Friday Oct 03, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 | In case you missed it - photo collage 2 of 2

For those who don't yet follow social media (#OOW14), or unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld 2014, thank you to all you social media photo journalists who took a moment to snap a photo and share. Below is a portion of what I was able to find that reveals another perspective (customer and partners) of the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 event.

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 | In case you missed it - photo collage 1 of 2

For those who don't yet follow social media (#OOW14), or unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld 2014, thank you to all you social media photo journalists who took a moment to snap a photo and share. Below is a portion of what I was able to find that reveals another perspective (customer and partners) of the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 event.

Saturday Sep 27, 2014

The Hunt for Red October? No the OPN Lounge at Oracle OpenWorld 2014...

Ok, you just finished up with meeting a customer at lunch or in your booth, and next you need to get to the OPN Lounge for one of the Partners sessions or a meeting you had been invited. So where is it??

While, some may say its in the same place it was last year and the year prior, but what if you haven't attending Oracle OpenWorld a while or its your first time? Well it's in Moscone South here highlighted in yellow and here is a PDF you can bookmark you can use to navigate the rest of Moscone South

And if you need the hours the hall is open, or other location maps then checkout this URL

Friday Sep 26, 2014

Partners Charting Your Course This Week at OracleWorld 2014

If you just happened to miss all the OPN PartnerCast updates (recordings are posted) or just starting to sift through a couple of emails you may have gotten from an Oracle email address that you placed in your "Read Later" folder, you have a lot of catching up to do prior to the start of the conference on Sunday.

Sunday is a day full of information just for partners, and during the week there are several partner opportunities to join in between your booth obligations and meetings with customers. So here are some highlights I've been able to collect and consolidate for your reference. Bookmark this Blog as I will be updating it during OOW


May be the last opportunity you have to plan the OPN activities @ OOW for you and your team can take advantage of before you land

Free exams for OPN Partners at the Test Fest If registrations shows full, do drop by as there are typically no-shows

OPN Lounge Theatre drop in sessions during the week One I will be presenting with Chris Keegan on all the secrets of OPN Knowledge Zones on Wed Oct 1, 3pm

And here is a handy summary of all the OPN related for Partners in a single PDF

Now some resources To plan your week and be ready when you meet customers

Sunday -  Ramp Up Your Week

Building Clouds? helping Customer implement Database as a Service? you may wish to checkout the IOUG Cloud and Virtualization SIG Sunday and if your not familiar, here is an interview of their activities at Collaborate OTM covered early in the year

Just after lunch, OPN Central at Oracle OpenWorld is kicked off by the Oracle PartnerNetwork Keynote by Oracle Executives. And next the Oracle OpenWorld opening keynote by Larry Ellison. Following it Sunday evening is the exclusive AfterDark reception for Partners where you have the opportunity to network with Oracle executives and Oracle Partner Network leaders and Subject Matter Experts

And as you may not have a chance to check email often enough, stay tuned to OPN Social Media and get the very latest via Twitter from @oraclepartners I wonder who will be the first partners to drop by the OPN Lounge in Moscone South and capture the first OPN "Selfie" contest

Monday Sep 22, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 - maximizing your week - Cloud, Enterprise Manager

As an Oracle OpenWorld attendee for over 15 years, I usually find myself busy wrapping up projects before I arrive to the event. Sound familiar? read on.

Then after I arrive, the week goes by so quickly and on the last day of the event, I find there were activities I could have taken advantage if I had known about them. It wasn't that they weren't published somewhere, but found later buried in an email communication, mentioned in a session, or saw how good they were via social media after they had happened. So this Blog is way to help me keep track for myself, but also share with Oracle Partners with similiar interests. I just hope you are not ready this Blog as you're returning back home after another OpenWorld.

To get the most out of your short time at Oracle OpenWorld Oracle Partners here are some tips to wrap up this week before you arrive onsite

1.  Your company profile on is up to date including all of the OPN SPecializations achieved. Myself and other WW A&C team members refer customers and others to it and find it suprising when a profile is brought up many that just have the default profile.

2.  You and team members are already subscribed to the Enterprise Manager Knowledge Zone  and or the Cloud Builder   Knowledge Zone  And this year there is a short session on this in the OPN Lounge on Wed Oct 1 where all the secrets will be shared register for one of the limited seats

3. Are familiar with the associated online OPN Competency Center materials / encouraged your peers to take their roles whether Sales or Presales. And this year is a new look where if you review you may even be eligible to win a prize  Remember there are now 3 roles, not just one so be sure you share these with your peers who have that role in your organization. Its surprising that when I speak especially with partners in their booths, how many of them were not aware of this free training thats been available just for them like:

Oracle Database Performance and Tuning Sales Specialist

Oracle Database and Tuning Presales Specialist

Oracle Database and Tuning Implementation Specialist

Oracle Enterprise Manager Sales Specialist

Oracle Enterprise Manager Presales Specialist

Oracle Enterprise Manager Implementation Specialist

Oracle Cloud Builder Sales Specialist

Oracle Cloud Builder Presales Specialist

Oracle Cloud Builder Implementation Specialist

3. And that you and your team members are “badged” to your company so that it appears in your reporting

And if yourself or another person at your company is attending OpenWorld and have any further questions about any of these OPN Specializations, just let me know and I would welcome meeting you onsite at the OPN Lounge.

Monday Apr 14, 2014

COLLABORATE 14 - Thank you OPN Partners

Well it was quite a week for customers and partners who converged on Las Vegas April 7-11th for the annual Oracle user group conference. The Oracle Worldwide Alliances and Channels team members took the OPN Lounge on the road sponsoring the Oracle Validated Integration booth where partners could relax in-between their demos and meetings with customers.

At Collaborate you can also view Oracle Partners displaying their OPN Credentials in unique and innovative ways. So creative that the OPN team canvassed the exhibit hall floor and snapped photos this year for judging. Learn more about that in the OPN Blog

And last but not certainly not least, congratulations to all those partners who've achieved new OPN Specializations or taken the latest versions since Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Here are a few the OPN team was able to catch onsite and capture a quick photo while sessions were underway.

Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Get into Cloud at COLLABORATE 14

This year COLLABORATE 14 takes place April 7-11 in sunny Las Vegas and is again hosted by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest). These three independent user communities come together in-between Oracle OpenWorlds and offer customers and partners an opportunity to further learn more about how new product technology and releases are being put to work and how Oracle technology is being assembled as a solution to solve business problems.

With so much available, many first time participants go to the conference, attend some sessions and discover at the end, all of the other benefits they could have further taken advantage while onsite for the week. So here are some tips from a long time attendee.

1. You want to get plugged into the social media now and at the conference. By following the Twitter  #C14LV  you can learn about last minute changes before the conference and updates during the conference without having to search email or looking for a paper update onsite. It’s also a great mechanism to locate others with similar interests during the conference and having impromptu get together while everyone is still onsite. And if you have a mobile device, download the app before you arrive onsite.

So what might the C in #C14LV stand for: Casino? - no, Campgrounds? Oracle can be found there, Collaborate? - certainly, Cloud - YES!

2. Been asked about Cloud? instructed by management to work on a Cloud project? you won't want to miss the Cloud Odyssey  on Monday April 7th, 9am-3pm. (Remember to check your calendar when you arrive as Las Vegas may be a different time zone then when you first planned your schedule)

3. Oracle at Collaborate - be sure to take advantage and be up to date on the latest trends and strategy from Oracle; especially if you were not able to make it to the last OpenWorld. This year hear from Balaji Yelamanchili, SVP for Analytics and Performance Management Products, Oracle Corporation on Wednesday, April 9, 9:45am Level 5 of the Palazzo Ballroom. Visit the Oracle Campground in the back of the Exposition Hall and if you are an Oracle Partner, myself and other representatives from the Oracle PartnerNetwork will be onsite to specifically meet with Partners.

4. Yes there are a lot of sessions, and if you look closely they been put in to themes/tracks to help guide you. So if you need to justify your trip and report back to management about Cloud, there are some great session speakers you won't want to miss. In fact many are already having session pre-discussions using social media. The Cloud SIG has posted a summary of them here  and an interview about the Cloud track by Oracle ACE and partner Ron Batra.

5. Special Interest Group (SIG) sessions - for focus areas or high interest/activity, you will find a number of SIGs meetings to attend. Since they are typically sandwiched in-between sessions or at the end of a track as a summary, you need to be on extra alert for them. You'll find the Cloud SIG meeting this year Tues April 8th at 12:30PM  Level 3, Toscana 3701 followed by Best Practices and Skill Sets for Cloud on Thurs April 10th at 11:00am, Level 3 Lido 3101B . And a handy map here to help you navigate.

6. Partners - while onsite there will be hundreds of Oracle Partners in once place. So its another great opportunity to hear how they have been using Oracle technology to solve customers business problems and learn how they can help you. Contrary to popular belief, yourself or your team may not have all the skill sets or knowledge or you just may need some temporary help at some point. So you can checkout partners anytime at and when you’re at an event like Collaborate where they are present, be sure you set aside some time to meet 1 on 1 with them on the exposition floor, during a meal or at one of the many networking activities.  That way when you’re back at the office you already have a recommended short list of contacts for management and are a hero for thinking ahead.

And learn more about it in the Oracle Technology video interview by Bob Rhubart

As I probably left off a few, let me know ones you have that I can add, and be sure to return back for updates to this blog up to and during Collaborate.
I look forward to meeting you there!

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

Cloud Odyssey Opportunity - Partners, what is your story?

By now, many have seen advertisements for the Cloud Odyssey Event  Just last week I was provided a “Sneak Preview” that compelled me to blog, similar to a movie critic.

I myself wondered what to expect, how it might be applicable to what I do but more importantly how it might also be applicable for Partners.  Well, as I watch the chapters of the story unfold in the movie, I soon found myself bonding with the crew of the Stratus remembering the days that I was a DBA working with other individual contributors to overcome obstacles and tasks that seem insurmountable at the time. And it seemed almost like the writers of the movie had heard about them and wrote the movie script around those experiences.

I soon found myself involved in the story, identifying with Cyrus , and ultimately being well entertained. After watching the movie, it had me wondering about the heroic journeys and efforts our Partners have had that they could further share. So it already seems that could be a sequel, new series, or spin-off….  So Partners what is your Cloud Odyssey Story?

  • Possibly the journey and obstacles you helped a customer overcome using Oracle Technology?
  • Maybe the combination of people, technology & skills to deliver a solution after Sales already sold it to a customer?  
  • Or it is a tale about a new plot or hero that you have that is just starting to unfold …

So if you are an Oracle Partner getting underway or served already on many Cloud Building missions, the Oracle PartnerNetwork Team would like to hear your story so we can share your success with others. If you don’t, how would you be discovered and possibly be offered a starring role in your own movie…

And as a critics rating, I give the movie 5 stars because I was entertained and the movie had me already wanting to know where the crew is going next.

Monday Feb 17, 2014

Partners Learn to Earn – Oracle Database Performance and Tuning Essentials 2015

Are you an Oracle Partner that has been utilizing the Oracle Database for some time as part of your own solution or services offering? If you are, then there is an updated Oracle PartnerNetwork specialization exam version you probably want to have your staff take a look at. Why? because it might just help you expand deals, increase margin, and/or grow your customers satisfaction on what you are already doing today and with really little investment or effort.

  • Beta just started on the latest OPN Oracle Database Performance and Tuning Specialization update, so if you register soon you might be eligible to take the exam FREE of charge or at a significantly reduced rate. And after a Beta exam goes into production and achievement of a passing score, your staff could be one of the first OPN Partners recognized as having the latest credentials.

Are you thinking that’s nice information, but you’re not quite ready or it’s not something actionable for your own role?

  • For those that don’t think they are ready to take the exam this week, we’ve posted a Study Guide
  • And for those thinking the subject matter is just for their technical team members, we’ve posted in the OPN Competency Center a Sales GLP or Presales GLP you can review online for no cost and achieve Sales or Presales credentials.

And as an Oracle Database Performance and Tuning Solution is an available and superior solution, why not get started now instead of letting someone else harvest and benefit from the relationships and opportunities you’ve been working so hard to build for so many years….

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

10 Tips for Partners - 2013 Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Planning

1. Before you arrive, select the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Sessions you and your team will attend. Checkout the latest registration FAQ

2. Signup for the Test Fest and the exams you and your team can take while attending

3. Review the PartnerNetwork Focus on Document and subject area Focus on Documents to help you zero in on Oracle OpenWorld sessions to attend

4. Use the Moscone floor plans and Marriott Marquis floor plans to get familiar with what is where in the exposition hall is the Partner Lounge and where OPN Exchange sessions are being held  this year before you arrive

5. Sunday just after lunch at 1pm, don’t ,miss the PartnerNetwork Exchange keynote, Moscone South Gateway Ballroom, followed by the session track kickoffs in the Esplanade rooms

6. Sunday night, 7:00pm, Partners can attend the OPN AfterDark Reception where you can meet and network with Oracle and other peers from around the world

7. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday be sure check in at the Social Media Rally for maximum social media expertise and exposure

8. On Monday through Wednesday 9:45am to 6pm, meet with Oracle Partner representatives at the Oracle PartnerNetwork Lounge Moscone South, Exhibit Hall, Room 100

9. Take and share your PartnerNetwork activities and pictures during the week with Oracle PartnerNetwork via social media OPN on Twitter , OPN on Facebook , OPN on Instagram ,

10. Watch and be prepared to share with roving OPN team member reporters, on how you are leveraging your OPN Specializations to provide innovative solutions and services for customers. You never know – it could aid in getting an invitation to be a speaker for the next event!

Friday Apr 12, 2013

COLLABORATE 13 - Congratulation OPN Partners

Well it was quite a week in Denver Colorado, braving below zero temperatures and snow, for the thousands attending this years COLLABORATE Oracle User Group conference. It was great to meet so many Oracle Partner Network (OPN) Specialized partners and hear what they have been doing with their OPN specializations as part of sessions, SIGs, and in their booths. The OPN team saw lots of partners displaying their OPN Specialization achievements on the booths, business cards, and attire. We look forward next to meeting you and hearing more about your OPN & customer solution and services successes at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld 2013 event.

And congratulations to all those OPN Partners who've achieved additional OPN Specializations since Oracle OpenWorld 2012, that we were able to meet onsite and capture a photo with.

Friday Apr 05, 2013

A Top Ten List for OPN Partners

Get the Most Out of COLLABORATE 13!

Having attended this event since it earliest days as IOUW and as a Partner, here are some of my tips for Oracle Partners planning to exhibit or attend this year.

1. Take Advantage of the OPN TestFest - Its Free and Onsite

Just for Partners on Monday and Tuesday, and at times the exhibit hall is closed, at the Hyatt Regency adjacent to Colorado convention center. It’s a rare opportunity to get staff that’s normally on the road certified which aids you on your Oracle Partner Network (OPN) Specialization achievements.

2. Hear a Great Keynote

Oracle President Mark Hurd will be onstage discussing Oracle's strategy, innovation and the company’s relationship with its customers

3. Meet Oracle Partner Network Team (OPN) Members Onsite

We understand that meeting with customers is a top priority. So whether onsite on the exhibition floor at Booth #880, in the morning, lunch or in the evening, OPN team members welcome meeting with you while your onsite. The information desk at the Oracle campground can also help direct you.

4. Prep for Oracle OpenWorld

But don't wait till the fall, use this event as a half-way point to Oracle OpenWorld and engage OPN team members onsite to get the latest news about the OPN Program, ask questions and provide feedback on specific OPN Specializations, share your ideas and get feedback on sessions you are considering to submit for Oracle OpenWorld.

5. OPN Specializations on Display! We Hope So - Get Recognized!

If you are displaying your OPN Specializations in a creative fashion in your booth or elsewhere at the event, let OPN team members’ onsite know or over Social Media. OPN Team members will be seeking out the best and most unique examples while at the event and capturing them on film.

6. Engage, Join the Conversation, Be Active in the Social Media

While there may be many attendees physically onsite, don’t forget that there will be many including your co-workers following the event virtually. In addition to the COLLABORATE 13 twitter hastag #C13DEN , be sure to monitor, direct or copy the Oracle Partner Network team #oraclepartners #OPN during the event.

7. Visit the Oracle Campground

Its onsite in the exposition hall and provides you an opportunity to learn more about some of the latest Oracle product technology and releases and engage Oracle product experts.

8. Attend and Get Involved in Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

Within the user community you will be finding customers flocking together with interest in specific topic areas such as Cloud, Oracle Manageability, and many others. Don't miss the opportunity to attend a SIG meeting, get further involved, and share your knowledge and OPN expertise.

9. Network

Sure, it may seem like another trade show where you have been asked to staff a booth and collect leads, but don't miss the opportunity to further network. Instead of catching up on emails, be sure to engage attendees at each opportunity; meal time especially. You may learn more about a customer and they may learn more about you.

10. Enjoy

And while you’re in town, you can find some great restaurants. So resist that temptation to go back to your room to do email and room service; instead enjoy a wonderful meal and invite some folk to join you.

Look forward to meeting you in Denver next week


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Saturday Sep 29, 2012

Where Was That Session Again??? - PartnerNetwork Exchange Room Maps

So as I was preparing my session schedule I was trying to visually picture where the Partner Exchange sessions at at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 were. So I've placed them in my blog as a handy resource once I was onsite. Possibly a few partners will also find them handy.

Sunday the PartnerExchange keynote is in Moscone North  Hall D

Afterwards you will find PartnerExchange tracks in Moscone South Hall.

And then on Monday through Thursday there are PartnerExchange session tracks at the Marriott Marquis.

Monday Sep 24, 2012

10 Tips for Partners - Oracle 2012 PartnerNetwork Exchange Planning


With the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ Oracle OpenWorld 2013 just around the corner, here are 10 tips to aid partners in planning and preparation.

  1. Before you arrive, select the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Sessions you and your team will attend
  2. Signup for the Test Fest and the exams you and your team can take while attending
  3. Review the Subject Area Focus on Documents to help you zero in on the Oracle OpenWorld sessions to attend
  4. Use the handy floor plans to get familiar with what is where in the exposition hall this year before you arrive
  5. Sunday just after lunch at 1pm, attend the PartnerNetwork Exchange keynote , Moscone North, Hall D, followed by the session track kickoffs
  6. Sunday night , 7:30pm – 10:30 pm , checkout the OPN AfterDark Reception where you can meet and network with contacts from around the world
  7. On Sunday and Monday, be sure check in with the Social Media Rally Coordinator for maximum social media expertise and exposure
  8. On Monday through Wednesday, meet with Oracle Partner representatives at the Oracle PartnerNetwork Lounge Moscone South, Exhibit Hall, Room 100
  9. Take and share your PartnerNetwork pictures during the week with OPN on Instagram
  10. Be prepared to share with roving OPN team member reporters, how you are leveraging your OPN Specializations to provide innovative solutions and services for the Cloud. You never know – it could aid in getting you exposure as a possible speaker for next year’s event.

Monday Aug 27, 2012

OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld - Don't Overlook TestFest!

As part of the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld conference a “Test Fest” will be taking place from Monday, October 1st - Thursday, October 4th 2012 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

  • Were you requested by management to get the most out of your OOW experience and expense? 
  • Looking for something that will help you or a team member get approved by your management to attend this year?
  • Seeking a way to justify having your technical expert out to OOW to help you close a deal? 

Then take advantage of training available onsite for your staff or yourself during Oracle OpenWorld; no matter if you are primarily coming to staff a booth, present a session, meet with customers, or attend the OPN PartnerNetwork Exchange.

With limited seating available, its adviseable to pre-register today to:

  • Get recognized for your skills, with an OPN Specialist accreditation
  • Take exams that are free of charge for Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange attendees
  • Help your company get Specialized in a higher level of the OPN Program

Get a list of exams , study materials and pre-register using the Schedule Builder tool to reserve a seat in one of the 10 sessions offered on a first come, first serve basis. Remember upon arrival to the testing room, you will need to show proof of valid OPN Membership and have your valid Pearson Vue account ID. For any questions, email the OPN Communications team.

Test Fest Schedule


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Monday - October 1

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Tuesday - October 2

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Wednesday - October 3

10:30 AM - 12:30PM

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3:30 PM - 5:30PM

Thursday - October 4

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

1:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Look forward to meeting you at the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange


Oracle Partnering Specialization opportunity, observations, and activities. A perspective by an employee who was once a partner and active volunteer in the Oracle user group community. at @lemmes


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