This is Bobby a guide dog Stud who likes technology events. Here he is at Auckland Social Media Club which is sponsored by Oracle. Slightly tenuous link but photos of dogs are good and it does have an Oracle connection.
Great summary of Oracle OpenWorld Day 1 Sunday from the Oracle Social Spotlight. A non tech explanation of the technology announcements and what they mean for people involved in marketing and customer experience.
Today’s blog is from a guest blogger AJ Muldrew who is a graphic designer and pop culture commentator.
There is much to be said about the band known as Maroon 5. Fronted by the energetic Adam Levine and accompanied by James Valentine, Micky Madden, Matt Flynn and PJ Morton, the band returns this year with a fresh sound and setlist to rock the Oracle stage on September 25th.
After four seasons on the hit television show, “The Voice”, Adam Levine has had a slight break from the musical spotlight. Diving into individual projects such as three fashion lines – Levine’s own “222” and collaborations with Sears and Kmart – a perfume line and an acting debut on ‘American Horror Story’. Now the band is back as a collective, returning to their roots to bring back the music that started it all.
Following Levine’s hit collaboration “Moves like jagger” with fellow Voice coach, Christina Aguilera, which sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide and gained 165 million youtube hits, the band is back with a bang and a handful of hit singles including “Love Somebody”, “Payphone” and “One More Night”. If anybody ever questioned their sound in a newly pop and dubstep driven era of music, Maroon 5 has more than proven that they still have what it takes to stand their ground.
With multi Grammy awards to their name, the band brings a 85 minute set to the Oracle stage, with a blend of both new and old music for an all ages show, sure to get you up and dancing amongst your busy Oracle schedule this year. Whether you’ve followed the band since their breakout multi-platinum selling album “Songs about Jane” from 2002, or you’ve only discovered them this year, the show promises something for everybody. With classic singles “This Love”, “Makes Me Wonder” and the crowd favorite “She Will be Loved”, The Honda Civic Tour provides enough singalongs to keep the whole company entertained.
Filled with confetti, lasers and a few rogue beach balls, the band ensures a vocally driven performance with Levine’s vocals front and centre. Sure to be a fun-filled show, make sure you pen this one into your Oracle schedule this year. This is truly one show not to be missed.
I go to a lot of conferences as a speaker, Conference MC or participant. I witness and add to far too much waste and environmental impact. I am really trying to cut down on conference note pad consumption but it is hard, they do not call me stationary girl for nothing!
One thing that struck me at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco last year was the number of obvious steps they had taken to be more sustainable and reduce the conference footprint. This is big for a company with enough clout to do whatever it wants, regardless of the consequences. My perception of a good experience is enhanced by knowledge that we are not impacting the environment any more than necessary.
I am a big believer in supporting people who are doing the right things and my favourite clients http://www.lovenotes.co.nz, a social enterprise in the sustainable sphere has made me more conscious and more encouraging of other organisations when the right steps are being taken in the right direction. As an aside, go and have a look at http://lovenotes.co.nz/shop/ and see their seedcards. Created with handmade card and made from waste office paper, the seed cards are embedded not with code but plant seeds. Read the card, then water it, plant it and it will grow into fresh herb plants. My perception of a good experience is enhanced knowing we are not impacting the environment any more than necessary.
A 2102 Neilson report showed that “two thirds (66%) of consumers around the world say they prefer to buy products and services from companies that have implemented programs to give back to society. That preference extends to other matters, too: they prefer to work for these companies (62%), and invest in these companies (59%). A smaller share, but still nearly half (46%) say they are willing to pay extra for products and services from these companies.” The Neilson report showed that demographically 63% of these socially conscious green consumers were under 40. Sounding like a tech crowd to me!
Back to Oracle. To celebrate this sustainability success by Oracle, we have picked out our favourite statistics from Oracle’s 2012 OpenWorld sustainability report and captured them in the infographic above. Feel free to copy and share it around. We will be looking forward to seeing what further big steps Oracle will be taking this time around, next week in San Francisco. I am also looking forward to being carried around on a Pedicab again saving my feet, and the planet!
Fonterra’s woes over contaminated baby formula continue today with the first senior resignation. It is a difficult call balancing between needing to show someone is taking personal responsibility and losing the institutional knowledge you need to fix the problem. This quote from Sir Colin Marshall while he was Chairman of British Airways, is a spot on reminder for anyone working in Customer Experience.