Monday Feb 24, 2014

Exadata X4-2 Demo Equipment Purchase Initiative

Oracle is pleased to announce that from February 20, 2014 through April 30, 2014, Oracle VADs may purchase Exadata X4-2 for demonstration purposes at a significantly reduced price. VADs may also sell demo platforms to their VARs for their own demonstration purposes.

Oracle partner can find details on this campaign at  the Demo Equipment Purchase Program page

New Exadata, Exalogic and Exalytics Public References

Exadata, Exalogic & Exalytics @ Skanska
Skanska builds global workforce insight with cloud-based HCM system

Exadata @ Sthree
SThree Cuts Database Power Consumption by 50%, Saves US$35,500 Yearly, and Reduces Carbon Footprint

Exadata @ Dunnhumby
Dunnhumby Accelerates Complex Segmentation Queries from Weeks to Minutes—Gains Competitive Advantage

Exadata @ Kabel Deutschland
Kabel Deutschland, Germany’s Largest Cable Operator, Halves Energy Consumption with Engineered System While Improving Business Intelligence

Exalytics @ FIAT
Fiat Cuts Sales Reporting Time by 60%—Creates Financial Statements 70% Faster

Exalogic @ VRSG
VRSG Modernizes Government Applications with Oracle Exalogic

Exalytics @ Financial Conduct Authority
Financial Conduct Authority Improves UK’s Financial Market Monitorings with Near-Real-Time Market Intelligence

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

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

The new OPN Oracle Database Performance and Tuning solution Specialization new version Implementation 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

Webcast Feb.26, 10am CET: Upgrade & Migrate to Oracle Database 12c. Featuring Mike Dietrich


Upgrade and Migrate to Oracle Database 12c - and Consolidate with Oracle Multitenant - Featuring Mike Dietrich

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM CET

Register online NOW for this 90 minutes webcast on how to Upgrade, Migrate & Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c.

Oracle's latest generation of database technology has some impressive new features. It offers great potential for migrations and consolidation, making more efficient use of hardware and delivering major improvements in management efficiency.

The most widely anticipated feature of Oracle Database 12c is Oracle Multitenant (Pluggable Databases), but you may be wondering how you can move into the world of pluggable database environments. Whether you are just starting to explore the world of pluggable databases, or are planning a production upgrade in the near future to Oracle Database 12c, our speaker Mike Dietrich, Senior Principal Technologist for Oracle's Database Upgrade Development Team, will give you all the details: What methods are available, how do they work, and which is the best for your particular scenario. At the end of this session there will be time to answer your specific questions.

Monday Feb 17, 2014

Sales & PreSales Night School: The Exadata Database Machine 2014: March 17-18, 2014


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After April, 1st, 2014, the previous Exadata Database Machine Models X2-2 and X2-8 OPN Specialization will no longer qualify for partner companies to be Exadata Specialized.

With the launch of the Exadata X3 and X4 models, OPN specialists (Sales, Presales and Implementation) must recertify by passing the new Oracle Exadata Database Machine 2014 specialists assessments.

To help partners to prepare for these tests, we are organizing the Exadata Database Machine 2014 Sales & PreSales Night School. This will provide Sales and PreSales consultants with an overview of the new features and benefits of the Exadata X3 and X4 models, together with the customer value propositions, and selling strategies.

Exadata Database Machine 2014 Sales & PreSales Night School

Day 1: Sales and PreSales
Day 2: PreSales (Only)

March 17th and 18th, 2014
18:00-20:00 CET / 5-7pm UK

The knowledge gained from this course can be used for both new account development, and for targeting existing accounts for upgrades and consolidation projects.

The sessions are delivered as a Live Virtual Class which you can attend directly from your desktop.

Session 1 - March, 17th
(18:00-20:00 CET, 5-7 pm UK)
Audience: Sales and PreSales Consultants

Duration: Two hours - Live Virtual Class

The first day of the Night School takes a look at the market size, trends, and opportunities for the Exadata Database Machine versions X4-2 and X3-8. It will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to be fully equipped to explain the benefits provided by the new features of Exadata, allowing them to address specific business challenges faced by their customers.

Session 2 - March, 18th
(18:00-20:00 CET, 5-7 pm UK)
Audience: PreSales Consultants

Duration: Two hours - Live Virtual Class

The second day of the Night School provides a deeper technical overview of the product's features, technical capabilities and benefits, system architecture, customer value propositions, and sales strategies.

Learn to:

Describe the key features, benefits and capabilities of the Exadata Database Machine and how they provide the hardware platform of choice for many key Oracle solutions.

Qualify customer needs and requirements, and align them to the strengths of the product.

Describe Exadata system architecture and key technology features.

Upsell and cross-sell opportunities for Exadata.

Position and overcome customer objections for Exadata.


Sales and Presales consultants that had passed the Exadata OPN Specialists assessments for the Exadata Database Machine Models X2-2 and X2-8 and want to update to the Oracle Exadata Database Machine 2014 specializationMiddleware EMEA.

Sales and Presales consultants that want to become Oracle Exadata Database Machine 2014 specialized Middleware EMEA.

This training is open for registration to Oracle Partners from Europe, Middle East and Africa only.


Free of charge for Oracle Partners.


Don't miss this opportunity and Register Today!


Join session now



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Monday Feb 10, 2014

Now certified Virtualized Exalogic for SAP (with OVM support for SAP)

All SAP Products based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x available on the Oracle Linux 5 platform can now be used in a Virtual Exalogic configuration. For more details check SAP Note 1617188.

To refer to the SAP announcement go to


Wednesday Feb 05, 2014

New Exadata and Exalogic Public References


Press Releases:

Drogarias Nissei (Brazil) [Portuguese] Exadata
Published: January 27, 2014

KDDI (Japan) Oracle SuperCluster, Solaris
Published: January 22, 2014

NTT (Japan) Exadata, Exalogic, Weblogic, Coherence
Published: January 22, 2014

Alpha Natural Resources (US) Exadata, EBS, Oracle on Oracle
Published: January 9, 2014

Forbes: OracleVoice:

University of Minnesota (US) Exadata, PSFT, DBaaS
Published: January 20, 2014

Oracle Magazine:

Natura (Brazil) Exadata, Exalogic, Weblogic, SOA, ATG, Webcenter
Published: January 6, 2014

Click here to view the Oracle Press Release archives

New customer videos - Exadata-Exalogic: TDC, Netshoes, VRGS, China Guangfa Bank


TDC (Denmark) Exadata, SPARC/Solaris, ZFS Storage, ACS
Published: January 23, 2014

Netshoes (Brazil) Exalogic, ATG, ACS
Published: January 21, 2014

VRSG (Switzerland) Exalogic, Exadata, WebLogic
Published: January 17, 2014

China Guangfa Bank (China) Exadata
Published: January 8, 2014

All customer reference collateral can be found on Search by content type, product, industry, region, and even keywords.

Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

Database Insider - February 2014 issue now available

The February issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available. (Full newsletter here)


IOUG President Michelle Malcher: Sneak Peak of COLLABORATE 14

COLLABORATE 14, the Independent Oracle Users Group conference, will take place April 7 to 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michelle Malcher, IOUG president and DBA team lead at DRW Holdings, offers a sneak preview of the conference's 1,250 panels and sessions covering the full spectrum of Oracle technology.
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2014 Meetings Kick Off with Oracle-Hosted BIWA Summit

Find out what transpired at the recent BIWA Summit, where attendees enjoyed a portfolio of content spanning data management, data mining, analytics, business intelligence, visualization, and more. And find out where to be for this year's hottest upcoming special interest and user group meetings.
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New E-Book: Technical Primer for Securing Oracle Database 12c

Oracle security experts have written a new book for database administrators and security professionals who want to learn how to secure Oracle Databases. Written by Oracle's Paul Needham and Scott Rotondo, along with Independent Oracle Users Group President Michelle Malcher, Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer, is available as a free download.
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Available On Demand: Improve Engineered Systems Sales with Operational Management

The recording of the EMEA Engineered Systems Partner Update Call: "Improve Engineered Systems Sales with Operational Management" is now available on demand here

Monday Feb 03, 2014

Exadata 2014 Implementation Specialist Boot Camp - Live Virtual Training - March 3-4

A two-day Exadata 2014 Implementation Specialist Boot Camp - Live Virtual Training will be run on March 3rd and 4th for partners across EMEA.

Now you have the opportunity to attend a live training to prepare for the Exadata 2014 Implementation Specialist exam right from your desk, without incurring in travel time and expenses. 

It is the right time to get trained and become an Implementation Specialist in Exadata 2014 since the previous specialization (Exadata X2-2 and X2-8) will become non-qualifying specializations on April 1st, 2014. (Non-Qualifying Specializations remain valid but they are no longer eligible for Specialization Benefits and will not count towards the criteria for Platinum or Diamond membership status)

Click here for Agenda, Logistics, Prerequisites and Registration

Seats are limited. Register now!

Top Exastack ISV Headlines: Temenos

Martin Bailey, Product Director Enterprise Technology, Temenos, talks about the performance benefits of running their application, T24 on Exadata + Exalogic – Watch video

Friday Jan 31, 2014

Upcoming Technical Training by PTS

Upgrade Your Solution to Oracle Database 12c Workshop

Oracle Exadata X4 Workshop

  • February 18-19, 2014: Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, Italy

Oracle 12c Multitenant Technical Workshop

  • April 2-3, 2014: Reading, United Kingdom 
  • Oracle Exalogic Implementation Workshop
    • February 26-28, 2014: Utrecht, Netherlands
    • April 8-10, 2014: Moscow, Russia
    • April 24-26, 2014 : Münich, Germany

    Contact your local Partner Enablement manager for registration

    Thursday Jan 30, 2014

    Updated Oracle Platinum Services Certified Configurations

    Oracle Platinum Services is now available with an updated combination of certified components based on Oracle engineered systems: Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and Oracle SuperCluster systems. The Oracle Platinum Services certified configuration matrix has been revised, and now includes the following key updates:
    • Addition of the X4-2 Exadata
    • Note on new patch frequency requirements

    Review the updated list of qualifying certified configurations, and make sure your customers are familiar with the industry-leading Oracle Platinum Services and how it allows them to achieve maximum performance while lowering total cost of ownership.

    For more information, visit the Oracle Platinum Services web page where you will find information such as customer collateral, FAQ’s, certified configurations, technical support policies, customer references, links to related services and more.

    Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

    Register now! Exadata, Exalogic & Manageability Partner Community Forum, 1-2 April 2014, Prague, Czech Republic

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    Dear partner

    We are delighted to invite you to the 2014 editions of the Exadata, Exalogic & Manageability and of the Servers and Storage Partner Community Forums for EMEA partners, which will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, on 1-2 and 2-3 April 2014.

    The amount and richness of experiences and skills that Oracle partners have developed around the above areas are a key asset for the partners, customers and for Oracle. Sharing that experience, customer cases and best-practices among partners constitutes the core of the forums.

    Through presentations by Oracle solutions experts you will learn the latest on the different solution areas and the best way to go to market together. One-on-one sessions with Oracle executives can help to boost the relationship between your company and the Oracle organisation at local level and facilitate increased sales engagement.

    You can review the detailed agendas for both forums below:

    Both forums will be held at the same hotel in the beautiful city of Prague, so that partners interested in both areas can attend the two events and minimizing their travel costs.

    Register Now!

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    Servers and Storage Forum

    Oracle Partner Community Forums

    Exadata, Exalogic and Manageability
    Date: 1-2 April 2014,

    Servers and Storage
    Date: 2-3 April 2014,

    Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

    Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in these Community Forums. Reserve your place and register before 28th February 2014. (There is no registration fee for Oracle partners).


    Register for this Partner Community Forum today!
    To Register for Exadata, Exalogic and Manageability Forum
    To Register for Servers and Storage Forum

    Please visit the Logistics tab of the registration page to see travel details and how to book your hotel room on preferred rates.

    Make sure, you book your hotel room by latest 28th February 2014. Oracle cannot guarantee prices and room availability after this date.

    Stay tuned on Partner Community News, Events and Network with your Peers
    By joining the EMEA Partner Communities you will always be informed about the latest for partners around the different solution areas and be able to network with your peers through social media:

    For any questions on logistics support, please contact Alexandra von Sondern.

    We look forward to welcoming you in Prague!

    Best regards,

    Javier Puerta

    Giuseppe Facchetti Sasan Moaveni

    Javier Puerta
    Director Core Technology Partner
    Programs, Oracle EMEA

    Giuseppe Facchetti
    Director Servers Partner
    Programs, Oracle EMEA

    Sasan Moaveni
    Director Storage Partner Programs, Oracle EMEA


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