By Get_Specialized! on Sep 30, 2011
If you’re a Partner and have never attended an OpenWorld, put in for it now so you can be considered and plan for it next year. If you have already planned to be at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Welcome! from an a 12+ year Partner OOW alumni.
Whether you are attending sessions, presenting, exhibiting or doing all three as I once did, the week is what you make of it and I hope you came with some extra “no doze” as you don’t want to miss anything. With too many great things for me to cover in my Blog, I’ll provide you some of my favorite highlights:
- Arrive on Friday or Saturday and get all your preparations and planning accomplished. That includes getting acquainted with the city, event locations, as well as where you plan to dine. Get your PC connected to the conference network, social media and download the conference mobile app as well. Being able to connect to OPN and other sources of information on my iPhone is so much better than the heavy conference proceedings I remember hauling around in my backpack all week. One year I broke my foot just before the event and was unsure how I was going to get around on crutches. Luckily for me someone told me about folks who you can rent a scooter for the week and they even deliver it to your hotel.
- Sunday is the OPN Partner Forum. Start the week off hearing about the latest and greatest in offerings and opportunities for Partners, hear real success stories and experience the recognition and reward the Oracle Partner program provides. As the day winds down, the evening kicks in with the first keynote and a Partner reception that is an excellent networking opportunity to start off your week.
- Monday – grab a big breakfast, attend the keynote and make it to Moscone south and acquaint yourself on the location of the Oracle Partner Network Lounge even if you don’t have time to stop in yet. While on the exhibit hall floor, you can use the opportunity to meet and see what other Partners are doing. I’m always amazed at the booth themes and promotions folks come up with. Sit in on some sessions and announcements and don’t miss fueling back up at lunch as there are so many activities in the evening you don’t want to miss as well.
I’ll stop here for now and provide you some additional insights over the week. I also want to meet as many of you Partners interested in Specialization and Oracle’s technology and solutions for manageability. If that interests you, I’ll be around the OPN Lounge a majority of the week, so just ask for me. If I happen to be away when you drop by, please leave a business card to my attention with your mobile phone and email and we can set a time to meet back there.