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

Friday Jun 14, 2013

OPNX13 Shanghai— Get Certified for Free at the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialist Test Fest

The first ever Shanghai, China Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange conference is taking place Monday, July 22nd, through Thursday, July 25th, 2013. During this event, you can take part in the exciting and popular OPN Specialist Test Fest. This is an exceptional opportunity for Oracle Partners to take OPN Certifications for FREE! By successfully passing these exams, you will earn the OPN Certified Specialist recognition and help your company upgrade its OPN Specialized Program level!

There are 10 testing sessions to choose from, more than 50 exam titles available, and many are translated to Chinese or Korean!

Simply register now for the OPN Specialist Test Fest and select up to two seats from your desired sessions. All sessions are reserved for Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Shanghai 2013 attendees, so make sure that prior to the Test Fest registration, you have already signed up for the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Shanghai 2013 conference!

Check out the study material, prepare for the exams, and join us in Shanghai at the Expo Center!

We look forward to seeing you there,

The Oracle Partner Enablement Team

Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

OPN’s 2013 Fiscal Year-End Review

With Oracle’s fiscal year coming to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reminisce on the awesome year it has been and highlight some of the key milestones for OPN.  Here is a look at our top 10 OPN moments from the past year.


Oracle SPARC T5 and M5 Servers. From performance to scalability, availability and value, Oracle’s expanded SPARC portfolio is sure to hit a homerun with your customers.

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2. If you are ready to reduce your risk while saving time and money by managing your valuable data and applications, then you have found your solution.

Oracle Cloud programs for partners. These 5 Cloud programs have created some buzz in the Channel. Launched during Oracle OpenWorld 2012, partners can start to capitalize on the growing demand for Cloud solutions with little investment through Oracle Cloud Services Referral Partner program, or choose to get Specialized.


OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld. Last year marked the first time that partners could attend a comprehensive partner event while at Oracle OpenWorld.  The program was such a success that we are doing it even bigger this year! Join us September 22- 26, 2013 to experience Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange keynotes, partner-specific conference sessions with targeted tracks, a Test Fest certification program, a dedicated OPN lounge, the exclusive AfterDark OPN reception, and so much more!

Oracle CloudWorld. This event combined both mobile and social in 10+ cities around the globe, including a partner session that reviewed the 5 available OPN Cloud Partner Programs.  Be sure to attend next year because the sky is truly the limit with Oracle Cloud!


Partner Onboarding TrainingHere at OPN, we know that sometimes it is hard being “the new guy”, which is why we have made it easier than ever to join our partner program through training modules available in the Guided Learning Path.

OPN Specialized Activation Center. Designed to help our partners navigate through the steps necessary to become authorized to embed, sell, or implement with Oracle. This is your one stop shop for key on-demand training and information.

Social Marketing for Today’s Digital World video series. This series was designed to help answer your social marketing questions, while giving you the tools needed to build a demand generation campaign and close more deals. From “Laying the Foundation,” and “Building Your Online Presence,” to “Staging for Business Success,” and “Advertising to You Customers”, this series is sure to get your companies marketing engine revved up for success!

Oracle Partner Store (OPS) Enhancements. OPS is now your one-stop shop for accessing all Oracle products via a streamlined ordering process, allowing you to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions and manage your Oracle orders more efficiently and cost-effectively. Watch Titina Ott, Vice President of Business Process and Systems Enablement for Oracle, as she discusses Oracle’s Operational Excellence.


Profit Magazine, Oracle Specialized Partner Edition 2012. Take a look at the variety of products, industries, geographic regions, and business challenges in this edition. It’s clear that OPN Specialized partners can deliver under extremely demanding business conditions and that the expertise Oracle requires them to demonstrate is effectively put to work in the field.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 2013 Fiscal Year-End Review!

Until Next Year,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Apr 19, 2013

Welcome to Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange at OpenWorld 2013

Partners, mark your calendars because our 2nd annual Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld is back and bigger than ever! Join us September 22nd - 26th for deep dive content, keynotes, networking opportunities, and so much more.

Here is what you can expect at OPN Exchange 2013:

  • Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange keynote address
  • Partner-specific conference sessions with targeted tracks- Just for you!
  • Test Fest certification program – Help your company get Specialized and differentiate yourself from the competition for free!
  • Dedicated OPN lounge- Come by for some coffee and networking!
  • Exclusive AfterDark OPN reception- You’re not going to want to miss the best partner party of the year!
  • Access to the renowned Oracle Customer and Partner Appreciation Event- Register before July 19th, 2013 and get it for free!

That’s right, this year the famed Appreciation event is included at NO additional cost for Early Bird registrants only. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to not only take part in OPN Exchange, but get your hands on that golden ticket!

Early Bird registration does ends July 19th so register today and save 35% off the on-site registration fee, plus receive a bonus Oracle Appreciation Event pass just for registering early. To learn more, listen as Nick Kritikos, VP of Partner Enablement at Oracle shares more about OPN Exchange 2013.

So get those travel arrangements ready, and join our most exciting OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld to date!

We’ll see you there!

The OPN Communications Team