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:

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

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

Wednesday Jan 04, 2012

Customers can Find Specialised Partners in New Search

Customers often start their search for a Partner to help them to implement their BI & EPM project at www.Oracle.com

Try the new Explore Specialised Partners tab, to make sure your entry is maximising customer leads to your business.

This allows clients to search by Specialisation and Country, as well as a new facility to sort by "Recomendations".  So get your existing customers to go here to click on the Recomend tab for you.

Thursday Dec 08, 2011

How To Work with the Oracle BI & EPM Sales Teams

If you could see into the future, you could obviously do rather well.

To help us do just that, specifically in terms of us collaborating as Partner and Oracle Sales teams, it really helps if we can get visibility of each other’s sales forecast and pipeline. We all get many benefits from this to help us coordinate scarce resource on key deals, to ensure we anticipate skills needed to ensure client success, and to efficiently go to market in a joined up way.  We can also work more effectively in joint marketing initiatives, such as the "Test Drives", by tracking the sales leads we get together.

You of course can additionally benefit from referral fees, our rebate programme and help protect your resell pipeline. Even if you do not plan to resell, registering your “co-selling” opportunities puts you consistently in front of the Oracle sales teams as a pro-active partner; highlighting your profile to maximise sales collaboration. We call this the “Open Market Model” (OMM).

For example if you need to get access to an Exalytic system for a pilot / proof-of-concept for one of your clients, then we need this opportunity to be flagged up in our sales forecast by you to “create a registration” by submitting this as a new opportunity in the Global PRM portal.

So, make the most of being a Specialised BI/EPM Partner by registering all of your OMM opportunities as soon as possible, both re-sell and co-sell, using the global Partner Relationship Management (Global PRM) system. Already have access? - then login to Global PRM and select “Create Registration” to submit a new opportunity.

If you are new to the Open Market Model (OMM), it is a comprehensive OPN channel engagement strategy designed to provide you with maximum opportunities to earn revenues with Oracle: see here for more on how to register leads with Oracle.

2012 Partner Training Programmes for Game-Changing Exalytics and Endeca

Getting specialised has never been more important, than now. Go here to find out how.

I am putting together the 2012 Partner training programmes for our new game-changing Exalytics and Endeca rollouts, to enable you to deliver services to your clients. But as always, places are limited, and I have to give preference to accepting specialised partners, and most specifically the specialised BI & EPM implementation consultants for these free-to-partner in-depth hands-on workshops. Join our community and get specialised to ensure you are invited to these.

Even though we have now some 1,000 “OPN Certified” specialised BI & EPM partner implementation consultants throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), I am regularly told by my sales teams, customers and partners that the demand is well out-stripping supply for BI and EPM due to the incredible growth and gains in market share that Oracle is winning here.

We need to at least double this number in 2012, and we see a number of partner practices actively cross-training their people away from legacy (our competitor’s) products to OBI and Hyperion. And we (the Oracle Partner Network) provide subsidised or free-to-partner BI / EPM Bootcamps (typically 3 to 5 days hands-on workshops) to get you up-to-speed as quickly as possible. There were, for example, some 100 of these BI / EPM Partner Bootcamps in EMEA in 2011: and we have an expanding schedule coming up for 2012.

Join our BI&EPM Partner community and get specialised to ensure you and your teams are invited to these.

Meanwhile you can REPLAY these tutorial recordings here at :

  • Webcast Replay: Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine: Overview for Customer Presentations (link)
  • Webcast Replay: Oracle Exalytics: In-Memory Analytics Technical Overview (link)
  • Tuesday Sep 27, 2011

    Oracle Raises Profile of Specialized partners with customers

    Oracle is raising the profile of Specialized partners with our customers in a global advertising campaign.

    So, if you are BI/EPM Specialized, make sure your profile is up to date in the Oracle.com “Find a specialized partner” search – see if you are here, and if not contact the Partner Business Center (PBC) to help.



    Wednesday Sep 21, 2011

    How To Get OPN “Specialized” - Business Intelligence & Hyperion

    OPNIn 2012 it is imperative that you get you and your company recognised and branded as an “Oracle BI / EPM Specialized Partner”. This will bring more business to you.

    For implementation specialist consultants from Oracle partners, we have proctored (supervised) exams for OBIEE, Essbase, Hyperion and BI-Apps. These are high-stakes exams and therefore only delivered with an invigilating proctor. These exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centres and some Oracle University training locations, which are located in many EMEA major cities: see the links below for more details.

    To get certified as Specialized, check the Business and Competency Criteria for each specialization area and take the Assessment Tests:

    For EXAMPLE: OBI for Implementation Specialists Exam

    • You may register for Oracle certification exams with Pearson VUE here .
    1. On the Pearson VUE page click “MY ACCOUNT” – register and / or login
    2. Then “SCHEDULE A TEST”;selecting the exam “1Z0-526-ENU: "Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 10.1.3 Essentials, and schedule a place and date to do this.
    3. Or for BI-Apps, choose : “Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 7.9.6 for ERP Essentials” (1Z0-525-ENU)

    You need to supply the following information when registering:

    • your company’s OPN Candidate ID number,
    • your business/company email address,
    • your company’s name.
    • please refer to the downloadable .pdf online instructions, describing how to manage to have your:

      - Company ID included into your personal Pearson Vue profile

      - Oracle.com account mapped with your Pearson Vue account (Certview)

      If you do not know your company’s OPN Company ID number you can obtain this ID by contacting your local Oracle Partner Business Centre.

    NOTE – this is a test on the 10g version of OBI, so you do not need to know 11g capabilities. There is no 11g test yet, and you should take this 10g test now. This 10g test will certify you for 12 months, and you should anticipate taking the 11g exam in a year’s time. If you need to revise and catch up on the OBI 10g training, the course material is available to download at these URL links:

    And you can check the questions and Exam Topics that will be asked in the exam in the study guides below.

    Hyperion Exams
    Similarly you can also register for the Hyperion certification exams with Pearson VUE -
    here.

    • 1Z0-532-ENU Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11 Essentials
    • 1Z0-533-ENU Oracle Hyperion Planning 11 Essentials
    • 1Z0-531-ENU Oracle Essbase 11 Essentials

    OPN CERTIFIED SPECIALIST EXAM STUDY GUIDES FOR OBI FOUNDATION

    The Certified Specialist Exam Study Guides are designed to highlight the training options mapped to each exam topic to guide students in their preparation to pass Oracle exams. Oracle Partners passing any of the below exams will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists and gain credentials towards Oracle’s Specialization program.

    Business Intelligence Study Guides

    Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation

    1Z0-526 Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Essentials

    Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Essentials – Exam Study Guide

    Oracle Essbase

    1Z0-531 Oracle Essbase 11 Essentials

    Oracle Essbase 11 Essentials – Exam Study Guide

    Business Intelligence Applications

    1Z0-524 Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 7.9.6 for CRM Essentials

    Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 7.9.6 for CRM Essentials - Exam Study Guide

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

    Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 7.9.6 for ERP Essentials - Exam Study Guide

     

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