Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Collaborate 15 Photo Summary 1

Collaborate is the largest annual gathering of the Oracle user community. If you haven't had the opportunity to go, its an experience Oracle professionals should considering doing at least once. And as is falls halfway between Oracle OpenWorlds, its also a great testbed on practicing content for it. For those this year onsite at Collaborate 15 it was quite a busy event, whether in a keynotes, sessions, or the exposition hall. No matter where you went there was lots of networking, interchange of best practices and discussions about Oracle product technologies by customers and partners.

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

Quick look back at Collaborate 2015

If you didn't have the chance to attend this year, here is a short summary from Tuesday April 14th,2015

Monday Apr 20, 2015

A Lot of Accomplishments with Oracle Technology Showcased by Customers & Partners at Collaborate 2015 – Focus on Cloud

Whew, by the time I can start to Blog, it seems another Collaborate has already come to an end and with so much condensed into one week, attendees attempted to miss as little as possible. It was quite a busy week from sessions, to the exhibit hall, to appearances by Oracle executives such as Mark Sunday and John Fowler.

First a BIG thank you to the three user groups ( IOUG, OAUG, Quest ) and all their volunteers that conduct this event. And especially this year, even more sessions were broadcast virtually to more whom could not attend onsite and then also for the conference app, which made this Collaborate 2105, better than any ever.

Arriving onsite to help our partners support customers, my initial objective was to help moderate the Cloud SIG, and it’s come a long way since its inception in 2009 and after one of the first Cloud related sessions by Tony Jedlinski , followed by IOUGs first Cloud Survey in 2010.  At Collaborate 2015 over 200 related sessions could be found in the session planner  and in addition a specific virtual Cloud Computing track offsite attendees could join in and ask questions. Cloud kicked off Monday with the Oracle Strategy for Cloud presented by Sandra Cheevers of Oracle where she overviewed Oracle technologies and choices available to customers no matter the Cloud type (Public or Private) or deployment model (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS..)

And on Monday afternoon, a personal thank you to those that were able to attend the Database as a Service Panel Session 598 onsite and an extra thank you to panelists Rene Antunez, Seth Miller, Erik Benner, Michael Timpanaro-Perrotta, and co-moderator and Cloud SIG President Charles Kim. 

If you missed it, I understand IOUG will be making the replay available and you never know, the panel might be repeated and expanded at Oracle OpenWorld 2015… 

Friday Apr 10, 2015

Partners at Collaborate 15 - look forward to seeing and supporting you

Each year in between Oracle OpenWorlds, Partners support our customers at events such as this one. So we take the Oracle PartnerNetwork Lounge on the road and support our partners supporting our customers. And similar to prior years, you may be surprised when we drop by your booth and have some recognition for your companies latest OPN accomplishments. And this year in addition to display of your OPN credentials, we are seeking a few partners to highlight that have made the transformation in their business to Cloud.  So feel free to send us a shout-out over Twitter.  And remember we always bring a camera so smile .

Friday Apr 03, 2015

Collaborate 15 Get ready - 5 tips

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.

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 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. 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


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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





Presented by



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




Release 12 Apps DBA 101

Justadba, LLC



Monitoring Exadata with Cloud Control




OEM Cloud Control Hands On

Performance Tuning



Oracle BI Sys Mgmt Best Practices & New Features

Rittman Mead Consulting



High Availability Boot Camp: RAC Design, Install, Manage

Database Administration, Inc



The Only Complete Cloud Management Solution -- Oracle Enterprise Manager




Virtualization Boot Camp




Upgrading to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c - Best Practices

Southern Utah University



Exadata 101 - What You Need to Know



431 &

Extreme Database Administration: New Features for Expert DBAs




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




Oracle Real Application Testing: A look under the hood




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




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




Making OEM Sing and Dance with EMCLI

Portland General Electric



Oracle Exadata Monitoring: Engineered Systems Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager




Optimizing EnterpriseOne System Administration




Optimizing EBS on Exadata

Centroid Systems



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




Managing Oracle: Expert Panel on Techniques and Best Practices

Oracle Partners: Dell, Keste, ROLTA, Pythian



Cloud Computing Directions: Understanding Oracle's Cloud




Right Cloud: Use Oracle Technologies to Avoid False Cloud

Visual Integrator Consulting



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

Johnson Controls



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





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


Oracle Partnering Specialization opportunity, observations, and activities. A perspective by an employee who was once a partner, served on the Board of Directors and active volunteer in the Oracle user group community. at @lemmes


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