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OAUG Forum
April 10-14, 2016
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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View the COLLABORATE 15 keynote speakers below. 2016 speakers will be added here in the coming months. Check back soon!


Erik Wahl
Erik Wahl Monday, April 13, 2015
8 a.m.-9 a.m.
Mandalay Bay Ballroom H

UNthink. Somehow we’ve come to believe that creativity is reserved for the chosen few: the poets, the painters, the writers. The truth is bigger and better than that. Creativity is in all of us. We simply need to rediscover the keys that will unlock our potential. Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized graffiti artist, author and entrepreneur. His on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor for UNthink, pushing you beyond traditional thought patterns and habitual levels of performance. UNthink will inspire you to realize you are capable of so much more than you have been led to believe. UNthink will inject your daily grind with new passion, allowing you to see how your organization wants and needs all of your talents and energies, not just the ones they’ve been using so far. Monday morning at COLLABORATE is the perfect moment to begin the process of rethinking your life as a blank canvas of limitless opportunity on which to create your masterpiece.

Oracle Keynotes

Survive, or Thrive? How Will You Modernize Your Business?

Mark Hurd, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
Mark HurdWednesday, April 15, 2015
1:15 p.m.-2 p.m.
Mandalay Bay Ballroom H

CEOs fundamentally need to grow market share and find new markets. Increasingly, they just need to survive. This is just as true for all organizations and levels within the business. Disruptions and trends in the global economy are creating newer and higher expectations, whole industries are being disrupted with new business models taking advantage of social and mobile technologies while IT continues to try and just maintain, and struggles to provide the innovation necessary to thrive.

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd shares his insights on how Oracle is driving innovation and helping customers simplify IT by being #1 in the cloud while protecting customer investments with applications and technology in a broad, complete portfolio for all of your business needs.

Keeping Your Head in the Cloud — Leadership Edge in the Digital Transformation

Mark Sunday, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Oracle
Mark Sunday Tuesday, April 14, 2015
8 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Mandalay Bay Ballroom H

In this session, hear from Oracle CIO and Senior Vice President Mark Sunday as he builds upon his keynote discussion from two years ago regarding the need to enable business growth through continual transformation and Simplifying IT. Mr. Sunday will provide his unique and colorful vision and understanding on how IT leadership in the Cloud is essential to survive in this new era of digital transformation. You will come away with a better understanding of how adopting a sound cloud strategy will ensure greater success in a world of highly sophisticated and mobile consumers and employees.

IBM Keynote

Building for the Future: APIs, Cognitive Computing and Customizing Your Oracle Applications in Cloud

Tim Vanderham, VP Development, IBM Cloud Platform
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Mandalay Bay Ballroom H

APIs are a critical component to developing ecosystems around technology as well as building modern, born-on-the-cloud Web and mobile applications. Given the popularity of customizing social functionality into Oracle Applications, it should come as little surprise that daily API calls to the more popular social networking platforms number in the billions. For example, today, using new Watson APIs, developers are building new applications, services and APIs for industries like healthcare and travel using natural language processing technology to better understand users. Developers can not only take advantage of Cloud composition capabilities and the rapidly growing API economy, but look forward to new opportunities associated with data-intensive use cases for Oracle Applications. Whether your focus is user interaction, social networks, Internet of Things or healthcare, gain an understanding of the technical and business value and see how your organization can optimize for today and build for the future.

Rimini Street Keynote

The Myths and Facts of Independent Support: Results from 1,000+ Clients

Brian Slepko, Senior Vice President, Global Service Delivery
Rimini Street Wednesday, April 15, 2015
2:15 p.m.-3 p.m.
South Seas F

More than 1,000 clients have switched from software vendor support to independent support over the past decade as an important part of their application strategy. Listen to real life experiences from leading companies about which preconceptions and assumptions regarding independent support are myths or reality. Learn how independent support has freed them from the status quo, enabling them to shift IT funds from maintenance to innovation, take control of their upgrade roadmap and improve the scope and level of their annual support service.

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