Monday Feb 18, 2013

Join us in Denver at Collaborate 13! April 7-11, 2013

The Collaborate 13 event is coming up soon.  This annual event is created and run by a collection of the world's largest Oracle User Groups. The Oracle WebCenter team will be participating at this event and want you to be aware of the variety of WebCenter focused activities and sessions that will be available.  Here is some additional information from the Collaborate 13 team.


The Latest and Greatest in Oracle WebCenter Training and Education: By and For Users!

COLLABORATE 13 features over 1,208 sessions in total - with 35 sessions plus 3 deep dive sessions fully dedicated to WebCenter and how to optimize and manage your Oracle WebCenter implementations. Hear from Oracle customers, product managers, partners, on their experiences with:

· WebCenter upgrades

· User provisioning

· Workflow

· Integration

· and more! 

The COLLABORATE 13 WebCenter page ( ) has the full scoop on COLLABORATE programs and great sessions dedicated to Oracle WebCenter. Head to the registration page to take advantage of the lowest COLLABORATE 13 registration rates, before they’re gone. Act now to take advantage of nearly $500 worth of savings: time is running out!

Include COLLABORATE 13 in your training plans for 2013- and win! Get entered into the WebCenter SIG drawing for prizes just by attending any WebCenter session. The more WebCenter sessions you attend, the better your odds of winning an Apple iPad 3!


We hope to see you there!

The Oracle WebCenter Team 

I am a customer

Guest Post: Charles Marshall

I am a customer

     Allow me to introduce myself. I am a customer.

     I am the person that makes the economic engine turn. I am the reason you take home a paycheck. I am the reason you are able to feed your family, pay your mortgage, go on vacation, buy a car, and contribute to your church or synagogue. Because of me, gigantic corporations and small businesses alike have risen and flourished. Because of my absence, they have faded from existence.

   The roads you drive on, the police and fireman that protect your community, the teachers that teach your children all exist because of me. Politicians and postal workers, sanitation workers and soldiers all owe their jobs to me. Without me, no taxes would be paid and any and all societal advances would come to a halt.

     The wise come to know, respect, and love me. The foolish disregard my importance and suffer accordingly.

     By the way, you’ll notice that I didn’t introduce myself as your customer. That’s because I don’t belong to you. Even if I make a purchase from you, that doesn’t mean that I will do it again in the future. You are always on trial and I am always evaluating, measuring, and testing your product and service.

     So pay attention to me. Get to know me. Learn my habits. My likes. My dislikes. My desires. My dreams. My values. Learn my language. Learn to recognize my moods.

     Above all, treat me with respect. I will not be ill-treated, and why should I be? There are too many businesses vying for my attention. Every time you turn on the television, open a newspaper, or listen to the radio, you see and hear multitudes of companies competing for my attention. There are too many people who are willing to treat me right in exchange for my business.

  And know this, I am not easily fooled. Businesses treat me right or suffer the consequences. Sooner or later I always discover dishonesty, disrespect, or disinterest. Most of the time, I don’t announce my displeasure. I simply take my business elsewhere.

     Occasionally, we will have disagreements. I don’t like mistakes but I understand that you sometimes make them. The manner in which you handle my complaint determines any future interaction I have with you. And, in my mind, it also determines the character of your business. I rarely ever give you a second chance to make the same mistake twice.

     So, watch for me in your business community. If you’re fortunate enough to see me, do everything in your power to woo me and make me your own, because I hold the key to your financial success. It is no exaggeration to say that when you interact with me, your future hangs in the balance.

Learn me. Know me.

I am a customer.

© 2012 Charles Marshall. Charles Marshall is a nationally known humorous motivational speaker and author.

Visit his Web site at or contact him via e-mail at


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