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
Just for Partners on
Monday and Tuesday, and at times the exhibit hall is closed, at the Hyatt
Regency adjacent to Colorado convention center. www.oracle.com/partners/goto/OPNTestFest 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)
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
8. Attend and Get Involved in Special Interest
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.
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.
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
forward to meeting you in Denver next week
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