Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

NexGen Cloud Conference recap: “All Roads Lead to the Cloud”

Last week, San Diego hosted The Channel Company’s inaugural NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo on December 3-5. The theme, “All Roads Lead to the Cloud” – stemmed from industry experts’ predictions that all channel businesses must adapt to the cloud by 2017.

Oracle participated in the event as a Platinum sponsor throughout the conference. Wednesday was a “hosted” day with about 120 invite-only solution providers, providing Oracle an opportunity to engage with partners through the following events:

  • Oracle Cloud Opportunities keynote – Oracle Director Jeff Porter’s keynote was very well received by partners; we even heard feedback that it was the best Oracle keynote attendees had listened to at an XChange event!
  • Power Talk sessions – Oracle hosted five roundtable meetings with solution providers on dedicated topics that ranged from Virtualization to Private and Public Clouds. The intimate setting led to lively discussions, and an opportunity for partners to get their latest questions answered.
  • NexGen Welcome Reception – The official NexGen Conference kicked off Wednesday night and afforded eager Solution Providers an opportunity to network and mingle with Oracle executives, discussing Oracle’s planned cloud opportunities at our table top display.

On Thursday and Friday, Oracle hosted a booth in the Expo Hall and the highlight was certainly the evening booth crawl where the Oracle team served up local favorites - fish tacos and Corona!

All in all, the NexGen Cloud Conference was a very worthwhile and well-organized event. From receiving actionable advice in order to accelerate cloud businesses, to uncovering new cloud solutions and revenue streams, we hope that our partners found it as valuable as we did. Hope to see you back next year.

Thanks for joining us!
The Oracle PartnerNetwork events team

Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

All good things must come to an end... but at least we have OPN Cloud Connection!

Happy Tuesday, OPN! We hope everyone made it home safely and is feeling recovered after Oracle OpenWorld. We miss it and are already looking ahead to next year's conference, which will be taking place in late October.

As you witnessed and read about, there were some significant announcements made last week at OpenWorld. These included a major upgrade to the Oracle Cloud platform, enhancements to Social Station, the release of Social Commerce, as well as partner and customer panels from companies like Intel, Walgreens and Procter & Gamble.

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd

One notable announcement specific to the partner community we'd like to highlight is OPN Cloud Connection. During the OPN keynote, we announced the launch of OPN Cloud Connection - a new resource for partners to explore, learn and engage in the Oracle Cloud. As the single source for partner-focused Cloud information, this open community invites both existing Oracle partners and non-Oracle members to participate free of charge. OPN Cloud Connection gives you access to Cloud content, the Oracle Cloud portfolio, best practices, technical resources, and innovative new business models. In addition, OPN Cloud Connection serves as a platform to engage directly with Oracle experts and other partners. We encourage you to join OPN Cloud Connection, and please reach out to us if you have any questions about it.

Thank you again for making this year's Oracle OpenWorld the success it was. We'll leave you with our favorite photo from the Oracle Appreciation Event last Wednesday. Can't wait to do it all again in 2015!

The Oracle PartnerNetwork

Monday Sep 29, 2014

OPN Central @ OpenWorld: Day One Recap

Good morning, folks! Day one of OPN Central @ OpenWorld is behind us and we’re already on to number two. From yesterday’s OPN keynote to the Product Executive Update to the OPN AfterDark Reception, we had an exhilarating, marathon of a day. In case any of you missed it, here’s a quick look at some highlights from Sunday.

  • During the OPN Keynote, SVP Rich Geraffo hosted CEOs Mark Hurd & Safra Catz, as well as Oracle Team USA aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker! Rich also spoke with a panel of A&C leaders around Oracle’s cloud strategy, cloud program, Oracle on Oracle and OPN Program and Enablement program. We also witnessed the unveiling of OPN Cloud Connection – a new community where partners can engage and explore the Oracle Cloud on an entirely new level.
  • The OPN Product Executive Update featured EVPs Thomas Kurian & John Fowler, who took a deep dive into Oracle Database 12c In-Memory, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and Oracle’s overall cloud strategy. Fowler ended the session by reaffirming Oracle’s commitment to sustaining hardware investments is crucial to its platform strategy.
  • We heard from partner Renee James of Intel during the OpenWorld Welcome keynote. As you’ve probably seen all over Twitter, Renee made the statement that half of enterprises will operate in public/private hybrid cloud modes, and that the cost point of private clouds is growing competitive with public clouds. Larry then took the stage, conveying his main message about the cloud, the major upgrades to Oracle’s cloud platform in 2014 and that the effort stems from a culmination of a mission that started 30 years ago.
  • We concluded Sunday with the OPN AfterDark Reception in the Metreon. It was a beautiful night in San Francisco and people were able to enjoy the terrace overlooking Oracle Plaza. Maybe it was the weather, maybe not, but we had our biggest turnout ever – nearly 1,500 people in attendance! Sean D. Tucker was a big part of the event; the aerobatic pilot signed about 250 Team Oracle caps for folks. We also had a live drawing for a chance to win a free flight with Sean D. Tucker this week. Congratulations again to our winner Pablo of Avnet Inc. – we hope you have a blast on Wednesday!