Oracle has reported steady but not spectacular sales for Fusion Applications so far, but at the same time has stressed that customers can move to the products at a time and manner of their choosing.
The real test may be whether Oracle can showcase a customer running Fusion Applications in a truly end-to-end manner, rather than just a few modules.
Dell, do tell: Dell CEO Michael Dell is scheduled to deliver a keynote at the show in what could be his first high-profile speech since the company went private last week after a long struggle. He is set to discuss "Dell's evolution into a leading provider of scalable, end-to-end solutions that help customers compete, win, and thrive in today's global marketplace," according to an event description.
Earnings watch: OpenWorld will begin just days after Oracle reports its first-quarter fiscal 2014 earnings. While the quarter isn't typically Oracle's largest, weak results could put a damper on the OpenWorld party vibe, while strong ones would give Ellison and company something additional to crow about.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com.