We are working out of the offices in San Ramon in the East Bay this week. San Francisco has been taken over by the geeky attendees of the Oracle OpenWorld 2016 conference in the Moscone Center. I see Larry Ellison (Oracle CEO) is talking up a storm, and saying that Oracle is going to take on Amazon and be ‘serious competition’ moving forward. Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd (former CEO of Hewlett-Packard) did a presentation of future trends on Monday, but his claims of dramatic changes from on-premise IT installations to cloud-based installations fell flat. Many in the audience expressed their skepticism by texting ‘None of these will ever happen’ when they were invited to text their opinions in real time to the display. Ouch.