Tuesday Aug 30, 2016

Save your seat for OPN In Focus Sessions

You can't make the most of OPN Central at Oracle OpenWorld if you don't check out one (or more!) of our OPN In Focus Sessions being held in the OPN Lounge theater. (#tbt snapshot of last year's Lounge below.) We'll have more sessions, more content and more space than years past.

That said, we encourage you to register for OPN In Focus Sessions as they tend to fill up quickly. To do that, simply access the 2016 Session Catalog and search "OPN Central" to see all of the informative sessions we have planned. The catalog will provide a summary of each topic, speaker information and the date & time the session will be held. And you'll have the following sessions to choose from:

  •    Oracle Advanced Customer Support - A Partner's Secret Weapon
  •    Building Your Cloud Business Best Practices - for Resellers
  •    Selling PaaS and IaaS - for Resellers and Born-in-the-Cloud Partners;
  •    Enabling the Journey to the Cloud
  •    Sales Plays For Creating Competitive Advantage / Applications Cloud Models
  •    On-Ramp to the Cloud with Cloud Connected Engineered Systems
  •    ISVs: Increase Your Reach with Oracle Cloud Marketplace
  •    ISVs: Leverage Oracle Cloud to Extend & Enrich Your Applications;
  •    Get Certified, Get Customers - Oracle Engineered Systems Program for ISVs
  •    Using the Oracle Channel Marketing Automation System to Grow Your Business
  •    Marketing Tools & Resources - An Overview
  •    Differentiate Your Business with Oracle Cloud Specialization
  •    Welcome to Oracle PartnerNetwork - Resources for New Partners
  •    Optimize Your Cloud Business on the Oracle Partner Store

Come and learn more about OPN’s Enablement roadmap, cloud certifications & specializations, marketing resources & more. All In Focus Sessions will be held at the OPN Lounge theater, located in the Moscone South Exhibition Hall – Booth 2201. 

See you at the theater!

The OPN Events Committee

Tuesday Aug 23, 2016

Putting partners first at OPN Central @ OpenWorld

This September, we invite you to uncover the innovation, learning & networking 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, California September 18 – 22. To show our commitment to partners, Oracle has dedicated Sunday, September 18 to the Oracle PartnerNetwork community. On Sunday afternoon, you’re invited to attend the OPN Keynote and regional General Sessions kicking off at 1pm PT. You will hear discussions on the key role partners play in the shifting industry ecosystem, customer cloud journeys and the expanded resources & growth opportunities available in the Oracle channel. On Sunday evening, the famed OPN AfterDark Reception is back and open to all partners with a conference badge; no separate registration necessary. Join us for drinks, bites & relationship-building with a view!

The OPN Lounge is back with a new address – Moscone South, Booth 2201. The Lounge will be open during conference week and home to the majority of OPN Central activities. Activities include OPN In Focus Sessions  – where partners will learn more about OPN’s enablement roadmap, cloud certifications & specializations, marketing resources & more. There are more than 20 sessions to choose from! In addition, partners have a chance to take modern marketing and social media consultations at the Partner Demand Gen Rally Station. No need for advanced registration, simply sign up in the Lounge.

Back this year and also located in the OPN Lounge is the ISV Cloud Bar – Ask the Experts! Have your technical questions answered & your cloud strategy evaluated by our panel of experts throughout the conference week. In addition to the OPN Lounge, Experts will be in Moscone South, Moscone West, Press Club and the OPN AfterDark Reception Sunday evening.

OPN Test Fest is also back for the sixth year in a row and takes place at the Courtyard San Francisco Downtown Hotel (Marriott). Partners are encouraged to register for an opportunity to earn their Certified Specialist accreditation at no cost. There are more than 70 exams and 10 testing sessions to choose from.

There’s a lot to do, we know. So make sure that between the sessions, breakouts, receptions & overall conference hustle and bustle, you relax and recharge with the Oracle PartnerNetwork team and your peers in the OPN Lounge.

See you in San Francisco

Oracle OpenWorld brings together innovators, subject matter experts and IT professionals. It also hosts loads of program tracks that will give you unparalleled insight into today’s most relevant topics, impressive entertainment at an Oracle Appreciation Night to remember & new relationships you won’t forget.   

To stay connected with everything taking place at Oracle OpenWorld 2016. Follow and interact with us on our official OPN social media channels using the hashtags: #opncentral and #oow16:

•    Facebook
•    Twitter
•    LinkedIn
•    Instagram

We’ll see you next month!

Oracle PartnerNetwork 

Monday Aug 15, 2016

Did someone say Oracle certification exams free of charge?

Happy Monday, OPN.

We cordially invite you take advantage of free of charge certification exams at this year's OPN Test Fest at Oracle OpenWorld. OPN Test fest will run from Monday, September 19 - Thursday, September 22 at the Courtyard San Francisco Downtown (Marriott).

There are ten testing sessions to choose from which hopefully accommodate your busy schedules, and more than 70 exams that span a wide selection of Oracle Solutions. With cloud being the focus, of course. By passing any of these exams, you will earn an OPN Certified Specialist credential and a digital badge, along with the achievement of an OPN Specialization.

We encourage you to register for this special opportunity; you can select up to two seats for your desired session(s).

Contact us with any questions/comments.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!
Oracle Partner Communications & Enablement Teams

Wednesday Aug 10, 2016

Feedback: WIIFM?

Several weeks back while checking out at a nation-wide home improvement store, I was asked to fill out an online survey when I got home for the chance to win some money, but to also be sure I rated every aspect of my customer experience a 10 out of 10. In my head this translated to, "Please go home, remember this conversation and keep track of your receipt. When you get there, turn on your computer, pull out that receipt we told you not to lose, go to the survey site, provide us some personal information and then send us some tainted survey responses in exchange for a sliver of a chance to win a store credit you may or may not need." I drove home wondering whether these guys understood just how much they were asking me to do and if they did, how would doing all this possibly improve my future experiences. I drove home wondering, "What's in it for me?"