Friday Apr 12, 2013

COLLABORATE 13 - Congratulation OPN Partners

Well it was quite a week in Denver Colorado, braving below zero temperatures and snow, for the thousands attending this years COLLABORATE Oracle User Group conference. It was great to meet so many Oracle Partner Network (OPN) Specialized partners and hear what they have been doing with their OPN specializations as part of sessions, SIGs, and in their booths. The OPN team saw lots of partners displaying their OPN Specialization achievements on the booths, business cards, and attire. We look forward next to meeting you and hearing more about your OPN & customer solution and services successes at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld 2013 event.

And congratulations to all those OPN Partners who've achieved additional OPN Specializations since Oracle OpenWorld 2012, that we were able to meet onsite and capture a photo with.


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.