Wednesday Oct 21, 2015

The Value of Quality Networking at OPN Central @ OpenWorld

Networking is a core element of business, which is why partners flock to Oracle OpenWorld; one of the greatest venues for Oracle partners to make valuable connections, obtain information and share information with peers who have similar challenges and interests.


There are countless ways to connect with new people at the conference, such as OPN General Sessions (for ISV, SI and VAR audiences), the exhibit hall, demos, social events and casual gatherings. Call us biased, but our favorite place to network is the OPN Lounge. This year, the OPN Lounge is host to a number of partner-specific activities including:

•    OPN In Focus sessions
•    ISV Cloud Bar – Ask the Experts!
•    Social Media Rally Station
•    Information Stations (no reservations required)
•    OPN Programs team meetings (Monday/Tuesday only – email Pablo Hanono for details)

Always strike a healthy balance between talking and listening. Try to offer suggestions that might help the other person, too, such as sharing your own observations and goals. Introduce your new contact to other attendees. And, obviously, remember to bring plenty of business cards to make sure your new contacts can keep the conversation with you going even after the conference.

Networking is one of the best ways to make the most out of Oracle OpenWorld. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new lasting relationships.

See you on Sunday!
The OPN Comms 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 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

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

Sunday Sep 22, 2013

Don't Forget: OPN Exchange Sunday Roundup

We’re just a few hours away from kicking off #OPNX13 at OOW. There’s a LOT happening for partners in the coming week. So here’s a quick roundup of Day One’s can’t-miss events!

Sunday, 9/22:

  • The OPN Exchange Keynote with Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Safra Catz @ 1:00pm (Moscone South, Gateway Ballroom)
  • #OPNX13 General Sessions covering each OPN Exchange track, including Cloud, Technology, Engineered Systems and the Internet of Things @ 3:30pm (Moscone South, Esplanade Level)
  • The exclusive #OPNX13 AfterDark Reception @ 7:00pm. Team Oracle aerobatics whizz Sean D. Tucker will be on hand from 7:30–8:30pm for an adrenaline-fueled meet-and-greet! (Metreon, 4th Floor)

Don’t worry—there’s plenty more after Sunday! Be sure to take part in all the exciting activity during the week, including:

  • 50+ OPN Exchange Sessions taking place at the Marriott Marquis through Thursday
  • Test Fest exams for OPN Specialist Certifications throughout the week
  • Social Media Rally Station in the OPN Lounge—join us Monday through Wednesday to go from Social Media glum to guru in just 25 minutes
  • Hands-on Labs at various venues across the OOW site
  • Endless networking opportunities at the OPN Lounge, Oracle Plaza @ Howard Street, the "It’s a Wrap" Reception, and much more

As you register and reconnect with your global Oracle family, don’t forget to attend these stellar events!

Can’t wait to see you here,

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Aug 22, 2013

The scouting report for OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld 2013

Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld 2013 is so close we can almost taste it, which actually makes sense considering we’ll be going through roughly 108,946 cups of coffee, 14,700 hotel rooms, and 20,000 man-hours before the first session even begins!

With five targeted tracks, 50+ partner-specific sessions and 125+ certification opportunities, you may never want to leave! This week-long event kicks off Sunday, September 22 and continues through Thursday, September 26, 2013, in San Francisco.

Be sure to register soon, and don’t miss the chance to rev your engines at the Social Media Rally StationTM, where you can go from social-media dead-starter to racetrack superstar in under 60 seconds… er, 15 minutes!

Want more reasons to attend? Check out the “Top 5 Reasons to Attend OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld” and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@OraclePartners) #OPNX13, for the latest updates!

Until then,
The OPN Exchange Scouts

Friday Sep 14, 2012

Go From Social Glum to Guru at the Social Media Rally Station @ OOW


@OPN Partners,

We have some #exciting news for you! Just when you thought Oracle OpenWorld #OOW couldn’t get any better; OPN wants to announce a little something called the Social Media Rally Station™. #OMG!

Enough with the social talk, hash tags and @’s, since there will be plenty of that at Oracle OpenWorld! This awesome station full of experts is the opportunity you've been looking for to optimize your online presence. You’ll start by receiving an overall evaluation of where you stand online, and get customized, face-to-face, expert advice on how to better engage with your customers and find new prospects online!

Here’s what will happen at the Social Media Rally Stations:

  1. Partners will check in with a Rally Coordinator who will assess your needs and move you to the appropriate station.
  2. You will take part in a Professional Photo Station where you’ll get a head shot to use on social profiles, your own website, or for articles and posts about your company.
  3. Finally, the One-2-One Station Consultants will walk you through how you’re using social media today and next steps including, Google Alerts, Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimization, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more. Finally, this is a custom engagement so you can decide how you want to focus the time.

Go from Social Media glum to guru in under 25 minutes! Oh and a few other things to remember…

  • These Social Media Rally Stations will be taking place on: Sunday, 9/30 from 3-5 p.m.PT at the Esplanade level, Moscone South and Monday, 10/1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PT at the OPN Lounge in Moscone South, Exhibit Hall Level
  • Please wear professional attire from the waist up for your head-shot
  • Bring any login info for your social platforms
  • Come prepared with questions for our One-2-One Consultants!

If you have any questions before the hitting the ground running at the Social Media Station™ sponsored by Oracle and provided by Channel Maven Consulting, or if you’d like to schedule some time while you’re at Oracle OpenWorld, send an email to Oh and don’t forget to RT this post on Twitter and ‘like’ us on Facebook to spread the word! #Thanks!

See you around the social-sphere,