Wednesday Jul 18, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld and OPN Exchange Early Bird Pricing Extended!!!

Could it really be true? YES. Early Bird pricing for Oracle’s new and innovative Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ Openworld program has been extended until July 27th, 2012! And… as a valued partner you can save $400 off the onsite rate today by registering before it’s too late!

By taking part in the first ever Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange program, you will be able to network with fellow partners and Oracle employees, share case studies, participate in onsite certification testing, and choose from more than 30 sessions of targeted partner content. The Content Catalog is now live, and you can view all the sessions.

Here is a sneak peek into what some of the sessions will be covering:

  • Technology- Oracle’s complete technology portfolio
  • Applications- Enablement offerings, go-to-market initiatives and service development options
  • Engineered Systems- Ways to transform IT into more cost effective operation
  • Industry- Discover ways to successfully position and deliver solutions to clients in diverse industries
  • Cloud- Learn how to go to market with and successfully implement these innovative cloud solutions

Partners, be sure to watch this short video below to learn more about this dynamic program, and  remember… the ‘early bird always gets the worm!’

Looking forward to seeing you there!
The OPN Communications Team

Monday Apr 23, 2012

What Does Your Oracle Database Appliance Look Like?

Ever imagine your name up in lights, or maybe you in your very best attire, thanking the academy? Well this dream of yours is not too far off because in February Oracle launched its first ever Oracle Database Appliance Video contest, and next month (May 2012) marks the last month to submit a video for a chance to win a complimentary pass to this year’s Oracle OpenWorld 2012 … on top of some major Oracle exposure.

Though we can’t promise you an Oscar, we can say for those OPN partners that have been approved to resell Oracle Database Appliance and love it as much as we do, this is your shot in the Oracle spotlight, your 90 seconds of fame, and a time to channel your inner Spielberg or Lucas. Take a peek at what Oracle’s creative team came up with:

May the force be with you as you create a video of pure brilliance that will not only act as a useful tool to generate leads, but one that could also be shown to fans around the world. Here is what you need to know in order to submit and wow “the Academy”:

How this Contest Works:

  1. Create an original video that is 120 seconds or less that is promotional in nature (not instructional or for demonstration).
  2. Post your Oracle Database Appliance video to your YouTube channel.
  3. Send a link to your video posted to your YouTube channel to
  4. Oracle will promote your video via the OPN Oracle Database Appliance YouTube playlist*
  5. Oracle will ask viewers to vote on (like) the video of their choice --One vote per registered YouTube user.
  6. Oracle will select one winner per region based on viewer votes and Oracle executive review. Winners will be notified the first week in June 2012.


  • Submissions Deadline: We suggest partners submit their videos no later than May 1st to ensure they have sufficient time to receive the most viewer votes possible.
  • The contest runs from February – May 31.
  • Winners will be selected the first week of June.

So what are you waiting for? Now is your chance to show just how simple, reliable and affordable your Oracle Database Appliance has been for you! Click here to register today or vote for your favorite Oracle Database Appliance video here.

Lights, Camera, Appliance,

The OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

Extra, Extra, Read All About It- Offer Ends Soon!

Start spreading the news... Your partner news of course by submitting all interesting presentation ideas to the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Call for Papers. Though you may not be able to serenade your customers with a voice like Sinatra's, you can still get their attention by sharing your customer solutions, highlighting your achievements and attempting your best "Old Blue Eyes" impersonation.

This call for papers will end April 9th, 2012 so don't be a stranger in the night; instead fly your company to the moon and back by getting those papers in. May luck be a lady or simply on your side, as all accepted submission speakers will receive a complimentary pass to the event they have been accepted for.

Yes you're lovely, so why wait any longer? Join the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 'Rat Pack' today by watching the video below or submitting to the call for papers.

The best is yet to come,
The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Oct 18, 2011

Oracle OpenWorld Recap: Oracle PartnerNetwork Stories You May Have Missed

The Oracle PartnerNetwork and our Channel leader, Judson Althoff kicked off Oracle OpenWorld partner activities with the OPN Forum on Sunday. At the OPN Forum new announcements were made from coretech - Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic to business intelligence with Oracle Exalytics, and even more innovation unveiling in cloud computing, engineered systems - Oracle Database Appliance, and server and storage with the Sparc Super Cluster. Thanks to our OPN Forum sponsors, Avnet Technology Solutions and Arrow Electronics for helping us make it a success with a record +4,500 partners in attendance - more than double last year's session.

In our attempt to give you play by play via our social media networks, we were able to welcome 50+ followers to our OPN Twitter, and #OPN was mentioned a whopping amount of times in the span of a little over two hours. What a trendsetter is this #OPN! We were able to bring you some of the most exciting quotes delivered by our OPN Forum guest speakers; in particular, Pythian's Paul Vallee sharing his excitement over the Oracle Database Appliance with his famous line… “We are going to sell the dickins out of it.”

Congratulations to Oracle PartnerNetwork's 10 new Diamond-level partners -vthe highest ranking available in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized program: Accenture, CagGemini, CSC, Deloitte, Fujitsu, IBM, Infosys, PwC, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., and Wipro.


While we were at the Oracle PartnerNetwork Lounge getting ready to host an array of activities for our partners from networking receptions, sponsored by Tech Data Corporation, to meetings and vlogging, but more importantly, getting our partners high on sugar during Oracle's Financing ice cream social on Tuesday - which by the way was the highlight of the OPN Lounge - others were busy learning more and more about the latest technology by attending special interest groups sessions, record attendance this year, on topics such as Java, Oracle Fusion Applications, the Oracle Exastack Program and more.

Our partner 5K FunRun ended up more like a 7K FunRun when someone took the wrong turn at some uphill street that didn't seem to have a downhill for a while. Aren't we glad we fed everyone a banana before the ‘fun' started? That is why it is called a FunRun after all. Bet you can't wait to do it all again next year!

The weather forecasters got it wrong - Sting and Tom Petty hit the stage and were off the charts at Oracle's customer event of the 2011 Oracle OpenWorld festivities. It was a fun little party at Treasure Island with tons of festival games, stuffed animals, BBQ, and ferris wheel rides with a great view of the city on a clear, cold and starry night.

If you missed it, watch Larry Ellison's full-length replay on Oracle's YouTube Channel - more keynotes, including OPN's very own Judson Althoff is posted here. You can also find all the keynotes, general sessions, and executive solution sessions from Oracle OpenWorld on Oracle Media Network.

There was plenty of additional compelling news on a variety of topics, and as we always do, we save it all in one place for you, right here:

Oracle Kicks Off Oracle OpenWorld with Record Oracle PartnerNetwork Forum Attendance

Partners Continue to Specialize and Succeed with Oracle

Oracle Extends the Oracle Exastack Program with Availability of Oracle Exastack Optimized, Oracle Exadata Ready and Oracle Exalogic Ready

Wipro Achieves Diamond Level Status in Oracle PartnerNetwork

Fujitsu Named Oracle PartnerNetwork Diamond Level Partner

Oracle Spotlights Global Partners for Innovation and Customer Excellence

North America Partners Demonstrate Customer and Innovation Excellence at Oracle OpenWorld 2011

Thank you to all who were able to attend this year and for those of you who weren't there, we hope to see you next year!
OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Oct 05, 2011

Last Call

Okay, here is the scoop partners. If you haven't had a chance to unwind from all this Oracle OpenWorld madness or simply need a place to host a meeting, please come visit us at the OPN Lounge at Moscone South, Room 100. We will be here today, Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

And if you are wondering what else we have in store for our partners this Wednesday, here is another tip. Take advantage of the partner-only session - Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized Program: Get Specialized – at the Westin Market Hotel from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Are you Specialized? You can take Specialist Exams at Oracle OpenWorld which count toward your certification as a Specialist. Be sure to pre-register and head down to the Hilton Hotel, Union Square from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for your FREE exam.

Looking forward to seeing you,
The OPN Communications Team.

Monday Sep 26, 2011

Open. Open. Open.

Ever been to a store's grand opening with a large crowd mingling about waiting the unlocking of the doors? Well, we are that excited and full of anticipation for this year's Oracle OpenWorld coming up October 2-6, 2011.  We can hardly stand to wait!

Take full advantage of what Oracle OpenWorld 2011 has to offer partners by registering now for the Oracle PartnerNetwork Forum. The event, sponsored by Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized Platinum level partners Arrow Electronics and Avnet Technology Solutions is open to all Oracle OpenWorld registered partners. Not registered?  Do it now:  Oracle OpenWorld.

Sign up for the OPN Forum Special Interest Group (SIG) sessions including the latest on Oracle Fusion Applications, unleashing your application with The Oracle Exastack Program, driving your business with Java, and lots more. Arrow Electronics, OPN Forum sponsor, will present its new program designed to empower you to attack broad market opportunities and lead the transformation of the datacenter, while maximizing your earning potential via the new OPN Incentive program.  Learn how Avnet Technology Solutions, OPN Forum sponsor, is elevating their unique solutions methodology to enable partners to enter and excel in selling into the health care, retail and energy markets. Avnet helps partners achieve maximum profitability in Oracle's programs; and invests in programs and initiatives to fuel partner's growth with new opportunities in white space markets, both locally and globally.

If you have already registered for Oracle OpenWorld, you can update your registration to include Oracle PartnerNetwork Forum and select SIG sessions by logging in to My Account. For more information, click here.  We will be waiting for you to pick-up your registration materials at Moscone South on Saturday, October 1, 2011: 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 2, 2011: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

What else?  After the SIGs, there's a networking lunch, and then join together for the global welcome and keynote session to gain insight into Oracle's FY12 channel vision and strategies to grow with Oracle, followed by regional breakout sessions.

Monday through Wednesday, the OPN Lounge sponsored by Tech Data Corporation, will be open in Moscone South Room 100, where you can hold meetings and network with other partners, customers and other industry professionals. Talk with a Tech Data Corporation representative about StreamOne, TDCloud, ISV, SaaS and other exciting offerings that can help grow your Oracle business. Get questions answered at the Oracle PartnerNetwork Information Stations, and visit the OPN Video Blogging room to share some of your ideas.

Not Specialized yet?  Take OPN Specialized exams at OpenWorld on us. Click here to learn more about this special event and pre-register now.

Want some entertainment options? Get up or stay up and join us at the W Hotel, lobby level early Monday morning at 6:00 a.m. for the 5k Partner Fun Run - no registration needed.

Oracle OpenWorld  is a great opportunity to network with other business professionals, and expand your contact list and resources; all of it geared toward helping you build and grow your business with Oracle.

You won't know if you don't go!

Anticipating your arrival,
The OPN Communications Team

Friday Sep 02, 2011

I’ll Be Missing You


Fingers crossed that Sting performs this  number at the Appreciation Event this year at Oracle OpenWorld but let’s hope that the OPN Team isn’t singing it on Sunday at the OPN Forum.  We don’t want to miss you so please plan to join us on Sunday, October 2nd for the annual Oracle PartnerNetwork Forum.  Kicking off at 9:00 AM with our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) the day promises to be something you don’t want to miss.  Waiting for your personal invitation?  Here it is:

Register to attend Oracle OpenWorld now and don’t forget to let us know you’ll be attending the Forum – we’ll save you a seat.  You can select SIG sessions and regional breakouts by logging in to My Account. For more information, click here.

See you at the Forum,

The OPN Communications team