Wednesday, June 17, 2009

COLLABORATE 09

Since my last entry the COLLABORATE conference has come and gone. It was great to see a ton of customers and partners. We had the opportunity to shoot three customer video interviews – Dave Hyzy of Benderson, Margaret Ebner of NV Energy, and Cindy Bixler of Embry Riddle. Those are getting edited now and should be up on the Oracle website soon.

We had an awesome party on Tuesday night hosted by partners Fishbowl, Frontline Logic, Keste, and Elastic Path. Special kudos to Jen Marzolf of Fishbowl for spearheading the effort – it was a great time and a flawless event (until the rain started, but that was just nature’s way of saying it was time to stop partying!).

The Oracle Content Management SIG did a tremendous job setting this event up – from scheduling the sessions to promotions to scanning the visitors. Al Hoof, Dave Chaffee, Mike Barton, and Mark Heinsdelman put in a lot of time and effort and it all paid off as the event was well organized. They did such a great job that the IOUG is using them as an example for the other SIGs on how to organize.

Also, special kudos to Frontline Logic. Brent Seaman’s team earned an amazing perfect score on the Vendor Rating scorecard, which was filled out by exhibits visitors. Well done guys!

COLLABORATE is a meeting of the Oracle User Groups and a great chance to get all the details on Oracle product implementation. Next year it is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas April 18-22nd. Hopefully some of the things that take place in Vegas will make it back to our customers’ offices!

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