Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

Stay Green at Oracle OpenWorld

Bustling tech conferences like Oracle OpenWorld can make you forget to be “green”. As you dart from Larry Ellison’s keynote to OPN General Sessions to the Exhibition Hall, do you always remember to compost that coffee cup?

Oracle is working hard to host the most sustainable conference in the world. Progress is definitely being made, but we could improve with your help.  Below are (lucky #) seven sustainability facts that should excite you and serve as a reminder to keep the environment in mind as often as you can.

Did you know...

  1. 10 lbs of emissions are eliminated every time an attendee takes @SFBARTable btwn #oow15 & the airport?
  2. Oracle OpenWorld has reduced the pounds of CO2 emissions per person by 41% since 2011?
  3. The waste footprint of each #oow15 attendee is equal to the weight of 8 baseballs? That's 3 fewer than in 2012!
  4. Eight percent of #oow15 food is prepared within 100 miles of the Bay Area, benefiting local businesses?
  5. Since ending bottled water usage in 2007, we've eliminated the waste of 1,287,628 individual water bottles?
  6. Nine Olympic pools of water were conserved last year by attendees choosing more “water wise” ingredients for lunch.
  7. 9,390 meals were recovered from #oow14, and were then re-distributed to groups like @sfcityimpact & @FoodRunnersSF?

We can’t wait to see our partners next weekend! Until then, be sure to follow the OPN Central @ OpenWorld official website for the latest conference happenings.

Stay green,
The OPN Communications team

Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

OPN Central @ OpenWorld: What’s in it for you?

This year, Oracle invites you to discover the innovation and learning we’ve packed into Oracle OpenWorld. From technology sessions & labs hosted by industry experts and Oracle executives, to partner & exhibitor sessions, we’ve broken down barriers to get you to the source of information, faster.

With that, we bring you OPN Central @ OpenWorld.

Conference Week Activities

Oracle OpenWorld takes place in San Francisco October 25 – 29. To show our commitment to our partners, Oracle has dedicated Sunday, October 25 to the Oracle PartnerNetwork community. On Sunday afternoon, partners can attend OPN General Sessions that will consist of three separate sessions catering specifically to SI, ISV, and VAR audiences. On Sunday evening, the famed OPN AfterDark Reception is back and open to all partners with a conference badge; no separate registration necessary.

The OPN Lounge will be open during conference week and home to the majority of OPN Central activities. Activities include OPN In Focus sessions – where partners can uncover the tools and resources needed to run a successful business. In addition, partners have a chance to delve into social media consultations at our Social Media Rally Station. This is an opportunity to discover your company’s “social clout” and determine ways to build a stronger online presence. Between your sessions and the conference hustle and bustle, relax in the OPN Lounge and network with members of the OPN Enablement team as well as your peers.

Also located in the OPN Lounge is the brand new ISV Cloud Bar – Ask the Experts! Have all of your technical questions answers & your cloud strategy evaluated by our panel of experts throughout the conference week. In addition to the OPN Lounge, Experts will be in Moscone West, the Marriott Marquis and the OPN AfterDark Reception.

Test Fest @ OPN Central is also back for the fifth year in a row and takes place at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. Partners are encouraged to register for an opportunity to earn their Certified Specialist accreditation through one of ten session exams!

See you in San Francisco

Oracle OpenWorld brings together innovators, subject matter experts and IT professionals, loads of program tracks that can give you unparalleled insight into today’s most relevant topics, impressive entertainment and new relationships that will last a lifetime.  

To stay connected with everything taking place at Oracle OpenWorld, follow and interact with us on our official OPN social media channels using the hashtags: #opncentral and #oow15:

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The OPN Communications team

Tuesday Sep 15, 2015

Attending OOW? Secure your slot to get certified on the spot!

We are excited to welcome you to our fifth edition of Test Fest @ OPN Central! This year, we are bringing 90+ reasons for you to get certified on the spot, at no charge!

Our selection is very broad, and covers best-of-breed Oracle solutions. Take your pick from cloud solutions exams, applications exams, middleware exams, database exams, industry exams, and much more!

Need more reasons to attend?

  • Opportunity to pass the newly released Cloud Solutions exams;
  • Up to two exams are free of charge for Oracle partners;
  • Passing any of the exams offered will help your partner organization achieve specialization
  • Differentiate yourself in the marketplace with a well-respected exam credential

Book your seat now for the exam of your choice for any of the TEN sessions we have scheduled for you. All sessions are reserved for OPN members only, and due to high demand, seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Testing Sessions Schedule

Day 1 - Monday , 26th October
Session 1: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Session 2: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Session 3: 3:30 - 5:30pm

Day 2 - Tuesday, October 27
Session 4: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Session 5: 3:45 - 5:45pm

Day 3 - Wednesday,  October 30
Session 6: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Session 7: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Session 8: 3:30 - 5:30pm

Day 4 - Thursday, October 29
Session 9: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Session 10: 1:30 - 3:30pm

Have questions? Contact

We’ll see you in October!
The OPN Communications Test Fest Ninjas 

Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

Early Bird registration: The end is near

Happy Wednesday, OPN!

We hope you tuned into this morning's live OPN PartnerCast. It was a great discussion around what's new in Oracle Database Cloud and opportunities for partners.

We also hope that you've secured your spot for Oracle OpenWorld and/or JavaOne 2015. Early Bird registration saves you $500 off the onsite conference price and is available to take advantage of until Sunday, August 16.

There's still a while to go before October 25, but a lot of planning is taking place behind the scenes. Here are just a few things partners have to look forward to at this year's OPN Central @ OpenWorld:

  • Partner keynote
  • OPN AfterDark Reception
  • OPN Lounge activities (did someone say Social Media Rally Station!?)
  • Theater Sessions @ the OPN Lounge
  • Famed OPN AfterDark

We look forward to seeing you this fall.

The OPN Communications team

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Oracle OpenWorld Statistics for a Trivia Contest

Yes, Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is over. The town is no longer painted (or signed) Oracle red. San Franciscans have their Howard Street back. And traffic is inching past Moscone Center in the usual congested way. SOMA restaurants have that table by the window open for 7 p.m. Hotels are starting to advertise available rooms. And Oracle staff members are creating new files labeled “Oracle OpenWorld 2015.” By the way, have you saved the date for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 - October 25-29, 2015? 

Here are some statistics about Oracle OpenWorld 2014. Use them to impress friends, colleagues, and perfect strangers with your knowledge. And as with any set of statistics, the numbers could change as additional reports come in.

  • 60,000 attendees and more than 7 million online

  • Attendees from 145 countries, the majority from North America

  • 460 partner exhibits in more than 392,620 square feet of space

  • 3,460 speakers (more than 1,825 partner and customer speakers)

  • 437 stations in Oracle DEMOgrounds

  • 34,512 session seats

  • More than 111,946 hotel room nights sold

  • 950 wireless access points

  • 49,000 gallons of filtered tap water served

  • 100,000 sodas served

  • 152,000 cups of coffee

This blog post was originally published on the Oracle OpenWorld blog, and re-purposed for YOU, our partners.

The #oow15 planning commitee

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

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

We miss you already...

Happy Thursday, partners! What a week it was. We'll be putting together a full OPN Central @ OpenWorld recap for you next week, but in the meantime, we just wanted to say THANK YOU for helping make Oracle OpenWorld 2014 the success it was.