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 ).

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.

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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