Thursday Jun 27, 2013

Oracle’s FY14 Partner Kickoff Recap & New OPN Website

There is no doubt that we are off to a strong FY14! Now that Oracle’s Global Partner Kickoff has come and gone, it’s time to take what we have learned and focus on having the strongest year ever! To quote Oracle pilot, Sean D. Tucker, “FY14, it’s all about growth baby!” Here are some of the ways you can grow with Oracle!

  1. Sell into accounts where Oracle isn’t selling directly
  2. Offer customer added value solutions leveraging our technology
  3. Offer deep market capabilities that leverage transformative technology

Be aggressive, sell the entire stack, engage with Oracle in the marketplace and get engineered for growth! With this being said, we also know that to have the strongest year ever, you also need the strongest tools ever!

Ladies and gentleman, in case you missed its debut during Oracle’s Global Partner Kickoff, let OPN introduce you to the newly redesigned, Oracle PartnerNetwork website, providing  easy access to key business processes, systems and resources!

We took your advice and implemented the following enhancements:

  • A new OPN home page, highlighting paths to top tasks
  • Streamlined top navigation
  • New business process focused pages
  • Restructured Knowledge Zone areas (currently applied to select pages)

Learn more about the new Oracle PartnerNetwork website and all that Oracle has to offer, by watching the FY14 Global Partner Kickoff replay video below!

Thank you for your hard work and partnership in FY13, here’s to an even stronger FY14!

Good Selling,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Jun 21, 2013

Oracle Kicks Summer off Right with Our FY14 Global Partner Kickoff

Are you ready to see what Oracle has in store for FY14? How about hearing from top Oracle Executives like Mark Hurd and Thomas Kurian, as they explain how you can make more money with Oracle? Are you reading this blog? If you answered yes to any of the above questions and want to find out how Oracle’s strategy for the next fiscal year will affect your business, don’t miss Oracle’s FY14 Global Partner Kickoff event taking place Tuesday, June 25th at 9:00AM PT.

Kick start your summer by participating in this live Oracle PartnerNetwork event! Here is how you can:

1. Send questions during the live event via Twitter using @oraclepartners and #OPN in your tweets!

2. Take part in our exciting FY14 Partner Kickoff Twitter contest and get entered to win a FREE OPN Exchange pass! Do this by tweeting @oraclepartners a creative picture of your team watching the LIVE event. The winner will be selected at the end of the show!

3. Finally, help us spread the word to the Twitter community using this tweet:

“Can’t wait for #Oracle’s Global FY14 Partner Kickoff tomorrow 6/25 at 9AM PT! Join the #OPN conversation! http://bit.ly/12goIPR

You can join the live event by visiting the OPN homepage or OPN's Facebook page the day of the event.

Red Stack. Red team. Engineered for Growth!

The OPN Communications Team 

Friday Jun 14, 2013

OPNX13 Shanghai— Get Certified for Free at the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialist Test Fest

The first ever Shanghai, China Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange conference is taking place Monday, July 22nd, through Thursday, July 25th, 2013. During this event, you can take part in the exciting and popular OPN Specialist Test Fest. This is an exceptional opportunity for Oracle Partners to take OPN Certifications for FREE! By successfully passing these exams, you will earn the OPN Certified Specialist recognition and help your company upgrade its OPN Specialized Program level!

There are 10 testing sessions to choose from, more than 50 exam titles available, and many are translated to Chinese or Korean!

Simply register now for the OPN Specialist Test Fest and select up to two seats from your desired sessions. All sessions are reserved for Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Shanghai 2013 attendees, so make sure that prior to the Test Fest registration, you have already signed up for the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Shanghai 2013 conference!

Check out the study material, prepare for the exams, and join us in Shanghai at the Expo Center!

We look forward to seeing you there,

The Oracle Partner Enablement Team

Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

OPN’s 2013 Fiscal Year-End Review

With Oracle’s fiscal year coming to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reminisce on the awesome year it has been and highlight some of the key milestones for OPN.  Here is a look at our top 10 OPN moments from the past year.

PRODUCTS & PROGRAMS:

Oracle SPARC T5 and M5 Servers. From performance to scalability, availability and value, Oracle’s expanded SPARC portfolio is sure to hit a homerun with your customers.

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2. If you are ready to reduce your risk while saving time and money by managing your valuable data and applications, then you have found your solution.

Oracle Cloud programs for partners. These 5 Cloud programs have created some buzz in the Channel. Launched during Oracle OpenWorld 2012, partners can start to capitalize on the growing demand for Cloud solutions with little investment through Oracle Cloud Services Referral Partner program, or choose to get Specialized.

EVENTS:

OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld. Last year marked the first time that partners could attend a comprehensive partner event while at Oracle OpenWorld.  The program was such a success that we are doing it even bigger this year! Join us September 22- 26, 2013 to experience Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange keynotes, partner-specific conference sessions with targeted tracks, a Test Fest certification program, a dedicated OPN lounge, the exclusive AfterDark OPN reception, and so much more!

Oracle CloudWorld. This event combined both mobile and social in 10+ cities around the globe, including a partner session that reviewed the 5 available OPN Cloud Partner Programs.  Be sure to attend next year because the sky is truly the limit with Oracle Cloud!

PARTNER TOOLS & RESOURCES:

Partner Onboarding TrainingHere at OPN, we know that sometimes it is hard being “the new guy”, which is why we have made it easier than ever to join our partner program through training modules available in the Guided Learning Path.

OPN Specialized Activation Center. Designed to help our partners navigate through the steps necessary to become authorized to embed, sell, or implement with Oracle. This is your one stop shop for key on-demand training and information.

Social Marketing for Today’s Digital World video series. This series was designed to help answer your social marketing questions, while giving you the tools needed to build a demand generation campaign and close more deals. From “Laying the Foundation,” and “Building Your Online Presence,” to “Staging for Business Success,” and “Advertising to You Customers”, this series is sure to get your companies marketing engine revved up for success!

Oracle Partner Store (OPS) Enhancements. OPS is now your one-stop shop for accessing all Oracle products via a streamlined ordering process, allowing you to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions and manage your Oracle orders more efficiently and cost-effectively. Watch Titina Ott, Vice President of Business Process and Systems Enablement for Oracle, as she discusses Oracle’s Operational Excellence.

PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS:

Profit Magazine, Oracle Specialized Partner Edition 2012. Take a look at the variety of products, industries, geographic regions, and business challenges in this edition. It’s clear that OPN Specialized partners can deliver under extremely demanding business conditions and that the expertise Oracle requires them to demonstrate is effectively put to work in the field.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 2013 Fiscal Year-End Review!

Until Next Year,

The OPN Communications Team