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.