Movement on mobility?
Hamerman is also looking for Oracle to flesh out its strategy for mobile applications. "They've been a little bit behind on mobile," he said. That's in contrast to SAP, which through the purchase of Sybase has made mobile development a central pillar of its strategy moving forward.
The OpenWorld schedule includes a number of mobile-oriented sessions, with application development and customer case studies among the topics, but it's not clear that Oracle has a high-level statement of direction on mobility planned for any of its keynotes. However, the likely place for such a thing will be during Monday's talk by Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development.
Larry talks cloud computing: Seriously this time?
Much attention at OpenWorld traditionally gravitates toward Ellison's main keynote address, which is held on Wednesday and usually contains its biggest news announcements.
But Ellison is also scheduled to appear Sunday evening during a welcoming ceremony for attendees.
Ellison will "provide an overview of this week's major product announcements," according to a statement on Oracle's website. "Learn about new engineered systems from Oracle that offer extreme performance, convenience, and cost savings. Hear the latest news about Oracle Fusion Applications, the new standard for business. And see how Oracle products are redefining cloud computing for the enterprise."
All of which raises the question: What's Larry got in store for Wednesday?
Believe it or not, Ellison's talk is supposed to focus solely on cloud computing, the marketing of which he has famously mocked in the past for being excessive "gibberish" improperly applied to old technologies.
Now OpenWorld attendees are set to get the definitive word on cloud computing, which is described by Oracle's site as "the number-one IT priority today," straight from Ellison himself.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com