Monday Apr 30, 2012

Anchors Away

Last Friday marked Opening Day in the Bay, a fun San Francisco tradition which celebrates the official opening day of the Northern Californian sailing season. Just as captains will spend the next few months sailing around the bay for a win; Oracle partners have already been winning by driving customer success with Oracle’s SPARC T4 Servers and Oracle Solaris 11. No amount of tail wind could slow down these mates because nearly 500 partners have already sold Oracle’s SPARC T4 Servers with Oracle Solaris 11… And the boat isn’t docking anytime soon!

Thanks to this sea of server opportunities, Oracle partners have been moving quickly, at well over 50 knots of speed, so that their customers can benefit from the increased performance needed to run their most demanding enterprise applications in private, hybrid or public clouds. Starboard ahead!

But don’t jump ship for one of these servers just yet, OPN also has two exciting Specializations to consider. Instead, hop on board and watch as Joel Borellis, GVP of Oracle's Worldwide Alliances and Channels, highlights the OPN Specializations for both SPARC T4 and Oracle Solaris 11 and takes a deeper dive into Oracle’s SPARC T4 enterprise servers.



Bon Voyage,
The OPN Communications Team

Monday Apr 23, 2012

What Does Your Oracle Database Appliance Look Like?

Ever imagine your name up in lights, or maybe you in your very best attire, thanking the academy? Well this dream of yours is not too far off because in February Oracle launched its first ever Oracle Database Appliance Video contest, and next month (May 2012) marks the last month to submit a video for a chance to win a complimentary pass to this year’s Oracle OpenWorld 2012 … on top of some major Oracle exposure.

Though we can’t promise you an Oscar, we can say for those OPN partners that have been approved to resell Oracle Database Appliance and love it as much as we do, this is your shot in the Oracle spotlight, your 90 seconds of fame, and a time to channel your inner Spielberg or Lucas. Take a peek at what Oracle’s creative team came up with:

May the force be with you as you create a video of pure brilliance that will not only act as a useful tool to generate leads, but one that could also be shown to fans around the world. Here is what you need to know in order to submit and wow “the Academy”:

How this Contest Works:

  1. Create an original video that is 120 seconds or less that is promotional in nature (not instructional or for demonstration).
  2. Post your Oracle Database Appliance video to your YouTube channel.
  3. Send a link to your video posted to your YouTube channel to kim.boyle@oracle.com.
  4. Oracle will promote your video via the OPN Oracle Database Appliance YouTube playlist*
  5. Oracle will ask viewers to vote on (like) the video of their choice --One vote per registered YouTube user.
  6. Oracle will select one winner per region based on viewer votes and Oracle executive review. Winners will be notified the first week in June 2012.

Timing:

  • Submissions Deadline: We suggest partners submit their videos no later than May 1st to ensure they have sufficient time to receive the most viewer votes possible.
  • The contest runs from February – May 31.
  • Winners will be selected the first week of June.

So what are you waiting for? Now is your chance to show just how simple, reliable and affordable your Oracle Database Appliance has been for you! Click here to register today or vote for your favorite Oracle Database Appliance video here.

Lights, Camera, Appliance,

The OPN Communications Team

Monday Apr 16, 2012

Konnichiwa to Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo 2012!

A little rain or a lot of rain couldn’t get in the way of hosting yet another successful Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo. Last week marked the beginning of this long awaited event which kicked-off right away as 220 Oracle partners from around the world attended the OPN Forum. There, central topics such as Oracle’s global alliance strategy and Oracle’s overall partner strategy were discussed. This event was followed by the Alliances and Channels Knowledge Session which included an ISV Round Table led by our very own Oracle President, Mark Hurd. Throughout the week partners were able to take in keynotes from top Oracle Executives; check out Mark Hurd’s keynote below:

Thursday wouldn’t have been complete without a roundtable of its own - the Partner Executive Roundtable - which was well attended by the dynamic companies that are helping to grow Japan’s booming market. As partners zipped through the Exhibition Hall, many took some time to learn more about the OPN program at large by visiting our OPN booth, and gained a deeper understanding of what it means to ‘Get Specialized’. Throughout the week, over 180 partners joined Oracle’s “Test Fest” which enabled partners to take part in complimentary certification exams for Specialization. We are happy to announce that 49 partners passed!

After adding another victorious Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo to our growing list of events, OPN now anxiously awaits the arrival of Oracle OpenWorld 2012. The only question is… how ready are you?

 See you in San Francisco,
 The OPN Communications Team

Monday Apr 09, 2012

Partners, Start your Engines

Hello speed racer - OPN here to inform you that in case you missed it, our ISV Focused PartnerCast took place last week in Oracle's Redwood Shores studio. Without a roadblock in site, Oracle's key drivers discussed topics like Optimized and Oracle's Cloud offerings; even OPN partner MSC took it to the next level by stopping by to share with us their first hand experience with the Oracle Exastack Optimized program.

By stepping into Oracle's "Motor Speedway", better known as the Exastack lab, MSC was able to fine tune, test and optimize their application on Oracle Exadata, as well as gain outstanding expertise on several technical areas such as optimizing multithreaded applications and database tuning. By optimizing their solution, MSC has "decreased their deployment time and saw a 30 percent performance improvement in database." Sounds like someone's gearing up for an "Oracle Indy 500."

By achieving Oracle Exadata Optimized status, MSC is putting performance in the driver's seat, and their customers at the front of the race by delivering a solution that is tuned for performance, scalability and reliability. So go ahead and let the Oracle Exastack Optimized pit crew take you to the finish line. Learn how to go from 0-60 by watching MSC's segment of the ISV Focused PartnerCast below.

Ready...Set...Optimize!
The OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

Extra, Extra, Read All About It- Offer Ends Soon!

Start spreading the news... Your partner news of course by submitting all interesting presentation ideas to the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Call for Papers. Though you may not be able to serenade your customers with a voice like Sinatra's, you can still get their attention by sharing your customer solutions, highlighting your achievements and attempting your best "Old Blue Eyes" impersonation.

This call for papers will end April 9th, 2012 so don't be a stranger in the night; instead fly your company to the moon and back by getting those papers in. May luck be a lady or simply on your side, as all accepted submission speakers will receive a complimentary pass to the event they have been accepted for.

Yes you're lovely, so why wait any longer? Join the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 'Rat Pack' today by watching the video below or submitting to the call for papers.

The best is yet to come,
The OPN Communications Team