Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Year-in-Review: Oracle PartnerNetwork’s Top 10 Triumphs

Year-in-Review: Oracle PartnerNetwork’s Top 10 Triumphs

With six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, it’s safe to say we’re all feeling a bit frazzled. In the midst of everyone’s hurried schedules, we wanted to stop and take a moment to thank all of our partners for another great year together.

With that, let’s take a quick look at OPN’s top 10 achievements of 2013:

  1. We started the year off on an M2M and big data note, outlining how our customers can leverage Java to manage heavy volumes of structured + unstructured data.
  2. The announcement of Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 in March, which extends the use of Oracle Database Appliance while simultaneously boosting hardware configuration. Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 with enhanced hardware was launched last month, as well.
  3. The launch of Oracle’s new SPARC Servers took us into the summer months, teaching customers how to increase their share of wallet. Fun fact: Oracle’s SPARC T5 Servers are powered by the world’s fastest T5 processor, and have achieved 17 world record benchmarks!
  4. Oracle’s partners took center stage at this summer’s FY14 Global Partner Kickoff. Thanks again to those who participated in our highly-entertaining Twitter contest. It’s definitely a must-do for next year!
  5. Oracle OpenWorld 2013 was another huge success this year and came complete with the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange. Get the full download here.
  6. We’re keeping the lines between hardware and software clear as IT migrates toward a converged architecture. Or as Oracle likes to call it, Engineered Systems. Read more.
  7. The greatest come-from-behind victory in modern history came at the 34thAmerica’s Cup and belongs to Oracle! Read more about ORACLE TEAM USA.
  8. An interesting case study on the Internet of Things (IoT) and how Oracle takes the complexity out of designing, building and maintaining an IoT infrastructure for VARs.
  9. Enablement –> Cloud –> Incentive Programs –> Exastack = the four major initiatives that make Oracle the vendor of choice for some of the industry’s biggest hitting VARs. Get the full story here!
  10. Last but certainly not least, the customer experience (CX) revolution is near. See what Oracle is doing with Oracle CX and how VARs can get involved here.

What are your business’ top 10 achievements in 2013? We’ll give you some time to think them over. In the meantime, cheers to a very happy holiday season and prosperous New Year.

Season's Greetings,

The OPN Elves

Thursday Dec 12, 2013

A Picture of Collaboration: The Internet of Things for Smart Grid

Earlier this year, Oracle partners worked with the digital security giant Gemalto and leading developer of Smart Grid Systems V2COM to meet Elektro’s goals. Together, the companies created a flexible Advanced Metering Infrastructure solution that is modernizing electrical power delivery in Latin America.

 "V2Com has developed an advanced Smart Grid Platform to deliver flexible, smart energy solutions using Oracle Java ME Embedded-based devices (on the edge), Oracle Java SE Embedded-based Smart Concentrators (on gateways) and a Java EE back-end software suite including Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management (MDM) running on an Oracle WebLogic application server, and all this software stores its data to Oracle Databases."

Elektro and V2COM chose to use Oracle’s Java products and EEtechnologies to drive the combined solution for three chief reasons: its high level of support for object-oriented programming, its open-source development, and the absence of vendor lock-in. Because of this freedom, the customer’s teams can spend less time rewriting existing code and more time developing new code to address novel business challenges.

Using Oracle Java ME Embedded enables the implementation team to employ Over The Air Provisioning (OTAP) support. This allows them to remotely fix bugs and improve the end-device firmware as new business requirements emerge. And because the platform is fully integrated, they can rely on a single pool of Java developers to write and test new iterations.

V2COM implemented the whole project in just over a year, thanks to some quick, early successes. For one, they took just three months to deploy 6,000 communication modules in the field. Two weeks later, the billing process was completely automated. After that, a team of five people integrated every process in the solution: field installation, maintenance, meter reading, data validation, revenue protection and ad-hoc analysis. They knocked this phase out in ten months.

In addition to improving energy efficiency and decreasing energy loss, the solution has helped Elektro improve their remote monitoring and respond to incidents faster. Elektro anticipates that the project will see ROI in as few as 12 months. Already, the metering automation has eliminated the operational costs of 30 meter-reading field service units. In Colombia, a similar V2COM Smart Grid system has reduced response time to power outages and other incidents by 40 percent.

This Smart Grid project was recently named “Best Application of Wireless Sensor Networks/Internet of Things” at the IDTechEx event in Santa Clara, California. Additionally, V2Com was the winner of the 2013 Oracle Excellence Award for Java Business Innovation for this real world implementation of Oracle’s Internet of things platform, using Java and Oracle technology end-to-end to deliver a standards-based, powerful and well integrated solution to improve efficiencies, services and ROI for Utilities companies.

Partners, this story is a great example of how the Internet of Things is changing the world we live in. Use it to your advantage. Share it with your clients. Then be prepared to tell them about how Java and other Oracle IoT components—embedded software, wireless devices, built-in security, network management tools and business applications—can provide the integrated solution they’re looking for.

To learn more about Oracle’s work in this space, visit the Oracle IoT Platform site.

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Dec 05, 2013

New Year. New Oracle Partner Store.

Okay, you may think we’re jumping the gun here, but it’s never too early to start making New Year's resolutions.

What’s on our list? Making it even easier for you to do business with Oracle.

We are proud to announce enhancements to the Oracle Partner Store, coming in 2014. OPN membership processes—including deal registration—will be fully integrated into the system, completing our partner lifecycle automation initiative.

Think about it... a one-step application process. One organized view of all Specializations and Resell Rights. A one-stop shop for Primary Administrators to manage memberships. One place for your deal registration, quoting and ordering.

Oh yes, we did.

Make the New Year count! Spend less time managing your OPN membership, and more time focusing on your own resolutions.

Happy New Year in December,

The Oracle Partner Order Automation Team

Tuesday Dec 03, 2013

Meet the World's HR Leaders—All in One Place

Oracle HCM World is an industry conference designed as a forum for thought leadership, networking, and enhanced understanding of the changing role of human resources in today’s business world. Leaders of the HR community will be there to discuss the latest happenings in our space.

Come learn from business leaders who will talk about how they are solving current business problems.

You will hear from analysts who spend their time thinking about the future of HR and how to get there. You’ll learn what is cutting edge, and what organizations need to succeed. Attendees will hear from HR leaders who have implemented projects that transformed their business.

The executive speaker track alone makes Oracle HCM World a can’t-miss event. You’ll hear keynotes by Oracle President Mark Hurd, as well as NeuroLeadership Institute Director, author, and leadership expert David Rock.

You’ll also enjoy countless opportunities to:

  • Find out how to increase employee productivity and engagement.
  • Learn new strategies to attract, develop and retain talent.
  • Network with peers to build your professional community.
  • Choose from over 100 sessions across nine tracks, with hands-on demos of next-generation technologies.

Here’s the scoop:

  • February 4–6, 2014
  • The Venetian Las Vegas
  • View an agenda full of best practices and use cases that you can take back with you to be more successful in your role.
  • Click here to register now.

Hope to see you there!

The OPN Communications Team