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.

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.