Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

Early Bird Pricing for OPN Exchange @ Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco Ends this Friday!


Is it really true? Early bird pricing for OPN Exachange @ OpenWorld San Francisco ends this Thursday, July 19th! If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to register , take advantage of discounted pricing and receive a FREE Oracle Appreciation Event pass to go with it.

In case you missed the big announcement, Maroon 5 and The Black Keys will be performing at the Customer Appreciation event, and we can guarantee this is a show you will not want to miss!

Be sure to review the many partner sessions in the Content Catalog, and check out the OPN Exchange Partner Toolkit for promotional event banners, buttons and more! As always, leave us your comments and questions below, and we can’t wait to see you there!

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Jul 11, 2013

Oracle Database 12c – Built to Simplify IT

As you may have heard by now, Oracle recently launched its Oracle Database 12c. This exciting new release offers the latest innovation from Oracle Database Server Technologies with a new Multitenant Option, which can help accelerate database consolidation and Cloud projects.

Additionally, there are some new enhancements and new functionalities also included in this release that can further secure the enterprise data, provide better capabilities for analyzing unstructured data, and a mechanism to help optimize storage.

This dynamic new product release simplifies IT in the following ways:

  • Incorporates new and enhanced features that offer high availability, security, manageability, storage optimization
  • Accelerates business results, manages business risk and lowers IT costs for customers

For partners, there are plenty upgrade, up-sell and cross-sell opportunities. So if you missed the last Oracle Database 12c partner training webcast, you can watch it below.  Learn what makes up Oracle Database 12c and where the opportunities are.

Get up to speed on the latest Database 12c enhancements so you can sell, implement and support this latest release with this Partner FAQ. You can also take technical training and certifications, and new Guided Learning Paths and Specializations for other pre-sales and sales roles from Oracle University. Finally, be sure to participate in your local boot camp to further enhance your skill set, and don’t forget to visit our Oracle Database 12c Knowledge Zone and take the assessment and get certified.

Best Regards,

Lindsey Pickle

Director of Database Partner Enablement 

Monday Jul 08, 2013

Racing to Win- Oracle’s SuperCluster T5-8

If you’re ready to speed up your sales cycle and eliminate multi-vendor support issues, while improving your user response times, service level  and customer satisfaction, then you've come to the right place!

The 34th America’s Cup isn’t the only thing putting it into high gear this month because Oracle’ has just announced its fastest engineered system, the Oracle SuperCluster T5-8, that runs Oracle Database and enterprise applications together on one platform, lowering TCO through consolidation and delivering applications 5x faster than the traditional build-your-own IT approach.  The new Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 i delivers 3x better price performance than the previous generation SuperCluster and 10x better price performance than a comparable IBM Power7+-based solution.

Just like all Oracle Engineered Systems, Oracle SuperCluster is pre-tested with integrated Oracle servers, storage, networking and software technologies optimized together to run Oracle Database, Java and enterprise applications unchanged, while accelerating Database and Java performance by up to 10x , improving user response times and reducing administration and maintenance time by up to 3x!

Oracle SuperCluster  is engineered with no single point of failure so customers can achieve high application availability and minimizing downtime and providing the highest service levels for  applications across all tiers of the data center.

In summary, Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 provides:

  • Increased Efficiencies
a. Consolidate both Oracle databases and enterprise applications on Oracle SuperCluster dramatically reducing complexity and increasing efficiency
  • Lower Risk
b. Deliver new services and products 5x faster and spend less time implementing, testing and maintaining new technologies compared to the traditional build-your-own IT approach
  • Cost Savings
c. Save on CAPEX and OPEX through greatly reduced acquisition, deployment and operating costs

Be sure to watch the “Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 Launch” video below, and visit the SPARC SuperCluster Knowledge Zone  for everything you need to know about how to develop, sell, implement, and get specialized in SPARC SuperCluster.

Partners… Start your Engines,

The OPN Communications Team 

Wednesday Jul 03, 2013

Oracle’s Partners Took Center Stage at this Year’s FY14 Global Partner Kickoff

There was no shortage of fireworks at this year’s FY14 Global Partner Kickoff and it was all thanks to our dedicated partner community. From creative pictures to well thought questions, this year’s FY14 Global Partner Kickoff had some dynamite participation over Twitter and strong messaging from Oracle executives.

We wanted to take a moment and celebrate those of you that took part in our Twitter contest, especially our three partner winners, Keste, A2F Services and portrix.net GmbH, and offer a big THANK YOU for your participation!!!


The OPN Communications Team 

Thursday Jun 27, 2013

Oracle’s FY14 Partner Kickoff Recap & New OPN Website

There is no doubt that we are off to a strong FY14! Now that Oracle’s Global Partner Kickoff has come and gone, it’s time to take what we have learned and focus on having the strongest year ever! To quote Oracle pilot, Sean D. Tucker, “FY14, it’s all about growth baby!” Here are some of the ways you can grow with Oracle!

  1. Sell into accounts where Oracle isn’t selling directly
  2. Offer customer added value solutions leveraging our technology
  3. Offer deep market capabilities that leverage transformative technology

Be aggressive, sell the entire stack, engage with Oracle in the marketplace and get engineered for growth! With this being said, we also know that to have the strongest year ever, you also need the strongest tools ever!

Ladies and gentleman, in case you missed its debut during Oracle’s Global Partner Kickoff, let OPN introduce you to the newly redesigned, Oracle PartnerNetwork website, providing  easy access to key business processes, systems and resources!

We took your advice and implemented the following enhancements:

  • A new OPN home page, highlighting paths to top tasks
  • Streamlined top navigation
  • New business process focused pages
  • Restructured Knowledge Zone areas (currently applied to select pages)

Learn more about the new Oracle PartnerNetwork website and all that Oracle has to offer, by watching the FY14 Global Partner Kickoff replay video below!

Thank you for your hard work and partnership in FY13, here’s to an even stronger FY14!

Good Selling,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Jun 21, 2013

Oracle Kicks Summer off Right with Our FY14 Global Partner Kickoff

Are you ready to see what Oracle has in store for FY14? How about hearing from top Oracle Executives like Mark Hurd and Thomas Kurian, as they explain how you can make more money with Oracle? Are you reading this blog? If you answered yes to any of the above questions and want to find out how Oracle’s strategy for the next fiscal year will affect your business, don’t miss Oracle’s FY14 Global Partner Kickoff event taking place Tuesday, June 25th at 9:00AM PT.

Kick start your summer by participating in this live Oracle PartnerNetwork event! Here is how you can:

1. Send questions during the live event via Twitter using @oraclepartners and #OPN in your tweets!

2. Take part in our exciting FY14 Partner Kickoff Twitter contest and get entered to win a FREE OPN Exchange pass! Do this by tweeting @oraclepartners a creative picture of your team watching the LIVE event. The winner will be selected at the end of the show!

3. Finally, help us spread the word to the Twitter community using this tweet:

“Can’t wait for #Oracle’s Global FY14 Partner Kickoff tomorrow 6/25 at 9AM PT! Join the #OPN conversation! http://bit.ly/12goIPR

You can join the live event by visiting the OPN homepage or OPN's Facebook page the day of the event.

Red Stack. Red team. Engineered for Growth!

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