Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

OPN Exchange General Sessions –Fowler, Kurian & More!


After the Partner Keynote with Judson Althoff taking place in Hall D from 1:00-3:00 pm, please join us for the OPN Exchange General Sessions. How often do you get to choose between seven key Oracle Executives as they address the five biggest topics facing the industry today?

DATE: Sunday September 30th

TIME: 3:30-4:30 pm

LOCATION: Moscone South, Esplanade Level

  • John Fowler & Tom LaRocca (Technology for Partners: Room 306): Learn how to grow your top and bottom line by selling Oracle on Oracle.
  • Chris Leone (Applications for Partners: Room 303): Catch the partner-only value prop, selling secrets and competitive compares to win with the Fusions Applications product family.
  • Sohan DeMel (Engineered Systems for Partners: Room 301): Get the secrets to selling and implementing Oracle’s transformational Engineered Systems products. You won’t want to miss the Oracle Database Appliance Unplugged demonstration!
  • Sonny Singh (Industry Solutions: Room 302): Develop profitable practices answering the challenges faced by companies operating in discrete industries and the opportunity represented by Machine2Machine Java.
  • Thomas Kurian (Cloud for Partners: Room 304): Today it is all about the Cloud. Oracle offers both traditional cloud infrastructure solutions, as well cloud platform and software services. Attend this session to learn more about Oracle’s Platform, Application, and Social cloud services.

Put on your thinking caps because these speakers are ready to blow your mind with five tracks of exclusive content catered to you, our partners.


The OPN Communication Team

Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld – Don’t Forget…


Mark your calendar because we’re less than a week away from kicking off our first ever Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld program, and do we have a lot in store for you!  So don’t forget to attend these great partner events!

Sunday, 9/30:

  • The Global Partner Keynote with Judson Althoff and other senior executives @ 1:00pm
  • OPN Exchange General Sessions  to discuss the overview of each OPN Exchange track including, Cloud, Engineered Systems, Industries, Technology and Applications @ 3:30pm
  • The exclusive OPN Exchange AfterDark Reception complete with the smooth sounds of Macy Gray @ 7:30pm.

Don’t worry, there is plenty to come after Sunday! Be sure to take part in all the exciting activity taking place during the week, including:

  • Over 40 + OPN Exchange Sessions taking place at the Marriott Marquis throughout the week
  • Test Fest exams for OPN Specialist Certifications,  taking place throughout the week
  • The 5k Partner Fun Run- Meet at the W Hotel lobby on Monday 10/1 at 6 a.m. PT – No registration necessary! Led by Judson Althoff, SVP of WWA&C.
  • Social Media Rally Station- Join us in the OPN Lounge on Monday to become social savvy and leverage social media tools for your business
  • Ice Cream Social- Monday October 1st, from 3-5:30 p.m. in the OPN Lounge. Hosted by Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services.
  • Endless Networking Opportunities at the OPN Lounge, the Howard Street Tent for lunch, the ‘It’s a Wrap Reception’, and much more!

We can’t wait to see you there!

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Sep 20, 2012

Test Fest Pop Quiz!



Where can partners go during OPN Exchange to take complementary certification testing, and upon completing it, receive the credentials of a Certified Specialist, while having it count towards their company’s Specialization and upgrade within the OPN program?


A.) Test Fest

B.) Test Fest

C.) All of the Above

You are right! Test Fest is back by popular demand, and has been included as one of the many partner benefits for attending OPN Exchange this year. Join us from October 1-4th in the Marriott Marquis, Juniper Room at Oracle OpenWorld and get recognized!

For times and registration, visit the Oracle OpenWorld Test Fest page and be sure to “study up” by watching this short video on Test Fest at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 below!

With over 100 exam titles and four days of sessions, you’re sure to walk away with an A+!

Best of Luck,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Sep 14, 2012

Go From Social Glum to Guru at the Social Media Rally Station @ OOW


@OPN Partners,

We have some #exciting news for you! Just when you thought Oracle OpenWorld #OOW couldn’t get any better; OPN wants to announce a little something called the Social Media Rally Station™. #OMG!

Enough with the social talk, hash tags and @’s, since there will be plenty of that at Oracle OpenWorld! This awesome station full of experts is the opportunity you've been looking for to optimize your online presence. You’ll start by receiving an overall evaluation of where you stand online, and get customized, face-to-face, expert advice on how to better engage with your customers and find new prospects online!

Here’s what will happen at the Social Media Rally Stations:

  1. Partners will check in with a Rally Coordinator who will assess your needs and move you to the appropriate station.
  2. You will take part in a Professional Photo Station where you’ll get a head shot to use on social profiles, your own website, or for articles and posts about your company.
  3. Finally, the One-2-One Station Consultants will walk you through how you’re using social media today and next steps including, Google Alerts, Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimization, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more. Finally, this is a custom engagement so you can decide how you want to focus the time.

Go from Social Media glum to guru in under 25 minutes! Oh and a few other things to remember…

  • These Social Media Rally Stations will be taking place on: Sunday, 9/30 from 3-5 p.m.PT at the Esplanade level, Moscone South and Monday, 10/1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PT at the OPN Lounge in Moscone South, Exhibit Hall Level
  • Please wear professional attire from the waist up for your head-shot
  • Bring any login info for your social platforms
  • Come prepared with questions for our One-2-One Consultants!

If you have any questions before the hitting the ground running at the Social Media Station™ sponsored by Oracle and provided by Channel Maven Consulting, or if you’d like to schedule some time while you’re at Oracle OpenWorld, send an email to Oh and don’t forget to RT this post on Twitter and ‘like’ us on Facebook to spread the word! #Thanks!

See you around the social-sphere,

Friday Sep 07, 2012

The “AfterDark” Reception Is Back!


This year, the OPN Exchange “AfterDark” Reception is moving to new heights! Join us on the 4th floor of the Metreon building in San Francisco for this exclusive ‘VIP’ event. The reception will be held from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 30th.

Enjoy the smooth sounds of Macy Gray over a cocktail, as you network the night away and watch the 2012 live Music Festival performances from above! Best of all, this event is exclusive and free to all Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange attendees!

So come mix and mingle with us as we kick-off Oracle OpenWorld 2012 with great conversation and music!

See You After Dark!

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Aug 30, 2012

The Next Frontier: Java Embedded @ JavaOne


Now more than ever, the Java platform is the best technology for many embedded use cases. Java’s platform independence, high level of functionality, security, and developer productivity, address the key pain points in building embedded solutions... and that’s not just our opinion. Take a look at the new IDC report on Oracle’s stewardship of Java, “Java: Two and a half Years After the Acquisition” (doc #236309, August 2012).

Java already powers around 3 billion devices worldwide, with traditional desktops and servers being only a small portion of that, and the ‘Internet of Things‘ is just really starting to explode. It is estimated that within five years, intelligent and connected embedded devices will outnumber desktops and mobile phones combined, and will generate the majority of the traffic on the Internet.

Is your platform and services strategy ready for the coming disruptions and opportunities?

It should come as no surprise that Oracle is enthusiastically focused on Java for Embedded .  New this year, Oracle is demonstrating its further commitment to the embedded marketplace by offering, for the first time, a dedicated conference focused on the business aspects of embedded Java: Java Embedded @ JavaOne. Co-located with the technically-focused JavaOne conference, Java Embedded @ JavaOne will run for two days in San Francisco targeting C-level executives, architects, business leaders, and decision makers.

With 24 inspired business sessions with expert speakers from 18 prominent companies driving the next generation of Java Embedded business solutions (such as Cinterion, ARM, Hitachi and Rockwell Automation), attendees will learn how Java Embedded technologies and solutions can offer compelling value and a clear path forward to business efficiency and agility.

You’ll also see how Oracle’s comprehensive technology portfolio can deliver a complete ‘Machine to Machine’ platform, from device to datacenter, resulting in a highly secure, resilient, high-performance and cost-effective solution.

Seating is limited and we expect a lot of interest in this new event, so please register now! Note that if you are already attending the Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne conferences, you can attend this conference for only $100 more. Watch my video below to find out more.

I hope to see you there!

Judson Althoff

Tuesday Aug 21, 2012

Top 5 Reasons Over 45,000+ Have Registered for Oracle OpenWorld


If you’re wondering why the city of San Francisco welcomes Oracle OpenWorld with open arms, or why over 45,000+ attendees sign-up each year for this week long event, or why you should be so darn excited for next month… we think we may have some answers.

Reason #5: Because you get to “rock-out” at the Oracle Musical Festival and Oracle Appreciation Event. Where else can you channel your teenage rock-star moves and enjoy a night of musical bliss?!

Reason #4: Partners can attend deep-dive training courses with Oracle University, putting them on the fast-track for success!

Reason #3: Who doesn’t get a little start struck from time to time? Especially when you can get up close and personal (well not too personal), with ORACLE TEAM USA, and the America’s Cup trophy. Autographs and photo-ops are welcome!

Reason #2: Come prepared because you may run out of business cards attending the week long OPN Exchange @ OOW program which is overflowing with networking opportunities, and home to  40+ partner sessions and a Test Fest’. Did we mention Judson Althoff will be giving a keynote?

Reason #1: Three words: Larry Ellison’s keynote.

So tell us below, what are your top reasons for attending Oracle OpenWorld?  Also, be sure to "like" OPN on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@OraclePartners), for the latest Oracle OpenWorld updates!

We can’t wait to see you there!

The OPN Communications Team