Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

$800 Super Savings Ends May 2!

Happy Hump Day, partners! Just a friendly reminder you only have TWO DAYS left to save $800 off your Oracle OpenWorld registration. Starting next Monday, the price will increase. So what are you waiting for? Register today!

See you in San Francisco,
Your OPN Planning Committee

Thursday Apr 24, 2014

The days were packed, the coffee was hot and the sessions were captivating.

On April 22 & 23, Oracle PartnerNetwork hosted an exclusive two-day summit for our top CX partners at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, CA.  The summit was designed to help our partners grow their businesses by building and expanding their CX practices across the entire Oracle CX portfolio.

To our partners who made it out, we hope you found the event as valuable as we did. From Scott Creighton's opening keynote on CX Events, to Jason Rushforth’s CX Marketing overview, to our CPQ and Commerce sessions led by Chris Shutts and John Andrews, respectively, we hope you took away key CX strategies and objectives for every phase of the customer lifecycle.

We had the chance to snap some great photos and record videos onsite. Our photo collage is below, and our On Demand videos will be available in the coming days. We met with Hitachi, Wipro and Pierce Washington, among others.

Thanks again for joining us at the Summit, partners; we'll see you at Oracle OpenWorld!

Your eyes-on-the-street reporting team

Monday Apr 21, 2014

Solving the Data Growth Problem – Part 1

If you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Now let’s apply this tenet to big data. Data growth is a primary driver of application issues and proves to be a pressing challenge faced by organizations. A logical conclusion might be that adding more disk space can solve the problem; however this method often proves costly and inefficient.

Enter Oracle Partners. Our partners are in a great position because they’re trusted advisors with an opportunity to take an integrated approach to addressing data growth. Partners don’t have to simply sell more storage or licenses. They can identify the issue and choose the proper solution.

Several Oracle approaches to easing the influx of data:

  • Leverage the features of Oracle Database such as Automatic Data Optimization with Heat Map technology as well as Advanced Compression option to compress and tier data at a higher density and maximize resource efficiency. In particular, Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC) can compress data 10X-50X, reducing storage capacity, footprint, and TCO. 
  • Move your systems to Oracle Exadata Database Machine to free up space in existing storage environments for general storage use; see our January blog post on HCC to compress data in the Exadata environment;
  • Address non-database data with tiered storage; more on this topic in Part 2.

So for now – put away the hammer – remember that adding more storage capacity isn’t the only solution to combat the rapid influx of data into your systems. We believe the priority should be on looking at storage issues from Oracle Database and taking advantage of free features like HCC, which decrease storage requirements and improve query performance in real customer environments. The ultimate choice is yours.

Until Part 2!

- The OPN Comms Team

Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

COLLABORATE 14: It’s a Wrap!

With another COLLABORATE behind us, the OPN learned a few things from our partners last week. We also took a lot of photos.

First, a big congratulations to the following partners on their innovative, unique and outstanding displays of OPN Specialization accomplishments to customers. These partners were recognized for those efforts with OPN certification exam vouchers:

  1. L&T Infotech
  2. Corning Data Services
  3. Mythics
  4. DBAK
  5. Grant Thornton