Tuesday Oct 01, 2013

It's a Wrap! The #OPNX13 Menu in Review

Well, it was a big few days at OPN Exchange @ Oracle OpenWorld 2013. A smorgasbord of keynotes, events, cocktail parties, speaker sessions, tests and demos spread out across San Francisco’s Moscone Center last week. With so much offered, we want to give you a quick review of the menu, in case you couldn’t make it to every event.

The courses began with Sunday’s OPNX13 Keynote. We heard from Mark Hurd, Safra Catz, John Fowler, and more. Partners in the packed Keynote Hall sampled strategic plans with strong, full-bodied character and overtones of gratitude. After all, as Andy Bailey reported, 40 percent of Oracle’s revenue and 80 percent of interactions come from the partner community. So a hearty applause for all of our #oraclepartners.

Up next was a round of OPN Exchange General Sessions with infusions of Technology, Applications, Hardware and the Internet of Things – the results were devoured by partners and customers alike!

Sunday’s menu concluded with an AfterDark Reception, shaken on the rocks. Partners and customers mixed it up at the top of the Metreon, while Team Oracle aerobatics pilot Sean D. Tucker held court, shaking hands and signing autographs.

Ah, but those were only the appetizers! The rest of the week showcased world-class fare for small and big appetites alike...

  • Partners sampled the Oracle kitchen’s most exclusive preparations at 50+ Partner Sessions
  • Over 100 partners took their partnership-cooking skills to the next level, earning new Specialized certifications at OPN Test Fest
  • Two lucky co-pilots carved the San Francisco skies with Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle
  • The Social Media Rally Station served up rare tips for making your personal social media brand sizzle
  • Joel Borellis’ chatted with Oracle Partner Award winners KPI Partners, Enkitec and Helix Business Solutions in OPN Live interviews
  • Partners from around the globe planted, tended and watered new networks and connections at the OPN Lounge. We’re looking forward to seeing the fruits they bear over the next year

Are you full yet? We sure hope not. The desserts are yet to come.

Until next year,

A (stuffed) OPNX13 Communications Team




Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

#OPNX13: Oracle Partner Interview with Bobby Curtis of Enkitec

We had a chance to catch up with Steve Lemme, Director of Partner Enablement at Oracle. He's been all over #OOW this week, talking to partners about specialization. Below is one interview he had with Bobby Curtis of Enkitec on the Exhibition Hall floor.

A couple of highlights: Bobby talks about his experience building the cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c product technology and OPN Specialization. He also focuses on the value he’s found in sharing tips and tricks with customers and the rest of the partner ecosystem.

While you’re on the floor today, chat with other partners. #OOW and #OPNX13 are great opportunities to gain knowledge and expertise from the whole Oracle community.

And be sure stop by the OPN Lounge to catch all the action here.

Until later,

OPN Communications

Monday Sep 23, 2013

#OPNX13: Terrific Tuesday Roundup

What’s up, partners?

You’re not exhausted yet, are you? No way. There’s still half a conference’s worth of content for you to take advantage of. Here’s what’s tickling our fancy for Tuesday...

Partner sessions. There are some money content sessions happening @ Marriott Marquis, including Database 12C, Engineered Systems and Applications User Experience in the Cloud.

Test Fest. Exams for OPN Specialist Certifications are available throughout the week - also @ Marriot Marquis. We’ll be there tomorrow. Come by, say hello, and we’ll see what you’re really made of.

Social Media Rally Station. Can you use a hashtag? Know how to endorse a colleague on LinkedIn? Have any idea what a Pinboard is? If you answer “No,” to any of those, head over to the OPN Lounge tomorrow. The Rally Station pit crew will set you up with everything you need—including a pro headshot for all of your profiles.

Stay strong!

OPN “With-you-all-the-way” Communications

Monday Roundup: #OPNX13 Sessions, Test Fest and the Rest

Whew—what an afternoon! We’re live at the OPN Lounge in Moscone South, and it’s busy down here. Looks like partners are off to a bright start following last night’s AfterDark reception.

On that, another big congratulations and thanks to our partner award winners from North America, EMEA, Latin America, and APAC and Japan.

What did you all think of the party? Did you have any outstanding conversations with partners? Get a photo with the great Sean D. Tucker? Tweet about it: @oraclepartners, #opnx13.

The schedule is packed again today. So while you’re navigating between meetings and swag-collecting, be sure to catch some of Monday’s highlights:

  • Check in on Oracle and the industry @ OPNX Sessions. Marriott Marquis
  • Up your game with Test Fest exams for OPN Specialist Certifications. Marriott Marquis
  • Rest your legs @ the OPN Lounge. While you’re here, get your social engines checked at the Social Media Rally Station. Moscone South Exhibition Hall, Room 100
  • See you around!

    Your OPN Lounge Lizards

Big Day! #OPNX13 Sunday Recap

Good morning, folks. Day One of OPN Exchange at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 is over, and we're already on to number two. It's been a blast here in San Francisco.

Yesterday we heard from executives and global partners about Oracle’s strategic vision for partners in the year ahead. We applauded 40+ Partner Award winners this year. And four Oracle leaders shared their insights on everything from hardware to the Internet of Things during the first round of #OPNX13 general sessions.

Have any thoughts about what you’ve seen so far? Tweet them at us (#OPNX13).

Onward!

OPN Comms

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

OPN Exchange General Sessions Announced – Fowler, Baker & more

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The moment you’ve all been waiting for...

After you hear Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Safra Catz give their play-by-play on Oracle’s strategy and direction for 2014 at the #OPNX13 Keynote, cruise on up to the Esplanade Level for the OPN Exchange General Sessions. Choose among four Oracle Executives to get their insights into some of today’s hottest IT issues.

Here are the numbers...

Date: Sunday, September 22

Time: 3:30–4:30pm PT

Location: Moscone South, Esplanade Level

  • Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development (Cloud and Applications for Partners, Room 301): Hear the latest strategies for going to market with Oracle Fusion Applications cloud solutions, from selling to implementation.
  • Chris Baker, Senior Vice President, Worldwide ISV, OEM and Java Sales (Internet of Things for Partners, Room 302): Discover how leading businesses have already begun using Oracle M2M technology—from Java on the device to world-class infrastructure—to make the Internet of Things a reality.
  • Andrew Mendelsohn, Senior Vice President, Database Server Technologies (Technology for Partners, Room 303): Learn to expand your offerings to customers by selling Oracle on Oracle.
  • John Fowler, Executive Vice President, Systems (Engineered Systems and Hardware for Partners, Room 304): Get all your need-to-know info on Oracle Engineered Systems.

Get ready. This year’s speakers are energized and looking downfield for receivers. Which route are you running?

Go Team!

OPN Comms out