Thursday Nov 29, 2012

Bring on the Cheer, Oracle’s Q3 is Here

November is long gone and December is near… this must mean OPN’s Q2 Winter Wrap-Up is here! Listed below are just a few of the highlights from Oracle’s past three months…

  1. Yet another successful Oracle OpenWorld 2012 and the launch of our first ever Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange program! Get the recap.
  2. Our exciting Java Embedded @ JavaOne event. Get the low-down here!
  3. The debut of our new Oracle Cloud programs for partners, which have already created some awesome buzz in the Channel. Check out the CRN article, and don’t forget to watch the Cloud Programs Overview video and visit our OPN Cloud Knowledge Zone!
  4. On the product front, Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance was awarded the 2012 Tech Innovator and Enterprise App Award by CRN. Read the full article.
  5. Oracle partner, Hitachi Consulting, reached OPN’s premier Diamond Level status. Read more.

Was Oracle part of your September, October or November highlights? If so, leave us a comment below, we’d love to feature your story! Also, don’t forget to share the love by re-tweeting this post on Twitter or “liking” this post on Facebook!

Stay Warm,

The OPN Communications Team 

Friday Nov 23, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld São Paulo Is Back!

Guess what’s back and bigger than ever! Oracle OpenWorld São Paulo, and we can’t wait to see YOU there! Be part of the first ever Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Latin America, a program that incorporates special activities specifically tailored to you, our partners. Oracle OpenWorld Latin America is taking place from December 4th – 6th at the Transamerica Expo Center, so if you haven’t already registered, hurry and do so to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing here!

This year’s jam-packed agenda includes keynotes from Hugo Freytes, SVP of Latin America Alliances and Channels, and many more! The OPN Keynote session will take place on December 5th from 10:00am to 12:00am, and the program will feature four tracks including Applications, Cloud, Engineered Systems and Technology for partners, complete with endless content! Click here to view the Oracle OpenWorld Latin America Oracle PartnerNetwork Agenda.

Also, we wanted to offer a huge THANK YOU to our 2012 Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Latin America and Lounge sponsors: Avnet and Preteco!

Be sure to stop by our Oracle PartnerNetwork Lounge to hold meetings, network with your peers, and engage in relevant conversations with your partners, customers and other industry professionals.

Finally, don’t wait to register! Early Bird Pricing for OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld has ends November, 23. You really don't want to miss this great opportunity to learn, network, and be a part of the experience. Register here!

Welcome to the new Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld Latin America 2012!

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Nov 15, 2012

Eggnog and Oracle’s StorageTek SL150 Updates


Looks like the holiday’s came early this year! You may remember this snazzy blog that posted a couple months back,  “Keepin’ It Simple with Storage Tek SL150”, that was based on the benefits around Oracle’s StorageTek SL150. Well, in addition to these great benefits, OPN is pleased to provide you with a complete StorageTek SL150 winter wish list that is about to come true!

1. SL150 is the only product in the Oracle portfolio, for which OPN Members can become authorized to create and provide support

2. OPN Members can qualify for the OPN Incentive Program Rebates, without Oracle Support Attach, (provided all other criteria is met). The requirement of Premier Support Attach has been exempted for this product.

3. OPN Members who become authorized under this model will be eligible for an additional discount on parts

4. As always Oracle’s StorageTek SL150 is Simple, Scalable and will help you Save!

To add just a bit more cheer to your cup of hot coco, watch this video on why Oracle’s StorageTek SL150 Tape Library is for you!

So if you haven’t done so already, contact your Oracle Channel Sales representative — let them know if you’ve been nice this year, and tell them you want to learn more!


The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Nov 13, 2012

Personalize your Experience with the Oracle Partner Store


"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

So it may not be magic, but it’s definitely close!  Partners can now personalize their experience with the Oracle Partner Store and control what and who receives notifications.

Let’s take a look at the MyOPS tab in Partner Store and explore more:

Under “My Account” select Personal Information.  In the additional Email Addresses box, you can add in email addresses, including distribution lists that you want to be copied for every OPS notification that you receive.

If you select Preferences in the drop-down you set the following options:

  • What language you want to receive alerts in
  • Whether or not you want to receive order confirmation and order booked alerts
  • Your default installation country and currency
  • Your default support offering and duration when you add items to the cart

Other preferences you can select from the drop down include:

  • Bill to Addresses
  • Ship to Addresses
  • Preferred Bill to/ Ship to
  • Company information
  • Credit Cards

Please note that these settings will only affect your account in the Oracle Partner Store – they will not affect other users from your company.  For more information please refer to our training page.

So take a moment to set up the Partner Store to meet your needs and save you some time.


Simon Davis

Senior Director WW A&C Quote To Order

Friday Nov 09, 2012

From Sea to Shining Fusion HCM Specialization


Well, the polls have closed, the votes are in and Oracle Fusion HCM Specialization is finally here! Not only is this Specialization easily achievable, partners are already seeing the “economic” value in it.

But don’t just take our word for it, watch below as Oracle Diamond Partner, Infosys, shares their experience with Oracle Fusion HCM and all the success they’ve already seen!

Here is how you can make a change and get started today:

STEP 1: Join OPN
STEP 2: Join Knowledge Zone
STEP 3: Check Business and Competency Criteria
STEP 4: Track Competency Status OPN Member
STEP 5: Apply Now OPN Member

So let’s put our differences aside, put Oracle Fusion first, and come together by learning more about this Oracle Fusion HCM Specialization

We are OPN and we approve this message,

The OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Nov 07, 2012

The Future of M2M in a Connected World


There is no denying that the technological landscape as we know it is drastically changing all thanks to three little words – Machine to Machine. The M2M platform has taken over as one of the industry’s main buzz words and there is no question as to why! Just 5 months ago we had a guest post on “Machine to Machine – The Internet of Things – It’s about the Data.” Now companies are extending the use of M2M data to increase opportunity and intelligence across the Enterprise.

Just this week, Oracle announced the results of its “Designing an M2M Platform for the Connected World research, examining the evolving drivers behind ‘Machine to Machine’ (M2M) projects and how those changes are impacting solution requirements. Be sure to read this exciting report here!

To Infinity and Beyond,

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Nov 01, 2012

It’s that Time of Year Again… OPN Survey Time!

Whether you’re still carving pumpkins or getting ready to carve a turkey, be sure to carve out your chance to win one of 5 Apple i-Pads, by taking our Oracle PartnerNetwork Survey!

On October 12th, Oracle Alliances and Channels sent out invitations asking you to complete the Oracle PartnerNetwork Survey and provide feedback on Oracle’s Enablement, Partner Business Center, OPN Portal, Communications, Benefits, OPN Competency Center, Solutions Catalog and Marketing. 

So, if you’re feeling as festive as we are, and received an invitation to participate, we hope you take this opportunity to provide us feedback so we can continue to drive meaningful programs and interactions with you, our partners!

If you didn’t receive an invitation but still want to get the get the holidays started with your very own i-Pad, you’re welcome to send us a note at with your candid feedback, or request to be added to the list for future surveys.

The drawing for the Apple i-Pads will take place after the survey closes mid November. Thank you in advance for your participation and we look forward to receiving your response.

Let the holiday season begin!

The OPN Communications Team