Welcome from Oracle OpenWorld 2009! This is your Applications Modernization booth monkey, reporting in.
I got to hear Ann Livermore's keynote on Monday, which had a heavy modernization component. She talked about applications modernization as a key mechanism to address core business issues, including rising costs and limited innovation. The latter idea was reinforced for me by the creativity that is rampant in the exhibit hall. Let's face it, the mid-range space is where innovative enterprise capabilities first show up.
Mid-range is the Petri dish of innovation. Your business must be able to take advantage of the diverse offerings in this space. You may end up scaling to high-end servers, but you need to be able to easily pump this mid-range innovation into your systems . A great example of this was included as part of the keynote presentation by Safra Catz and Charles Phillips of Oracle. It dealt with retail planning in the fashion industry and showed the integration of powerful analytics into an extremely intuitive user interface. The goal was to determine opportunities to optimize sales of clothing in terms of locations, campaigns, discounting models, etc. I learned a new phrase, "fashion science", to describe the analytics that add a substantial dose of rigor to a process that used to depend purely on seat-of-the-pants intuition. Based on the Oracle Fusion stack and some powerful third party software, that same creativity can now solve problems at a higher level with tool support for replicable optimization.
Pray that it doesn't rain Wednesday. With any luck, my next post should be something like "Aerosmith as an engine of modernization".
This year at the Oracle OpenWorld conference, HP will have a booth focused on modernization and how it can help your business. If you are attending, be sure to stop by and meet the bloggers of this "Talk to the Modernization Expert" blog. Opportunities include:
Visit the HP Booth to discover the World of Modernization. This year's HP booth will be loaded with information about how CIO's are using Modernization to address many of their critical needs. Come experience the Modernization Journey.
Modernization Transformation Experience Workshop. This is your opportunity learn about a workshop that is designed to let you experience what modernization is all about and how it can help you achieve your business objectives.
Case Study: Modernizing Applications for Italy's Ministry of Education. Italy's Ministry of Education applications environment was being hampered by aging, inflexible legacy systems. Come learn how HP applied proven modernization strategies to assess the applications portfolio, develop a Modernization Road Map, and execute the Modernization Journey.
Modernization "Chalk Talk" at the Intel booth. Visit the Intel booth for the "Chalk Talk" on Modernization, where HP will present some of the latest advancements and visualization techniques used in Modernization.
Thanks and see you at OpenWorld!