Monday Oct 28, 2013

IDC Analyst Mike Fauscette Writes About Oracle and The Cloud

"It's becoming clear that cloud is now a core part of Oracle's strategy," says analyst Michael Fauscette in his post-OpenWorld article in Seeking Alpha. He believes we have a well-rounded portfolio "with a cloud platform/infrastructure, a broad selection of apps, and a partner marketplace." From his numerous conversations with customers, he highlights their continual interest in hybrid deployments and also in shifting apps to the cloud. Read more.

eSTEP Newsletter for October 2013 Now Available

The October'13 issue of our Newsletter is now available. The issue contains information on the following topics:

Oracle Open World Summary
Oracle Cloud:
Oracle Engineered Systems
Oracle Database and Middleware
Oracle Applications and Software as a Service
Oracle Industries
Oracle Partners and the "Internet of Things"
JavaOne News
MySQL News

Corporate News
Create Your HR Strategic Vision at Oracle HCM World
Oracle Database Protection Redefined
A Preview: Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance
Oracle closed Tekelec acquisition
Congratulations to ORACLE TEAM USA!

Tech sectionARC M6
Oracle's SPARC M6
Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 - Oracle’s Most Scalable Engineered System
Oracle Multitenant on SPARC Servers and Oracle Solaris
Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition: Plug into the Cloud
Oracle In-Memory Database Cache
Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance
New Benchmark-Results published (Sept. 2013)
Video Interview: Elasticity, the Biggest Challenge Facing Data Centers Today

Tech blog
Announcing New Sun Storage 2500-M2 Drives
SPARC Product Line Update
ZFS RAID Calculator v6
What ships with ODA X3-2?
Tech Article: Oracle Multitenant on SPARC Servers and Oracle Solaris
New release of Sun Rack II capacity calculator available
Announcing: Oracle Solaris Cluster Product Bulletin, September 2013

Learning & events
Planned TechCasts
Quarterly Partner Update
Live Webcast: Simplify and Accelerate Oracle Database deployment with Oracle VM Templates
Join us for OTN's Virtual Developer Day - Harnessing the Power of Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence.
Learn from OOW 2013 what is going on in Virtualization

How to

Implementing Early Arriving Facts in ODI, Part I and Part II: Proof of Concept Overview
Multi-Factor Authentication in Oracle WebLogic
Using multi-factor authentication to protect web applications deployed on Oracle WebLogic.
If Virtualization Is Free, It Can't Be Any Good—Right?

Looking beyond System/HW
SOA and User Interfaces
Overcoming the challenges to developing user interfaces in a service oriented

Vodafone Romania Improves Business Agility and Customer Satisfaction, with 10x Faster Business Intelligence Delivery and 12x Faster Processing
Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Captures 47% Market Share in a Competitive Market, Thanks to 24/7 Availability
Home Credit and Finance Bank Accelerates Getting New Banking Products to Market

A Conversation with Java Champion Johan Vos

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Previous published Newsletters can be found under the Archived Newsletters section and more useful information under the
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Tuesday Oct 22, 2013

eSTEP TechCast - November 2013

We are pleased to announce our next eSTEP TechCast on Thursday 7th of November and would be happy if you could join. Please see below the details for the next TechCast.

Date and time:
Thursday, 07. November 2013, 11:00 - 12:00 GMT (12:00 - 13:00 CET; 15:00 - 16:00 GST)

Title: The Operational Management benefits of Engineered Systems

Oracle Engineered Systems require significantly less administration effort than traditional platforms. This presentation will explain why this is the case, how much can be saved and discusses the best practices recommended to maximise Engineered Systems operational efficiency.

Target audience: Tech Presales

Call Info:
Call-in-toll-free number: 08006948154 (United Kingdom)
Call-in-toll-free number: +44-2081181001 (United Kingdom)

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Conference Code: 803 594 3
Security Passcode: 9876

Webex Info (
Oracle Web Conference)
Meeting Number: 599 156 244
Meeting Password: tech2011

Playback / Recording / Archive:
The webcasts will be recorded and will be available shortly after the event in the eSTEP portal under the Events tab, where you could find also material from already delivered eSTEP TechCasts. Use your email-adress and PIN: eSTEP_2011 to get access.

Friday Oct 18, 2013

Oracle Becomes Second Largest Software Company in the World

Read the full Press Release here.

Monday Oct 14, 2013

Oracle ‘In Touch’ PartnerCast – News and Views from Oracle OpenWorld

Join David on Tuesday 29th October from 10:30am UK/ 11:30 CET as he updates you on developments since the last cast around Oracle Cloud and Oracle Hardware. He will also be running through key partner wins from quarter 1 and posing your questions to his studio guests.



OPS Deal Registration – Processing Delays October 16th – October 22nd

Due to scheduled Fusion system downtime, partners will experience delays in receiving deal registration approvals from October 16 through October 22, 2013. OPS will remain available and partners can submit registrations during the Fusion downtime. Normal service levels will resume as soon as possible. Please ensure your partners have submitted any urgent deal registrations prior to October 15, 6pm pacific to allow for processing before system downtime. Please contact your OMM Deal Registration lead for further information.

New For October: OPN Solutions Catalog Partner Trainings

Encourage your partners to attend the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Solutions Catalog training on Oct 16th or 29th! This free online directory gets over 30K visitors a month. Training details.

Partner Enablement Update: Check Out The Latest News In The October Issue!

This issue covers a broad range of resources and updates designed for the partner ecosystem. You can read more hereand share it accordingly!

NEW! MySQL Partner Marketing Kit

The new MySQL partner marketing kit provides partners with valuable information that can help them drive leads and grow their business.

Scheduled System Downtime Oct 16-21: Review And Be Prepared

We will be experiencing an internal system downtime from Wednesday, October 16 at 6pm PT until Monday, October 21 at 8:00am PT, which will have an impact on the Oracle Partner Store and XML ordering, deal registrations, the OPN Solutions Catalog, and the OPN Competency Center.

Deal Registration
You will experience delays in receiving deal registration approval.  Normal service levels will resume as soon as possible. Please ensure you have submitted any urgent deal registrations prior to Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm PT to allow for processing before system downtime.

Resell Rights
During this downtime, the Oracle Partner Store and XML will not be conducting the pre-placement resell rights validation.  All validations will be done post-submission.

Oracle Partner Store Carts
The Opportunity ID field in the Oracle Partner Store will not be validated during this downtime.  This field will still be updatable, but all validations will be done post order placement.

OPN Solutions Catalog and OPN Competency Center
These tools will be available, but any data additions or modifications will not be reflected until the data synchronization is completed, which may not occur until Monday, October 28.

Friday Oct 11, 2013

eSTEP TechCast - October Special 2013 Material available

Thanks to those of you who attended our TechCast on "Oracle Open World Systems Update".

The materials (presentation, replay) from the TechCast are now available for all of you via our eSTEP portal.  You will need to provide your email address and the pin below to access the downloads. Link to the portal is shown below.


The material can be found under tab eSTEP TechCast

Feel free to explore also the other delivered TechCasts and more useful information under the Download and Links tab.

Thursday Oct 10, 2013

OMM Policy Update: Reminder

Effective September 1st, 2013 all OMM deal registrations approved for a public sector entity end user will be ineligible for either the OMM Resale Compensatory Fee payment or OMM Referral Fee payment. This change is being effected for legal and regulatory compliance reasons and to bring global consistency to the OMM policy.Eligible OPN Incentive Program rebates and OMM Resale and Referral Fee payments for commercial entities will remain unaffected. In addition, the process for submitting a net new registration for a public sector entity will remain unaffected.

Any OPN Member holding a valid OMM registration with a public sector entity which was submitted and approved prior to this policy change will be eligible, pending successful completion of criteria, for an OMM Referral Fee or OMM Resale Compensatory Fee for a period of six months after the policy change. No extensions will be approved for these registrations. Details of this change are contained within the OMM policy and may be viewed here

Monday Oct 07, 2013

Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld Highlights

Missed the OPN Keynote? View the replay.

Oracle Master Agreement & License Definition Rules Update

All partner orders that reference a standard OMA (5 year term) or a Term OLSA must now include an End User LDR document executed by the end user. View the complete external announcement.

Specialization Catalog – Recently Updated

The updated Specialization Catalog offers a good overview of all qualifying specializations launched and planned as part of the Specialization Program.

Highlights: Oracle WebCenter Sites 11g Specialization available, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 Specialization announced, Oracle Database Performance and Tuning Specialization announced.



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