Monday May 18, 2015

Introducing: Cloud Computing Comes of Age

Collaboration between business and IT signals a new phase in cloud computing: It’s no longer enough to deliver speed and simplicity; the cloud must also support mission-critical operations.

This global survey of 376 business and technology leaders reveals a shift from pockets of clouds at the edges to the permeation of cloud throughout the enterprise. The report finds a correlation between an organization’s cloud maturity and the health of its growth initiatives.

That said, those companies with a strategic enterprise approach to cloud are more likely to:

  • Launch new products
  • Expand into new market segments
  • Expand into new geographies
  • Enter new businesses

Oracle had a different vision for the cloud when we started this journey eight years ago.  We know that whatever we built had to be simple and fast.  We also know from years of experience that cost and complexity would be issues unless enterprise standards were part of the original design. Read the full report to understand how companies are approaching the cloud more strategically than before.

As always, thanks for your loyalty to OPN.

Cheers,
Oracle PartnerNetwork

Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

Accenture + Oracle Help Customers Achieve Digital Transformation in the Cloud

Oracle and Accenture recently announced the Accenture and Oracle Business Group, a new business group to help customers achieve their digital transformation goals with the Cloud. Through the group, Accenture and Oracle will deliver industry-specific solutions built on the Oracle Cloud to help clients realize the benefits of the cloud faster and with reduced risk. The Accenture Oracle Business Group brings together the leading technology, skills and experience from each company to offer businesses the ability to implement cloud solutions quicker and easier than ever before.  This is a great example of how Oracle continues to collaborate with its partners, especially OPN Diamond-level members like Accenture, to help bring Cloud to market.


“Building on our 23-year alliance relationship, the Accenture Oracle Business Group combines Accenture’s deep industry and technology experience with Oracle’s expansive set of cloud solutions to deliver client value not found elsewhere in the market today,” said Stephen Rohleder, group chief executive for North America, Accenture. “This is part of our strategy to take advantage of Oracle’s leading technologies and build our business together for the future. It is a game-changer for our clients, Oracle, and Accenture.”

The Accenture Oracle Business Group can simplify the buying process for Accenture solutions based on Oracle Cloud technologies. As a result, your customers can better react to changing business and economic conditions by leveraging end-to-end solutions that address their specific business + industry requirements. The new group will bring breakthrough solutions to market across a range of industries, with an initial focus on the public, financial and hospitality services sectors.

Happy selling!

Best,
The OPN Communications team


Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

Accenture + Oracle Enhance the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D

Happy Wednesday, OPN!

We are proud to announce that Accenture has just expanded the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for Research and Development (R&D) powered by Oracle with the addition of enhanced clinical data management capabilities enabling life sciences companies to generate high-quality and reliable data from clinical trials to reduce the time and cost needed to take drugs from development to market.

This latest version of the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D offers the Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench (DMW), which includes prebuilt integrations to the Oracle Health Sciences InForm, an electronic data capture (EDC) solution to create an end-to-end clinical data collection and management platform.

With the addition of the Oracle Health Sciences DMW, the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D automates the time-consuming manual processes required to load, transform and clean trial data.  Trial sponsors and contract research organizations can now increase the speed and accuracy of data collection, integration and analysis; achieve greater efficiency of clinical workflow and query management; and accelerate stakeholders’ access to data across the trial lifecycle from source to submission.

“Being able to take advantage of new technologies for clinical data management in combination with Oracle InForm is a key factor to helping our clients bring life-improving medicines to patients faster,” said managing director of Accelerated R&D Services, Accenture Life Sciences. “We are proud to launch the latest version of Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D, which harnesses the highly differentiated capabilities of a pre-integrated end-to-end clinical R&D platform based on leading technology from Oracle.”

As previously announced in October, the Life Sciences Cloud Coalition is a ground-breaking initiative, in parallel with the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D platform, to build an assembly of like-minded leaders, collaborating for a healthier industry in non-competitive areas.  The focus of the coalition is on driving innovation in the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud to digitally enable the R&D function, speed the drug development process while improving quality and cost for the industry.  Members of the Life Sciences Cloud Coalition include Oracle, Eisai, Pfizer, Merck and other leading pharmaceutical companies.

Oracle continues to innovate in a range of industries with our partners. This announcement is a great example of how being a cloud-ready member of OPN, can extend your reach of providing industry-leading cloud solutions and services to customers.

Cheers,
Oracle PartnerNetwork

Tuesday Apr 07, 2015

Oracle Cloud Marketplace: What are you waiting for?

On all fronts, Oracle’s cloud business continues its rapid growth. In support of this growth, the Oracle Cloud Marketplace (OCM) takes center stage as a key tool for Oracle partners. OCM is a one-stop shop for trusted business applications that leverage the Oracle Cloud platform. The best part? These applications are from actual Oracle partners.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace offers an easily-searchable interface that not only lists available applications and service offerings, but also provides user ratings and reviews to help customers determine the best products and services for their organization. Oracle Cloud delivers the industry’s broadest suite of enterprise-grade public cloud services, including SaaS, DaaS, PaaS and IaaS.

Today, OCM sees participation from hundreds of Oracle ISVs who contribute applications that extend and integrate with Oracle Cloud SaaS applications. In addition, more than 100 global SIs – including Capgemini and Deloitte – are now driving business growth and cloud success by promoting their Oracle Cloud implementation service offerings. Interested in becoming a developer? Start the process to Become a Developer.

You’ve heard enough from us; now it’s your turn. Discover the difference Oracle Cloud Marketplace can make for your business by reaching thousands of Oracle customers.

Cheers,
Oracle PartnerNetwork


Tuesday Dec 23, 2014

What are your plans to increase profit in 2015?

Digital disruption is a part of business nowadays. Take for example what email did to the printing press and postal service; what iTunes did to the record industry; what the digital camera did to Kodak. You get the idea. So what exactly is disruption? It is often defined as the change that happens when new technologies or business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services.

Value is what digital disruption impacts. And this value comes in all shapes and sizes: better; easier; smarter; bigger; smaller; cheaper. You name it. New companies built on these models are both challenging and threatening even the most well-established of industries, and the companies that aren’t responsive may soon be gone.

So as you ask yourself not, “should we play in digital,” but rather, “WHERE will we play in digital,” keep in mind that every company today has the chance to win in digital business. Transformations can be tricky, though. Many organizations are still struggling to develop an enterprise IT strategy – let alone a digital strategy.

As your company and your customers work towards a digital transformation, keep in mind you want a platform – economically and operationally – that spans big data, cloud, mobile, social, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Access to big data will allow you to keep tabs on customers and market trends; a complete cloud will lay a solid foundation for efficiency and business agility; IoT is the next frontier that will drive unprecedented levels of automated decision-making; and the need for mobile and social goes without saying. These five increasingly intertwined technologies are having a dramatic impact on enterprise IT, and the biggest challenge is integrating these five forces together.

That’s where Oracle comes in.


At Oracle, we build and design our technology so it works together from the start. With our broad, integrated IT portfolio, we have a unique ability to offer customers a complete hardware and software stack—from cloud applications through middleware and databases, and all the way down to servers and storage. We offer all of this on-premises or in the cloud. Each layer has been engineered to work together, which allows customers to optimize performance and build greater reliability and security than they would by employing multiple vendors. The advantage of an integrated stack is that it helps you simplify your IT. Oracle takes a big chunk of the integration and routine maintenance off your hands, so that you can invest more of your resources into innovation and growth. 


Oracle has many customers who are already digital disruptors. One of our finance customers is shaking up digital banking processes by leveraging Oracle software and systems for their mobile payment infrastructure so users can make payments via mobile phones using only a phone number. One of Oracle’s healthcare customers is pioneering a digital medicine initiative through wearable skin sensors that monitor vitals so that patients can receive precise and near real-time information regarding their health.

No matter where your customers are located and what industry they’re in, you can help them re-imagine their business, focus on their growth and drive innovation. And with software and hardware engineered to work together, they can shave months, or even years, off their integration timelines. Simplified IT can help them get there; Oracle can help you get them there.

So, how will you increase revenue in 2015?

Happy holidays and best wishes in the New Year,
The OPN Communications team

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

NexGen Cloud Conference recap: “All Roads Lead to the Cloud”

Last week, San Diego hosted The Channel Company’s inaugural NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo on December 3-5. The theme, “All Roads Lead to the Cloud” – stemmed from industry experts’ predictions that all channel businesses must adapt to the cloud by 2017.

Oracle participated in the event as a Platinum sponsor throughout the conference. Wednesday was a “hosted” day with about 120 invite-only solution providers, providing Oracle an opportunity to engage with partners through the following events:

  • Oracle Cloud Opportunities keynote – Oracle Director Jeff Porter’s keynote was very well received by partners; we even heard feedback that it was the best Oracle keynote attendees had listened to at an XChange event!
  • Power Talk sessions – Oracle hosted five roundtable meetings with solution providers on dedicated topics that ranged from Virtualization to Private and Public Clouds. The intimate setting led to lively discussions, and an opportunity for partners to get their latest questions answered.
  • NexGen Welcome Reception – The official NexGen Conference kicked off Wednesday night and afforded eager Solution Providers an opportunity to network and mingle with Oracle executives, discussing Oracle’s planned cloud opportunities at our table top display.

On Thursday and Friday, Oracle hosted a booth in the Expo Hall and the highlight was certainly the evening booth crawl where the Oracle team served up local favorites - fish tacos and Corona!

All in all, the NexGen Cloud Conference was a very worthwhile and well-organized event. From receiving actionable advice in order to accelerate cloud businesses, to uncovering new cloud solutions and revenue streams, we hope that our partners found it as valuable as we did. Hope to see you back next year.

Thanks for joining us!
The Oracle PartnerNetwork events team

Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

All good things must come to an end... but at least we have OPN Cloud Connection!

Happy Tuesday, OPN! We hope everyone made it home safely and is feeling recovered after Oracle OpenWorld. We miss it and are already looking ahead to next year's conference, which will be taking place in late October.

As you witnessed and read about, there were some significant announcements made last week at OpenWorld. These included a major upgrade to the Oracle Cloud platform, enhancements to Social Station, the release of Social Commerce, as well as partner and customer panels from companies like Intel, Walgreens and Procter & Gamble.

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd

One notable announcement specific to the partner community we'd like to highlight is OPN Cloud Connection. During the OPN keynote, we announced the launch of OPN Cloud Connection - a new resource for partners to explore, learn and engage in the Oracle Cloud. As the single source for partner-focused Cloud information, this open community invites both existing Oracle partners and non-Oracle members to participate free of charge. OPN Cloud Connection gives you access to Cloud content, the Oracle Cloud portfolio, best practices, technical resources, and innovative new business models. In addition, OPN Cloud Connection serves as a platform to engage directly with Oracle experts and other partners. We encourage you to join OPN Cloud Connection, and please reach out to us if you have any questions about it.

Thank you again for making this year's Oracle OpenWorld the success it was. We'll leave you with our favorite photo from the Oracle Appreciation Event last Wednesday. Can't wait to do it all again in 2015!

Cheers,
The Oracle PartnerNetwork