Touching Down at Oracle OpenWorld: What to Expect

Three members of the Spend Matters team are covering the Oracle OpenWorld event this week: Thomas Kase, Pierre Mitchell, and Jason Busch. We’ll attempt to provide coordinated live coverage each day based on what we learn, along with more detailed research, analysis, insight, and opinion on Spend Matters Plus/PRO. Here’s a preview of the areas we plan to cover live from the show and in the weeks to follow:

  • An update on core procurement products from across each of Oracle’s major product lines with capabilities in our areas of focus, including indirect and direct spend coverage (Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Applications Cloud [formerly Oracle Fusion], Oracle PeopleSoft, Oracle JD Edwards, Oracle Agile Product Lifecycle Management, etc.)
  • An update on what Oracle is pursuing with some of the more unique assets in its portfolio (e.g., Using Oracle Endeca as a new front-end to the entire shopping, search and content management experience for E-Business Suite procurement users)
  • An exploration of Oracle customer adoption trends and the general customer experience based on information from presentations (and blinded/aggregated information gleaned from one-on-one discussions with customers)
  • Investigation into some of the more nuanced and differentiated aspects of Oracle’s capabilities and footprints and how these may impact procurement deployments and capability in the future (e.g., hardware, database, cloud, etc.)
  • An update on Oracle’s supplier network and e-invoicing focused solutions and partnerships
  • Comparative analysis (Spend Matters Plus/PRO) of Oracle’s investments, capability, and progress in relation to SAP/Ariba, as well as best-of-breed providers across the source-to-pay continuum
  • A side-note exploration into what Oracle is doing new (if anything) around sourcing, especially in relation to SAP/Ariba, which appears to be deprioritizing this area of their suite development efforts
  • Potential investment areas Oracle appears poised to make (or will need to make) to remain competitive in the sector

Stay tuned as the Oracle OpenWorld procurement fire hose switches on!

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