Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

$800 Super Savings Ends May 2!

Happy Hump Day, partners! Just a friendly reminder you only have TWO DAYS left to save $800 off your Oracle OpenWorld registration. Starting next Monday, the price will increase. So what are you waiting for? Register today!

See you in San Francisco,
Your OPN Planning Committee

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Year-in-Review: Oracle PartnerNetwork’s Top 10 Triumphs

Year-in-Review: Oracle PartnerNetwork’s Top 10 Triumphs

With six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, it’s safe to say we’re all feeling a bit frazzled. In the midst of everyone’s hurried schedules, we wanted to stop and take a moment to thank all of our partners for another great year together.

With that, let’s take a quick look at OPN’s top 10 achievements of 2013:

  1. We started the year off on an M2M and big data note, outlining how our customers can leverage Java to manage heavy volumes of structured + unstructured data.
  2. The announcement of Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 in March, which extends the use of Oracle Database Appliance while simultaneously boosting hardware configuration. Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 with enhanced hardware was launched last month, as well.
  3. The launch of Oracle’s new SPARC Servers took us into the summer months, teaching customers how to increase their share of wallet. Fun fact: Oracle’s SPARC T5 Servers are powered by the world’s fastest T5 processor, and have achieved 17 world record benchmarks!
  4. Oracle’s partners took center stage at this summer’s FY14 Global Partner Kickoff. Thanks again to those who participated in our highly-entertaining Twitter contest. It’s definitely a must-do for next year!
  5. Oracle OpenWorld 2013 was another huge success this year and came complete with the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange. Get the full download here.
  6. We’re keeping the lines between hardware and software clear as IT migrates toward a converged architecture. Or as Oracle likes to call it, Engineered Systems. Read more.
  7. The greatest come-from-behind victory in modern history came at the 34thAmerica’s Cup and belongs to Oracle! Read more about ORACLE TEAM USA.
  8. An interesting case study on the Internet of Things (IoT) and how Oracle takes the complexity out of designing, building and maintaining an IoT infrastructure for VARs.
  9. Enablement –> Cloud –> Incentive Programs –> Exastack = the four major initiatives that make Oracle the vendor of choice for some of the industry’s biggest hitting VARs. Get the full story here!
  10. Last but certainly not least, the customer experience (CX) revolution is near. See what Oracle is doing with Oracle CX and how VARs can get involved here.

What are your business’ top 10 achievements in 2013? We’ll give you some time to think them over. In the meantime, cheers to a very happy holiday season and prosperous New Year.

Season's Greetings,

The OPN Elves

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


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

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,


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