I think we can agree the main message was Cloud, but there were lots of other messages:
A good general overview is from Tim Hall blog
Hardware - engineered systems are selling and being improved all the time. R&D is working on improving performance in all components.
ZDNet blog has good coverage here
Database - last year there was a lot about 12c and many people have already adopted this. There was a lot more about In-memory and something I was really pleased to learn was that the functionality is already being used in traditional apps, something that in the past simply took too long.
Big Data - defiantly not a buzz word, something we see everywhere and Oracle recognizing that they are not the solution to everything, but adding to the solution pot by introducing Big Data SQL so that Oracle skills can be used across all kinds of data even the raw data processed by Hadoop. Here my recommendation is Mark Rittman blog
Middleware - mainly around new releases and availability of PaaS, and the Mobile Application Framework - I really recommend Lucas Jellema blog.
Traditional Apps - more functionality still being released, they apps are NOT dead. Lots of new mobile apps
CIO Today has good coverage in their blog
Cloud Applications -
At the ACE briefings I attended Thomas Kurian quoted these stats and later in this Oracle Cloud press release
20,000 companies use Oracle Cloud Applications and 23bn transactions & more than the number of credit card transactions each day globally - amazing.
But I have to agree with Floyd Teter WHY did Oracle split their Cloud Application sessions over three separate buildings? It didn't work, and I'm still exhausted.
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