Friday Sep 26, 2014

OPN Central @ OpenWorld - Final Checklist

The time has come, partners! Before we see you at Oracle OpenWorld starting this Sunday, we wanted to provide a quick checklist so you can ensure your t's are crossed and your i's are dotted.


  • 1:00 - 3:00pm: OPN Keynote @ Marriott Marquis, Salon 7-9 (featuring Mark Hurd & Safra Catz)
  • 3:15 - 4:15pm: OPN Product Executive Update @ Marriott Marquis, Salon 7-9 (featuring Thomas Kurian & John Fowler)
  • 7:00 - 10:00pm: OPN AfterDark Reception @ Metreon City View Lounge, 4th floor

Let OPN Central @ OpenWorld be Your Guide

  • FOCUS ON DOCUMENT - Don't forget to review the OPN Focus On Document for a complete roadmap of partner happenings at Openworld;
  • OPN THEATER SESSIONS - Last chance to register for OPN Theater Sessions where you'll discover the tools + resources needed to successfully maximize your Oracle partnership;
  • 1:1 LINKEDIN CONSULTATION - Reminder to reserve your spot at the OPN Social Media Rally Station! Build a stronger social media presence and better engage your customers through 1:1 sessions with Channel Maven Consulting;
  • TEST FEST - Last chance to register for Test Fest! There will be 10 Specialist testing sessions available with a pool of 140 exams to choose from - all FREE for OPN members;
  • INFORMATION STATIONS - Questions about your OPN membership? Drop in! No reservation required.

We think that about covers it. Safe travels, partners, and we'll see you Sunday!

Your OPN Central @ OpenWorld team

Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

12 is... the OPN Central @ OpenWorld countdown!

12 is…
  1. The number of ribs in the human body.
  2. The number of days left before OPN Central @ OpenWorld kicks off.
  3. The number of people to have walked the moon.

Get in on all the action at OPN Central @ OpenWorld. Don’t miss this year’s 8,000+ registered partners, 30+ OPN Theater Sessions, 140 Test Fest exams and one HOT appreciation event.

Time is running out, register now.

See you there,
Your OPN Central fanatics

Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

Become a Social Media Guru in less than 25 minutes

Want to build a stronger social media presence and learn how to better engage your customers to drive more demand?

The Social Media Rally Station™ from Channel Maven Consulting will be back again this year at the OPN Lounge at OPN Central @ OpenWorld, armed with professional photographer and marketing consultants who will give you a comprehensive evaluation of your current social media clout. Using face-to-face stops, Channel Maven advisors will set you up with professional photos and online engagement best practices for your platform profiles. You will also learn how to best-format + utilize the latest social platforms to get your solutions out to a broader market. Reserve your one-on-one fifteen minute free consultation now!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Check in with a Rally Coordinator who will assess your needs and move you to the appropriate station;
  2. Take part in the photo station where you’ll receive a headshot to use on your social media platforms, your business website, or for articles and posts about your company;
  3. Reveal to your Consultant how you’re using social media and he/she will suggest ways to optimize your online presence. For those of you who are more familiar with the social media space, Consultants will dive deeper into YouTube, Vine, vimeo, Pinterest, etc;
  4. That all said, keep in mind this is a custom engagement so ultimately YOU decide how you want to focus your time.
Social Media Rally Station™ will take place in the OPN Lounge at the below times during the week of Oracle OpenWorld. Please wear professional attire from the waist up for your headshot, and bring log-in credentials for your existing social platforms.
Monday: 9:45am – 6pm  
Tuesday: 9:45am – 6pm
Wednesday: 9:45am – 3:45pm

Questions or trouble making your reservation? Contact Lexi Strickland

Be sure to re-tweet this post on Twitter and ‘like’ OPN on Facebook. You can also ‘like’ the Channel Maven consulting team on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #CMCsmrs to let them know you’re coming.

See you onsite!
Your OPN Rally Team

Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

Endless Possibilities: Oracle OpenWorld 2014

This year, we’ve taken a new approach to our partner presence at Oracle OpenWorld. In a world of information + data overload, we’ve broken down barriers to get you to the source of the information and the main stage conversations, faster. Consider us 10 pounds lighter. With that, we bring you OPN Central @ OpenWorld.

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 will take place in San Francisco September 28 through October 2. To demonstrate Oracle’s commitment to our partners, we’ve dedicated Sunday, September 28 to our partner community by hosting the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Keynote, OPN Executive Product Update and famed OPN AfterDark Reception.

During the week, OPN will be offering Theater Sessions where partners can uncover the tools and resources needed to run a successful business. Partners will also be given the opportunity to earn their Certified Specialist accreditation through OPN Test Fest. In addition, partners have a chance to delve into social media consultations and assessments. This is your chance to discover your company’s “social clout” and determine ways to build a stronger online presence.    

Official Oracle PartnerNetwork activities are included with a Full Conference or Discover pass. The OPN Lounge will once again be in full swing, and the home of most of our OPN-specific activities.   

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

To stay connected with everything taking place at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, follow us @oracleopenworld and @oraclepartners.

We'll see you soon,
The OPN Comms team

Thursday Aug 07, 2014

Test Fest @ Oracle OpenWorld is BACK

If you register now for Test Fest at OPN Central @ OpenWorld, you're one step closer to earning your OPN Certified Specialist accreditation. Starting Monday, September 28 through Thursday, October 2 at the Westin St. Francis, OPN will have 10 testing sessions available with a pool of 140 exams to choose from. And the best part? It's FREE for OPN members.

Join your fellow peers at this year's Test Fest and earn your accreditation that will improve your credibility in the marketplace + lead to more business opportunities stemming from Oracle's latest solutions.

Dates, times and everything else you need to know can be found on the OPN Central @ OpenWorld official website.

We'll see you next month!

Your biggest fans

Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

Five Reasons to Attend Oracle OpenWorld (Part Two)

As promised, here are the final two reasons you should be at Oracle Open World in San Francisco this fall…

Reason #2: Get a vision of Oracle’s future. Hear all about Oracle’s roadmap straight from the source.

Reason #1: Fill in the blanks... fast. Expand your knowledge and get the answers you want and need. All in just five days.

We can't wait to see you there!

Your #OOW14 Planning Committee

Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

Five Reasons to Attend Oracle OpenWorld

You’ve gotten the emails, read the tweets, “Liked” the Facebook posts. We know Oracle OpenWorld is on your radar, and we really hope to see you there. In the meantime, we want to share five simple reasons WE think YOU should attend.

The first three:

Reason #5: Leave your heart. Because you WILL leave your heart in one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Reason #4: Test-drive the latest. You’ll have the chance to demo the latest technology and experience all of Oracle’s innovations in one place.

Reason #3: Shake hands with your worldwide community. With countless networking opportunities, you'll get to share thoughts and hear success stories.... all in person