The Oracle community was buzzing in early February, kicking off 2014 with two key conferences occurring simultaneously. MIPRO Consulting was able to divide and conquer, with a major presence at Oracle’s inaugural HCM World in Las Vegas and at the second annual Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Jose, Calif.
HR leaders from around the country gathered at Oracle HCM World from February 4-6 for two and a half days of strategic knowledge sharing on meeting the challenges of Human Resources in a more mobile and social world. Modern HR was the theme of the conference and speakers, including the CIO of Siemens presenting how they are addressing the new Human Capital Management paradigms facing all organizations. Oracle President Mark Hurd opened the show, with CEO Larry Ellison delivering the closing keynote to wrap things up. This impressive bookend is extremely rare, and Hurd commented that the showing was a demonstration of Oracle’s commitment to HCM, to Oracle customers and to its 130,000+ employees. Ellison’s keynote was a highlight at HCM World, with a candid Q&A session that gave attendees an opportunity to interact with him on a personal level.
MIPRO was honored to present alongside the impressive speaker line-up. Managing Partner Jeff Micallef and HCM Practice Director Anne Meyer delivered a session titled “MIPRO’s Enterprise Journey,” which chronicled the company’s transition from Workday to Oracle HCM Cloud. The session was well received, with an interactive Q&A to conclude.
Oracle’s inaugural HCM World was a home run. The strategic sessions drew an executive level HR crowd, and prominent Oracle HCM representatives. The forward-looking content focusing on Modern HR for the multi-generational workforce was well thought out and expertly executed.
A little farther west, Maintenance Management’s biggest event of the year unfolded at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center from February 3-5. Formerly the Maintenance Management Summit, Oracle Value Chain Summit drew more than 1,500 attendees for more than 200 sessions covering every aspect of supply chain management.
Having executed more PeopleSoft Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) implementations than any other consultancy in North America, MIPRO is recognized as the leader in the PeopleSoft ALM space, and Value Chain Summit gave us an outstanding opportunity to connect with current and past customers, as well as the Oracle team responsible for ALM. From MIPRO’s viewpoint, the highlight of the conference was our 5th annual PeopleSoft Maintenance Management (MM) networking dinner. With a strong showing from PeopleSoft MM customers such as East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Covanta Energy, Cogentrix, and Jeffco Public Schools, as well as several key individuals from the Oracle team, the evening was a great success, providing an informal setting for everyone to share their experiences and enjoy a relaxing evening.
The focus on customer sessions at the show offered a great opportunity to hear first-hand experiences from PeopleSoft users—from the folks at Cogentrix Energy, discussed how they are utilizing Project Costing and Maintenance Management to CBRE highlighting their progress with the Real Estate Management Module. This real-life-scenario approach was beneficial for Oracle’s PeopleSoft ALM development/strategy team and customers alike.
Oracle HCM World and Value Chain Summit definitely started the 2014 conference season off with a lot of positive energy, and MIPRO is looking forward to building on that momentum at Collaborate, OHUG’s Global Conference, Reconnect and Oracle Open World later this year. If you’d like to connect with us regarding our experiences at these great industry events, give us a shout, or follow us on LinkedIn.