Top 10 Sessions To Attend at COLLABORATE18

Top 10 Sessions at C18

There is a reason so many Oracle users make the trip to COLLABORATE every year – and it’s not (just) because they want to hit the slot machines in Vegas. COLLABORATE offers unparalleled educational opportunities, with over 1200 educational sessions on the COLLABORATE agenda.

To help customers navigate the conference, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 sessions not to miss at COLLABORATE18. Add any or all of the sessions below by clicking the link to the COLLABORATE app, where you can add sessions to your personal COLLABORATE schedule.


Dan Goods // Visual Strategist, Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Lab

Dan Goods is passionate about creating experiences where people are reminded of the gift and privilege of being alive. During the day he runs The Studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team developing creative ways of communicating and working to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. After hours he works on creative projects around the world. Currently he is collaborating with others on new public art pieces in San Diego and San Francisco and is developing the “Museum of Awe” with David Delgado and Ivan Amato. An experience of art, science, theater and surprise. In 2002 Goods graduated valedictorian from Art Center College of Design. Recently he was selected as “One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles”. He lives in Altadena, CA with his wife and three kids.

2. From Chaos To Control- How AI and Robotic Technologies Will Shape The Future

Dennis Amorosano // Senior VP and General Manager, Canon Information & Imaging Solutions

Don Purpura // VP Engineering, Canon Information & Imaging Solutions

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation – we’ve all heard about these technologies, but can they fully automate the business process of the future? How will they impact us beyond automation? In what way will they affect (or disrupt) how we work, the type of work we do and if we even have work? Can we gain control over business process at a level that has no precedence in the past? The increasing intelligence and collaboration already entering the market are beginning to shift our organizational roles – to blend IT and business and allow us to acquire knowledge and manage information in an entirely new way. Join the keynote session by Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, consistently ranked in the top 3 in U.S. patents, to hear unique perspectives on how AI and Robotics will shape the future.


Lyle Ekdahl // Senior Vice President, JD Edwards

Digital technologies create connected, agile and real-time businesses. JD Edwards delivers solutions that facilitate digitization of information to help you create competitive advantage. Mobility to move JD Edwards beyond the back office to the point of the business process; IoT to drive real-time insight enabling faster responses to market opportunities; hybrid cloud for operational and business process modernization. JD Edwards enables innovation, maximizing your market opportunities, creating exceptional customer experiences and gaining improved operational efficiency. Join Lyle Ekdahl to explore how JD Edwards empowers your organization to thrive in the business reality of a digital economy.


Lisa Schwartz// Senior Director, Cloud Applications

It is hard to make intelligent decisions when you only have partial facts. Learn how a complete, future-proof and trusted cloud can modernize your business now and into the future. Offer your customers exceptional customer experiences, by giving them what they want in real-time, and offering them what they don’t even know they need yet, all via easy to use Oracle AI Apps. Hear how other customers are using Oracle Cloud Applications to achieve better business outcomes.

5. The Secret to Driving Digital Transformation within Your Organization

Shane Eisenhauer// Vice President, Terillium Inc.

Chris Garrity// Vice President, Terillium Inc. 

Digital Transformation. Journey to the Cloud. Internet of Things. These concepts are all buzz words (that are at times overused) but they are also legitimate business technology trends happening right now. In many ways, the future is here.

6. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Upgrade Consortium

Manish Somani// Senior Director of Product Strategy, Oracle-JD Edwards

Network with your peers on upgrade projects and best practices. This session will also focus on upgrade process improvement. Come with ideas and feedback and let’s brainstorm together! Come join us for this Quest SIG meeting!

7. Quest for Good : Help Assemble 1,000 Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Kits for Local Schools

Quest International User Group

For years, Quest has partnered with various charities in an effort to give back to communities that have supported our organization. Now, Quest is expanding its philanthropic arm by creating an official program called ‘Quest for Good’ and giving our attendees an opportunity to participate. At COLLABORATE, attendees can support Las Vegas students in Title 1 schools by assembling 1,000 STEM Kits. Quest for Good will be set up next to the Welcome Receptions on Sunday evening. If you would like to Volunteer-

8.E1 Pages Contest Hosted by Terillium

Mike Whalen // IT Delivery Manager, JDEdwards at Worthington Industries

Show off your E1 Pages at Collaborate! Submit your pages now through March 22nd. The Top 5 Pages will be selected by an impartial Quest committee to present their pages at Collaborate on Monday April 23, 4:15pm. The final winner will be chosen by the popular vote of the audience during the session, and will take home a prize! Don’t want to participate in the contest? Join us during this session to learn more about E1 pages, and vote for the winner. Everyone who attends this session will receive a thumb drive with multiple E1 page examples.Want to submit? Have questions? Please email

9. Mobility Made Easy: Developing for a manufacturing environment leveraging JDE Orchestrator Studio

Brady Briggs // Corporate IT Senior Application Business Analyst, Worthington Industries

Worthington Industries Cylinders Division is in the early stages of a mobile app and IoT boom. With 16 JD Edwards plants globally, each with their own set of challenges and opportunities, agility and quick time to market is critical. With the Orchestrator Studio, a Business Analyst with knowledge of the business process is able to rapidly develop mobile solutions without having to trudge through the typically slow-moving waterfall development pitfalls.WI has been able to build new solutions and take existing apps built on traditional BSSVs and SQLs and add functionality via Orchestrations within minutes or hours something that would have taken weeks before Orchestrator. A big part of this is due to a SOA Orchestration Gateway which enables plug and play development. The Gateway acts like a train track and Orchestration Studio allows us to easily build the train cars to deliver business value.

10. Customer Success: Manufacturing in the Cloud

Brian Mentel //Oracle Cloud Practice Director, RF-SMART Enterprise Mobile Solutions

Looking at Oracle SCM but unsure if you can (or should) move all your manufacturing operations to the Cloud? Join manufacturer FairfieldNodal to hear how they consolidated their internal systems to one platform by upgrading to Oracle SCM Cloud. Understand Oracle’s capabilities for the manufacturing industry, learn how FairfieldNodal extended that further with mobile technology, and walk away with the key lessons they learned in the process.