Thursday Jul 30, 2015

Recap: Oracle ERP Cloud Summit 2015

More than 200 Partners attended the Oracle ERP Summit which took place at Oracle headquarters in Redwood City on July 13-15.

We’d like to thank everyone for their participation, enthusiasm and incredible support.

Here are a few takeaways from the Summit.

Day One

Day one kicked off with a recap of our FY16 goals and opportunities, and we heard some excellent insights from Russell Pike, Group Vice President for Sales Consulting. Russell described the objectives that Oracle is always pushing to achieve – having applications that are “simple to get, easy to own and a joy to use”.

Another great session was led by Jon Chorley, CSO and Group VP on SCM Product Strategy and PLM, who presented new and exciting features that will be added to the Oracle Cloud Applications portfolio ahead of Oracle OpenWorld.

Finally, one of the most anticipated presentations of the day was, “Oracle Cloud Opportunity” where Oracle Executive Vice Chairman, Jeff Henley, presented Oracle’s cloud strategy for FY16. Under the concept “threat is opportunity”, he presented the major obstacles that every company faces when transitioning to the cloud while emphasizing the major advantages that Oracle has in the cloud market.

Day Two

The second day of the Summit was dedicated to product-specific presentations, with a focus on Procurement, Project Portfolio Management, Supply Chain Management, Product Lifecycle Management & MDM.

However, new technical features were not the only focus of the day.
Terrance Wampler, Vice President, Financials Product Strategy, talked about the difficulties switching from building software to running a service, the importance of knowing and understanding customers, and how customer feedback influences everything Oracle does.

Terrance also highlighted that Oracle is not only a “cloud company’ but also a “service company,” and showcased many successful collaborations and Oracle ERP implementations with partners including HP, Carrefour and IKEA.

Finally, a very interesting presentation was made by Indy Bains, Sales Consulting Manager, describing the powerful connection between Oracle HCM and Oracle ERP, and how the two suites of applications can coexist + enhance the company business management.

Day Three

The last day of the ERP Summit was dedicated to Modern Best Practices.
The Summit concluded with reflections around Oracle’s ERP Cloud applications portfolio, which is the largest on the market and offers unrivalled functionality and security while presenting a solid upgrade roadmap.

In conclusion, the Oracle ERP Summit gave us a great opportunity to showcase Oracle’s vast cloud applications capabilities and a great platform to recognize our partners’ outstanding contribution to the Cloud ERP Community.

We look forward to seeing you next year,
Oracle PartnerNetwork

Thursday Jul 23, 2015

Going Mobile in the Cloud

Many of you have been following Oracle’s recent announcements around the Oracle Cloud Platform and have realized that empowering IT to deliver mobile applications is a key priority for us. Mobile computing is also a high priority for most of our customers. Many are taking a “mobile first” approach to developing new applications where the mobile audience is targeted in phase one rather than being an afterthought once a traditional, browser-based application is delivered. One of the many new cloud services that Oracle recently announced is the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service. It is designed from the ground up to help customers field mobile applications quickly.

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service addresses the sweet spot of the red-hot enterprise mobile management (EMM) market. According to a recent report from 451 Research, the EMM market will grow from $3.8 billion in 2014 to $9.6 billion by 2018 with a CAGR of 22% in 2013-2018. Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) is one of the fastest growing segments of EMM.

Both IT management and mobile app developers can appreciate what Oracle Mobile Cloud Service provides. The challenges that mobile development teams face on the server-side often make the client-side effort look easy.  Oracle Mobile Cloud Service helps field enterprise-wide mobile applications quickly and securely. It provides cloud-based, enterprise-class, MBaaS capabilities like:
  • User management
  • Push notifications
  • Cloud storage
  • Off-line data synch
  • API catalog for platform and custom APIs
  • Connectors to applications that are on-premise and in the cloud
  • Security services for authentication and authorization
  • Monitoring and analytics
The Oracle Mobile Cloud Service is client-agnostic. It can service smartphone and tablet apps written for any of the popular device platforms like iOS, Android and Windows. It also works well with popular client-side technology provided by leaders like Xamarin who recently announced a strategic partnership with Oracle around Oracle Mobile Cloud Service. Calls from the client devices can be made either via industry standard RESTful APIs or through the available client SDK.  

A recent CIO Magazine Tech Poll shows that this is the right time to introduce colleagues, partners and customers to how a cloud-based MBaaS can help. According to the poll:
  • 33% of enterprises are actively researching mobile strategy and products, so mobile is at top of mind;
  • 19% of enterprises are piloting mobile applications today, so some customers are experiencing the challenges inherent in not having a cloud-based MBaaS;
  • 23% of production mobile deployments are division-wide in scope, so there are applications that may need an enterprise-class MBaaS to broaden their reach;
  • Only 10% of production mobile deployments are enterprise-wide, so many customers haven’t yet committed to an MBaaS platform and can benefit from hearing about Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Service.

With Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, executing a “mobile first” strategy just got a lot easier. Oracle invites you to take a closer look. A quick video overview may convince you that this is one of the most exciting new cloud services we’ve announced for the Oracle Cloud Platform.

Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett is a cloud solutions specialist in Partner Enablement at Oracle

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Introducing... the OPN Cloud Business Builder!

In an effort to help partners build their cloud business with Oracle and get connected to available cloud resources and programs, Oracle has recently announced the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Cloud Business Builder.

This new content area within OPN serves as the single-source for partners to build their cloud business. If you are looking to develop your business with Oracle Cloud, make sure you bookmark this new site and navigate to find information on the most recent programs available.

You can learn how to do a referral, how to resell Oracle Cloud Services, publish in Oracle Cloud Marketplace and many more activities.

The site is divided into three main cloud areas based on partner types and business activities.

Refer and Resell

  • IaaS, PaaS and SaaS resale
  • Referral program
  • Cloud Marketing Kits & Sales Plays
Develop and Integrate
  • PaaS for ISVs
  • Publishing in Oracle Cloud Marketplace
Architect and Implement
  • Cloud fixed-scope offering
  • Cloud Specializations
  • BPO Program
Oracle has created OPN Cloud Business Builder with partners in mind, and based on partners’ key business models. We hope the streamlined content, new assets and individualized resources give you the tools you need to expand your cloud business with Oracle.

Oracle PartnerNetwork

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

2015 Oracle Excellence Award nomination deadline approaching!

We want to remind our partners that the nomination process for the 2015 Oracle Excellence Award for Cloud Transformation Global Partner of the Year ends on Wednesday, July 15. Visit the Awards landing page to download your nomination form(s) before next week.

For a bit of background, the inaugural Oracle Excellence Award for Cloud Transformation Global Partner of the Year seeks to recognize the unique expertise an Oracle partner can bring to their customers through innovation and collaboration with Oracle to deliver superior, joint end-to-end multi-regional cross pillar cloud solutions. The ideal winner of this award is a global Platinum partner or higher, with the ability to demonstrate how their investments in Oracle and Oracle Cloud technology have positively transformed their customers' ease of doing business, by modernizing and simplifying IT.

Questions regarding the 2015 Oracle Excellence Award for Cloud Transformation Global Partner of the Year, or do not have access to the award nominations when logging into the landing page? Please contact Stephanie Spada.

All the best,
Oracle PartnerNetwork

Tuesday Jun 30, 2015

Before you watch those fireworks…

Given the impending holiday weekend, some of you may already be off work, sitting by a pool or beach, sipping something cold. But for those of you still at work, OPN has something for you.