Scenes From Oracle OpenWorld -- The Serious And The Silly

An estimated 43,000 Oracle customers and partners swarmed into San Francisco last week for the Oracle OpenWorld 2009 show. Despite the lousy economy, attendance was about the same as in previous years with show-goers booking more than 81,000 hotel room nights in the city.

Along with taking over the Moscone Center, the show spilled out onto Howard Street here between the Moscone North and South facilities. An Oracle-BMW racing boat was incongruously positioned at the intersection of Howard and Fourth streets.

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