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Oracle PartnerNetwork Forum

By Diane Krakora

I attend a lot of vendor partner conferences in a year. I listen to the presentations by executives, have several one-on-ones to dig into the details and meet with about a hundred partners. My participation typically that means I’ll be writing an industry brief on the direction of the partner program and the profitability of their partners, be quoted in the press and be talking with the executive team and innovative ideas for increasing partner satisfaction. I’ve been thinking about the PartnerNetwork Forum I attended on Sunday as part of Oracle OpenWorld for a couple days, because I don’t want to sound too critical. They’ve certainly come a long way from the Oracle of 5 years ago when then didn’t even have a partner gathering and they are doing some great work. I guess my evaluations are clouded by the major channel companies (Microsoft, Cisco, IBM). (more…)

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November 13, 2007 at 12:46 am Leave a comment

Oracle’s Sunday Night Live

By Diane Krakora

To launch this year’s Oracle OpenWorld, CEO Larry Ellison and President/CFO Safra Catz hosted the opening keynote, SNL30 “ Sunday Night Live.” The evening opened with music by cover band Gear Driver, made up of Oracle employees — including Doug Kennedy, senior vice president of worldwide alliances and channels, on the drums. It is always great when the channels and alliances people show off their personality. The partners absolutely love it. Several of the partners mentioned Doug’s willingness to “put it out there” during the 70’s themed launch party. (more…)

November 12, 2007 at 12:46 am Leave a comment


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