Immerse Yourself in the Infinite Possibilities of a Data Driven World

Oracle OpenWorld Europe kicks off again this year, an annual event for decision-makers, IT management and line-of-business end users who are interested in redefining what’s possible with Oracle. Taking place over 2 days (February 12th-13th) at the ExCeL in London, this year’s OpenWorld Europe aims to enable visitors to immerse themselves in the infinite possibilities of a data-driven world.

Day 1 will focus on Insight, where visitors will explore how leading companies—faced with an ever-accelerating pace of change—are unlocking insights with data to re-engineer the core of their business, elevate the value they deliver to customers, pioneer new ways of working, and drive completely new opportunities.

Day 2 will focus on Innovation, diving deep into the transformational and autonomous technologies fundamentally changing work and life. Discover how innovation is fuelled by pulling value from vast amounts of data at scale and unleashing opportunities with AI and machine learning.

This blog post will cover our highlighted sessions and speakers at this year’s OpenWorld Europe. Version 1 will be attending this year’s OpenWorld Europe event, with Colm Gillard delivering a lightning talk and visitors having the chance to speak to our Transformation experts at Stand 22.

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Day 1: Insight Starts Here – Outpace Change with Intelligence

Unlock Endless Possibilities with Oracle Cloud: 12th February, 10:40 – 12:10, Main Stage

Safra Catz, CEO, Oracle and Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud, Oracle

Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle will be launching Oracle OpenWorld Europe with a keynote on Day 1, focusing on the endless possibilities with Oracle Cloud. Safra will discuss the opportunities that the Cloud can present for companies, and how they are providing the building blocks to pioneer groundbreaking innovations and disrupt entire industries. Safra will be joined by Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President of Oracle Cloud, Hans van Grieken, EMEA Technology Research & Insights Leader, Deloitte, and Massimiliano Pogliani, CEO, illycaffè during this keynote. Learn how Oracle Cloud drives new innovation and real change for customers through a range of technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, IoT, Blockchain and more.

The 7 Principles of Successful Cloud Transformation: 12th February, 12:10 – 12:35, Arena H, Zone 4

Colm Gillard, Head of Strategic Advisory Consulting, Version 1

Version 1’s Colm Gillard, Head of Strategic Advisory Consulting, will present a lightning talk at this year’s OpenWorld Europe, focusing on the 7 Ps strategy for successful Cloud enablement, which has been developed through experience gained in over 20 successful large scale Oracle transformation programmes. When applied, these principles help simplify and streamline the journey to Cloud for Enterprise organisations. This is an essential presentation for business decision makers focused on enabling their digital transformation through Cloud.

How to Turn Change into Opportunity with Transformational Apps: 12th February, 13:05 – 14:25, Main Stage

Juergen Lindner, Senior Vice President, Marketing, SaaS, Oracle

Led by Juergen Lindner, this keynote will explore how Oracle Cloud apps can help your organisation can stay ahead of changing expectations.  Find out how AI, blockchain, IoT, and conversational UI can reshape your core business processes from HR to finance to supply chain to customer experience. Learn how you can win at business by anticipating your customers’ future wants and needs. Juergen will be joined by a wide range of speakers during this keynote, with input from Oracle executives, Co-Op and Wolseley.

Life in the Cloud: 12th February, 13:05 – 13:40, Arena A, Zone 1

University of Birmingham, London Borough of Croydon, Government Finance Function

During this session, a panel consisting of speakers from University of Birmingham, London Borough of Croydon and the Government Finance Function will reveal how the Cloud is transforming working practices all areas of their organisations. Version 1 customer University of Birmingham will be discussing the “go-live” of their New Core programme, a transformation programme aiming to completely replace the university’s legacy platforms with a single integrated platform. Find out more about New Core here.

PeopleSoft Customer Discussion Panel: 12th February, 14:45 – 15:15, Customer First Zone @ The Bridge

Graham Smith, Managing Consultant, Version 1

Kevin Gavaghan, HR Systems Senior Manager, Allen & Overy

Robbin Velayedam, Senior Director, PeopleSoft Product Management , Oracle

David Lewis, Systems Administrator, Hays

Attendees to this interactive session will hear from organizations that have successfully maximized their PeopleSoft investment. It will feature the customer success stories of two long term PeopleSoft customers: Hays, and Allen & Overy. The panel will cover strategic topics such as Selective Adoption, Fluid Deployment, deploying PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Emerging Technologies such as Chatbots and Robotic Processing Automation, Analytics, Configuration Frameworks and more. Panelists will share their formula for success, first hand experiences, and lessons learned. Audience questions will also be taken so please come prepared with your questions and topics. Panelists include Version 1’s Graham Smith, and customer Allen & Overy.


Day 2: Innovation Starts Here – Technology-Powered Possibilities

Oracle Cloud: The World’s Only Autonomous Cloud: 13th February, 10:40 – 12:10, Main Stage

Juan Loaiza, Executive Vice President, Mission-Critical Database Technologies
Amanda St. Levans Jobbins, Senior Vice President, Demand Generation and Marketing, Oracle EMEA and Asia Pacific
Andrew Sutherland, Senior Vice President, Technology and Systems, Oracle Europe, Middle East, and Africa

Juan, Amanda and Andrew will deliver an anchor keynote on day 2, focusing on how Oracle’s relentless focus on enabling customer innovation spans a complete portfolio of products, services, and differentiated capabilities. Explore how machine learning and automation are powering the world’s only autonomous Cloud, and how Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has reimagined Cloud for important enterprise applications. Rob McCargow, Director of AI at PwC will also discuss the growing need to embed the technology responsibly to deliver measurable value while maintaining trust. Join Rob as he charts a course towards ‘Responsible AI’: the development, adoption and assurance of human-centric AI solutions that positively contribute to transformative innovation, economic development and social good to solve the world’s most important problems.

A New Vision for Oracle Analytics: 13th February, 12:20 – 12:55, Arena F, Zone 6

T.K. Anand, Oracle

Andre Tyler, Business Intelligence Service Manager, HSBC

In this session, learn about the bright new future for Oracle Analytics, where customers and partners benefit from augmented analytics working together with Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, automating the delivery of personalized insights to fuel innovation without limits.

AI and Human Intelligence: 13th February, 13:50 – 14:25, Arena F, Zone 6

Dr. Rand Hindi, AI Researcher, Data Scientist

Dr Rand Hindi is the CEO at Snips, the first edge-based, private by design voice solution for OEMs. An expert in AI and Human Intelligence, Rand will discuss unlocking possibilities with data, putting AI to work and leading the way.


Oracle OpenWorld Europe is shaping up to be an exciting event, with a packed agenda of keynotes. Make sure you visit Stand 22 at the event, where you can meet Version 1 Oracle Cloud and Applications Unlimited experts. Below are the three sessions that shouldn’t be missed at this year’s OpenWorld Europe!


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