If you missed my day 1, you can view it here.
So day 2 was registering for Oracle CloudWorld, then attending the Oracle Partner Success Summit in the afternoon and Oracle Database Premiere Customer Appreciation Event in the evening.
Registering for Oracle CloudWorld
The morning was spent blogging about day 0 and then come midday, I went to Caesars Forum for registration for Oracle CloudWorld. Caesars Forum is a new building, which was pretty modern and grand. Upon arrival, I could already start to see the Oracle CloudWorld branding. It certainly had the redwood theme but the blue was a bit odd compared to the traditional Oracle red or the more recent modern redwood theme. It later transpired the blue was due to the global sponsor Deloitte, which made sense.
You could actually register at the Venetian or the Caesars Forum, the majority were registering at the Venetian with long queues. Whereas Caesars was much quieter and it made sense for me to register here as the Oracle Partner Success Summit was here at 1pm.
I registered within minutes allowing me good time to head to the Oracle Partner Success Summit.
Oracle Partner Success Summit
So I headed over to the Partner Success Summit, but on arrival the doors were closed, so I started to queue.
I wasn’t expecting too much to be honest but when the doors opened, I could see a very large hall with 3 grand screens.
Those who will know me, will know I like to get front row seats where possible and as I was one of the first people in the hall, I was able to get front centre seats 😎
Here I met Alexa Wagner and Ross Brown before the summit began. Once the summit started the host Doug Smith, Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Global Partner Ecosystem at Oracle, introduced himself, said a few words then announced we had special visit from the CEO of Oracle Safra Catz 😲
As I was in the front row, I was as close as you could get to see her in person. It was a flying visit and she thanked the Oracle Partners, emphasized how important we were and closed with “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but not the CloudWorld stuff, the other stuff” 😂
The summit was 3 hours long and in summary was:
Oracle is not scalable enough to do all the service work themselves, the key is the uniqueness the Oracle Partners bring and utilising them
Oracle has a reputation of always hard to work with, but if we put the customer success at the forefront, the customer, Oracle and the partner all win
Oracle is pivoting from a Product to Services business
Partners are industry experts, SME, IPs coming from partners
We will not be successful together if we’re not together
The trust between Oracle and partners is mutual
55 micro industries, Oracle want to work with partners to fill these gaps
Plan, adopt, innovate
New delta certification for partners, so reducing the effort required to maintain certifications
See adoption of multi-cloud becoming the new norm and how it’s going to adapt to this
Oracle dedicated region has now strink to 12 racks
Heatwave MySQL is now available on AWS
Best in breed, better integration
Best of VMwave on the best of OCI, deep engineering relationship
Run workloads on different shapes, allows customer to utilise higher resources
Once the summit was over, there was a reception for the 500-600 partner delegates that attended.
I hung around for an hour before heading for my evening event of the Oracle Database Premiere Customer Appreciation Event.
Oracle Database Premiere Customer Appreciation Event
In my role, I’m fortunate to work with Oracle Exadata Database Machine, be it the traditional on-premises, as well as the more recent models of Exadata Cloud @ Customer and Exadata Cloud Services. From this I’ve got to know the various Exadata Product Managers and in particular Gavin Parish, who invited me to this event.
It was a pretty cool location, as it was in the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. We got to see crocodiles, snakes, but mainly sharks.
I got to meet:
Tomorrow I will be attending the first day of the actual conference – looking forward to it! 😎👍🏽
You can view my day 3 here.
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Zed DBA (Zahid Anwar)
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