Tuesday Dec 08, 2015

The Critical Role of ISVs in the Era of Cloud Transformation

Companies today are in the middle of a generational shift in computing that is as significant as the shift from mainframes to personal computers. This shift to the cloud has been underway since the emergence of SaaS companies more than 15 years ago, and ISVs have been fundamental to the business growth all along.

As we bear witness to this shift, we’re seeing signs that ISVs play a critical role as enterprise applications move to the cloud.

One of the vendors leading the charge in this transformation to the cloud with its applications, platform and infrastructure services - and, of course, people - is Oracle. But Oracle isn’t doing it alone. As mentioned in a keynote during last month’s Oracle OpenWorld, the other complement of people helping pave the way are Oracle’s ISVs, especially those using Java technology.

Oracle’s ISV Strategy

Oracle’s ISV strategy is simple: to help our partners architect, deploy and scale their commercial applications in the cloud. This is done through solution development within a vibrant ecosystem - an ecosystem that’s dynamic and bilateral with ISVs. Couple that with a scalable go-to-market strategy, and ISVs can get to market quickly, at scale, via the cloud.

Solid Traction Across SaaS, PaaS & IaaS

Software vendors and commercial application providers are leveraging Oracle Cloud Platform - including infrastructure and platform services - to build, deploy and scale their applications in the cloud.

ISVs are leveraging Oracle IaaS and Oracle PaaS to deliver their own enterprise-grade software as a service (SaaS) solutions to their customers. On top of that, a large number of ISVs are building value-added extensions to Oracle SaaS applications, and delivering these to joint customers. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, and, as a result, we’re seeing strong traction across Oracle SaaS, Oracle PaaS and Oracle IaaS.

What’s in It for Partners?

Oracle is helping software partners move to the cloud by providing them access to complementary trial accounts for Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle SaaS. This allows ISV partners to evaluate these services for their own unique requirements and use cases.

Oracle also offers an Online Cloud Assessment (OCA) tool at no charge that is of tremendous value to ISVs. The OCA is a simple and confidential online self service tool that will help partners assess their cloud maturity and readiness. The tool evaluates multiple dimensions of a partner’s cloud strategy--products, sales and marketing, operations, customer success and technology. It also instantly generates a personalized report that outlines where improvements might be made and gives advice to accelerate your cloud strategy in those areas.

In addition, ISVs can take advantage of direct technical assistance from Oracle Cloud specialists and architects, and attend regional workshops and labs. There are also specific commercial models and go-to-market programs designed for partners--namely, the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

We want our ISV partners to build on their successes in the enterprise with Oracle and to help them drive profitability.

All the best,
Oracle PartnerNetwork 

Tuesday Dec 01, 2015

Oracle + The Nature Convervancy are planting a billion trees. Want to help?

Over the next four years, Oracle is donating one million dollars to help advance reforestation efforts globally. As we plant trees, protect and restore forests in the United States, Brazil, and China, we encourage our employees and OpenWorld attendees to help, too. By ensuring healthy forests in these critical habitats, we are helping to clean the air, reduce the impacts of climate change, improve watersheds that provide drinking water for millions of people, protect thousands of species of native plants and animals, and expand job opportunities in local communities.

So far we've planted 167,735 trees, which is great, but we have a long way to go. Donate to match Oracle’s contribution and help The Nature Conservancy reach its goal to plant a billion trees. Our forests help sustain all life on earth.

Thanks in advance for your generosity,
Oracle PartnerNetwork

Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

Sustainability in Action at Oracle: An Interview with Jon Chorley

Blog post by Evelyn Neumayr

Oracle is committed to being a good corporate citizen, including being a sustainable company. Are you aware of Oracle’s initiatives to support this commitment? Did you know that as part of Oracle’s efforts we have a chief sustainability officer? As part of a new series of articles, this debut article features a Q&A with Jon Chorley, chief sustainability officer and group vice president of Oracle’s Supply Chain Manufacturing Product Strategy and Product Lifecycle Management. You’ll soon see additional articles focused on other key executives whose teams also support Oracle’s sustainability efforts.

Oracle Jon Chorley ImageQ: Jon, what is your function as Oracle’s chief sustainability officer?

I lead an integrated cross-functional team, comprised of people from many different groups within Oracle, that helps maintain our facilities and run our business in a responsible manner while minimizing environmental impact as outlined in Oracle’s Environmental Policy. While there are some key executives at Oracle that work on our sustainability initiatives (such as Randy Smith, Liz Snyder, Cindy Reese, Ron Melanson, Christina Cavanna, Laura Ipsen, and myself), fundamentally our approach at Oracle is that sustainability is everyone’s job. There is a need and an opportunity to embed sustainable thinking throughout our business.

We do have an Environmental Steering Committee that includes key executives from Oracle’s different lines of business, including real estate, human resources, marketing, IT, public policy, and both software and hardware product development. This committee was established in 2008 and meets quarterly to address strategic issues. The Environmental Steering Committee in turn provides periodic updates to Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

In addition to keeping our own house in order, we also focus on developing products that support our customers’ sustainability initiatives. These development efforts are informed by customer needs, as well as our own because we use the products ourselves. Given our immense customer base, we have a far larger potential to make a positive impact by supporting the management and measurement of their sustainability initiatives. In my role as group vice president in Oracle President Thomas Kurian’s organization, I am uniquely positioned to help understand and address the needs of our customers in our product development organization.

Oracle Green logo

Q:  Tell us a little more about the Oracle solutions that are relevant when it comes to helping our customers become more sustainable.

Oracle provides product capabilities, which are embedded within our customers’ core business activities and IT deployments, that can be leveraged to support their sustainability initiatives. Whether through measurement accounting, risk management, waste reduction, optimization of logistics networks, or hyper-efficient data center infrastructure, Oracle is in the unique position of being able to provide solutions that span the entire nexus of IT and sustainability business requirements. A great example is Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting, which we also use ourselves at Oracle.

Q:  If an employee is interested in learning more about Oracle’s sustainability initiatives, where can they find out more? What can employees do to make a difference?

Oracle just released a new sustainability video that highlights our efforts, and the Sustainability in Action at Oracle video is available. More details are available in our Corporate Citizenship Report, and we have our product information available at oracle.com/green. We have found that there’s often a lack of awareness of the many great things going on at Oracle, so a few years ago we started distributing a newsletter periodically to highlight key activities and achievements in the company.

If you will be at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015 in October, you and your customers can see many of the things we do to make it one of the most sustainable events of its size. There will also be several sessions touching on some of the opportunities for customers to become more sustainable by leveraging Oracle solutions such as business intelligence, engineered systems, supply chain management, and the Internet of Things.

One great way to make a difference is to participate in employee volunteer projects, whether it’s for the environment or other great causes. But the greatest impact you can make is during your day-to-day activities at Oracle, including recycling, being more energy efficient, and how you design and deliver our solutions.

Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

Oracle Certification issues Digital Certification Badges

Oracle is excited to announce a certification program that offers secure, digital badging benefits to our certification candidates.

This is a digital way to represent your certification achievement. The badges are secure, web-enabled credentials and digital badging provides the rigor and verification organizations need to recognize and validate real achievements.

Why do we think the new digital badge will be important to you?

According to LinkedIn, those with certification receive 6x more LinkedIn profile views. You can display your new digital badge on your preferred social media sites as you wish. It’s free to you as a benefit of being Oracle certified, simple to begin using, and it eliminates the possibility of any fraudulent certification claims. If you're not Oracle certified you will not be able to use it. Learn more.

Contact your local Oracle University Service Desk for more information and assistance.

Oracle PartnerNetwork

Wednesday Nov 04, 2015

Missed Oracle OpenWorld 2015?

Didn’t attend Oracle OpenWorld but want the full scoop? Check out the OPN Strategy Blog (you're already here, good job), Oracle OpenWorld Blog and Oracle Social Spotlight for great recaps of the General Sessions, keynotes, receptions and main stage conversations.