6 Step Checklist to reach your objectives at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld Conference

on Sunday, 15 September 2013. Posted in Oracle OpenWorld

6 Step Checklist to reach your objectives at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld Conference

As we get closer to Oracle OpenWorld- One week to go. I thought of producing a handy checklist of things to get done.

The theme this year looks to be on big data and cloud integration these should be the main topics with a twist on Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications.

Here is the Checklist

1)      Take a look at your schedule and plan to attend a Special Interest Group or those Regional Breakout sessions on Sunday. Attending Openworld you cannot find a larger population of Oracle ecosystems under one conference , this year they expect 56-60k attendees. This gives you access to thousands of Oracle experiences on key learning’s, lessons learned, strategies, tech and functional tips and deployment strategies. Also make sure you add an Oracle ACE session, these are recognized industry experts by Oracle, here is the link: https://blogs.oracle.com/otn/entry/oracle_ace_led_sessions_at

2)      Make this conference non-virtual, which means interact with others, attendees are coming from all over the globe, not through facebook, twitter, pinterest. I am amazed every year how addicted we have become to our smartphones, tablets... Be social and network!

3)      Bring comfortable shoes. Expect lots of walking and uncomfortable shoes will bring a damper on energy very quickly.

4)      Don’t miss Larry’s keynote, usually he provides the big announcements and summarizes well the strategy and themes of OpenWorld

5)      As usual, the number of sessions planned for Oracle's more mature applications product lines, such as E-Business Suite, Siebel and JD Edwards, will outnumber those for its next-generation Fusion applications. Make sure you add a next generation fusion application session! It looks like some are still available.

6)      There’s more happening at Oracle OpenWorld than any one person can take in. You must Plan! It is similar as you plan a road trip; you usually start with the final destination in mind. Rarely do you take a spontaneous, free-for-all trip with no idea of where you’ll finally end.  Once you decide the final destination, you should plot the path to get you there.

Make sure you can write & measure your conference objectives.

Here are mine:

30% learning (sessions & Oracle headquarters) to help me advise better solutions for my clients

50 % sharing good practices, knowledge sharing with different Oracle clients – these sessions have already been planned and scheduled with the clients in advance date&time confirmed.

10% attending networking events, I plan to grab a coffee in the morning and a well-deserved beer one of the day’s in the afternoon at the Tap and Brew, sponsored by NetApp (Room 101 Moscone South and Booth 3841 Moscone West)

10% Unwind by riding a bike over the Golden Gate Bridge and visit Alcatraz.

Feel free to share your Openworld checklist and thoughts on the topic!

Comments (10)

  • Michael Harrach

    Michael Harrach

    15 September 2013 at 16:33 |
    Good one Alex!, I tend to concur with your post, last year I attended Openworld and was shell shocked how big the conference was, I did not follow my schedule builder I was easily distracted and did not reach my objectives for the conference. This year I hope to stick to my plan!
  • Charan Singh

    Charan Singh

    15 September 2013 at 16:52 |
    Good advice you must be prepared here are my objectives :
    50% focus on Oracle 12C sessions
    20% Working at the Moscone Booth (Exhibitors hall)
    20% Fun
    10 % Appreciation Event - Treasure Island and Maroon 5
  • Paul Smith

    Paul Smith

    15 September 2013 at 17:03 |
    Thanks Alex, my first OpenWorld will try to follow the schedule that i configured with the schedule builder function on the Oracle website , looking forward to meeting you on Monday,
  • Lisa Allen

    Lisa Allen

    15 September 2013 at 17:09 |
    I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but
    your blogs really nice and good infomration, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later on. I am also going to Openworld will be involved in the exhibitor halls Cheers
  • Brian Martin

    Brian Martin

    15 September 2013 at 17:33 |
    I am also attending will need to follow a plan, on a side note appreciate the time and energy you put into your website
    and detailed information you offer. It's awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same outdated rehashed information. Excellent quick read! I've bookmarked your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.
  • Maria Rodriguez

    Maria Rodriguez

    15 September 2013 at 18:16 |
    I will also attend and i agree it is good practice to write down your objectives: I plan on Sunday to register for openworld, and heading down to Napa valley, Monday sessions on cloud and going to eat at Terzo, Tuesday sessions on PeopleSoft and Fusion applications and eating at Incanto, on wednesday after the BI sessions will be going whale watching at the Farallons , thursday back home! I hope this year I follow my plan! Last year I failed miserably!
  • Tom Davis

    Tom Davis

    15 September 2013 at 18:30 |
    One advice to all readers this is my fourth openworld, and you should head to the exhibitor halls over 1000 suppliers of consulting services and products , from my experience the sales promise (be vigilant) probably do to the large number of suppliers, always double-check with others like implementation consultants when you go back home since they are on the hook usually to deliver it!
  • Vinh Sam Kuok

    Vinh Sam Kuok

    15 September 2013 at 18:51 |
    Agree with your points be concise, with a plan to meet your conference requirements, my objective is to learn more on cloud computing also need to prepare a presnetation about the conference to my colleagues.
  • Thomas Vong

    Thomas Vong

    15 September 2013 at 19:25 |
    Looking forward to meeting you on Tuesday, my sessions emphasis will be on Cloud integration and PAAS.
  • Christine Wheatley

    Christine Wheatley

    26 September 2013 at 15:40 |
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