Wednesday Jul 31, 2013

Psst! Early Bird Prices are ending August 2nd!

Time is running out! If you want to see Maroon 5 and The Black Keys, as well as pay a reduced rate for our 2013 Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld program, visit the registration page and register now to save! 

Don't miss this great opportunity!

The OPN Communications Team  

Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

Top 5 Reasons to Attend OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld!

Here are the top 5 reasons to join Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld this year!

  1. To Meet Customers- 100’s of meetings at the Exclusive Oracle PartnerNetowrk Lounge
  2. Get Enabled- Over 40 Partner Specific Sessions with targeted tracks
  3. Start Networking- Over hundreds of execs at the Oracle PartnerNetwork reception 
  4. Get Specialized- Over 200 Test Fest seats in over 125 Specializations 
  5. Get Musical- Maroon 5 and The Black Keys are headlining at the Oracle Appreciation event (Free with any Early bird registration through August 2, 2013).  

Don’t forget that Early Bird rates for OPN Exchange have been extended to August 2, 2013, so register now to receive a FREE Oracle Appreciation concert pass and reduced rates!

Want even more reasons to join this dynamic event? Check out the OPN Exchange infographic below, and be sure to follow us around the web.


OPN out,

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Jul 18, 2013

The Social Media Rally Station is Ready to Rally

@oraclepartners,

Did someone say Social Media Rally Station™? Just when you thought Oracle OpenWorld #OOW13 couldn’t get any better; #OPN wanted to let you know that the Channel Maven Consulting team is back to bring you the Social Media Rally Station™.  This time they’re at #OOW13 for three full days!

If you missed the Social Media Rally Station™ last year, be sure to get your slot reserved this time around.  For those that took part in this great opportunity, there’s even more to learn this year!  With custom 1:1 sessions with Channel Maven Consulting marketing experts, you can learn about video creation, Vine, Pinterest and taking your current social platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter to the next level. 

This interactive station full of experts is the opportunity you've been looking for to optimize your online presence. You’ll start by receiving an overall evaluation of where you stand online, get customized, face-to-face, expert advice on how to better engage with your customers, and find new prospects online!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Partners will check in with a Rally Coordinator who will assess your needs and move you to the appropriate station.
  2. You will take part in a Professional Photo Station where you’ll get a head shot to use on social profiles, your own website, or for articles and posts about your company.
  3. Finally, the 1:1 Station Consultants will walk you through how you’re using social media today and next steps including, Google Alerts, Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimization, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. For those who are more advanced or took part last year we’ll talk about YouTube, Pinterest, Vine, vimeo and Google+. Finally, this is a custom engagement so you can decide how you want to focus the time.

Go from Social Media glum to guru in under 25 minutes! Oh and a few other things to remember…

·     These Social Media Rally Stations will be taking place on: Monday, 9/23 from 9:45 a.m.-6 p.m. PT , Tuesday, 9/24 from 9:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. PT and Wednesday, from 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PT at the OPN Lounge in the Exhibitor Hall in Moscone South.

  • Please wear professional attire from the waist up for your head-shot
  • Bring any login info for your social platforms
  • Come prepared with questions for our 1:1 Consultants!

If you have any questions before the hitting the ground running at the Social Media Station™ sponsored by Oracle and provided by Channel Maven Consulting, or if you’d like to schedule some time while you’re at Oracle OpenWorld, send an email to  meagan@channelmavenconsulting.com.

Finally, don’t forget to RT this post on Twitter and ‘like’ us on Facebook to spread the word! You can also ‘like’ the Channel Maven Consulting team on Facebook or Tweet them and let them know you’re coming! #Thanks!

See you around the social-sphere,

#OPN

Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

Early Bird Pricing for OPN Exchange @ Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco Ends this Friday!


Is it really true? Early bird pricing for OPN Exachange @ OpenWorld San Francisco ends this Thursday, July 19th! If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to register , take advantage of discounted pricing and receive a FREE Oracle Appreciation Event pass to go with it.

In case you missed the big announcement, Maroon 5 and The Black Keys will be performing at the Customer Appreciation event, and we can guarantee this is a show you will not want to miss!

Be sure to review the many partner sessions in the Content Catalog, and check out the OPN Exchange Partner Toolkit for promotional event banners, buttons and more! As always, leave us your comments and questions below, and we can’t wait to see you there!

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Jun 27, 2013

Oracle’s FY14 Partner Kickoff Recap & New OPN Website

There is no doubt that we are off to a strong FY14! Now that Oracle’s Global Partner Kickoff has come and gone, it’s time to take what we have learned and focus on having the strongest year ever! To quote Oracle pilot, Sean D. Tucker, “FY14, it’s all about growth baby!” Here are some of the ways you can grow with Oracle!

  1. Sell into accounts where Oracle isn’t selling directly
  2. Offer customer added value solutions leveraging our technology
  3. Offer deep market capabilities that leverage transformative technology

Be aggressive, sell the entire stack, engage with Oracle in the marketplace and get engineered for growth! With this being said, we also know that to have the strongest year ever, you also need the strongest tools ever!

Ladies and gentleman, in case you missed its debut during Oracle’s Global Partner Kickoff, let OPN introduce you to the newly redesigned, Oracle PartnerNetwork website, providing  easy access to key business processes, systems and resources!

We took your advice and implemented the following enhancements:

  • A new OPN home page, highlighting paths to top tasks
  • Streamlined top navigation
  • New business process focused pages
  • Restructured Knowledge Zone areas (currently applied to select pages)

Learn more about the new Oracle PartnerNetwork website and all that Oracle has to offer, by watching the FY14 Global Partner Kickoff replay video below!

Thank you for your hard work and partnership in FY13, here’s to an even stronger FY14!

Good Selling,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Jun 14, 2013

OPNX13 Shanghai— Get Certified for Free at the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialist Test Fest

The first ever Shanghai, China Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange conference is taking place Monday, July 22nd, through Thursday, July 25th, 2013. During this event, you can take part in the exciting and popular OPN Specialist Test Fest. This is an exceptional opportunity for Oracle Partners to take OPN Certifications for FREE! By successfully passing these exams, you will earn the OPN Certified Specialist recognition and help your company upgrade its OPN Specialized Program level!

There are 10 testing sessions to choose from, more than 50 exam titles available, and many are translated to Chinese or Korean!

Simply register now for the OPN Specialist Test Fest and select up to two seats from your desired sessions. All sessions are reserved for Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Shanghai 2013 attendees, so make sure that prior to the Test Fest registration, you have already signed up for the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Shanghai 2013 conference!

Check out the study material, prepare for the exams, and join us in Shanghai at the Expo Center!

We look forward to seeing you there,

The Oracle Partner Enablement Team

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.

PRODUCTS & PROGRAMS:

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.

EVENTS:

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 TOOLS & RESOURCES:

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.

PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS:

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