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!

Friday Apr 05, 2013

A Top Ten List for OPN Partners

Get the Most Out of COLLABORATE 13!

Having attended this event since it earliest days as IOUW and as a Partner, here are some of my tips for Oracle Partners planning to exhibit or attend this year.

1. Take Advantage of the OPN TestFest - Its Free and Onsite

Just for Partners on Monday and Tuesday, and at times the exhibit hall is closed, at the Hyatt Regency adjacent to Colorado convention center. www.oracle.com/partners/goto/OPNTestFest It’s a rare opportunity to get staff that’s normally on the road certified which aids you on your Oracle Partner Network (OPN) Specialization achievements.

2. Hear a Great Keynote

Oracle President Mark Hurd will be onstage discussing Oracle's strategy, innovation and the company’s relationship with its customers

3. Meet Oracle Partner Network Team (OPN) Members Onsite

We understand that meeting with customers is a top priority. So whether onsite on the exhibition floor at Booth #880, in the morning, lunch or in the evening, OPN team members welcome meeting with you while your onsite. The information desk at the Oracle campground can also help direct you.

4. Prep for Oracle OpenWorld

But don't wait till the fall, use this event as a half-way point to Oracle OpenWorld and engage OPN team members onsite to get the latest news about the OPN Program, ask questions and provide feedback on specific OPN Specializations, share your ideas and get feedback on sessions you are considering to submit for Oracle OpenWorld.

5. OPN Specializations on Display! We Hope So - Get Recognized!

If you are displaying your OPN Specializations in a creative fashion in your booth or elsewhere at the event, let OPN team members’ onsite know or over Social Media. OPN Team members will be seeking out the best and most unique examples while at the event and capturing them on film.

6. Engage, Join the Conversation, Be Active in the Social Media

While there may be many attendees physically onsite, don’t forget that there will be many including your co-workers following the event virtually. In addition to the COLLABORATE 13 twitter hastag #C13DEN , be sure to monitor, direct or copy the Oracle Partner Network team #oraclepartners #OPN during the event.

7. Visit the Oracle Campground

Its onsite in the exposition hall and provides you an opportunity to learn more about some of the latest Oracle product technology and releases and engage Oracle product experts.

8. Attend and Get Involved in Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

Within the user community you will be finding customers flocking together with interest in specific topic areas such as Cloud, Oracle Manageability, and many others. Don't miss the opportunity to attend a SIG meeting, get further involved, and share your knowledge and OPN expertise.

9. Network

Sure, it may seem like another trade show where you have been asked to staff a booth and collect leads, but don't miss the opportunity to further network. Instead of catching up on emails, be sure to engage attendees at each opportunity; meal time especially. You may learn more about a customer and they may learn more about you.

10. Enjoy

And while you’re in town, you can find some great restaurants. So resist that temptation to go back to your room to do email and room service; instead enjoy a wonderful meal and invite some folk to join you.

Look forward to meeting you in Denver next week

Steve

Follow me on Twitter: @lemmes

Monday Apr 09, 2012

Oracle Manageability Presentations at Collaborate 2012


Attending the Collaborate 2012 event, April 22-26th in Las Vegas, and interested in learning more about becoming specialized on Oracle Manageability? Be sure and checkout these sessions below presented by subject matter experts while your onsite. Set up a meeting or be one of the first Oracle Partners onsite to ask me, and we'll request one of the limited FREE Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c partner certification exam vouchers for you.

Can't travel this year? the  COLLABORATE 12 Plug Into Vegas may be another option for you to attend from your own desk presentations like session #489 Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: What's Changed? What's New? presented by Oracle Specialized Partners like ROLTA

 


Session

ID

Title

Presented by

Day/Time



920

Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control: New Features and Best Practices

Dell

Sun



9536

Release 12 Apps DBA 101

Justadba, LLC

Mon



932

Monitoring Exadata with Cloud Control

Oracle

Mon



397

OEM Cloud Control Hands On

Performance Tuning

Mon



118

Oracle BI Sys Mgmt Best Practices & New Features

Rittman Mead Consulting

Mon



548

High Availability Boot Camp: RAC Design, Install, Manage

Database Administration, Inc

Mon



926

The Only Complete Cloud Management Solution -- Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle

Mon



328

Virtualization Boot Camp

Dell

Mon



292

Upgrading to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c - Best Practices

Southern Utah University

Mon



793

Exadata 101 - What You Need to Know

Rolta

Tues



431 &
1431

Extreme Database Administration: New Features for Expert DBAs

Oracle

Tue
Wed



521

What's New for Oracle WebLogic Management: Capabilities that Scripting Cannot Provide

Oracle

Thu



338

Oracle Real Application Testing: A look under the hood

PayPal

Tue



9398

Reduce TCO Using Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle

Tue



312

Configuring and Managing a Private Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Dell

Tue



866

Making OEM Sing and Dance with EMCLI

Portland General Electric

Tue



533

Oracle Exadata Monitoring: Engineered Systems Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle

Wed



100600

Optimizing EnterpriseOne System Administration

Oracle

Wed



9565

Optimizing EBS on Exadata

Centroid Systems

Wed



550

Database-as-a-Service: Enterprise Cloud in Three Simple Steps

Oracle

Wed



434

Managing Oracle: Expert Panel on Techniques and Best Practices

Oracle Partners: Dell, Keste, ROLTA, Pythian

Wed



9760

Cloud Computing Directions: Understanding Oracle's Cloud

AT&T

Wed



817

Right Cloud: Use Oracle Technologies to Avoid False Cloud

Visual Integrator Consulting

Wed



163

Forgetting something? Standardize your database monitoring environment with Enterprise Manager 11g

Johnson Controls

Wed



489

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: What's Changed? What's New?

ROLTA

Thu


 

 

OPN Specialized Partner Activities at Collaborate 2012

If your a Partner planning to attend the Collaborate 2012 event, April 22-26th in Las Vegas, Oracle Partner Network (OPN) team members attending welcome meeting you onsite. Whether you are interested in being a new Partner, or you are a long standing Partner seeking an update on OPN programs or Partner Specialization, we welcome meeting with you 1 on 1. In fact, we might drop by your booth or session to further recognize you for your OPN Specialization accomplishments! If you are also  participating in Social Media while at the event, let us know that as well.

In addition, we are also seeking to meet Partners, while at Collaborate 2012, who may be interested in speaking at Oracle OpenWorld on their OPN Specialization program accomplishments and customer successes.

Understanding that Partners can be busy staffing their own booths, we welcome meeting you when the exhibit hall is closed. Or if you want a break away from your booth, we are glad to meet  on the exhibit hall floor Oracle Validated Integration Lounge - OAUG & Quest member Booth 1679. To learn more or to schedule a meeting on site contact us


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