“Tis the Season to Be Jolly”

It is the most wonderful time of the year! A time where children are on their best behavior for Santa, co-workers are on their best behavior after the office holiday party, and we have been on our best behavior to be able to bring you our year end wrap-up of all things OPN.

2011 was filled with plenty to be jolly about; especially, the fact that ten of our partners achieved Diamond level status (press release) in the OPN Specialized Program. These partners include Accenture, Capgemini, CSC, Deloitte, IBM, Infosys, PwC, Tata Consultancy Service Ltd., Wipro and Fujitsu. As early adopters, these savvy companies know exactly what it is they want this holiday season, and that is to be preferred by their customers.

2011 just kept getting merrier as we launched the OPN Incentive Rebate Program for partners selling to a broad customer base. VARs have been able to maximize and boost their retained profit margins by going to market with Oracle.

Add the launch of Oracle Exastack Program for ISVs and OEMs, and you've got another reason to celebrate this season with cheer. With over 150 partners now at Oracle Ready status, the Oracle Exastack Program has helped enable partners to deliver increased performance, accelerating innovation and delivering superior value to customers.

Jingle bells were ringing all the way as the Oracle Database Appliance took center stage as this year's most compelling channel hardware solution. Built on a platform that scales as a customer's business grows, this program sits squarely beneath a fourth rack of Oracle Exadata, making it comparable to a holiday miracle.

Adding a bit more cinnamon to your apple cider, Oracle's recent recognition by CRN Magazine as one of " The Top 25 Best Companies to Partner With," goes to show that the proof is always in the proverbial pudding. The November issue highlights Oracle's commitment to partners, recruitment strategy, and plans on how to grow its network of partners over the next year.

"Oracle is moving from a direct sales-dominated database software maker to a partner-engaged maker of innovative hardware/software-engineered systems that encompass applications, middleware, storage, and servers," commented Judson Althoff, SVP of WWA&C and Embedded Sales. Simply put, there is no better time to become an Oracle partner than right now.

Wishing you all visions of sugar plums,
The OPN Communications Team

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