Friday May 16, 2014

Ready, Set, Mark Your Calendars!

In case we haven't said it formally, happy spring, partners! It’s been a long winter for most of us, to say the least, and we’re thrilled to see green on the ground and blue in the sky. With spring and summer also comes events season. Especially for Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), and we want to ensure you have the latest events timeline on hand so nothing falls through the cracks.

Mark your calendars…

OPN’s annual live Global Partner Kickoff takes place on June 25 for Oracle partners based in North America, EMEA and Latin America, and on June 26 for partners in Asia-Pacific and Japan regions. T
his year's live webcast provides a great opportunity for valued partners to better understand Oracle's vision for the upcoming year, hear about the latest opportunities in the OPN Specialized program and learn sales strategies that will help you to continue to grow and profit with Oracle. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks.

The countdown has once again begun for Oracle OpenWorld 2014. As always, this monumental conference takes place in San Francisco from September 28-October 2. We have a variety of partner-specific announcements to share with you. Don’t miss the OPN Central partner keynote, partner general sessions, OPN exclusive AfterDark networking reception and much more. As for registration – Early Bird rates are currently available through July 18. Pre-Registration and Onsite registration opens later this summer. Don’t miss these great deals – register now!

JavaOne will take place in conjunction with Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco from September 28-October 2. When you sign up for JavaOne you get:

  • Access to Java Champions and technical sessions;
  • Opportunity to talk to Java experts;
  • Chances to connect with community members from around the globe.

Registration packages are available now and can be purchased with or without an OpenWorld pass. Don't miss out on our Early Bird rates!

We hope you’re as excited as we are to be a part of these events. And also – events season or not – don’t forget to visit the OPN News page for the latest updates in the OPN community.

We'll see you soon!

Your OPN Event Planners

Thursday May 08, 2014

The Early Bird catches the worm. And saves $500.

Feather your nest with $500 in savings if you register now for Oracle OpenWorld; taking place September 28 – October 2 in San Francisco.

Join us this fall and discover new ways to optimize your systems, new solutions that will help you take your business to the next level and new practices that will make you more successful in your job and in your industry. Registration instructions and FAQs can also be found via the above link.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

The OPN Comms team

Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

$800 Super Savings Ends May 2!

Happy Hump Day, partners! Just a friendly reminder you only have TWO DAYS left to save $800 off your Oracle OpenWorld registration. Starting next Monday, the price will increase. So what are you waiting for? Register today!

See you in San Francisco,
Your OPN Planning Committee

Thursday Apr 24, 2014

The days were packed, the coffee was hot and the sessions were captivating.

On April 22 & 23, Oracle PartnerNetwork hosted an exclusive two-day summit for our top CX partners at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, CA.  The summit was designed to help our partners grow their businesses by building and expanding their CX practices across the entire Oracle CX portfolio.

To our partners who made it out, we hope you found the event as valuable as we did. From Scott Creighton's opening keynote on CX Events, to Jason Rushforth’s CX Marketing overview, to our CPQ and Commerce sessions led by Chris Shutts and John Andrews, respectively, we hope you took away key CX strategies and objectives for every phase of the customer lifecycle.

We had the chance to snap some great photos and record videos onsite. Our photo collage is below, and our On Demand videos will be available in the coming days. We met with Hitachi, Wipro and Pierce Washington, among others.

Thanks again for joining us at the Summit, partners; we'll see you at Oracle OpenWorld!

Your eyes-on-the-street reporting team

Wednesday Mar 26, 2014

Attending COLLABORATE ’14? Learn what the Oracle PartnerNetwork has planned for you!

COLLABORATE 2014 is just a few weeks away partners, and a great place to showcase your specializations! This year’s event will be taking place from April 7-11 at The Venetian and Sands Expo Center in sunny Las Vegas. Before you pack your bag, below are some things to take advantage of onsite.

OPN representatives will be onsite visiting partners at their booths and recognizing latest OPN Specialization accomplishments – including Oracle Validated Integration.

OPN reps will be looking for creative conference participation such as:
  • OPN Specialized representation
  • Customer success stories
  • Your social media interactions during the event

Have your OPN credentials and social media accounts on display! Why? See #2 below.

Why risk it in a casino, when instead promoting your OPN specializations may have better odds. Spoiler Alert: OPN reps onsite will have a limited number of certification exam vouchers ($250 value/ea) and some OPN schwag to award. 1st place gets three vouchers, 2nd place gets two vouchers and 3rd place gets one.

Oracle is sponsoring the Cloud Odyssey Workshop on Monday (4/7); an innovative activity where customers and partners learn more about private cloud building. Partners further interested in OPN Cloud programs and specializations are invited to schedule onsite meetings with OPN representative Steve Lemme by emailing: Partners may also check out related user community Special Interest Groups (SIG): Cloud, Enterprise Manager, and Storage SIG meetings and related sessions.

Join OPN on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 8 for two important sessions: Oracle Fusion Financials Cloud (1:45pm – Level 3, Murano 3203) and Partner Enablement & OPN (5:30pm – Level 4, Marcello 4502). Both sessions will provide partners valuable tips and product information, as well as how to better take advantage of the OPN Specialized Program. For more information or to schedule a meeting during COLLABORATE 14, please contact

Partners who develop solutions that extend and enhance Oracle Applications – including Oracle Applications Cloud – can accelerate sales opportunities and attract new customers by participating in Oracle Validated Integration. Contact us to schedule time to meet or stop by the Oracle Validated Integration Exhibitor Lounge (booth #761) to learn more. The lounge is available to OPN partners during exhibitor hours to meet, relax, and refresh!

Don’t wait till Oracle OpenWorld! Use COLLABORATE as a half-way point to engage OPN to get the latest OPN news first hand, ask questions about specific OPN Specializations, plan your future Specialization strategy or share your Oracle OpenWorld submission ideas.

Check out branded merchandise now available to partners and OPN Certified Specialists! Choose from polos, t-shirts, notepads & more and show off your status.

Yes, conferences can be tiring, but don’t forget to take advantage of the 1:1 networking opportunities that surround you. Instead of catching up on emails, engage customers and OPN at each opportunity, especially dinner time! So get out of your room for dinner and get to know one of your customers better.

We look forward to meeting you in Las Vegas!

Steve Lemme (@lemmes) and the Oracle PartnerNetwork (@oraclepartners)

Wednesday Sep 04, 2013

Experience User Experience! Oracle Applications UX Expo at OOW


Thinking about attending OOW13?

Let the Oracle Applications UX Expo help you make the right decision. Be among the first to see Oracle’s latest forays into simplicity, mobility, and extensibility. You’ll get a sneak peek at Oracle’s future user experience concepts, and you’ll have a chance to talk to the people who are building them. If you like the idea of getting your hands on new designs and prototypes before they launch (we sure do), this’ll be your kind of thing.

Join us at the Marriott Marquis first floor Chill Zone and Bin 55 (4th and Mission – 1 block from the Moscone Center) on Monday, Sep. 23, 1:30pm–4:30pm.

We know there’s tons to see at Oracle OpenWorld, so we’ve turned this expo into an open house. It’ll be a prime networking opportunity for partners, influencers and the Oracle UX team. Come whenever you have a break between sessions. Enjoy refreshments and appetizers, and be ready to see user-experience innovations you won’t see anywhere else!

IMPORTANT! Your company must have a signed confidentiality agreement in place before you attend. When you register, please indicate your agreement status. Oracle will verify beforehand to speed your entry to the expo.

To register, click here!

Catch you at the expo,

Your OPN Experience-Makers

Thursday Jul 18, 2013

The Social Media Rally Station is Ready to Rally


Did someone say Social Media Rally Station™? Just when you thought Oracle OpenWorld #OOW13 couldn’t get any better; #OPN wanted to let you know that the Channel Maven Consulting team is back to bring you the Social Media Rally Station™.  This time they’re at #OOW13 for three full days!

If you missed the Social Media Rally Station™ last year, be sure to get your slot reserved this time around.  For those that took part in this great opportunity, there’s even more to learn this year!  With custom 1:1 sessions with Channel Maven Consulting marketing experts, you can learn about video creation, Vine, Pinterest and taking your current social platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter to the next level. 

This interactive 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, get customized, face-to-face, expert advice on how to better engage with your customers, and find new prospects online!

Here’s how it works:

  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 1:1 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, and Facebook. For those who are more advanced or took part last year we’ll talk about YouTube, Pinterest, Vine, vimeo and Google+. 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: Monday, 9/23 from 9:45 a.m.-6 p.m. PT , Tuesday, 9/24 from 9:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. PT and Wednesday, from 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PT at the OPN Lounge in the Exhibitor Hall in Moscone South.

  • 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 1:1 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

Finally, don’t forget to RT this post on Twitter and ‘like’ us on Facebook to spread the word! You can also ‘like’ the Channel Maven Consulting team on Facebook or Tweet them and let them know you’re coming! #Thanks!

See you around the social-sphere,