Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

OPN’s 2013 Fiscal Year-End Review

With Oracle’s fiscal year coming to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reminisce on the awesome year it has been and highlight some of the key milestones for OPN.  Here is a look at our top 10 OPN moments from the past year.


Oracle SPARC T5 and M5 Servers. From performance to scalability, availability and value, Oracle’s expanded SPARC portfolio is sure to hit a homerun with your customers.

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2. If you are ready to reduce your risk while saving time and money by managing your valuable data and applications, then you have found your solution.

Oracle Cloud programs for partners. These 5 Cloud programs have created some buzz in the Channel. Launched during Oracle OpenWorld 2012, partners can start to capitalize on the growing demand for Cloud solutions with little investment through Oracle Cloud Services Referral Partner program, or choose to get Specialized.


OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld. Last year marked the first time that partners could attend a comprehensive partner event while at Oracle OpenWorld.  The program was such a success that we are doing it even bigger this year! Join us September 22- 26, 2013 to experience Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange keynotes, partner-specific conference sessions with targeted tracks, a Test Fest certification program, a dedicated OPN lounge, the exclusive AfterDark OPN reception, and so much more!

Oracle CloudWorld. This event combined both mobile and social in 10+ cities around the globe, including a partner session that reviewed the 5 available OPN Cloud Partner Programs.  Be sure to attend next year because the sky is truly the limit with Oracle Cloud!


Partner Onboarding TrainingHere at OPN, we know that sometimes it is hard being “the new guy”, which is why we have made it easier than ever to join our partner program through training modules available in the Guided Learning Path.

OPN Specialized Activation Center. Designed to help our partners navigate through the steps necessary to become authorized to embed, sell, or implement with Oracle. This is your one stop shop for key on-demand training and information.

Social Marketing for Today’s Digital World video series. This series was designed to help answer your social marketing questions, while giving you the tools needed to build a demand generation campaign and close more deals. From “Laying the Foundation,” and “Building Your Online Presence,” to “Staging for Business Success,” and “Advertising to You Customers”, this series is sure to get your companies marketing engine revved up for success!

Oracle Partner Store (OPS) Enhancements. OPS is now your one-stop shop for accessing all Oracle products via a streamlined ordering process, allowing you to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions and manage your Oracle orders more efficiently and cost-effectively. Watch Titina Ott, Vice President of Business Process and Systems Enablement for Oracle, as she discusses Oracle’s Operational Excellence.


Profit Magazine, Oracle Specialized Partner Edition 2012. Take a look at the variety of products, industries, geographic regions, and business challenges in this edition. It’s clear that OPN Specialized partners can deliver under extremely demanding business conditions and that the expertise Oracle requires them to demonstrate is effectively put to work in the field.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 2013 Fiscal Year-End Review!

Until Next Year,

The OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

Oracle CloudWorld Continued…

10+ cities — 5 OPN Cloud Partner Programs — 1 Oracle CloudWorld. Now that mobile, social, and cloud are redefining how business gets done, discover how your company can take advantage of these new opportunities and gain a competitive advantage at Oracle CloudWorld.

Those partners that have attended Oracle CloudWorld Dubai, Los Angeles, and Sydney experienced insightful keynotes by Oracle executives and industry thought leaders, real-world case studies, in-depth Q&A sessions, hands-on demos, and face-to-face networking.  Oracle CloudWorld offers dedicated tracks for sales and marketing, customer service, human resource, finance and operations and developers. In one day they learned how Oracle Cloud transforms businesses.

So don’t miss out! Join the rest of them by registering for one –or all— of the following FREE Oracle CloudWorld events:

The sky’s the Limit,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Feb 01, 2013

A Touchdown for Partners with Oracle Identity Management 11gR2 Enhancements

Scouting today’s all-star lineup of top industry trends –Cloud, Mobile and Social – there are two main opportunities for partners that have emerged with Oracle Identity Management. The first is simplifying, while the second is innovation… and together they create a winning duo. Let us give you the play-by-play! By simplifying, we are specifically referring to removing cost with a platform approach by empowering self-service options and encouraging you, our partners, to upgrade in the name of cost efficiency. With innovation or expansion opportunities, we are echoing the idea of tackling these new mobile opportunities and markets.

All in all, Oracle Identity Management is no Hail Mary – instead it’s a business enabler because you as an Oracle partner are able to leverage Identity Management services and extend them to mobile apps.

Along with this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII game, be sure to watch the Oracle IdM PartnerCast recording below to learn more about the top partner opportunities through the Oracle IdM11gR2 enhancements and score big with your customers!

Until Next Time, It’s game Time!

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Jan 11, 2013

Taking Cloud for a Spin- Oracle CloudWorld 2013

Who isn’t looking for an exhilarating way to fill up their stark white calendar this New Year? Join us, as we explore the unknown, charge against the tail winds, and go where no company has gone before…  Yes, the first ever Oracle CloudWorld is here, and we want you to make history with us.

Oracle will be trailblazing through 10 cities around the world in 4 months, and this whirlwind of a roadshow is exactly what you need to start pioneering your way in to the cloud. Complete with free registration and a free lunch, (did we mention it’s FREE?), Oracle CloudWorld will highlight Oracle’s PaaS, SaaS, and Social Solutions.

Get ready! By attending just one Oracle CloudWorld event, you’ll experience insightful keynote sessions by Oracle’s top executives, real-world case studies, in-depth Q&A sessions, hands-on demos, and face-to-face networking. And, if you’re still hungry for more Oracle Cloud, get advised on how you can participate in the Oracle Cloud partner opportunity based on your specific business model and objectives.

So here’s what you need to know:

  • Oracle CloudWorld is FREE to all Oracle partners and customers
  • Join our Partner focused session to learn about the specific cloud partner programs
  • Network with prospective and existing customers
  • CloudWorld kicks off January 15th in Dubai, followed by our second event Los Angeles, January 29th. View all upcoming locations and get registered.

Discover how you can drive new revenue opportunities with Oracle Cloud offerings, and gain a competitive advantage at our first ever Cloud focused conference. ..Coming soon to a city near you!

See You on the Road,

The OPN Communications Team

Monday Dec 17, 2012

Oracle Cloud Services Referral Program… Now Available!

The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Oh wait, it’s not the sky, it’s the Oracle Cloud Services Referral Program! This partner program was announced at Oracle OpenWorld 2012, and is now readily available to any Oracle PartnerNetwork member. In fact you can learn all about this program by simply visiting our Oracle Cloud Knowledge Zone.

Just as a puffy cumulus should, Oracle Cloud Services are included in the Oracle Cloud Services Referral Partner program. Partners can start to capitalize on the growing demand for Cloud solutions with little investment through Oracle Cloud Services Referral Partner program, or choose to get Specialized. Have a look at all that is available below!

  1. Cloud Builder - a Specialization ideally suited for systems integrator and service providers creating private and hybrid cloud solutions with Oracle’s broad portfolio of cloud optimized hardware and software products. Learn more in this video of as part of a series of OPN PartnerCasts. Join the Cloud Builder KnowledgeZone to get started.
  2. Oracle Cloud Referral - for VARs or partners seeking to generate revenue with the Oracle Cloud. This program rewards partners referring Oracle Cloud opportunities to Oracle. Register your Oracle Cloud Referral.
  3. Oracle Cloud Specializations - provides partners with the expertise and skills to enable partner delivered RapidStart fixed-scope, consulting service packages for setup, configuration and deployment of Oracle Cloud software as a service.
  4. Cloud Resale - a resell program for partners to market, sell and deploy Oracle Cloud solutions. Available January 2013.

And best of all, partners are already taking advantage of the referral opportunity for Oracle Cloud Services and are seeing tremendous success! Watch as Jeff Porter gives an overview of Oracle's Cloud Services, and be sure to check out the Cloud Computing Programs & Specializations FAQ’s for you, our partners!

The Sky’s the Limit,

The OPN Communications Team 

Thursday Nov 29, 2012

Bring on the Cheer, Oracle’s Q3 is Here

November is long gone and December is near… this must mean OPN’s Q2 Winter Wrap-Up is here! Listed below are just a few of the highlights from Oracle’s past three months…

  1. Yet another successful Oracle OpenWorld 2012 and the launch of our first ever Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange program! Get the recap.
  2. Our exciting Java Embedded @ JavaOne event. Get the low-down here!
  3. The debut of our new Oracle Cloud programs for partners, which have already created some awesome buzz in the Channel. Check out the CRN article, and don’t forget to watch the Cloud Programs Overview video and visit our OPN Cloud Knowledge Zone!
  4. On the product front, Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance was awarded the 2012 Tech Innovator and Enterprise App Award by CRN. Read the full article.
  5. Oracle partner, Hitachi Consulting, reached OPN’s premier Diamond Level status. Read more.

Was Oracle part of your September, October or November highlights? If so, leave us a comment below, we’d love to feature your story! Also, don’t forget to share the love by re-tweeting this post on Twitter or “liking” this post on Facebook!

Stay Warm,

The OPN Communications Team 

Friday Oct 26, 2012

Oracle's SPARC T4, 007 Style

The names 4, T4, and this power house travels hand in hand with its good friend SPARC. About 6 years ago on-chip encryption acceleration was first shipped in a commercial system, the SPARC T1. Today, thanks to Oracle SPARC innovative leadership in on-chip encryption acceleration, complex cryptographic computations was born and has since rapidly evolved. Customers can now have security with performance because we my friend, are in the Age of Big Data.

If you need some high speed action in your life, listen here. The SPARC T4 systems offer customers much more value for applications than just increased performance through its cross sell opportunity. This is done by enabling partners to integrate your own applications to Oracle’s SPARC T4 Servers for Cloud deployments, and providing direct business benefits that supersedes the commodity approach to data center computing such as security, performance and optimization.

As companies continue down this complex path of big data, eCommerce, and mobility, the need to provide better and more in-depth security is more prominent than ever. Oracle’s SPARC T4 processor allows customers to deliver the highest levels of application security, as well as deliver the necessary level performance without added cost, and complexity.

To learn more behind the value of SPARC T4, check out a more in-depth blog here. For more on the SPARC T4 family of products, click here.

Encryption Lives Another Day,

The OPN Communications Team