Friday Nov 28, 2014

BI Cloud Service Partner Specialisation (BICS) Now Available

Partners can now complete the training and specialisation exams to be certified as OPN BI Cloud Service Specialist.  This means as a consultant, you can be recognised as a BI Cloud Service Specialist, contributing to your partner company's OBI Foundation Specialisation (of which BICS is now a component).

For those who are already OBI11g specialised, you need only have two of your team take the BI Cloud Service Specialist online exam to complete the set: while those who are not, will need to take the complete BICS-updated OBI11g specialisation.

See the prior posting for other information at Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Available.

Tuesday May 06, 2014

Resell Rights and Specialisation for PBCS (Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service)

Oracle Partners can now apply for PBCS Resell Rights. The Oracle Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services now has a dedicated Resell Knowledge Zone where you can Apply to Resell.

To qualify you will need to meet the applicable PBCS Resell criteria.

Note that the “OPN Specialisation” for Hyperion Planning can be separately found in the Hyperion Knowledge Zone, where you can apply to Get Specialized, and this also includes PBCS. The Specialisation criteria can still be found here at Hyperion Planning and now requires partners to take the PBCS examination in addition to the prior criteria.

Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Get OPN Specialized in Business Intelligence & Hyperion EPM

Get yourself and your company recognised and branded as an “Oracle BI / EPM Specialized Partner”. This will bring more business to you, because being OPN Specialised means your prospective clients can find you at Oracle.com by searching for a Specialized Partner. You can also enhance your profile here by Managing your Partner profile in the Solutions Catalog.

Consultants from Oracle partners can become Certified Implementation Specialists by passing the proctored (supervised) exams for OBIEE, Essbase, Hyperion and BI-Apps. These exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centres and some Oracle University training locations, which are located in most EMEA major cities: see the links below for more details.

We also have on-line tests for “Sales” and “Pre-sales” knowledge, which also provide these levels of specialisation certificate.

To get certified as Specialised, check the Business and Competency Criteria linked below for each specialisation area and take the Assessment Tests:

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Qubix are World’s first Certified Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS) Specialist

Qubix International announced that they are the world’s first Oracle Partner to achieve OPN-Specialization for Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS).

Qubix, an Oracle Platinum Partner, are making this new Cloud product available in a packaged offering that includes Software-as-a-Service, implementation services, training and support, all for one low monthly fee.

“We’re excited to be the first to offer customers this service that combines the power of Oracle’s enterprise planning in the Cloud solution with all the services customers need included for one low monthly fee,” said Paul Johnston, General Manager of Qubix. “Yes, there are other cloud offerings, but these typically don't include the implementation services, the training, ongoing support and consulting customers need, so we’ve re-imagined how service should be delivered in the Cloud world and simplified everything.” he went on to add that the new Qubix service includes:

A subscription to the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services

A choice of Express, Professional or Enterprise implementation packages

Training to maximize user engagement and productivity

On-going Support and managed services

Qubix packaged subscriptions start at £12 per user per day for an entry-level budgeting, planning and forecasting solution, increasing to £29 per user per day for an enterprise-grade solution.

Using this cloud based service; companies can reduce costs and complexity while accelerating the speed of delivery without compromising any features or capabilities.

Neil Sellers, Director of Qubix, added, “We want to make planning, budgeting and forecasting simple and affordable for all businesses, no matter what their size or complexity.”

By tapping into the benefits of the Cloud, businesses no longer need to purchase and set up hardware and software, which greatly accelerates the deployment time and significantly reduces costs. Qubix estimates that the total cost of ownership savings for a typical customer will be between 30% - 40% over a three year period.

The new service means businesses can take advantage of all the benefits of Cloud SaaS, providing an enterprise-wide, multidimensional planning, reporting and analysis solution, without compromise. This has been proven, in some instances, to reduce planning and budgeting cycle times by up to 90%, thus promoting faster & better business decisions.

For more details, including pricing please visit: http://www.qubix.com/qubix-enterprise-cloud-planning

For Oracle partners also wishing to take advantage of this new Cloud service see New Guided Learning Paths for Hyperion Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Specialists, and an introductory webinar at Oracle Cloud Service is now Generally Available for Planning and Budgeting.

Wednesday Jun 26, 2013

OBI10g will be Non-Qualifying for OPN Specialisation in September 2013

Just to alert you, that OPN Specialisation is software version-specific: so as we bring out new product versions, so the specialisation crtiteria and exam needs to keep updated to the new version. Specifically for our analytics partners, be aware that your “OBI10g Specialisation” credentials will be Non-Qualifying for OPN Specialisation in September 2013.

Therefore to keep your profile up to date please start now to take the latest OBI11g exams and apply to OPN to upgrade to “OBI11g Specialisation”.

Find out more about the new version OBI11g Exams to update your OPN Specialisation @ OPN Exam for OBI Suite 11g is Now LIVE, and more generally the Update on BI & EPM Specializations and Knowledge Zones.

And to help you pass, see the Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11 Essentials Exam Study Guide.

Also check the documents on OPN for Frequently Asked Questions for Product Version Specialization and the latest Specializations Catalog.

Thursday Apr 18, 2013

Register to Participate in Oracle Data Integrator ODI Specialisation OPN Beta Testing

Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) is Oracle’s strategic product for high performance, flexible, heterogeneous data integration. ODI is our strategic ELT product within the BI-Apps solution, and is the ideal tool for any data warehouse or big data projects.

Download the latest (March 2013) Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Warehouse Builder statement of direction document.


OPN is preparing the launch of the ODI specialization to match the existing one for Golden Gate. You can participate in this ODI specialization exam beta testing to be in the first group of partners to gain this strategic certificate.

To register please go to this page and click the “Register Now” button.

After we approve your registration (a couple of days) you will get access to the ODI Partner Community Workspace, and we will invite you to participate in the specialization exam beta testing programme.

If you have any questions, please contact directly Milomir Vojvodic, Data Integration, Senior Business Development Manager ( milomir.vojvodic@oracle.com +42 0608 28 32 65 ).

Friday Jan 11, 2013

New OPN Specialisation Exam for Endeca Information Discovery

We have just launched the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 Essentials Exam (1Z1-461) and we invite you to be our first candidates!

This exam is primarily intended for professionals who possess a strong foundation and expertise in selling and implementing Oracle Endeca Information Discovery solutions. This certification covers topics such as: installation, data design, data ingest, UI design, EID analytics, and search & navigation.

• Company Specialization:

Contribute to your company Specialization path! Your certification will count towards the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 Specialization.

• Beta Voucher: Take this exam at NO COST !

Contact us at opn-edu_ww@oracle.com and get your free beta exam voucher!

Please note the number of free vouchers is limited!

Register Now at Pearson VUE

Also ... Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 Sales & Pre-Sales Assessments

We have also launched the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 Sales Assessment and the Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 PreSales Assessment.

The Sales candidates should have the ability to describe Oracle Endeca Information Discovery to customers at a high-level. They should also understand Oracle’s key sales plays, solution positioning, defined market, potential target customers, methods of handling competitor objections, and pricing & packaging.

The Pre-sales candidates should have the ability to demonstrate Oracle Endeca Information Discovery v2.3 to customers at a functional level. They should be able to describe new technical features, provide a high-level system architecture design. In addition, they should understand Oracle’s solution positioning, defined market, potential target customers, and methods of handling competitor objections.

Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

Update on BI & EPM Specializations and Knowledge Zones

There are a number of OPN specializations and “Knowledge Zones” (KZ) you may be interested in within the field of BI, EPM and Data Warehousing. Below there is an update on the current set, and some notes on versions and specialisation exams availability.  Remember to click the "Specialize" tab () to drill into the detailed product exams and criteria information e.g.

Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence

This links through to the BI and Hyperion KZs below.

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications

Essential for any BI or applications partner to implement the pre-built Oracle analytics solutions for JDE, Peoplesoft, Siebel, eBusiness suite, Fusion Apps or SAP.

Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation

Note this is now for the latest release OBI v 11g.

This Knowledge Zone also includes the Essbase specialisation exams.

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery

The specialisation exams for this are now available (OEID v2.3), for sales and pre-sales, and in beta for the implementation exam (you can take this at a discount or contact me for a free voucher).

Hyperion (Performance Management Applications)

For HFM and Planning.

Oracle Crystal Ball

There are no specialisation exams for Crystal Ball, but this KZ links you through to useful assets and collateral.

Master Data Management

This KZ now also includes DRM (Hyperion Data Relationship Management) specialisation exams, as well as for Customer Hub.

Data Integration

This covers Oracle Data Integrator, GoldenGate and Oracle Enterprise Data Quality: but OPN specialisation is only currently available for GoldenGate.

Exalytics In-Memory Machine

The specialisation exams for this are coming soon: until then, for resell rights, you need a one-off approval.

Data Warehousing

Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

BI&EPM Partner Training and Specialisation Update

1.     Just a reminder for you to take the New Version OBI11g Exams to update your OPN Specialisation @ OPN Exam for OBI Suite 11g is Now LIVE

2.     Check for places on free / subsidised Partner specific Bootcamps which are being run in several countries (and you can always fly there... it is still lower cost than alternatives !) :

a.     Exalytics OBI11g Partner Training 3-day hands-on Workshops

b.     EPM Planning (Hyperion) V11.1.2 Implementation Hands-On Boot-camp

c.     Endeca Information Discovery 3-Day Hands-on Training Boot-Camp

3.     Other Partner Events

a.     Frankfurt, Dreieich, November 15: Oracle Endeca Information Discovery

b.     Utrecht, November 14: Oracle Bi Test Drives

c.     Vilvoorde, November 16: Oracle Bi Test Drives

d.     London, November 20: Delivering Insight Across Your Business - Oracle Business Intelligence Workshop

e.     Milano, November 13: Oracle Drive Better Business Outcomes with Big Data and Analytics

You can also selectively filter search for courses via the Partner Events Calendar @ http://events.oracle.com/search/search?group=Events&keyword=OPN+Only

Otherwise, it is worth checking the Oracle Partner Enablement BLOG for any BI / EPM news, especially the sub-Blogs on the right for each country.  And there are many Self-Paced Tutorials for BI&EPM Partners available on demand at any time

There is also a monthly Partner Enablement Update (PDF) to find out the latest partner training on Oracle's new products and new releases.

Friday Sep 21, 2012

Oracle BI and EPM Partner Blogs

Below is a simple list of some of our specialist Oracle BI and EPM Partner Blogs, where there is lots of great material and discussions.

http://www.aortabi.nl/news/

Netherlands

http://www.clearpeaks.com/blog/

English

http://www.peakindicators.com/index.php/knowledge-base

English

http://www.project.eu.com/blog/

English

http://www.qubix.co.uk/insights

English

http://www.rittmanmead.com/blog/

English

https://www.endecacommunity.com/

English

If you are a specialist OPN EMEA BI and EPM Partner with hints and tips to share, and would like your Blog to be added to this list, then just let me know @ Mike.Hallett@Oracle.com.

Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

Implementation Specialist OPN Exam for OBI Suite 11g is Now LIVE

The OPN specialisation Exam for implementation consultants of OBI Suite 11g is now live and ready for all partners. You can now update your specialisation certification to the latest product version 11g for OBI: until recently, the accreditation had examined skills for OBI 10g.

For more details see Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g Essentials (1Z1-591) where you can apply for this Oracle Implementation Specialist credential.

This exam is primarily intended for consultants that are skilled in implementing solutions based on Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g. The certification covers skills such as: installing OBIEE, building the BI Server metadata repository, building BI dashboards, constructing ad hoc queries, defining security settings and configuring and managing cache files. The exam targets the intermediate-level implementation team member. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended.

Also Note the New OPN on-line Sales & Pre-sales Assessment Tests are available @

For More Information

Tuesday Sep 04, 2012

New OBI 11g on-line Sales & Pre-sales Partner Assessment Tests

Our OBI partners can now update their specialisation certification to the latest product version 11g for OBI: until recently, the accreditation had examined skills for OBI 10g.

New OPN on-line Sales & Pre-sales Assessment Tests Available

Tuesday May 29, 2012

New OPN Specialisation Exam for OBI 11g Certification

Our OBI partners can now update their specialisation certification to the latest product version 11g for OBI: until now, the accreditation had examined skills for OBI 10g.

As an introductory offer, since the exam is in “Beta” phase, OPN partners can apply for a free of charge voucher to take this exam.  For more details see @ Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g Essentials (1Z1-591) where you can apply for this Oracle Implementation Specialist credential.

Send an e-mail to opn-edu_ww@oracle.com to get your free voucher NOW and become an Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g Implementation Specialist. For more help, try How To Get OPN “Specialized” - Business Intelligence & Hyperion.

This exam is primarily intended for consultants that are skilled in implementing solutions based on Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g. The certification covers skills such as: installing OBIEE, building the BI Server metadata repository, building BI dashboards, constructing ad hoc queries, defining security settings and configuring and managing cache files. The exam targets the intermediate-level implementation team member. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended.

Also Note the New OPN on-line Sales & Pre-sales Assessment Tests Available

Contact Us: Please direct any inquiries you might have to the Partner Enablement team.

For More Information

Thursday Jan 05, 2012

Free Vouchers For Partners To Take BI & EPM Specialisation Exams

I am offering a promotion of Free Vouchers for Partners to take the OPN BI or EPM Specialisation implementation EXAMS, which can be redeemed at the Pearson Vue test centres.

This offer is open to all our Gold and Platinum Partners in EMEA who have registered at least two opportunities for BI or EPM products into the OMM-PRM system within the Oracle fiscal FY12 before the end of May 2012 (click here for more about this and how Partners Earn more Margin by Registering BI & EPM deals).

The offer is limited also to the first 50 applicants, so apply now.

To apply for this offer please send an email to Brigitte.felisaz@oracle.com stating:

· the email id of the individuals who will take the exam – maximum of two vouchers for any single Partner company,

· Company name and country,

· The Exam they wish to take,

1Z0-526-ENU Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 10.1.3 Essentials

1Z0-525-ENU Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 7.9.6 for ERP/CRM Essentials

1Z0-532-ENU Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11 Essentials

1Z0-533-ENU Oracle Hyperion Planning 11 Essentials

1Z0-531-ENU Oracle Essbase 11 Essentials

Go here to find out more about How To Get OPN “Specialized” for Business Intelligence & Hyperion

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