Sunday Sep 22, 2013

Can't Make It? Don't Worry

If we had our druthers, Oracle partners from Redwood Shores to Rajasthan would all be able to join us for OPN Exchange at OpenWorld 2013.

If you aren’t able to make it, we’ll miss you. But don’t worry! You can still catch all the news and insights at #OPNX13 online.

#OPNX13 keynotes, general sessions and more will broadcast live on the Oracle PartnerNetwork site. Be sure to watch Safra Catz, Mark Hurd and John Fowler deliver the #OPNX13 Keynote today, Sunday, September 22 from 1–3pm PDT. You can also find #OPNX13 livestreams on the Oracle OpenWorld Live page, along with tons of other #OOW13 content.

Whether you’re on a train, in the office or meeting with customers here at OpenWorld, tune in to take part in the live experience. If you see something you like, tweet at us using #OPNX13.

For more information about the conference—including the keynote schedule—or to register and attend Oracle OpenWorld in person, please visit the Oracle OpenWorld Website.

Get excited!

OPN Communications

Don't Forget: OPN Exchange Sunday Roundup

We’re just a few hours away from kicking off #OPNX13 at OOW. There’s a LOT happening for partners in the coming week. So here’s a quick roundup of Day One’s can’t-miss events!

Sunday, 9/22:

  • The OPN Exchange Keynote with Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Safra Catz @ 1:00pm (Moscone South, Gateway Ballroom)
  • #OPNX13 General Sessions covering each OPN Exchange track, including Cloud, Technology, Engineered Systems and the Internet of Things @ 3:30pm (Moscone South, Esplanade Level)
  • The exclusive #OPNX13 AfterDark Reception @ 7:00pm. Team Oracle aerobatics whizz Sean D. Tucker will be on hand from 7:30–8:30pm for an adrenaline-fueled meet-and-greet! (Metreon, 4th Floor)

Don’t worry—there’s plenty more after Sunday! Be sure to take part in all the exciting activity during the week, including:

  • 50+ OPN Exchange Sessions taking place at the Marriott Marquis through Thursday
  • Test Fest exams for OPN Specialist Certifications throughout the week
  • Social Media Rally Station in the OPN Lounge—join us Monday through Wednesday to go from Social Media glum to guru in just 25 minutes
  • Hands-on Labs at various venues across the OOW site
  • Endless networking opportunities at the OPN Lounge, Oracle Plaza @ Howard Street, the "It’s a Wrap" Reception, and much more

As you register and reconnect with your global Oracle family, don’t forget to attend these stellar events!

Can’t wait to see you here,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Find Your Applications Track Sessions @ OPN Exchange

Heads up, OPN Exchangers!

Before you rock out with Maroon5 and The Black Keys at the Oracle Appreciation Event, be sure to zip over to the Marriott Marquis to hear some other great (applications) tracks.

Oracle Fusion Application, Oracle Cloud and other key application products will all have track sessions running throughout OPN Exchange (#OPNX13). Here are just a few of them:

For more information on #OPNX13 and a full list of sessions, benefits and fees, click through to the OPN Exchange landing page. Register before it’s too late!

Steady rolling,

OPN Communications

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

OPN Exchange General Sessions Announced – Fowler, Baker & more

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The moment you’ve all been waiting for...

After you hear Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Safra Catz give their play-by-play on Oracle’s strategy and direction for 2014 at the #OPNX13 Keynote, cruise on up to the Esplanade Level for the OPN Exchange General Sessions. Choose among four Oracle Executives to get their insights into some of today’s hottest IT issues.

Here are the numbers...

Date: Sunday, September 22

Time: 3:30–4:30pm PT

Location: Moscone South, Esplanade Level

  • Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development (Cloud and Applications for Partners, Room 301): Hear the latest strategies for going to market with Oracle Fusion Applications cloud solutions, from selling to implementation.
  • Chris Baker, Senior Vice President, Worldwide ISV, OEM and Java Sales (Internet of Things for Partners, Room 302): Discover how leading businesses have already begun using Oracle M2M technology—from Java on the device to world-class infrastructure—to make the Internet of Things a reality.
  • Andrew Mendelsohn, Senior Vice President, Database Server Technologies (Technology for Partners, Room 303): Learn to expand your offerings to customers by selling Oracle on Oracle.
  • John Fowler, Executive Vice President, Systems (Engineered Systems and Hardware for Partners, Room 304): Get all your need-to-know info on Oracle Engineered Systems.

Get ready. This year’s speakers are energized and looking downfield for receivers. Which route are you running?

Go Team!

OPN Comms out

Monday Sep 16, 2013

Mark Hurd Becomes a LinkedIn Influencer: Read His Debut Blog

Last week, Oracle President Mark Hurd joined other thought leaders as a LinkedIn Influencer.

Influencers are trusted leaders who have been invited to share unique industry insights and to start thought-provoking conversations. Mark’s first blog, "Enterprise IT’s New Mandate: Drive Austerity and Innovation" is live, and it’s already generated some insightful discussion.

In the piece, Mark discusses one viable way for leaders to face the demands of austerity and innovation. As legacy enterprise apps—“dinosaurs,” as he calls them—eat away at CEOs’ budgets,

“CEOs today need to turn to modern enterprise technology that liberates precious IT dollars from low-value or no-value infrastructure and integration and funds new approaches and innovation that customers are demanding. It’s a tough challenge—but in this new world where the customer is king, CEOs have no alternative.”

But why read it here? Let the man speak for himself.

  1. Read "Enterprise IT’s New Mandate" now and Follow Mark on LinkedIn to read his future articles.
  2. Then, like the post on LinkedIn and share it with your LinkedIn network.
  3. Give the post a thumbs-up on Facebook and tweet it to your followers. Here’s a sample you can copy+paste: Austerity + Innovation = Modern IT says @Oracle President Mark Hurd. Read his first @LinkedIn Influencer post:

Thursday Sep 12, 2013

Discover New Opportunities with MySQL

With summer finally descending on San Francisco—only a couple months late this year—it’s conference season. By now, you’ve heard all about OPN Exchange @ OOW 13. But here’s something new: if you’re in town beforehand, consider checking out MySQL Connect, a conference that brings together the global MySQL community and Oracle’s MySQL experts for a massive knowledge-share about the world’s most popular open-source database. You can add the MySQL Connect event to your Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne registration for only US$100. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity—register now!

MySQL joined the Oracle family in 2010. Since then, Oracle has been investing heavily in the product to integrate it across a range of Oracle ecosystems. It is the most popular open source database for rapidly building and deploying modern, cost-effective and secure web-based applications.

In addition to being the solution of choice for some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations (Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, among thousands of others), MySQL also offers a host of revenue opportunities for partners.

Here are just a few of the advantages MySQL brings:

  • With over 15 million active installations and a leadership position in the cloud, demand for MySQL is strong and growing.
  • Partners can benefit from MySQL’s sales opportunities, including MySQL Enterprise Edition subscriptions, value-add services, technology up-sell, and revenue annuity streams.
  • MySQL is certified with many Oracle products. The MySQL Enterprise Oracle Certifications make it easier, faster & safer for Oracle customers to deploy and manage MySQL within their existing environment.
  • There are clear complementary opportunities.

Spend a few minutes exploring the benefits MySQL can bring to your customers. For example, take a look at the MySQL TCO Calculator to discover how you can help your customers save up to 90% over Microsoft SQL.

If MySQL is already part of your portfolio, watch the recent OPN: MySQL Opportunities for Partners PartnerCast to discover new revenue opportunities and to learn more about how MySQL fits into the Oracle ecosystem.

Happy selling,

Your OPN Communications Buddies

Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

13 is....the OPN Exchange Countdown!

13 is…

  1. The number of players on each side of a rugby match
  2. The number of days left before OPN Exchange kicks off
  3. The number of times you should watch the video below (love that beat)
  4. All of the above.

Get in on all the action at OPN Exchange September 22–26, 2013. Time’s running out. Don’t miss this year’s 12,500+ registered partners, 80+ Test Fest specializations, 50+ partner sessions, and ONE hot partner appreciation event.

Register now to get in on all the action.

See YOU there,

Your OPN Exchangers