The Retail Program at Oracle Industry Connect


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The speed of innovation and growing consumer expectations are driving retailers to deliver on the strategy of “Commerce Anywhere.” Consumers expect to interact and engage with a retailer everywhere. Oracle Industry Connect’s retail program is designed and developed to enable retailers to share experiences across the community as we move toward the industry goal of Commerce Anywhere.

To create and sustain a world-class experience wherever your brand engages with consumers you need to focus on three imperatives.

Connected Interactions: Connect customer interactions seamlessly across channels and touchpoints with powerful commerce and stores solutions.

Actionable Insight: Enable smarter decisions by connecting siloed sources of data and embedding business intelligence with planning and optimization solutions.

Optimized Operations: Align every aspect of your business to gain efficiencies and economies through best-of-breed merchandise, operations, and management solutions.

Oracle Industry Connect offers more than 30 retailer-led sessions to help you achieve these imperatives and drive profitable growth. Sessions showcase the latest deployments of Oracle Retail solutions, new innovations, trends, and discussions by retailers for retailers.

Oracle Industry Connect’s retail program evolved from and adopts the best practices of the Oracle Retail CrossTalk program. We maintain focus on the retail community, offer customer-led presentations, showcase the Oracle Retail Excellence Awards, offer strategic sponsorships, and enable networking among your retail peers.

This is an invitation-only event for the top business and IT executives from leading cross-channel, specialty, grocery, hardline, department store, and discount stores from around the world.


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Karen Katz

Karen Katz

Chief Executive Officer and President | The Neiman Marcus Group

Karen Katz is President and Chief Executive Officer, Neiman Marcus Group Ltd Inc, the premier retailer of luxury and fashion merchandise in the United States. Founded in 1907 in Dallas, Texas, the company has always been known for its commitment to merchandising excellence and customer service.

Ms. Katz oversees the strategic direction, operations, and expansion of The Neiman Marcus Group, an omni-channel retailer renowned for its specialty retail stores, including 41 Neiman Marcus stores, Bergdorf-Goodman in New York, the Last Call Off-Price division and CUSP; as well as Neiman Marcus Direct, the company’s online and direct-to-consumer business. In Fiscal 2013, company sales were over $4.6 billion. NMG employs over 15,000 associates in stores, divisions and facilities nationwide.

After joining Neiman Marcus in 1985 as a merchandise manager, Ms. Katz steadily progressed through executive positions and leadership roles at Neiman Marcus Stores, including divisional merchandise manager, store manager, director of stores and executive vice president. In 2000, Ms. Katz was named President and Chief Executive Officer, Neiman Marcus Direct, and is credited with establishing the Company as the leading e-commerce destination for luxury and designer merchandise. She returned to Neiman Marcus Stores in December 2002 as President and CEO where she directed unprecedented sales growth and the opening of over a dozen full-line stores. She assumed her present position at NMG in 2010.

Under Ms. Katz, the company has embarked on a modernization strategy with an emphasis on technology and mobile e-commerce. Ms. Katz’ strategic vision for the company also includes the international expansion of its brands and the company now ships worldwide from its neimanmarcus.com website.

Ms. Katz was educated at the University of Texas and received a master of business administration from the University of Houston. She has attended Executive Education Programs, with special emphasis in customer service, at Harvard University, Graduate School of Business.

Ms. Katz maintains a strong commitment to charity and community service in her native city of Dallas, Texas.

Ms. Katz and her husband, Alan, reside in Dallas.

Jill Puleri

Jill Puleri

Vice President, Global Industry Leader - Retail

Jill Puleri is the global leader for IBM’s retail industry consulting practice. As a recognized leader in the retail industry, she helps companies interact with and shape the wildly changing retail landscape and the rise of mobile and social networks and helps some of the world’s premier retail brands solve their complex business challenges. Recent keynote speeches include NRF, World Retail Congress, and Women’s IT conference. She is quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Stores Magazine, and frequently publishes thought leadership for IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative. Jill established IBM's Retail Center of Competency and is one of a small, select group of IBMers to be inducted into the IBM Industry Academy.

Kenneth Bonning

Kenneth Bonning

Senior Executive Vice President | Kohl's Corporation

Mr. Kenneth Bonning is Senior Executive Vice President of Kohl's Corporation. Mr. Bonning served as Executive Vice President of Logistics at Kohl’s Corporation from February 2004 to October 2006. Mr. Bonning joined Kohl’s Corporation in January, 2001 as the Executive Vice President Logistics/Facilities/Store Planning/Sustainability. Prior to joining Kohl’s Corporation, he was Senior Vice President, Supply Chain for Zany Brainy, an educational toy retailer and VP of International for Toys R Us. Ken also gained valuable insight and experience working as an Associate Partner at Accenture and a VP at Deloitte Consulting. Ken has over 20 years of experience in the retail industry.

Ian Booler

Ian Booler

Senior Director | Groupe Dynamite

Ian is a Senior Director with Groupe Dynamite Inc. ("GDI") focused on the transformation of the business to enable future growth initiatives. In this role, Ian directs technology and business projects to drive business performance.

Since joining Groupe Dynamite in 2011, Ian has played a key role in delivering a new Oracle ERP platform to the company. He directed a two year project to deliver multiple applications including Oracle ReSA, RMS, SIM, RPM, RMA, ATG and Manhattan Scale WMS. In addition to these new applications, the project also integrated several other critical applications including Tradestone, MID Allocation and Maple Lake planning.

Prior to joining the Dynamite, Ian spent several years as a consultant within PwC's Retail Consulting practice and six years with a leading international shoe retailer, where he managed various initiatives ranging from the implementation of technology platforms to business process transformation activities.

Ian is known for his passion for retail and for working collaboratively within all levels of organizations to drive tangible results.

Michel Joncas

Michel Joncas

CIO | Groupe Dynamite

Michel Joncas grew up in a retail environment and performed his first store inventory at the age of 12. Thirty five years later Michel is still very passionate about retail after having managed store operations, purchasing, marketing, finance and most significantly, for the last 20 years, information technology . Within this field, he specializes in system integration and ERP implementation with experience on the retailer side as well as from the software provider aspect. Michel has worked with many successful retailers such as Aldo and Forzani – now part of Canadian Tire - to develop and implement IT systems. For the past nearly five years, Michel has been Vice-President, Information Technology, at Group Dynamite, a leading women's fashion retailer operating close to 300 stores across the world.

IBM is the world’s leading provider of retail solutions, with more than 4,000 professionals and 2,000 business partners. IBM stands out as a Diamond solutions partner for Oracle customers, with deep retail industry and business expertise and innovative offerings; it delivers client value with optimal results. For more information, please visit us at ibm.com/gbs/oracle.

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Pam Lukes
pamlukes@us.ibm.com
303-995-6414

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Logic Information Systems

www.logicinfo.com

Global retailers trust Logic to achieve their vision of success. Dedicated exclusively to Oracle Retail, Logic blends technology and retail business expertise to implement, optimize, and support improvements that help efficiency, profitability, and customer experience. Logic has offices in the USA, Brazil, Portugal, India, and Australia. For more information, please visit us at www.logicinfo.com.

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Chris Tollefson
chris.tollefson@logicinfo.com
612.382.8569

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Skillnet Solutions Inc.

www.skillnetinc.com

SkillNet Solutions, Inc., a leading global consulting services and retail systems integrator, specializes in end-to-end, omni-channel solutions in point-of-service, merchandising, e-commerce, supply chain, and data analytics. SkillNet has been connecting, customizing, and accelerating award-winning solutions worldwide for retail industry top performers for over 15 years. For more information, please visit us at www.skillnetinc.com.

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Anurag Mehta
anurag@skillnetinc.com
510-366-1930

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Speed Commerce

www.speedcommerce.com

Speed Commerce is committed to being a leading provider of end-to-end e-commerce services for retailers and manufacturers providing single-source, integrated Oracle Commerce web development and fulfillment services. Our mission is to grow our clients’ businesses by focusing on consistently doing the right thing for each brand through flexible e-commerce solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.speedcommerce.com.

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Jeff Zisk
jeff.zisk@speedcommerce.com
214-632-4498

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SparkRed

www.sparkred.com

For more information, please visit us at www.sparkred.com.

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Elena Rybalchenko
elena@sparkred.com
508-736-9944

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Veltio.com

www.veltio.com

Veltio is the leading consultancy in the design, implementation, and tuning of Oracle RPAS solutions. Our global implementations in planning, supply chain, and optimization solve complex problems simply and efficiently. Veltio provides rapid results through our in-depth expertise, proven innovation, and solid best practices. Veltio means better! For more information, please visit us at www.veltio.com.

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Joseph Martin
joe.martin@veltio.com
011 44 (0)7741 705 226

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Spark::red

www.sparkred.com

Spark::red is a premier Oracle Commerce managed hosting provider with clients from the Fortune 1000 and IR Top 500. All support team members have an average of more than 10 years related expertise. No Spark::red client has ever moved to another Oracle Commerce hosting provider. For more information, please visit us at www.sparkred.com.

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Elena Rybalchenko
elena@sparkred.com
508-736-9944

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CyberSource

www.cybersource.com

Transact via multiple sales channels, reduce risk, and improve order processing time, worldwide. CyberSource payment management solutions help retailers capture more revenue, reduce cost and complexity, and scale quickly as business demands change. More than 400,000 businesses use CyberSource to process online payments, streamline fraud management, and simplify payment security. For more information, please visit us at www.cybersource.com.

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Christopher Burford
cburford@cybersource.com
650-336-3293

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Columbus Consulting International LLC

www.columbusconsulting.com

Founded by retailers to serve retailers, Columbus provides business and technical expertise in retail, e-commerce, and wholesale. The company specializes in defining world-class business processes, operating models, and organizational structures, and implementing technology to support them. Columbus has served more than 115 retail clients since its inception in 2001. For more information, please visit us at www.columbusconsulting.com.

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Jon Beck
jbeck@columbusconsulting.com
860-883-0356

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Kurt Salmon

www.kurtsalmon.com

Kurt Salmon's Retail and Consumer Products Group combines qualitative expertise and analytical rigor to help retail and consumer products companies improve performance, from business strategy to operations and technology optimization. We've worked with 30 of the world’s top 50—and all of the top five—retailers, along with global and specialty brands. For more information, please visit us at www.kurtsalmon.com.

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Deanna Emsley
deanna.emsley@kurtsalmon.com
925-768-5860

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Quickborn Consulting

www.qbcs.com

Quickborn Consulting is a trusted and dedicated partner to retailers worldwide, providing highest quality expert consulting, implementation, integration, enhancement, and support for Oracle Retail solutions. Our extensive retail industry knowhow and technology expertise enable us to deliver our customers the most adapted solutions, to drive performance improvements and increase their competitiveness with Oracle Retail applications. For more information, please visit us at www.qbcs.com.

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Philip Bravos
philip.bravos@qbcs.com
612-385-5101

Vaco Supply Chain Solutions is a premier provider of consulting services with expertise in Oracle Retail RPAS implementation and integration, best practices, and process improvement. Our seasoned team of supply chain professionals help ensure successful projects and build true partnerships by maximizing the value of our clients’ Oracle solutions.

For more information, visit www.vacosupplychainsolutions.com.

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Timothy Prieve
tprieve@vaco.com
Mobile: (513) 680-5099

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Ignitiv, Inc.

www.ignitiv.com

Ignitiv is an Oracle Gold Partner. Its principals have a decade+ experience with Oracle Retail and Commerce. We deliver solutions that help retailers and brands surge ahead—Online and Stores, Mobile and Social, Inventory and Order Management, Cross-channel Processes and Enterprise Integration. We are the alchemists of Omni-channel Commerce. For more information, please visit us at www.ignitiv.com.

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Rajib Das
rajibdas@ignitiv.com

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EPAM Systems

www.epam.com

EPAM Systems has leveraged Oracle technology to drive breakthrough omni-channel commerce strategies, creating emotive and engaging experiences that deliver unparalleled ROI for Fortune 500 and fast-growth organizations. EPAM is a global commerce services provider with more than 10,000 IT professionals around the world. For more information, please visit us at www.epam.com.

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Lisle Holgate
Lisle_Holgate@epam.com

In a world of anytime, anywhere shoppers, OLR is trusted by retailers worldwide to consistently deliver excellence that enables businesses to drive efficiency and growth. Our winning combination of highly skilled, experienced consulting teams and investment in innovative solutions creates opportunities for retailers to deliver a quality, global Commerce Anywhere experience. For more information, please visit us at www.olrretail.com.

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Maureen Leisdon
maureen.leisdon@OLRretail.com
612-436-4988

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Retail Consult

www.retail-consult.com

Retail Consult is a consulting firm focused on software solutions and business process re-engineering for the retail industry. We are creative thinkers who have an unmatched record in handling complex systems implementation. Skill set ranges from architects and business consultants to project and program managers—with 10 years average experience Oracle Retail transformation programs. For more information, please visit us at www.retail-consult.com.

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Klaus Sentker
K.Sentker@retail-consult.com
781-361-2995

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KnowledgePath

www.knowledgepath.com

KnowledgePath delivers trusted, innovative multichannel commerce solutions that drive ROI. KnowledgePath averages 6+ years of Oracle Commerce expertise per employee and enjoys a 100 percent client satisfaction rate. KnowledgePath’s consultants have worked at both industry-leading retailers and Oracle. They offer a unique approach ensuring reliable implementations, and results-driven business strategy. For more information, please visit us at www.knowledgepath.com.

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Scott Todaro
Stodaro@knowledgepath.com
617-823-2962

Global leader CSC provides technology-enabled business solutions and services. With the broadest range of capabilities, CSC offers solutions to manage complexity, focus on core businesses, and improve operations. Clients worldwide have trusted CSC for more than 50 years with their business process and information systems outsourcing, systems integration, and consulting needs. For more information, please visit us at www.csc.com.

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Jim Rodgers
jrodgers7@csc.com
510-867-0300

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Professional Access

www.professionalaccess.com

PA is an Oracle Platinum Partner with more than 15 years experience, and 180+ ATG/Endeca implementations. We provide comprehensive global solution delivery, and as an Oracle BPS provider, provide an end-to-end solution: business consulting, technology synchronization, hosting, design/creative, and order management/fulfillment. Our Industry-based technology frameworks are proven and Oracle Certified. For more information, please visit us at www.professionalaccess.com.

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James Schermerhorn
jschermerhorn@professionalaccess.com
415-244-9081

BTM Global is a provider of enterprise and point solutions for leading retailers and has unparalleled experience implementing Enterprise, Stores, Business Intelligence, and Merchandising solutions. From point solutions to full-scale implementations, BTM's Oracle Retail experts combine software engineering discipline with unparalleled program management to deliver high-value results on its customers' Oracle Retail investments. For more information, please visit us at www.btmgcs.com/retail/oracle.

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Ruben Rodriguez
Ruben.Rodriguez@btmgcs.com
832-498-6276

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Zensar Technologies

www.zensar.com

Zensar Technologies is among the top 20 Indian technology and software services providers. An Oracle Platinum Partner, with 6,500+ associates in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Singapore, China, and Australia, Zensar delivers comprehensive services for mission-critical and enterprise applications, infrastructure management, business intelligence and analytics, CRM, and business process management. For more information, please visit us at www.zensar.com.

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Sumesh Chawla
s.chawla@zensar.com
+1 609 865 2116

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Amplifi Commerce

www.amplificommerce.com

Amplifi Commerce is a consultancy that leverages Oracle’s e-commerce solutions. Amplifi provides business strategy, performance marketing, technology implementations, and operational management solutions to retail brands across the globe including Claire’s Stores, FOX Head, lululemon, Laura Mercier, Stage Stores, Eddie Bauer, Barnes and Noble, and Nintendo. For more information, please visit us at www.amplificommerce.com.

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Lisa Westrick
lisa.westrick@amplificommerce.com
972-861-5445

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Infogain

www.infogain.com

Infogain knows Oracle Retail. As a premier provider of end-to-end (E2E) Oracle Retail solutions, Infogain helps retailers worldwide achieve excellence through innovation and integration across channels, geographies, and formats. With Infogain Retail E2E, retailers leverage unparalleled domain experience and platform knowledge, strategic retail consulting, and proactive support for powerfully integrated services that maximize ROI. For more information, please visit us at www.infogain.com.

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Dion Gluck
Dion.Gluck@infogain.com
503-703-0272

McFadyen Solutions is an experienced Oracle Commerce (ATG and Endeca) systems integrator with 17 years of ATG expertise and 200 successful Oracle Commerce implementations. We offer full lifecycle solutions with cost-effective onshore and/or offshore teams of seasoned professionals. McFadyen is an Oracle Platinum partner with ATG Advanced Specialization and 300+ ATG certifications. For more information, please visit us at www.mcfadyen.com/solutions/Retail.html.

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Thomas McFadyen
tmcfadyen@mcfadyen.com
703-731-2161

Object Edge is a premier technology consulting firm in Silicon Valley. We are a recognized thought leader in retail e-commerce, delivering innovative cross-channel solutions and winning global accolades from clients and industry leaders. Our core competence lies in technology architecture and system integration. Our service offering encompasses digital strategy, e-commerce implementation, solution delivery, and business enablement. We have been awarded the 2013 Specialized Partner of the Year for Consumer and Retail industry in North America by Oracle. For more information, please visit www.objectedge.com.

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Jags Krishnamurthy
jags@objectedge.com

PwC consultants create value for our clients by helping them address complex business issues, from strategy through execution. We inspire companies to realize new possibilities for their business using Oracle technology. Our network of assurance, tax, and advisory professionals has the skills to help our clients succeed. Visit www.pwc.com/oracle to learn more.

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Rebecca Whitlatch
rebecca.whitlatch@us.pwc.com
650-799-3878

Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading information technology, consulting, and outsourcing company that delivers solutions to enable its clients to do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360-degree view of "Business through Technology." Wipro's workforce of 140,000 serves clients in 61 countries. For more information, please visit us at www.wipro.com.

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Kathleen Ulrich
Kathleen.Ulrich@wipro.com
402-880-3058

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Tenzing

www.tenzing.com

Founded in 1998, Tenzing is an e-commerce specialist with extensive industry expertise, deep expertise in Oracle commerce solutions, and has a complement of advanced managed services designed to help increase commerce revenues. Tenzing is SSAE16 Type II, ISO 27001, PCI-DSS, and Visa PCI-certified with data centers in the US, Canada, and United Kingdom. For more information, please visit us at www.tenzing.com.

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Joel Tuisl
Joel.Tuisl@tenzing.com

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Tata Consultancy Services Limited

www.tcs.com

TCS' end-to-end IT consulting services for Oracle Retail encompass advisory and implementation services. Our Oracle Center of Excellence and Retail Center of Excellence partner to deliver best-of-breed guidance from consulting, change management, program management, and maintenance and support. Learn more about TCS solutions in retail , Oracle Commerce, and customer experience management (CEM). For more information, please visit us at www.tcs.com.

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Daniel K Hebert
dan.hebert@tcs.com
617 901 1219

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Rackspace

www.rackspace.com

Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) is the global leader in hybrid cloud, and founder of OpenStack®. Customers look to Rackspace to deliver the best-fit infrastructure that allows their workloads to run where they perform best-whether on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms. For more information, please visit us at www.rackspace.com/ecomm.

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Theresa Reed
Theresa.reed@rackspace.com
210-617-8760

Customer Appreciation Event
and Oracle "Unplugged" Concert

at House of Blues

As we close the curtains on our first annual Oracle Industry Connect, we invite you to join us for an electric evening of word-class entertainment, food and drink at the legendary House of Blues.

The very first House of Blues opened its doors in a historic property in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992 as a pulsing center of Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Roots-based Rock & Roll and outstanding delta-inspired cuisine.

This year we are thrilled to present American Pop-punk band the Gin Blossoms, and Jermaine Paul, acclaimed winner of “The Voice” as our musical entertainment.

About Jermaine Paul

Singer / songwriter Jermaine Paul, acclaimed winner of NBC’s “The Voice,’ is ready to reach new heights with the release of his upcoming album “Make Love Save the World.” At the age of 15, Paul joined the pop quartet 1Accord, and signed to Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal’s record label, T.W.Is.M Records. Paul has toured the globe, performed as an opening act for Shaq, and performed backup vocals for Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Blackstreet, Kelly Price, Corey Rooney, Rodney Jerkins, and Joss Stone.

About Gin Blossoms

The Gin Blossoms’ indelible jangle-pop sound broke onto the music scene in contrast with of the early 90’s era of hair bands and grunge music superstars like Nirvana. In 1989 the Gin Blossoms qualified to play at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, were dubbed the “Best Unsigned Band in America,” and invited to perform on MTV’s New Music Awards in New York City.

Their breakout record “New Miserable Experience” in 1992 marked their official rise to international fame and the singles “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita,” and “Found Out About You” ensured the band remained on the charts continuously for three years. Their performance for Oracle Industry Connect is just one of the band’s many stops during a worldwide tour of over 100 cities, a 5 Artist rock cruise and hints of a brand new album.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Customer Appreciation Event
and Oracle "Unplugged" Concert

at House of Blues

As we close the curtains on our first annual Oracle Industry Connect, we invite you to join us for an electric evening of word-class entertainment, food and drink at the legendary House of Blues.

The very first House of Blues opened its doors in a historic property in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992 as a pulsing center of Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Roots-based Rock & Roll and outstanding delta-inspired cuisine.

This year we are thrilled to present American Pop-punk band the Gin Blossoms, and Jermaine Paul, acclaimed winner of “The Voice” as our musical entertainment.

About Jermaine Paul

Singer / songwriter Jermaine Paul, acclaimed winner of NBC’s “The Voice,’ is ready to reach new heights with the release of his upcoming album “Make Love Save the World.” At the age of 15, Paul joined the pop quartet 1Accord, and signed to Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal’s record label, T.W.Is.M Records. Paul has toured the globe, performed as an opening act for Shaq, and performed backup vocals for Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Blackstreet, Kelly Price, Corey Rooney, Rodney Jerkins, and Joss Stone.

About Gin Blossoms

The Gin Blossoms’ indelible jangle-pop sound broke onto the music scene in contrast with of the early 90’s era of hair bands and grunge music superstars like Nirvana. In 1989 the Gin Blossoms qualified to play at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, were dubbed the “Best Unsigned Band in America,” and invited to perform on MTV’s New Music Awards in New York City.

Their breakout record “New Miserable Experience” in 1992 marked their official rise to international fame and the singles “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita,” and “Found Out About You” ensured the band remained on the charts continuously for three years. Their performance for Oracle Industry Connect is just one of the band’s many stops during a worldwide tour of over 100 cities, a 5 Artist rock cruise and hints of a brand new album.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Retail Industry Reception
at the Museum of Science

Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 PM

Join your peers at the Retail Industry reception taking place at the Museum of Science, the most highly attended cultural institution in New England. The Museum of Science offers out-of-the-ordinary experiences like the Charles Hayden Planetarium and permanent exhibits such as Beyond the X-Ray, Cosmic Light, and Natural Mysteries, that are sure to intrigue and entertain guests of all ages.