Top Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2019

With this session guide, you'll be sure you're attending the hottest sessions at OOW19!

Oracle Open World is just around the corner and with over 1,000 sessions, we thought we would help by collating the sessions we are excited about. If like us, you are interested in EBS mobilization, digital assistants, Oracle Forms modernization, and Cloud enablement we thought we’d share with you the sessions you won’t want to miss.

So without further ado here is a list of our most recommended sessions:

 We, of course, need to begin with our own CEO Mia Urman, but truth be told if you have ever attended one of her sessions she is objectively quite great. She will be presenting two of her greatest hits: 

1- Real-World Digital Assistant Case Studies (CAS3063) by Mia Urman, CEO, AuraPlayer USA Inc.  We are proud to represent the ODTUG user group by presenting this session. We were even prouder to have partnered with them at the annual Kscope conference where we created a chatbot for the 4,000 attendees to help navigate through the event. In this session, Mia will focus on 3 real-world digital assistants and teach the “secret recipe” for designing, developing and deploying next-generation digital assistants. Hear how we have leveraged Oracle Digital Assistant to give back-office applications the voice they deserve in natural language – and most importantly, see how you can bring your own applications to the next level. 

2- Modernizing User Experience for Oracle E-Business Suite – Customer Stories (CAS2718) by Mia Urman, CEO, AuraPlayer USA Inc. and Shay Shmeltzer, Director of Product Management, Oracle. This session will provide feasible solutions to create an improved mobile/web UX for Oracle E-Business Suite applications. You’ll learn about the various options available, how to select development tools, and how to implement connectivity through real-world use cases.  

Next, we are thrilled to see a session dedicated to Oracle Forms cloud innovations. Michael Ferrante the Oracle PM has been hard at work innovating our tried and true development tool and this session will give you a sneak peek into what’s to come – YES there are many new versions:

3- Oracle Forms: What’s New and What’s Cloud (BOF6279) by Michael Ferrante, Product Manager, Oracle.  This is a BOF session where you leave knowing the new features in Oracle Forms and how you can leverage the cloud to develop to run your Oracle Forms applications. His session will include demos and an open discussion.

4- Top Design Tips for Building Great Digital Assistants and Chatbots (THT5634) by Grant Ronald, Director of Product Management, OracleHe will present best practices, tips & tricks, and pitfalls that can occur when building a digital assistant. After his session, building a successful chatbot will become second nature. If you are interested in Chatbots, we suggest you also attend the following hands on sessions:

5- Getting Hands on with Oracle Digital Assistant Conversation Designer (HOL5640) by Joe Huang, GTM Product Management, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle Eric Rogge, Product Management, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle and Jesus Brasero Jimenez, Cloud Domain Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle.  In this hands-on lab you will learn best practices for a conversational design using Oracle’s new no-code chatbot dialog design tool for Oracle Digital Assistant.

6- From Zero to Chatbot and Digital Assistant in Under Two Hours – BYOL (HOL5645) by Sundar Shenbagam, Vice President, Product Development, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle, Grant Ronald, Director of Product Management, Oracle, and  Don McInnes, Product Management, Oracle Digital Assistant and AI, Oracle. In this lab, you will get your hands dirty by creating skills and digital assistants rapidly and efficiently, with minimum coding – make sure to bring your own laptop! Session

Suhas Uliyar is an exceptional visionary, strategist and technology evangelist. Therefore, when it comes to next generation technologies, UX, voice, and chat, you’ll want to hear it from the mobile industry veteran himself. Included are some of his sessions we highly recommend:

7- Voice, the New UX Frontier: To Boldly Go Where No GUI Has Gone Before (GEN5607) by Suhas Uliyar, Vice President, Product Management, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle,  Mark Burgess, Sr Director of HR Technology Solutions, Honeywell, and Michael Kennewick, Senior Director of Engineering, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle. Get all the insights you’ve been craving on what is up and coming in next generation Oracle development and the digital assistant world.

8- Extend Oracle SaaS and Design New Experiences with Intelligent Automation (GEN6040) by Suhas Uliyar, Vice President, Product Management, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle, and  Robert Wunderlich, Product Strategy Director, Oracle. In this session, you will see how Oracle’s Cloud Platform enables Oracle SaaS extensibility while ensuring upgrades, and includes intelligent automation seamlessly. This is a very HOT topic (that AuarPlayer is VERY familiar with since as you all know we are the premier Oracle Forms/EBS automation experts 😉) and a session you definitely don’t want to miss.

Stepping aside from chatbots, although it’s difficult for us (yes, we are chatbot crazed), included are some innovative sessions for all you developers out there:

9- Oracle’s Low Code Development Solutions: Oracle Application Express, Oracle Visual Builder (CON3045) by Michael Hichwa, Software Development SVP, Oracle and JT Thomas, Director of Product Management, Oracle. This session is for all you Oracle developer’s wanting to see the next-generation Oracle tools and which solutions make sense for you to incorporate into your future development and Cloud strategy.

10- Oracle Visual Builder: What’s New and What’s Next (CON3097) by Brian Fry, Director of Product Management, Oracle. After working with Oracle’s visual builder in many of our Oracle Forms/EBS modernization projects, we highly recommend learning all you can about Oracle’s star development tool. In this session, you will explore the capabilities recently added to VBCS, in addition to innovative features that are on the horizon to further boost developer productivity!

Road Map sessions – these sessions are always a great way to get a general understanding of Oracle’s vision on what’s to come.

11- Oracle Integration Strategy and Roadmap: Launch Your Digital Transformation (PRO5871) by Scott Haaland, Senior Director, Oracle, Siddharth Pande, Vice President – Product Management, Oracle, and Mohamed Ayadi, Sr Director, Vertiv.

12- A Roadmap to the Oracle SaaS Development Platform (PRO2692) by Jeff Price, Vice President – Product Management & Strategy, Oracle and Christian Straub, Visual Builder Architect, Oracle.

Surrounding the topics of integration, digital assistants and visual development we also have these honorable  mentions:

13- Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Strategy and Updates (CON5447) by Lisa Parekh, Vice President, Oracle.

14- Connect Oracle ERP, HCM, and CX Apps to Other Apps Anywhere with Oracle Integration (PRO5867) by Ravi Sankaran, Senior Director, Engineering, Oracle and Yogesh Sontakke, Director, Product Management, Oracle.

15- Best Practices for Managing and Integration of Oracle Visual Builder Cloud (TRN5060) by  Siva Alapati, Senior Principal Technical Support Engineer, Oracle.

16- Optimize Your Contact Center with Digital Assistant and Live Agent Integration (THT5626)  by Eric Rogge, Product Management, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle.

17- Why Chatbots Fail: 10 Common Mistakes Developing a Digital Assistant (Chatbot) (PRO5704) by Carlos Chang, Oracle, Cat Cherry, Director, Prospect Management, The University of Adelaide, and John Deeb, Director, Rubicon Red Pty Ltd.


In any case, we would love to meet members of the community! Drop by the DEV- P1 stand to say hi and meet our team or join our daily live demos at 11:00 AM and 14:00!

Contact us at if you want more information or would like to receive an invitation to one of our OOW social events. 

 This is Elizabeth, signing off. Stay tuned for more blogs from AuraPlayer.

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David Buch
Senior Products Manager

David, our Senior Products Manager, is a highly experienced professional specializing in product definition, innovations, and development, with broad customer understanding, and skillful people management. He has over 20 years of R&D work experience, and continues to excel in his expertise. When he is not working, David enjoys spending his time as a professional tuba player joining symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Elizabeth Pearl
Relationship Manager

Before joining AuraPlayer, Elizabeth completed a Masters degree in Education and worked as a teacher. Elizabeth’s role as Customer Relationship Manager combines both her passion for technology and her deep desire to educate  others. On a daily basis, Elizabeth takes the valuable insights she gained as a teacher and uses them to rise within the world of tech. She uses her skills of active listening, organization, preparation, and clear communication to enhance the wonderful relationships she has with both coworkers and customers.


Elizabeth is originally from the United States but currently resides in England. In her spare time, she loves exercising, spending time with her family and friends, and playing volleyball.

Nathalie Wasserman
CFO & Operations Manager

Natalie is proud to be AuraPlayer’s Operations and Chief Financial Officer. She takes pride in her work, and loves being a part of the AuraPlayer family. Prior to working at AuraPlayer, Nathalie worked at various companies as an accountant. She attended the University College London (UCL), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and business. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Economies in Eastern Europe. 

Gwen Edwards
VP Business Development

An expert in helping businesses seize their potential and grow, Gwen is committed to take AuraPlayer to the next level. With over 30 years of experience in the high technology sector and working with Fortune 500 companies, she works as an advisor for growing businesses to help enhance their value and reach their business objectives. She’s a dynamic member of our team, leveraging her sales and marketing, and P&L experience to our current and future product suite.

Gwen also serves on a several private company boards in Silicon Valley, and is an active member of the angel investment network, Golden Seeds.

Yossi Nakash
CTO & Co-Founder

A true developer, Yossi has been developing and coding in Java / J2EE, C++, .Net, and C# for over 20 years, focusing mainly on the RD side of things. Entering the Oracle World about 10 years ago, Yossi immersed himself in the world of Oracle SOA, Weblogic, EBS and EBS Mobile, as well as the Java side of things.

Prior to joining Mia to found AuraPlayer, Yossi held the role of RD team leader at RadView and was a Java developer at Motorola.