Wednesday Apr 20, 2016

Hands on Cloud Experience: Cloud Attack @ Collaborate16

Members of the Independent Oracle Users Group Cloud SIG executed their first Cloud Attack hands on bootcamp workshop experience. Leveraging experience from highly successful RAC Attack workshops, the objective was to use the public Oracle Cloud so attendees could quickly get underway getting live hands on Cloud skills & experience. In fact, the workshop addressed top feedback from a survey in the Collaborate 16 general session and participants enabled with Cloud skills they could start using when they returned back to their offices after the event. By using the Oracle Cloud, attendees only needed to bring a device to participate. One attendee was amazed when he finished the workshop using an old Windows XP PC with 1GB of RAM and this gentleman below completed it all from his iPad. And with Cloud, attendees could virtually be anywhere, connect and go without the instructors having to procure and prep a room full of PC's or worry who's laptop had enough storage, RAM, or CPU to load a virtual image.


Prior to Collaborate 16, a lot of hard work and planning was done behind the scenes by volunteer customer and partner experts to execute this first workshop in Las Vegas. Erik Benner - Mythics, Charles Kim -Viscosity, IOUG Board members Troy Ligon - American Express and Seth Miller -Veritas, Kai Yu - Dell, Rene Antunez - Pythian, supported by Pat Shuff, Steven Lemme, Laura Ramsey of Oracle.

The IOUG conference committee and staff such as Alexis Bauer Kolak provided a perfect setting for attendees with a large space, power, and AV so attendees could drop in and get started.

Attendees arrived early in the morning but eager for a full day of hands on in the Oracle Cloud and objective of starting from an on-premise environment to going onto the Oracle Cloud and working with Oracle Database 12c, backing up to the Oracle Cloud and learning how to take advantage of Oracle Database 12c Multitenant and movement of a PDB from a Cloud environment back to on-premise. The workshop kicked off by an agenda, objective and goals review

followed then by Erik Benner getting everyone hands-on with a refresher on SSH connectivity from the conference center.

Erik Benner and Charles Kim tag teamed as instructors while the other Cloud SIG volunteers went around the room helping attendees with their workshop activities and questions. It was not just about completing the exercises, but the actual experience learned while doing them along with help from peers. Here we see attendees following along with Charles Kim on a live demonstration on the Oracle Cloud of what they are about to perform themselves.

And so attendees could maximize their training while away from the office, the Oracle Technical Network sponsored quite a tasty lunch onsite.

As the workshop progressed, Cloud Attack T-shirts sponsored by Mythics were unboxed as  further incentive for attendees to interact with questions.

When it came to the end of the scheduled workshop time, several attendees asked if they could stay longer to gain more hands on experience and so volunteer instructors stayed an extra hour until the last attendee departed.  Upon completion of the workshop several attendees commented on the great experience they had and later during the week Cloud SIG volunteers received many more positive comments. So the Cloud SIG is now looking into doing the next one at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco - so stay tuned


Tuesday Apr 19, 2016

Collaborate 2016 - Thank you Partners!

Once again the Oracle PartnerNetwork team took the Oracle Partner Lounge on the road and recognized OPN Partners who were at Collaborate 2016 supporting the Oracle customer user community. Oracle Partners work hard throughout the year keeping current and taking new OPN Specializations. Here you can see some Partners showcasing their new OPN Cloud designation credentials to customers. Available online, customers can find a partner and view their credentials and more via the OPN Solutions Catalog.

Thank You Partners for all the hardwork and the OPN team looks forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 and the OPN Lounge.



Friday Apr 01, 2016

DBAs DevOps & Cloud - Thinking Outside of the On-Premise Box session @ Collaborate 16

Join and participate in this session at Collaborate 2016

Countdown to Cloud Attack at Collaborate 16

Join the Cloud Attack at Collaborate 2016 on April 9th, 2016

Thursday Sep 24, 2015

Top Ten list for Partners to plan before arrival to Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Each year while at Oracle OpenWorld, I often meet a partner who tells me they wish they would have known so that they could have planned ahead and taken advantage of that while at Oracle OpenWorld. And after attending so many myself as a customer, user group leader, partner and as an employee, I've learned a number of resources that help me in my own planning. And so I am glad to share those with others to help so they can maximize their week while out at Oracle OpenWorld.

And so here is my Top Ten list for Oracle OpenWorld 2015

1. Before you meet with customers or with Oracle, ensure your company profile on Solutions.oracle.com is up to date including all of the OPN Specializations achieved. It one of the first places customers and the Oracle field visits to search for a partner, and if your profile appears old or is still the default profile, odds are those viewing are going to choose another partner to engage with.

2. Then for OPN Specializations and Oracle Technology skills your company has, it’s good to further confirm with your Sales, Presales, and Implementation staff they are aware and leveraging the applicable OPN Knowledge Zones.  Especially as there could be product technology activities happening at OpenWorld communicated within them. More importantly they are the "One Stop Shop" for Partners so staff doesn't spend endless hours searching the internet, emailing, or phoning people, trying to locate information.

3. Next be sure you and your team members are “badged” to your company with an appropriate company email address.  I can't tell you how many times I've had a partner ask me why they were not invited to an event, workshop, free training, etc.. to find out that they were using some generic email service and not associated to their company’s partnership.

4. Then especially for your staff that will be staffing the booth and engaging customers to getting and qualifying leads, have them take the free online training for partners in the OPN Competency Center to become familiar with new Oracle product and technology & solutions or for just a refresher course. 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. It’s surprising that when I speak especially with partners in their booths, how many of them were not aware of this free training that’s been available for them like:

Also within the OPN Competency Center is where partners may first find information published on products being announced or an opportunity to attend a session or reccomend one to customers like GEN9778 Oracle Management Cloud on Oct 27th

5. Save some budget, by having your technical staff take advantage of the free OPN exam testing to update their existing specializations to new versions and add new ones that help your company maintain their membership. With limited slots available, it’s suggested they sign up today here

6. Get plugged into the new Oracle Cloud Platform community just for Partners to get on the fast track to Cloud  Then while at OpenWorld engage with subject matter experts that can help your team ramp up

7. Which brings us to the OPN Lounge. Located in Moscone South in the exhibit hall area, it’s a resource for partners that shouldn't be overlooked. In addition to Information Stations, the Social Media Rally and a place to meet with Oracle and other partners, it now hosts OPN In Focus - featuring a schedule of mini-sessions partners can drop in and learn about some of the very latest programs, information, and offerings. Handy document here you can download or send to other team members. And in one of the sessions this year, OPN has invited user community leaders to share directly with Partners the secrets and benefits of Oracle's vast user community. Here is the link.

8. At least a week in advance, checkout the Content Catalog of sessions and pre-register your interest to attend a session by adding the ones your most interest in attending into your schedule. It not only help aids the event staff on room sizing, but helps you avoid extra waiting when others come to a session that haven't pre-registered for it.

9. The event continues to grow each year, so you can't count on something being the same place as last year, so familiarize yourself before you arrive by downloading to your mobile or printing off a copy of the exhibit hall and venue floor plans so you can review on the plane flight to the bay area. Once your onsite be sure to check out the OpenWorld daily updates for changes.

10. Planning the week - after arrival Saturday, head over to Moscone Center (at the corner Third and Howard Streets) and venture over to the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and also checkout JavaOne. If attending OpenWorld get registered at Moscone West (starting Saturday 2-7pm) and become familiar with the area before 60,000 others join you there. If you arrive mid-day Sunday or after, you not only miss (starting 8am Sunday morning) top  Oracle User Community speakers sharing how customers are actually using Oracle technology , but miss the Sunday afternoon track just for partners (OPN Central @ OpenWorld Partner Keynote and sessions 1-4pm ) www.oracle.com/openworld/opn , followed by the 1st OpenWorld keynote Sunday night, and following it the Oracle PartnerNetwork AfterDark Reception.

So at this point your onsite, acclimated, have your badge, familiar with the venue and where things are, attended some sessions and ready for a lot more Oracle OpenWorld activities for the remainder of the week. But if you are like me, you can't attend them all, so you typically focus on an Oracle product technology or solution area. https://www.oracle.com/openworld/tracks.html

And there are the Focus on Documents (FOD) typically published by the Oracle product and event teams as a resource for attendees. As FODs become available I will update them here in the Blog here.

And if you are interested in subject areas such as Oracle Database, Engineered Systems and Management here are some quick Content Catalog search links

Oracle Database sessions

Oracle Enterprise Manager sessions

Oracle Engineered Systems

Bookmark the blog and check back as additional updates are posted to help partners maximize their time while at Oracle OpenWorld. Look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld 2015!

Thursday Sep 17, 2015

Don't Miss Out, Start Your Planning for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Today

As a longtime Oracle OpenWorld attendee and presenter (as a customer, user group leader, partner, Oracle employee), since its inception as IOUW (who recognizes that acronym?)  I typically find myself extra busy the week’s prior working hard to wrapping up projects before I arrive onsite to the event. Sound familiar?

After I arrive, the week goes by in a flash and the last day, I learn of activities I could have taken advantage if I had only known about them in advance. Some published, an obscure URL, others buried in an email communication, mentioned in a session, a blog summary, or saw how great they were via social media. So this Blog is way to help me keep track for myself, but also share with Oracle Partners and customers with similar interests. And if you just found this Blog as you're returning back home after another OpenWorld, look on the bright side - you can use it to prepare for the next one.

While not an exhausted list of everything, here are my Top Tips before arriving onsite.
At least a week in advance, review the Content Catalog of sessions  and pre-register your interest to attend by adding the ones your most interest in attending into your schedule. It not only help aids the event staff on room sizing, but helps you avoid extra waiting when others come to a session that haven't pre-registered for it .

I highly reccomend this session CON3637 Database as a Service: What Is It and How Do You Use It? A Q&A with an Expert Panel  not only because I am biased, but as its a session where there will be few PowerPoint slides and subject matter expert panelists from the IOUG Oracle User Community Cloud SIG back for an encore after Collaborate15. Here's a recap of that by OTN

Or one of the new topic sessions where there is mention of an attendee gift

Never been to Moscone Center? You can check out their high level Virtual Tour to gain an understanding of it prior to your arrival

Download to your mobile or print a copy of the exhibit hall and venue floor plans so you can review on the plane flight to the bay area. Once your onsite be sure to check out the OpenWorld daily updates and online for changes.



After arrival Saturday, head over to Moscone Center (at the corner Third and Howard Streets)  and venture over to the Hilton San Francisco Union Square for JavaOne. If attending OpenWorld get registered at Moscone West (starting Saturday 2-7pm) and become familiar with the area before 60,000 others join you there. If you arrive after Saturday, you miss the 1st Keynote and the top Oracle User Community speakers that kick off the week sharing on what they have learned and how customers are actually using Oracle technology starting 8:00am Sunday morning

Sunday, get a good early breakfast and get over to Moscone Center before 8am for the Oracle Users Group Forum   There is a full day of sessions, SIG meetings GEOs, receptions you can join, network and get further connected with the Oracle User Group community which runs all day up until the 1st keynote Sunday night then followed by the Oracle OpenWorld Welcome Reception. You can further connect here to an Oracle User Community

Below are links published by user communities on their activities during Oracle OpenWorld 2015



So at this point your onsite, acclimated, have your badge, familiar with the venue and where things are, attended some sessions and ready for a lot more Oracle OpenWorld activities for the remainder of the week. But if you are like me, you can't attend them all, so you typically focus on an Oracle product technology or solution areas.  And there are the Focus on Documents (FOD) typically published by the Oracle product and event teams as a resource for attendees. As FODs become available I will update them here in the Blog here.

To start your preperation, if you are interested in subject areas such as Oracle Database, Engineered Systems, Management, and Cloud here are some Content Catalog search links and subject matter suggestion links

And if you are specifically interested in Oracle Database In-Memory at Oracle OpenWorld 2015, further checkout Maria Colgan's Blog

More to come....
Look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld 2015!

Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Collaborate 15 - Thank You Partners

Once again the Oracle PartnerNetwork team took the Oracle Partner Lounge on the road and recognized OPN Partners who were at Collaborate 2015 supporting the Oracle user community. Oracle Partners work hard throughout the year keeping current and take new OPN Specializations and you could see Partners showcasing those credentials to customers in their booths, literature, business cards and more. Available online customers can find a partner and view their credentials and more in the OPN Solutions Catalog. Below you can see many of the Partners the OPN team was able to recognize when they were not engaged with customers. Thank You Partners! and we look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 and the OPN Lounge.


Collaborate 15 Photo Summary 1

Collaborate is the largest annual gathering of the Oracle user community. If you haven't had the opportunity to go, its an experience Oracle professionals should considering doing at least once. And as is falls halfway between Oracle OpenWorlds, its also a great testbed on practicing content for it. For those this year onsite at Collaborate 15 it was quite a busy event, whether in a keynotes, sessions, or the exposition hall. No matter where you went there was lots of networking, interchange of best practices and discussions about Oracle product technologies by customers and partners.


Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

Quick look back at Collaborate 2015

If you didn't have the chance to attend this year, here is a short summary from Tuesday April 14th,2015


Monday Apr 20, 2015

A Lot of Accomplishments with Oracle Technology Showcased by Customers & Partners at Collaborate 2015 – Focus on Cloud

Whew, by the time I can start to Blog, it seems another Collaborate has already come to an end and with so much condensed into one week, attendees attempted to miss as little as possible. It was quite a busy week from sessions, to the exhibit hall, to appearances by Oracle executives such as Mark Sunday and John Fowler.

First a BIG thank you to the three user groups ( IOUG, OAUG, Quest ) and all their volunteers that conduct this event. And especially this year, even more sessions were broadcast virtually to more whom could not attend onsite and then also for the conference app, which made this Collaborate 2105, better than any ever.

Arriving onsite to help our partners support customers, my initial objective was to help moderate the Cloud SIG, and it’s come a long way since its inception in 2009 and after one of the first Cloud related sessions by Tony Jedlinski , followed by IOUGs first Cloud Survey in 2010.  At Collaborate 2015 over 200 related sessions could be found in the session planner  and in addition a specific virtual Cloud Computing track offsite attendees could join in and ask questions. Cloud kicked off Monday with the Oracle Strategy for Cloud presented by Sandra Cheevers of Oracle where she overviewed Oracle technologies and choices available to customers no matter the Cloud type (Public or Private) or deployment model (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS..)

And on Monday afternoon, a personal thank you to those that were able to attend the Database as a Service Panel Session 598 onsite and an extra thank you to panelists Rene Antunez, Seth Miller, Erik Benner, Michael Timpanaro-Perrotta, and co-moderator and Cloud SIG President Charles Kim. 

If you missed it, I understand IOUG will be making the replay available and you never know, the panel might be repeated and expanded at Oracle OpenWorld 2015… 

Friday Apr 10, 2015

Partners at Collaborate 15 - look forward to seeing and supporting you

Each year in between Oracle OpenWorlds, Partners support our customers at events such as this one. So we take the Oracle PartnerNetwork Lounge on the road and support our partners supporting our customers. And similar to prior years, you may be surprised when we drop by your booth and have some recognition for your companies latest OPN accomplishments. And this year in addition to display of your OPN credentials, we are seeking a few partners to highlight that have made the transformation in their business to Cloud.  So feel free to send us a shout-out over Twitter.  And remember we always bring a camera so smile .


Friday Apr 03, 2015

Collaborate 15 Get ready - 5 tips

About halfway in between Oracle OpenWorlds, is the Collaborate event where many thousands of Oracle customers and partners come together and give sessions on  Oracle software and hardware technology best practices.This year there are almost 1400 sessions including Special Interest Groups (SIG)s and Geographies (GEO)s this year. In addition to customer, some Oracle Partners are presenting sessions and many have a presence onsite in the exposition hall to further meet with customers. You can view them here  For those Partners attending, Oracle PartnerNetwork Members will have a virtual OPN Lounge onsite at booth 1261 and available for meetings.

And as Oracle liaison to the IOUG Cloud SIG, I've been asked to help with one of those sessions - Session 598 on Monday that is a panel of user community subject matter expert speakers discussing what Database as a Service (DBaaS) really means to them. I cover that in more detail on my next Blog post.

Over the past 20 years attend this event since it was known as IOUW (as a DBA, a Partner, Board Member) I have learned something new each year and I like to share those back with the community to aid others who may be going to the event their very first time. With so much going on during the week, its so easy to find something out after its already happened and then you have to wait until the next year. So whether you are an Oracle Partner, considering to be a new one for such areas as Cloud , or a customer, here are some things I have learned over those years so you are better prepared when you arrive onsite.

#1 - Don't wait till you on on your way to Collaborate, start the week before. Its understandable that you need to get your work done to go, but being there are several things to prepare for online, it can be extra hard when others have also waited and everyone is trying to do it at the same time.

#2 - Use your PC and the Collaborate Mobile App for the optimal experience. Typically folks bring a PC to keep connected to work, but having the mobile app provides a whole additional experience. And its so much more than just a place to view and bookmark sessions, its your gateway to a whole conference social experience. So after you've downloaded, set up your profile, and bookmarked sessions, start asking questions of presenters, sharing other related best practice links, invite & arrange with other to meet onsite.

#3 - Social Media is a key part of the event and when things happen as the last minute, like a session change, a new SIG forming, or an invite to drinks,  dinner, etc... social media such as Twitter is one way to keep up on the very latest. While I've seen a few others that are longer,  the primary tag this year is #C15LV  and I will be providing coverage from my account @Lemmes


#4- In addition to writing up a trip report, digital photos are another way to prove to management you were at sessions by taking a selfie of yourself in front of the session sign , taking a photo from in the room in which you are attending a session, or with the Oracle folks in the campground work sent you to see.

#5 -  For those in your company that can travel to Collaborate, there is an option available for them to attend sessions virtually over the internet. This can be especially helpful when you need to attend one session and there are other sessions at the same time you can't be in. You can learn more about that here

More tips and updates on Collaborate coming. And if you are a partner attending, you might be surprised to find your picture posted here as in previous years. And if you have a Twitter account, be sure and share it so that we can notify you as well directly.

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 https://www.oracle.com/us/assets/ow-14-moscone-south-exhibits-2023243.pdf

And if you need the hours the hall is open, or other location maps then checkout this URL https://www.oracle.com/openworld/floor-plans/index.html

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