Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Strictly Primavera in São Paulo

Need an excuse to extend your trip to Brazil after Oracle CloudWorld São Paulo? Oracle’s Primavera partners—we have your back!

Stick around for the Latin America Primavera Partner Community Event from December 12–13 at the Blue Tree Towers Hotel. This is a can’t-miss opportunity to learn valuable product strategy, engage in management discussions, listen to what’s new in enablement and network with industry leaders.

Oh yeah, and it’s free!

On top of that, we’re excited to announce that Oracle Senior Vice President of Alliances and Channels, Latin America, Hugo Freytes will deliver a keynote tailored specifically to our Primavera partners.

Not in a leadership role? Not to worry. The Primavera Partner Community Event has multi-tracked content suitable for any person, in any position.

As if you needed another reason to attend – we’re celebrating YOU at an exclusive Appreciation Event on the evening of Thursday, December 12. We can’t wait for the chance to revel in how great our Primavera partner community truly is!

Register today to reserve your free seat at the table.

Ver Você Lá! (See You There!)

Your Primavera Pals

Friday Nov 22, 2013

Have You Heard? OPN PartnerCasts Found a New Groove!

If you caught the last couple of OPN PartnerCasts, you might have noticed a few changes. We've rebooted the program with new segments from the Oracle Studio newsroom.

Now we're giving you the latest headlines from the partner ecosystem, plus opportunities to give us real-time feedback through polls and Twitter. This is all in addition to the strategic in-depth content you're used to getting from Oracle line-of-business experts, as well as partner and customer insights.

But wait — there's more! We're at the mid-point of our rousing interview series on the Oracle Customer Experience Cloud Suite. These segments give you an inside look at winning CX strategies and the Oracle solutions that support them. So far, we've covered the Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud Service and Oracle's Social Relationship Management tool.

If you missed them, never fear! Replays of each segment are available on-demand on the OPN PartnerCast page, the Oracle Media Network and the OPN YouTube channel.

Or, you can watch them right here!

Next on tap for the CX series: Sales Automation. Catch this — as well as key Java updates — on the next all-new PartnerCast. Watch it live at partners.oracle.com, on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:00 am PT.

See you online!

Your OPN PartnerCasters

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's the OPN Survey!

Have you taken any time today to be a hero?

If you have—tell us about it! How did you show off your superpowers? Tweet us @OraclePartners using #hero.

If you haven't, that's okay too. Be our heroes by taking the Oracle PartnerNetwork Survey.

At the beginning of November, Oracle Alliances and Channels launched the Annual OPN Survey. We sent invitations to spend a quick 30 minutes giving us feedback on the services we offer – from enablement and communication to the OPN website and Solutions Catalog.

In response to the feedback you shared last year, we've enhanced the OPN website and online experience. We have revamped the entire Solutions Catalog and are continuing to enrich the OPN systems experience.

Your input matters.

We want to keep improving our programs—ultimately to improve your business. So let us know how we can be the strongest, fastest, bravest, highest-flying partner program in your world, and do it by December 14, 2013.

If you didn't receive an invitation and want to contribute, drop us a line at OPN-Survey_ww@oracle.com. You can send feedback directly or we'll send you a survey invite.

Thanks in advance, heroes!

The OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Nov 13, 2013

No Push-ups. No Sit-ups. Just Specializations.

All right, recruits—drop and give us 60!

No, but seriously. Give us 60 seconds of your reading attention. Learn how Oracle’s Enablement 2.0 Boot Camps can fire up your organization’s training on Oracle solutions and services.

Boot Camps can give you a major advantage over the competition as you build, deploy and service IT platforms. They’re a great opportunity to earn Specialist certifications and build your technical implementation skills. Plus, they’re one of the top benefits available exclusively to Oracle partners.

Boot Camps give you a chance to discuss product positioning and boost your ability to offer integrated Oracle solutions and services to your customers. In-person courses combine classroom lectures, hands-on labs and case studies. For partners on the move, live virtual courses are a good option too.

To learn more, browse the Boot Camp schedule. There are still more than 50 courses available in 2013—and hundreds more in the New Year. Some of the hot topics coming up include:

I don’t know but I’ve been told… OPN is good as gold.

Over and out,

OPN Comms

Friday Nov 08, 2013

Mark Hurd Believes HR is the Next Major Revenue Driver: Read His Latest LinkedIn Influencer Blog

“Most CEOs realize they need to make some dramatic changes in how they recruit people, align and manage performance, make compensation decisions, and optimize talent,” Oracle President Mark Hurd writes.

The key issue, he explains, is that many CEOs aren’t equipping their HR teams with the tools and resources they need to unlock employees’ full value. This oversight is keeping HR organizations walled off from revenue generation and customer engagements—two chief sources of value for a company.

So what is a CEO to do, given tightening budgets, a sluggish economy and a rapidly changing workforce?

Hurd’s answer: invest in a modern Human Capital Management (HCM) system—one equipped with built-in intelligence and predictive analytics capabilities.

To find out more about how to deliver effective HCM transformations, read Mark Hurd’s full article, “How CEOs Can Transform HR into a Revenue Driver” and visit the Oracle HCM Cloud Service site.

We also encourage you to log into your LinkedIn account and “Follow” Mark to receive future posts. Share the link to his blog with your networks via Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels. You can also “Like” the post on Oracle’s LinkedIn and Facebook pages, and/or retweet via @Oracle.

Wednesday Nov 06, 2013

IDC Analyst Report Touts Oracle–Accenture Strategic Initiative

Hi there, partners!

Oracle Engineered Systems have been getting some love lately, and we want to share it with you!

The market intelligence and advisory firm IDC recently released a report lauding Oracle and Accenture’s strategic initiative to route the performance and flexibility of Oracle Engineered Systems to clients.

The report, "Oracle and Accenture Strategic Alliance Places Big Bet on Engineered Systems,” by Steve White, reflects a largely positive analysis of the relationship. White notes that the alliance is “one of the largest in the industry.”

Under the relationship, Accenture has incorporated Oracle Engineered Systems—including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle SuperCluster, and Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine—into its leading datacenter transformation consulting services.

Together, the two companies have also created bespoke platforms, such as the Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle, which helps clients accelerate deployments on Oracle Fusion Middleware, running Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

Oracle Engineered Systems deliver a single, engineered platform—including server to storage and networking. This makes it easier and cheaper for Accenture clients around the world to prepare their datacenters for managing, processing and analyzing the massive amounts of data they (rightly) anticipate seeing in the next decade.

The new solutions can help reduce the effort and cost to migrate any vendor database to an Oracle Engineered Systems platform, which can lower the cost of ownership by up to 50 percent.

For its part, Accenture has built a team of 300 consultants to implement and increase the flexibility and stability of client datacenters. This move further expands one of the fastest-growing full-service Oracle Enterprise solutions. Over 52,000 Accenture consultants are qualified to implement, upgrade and outsource the Oracle product suite. Accenture is a Diamond-level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

For Oracle Partners, this update should give you at least two things to walk away with.

First, this initiative is showing signs of success. As Marty Cole, group chief executive for Accenture’s Technology growth platform, put it, “We are seeing an increasing number of clients recognizing the value of consolidating their databases and taking advantage of the cost and performance benefits delivered by these solutions.”

The pipeline is there—and not just for Accenture. Use this example to show your clients that investments in Oracle Engineered Systems are on the rise.

Second, recognize that Oracle Engineered Systems represent one of the biggest platforms for growth that Oracle has to offer partners. As part of the agreement, Accenture is able to provide:

  • Platform Readiness Assessments
  • Platform Implementation
  • App Rationalization
  • Database Rationalization
  • Managed Services

These are all enablement opportunities you can offer customers under Oracle’s partner programs —to continue building the value of their investments, and the value of your relationship with Oracle.

Take a read through the IDC report. To learn more about the partnership, see this press release.

Happy selling!

The OPN Communications Team