Oracle Spatial User Conference 2011 Wrap Up
The Oracle Spatial User Conference is a single day event with about 150 people and was held in Washington, D.C. last week. It was the first time the meeting was held in DC and the first time it was not held in conjunction with the GITA Annual conference.
The conference continues to be an excellent venue not just for end users but for DBA's who need to know about current product functionality. The first sessions are highly technical overviews of the product and this year emphasized the relatoinship of Oracle Spatial to the Exadata Database Machine and Exalogic Elastic Cloud. The techical training sessions for MapViewer development should not be missed if you are currently developing for web services applicaitons.
Also this year, there was ever increasing emphasis on the integration of spatial applications with Oracle's business intelligence suite. Every year for the past few, I hear more about how Oracle BI is leveraging Spatial. The Oracle Fusion project, the intergration of multiple acquisitions by Oracle over the years, seems complete. Now, some of the features like thematic mapping may not be very exciting but they appear to be quite new to some in the audience who asked some pretty basic questions. While it is still an educational process for some, it's likely one that Oracle seems ready to continue given its expansive user base of Oracle products that could eventually leverage geospatial visualizations.