Thursday Sep 10, 2015

Empower the Modern Enterprise with Oracle ERP Cloud

Some believe the combination of a strong sales and marketing effort coupled with a product that sells itself is an ideal state for an organization. The flip side to this, from a customer’s perspective, speaks to the strength of having the right product at the right time. 

Now, what if we state that such a product exists today and more than 1000 customers have purchased it - just in the last two years? Is that possible?

Yes it is! And what we’re referring to is the Oracle ERP Cloud.

We’ve mentioned Oracle Cloud previously, and also discussed the best way for VAR’s to have a discussion with CFO’s about Finance and HR, but why has the Oracle ERP Cloud appealed to so many customers in such a short period of time? Here’s why.

Why is Oracle ERP Cloud Different?
Based on 30 years of Oracle’s extensive product suite offerings and core subject matter expertise in building and implementing ERP on-premise systems, Oracle ERP Cloud is one of the most comprehensive and scalable ERP solutions available. It is purpose-built to be integrated across ERP, EPM, HCM SCM, and CX solutions. Layer in the global and industry specific needs and the offering becomes tough to beat.

Oracle ERP Cloud offers built-in features including social collaboration, contextual business intelligence, role-based dashboards and mobile applications that embed innovation and productivity directly into the user interface. When customers get real-time reporting and insight at their fingertips, they make better decisions for a true empowered workforce.

We cannot forget about security in the cloud. Oracle’s 19 global data centers have a very strong governance model. Virtual tenancy at the product level ensures complete data isolation for our customers. In addition, Oracle applies security at the database level, at the mid-tier level, and at the applications level. The data is encrypted over the wire and encrypted in a backup, enabling a powerful and secure solution.

Why Do Customers choose Oracle ERP Cloud?
There are a number of reasons that the Oracle ERP Cloud appeals to so many. These include the contemporary look and feel, the ease of use, the depth of functionality as mentioned earlier, and the wide range of proven deployments across size, scale, geography and industry. There are also key themes that resonate.

Support for Growth
– Growing businesses (pre-/recent IPOs, sharing economy firms, companies seeking digital transformation & innovation, those seeking a path to the cloud) along with small and midsize enterprises graduating to more mature ERP systems often find their existing ERP systems without the workflow automation, scalability, and financial robustness needed to support their projected growth.  When these companies want to expand their businesses globally they need sophisticated multi-currency, multi-lingual, multi-entity, localized tax, payments, and other compliance capabilities that enterprise grade ERPs can deliver. These are cost-conscious businesses that have outgrown their existing ERP systems. They may also want to integrate with an HCM or CX solution.

For the large multinational business, an ERP Cloud system that supports growth is just as paramount. But the technology provider must be able to allow for both cloud functionality and the leveraging of significant existing on-premise investments. These hybrid cloud deployments – where cloud systems are seamlessly integrated with on-premise applications – are critical learning opportunities leading to a cloud roadmap for the rest of their corporate systems over time and a big reason that Oracle’s ERP Cloud has been so successful.

Operational Efficiency – Cost continues to be the top cloud driver. So many organizations have historically relied on disparate, domain dependent systems from multiple vendors. This could lead to a complex and costly technology infrastructure, incoherent UI’s, and a lack of integration. This approach potentially locked up resources and prevented organizations from acting strategically. Oracle’s ERP Cloud delivers the CAPEX moving to OPEX benefits and goes beyond this with tangible savings coming from eliminating multiple redundant systems, streamlining business process with standard best practices, and even moving to a shared services model.

The Digital Evolution
– ERP systems can no longer be viewed as transaction processors. Customers are seeking the modern, contemporary, digitized ERP in the cloud. Decision makers need sophisticated embedded multidimensional analytics because they want real-time business insights any day during the month, rather than at a post-close cycle consolidation view. In addition, this insight has to be available via self-service access, in an easy to understand visualization, on any preferred mobile device.

Of course, millennial workers expect fast, responsive, and consumer-like user experiences, including being able to collaborate through social networking, even in a secured business context, or filling out their expense reports on their mobile devices. All with minimum or no training required. The Oracle ERP Cloud offers all of this.

A key requirement for businesses is to modernize and transform faster. Being able to integrate and extend existing on-premise IT systems with next-generation cloud services provides the extensions and helps IT focus on supporting and collaborating with the business. With Oracle’s Cloud Platform, customers can shift applications to the cloud, innovate faster, and take advantage of new markets.

The OPN Communications team

Thursday Sep 03, 2015

So you think you can Tweet?

As social media-savvy as we think we are, it’s always good to have reminders.

Whether you’ve been a community manager for years, or just creating your first Twitter account, we present you a fool-proof list of social media best practices to keep handy.

These tips can be used for those who manage social media accounts both personally and professionally:

  1. Proofread! Spelling errors are awful; so are incomplete and run-on sentences.
  2. Think visually. Photos, videos, gifs, infographics – whatever you can do to tell your story visually will perform better than just text;
  3. Check hashtags before using that “#” – some of them don’t mean what you think they do;
  4. Stay true on-message. Don’t jump on trending bandwagons just for the sake of it – make sure your social media posts stay true to your message;
  5. When in doubt, don’t post. If there’s ever a question about the appropriateness of a post, don’t do it;
  6. Don’t engage in negativity on social;
  7. Respond promptly to all messages (within an hour or two);
  8. Identify yourself. If posting to your personal accounts for work, make sure that your personal accounts clearly state your views are your own, not your company’s.
  9. Update your profile! Profiles are easily neglected. Take the time to update everything from your photo to your contact information to your interests.
  10. Commit to social media education. There’s a lot to learn and many social media opportunities that most of us aren’t aware of. The smallest tips you pick up can have a large impact on your social media success.

Once you’ve gotten these down, take a good look at your social accounts and ditch the dead weight. Why get rid of an account, you ask? Well, because they only thing worse than not having a Twitter or Facebook page is having one you seldom update.

Social media etiquette and best practices are becoming more and more important with the increase of users and content posted on social channels. Being a skilled social media manager means observing others and testing until you get things (close to) perfect. If everyone followed these common sense guidelines, social would be a better place.

Don't forget to follow OPN on social! We promise we update our profiles regularly.

The OPN Communications team

Monday Aug 17, 2015

OPN @ Xchange 2015

The Oracle PartnerNetwork team just got back from a great couple days at The Channel Company’s 20th Annual Xchange 2015 conference in Washington, DC on August 9-11.  Following the conference theme of “Next Steps,” the OPN team shaped their messaging around the huge opportunities afforded to partners as Oracle seeks to become the #1 cloud software company.

OPN was proud to showcase our 2015 CRN Annual Report Card (ARC) Award wins at Xchange. We were thrilled to be recognized in the Data & Information Management and Business Analytics categories this year.

There were a number of highlights during the action-packed 2.5 days. OPN Director Steve Lemme lured solution providers to our booth with a demo of the Oracle Cloud platform, and WWA&C Director Tim Dwyer presented on Oracle Cloud offerings for partners in front of 250+ attendees.  We really enjoyed building relationships with current OPN partners at a private dinner meeting, as well as engaging with so many new faces on the Solutions Pavilion floor. OPN also had a blast celebrating 20 years of Xchange with the Channel Company - we loved the craft beer and food truck themed reception.

Looking forward to the Best of Breed and NexGen Cloud conferences coming up later this year. Thanks for a rewarding and FUN conference, Channel Company!


Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

Early Bird registration: The end is near

Happy Wednesday, OPN!

We hope you tuned into this morning's live OPN PartnerCast. It was a great discussion around what's new in Oracle Database Cloud and opportunities for partners.

We also hope that you've secured your spot for Oracle OpenWorld and/or JavaOne 2015. Early Bird registration saves you $500 off the onsite conference price and is available to take advantage of until Sunday, August 16.

There's still a while to go before October 25, but a lot of planning is taking place behind the scenes. Here are just a few things partners have to look forward to at this year's OPN Central @ OpenWorld:

  • Partner keynote
  • OPN AfterDark Reception
  • OPN Lounge activities (did someone say Social Media Rally Station!?)
  • Theater Sessions @ the OPN Lounge
  • Famed OPN AfterDark

We look forward to seeing you this fall.

The OPN Communications team

Thursday Jul 30, 2015

Recap: Oracle ERP Cloud Summit 2015

More than 200 Partners attended the Oracle ERP Cloud Summit, which took place at Oracle headquarters in Redwood City from July 13-15.

We’d like to thank everyone for their participation, enthusiasm and incredible support. Here are a few takeaways from the Summit.


Day one kicked off with a recap of our FY16 goals and opportunities, and we heard some excellent insights from Russell Pike, Group Vice President for Sales Consulting. Russell described the objectives that Oracle is always pushing to achieve – having applications that are “simple to get, easy to own and a joy to use”.