Monday Jul 20, 2015

Oracle Picklist templates - version 4.5 available

Summer is my favorite time of the year as it gives us the time necessary to enhance the partner tools and release new versions. This is why my colleagues had work hard in the past 2 weeks to update our picklist templates with the latest hardware products. These templates are a gold mine when you need a starting point in building a offer to the customer and you are not sure how to put together an optimal configuration.

If you are a first time user of our picklist templates below is everything you need to know about them:

The Picklist provides Oracle partners an easy and fast overview across the Server, Storage, Tape and Engineered Systems portfolio with some well balanced configurations. With the included Building block template name, you can use these blocks in an OPS (Oracle Partner Store) cart or reference these configs when requesting a quote from your VAD. This speeds up the quoting process and reduces errors when communicating configurations between teams and functions. Also the reduced number of variants that are offered and purchased by our customers.

Here some facts about the picklist configurations:

· Use the configs to standardize the purchased products of your customer. Or use them as a starting point for recommendations for shopping baskets.

· Most configs are available in 3 variations.(Small, medium, large)

· The picklist will be updated on a regulary basis. Please use always the highest version number of the picklist.

· The configs are prepared by our architects and are reviewed by the technical specialists

· All configurations have a unique SHORTNAME and can be imported in OPS via their configuration-ID.

· There be NO changes to configurations, changes will always create a new SHORTNAME

· Use these configs especially to communicate. Try to standardize your customer offerings. Use them when working with Oracle and when working with the Quoting Teams of your VAD. As all teams are using the same content there is little room for confusion and errors.

Reasons to use Picklists:

· Speed-Up the Quoting process

· Reduce errors when communicating configurations between teams and functions

· Reduce number of variants that are offered and purchased by our customers.

· Be more precise when communicating about machines, as the complete machine is described with only very few and precise information

· Reduce # of wrong configurations

· Can be used as building blocks in reference Architectures whenever possible

All configs are regional dependent. Don't forget to add the country specific information to the SHORTNAME, because there are country-specific parts like power-cords.
Feel free to request enhancements to the configurations if you miss something.

The Master-Picklist can be found here and also a guide on how to use them can he downloaded from here.

PS: if you cannot access the links than you will need to complete this one-time registration

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Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

How to do more with Oracle VM Templates

On Oracle's Virtualization Blog you can find an interesting post regarding working and using Oracle VM Templates, title is "Opening The Oracle VM Templates Blackbox".

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