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Our Picks for Top Business Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2016


“Immerse yourself in the latest innovations to build your company's success.” This is the tag line Oracle uses to summarize the benefits of attending OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco. This should also be your directional guide – in this case, in this case, using “innovation” to “build your company’s success,” as you map out which sessions you’ll attend.

As an IT professional, your company expects two things from you: keep the trains running on time; and contribute to the bottom line. The overall OpenWorld program is made up of an impressive and balanced series of sessions that covers both roles, as well as providing insights to link the two.

DATABASICS helps its customers link the two roles with cloud-based time, expense and invoice processing solutions. Using our experience in implementing complex, enterprise wide technical solutions to improve the bottom line, we’ve taken a detailed look at the OpenWorld agenda to identify some of the sessions that will help IT professionals in their dual technology-business roles.

Here are a few tracks and sessions that we highly recommend.

CX Central @ OpenWorld

By focusing on the customer experience (CX), this track offers sessions on how IT can impact their company’s marketing, sales, service, and commerce initiatives. All of the sessions look promising, but we are particularly interested in:

  • Engaging the Voice of “Smart Things” [THT7561]
    Wayne Brown, Demo Architect, Oracle
    Tuesday, Sep 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | CX Theater, Moscone West Level 2

  • Leverage Mobile to Boost Sales Productivity: Demos, Tips, and Tricks [THT6942]
    Alok Patel, Dir Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile Product Management
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | CX Sales Demo Theater 1, Moscone West Level 2

  • Delivering Outstanding Service Experiences [THT7565]
    Kevin Mullay, Principal Solutions Consultant, Oracle
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | CX Theater, Moscone West Level 2

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HCM Central @ OpenWorld

Workforce issues are hugely impacting how IT provides services and contributes to the bottom line. The workforce is changing, and these sessions are at the top of our list to learn how your peers are succeeding:

  • Taking Global Talent Acquisition and Onboarding to the Cloud Rapidly [UGF3933]
    Bimal Tripathi, Sr Director, Brocade
    Veronica Altemus, Manager, PwC
    Sunday, Sep 18, 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Moscone South—307

  • General Session: Latest Trends in HCM—Connecting the Dots [GEN1750]
    Gretchen Alarcon, Group Vice President, Oracle
    Monday, Sep 19, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Palace—Grand Ballroom

  • A Human Design Approach to HR: Employee Experience Journey Mapping [JMP4970]
    Michelle Newell, Senior Director, Product Marketing -- HCM, Oracle
    Nin Sandhu, Director, HCM Cloud Product Marketing, Oracle
    Mike Prizament, Director, Product Marketing, Oracle
    Melissa Morgan, Sr. Director, Higher Ed & Healthcare, HCM Cloud GTM , Oracle
    Paul Kaptein, Product Marketing Director, Oracle
    Thursday, Sep 22, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Palace—Telegraph Hill

SMBs and Industry Sectors

Two additional tracks worth investigating are SMB and Industry. While there are few, if any sessions designed specifically for SMBs, this tract at least lists sessions from other tracks that would be useful for IT professionals in small and mid-market enterprises. The Industry track covers thirteen sectors, and like the SMB track, there is a lot of overlap from other tracks. As in the SMB track, the OpenWorld organizers have at least bundled a list of relevant Industry sessions. 


There are many sessions that would be valuable for IT professionals who are interested in learning about new ways to align with the business. These are just our top picks.

If you haven’t yet registered for OpenWorld 2016, September 18 – 22 in San Francisco, you can register via this link, with a price discount valid until September 16. Follow @oracleopenworld on Twitter for conference news and updates.New Call-to-action

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