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Oracle Magazine
November/December 2012

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Time Capsule

  

1981

Moscone Center

Moscone Center

Encompassing nearly 1 million square feet today, Moscone Center—San Francisco’s largest convention center—opened in 1981 and played host to the 1984 Democratic Convention.  

1982

International Oracle Users Week (IOUW)

Imagine this: When Oracle was still called Relational Software Inc. (RSI), about 50 attendees from a dozen or so companies gathered in a small, windowless room at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt for the first International Oracle Users Week (actually just three days, August 23–25).

IOUW

After the inaugural event in San Francisco, the International Oracle Users Week (IOUW) went on tour; our ears are still ringing. 

1986

Two Exhibitors

Oracle hosted IOUW at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco with nearly 500 attendees and two exhibitors. During the conference, a general user meeting was held, and the International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) was formed. 

1995

Going to California

During IOUW in Philadelphia, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced via satellite that beginning in 1996 Oracle would take control of the conference, call it Oracle OpenWorld, and host it in California.  

1996

Elton John

Your Turn

From Elton John and Billy Joel to Journey and Aerosmith, the Oracle Appreciation Event has hosted a number of major musical artists over the years. Who is your favorite? Anyone you would like to see in the future? Visit Facebook/OracleMagazine and let us know.

 

Open Your Golden Gate

Oracle OpenWorld ‘96 featured 420 sessions and 17,200 visitors at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. 

International Perspective

In addition to San Francisco, many other world-class cities have hosted their own Oracle OpenWorld conferences. Beijing, Copenhagen, Paris, São Paulo, Tokyo, and more have welcomed Oracle OpenWorld and added their international flavor to it. 

2002

Taxi! Take me to OracleWorld?

Oramag cover

No, you’re not hallucinating and that’s not a typo. For two years (’02 and ‘03), the annual conference was simply called OracleWorld. Have you heard people talking about OracleWorld since 2003?

Revisionist History

We asked our Facebook fans where and when the first Oracle OpenWorld was held:

San Francisco, 1986 54%
San Francisco, 1998 30%
Los Angeles, 1997 8%
Boston, 1983 8%








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