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 http://t.co/IbM7Na1cDf

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 solutions.oracle.com 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….

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 Jun 22, 2012

Partners - There's a Virtual Seat Awaiting You

That's right; no need to book travel, wait in airport lines or deal with expenses afterwards! Leave the luggage at home and just log on.

Attend the LIVE Oracle FY13 PartnerNetwork Kickoff June 26th/27th. from your own location. Why wait, it just takes a moment to register for your region:

  • NAS  - Tuesday, June 26 @ 8:30 am PT 
  • EMEA - Tuesday, June 26 @ 2:00 pm BST
  • LAD - Tuesday, June 26 @ 2:00pm EDT (Miami) / 3:00pm BRT (Sao Paulo)
  • Japan - Wednesday, June 27 @ 10:00 am JST
  • APAC - Wednesday, June 27 @ 8:30 am IST (Bangalore) / 11:00 am SGT (Singapore), 1:00 pm AEST (Sydney)

Your further invited to interact in the conversation and bring forth questions to the Oracle PartnerNetwork on Twitter

Thursday Jun 21, 2012

Oracle E-Business Suite Partners Get Plugged In - Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

 

Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in, an integral part of Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite, is Generally Available. More information may be found in note 1434392.1 on MyOracle Support. Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in can be accessed a few ways:

Fresh install

 

Upgrade

Please refer to the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Guide for further details.

If you are a partner and have not yet joined the Oracle PartnerNetwork Enterprise Manager KnowledgeZone, be sure and sign up today to learn more about Oracle Application Management and how it can aid your customers and business.


Wednesday Jun 20, 2012

Partners - Steer Clear of the Unknown with Oracle Enterprise Manager12c and Plug-in Extensibility

Imagine if you just purchased a new car and as you entered the vehicle to drive it home and you found there was no steering wheel.

And upon asking the dealer you were told that it was an option and you had a choice now or later of a variety of aftermarket steering wheels that fit a wide variety of automobiles.


If you expected the car to already have a steering wheel designed to manage your transportation solution, you might wonder why someone would offer an application solution where its management is not offered as an option or come as part of the solution...

Using management designed to support the underlying technology and that can provide management and support  for your own Oracle technology based solution can benefit your business  a variety of ways: increased customer satisfaction, reduction of support calls, margin and revenue growth. Sometimes when something is not included or recommended , customers take their own path which may not be optimal when using your solution and has later impact on the customers satisfaction or worse a negative impact on their business.

As an Oracle Partner, you can reduce your research, certification, and time to market by selecting and offering management designed, developed, and supported for Oracle product technology by Oracle with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. For partners with solution specific management needs or seeking to differentiate themselves in the market, Enterprise Manager 12c is extensible and provides partners the opportunity to create their own plug-ins as well as a validation program for them.

Today a number of examples by partners are available and more on the way from such partners as NetApp for NetApp storage and Blue Medora for VMware vSphere. To review and consider further for applicability to your solution, visit  the Oracle PartnerNetwork KnowledgeZone for Enterprise Manager under the Develop Tab http://www.oracle.com/partners/goto/enterprisemanager

Wednesday May 09, 2012

Some of the Best Saved For Last - Day 5

While some may have stayed out late the night before, the final day of the conference was in full swing and sessions starting at 8:30am. While I heard some presenters question thinking they drew the short straw to be on the last day, savvy conference committee volunteers slot speakers with specific content to draw attendees out of bed even after a big event night. After grabbing a cup of coffee to start my day, I snapped a quick picture of the exposition hall where all the partner booths were now gone; looking similar to the build-out at the first of the week.


Arriving at one of those first of the morning slots a few minutes before start time, I found session 489 by a Partner on Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Whats Changed, Whats New - almost full and grabbed a remaining seat. Sitting in the room you could feel the energy from the speaker as well as the audiences hunger for the content with many questions being interactively asked by the audience.

After checking out a couple of additional sessions, It was off to one remaining lunch meeting  to discuss the Oracle Database Appliance with a partner who provided remote database administration services. Lunched wrapped up just in time to get my bags and make it to the airport to catch the flight home to my family. Thank you to all the partners who contributed their time, shared feedback and presented a lot of great content on Oracle technology to customers. Hope to see you next at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco!

OPN Specialized Partner Panel of Experts - Day 4

Well day 4 arrived with much anticipation as I was moderating session 434 - Managing Oracle: Expert Panel on Techniques & Best Practices. I've moderated panels before at Collaborate, but you never know how many may attend because of the other opposing sessions. Of no surprise to me, there was another Oracle Enterprise Manager session at the same time as the panel session and it happened to be someone who volunteered for the panel but had to cancel to do their own session! That was in addition to locating another replacement for a partner who had planned travel from across the pond, but had to cancel attending Collaborate overall to attend to business. Luckily, there is a great pool of Specialized Partners and many already planning to attend the event that were gracious enough to volunteer so that we had a wonderful panel of experts for attendees as well as one from Oracle. Soon our room filled with people and after one initial question to the panel, attendees had the panelist on their toes drilling them with a variety of questions from Oracle Applications to Disk Management. There was even the opportunity for those in other sessions or offsite to ask a question of the panel via Twitter. To soon it seemed, that time ran out and a last question from the audience was brought to the panel with many hands still in the air hoping for more. Afterwords a number of attendees went over to meet the panelists 1 on 1 with even some following from the session room back to the partners booth. I was told the session was recorded, so when that becomes available I will update my Blog with the link.