

  • Upgrading to the newest versions of your chosen ERP helps to save costs in many ways – less support, more time on many levels, etc.  (GRT Business Solutions will love to hear that!  It’s their business!)
  • The challenges associated with upgrades are similar with all ERPs.
  • The greatest challenge in upgrading/implementing is still data.  Make it clean.  Make it consistent.
  • Information is the new currency of business.  Make it relevant not only to your business but within context of your Supply Chain and customer base.

The themes at THIS Oracle OpenWorld are no less subtle, but I feel they are being presented in a way that seems slightly different.  How? The adrenaline doesn’t seem to be as high.  There isn’t as much emphasis on “we will be doing what we say we will do” (future tense).  It has changed to “we have been doing what we said we would do” (present to past tense).  Wow… does this mean that the masses have begun to accept that Oracle’s vision to change the world of technology – how software is delivered, what it does for you and how it does it (my words, not theirs)?  I think it does.

What does this change mean to you?  Is this a good thing?  Is this how you see it or am I completely off base?  I’m looking for a dialog. Contribute!  Leave a comment!  Follow the discussion!  I find this all very philosophical when you view from the 50K foot level.  Do you?