The big show is upon us and once again Rittman Mead will be actively participating at [Oracle OpenWorld 2016](https://www.oracle.com/openworld/index.html" target="_blank). Oracle's premier conference runs September 18–22 at the Moscone Center in beautiful San Francisco, California. I'm looking forward to another great conference, as well as attending my first ACE Director briefing, where Oracle ACE Directors get to hear future plans on the direction of Oracle products and can provide feedback to product teams (and even ask questions of Thomas Kurian), on the Thursday/Friday prior to the event.
I'm fortunate enough to have been selected by the [ODTUG](http://odtug.com/" target="_blank) to present a user group forum session on Sunday, September 18th, the first official day of Oracle OpenWorld 2016. I'll be sharing an updated version of my GoldenGate and Kafka integration talk, Oracle GoldenGate and Apache Kafka: A Deep Dive into Real-Time Data Streaming ([Session UGF6161](https://oracle.rainfocus.com/scripts/catalog/oow16.jsp?search=UGF6161&search.event=oracleopenworld" target="_blank)), previously presented at Collaborate and KScope16. The focus will be on how to use the new Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data release 12.2 to replicate database transactions to Apache Kafka. The topic of this session, real-time data streaming, provides a great solution for the challenging task of ingesting data from multiple different sources, and different structures, and making that data readily available for others in the organization to use. By combining GoldenGate, Oracle’s premier data replication technology, and Apache Kafka, the latest open-source streaming and messaging system for big data, we can implement a fast, durable, and scalable solution. Stop by Moscone South 301 on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to check it out!
On Tuesday morning, [Mark Rittman](https://twitter.com/markrittman" target="_blank) will join Oracle Data Integrator Product Manager [Julien Testut](https://twitter.com/JulienTestut" target="_blank) and Oracle A-Team Director [Christophe Dupupet](https://twitter.com/XofDup" target="_blank) to discuss Oracle Data Integration and Big Data in their session titled Oracle Data Integration Platform: A Cornerstone for Big Data ([Session CON6624](https://oracle.rainfocus.com/scripts/catalog/oow16.jsp?search=CON6624&search.event=oracleopenworld" target="_blank)). They'll take a look at how the Oracle Data Integration suite of products (Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle Metadata Management, and Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service) can help to avoid the complexity often found in big data initiatives and harness the power of the big data technologies. Join them in Moscone West 2022 on Tuesday, September 20th, at 11 a.m. to learn more!
With many successful Oracle Data Integration and Big Data engagements completed throughout the world, the experts at Rittman Mead continue to lead in the Oracle Big Data space. If you'd like to get together to discuss any of the above topics we're presenting, or anything big data, data integration or BI related, feel free to reach out via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter ([@mRainey](https://twitter.com/mRainey" target="_blank)) or drop a note in the comments below. Hope to see you there!