Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

OPN Central @ OpenWorld: What’s in it for you?

This year, Oracle invites you to discover the innovation and learning we’ve packed into Oracle OpenWorld. From technology sessions & labs hosted by industry experts and Oracle executives, to partner & exhibitor sessions, we’ve broken down barriers to get you to the source of information, faster.

With that, we bring you OPN Central @ OpenWorld.

Conference Week Activities

Oracle OpenWorld takes place in San Francisco October 25 – 29. To show our commitment to our partners, Oracle has dedicated Sunday, October 25 to the Oracle PartnerNetwork community. On Sunday afternoon, partners can attend OPN General Sessions that will consist of three separate sessions catering specifically to SI, ISV, and VAR audiences. On Sunday evening, the famed OPN AfterDark Reception is back and open to all partners with a conference badge; no separate registration necessary.

The OPN Lounge will be open during conference week and home to the majority of OPN Central activities. Activities include OPN In Focus sessions – where partners can uncover the tools and resources needed to run a successful business. In addition, partners have a chance to delve into social media consultations at our Social Media Rally Station. This is an opportunity to discover your company’s “social clout” and determine ways to build a stronger online presence. Between your sessions and the conference hustle and bustle, relax in the OPN Lounge and network with members of the OPN Enablement team as well as your peers.

Also located in the OPN Lounge is the brand new ISV Cloud Bar – Ask the Experts! Have all of your technical questions answers & your cloud strategy evaluated by our panel of experts throughout the conference week. In addition to the OPN Lounge, Experts will be in Moscone West, the Marriott Marquis and the OPN AfterDark Reception.

Test Fest @ OPN Central is also back for the fifth year in a row and takes place at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. Partners are encouraged to register for an opportunity to earn their Certified Specialist accreditation through one of ten session exams!

See you in San Francisco

Oracle OpenWorld brings together innovators, subject matter experts and IT professionals, loads of program tracks that can give you unparalleled insight into today’s most relevant topics, impressive entertainment and new relationships that will last a lifetime.  

To stay connected with everything taking place at Oracle OpenWorld, follow and interact with us on our official OPN social media channels using the hashtags: #opncentral and #oow15:

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The OPN Communications team

Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

“I May Be Losing My Mind – I’m Believing in Oracle Hardware”

Happy #HumpDay, partners,

We wanted to take a second and share an interesting blog post from ESG Founder and Senior Analyst Steve Duplessie. A man who has spent much of his career being averse to Oracle hardware.

Duplessie shares his insights into the advantages of running Oracle on Oracle. He gives praise to Oracle’s cloud strategy, vertical integration from chip to middleware to cloud, and the company’s bold R&D investments each year.

Read the full blog post and see below for a few notable quotes.
  • “I didn't realize Oracle's cloud strategy is so extensive…”
  • “It’s $12,000 a year for 1 PB of storage. 1000 TBs. For $12 grand. That’s insane.”
  • “Every company in the world can afford to archive data at those price points.”
  • “Oracle is 100% committed to expanding its cloud services.”
  • “Oracle is vertically integrating everything from the chip to the app to the middleware to the storage to the cloud… The real world benefits from one throat to choke, and one “system” approach. The consumer variant of this has been Apple, and it worked. We’re already seeing a huge trend back to integrated computing stacks, and Oracle just happens to be positioned enormously well here – since everyone runs their database and apps.”
  • “Bottom line is if you're running Oracle software, you can get net incremental advantages that make the software run that much better on Oracle hardware and in the Oracle Cloud.”
Oracle PartnerNetwork 

Tuesday Sep 22, 2015

Oracle Cloud Enablement, Simplified

The Oracle Cloud Platform is the most comprehensive enterprise cloud portfolio in the world and is experiencing exponential growth.  Is your business positioned to be a leader in this changing marketplace? Building your Oracle Cloud business starts with equipping your team with the right knowledge and skills, at the right time.

Oracle University now offers ten new Cloud Learning Subscriptions that provide a simple and flexible way to train your teams to implement, administer, migrate and use Oracle's latest Cloud offerings: anywhere, anytime.

With each subscription you get:

  • 12 months of 24/7 access to a comprehensive set of training videos and product demonstrations delivered by Oracle product experts;
  • End-to-end training that spans the entire life cycle of your Oracle Cloud applications;
  • Practice labs with all 'Complete Edition' subscriptions;
  • Continuous updates for product enhancement and new product releases.

Cloud Learning Subscriptions are now available for:

  • Oracle HR Cloud
  • Oracle Talent Management Cloud
  • Oracle Service Cloud
  • Oracle Marketing Cloud
  • Oracle Sales Cloud
  • Oracle Financials Cloud
  • Oracle Project Management Cloud
  • Oracle Procurement Cloud
  • Oracle Database Cloud
  • Oracle Java Cloud

And we have many new subscriptions set to release in the near future.

View all of the available Cloud Learning Subscriptions, preview each course for free and contact Oracle University today for a full demo.

Happy learning!
The OPN Comms team

Tuesday Sep 15, 2015

Attending OOW? Secure your slot to get certified on the spot!

We are excited to welcome you to our fifth edition of Test Fest @ OPN Central! This year, we are bringing 90+ reasons for you to get certified on the spot, at no charge!

Our selection is very broad, and covers best-of-breed Oracle solutions. Take your pick from cloud solutions exams, applications exams, middleware exams, database exams, industry exams, and much more!

Need more reasons to attend?

  • Opportunity to pass the newly released Cloud Solutions exams;
  • Up to two exams are free of charge for Oracle partners;
  • Passing any of the exams offered will help your partner organization achieve specialization
  • Differentiate yourself in the marketplace with a well-respected exam credential

Book your seat now for the exam of your choice for any of the TEN sessions we have scheduled for you. All sessions are reserved for OPN members only, and due to high demand, seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Testing Sessions Schedule

Day 1 - Monday , 26th October
Session 1: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Session 2: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Session 3: 3:30 - 5:30pm

Day 2 - Tuesday, October 27
Session 4: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Session 5: 3:45 - 5:45pm

Day 3 - Wednesday,  October 30
Session 6: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Session 7: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Session 8: 3:30 - 5:30pm

Day 4 - Thursday, October 29
Session 9: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Session 10: 1:30 - 3:30pm

Have questions? Contact

We’ll see you in October!
The OPN Communications Test Fest Ninjas 

Thursday Sep 10, 2015

Empower the Modern Enterprise with Oracle ERP Cloud

Some believe the combination of a strong sales and marketing effort coupled with a product that sells itself is an ideal state for an organization. The flip side to this, from a customer’s perspective, speaks to the strength of having the right product at the right time. 

Now, what if we state that such a product exists today and more than 1000 customers have purchased it - just in the last two years? Is that possible?

Yes it is! And what we’re referring to is the Oracle ERP Cloud.

We’ve mentioned Oracle Cloud previously, and also discussed the best way for VAR’s to have a discussion with CFO’s about Finance and HR, but why has the Oracle ERP Cloud appealed to so many customers in such a short period of time? Here’s why.

Why is Oracle ERP Cloud Different?
Based on 30 years of Oracle’s extensive product suite offerings and core subject matter expertise in building and implementing ERP on-premise systems, Oracle ERP Cloud is one of the most comprehensive and scalable ERP solutions available. It is purpose-built to be integrated across ERP, EPM, HCM SCM, and CX solutions. Layer in the global and industry specific needs and the offering becomes tough to beat.

Oracle ERP Cloud offers built-in features including social collaboration, contextual business intelligence, role-based dashboards and mobile applications that embed innovation and productivity directly into the user interface. When customers get real-time reporting and insight at their fingertips, they make better decisions for a true empowered workforce.

We cannot forget about security in the cloud. Oracle’s 19 global data centers have a very strong governance model. Virtual tenancy at the product level ensures complete data isolation for our customers. In addition, Oracle applies security at the database level, at the mid-tier level, and at the applications level. The data is encrypted over the wire and encrypted in a backup, enabling a powerful and secure solution.

Why Do Customers choose Oracle ERP Cloud?
There are a number of reasons that the Oracle ERP Cloud appeals to so many. These include the contemporary look and feel, the ease of use, the depth of functionality as mentioned earlier, and the wide range of proven deployments across size, scale, geography and industry. There are also key themes that resonate.

Support for Growth
– Growing businesses (pre-/recent IPOs, sharing economy firms, companies seeking digital transformation & innovation, those seeking a path to the cloud) along with small and midsize enterprises graduating to more mature ERP systems often find their existing ERP systems without the workflow automation, scalability, and financial robustness needed to support their projected growth.  When these companies want to expand their businesses globally they need sophisticated multi-currency, multi-lingual, multi-entity, localized tax, payments, and other compliance capabilities that enterprise grade ERPs can deliver. These are cost-conscious businesses that have outgrown their existing ERP systems. They may also want to integrate with an HCM or CX solution.

For the large multinational business, an ERP Cloud system that supports growth is just as paramount. But the technology provider must be able to allow for both cloud functionality and the leveraging of significant existing on-premise investments. These hybrid cloud deployments – where cloud systems are seamlessly integrated with on-premise applications – are critical learning opportunities leading to a cloud roadmap for the rest of their corporate systems over time and a big reason that Oracle’s ERP Cloud has been so successful.