By BobConklin on Nov 20, 2013
Registration for COLLABORATE14 is now open. As winter sets in for many of us, what better time to start thinking about spring! Next year's event will be held April 7-11 at the Venetian and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I'm sure this popular event (which is produced by three independent Oracle user groups: IOUG, OAUG and Quest) will once again be chock-full of valuable education spanning Oracle applications and technology. I'm also sure it will be fun - always is. Earlier this year, COLLABORATE13 took place here in Colorado. Sure there was a little snow, but otherwise it was a huge success. I enjoyed talking to customers, working with our Oracle Support stars, and attending council meetings. They had some great keynotes too, including Aron Ralston whose harrowing story was told in the film 127 Hours.
For Oracle Support, we see this event (like Oracle OpenWorld) as a great opportunity to share insights gained from supporting 400,000 customers around the world. We see patterns that enable us to tell you what potholes to watch out for and, as importantly, what you can do to stay out of trouble in the first place. We are always at COLLABORATE in force and presenting sessions as part of our greater Get Proactive! initiative which promotes awareness of Oracle support tools and best practices. I noticed today that OAUG's COLLABORATE14 web page features a picture of a past "Get Proactive!" session!
Speaking of pictures, here are a few of Oracle Support at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco. I should have shared these earlier. It has been two months, but I think I am just now recovered. Oracle Support brought a lot to the event including some of our best and brightest support stars (aka senior product support engineers) and some great demos. We had over 1,700 people attend our sessions and many stopped by to visit the Oracle Support Stars Bar where we answered technical questions, offered 15-minute mini-briefings, and shared dozens of informative videos related to maintenance, upgrades, and getting the most of Oracle products. I hope to see you in April at COLLABORATE14.