Quest Collaborate 2013
Anthony and Lisa were in Denver April 7-11 for the Collaborate 2013 conference, for networking, education and to discover the latest in PeopleSoft technology. Collaborate Conferences are annual, user-group driven technology and application forums for the Oracle community.
This year there were approximately 6000 attendees, featuring some of the most engaging keynote speakers we have ever seen at a conference of this calibre. Sean D. Tucker – Team Oracle Aviator, Aron Ralston – subject of the film 127 Hours and Tommy Spaulding – Author, all had incredibly inspiring messages.
From A PeopleSoft Perspective: Key messages included the value of the much awaited version of PeopleSoft 9.2. Features include the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) which promises to make the application of fixes/patches much easier, task-keyword search features, Actionable Operational Analytics through pivot grids and drill down capability, train stops and activity guides. Overall, v9.2 is more “wizard” driven and intuitive than ever. In contrast, Fusion HCM is still in its infancy as a separate product, featuring Global Payroll, but no Talent Management integration nor a T&L module, for example.
Non-core sessions for mobile device implementation and security, and for Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) integration were well attended. OIM takes care of user account administration and access privileges, integrating with products from both Oracle and 3rd parties. Conference organizers provided ample time and space for regional users groups to meet; these meetings were also well attended.
Mark Hurd the President of Oracle emphasized that Oracle’s goal is to help customer’s save money and innovate. Mark pointed out that a business trend today is that the line of business is gaining more control over software selection whereas historically IT may have previously had more control. The trend is that the business tells IT what they want instead of vice versa
Last but not least, the final evening party featured a few firsts for many attendees: a vending truck offering free silk-screen t-shirts which were made while you waited, flipping-twisting skip rope jumpers, topped off with catering that included curious dark chocolate dipped bacon strips and – best of all – luscious, deep fried Oreo beignets!