Friday Nov 22, 2013

Have You Heard? OPN PartnerCasts Found a New Groove!

If you caught the last couple of OPN PartnerCasts, you might have noticed a few changes. We've rebooted the program with new segments from the Oracle Studio newsroom.

Now we're giving you the latest headlines from the partner ecosystem, plus opportunities to give us real-time feedback through polls and Twitter. This is all in addition to the strategic in-depth content you're used to getting from Oracle line-of-business experts, as well as partner and customer insights.

But wait — there's more! We're at the mid-point of our rousing interview series on the Oracle Customer Experience Cloud Suite. These segments give you an inside look at winning CX strategies and the Oracle solutions that support them. So far, we've covered the Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud Service and Oracle's Social Relationship Management tool.

If you missed them, never fear! Replays of each segment are available on-demand on the OPN PartnerCast page, the Oracle Media Network and the OPN YouTube channel.

Or, you can watch them right here!

Next on tap for the CX series: Sales Automation. Catch this — as well as key Java updates — on the next all-new PartnerCast. Watch it live at, on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:00 am PT.

See you online!

Your OPN PartnerCasters

Tuesday May 14, 2013

How Do You Take Your Java Embedded?

Lights, camera, action! In case you missed last week’s Java focused PartnerCast, we got the scoop right here. From the background and benefits of Oracle’s Device to Data Center platform, to an update on Java Embedded products – we even had Oracle customer Eurotech stop by to discuss their experience with Java and Oracle Diamond level member Hitachi. As always, we took live questions from our partner audience on Twitter @Oraclepartners

Ed Zou, Vice President of Product Management, joined our host and Group Vice President of Worldwide Java Sales, Geoff Morton, to discuss some of the challenges businesses are facing today, and how Oracle Java Embedded and Device to Data Center solutions align to remedy them. Watch the background and benefits of Oracle’s Device to Data Center platform video below:

Up next we had Henrik Stahl, Senior Director of Product Management to discuss some exciting Oracle Java Embedded updates with Geoff. Henrik not only touched on what was new with Java, he also shared how Java Embedded developments add value for the whole Oracle stack and improve the overall Java platform. He also took some thought provoking questions from our partner audience. You can watch the Java Embedded video below:

Finally, we were thrilled to have Oracle customer, Eurotech, a world leader in Embedded computing technology, join us in Oracle’s studio. Hilary Tomasson, Vice President of Marketing for Eurotech North America, discussed the solution Eurotech has built using Oracle’s Java Embedded technology and their partnership with Hitachi. She also mentions some vital use cases where Java’s solution is adding value to customers and partners in the cloud. Watch Eurotech’s experience with Java and Oracle Diamond level member Hitachi, in this video:

If you haven’t already been able to tell, Java is everywhere and in everything! So grab a cup of coffee and settle in to this new and exciting world. 

With Cream and Sugar,

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 

Monday Oct 15, 2012

Going… Going.. Going.. GONE! The OPNX ScoreBoard


It was the bottom of the 9th, the bases were loaded and Oracle PartnerNetwork knocked it out of the park! Partners really scored big this year with the first ever Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Program at OpenWorld, and it was a win for the ages!

With so much to take part in and experience, we wanted to offer you a quick play-by-play of the week in case you couldn’t make every event. Up to bat first was our Global Keynote. The Keynote Hall was packed with a full house, and the crowd went wild after the latest Cloud announcements were made. The OPN Exchange General Sessions followed shortly after, and covered topics like Technology, Applications and Engineered Systems – a real game changer for our partners and customers alike!

Work hard, play hard has always been our motto, as partners mixed and mingled during Sunday’s AfterDark Reception, all while Macy Gray sung her greatest hits below. But that was only Game Day #1. The rest of the week included: 50+ Partner exclusive sessions, OPN’s Test Fest, the bright and early 5K Partner Fun Run, the Social Media Rally Station at the OPN Lounge, Java Embedded @JavaOne and last but not least, our Ice Cream Social… If only there were some peanuts to go with!

The OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Oct 03, 2012

Java’s Aromatic Message


Kicking off day 4 of Oracle OpenWorld with a hot cup of Java has never tasted so good! The Java Exchange @ JavaOne keynote took place this morning and covered topics such as M2M and marketing strategy. Senior Vice President of Oracle's Worldwide Alliances and Channels, Judson Althoff, discussed how Java’s device to data center reach offers customers and partners across a range of industries, significant business advantages by minimizing development costs, testing cycles, and time-to-market while maximizing application reuse, solution flexibility and end-to-end security.

All in all, each presenter offered interesting insight into how Java is affecting the world we live in today, as well as how it will affect us in the future. With the potential of 50 billion connected devices by 2020, the world of embedded Java is calling and we need to answer!

Can We Refill Your Java?

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Aug 30, 2012

The Next Frontier: Java Embedded @ JavaOne


Now more than ever, the Java platform is the best technology for many embedded use cases. Java’s platform independence, high level of functionality, security, and developer productivity, address the key pain points in building embedded solutions... and that’s not just our opinion. Take a look at the new IDC report on Oracle’s stewardship of Java, “Java: Two and a half Years After the Acquisition” (doc #236309, August 2012).

Java already powers around 3 billion devices worldwide, with traditional desktops and servers being only a small portion of that, and the ‘Internet of Things‘ is just really starting to explode. It is estimated that within five years, intelligent and connected embedded devices will outnumber desktops and mobile phones combined, and will generate the majority of the traffic on the Internet.

Is your platform and services strategy ready for the coming disruptions and opportunities?

It should come as no surprise that Oracle is enthusiastically focused on Java for Embedded .  New this year, Oracle is demonstrating its further commitment to the embedded marketplace by offering, for the first time, a dedicated conference focused on the business aspects of embedded Java: Java Embedded @ JavaOne. Co-located with the technically-focused JavaOne conference, Java Embedded @ JavaOne will run for two days in San Francisco targeting C-level executives, architects, business leaders, and decision makers.

With 24 inspired business sessions with expert speakers from 18 prominent companies driving the next generation of Java Embedded business solutions (such as Cinterion, ARM, Hitachi and Rockwell Automation), attendees will learn how Java Embedded technologies and solutions can offer compelling value and a clear path forward to business efficiency and agility.

You’ll also see how Oracle’s comprehensive technology portfolio can deliver a complete ‘Machine to Machine’ platform, from device to datacenter, resulting in a highly secure, resilient, high-performance and cost-effective solution.

Seating is limited and we expect a lot of interest in this new event, so please register now! Note that if you are already attending the Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne conferences, you can attend this conference for only $100 more. Watch my video below to find out more.

I hope to see you there!

Judson Althoff

Thursday May 10, 2012

M2M Architecture (Guest Post)

Machine to Machine – The Internet of Things – It’s about the Data

by Tim Hardy

There is now no question that we are beginning to use the technology that enables us to connect the ‘things’ that surround us, and to collect data from these ‘devices’ and use that data to improve the information that we have to make decisions. This might be a “pay-as-you-drive” insurance policy based on tracking speed, braking and cornering style, the time of day you tend to drive and the types of road you travel on. “Smart Meters” now provide real-time or near real-time sensors, power outage notification, and power quality monitoring as well as just meter reading. Shipping containers can not only be tracked but monitored for security through sophisticated blending of sensor feeds. Buildings –data centers for example – can provide data on not just temperature and humidity for environmental efficiency control, but also vibrations to support other uses such as disk failure prevention. All this information can be used to improve processes such as maintenance and supply chain operations. Growth of these devices is significant, and this means more software needs writing to run on them, more capability needs programming into them, and more data needs processing and analysing. One of the fastest growing areas of healthcare is remote patient monitoring, especially for chronic disease management. A remote sensor gathers source data (blood pressure, heart rate, blood levels, sleep patterns), and it is collected at the data center. The data is then analyzed and acted upon. In this scenario, reaction time is important, and ‘transactions’ cannot be lost.

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