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!