Thursday Sep 12, 2013

Learn, Network, and Unwind at the Oracle OpenWorld Exhibition Halls

At Oracle OpenWorld, the Exhibition Halls are packed with partners eager to share their latest breakthroughs, best practices, and more. Plus many of them go out of their way to make the exhibition hall experience as engaging and enjoyable as possible, so don't miss any of the fun and "stuff" they bring to help keep you energized.

There will be more than 500 Oracle Partners participating in one or more of these Exhibition Halls: 

Oracle OpenWorld: Moscone South, Moscone West
Java: Hilton Grand Ballroom
HCM @ OpenWorld: Palace Hotel Garden Court
MySQL Connect: Hilton Yosemite Room 
CX Exhibition Experience: Moscone West, Lobby Level 3 

There will also be Oracle OpenWorld Pavilions featuring technologies including Cloud Solutions, Mobile Enterprise, Linux and Virtualization, JD Edwards, Hyperion, and more.

In addition to networking and learning, the Oracle OpenWorld Experiences are a great place to unwind and have fun.
  • Grab a coffee in the morning and a well-deserved beer in the afternoon at the Tap and Brew, sponsored by NetApp (Room 101 Moscone South and Booth 3841 Moscone West)
  • Try your hand at the Golf Experience, sponsored by Tech Data (1933 Moscone South and 3209 Moscone West) 
  • Roll away at our brand new Bocce Ball Experience, sponsored by Rapid E-Suite (3909 Moscone West).
Whether you’re looking to learn something new, add to your network, relax, or blow off steam, the Exhibition Halls should be on your must-attend list while attending Oracle OpenWorld.

Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

Maroon 5 Tells (Almost) All

Oracle Appreciation Event headline band Maroon 5 members talk in depth about their life in music and the musical life.

You probably get this all the time, but can you tell us the story behind your band's name? 
We do get asked that all the time, but unfortunately we’re still keeping it a secret. Sorry!

How does the collaboration work when you jam? Who starts, who lays down a structure, who changes the structure as you play?
The way we work has changed over the years. When we started working on songs for "Overexposed" we started accepting tracks and songs from other writers and multiple producers for the first time. We brought in a couple different producers on that album and now we’re doing it again while working on new songs for the next album. They made us approach the collaboration process on a song differently; now we’re all getting more involved in writing and production, where Adam used to do a lot of that. So, now it varies: sometimes we just jam by ourselves and bring in something we laid down to try out with the other guys, or someone submits something to us that we go into the studio and rework and change the way we like it for one producer or another. There’s no specific method to the process, we’re open to any way that we can create a hit song.

Which comes first: lyrics or melody? Discuss.
Again, like as mentioned above, it varies. Sometimes, Adam or one of us has some lyrics pop into our head that we have to put down on paper immediately and start building a song around. Or we get a melody in our head we start playing out and then build the song and lyrics around. But, as mentioned now that we’re getting more song submissions from outside that have both melody and/or lyrics already down, we take what we like and add to it.

Which is more fun for the group: recording or playing in front of a live audience? Why?
Definitely playing in front of a live audience because the energy is so much different when you’re on stage. In a recording studio you have the presence that’s where you are. When you’re on stage performing live everything goes away and you’re in a different state of mind—you just go to a different place and everything fades but the energy from the crowd. It’s the best feeling.

The video of your hit "Moves Like Jagger" has been played on YouTube more than 165 million times—that's more views than there are people in Russia! Why do you think this song/video was such a smash?
We took a risk with that song and went in a new direction with that style pop that we hadn’t really done before. I think the combination of bringing on Christina, debuting on The Voice with The Voice’s success at the time, all caused a perfect storm and we hoped it would have that reaction but couldn’t believe and still can’t believe it’s become as big as it has.

What other past musicians/groups influence your sound? How about current musicians/groups?
Prince, Police, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, the Beatles, the list could go on with past influences. Currently, can’t say we pull influence from what’s out here now, but Mumford & Sons is a big favorite of ours.

What keeps you mentally enthusiastic, engaged, and energized while you're on the road touring?
The fans, 100% the fans have always been there for us and supported us every step of the way for the past 10 years. And since "Moves Like Jagger" we’ve brought on a whole new demographic of fans and we love being able to go out and play the new songs they love and introduce them to the old ones that the fans since Day 1 love so much. So, that’s what keeps us going throughout a long tour is getting out there every night playing for them.

Did you ever think Maroon 5 would be as successful as it is?
Well you hope it all goes this way when you start as a musician, I think every kid who picks up a guitar, or drumsticks, or sings wants to imagine themselves as successful performers one day. But, it still is a shock when we go out there and play sold out arenas or get a #1 single that we’ve actually made it here and have been able to stay up there as of recent.

Are you musicians first, or entertainers? Or are they one and the same?
Musicians first, they are one and the same but we definitely love to play first and foremost for the love we have of music. Started out playing to entertain ourselves because we loved what we heard from others entertaining us with the music they loved to create and play. So, we’re home playing around on instruments and working on new songs because we love music and being musicians. But, we love entertaining others with the music we love to make.

Do you most prefer playing in a large venue, or in a more intimate setting? Why?
There are pros and cons on both of those. Large venues are amazing because there’s nothing like performing in front of that big of a crowd with the noise and energy you feed off the crowd on. But, intimate venues and shows are great because it reminds you of what it was like to first be starting out as musicians and trying to make it winning people over in a small room. We like to get our fair share of both to balance it out.

Business Transformation: Getting from Point A to Point B

If your organization is embarking on major transformation initiatives, Oracle OpenWorld offers seven new conference sessions specifically designed to help you succeed.[Read More]

Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

Top 12 Reasons to Attend Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld attendees each have their own reasons for coming to the conference. Our intrepid ForbesBrandVoice bloggers, Alexander Wolfe and John Foley, identify their Top 12.

What are YOUR top reasons for attending Oracle OpenWorld?

Monday Sep 09, 2013

Transform Your Business with Oracle Primavera

By Beata P. Rosa

Add These Ten Essential Sessions to Your Portfolio

If you use Oracle’s Primavera solutions and you're attending Oracle OpenWorld, then the Primavera-focused activities are for you. Featured are 18 sessions, 7 hands-on labs, demos, meet the experts, and exhibits. Sessions are designed for you to gain valuable information on how to drive innovation, enhance operations, or manage finance and risk, and effectively use Oracle solutions to support both short- and long-term growth.

Here are sessions you can schedule:

· What’s New and the Planned Roadmap: Primavera P6, Primavera P6 Analytics, and Primavera Gateway
· Improving Productivity Throughout the Capital Asset Lifecycle
· What’s New and the Planned Roadmap: Primavera Unifier and Instantis EnterpriseTrack
· Instantis EnterpriseTrack Cloud Service for IT and Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
· Primavera PPM Solutions for Manufacturing Projects
· Leveraging Oracle’s Primavera Across the Enterprise at Pacific Gas & Electric
· New Product Update: Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Scheduling Process
· Primavera PPM Solutions for Maintenance Projects
· Primavera PPM Solutions for Capital Projects
· Qualcomm Streamlines Its Design and Manufacturing Process with AutoVue/Agile Products

In practical self-paced learning sessions covering everything from Oracle’s Primavera P6 solutions to Primavera Portfolio Management, Primavera Capital Planning, and Instantis Enterprise Track and Unifier, you’ll discover new ways to derive maximum benefits from your Oracle software.

Download the Focus On Oracle Primavera guide for all the details, and stay connected via Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


Tuesday Sep 03, 2013

Friends, Food, and Fun at the My Oracle Support Community Meet Up

Join us at the 4th annual My Oracle Support Community Meet Up for food and drink, fun, and conversation on Monday, September 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

After a productive day at Oracle OpenWorld, take time to relax and meet your My Oracle Support Community peers as well some of the Oracle employees who moderate the community. The Meet Up event is a great place to get together before dinner, or spend the evening getting to know other community members and Oracle Support moderators in person.

Admission to this event is free, but Oracle Premier Support Customers need to register to receive their invitation to the Meet Up and find out the details.

Not a My Oracle Support Community member yet? Joining is easy—Oracle Premier Support customers can log in with the same account they use to access My Oracle Support to begin taking advantage of the resources the community offers.

If you're an Oracle Premier Support customer but don’t yet have a login, talk to the Customer User Administrator (CUA) at your company now to get access to the Oracle proactive portfolio, including the My Oracle Support Community.

Visit the Services and Support Oracle OpenWorld website to discover how you can take advantage of all Oracle OpenWorld has to offer. 

Thursday Aug 29, 2013

Not Just Support. Advanced Support.

Learn Best Practices at Oracle OpenWorld

Learn key best practices to maximize performance and availability from Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services by attending one or more of our sessions,

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Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

Get a Head Start on What's New

Attend Oracle University Preconference Training at Oracle Openworld

This September, you’ll be at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 for the networking. For the fun. For the tchotchkes. But most of all, you’ll be attending for the knowledge, right?
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Consult with an Expert

Hear from Customers and Oracle Experts at Oracle OpenWorld

Learn how to maximize the value of your Oracle investments by attending one or more of our sessions led by Oracle Consulting experts.[Read More]

Monday Aug 26, 2013

Tour Oracle's User Experience Research Labs at HQ

Sign Up to Tour Oracle’s User Experience Research Labs

Climb on one of our chartered buses to Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, just south of San Francisco. Our usability labs will be open on Thursday, September 26, to allow customers and partners to see firsthand how we test future product designs using innovative technology,
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