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!

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

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

Saturday

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 http://t.co/Jv97FXYvcZ

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 Solutions.oracle.com 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  www.oracle.com/partners/goto/enterprisemanager  and or the Cloud Builder   Knowledge Zone www.oracle.com/partners/goto/cloudbuilder  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 http://t.co/cBMQAcdUTX

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 https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opn/cc/opncc_new_design_glp.html  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 https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/full_glp.cc?group_id=28521

Oracle Database and Tuning Presales Specialist https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/full_glp.cc?group_id=28522

Oracle Database and Tuning Implementation Specialist https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/full_glp.cc?group_id=28894

Oracle Enterprise Manager Sales Specialist  https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/full_glp.cc?group_id=21923

Oracle Enterprise Manager Presales Specialist  https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/full_glp.cc?group_id=21943

Oracle Enterprise Manager Implementation Specialist  https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/full_glp.cc?group_id=22743

Oracle Cloud Builder Sales Specialist https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/full_glp.cc?group_id=24923

Oracle Cloud Builder Presales Specialist https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/full_glp.cc?group_id=24943

Oracle Cloud Builder Implementation Specialist https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/full_glp.cc?group_id=24743

3. And that you and your team members are “badged” to your company  http://www.oracle.com/partners/en/most-popular-resources/specialized-345178.pdf 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.

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!

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

Date

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

Friday Apr 06, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Ops Center Jump-Start for Partners

Following the   announcement at Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo, Partners can check out these resources to further learn about Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Op Center and then use it to optimize your solution/services or offer new ones:

    Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c is no extra charge and included in the support contract of Oracle Systems customers.To learn more see the Ops Center Everywhere Program

    And if you're not already a member, be sure and join the Oracle Enterprise Manager KnowledgeZone on the Oracle PartnerNetwork  Portal

    Friday Mar 30, 2012

    In Japan? Get the First Opportunity On The New Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Partner Specialization Exam

    The Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Essentials Implementation Exam, is now available in Beta for Oracle Partners.

    If your a Partner in Japan or a Partner attending Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in Tokyo April 4th-6th, take advantage of the opportunity to take the exam, at no charge,  onsite as part of the Oracle PartnerNetwork TestFest  http://www.oracle.com/partners/campaign/events/oowtokyo-testfest-1527771-ja.html  Just ask to take the exam having this number (1Z1-457)

    Don't happen to be in Japan next week?, no problem, Partners in other parts of the world can apply for one of the limited free beta exam vouchers by sending a request to this email address opn-edu_ww@oracle.com In your email be sure to include your name, business email address, company name and the name of the exam  - Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Essentials Implementation Exam (1Z1-457)

    Tuesday Oct 04, 2011

    Oracle OpenWorld 2011 OPN Lounge – Monday Recap for Partners

    Maybe you missed dropping in because of other meetings or you did not have enough clones of yourself to be everywhere at once? Or possibly you were not one of those able to physically attend the event? No problem, here is a report to keep you up to date.

    Logistics - First, if your onsite and have not heard or seen this flyer yet, there is still time for yourself or team members to get Specialized at “No Charge”


    And if you did not make it by the OPN Lounge, there is still time, here are the hours


    When you finally make it over the OPN Lounge, you will see and be greeted by Oracle team members such as these.


    And as the lounge has been busy, as you can see here you may not initial see some of the great resources onsite for you.


    Stop over the right side of the lounge for questions and help on the OPN Program, membership and tools


    As you shift over the left side there are some great folks that can show you the very latest on the Solutions Catalog


    And feel free to “Push our Button” for your own interactive automated 3D demo


    And then make your way to the back so you can setup/attend a meeting or provide additional feedback.



    We look forward to your visit!

    Monday Oct 03, 2011

    Monday Look Forward to Your Visit - Oracle PartnerNetwork Lounge

    I remember when I was a Partner, Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld was primarily a time to finish off your booth and start-I mean polish your session and booth presentations. Those days are certainly gone after what so I saw so many Partners experiencing first hand on OpenWorld Sunday.


    With a record signup, the OPN PartnerNetwork Forum filled the entire day with content, breakouts, technology overviews, Partners and opportunity.

    Thank you again to the Partners I had the opportunity to meet throughout Sunday and especially for you that wanted to keep sharing late into the evening after the Sunday opening keynote.

    It hours away to when the OPN Lounge will officially open and I will report there where I will have the opportunity to meet with even more of you. As I mentioned in my earlier blog, with the OPN Lounge such a great resource for Partners, try and make it a top priority in your schedule to get by and check it out Monday so you can leverage it the rest of the week.

    I’ve heard that towards the end of the day Monday, you may wish to additionally drop by for a sponsored happy hour mixer in the OPN Partner Lounge. The benefits just keep getting better each year...

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