Friday Apr 11, 2014

Pssssst! Only two (business) days left…

Happy Friday, partners! Before we head into the weekend, wanted to share a friendly reminder that the Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne call for proposals closes next Tuesday, April 15 at 12pm PT. If you haven’t already, get those proposals in! We want to see what you’ve got.


And while you’re at it, don’t forget to register for these events by May 2 to get our Super Saver rates.

Happy weekend!

The OPN Comms Team

Tuesday Apr 01, 2014

It’s no April Fool’s Day joke, Oracle OpenWorld Registration is open!

It’s been about a week since Oracle OpenWorld registration opened and we want to ensure you have the latest information on hand. Visit Oracle’s registration page to plan your trip, view the agenda & sessions (thus far), and get yourself organized.

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 takes place September 28 – October 2 in San Francisco, CA. Super Saver registration rates are currently available through May 2. Early Bird, Pre-Registration, and Onsite registration opens later this summer. Register now and don’t miss out on these great deals!

The Oracle OpenWorld call for proposals opened in mid-March. We’re currently accepting submissions through April 15 so don’t delay. Help us build the best session list yet and submit your proposals before it’s too late!

As some of you may have heard, OPN Exchange will not be taking place at OpenWorld this year. That said, Partners will be able to access all official Oracle PartnerNetwork activities with a full conference OpenWorld or Discover badge.

In the meantime, get your proposals submitted, your registration confirmed and we’ll see you in San Francisco!

Cheers,
The OPN Communications team

Friday Jan 10, 2014

Let’s stay in touch

Did you know that 92% of the world’s data was created in just the past two years? If that doesn’t speak to today’s “always-on” environment, we don’t know what does.

Social person

In this world of constant stimulation via social media, videos, texting and rapid-fire email, it’s hard to determine the most efficient way to receive relevant news. Let OPN untangle the web of Facebook posts, tweets, Pinterest boards and videos so that you can keep in touch without having to think too hard about it. Below is OPN’s arsenal of social media and communications channels to help you stay connected.

  1. OPN News – Check out our OPN News website to receive important updates in real time.
  2. OPN LinkedIn – Connect with our 18,381 LinkedIn group members by joining a discussion, voicing an opinion or connecting with other group members.
  3. OPN Facebook “Like” our Oracle PartnerNetwork page and receive fun and relevant updates in your newsfeed.
  4. OPN Twitter Follow @oraclepartners or #OPN on the social platform that 35% of all Internet users are using. Re-tweet, follow and stay in the know!
  5. OPN Pinterest – Check out our Pinterest board for exciting photos of Oracle events and offices around the world. (We promise we won’t post dinner recipes or our favorite wedding gowns.)
  6. Oracle PartnerNetwork Strategy Blog – Read our weekly strategy blog featuring state-of-the-industry posts, product updates, event information and more!
  7. OPN YouTube Channel – Watch the top videos that impact the tech partner industry today. From Oracle OpenWorld features to partner testimonials, the OPN YouTube Channel will keep your attention.
  8. OPN PartnerCast Channel OPN’s PartnerCast channel aggregates its bi-weekly live webcasts and podcasts on Oracle's product roadmap, current initiatives, industry strategies and partner-only offerings.
  9. Oracle Media Network – Watch the latest videos on recent product launches, new partner Specializations and Programs and more!
  10. OPN RSS FeedsRather than visiting a series of Web pages every day, people are installing RSS newsreaders and configuring them to pull corresponding feeds. Add this option to your feed reader today!
  11. OPN Website – Find all you need at this one stop shop for partners. From product Knowledge Zones, to recent Oracle acquisitions, and everything listed above – the OPN home page houses everything you need to be a successful OPN member!

Questions or comments? Leave them below and we’ll happily reply.

See you on the web!

The OPN Comms Team

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

Friday Oct 25, 2013

OPN Exchange Keynote On-Demand

We hope everyone has had a chance to refresh and recharge after Oracle OpenWorld 2013. In case you didn’t have the opportunity to catch the full OPN Exchange keynote, we have it on demand for your viewing pleasure.

A highlight reel is up on the OPN YouTube channel and on Oracle.com.

You can also watch individual keynote segments, from Oracle Executives like Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Andy Bailey, highlighted below. So please, sit back, relax and enjoy the show! You know, in case your football team is on a bye this week.

Mark Hurd, President, Oracle
Executive Address

John Fowler, Executive Vice President, Systems
Hardware and Software Engineered to Work Together

Joel Borellis, Group Vice President, Partner Enablement
Technology, Middleware and Business Intelligence

Chris Baker, Senior Vice President, Worldwide ISV,OEM and Java Sales
Engineered Systems and Hardware

Andy Bailey, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances
Cloud, Fusion Applications and Customer Experience

Thomas LaRocca, Senior Vice President, North America Sales Alliances and Channels
Terri Hall, Group Vice President, North America Sales Alliances and Channels
Oracle Partner Excellence Awards: North America

Hugo Freytes, Senior Vice President, Latin America Alliances and Channels
Oracle Partner Excellence Awards: Latin America

Mark Lewis, Senior Vice President, APAC Alliances and Channels
Hiroshi Watanabe, Senior Vice President, Japan Alliances and Channels
Oracle Partner Excellence Awards: APAC and Japan

David Callaghan, Senior Vice President, EMEA Alliances and Channels
Oracle Partner Excellence Awards: EMEA

Cheers!

The OPN Communications Team




Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

13 is....the OPN Exchange countdown!

13 is…

  1. The number of players on each side of a rugby match
  2. The number of days left before OPN Exchange kicks off
  3. The number of times you should watch the video below (love that beat)
  4. All of the above.

Get in on all the action at OPN Exchange September 22–26, 2013. Time’s running out. Don’t miss this year’s 12,500+ registered partners, 80+ Test Fest specializations, 50+ partner sessions, and ONE hot partner appreciation event.

Register now to get in on all the action.

See YOU there,

Your OPN Exchangers

Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

Get Certified @ OPN Exchange!

 

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld 2013 is coming in quicker than a Randy Johnson fastball. If you haven’t registered, be sure to get yourself on the list.

If you have already registered, you should also plan to swing by the OPN Specialist Test Fest. You know all those OPN exams you complete to be recognized as an OPN Certified Specialist? You know how you usually have to pay for them?

 At the Test Fest, you can take up to two OPN exams for FREE. It’s a pretty hot deal. Take part in any of 10 testing sessions that run from Monday, September 23 through Thursday, September 26. Choose from more than 80 OPN exam titles. And yes—lest you were worried we mis-typed up there—you can take any two tests on the house.

Register for the Test Fest today! Each session is reserved exclusively for Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange attendees. Due to high demand, seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out the schedule, plus all sorts of other event details here.

See you in San Francisco!

Your OPN Test Fest Team