Wednesday Jan 07, 2015

What’s On Tap in 2015

Happy New Year, partners! We hope that you all enjoyed a relaxing holiday season and are having a great start to 2015.

One of my favorite traditions every January is to buy a brand new oversized wall calendar. (Side note: am I the only one left that hasn’t converted to a mobile or online calendar?) It always amazes me how quickly those little blank squares transform into a mess of upcoming plans, events, trips, and reminders that will chart the course of my next 12 months. 

So before your 2015 calendars fill up, make sure to save the date for these key upcoming Oracle and OPN events. Take advantage of sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, gain some new training, or encourage your customers to attend.  

  • Oracle CloudWorld – This event explores what the cloud can do to modernize and transform business. With locations scheduled around the world, find an upcoming event near you to sponsor. If you’ll be at the New York event on January 13, register to attend an exclusive partner roundtable to discover options for partnering with Oracle in the Cloud.

  • Oracle Value Chain Summit – In San Jose, CA on January 26-28, 2015, Oracle embarks on this year’s theme of “Enabling Agents of Change” in supply chain management. Customers can choose from more than 150 sessions across seven tracks for deep dives into every aspect of the industry.  There’s still time to become a sponsor!

  • Oracle JD Edwards Summit – If you’re a JD Edwards OPN member, you won’t want to miss the 6th annual partner summit in Broomfield, CO on February 2-5, 2015.  You’ll hear from Oracle executives, pick from 100+ breakout sessions, interact with sponsors, and enjoy multiple networking activities – all in beautiful Colorado.

  • Oracle HCM World – Check out the sponsor and exhibitor opportunities at Oracle’s signature HR event, which brings human resources, talent management, and business leaders together in Washington, DC on March 25-27, 2015.

  • Oracle CX Cloud Conferences – Become an exhibitor or sponsor at the CX Cloud Conference in Las Vegas, NV on March 31 – April 2, 2015. This event features four different experiences that focus on Modern Sales, Modern Service, Modern Commerce, and Modern Marketing.

  • Collaborate15 – Ensure you have a presence at Collaborate15 on April 12-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV this year. This educational conference is hosted by three of Oracle’s biggest and most influential user groups, and offers an expert blend of customer-to-customer interaction along with insights from technology visionaries and Oracle strategists. 

  • Oracle Open World – It’s never too early to save the date for Oracle’s capstone event! We hope you’ll join us in San Francisco on October 25-29, 2015.

We hope you’re ready to gear up for a year filled with exciting events on tap! And these are just the tip of the iceberg. Check out for a full list of upcoming Oracle offerings this year. We hope to see you in person soon, and cheers to a prosperous 2015! 

The Oracle PartnerNetwork Events Team

Tuesday Dec 23, 2014

What are your plans to increase profit in 2015?

Digital disruption is a part of business nowadays. Take for example what email did to the printing press and postal service; what iTunes did to the record industry; what the digital camera did to Kodak. You get the idea. So what exactly is disruption? It is often defined as the change that happens when new technologies or business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services.

Value is what digital disruption impacts. And this value comes in all shapes and sizes: better; easier; smarter; bigger; smaller; cheaper. You name it. New companies built on these models are both challenging and threatening even the most well-established of industries, and the companies that aren’t responsive may soon be gone.

So as you ask yourself not, “should we play in digital,” but rather, “WHERE will we play in digital,” keep in mind that every company today has the chance to win in digital business. Transformations can be tricky, though. Many organizations are still struggling to develop an enterprise IT strategy – let alone a digital strategy.

As your company and your customers work towards a digital transformation, keep in mind you want a platform – economically and operationally – that spans big data, cloud, mobile, social, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Access to big data will allow you to keep tabs on customers and market trends; a complete cloud will lay a solid foundation for efficiency and business agility; IoT is the next frontier that will drive unprecedented levels of automated decision-making; and the need for mobile and social goes without saying. These five increasingly intertwined technologies are having a dramatic impact on enterprise IT, and the biggest challenge is integrating these five forces together.

That’s where Oracle comes in.

At Oracle, we build and design our technology so it works together from the start. With our broad, integrated IT portfolio, we have a unique ability to offer customers a complete hardware and software stack—from cloud applications through middleware and databases, and all the way down to servers and storage. We offer all of this on-premises or in the cloud. Each layer has been engineered to work together, which allows customers to optimize performance and build greater reliability and security than they would by employing multiple vendors. The advantage of an integrated stack is that it helps you simplify your IT. Oracle takes a big chunk of the integration and routine maintenance off your hands, so that you can invest more of your resources into innovation and growth. 

Oracle has many customers who are already digital disruptors. One of our finance customers is shaking up digital banking processes by leveraging Oracle software and systems for their mobile payment infrastructure so users can make payments via mobile phones using only a phone number. One of Oracle’s healthcare customers is pioneering a digital medicine initiative through wearable skin sensors that monitor vitals so that patients can receive precise and near real-time information regarding their health.

No matter where your customers are located and what industry they’re in, you can help them re-imagine their business, focus on their growth and drive innovation. And with software and hardware engineered to work together, they can shave months, or even years, off their integration timelines. Simplified IT can help them get there; Oracle can help you get them there.

So, how will you increase revenue in 2015?

Happy holidays and best wishes in the New Year,
The OPN Communications team

Thursday Dec 18, 2014

Oracle Exastack Program announces Virtual Compute Appliance Ready

Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance radically simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows application. The Virtual Compute Appliance is a turnkey solution for cloud infrastructure, supporting Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) deployments.

With this announcement, Oracle partners with a Virtual Compute Appliance Ready application can now leverage the Exastack Program benefits. Partners will also be able to receive incremental rebates for selling Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance through the OPN Incentive program.

For more information:

•    Watch the video and hear Senior VP Wim Coekaerst explain the benefits for ISVs;
•    Watch this brief product flash demo for more details on the product;
•    For product data sheet, FAQ and customer success, visit the Oracle Exastack Ready reference page and

Get out there and get visible!

The OPN Comms team

Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

WEBINAR: Oracle Public Cloud: Platform-as-a-Service – January 14

With the recent launch of Oracle Cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings, Oracle now enables ISVs to rapidly deploy and scale their applications in the public cloud, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of platform services.

On January 14, you’re invited to register for an exclusive webinar hosted by Oracle Cloud strategy experts on how Oracle is delivering new, differentiated platform services, as well as related opportunities, resources and commercial models for ISVs.

Discussion topics will include an overview of Oracle Cloud PaaS and how it’s different from other cloud offerings; ISV use cases for Oracle Cloud PaaS; and programs, resources and commercial models for Oracle partners.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how you can readily leverage new Oracle Cloud PaaS offerings to deploy your application in the cloud and deliver more value to your customers. You’ll also discover how to leverage Oracle Cloud Marketplace to further promote your application and effectively expand your reach to a growing number of Oracle customers and prospects.

Discover what makes the Oracle Cloud different from other public cloud offerings. Join us next month.

Your OPN Comms team

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

NexGen Cloud Conference recap: “All Roads Lead to the Cloud”

Last week, San Diego hosted The Channel Company’s inaugural NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo on December 3-5. The theme, “All Roads Lead to the Cloud” – stemmed from industry experts’ predictions that all channel businesses must adapt to the cloud by 2017.