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.

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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

Monday Sep 23, 2013

#OPNX13: Terrific Tuesday Roundup

What’s up, partners?

You’re not exhausted yet, are you? No way. There’s still half a conference’s worth of content for you to take advantage of. Here’s what’s tickling our fancy for Tuesday...

Partner sessions. There are some money content sessions happening @ Marriott Marquis, including Database 12C, Engineered Systems and Applications User Experience in the Cloud.

Test Fest. Exams for OPN Specialist Certifications are available throughout the week - also @ Marriot Marquis. We’ll be there tomorrow. Come by, say hello, and we’ll see what you’re really made of.

Social Media Rally Station. Can you use a hashtag? Know how to endorse a colleague on LinkedIn? Have any idea what a Pinboard is? If you answer “No,” to any of those, head over to the OPN Lounge tomorrow. The Rally Station pit crew will set you up with everything you need—including a pro headshot for all of your profiles.

Stay strong!

OPN “With-you-all-the-way” Communications

Sunday Sep 22, 2013

Don't Forget: OPN Exchange Sunday Roundup

We’re just a few hours away from kicking off #OPNX13 at OOW. There’s a LOT happening for partners in the coming week. So here’s a quick roundup of Day One’s can’t-miss events!

Sunday, 9/22:

  • The OPN Exchange Keynote with Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Safra Catz @ 1:00pm (Moscone South, Gateway Ballroom)
  • #OPNX13 General Sessions covering each OPN Exchange track, including Cloud, Technology, Engineered Systems and the Internet of Things @ 3:30pm (Moscone South, Esplanade Level)
  • The exclusive #OPNX13 AfterDark Reception @ 7:00pm. Team Oracle aerobatics whizz Sean D. Tucker will be on hand from 7:30–8:30pm for an adrenaline-fueled meet-and-greet! (Metreon, 4th Floor)

Don’t worry—there’s plenty more after Sunday! Be sure to take part in all the exciting activity during the week, including:

  • 50+ OPN Exchange Sessions taking place at the Marriott Marquis through Thursday
  • Test Fest exams for OPN Specialist Certifications throughout the week
  • Social Media Rally Station in the OPN Lounge—join us Monday through Wednesday to go from Social Media glum to guru in just 25 minutes
  • Hands-on Labs at various venues across the OOW site
  • Endless networking opportunities at the OPN Lounge, Oracle Plaza @ Howard Street, the "It’s a Wrap" Reception, and much more

As you register and reconnect with your global Oracle family, don’t forget to attend these stellar events!

Can’t wait to see you here,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Find Your Applications Track Sessions @ OPN Exchange

Heads up, OPN Exchangers!

Before you rock out with Maroon5 and The Black Keys at the Oracle Appreciation Event, be sure to zip over to the Marriott Marquis to hear some other great (applications) tracks.

Oracle Fusion Application, Oracle Cloud and other key application products will all have track sessions running throughout OPN Exchange (#OPNX13). Here are just a few of them:

For more information on #OPNX13 and a full list of sessions, benefits and fees, click through to the OPN Exchange landing page. Register before it’s too late!

Steady rolling,

OPN Communications

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

OPN Exchange General Sessions Announced – Fowler, Baker & more

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The moment you’ve all been waiting for...

After you hear Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Safra Catz give their play-by-play on Oracle’s strategy and direction for 2014 at the #OPNX13 Keynote, cruise on up to the Esplanade Level for the OPN Exchange General Sessions. Choose among four Oracle Executives to get their insights into some of today’s hottest IT issues.

Here are the numbers...

Date: Sunday, September 22

Time: 3:30–4:30pm PT

Location: Moscone South, Esplanade Level

  • Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development (Cloud and Applications for Partners, Room 301): Hear the latest strategies for going to market with Oracle Fusion Applications cloud solutions, from selling to implementation.
  • Chris Baker, Senior Vice President, Worldwide ISV, OEM and Java Sales (Internet of Things for Partners, Room 302): Discover how leading businesses have already begun using Oracle M2M technology—from Java on the device to world-class infrastructure—to make the Internet of Things a reality.
  • Andrew Mendelsohn, Senior Vice President, Database Server Technologies (Technology for Partners, Room 303): Learn to expand your offerings to customers by selling Oracle on Oracle.
  • John Fowler, Executive Vice President, Systems (Engineered Systems and Hardware for Partners, Room 304): Get all your need-to-know info on Oracle Engineered Systems.

Get ready. This year’s speakers are energized and looking downfield for receivers. Which route are you running?

Go Team!

OPN Comms out

Thursday Sep 12, 2013

Discover New Opportunities with MySQL

With summer finally descending on San Francisco—only a couple months late this year—it’s conference season. By now, you’ve heard all about OPN Exchange @ OOW 13. But here’s something new: if you’re in town beforehand, consider checking out MySQL Connect, a conference that brings together the global MySQL community and Oracle’s MySQL experts for a massive knowledge-share about the world’s most popular open-source database. You can add the MySQL Connect event to your Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne registration for only US$100. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity—register now!

MySQL joined the Oracle family in 2010. Since then, Oracle has been investing heavily in the product to integrate it across a range of Oracle ecosystems. It is the most popular open source database for rapidly building and deploying modern, cost-effective and secure web-based applications.

In addition to being the solution of choice for some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations (Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, among thousands of others), MySQL also offers a host of revenue opportunities for partners.

Here are just a few of the advantages MySQL brings:

  • With over 15 million active installations and a leadership position in the cloud, demand for MySQL is strong and growing.
  • Partners can benefit from MySQL’s sales opportunities, including MySQL Enterprise Edition subscriptions, value-add services, technology up-sell, and revenue annuity streams.
  • MySQL is certified with many Oracle products. The MySQL Enterprise Oracle Certifications make it easier, faster & safer for Oracle customers to deploy and manage MySQL within their existing environment.
  • There are clear complementary opportunities.

Spend a few minutes exploring the benefits MySQL can bring to your customers. For example, take a look at the MySQL TCO Calculator to discover how you can help your customers save up to 90% over Microsoft SQL.

If MySQL is already part of your portfolio, watch the recent OPN: MySQL Opportunities for Partners PartnerCast to discover new revenue opportunities and to learn more about how MySQL fits into the Oracle ecosystem.

Happy selling,

Your OPN Communications Buddies