Monday Feb 17, 2014

Oracle Database Performance and Tuning solution Specialization version exam is now in Beta

The new OPN Oracle Database Performance and Tuning solution Specialization version exam is now in Beta.

This means – If you register soon – you may be eligible to take the exam FREE of charge. Then when the exam goes into production and you have achieved a passing score, you could be one of the first recognized as having the latest OPN specialization credentials.

 To read more and find out how to take the beta exam free of charge click here

Monday Jan 20, 2014

Oracle Database Performance and Tuning 2015 Sales and Presales Assesments Are Ready!

The Oracle Database Performance and Tuning OPN Specialization has two new assessments available for enrollment!

Keep your specialization up-to-date by becoming  a specialist in Sales and Pre-sales by taking the Oracle Database Performance and Tuning 2015 Sales and Presales Assesments.

Monday Dec 09, 2013

Oracle Database 12c Essentials Exam is now in beta

As of December 2, 2013, partners have the chance to prove their expertise with Oracle Database 12c! The implementation exam is now in beta and open for enrollment. More info and registration here.

This certification is available to all candidates but is geared toward members of the Oracle PartnerNetwork. OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists. This certification qualifies as competency criteria for the Oracle Database 12c specialization.

Exam vouchers are available for beta testers on a first come-first served basis. 

Tuesday Dec 03, 2013

Upcoming Technical Training by PTS

See below upcoming technical sessions for partners delivered by PTS (Partner Technology Solutions):

Monday Nov 25, 2013

Update your Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Certification to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Now

You and your company benefit by keeping your credentials current. The Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialization became non-qualifying as of August 9, 2013. Plan now to update to the latest release, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Thursday Oct 17, 2013

Technical workshop with the gurus: Architecting Oracle Database-As-A-Service (DBaaS)

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Architecting Oracle Database-As-A-Service (DBaaS)

Dear partner,

We are pleased to invite you to a 2-day workshop dedicated to EMEA partners on "Architecting Oracle Private Database Cloud & Delivering Database-As-A-Service (DBaaS)".

This exclusive workshop will be delivered by Product Management and Product Development from Oracle HQ and focuses on the main theme CIOs are tackling with in the last decade: Consolidation to Private Cloud. For many customers the journey to consolidation has led to DBaaS Cloud deployments to significantly reduce costs and offer agile IT services. With the recent launch of Oracle Database 12c, the game really has changed in terms of what Oracle offers and how database clouds can be deployed.

Who should attend:

  • Enterprise Architects
  • Infrastructure Architects
  • DB Architects
  • from System Integrators and large Independent Software Vendors.

    Take this opportunity to learn from the gurus, how you can help your customers maximize on their cloud consolidation strategies.

    The workshops main focus is service delivery, which includes standardization and consolidation, and how you would help your customers transform their current IT infrastructure to a service delivery model. It will discuss best practices and reviews customer examples that have successfully implemented a database cloud.

    The agenda is split into two days sessions:

    • Day 1:
      • Overview & Planning
      • Database Cloud - Demos
      • Customer Case Studies
      • Database 12c
    • Day 2:
      • Database Cloud - Design
      • Database Cloud - Implementation
      • EM Cloud Control
      • DBaaS on Engineered Systems
      • Question and Answers

    Attendance is free of charge for qualified Oracle partners - Register now for one of the below sessions:

    Date Country Location
    5 & 6 November 2013  United Kingdom   Manchester
    7 & 8 November 2013  Germany  Munich
    11 & 12 November 2013  Netherlands  Amsterdam
    14 & 15 November 2013  Turkey Istanbul
    18 & 19 November 2013  Austria Vienna

    Looking forward to seeing you!

    Javier Puerta
    Director, Core Technology Partner Programs EMEA

    Prashant Barot
    Director, Core Technology


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    Friday Oct 04, 2013

    Engineered Systems Operational Management (ESOM) Planning Workshop

    The Engineered Systems Operational Management group, recently created at Oracle, intends to help customers to implement best practices in the operation management of their Exa platforms. 

    The Engineered Systems Operational Management (ESOM) Planning Workshop is designed to enable customers to plan and prepare for the optimal management of Engineered Systems in their own environment. As a partner working in Engineered Systems projects you can request Oracle to have this workshop run for your qualified customers.

    If you are a registered member of the Exadata Partner Community, you can access the full description of the content of the workshop in the "Engineered Systems Operational Management (ESOM) Planning Workshop" datasheet. (Access is restricted to community members only - if you get an error message, please register for the Community first)

    To request to have this workshop delivered to one of your customers please contact your partner representative or your local Engineered Systems Business Development Manager.

    Monday Sep 02, 2013

    Oracle Database 12c Internet Seminars for customers

    The following schedule shows the the Webcasts in the Oracle Database 12c Series for customers. As a partner you can benefit by attending the webcasts yourself but also by inviting your customers to learn more about the specific new functionalities of Oracle Database 12c:

    September 10, 2013 @ 19:00 CET - 6pm UK: Plug into Storage Optimization with Oracle Database 12c

    October 17, 2013 @ 19:00 CET - 6pm UK: Plug into Maximum Availability with Oracle Database 12c

    November 13, 2013 @ 19:00 CET - 6pm UK: Plug into Defense-in-Depth with Oracle Database 12c

    Available On-Demand:

    Plug into Cloud Consolidation with Oracle Database 12c

    Delivering Cloud Through Database as a Service

    Security Inside Out: Latest Innovations in Oracle Database 12c

    Managing Oracle Database 12c with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

    For details and registration click here

    Thursday Feb 07, 2013

    Oracle Cloud Builder: OPN Specialization assessments now available

    The Sales and Presales Specialists assessments are now available. You can take them online, just in 30 or 40 minutes and become an Oracle Cloud Builder Sales specialist or an Oracle Cloud Builder Presales specialist.

    To take them go to:

    Become a specialist now!

    Monday Sep 03, 2012

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Essentials Exam is in production

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Essentials Exam has just been launched into Production and partners are invited to pursue their Certification in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. This is the exam needed to become an Implementation Specialist for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

    View the Specialization criteria here, and the Knowledge Zone here.

    Tuesday Jun 12, 2012

    The Oracle Excellence Awards 2012 are Open for Nominations

    Specialized Partners: Submit your Nominations for the Specialized Partner of the Year by 29 June!

    The Specialized Partner of the Year Award celebrates OPN Specialized partners in EMEA who have demonstrated success with specialization, delivering customer value, and outstanding solution or service innovation in categories that complement OPN Specialization investments.

    Full information here!

    Thursday May 17, 2012

    Database Management Packs: new Demo now available

    New Enterprise Manager 12c Database Management Packs Demo is now available

    The EM PM team and DSS are pleased to announce the availability of a new demo environment: EM 12c DB Packs Demo Environment. This demo environment joins other previously available EM12c demo environments including the EM12c Grand Tour environment, DB Lifecycle Management environment, and SOA and BTM Management with EM12c Demo Environment.

    This latest demo environment showcases key capabilities introduced in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Database 11g R2 in addition to the existing database manageability features from prior releases. This demo provides complete access to backend servers and thereby enables the users to customize the demo setup per their needs.

    This demo features the following products:

    • Diagnostics Pack
    • Tuning Pack
    • Real Application Testing
    • Data Masking Pack
    • Test Data Management Pack

    The target audiences are application developers, IT managers and database administrators.

    Demo Highlights

    This demo highlights the following new additions and capabilities for database management in a single integrated demo environment while retaining the option to demonstrate individual features or products to the customers:

    Database Diagnostics and Tuning Packs

    • ASH Analytics - a new tool to explore the ASH data that allows the administrator to rollup, drilldown, and slice or dice performance data across various performance dimensions.
    • Real-Time ADDM – adds the ability to analyze problems in unresponsive or hung databases.
    • Compare Period ADDM – provides the capability to compare performance across two AWR time periods.

    Real Application Testing

    • Secure Testing – integration of Real Application Testing with Data Masking enables users to seamlessly perform testing in a manner compliant to data privacy regulations.
    • SPA Optimizer Statistics Refresh Validation – allows you to highlight that SPA can be used for day-to-day performance tuning activities such as Optimizer Statistics refresh validation.

    Data Masking and Test Data Management Packs

    • Application Data Modeling – a marquee feature that automatically helps discovers data relationships and builds an Application Data Model to drive other test data operations.
    • Sensitive Data Discovery – enables automatic discovery of  sensitive data in databases including cases where referential and application integrity is to be maintained
    • Key-Based Reversible Masking – allows masked data to be reverted to original values using the key used for masking, useful when validating testing done by third parties.
    • Data Subsetting – reduces storage costs and improves developer productivity in test environments through automated and flexible data subsetting solution.

    Oracle Demonstration Services system usage is intended to provide environments for qualified OPN members to deliver demonstrations of Oracle's technology and applications products. Learn more about how to access Oracle Demonstration Services for Partners.

    Wednesday May 09, 2012

    Key resources for partners (1): Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Quick Reference

    In the next posts, let me remind you of some key resources that may be useful for Oracle Enterprise Manager Specialized Partners to navigate the large amount of training and sales material available around Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c:

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Quick Reference

    Includes a great collection of materials including:

    • Strategy
    • Installation, upgrade, configuration
    • Mini-tutorials: how to setup and use Cloud Control 12c

    (Thanks to Steve Lemme for building this Quick Reference)

    Monday May 07, 2012

    Specialization Update – New Program Enhancement, June 2012

    In June 2012, Oracle will launch a redesign to our Specialization Program.  
    • The program will be redesigned to appropriately recognize product versions.
    • When the suite of products within a Specialization has significantly changed product versions (e.g., Database 11g to Database 12c) a new Specialization will be created. 
    •  Partners will be expected to migrate to the newest product version within one year of the version launch date.
    • Partners maintaining the most current product version Specialization will receive Specialization benefits and their Specializations will count towards meeting Platinum and Diamond membership criteria.

    Learn more here.

    Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

    New OPN Certified Implementation Exam - Oracle Enterprise Manager 12C Essentials

    This exam (1Z1-457) is now available in Beta testing. This certification differentiates candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise and is intended for professionals who possess a strong technical background and exposure to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c implementation. Take advantage and request a free beta exam voucher to Invite your partners to learn more about this exam here.

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