Thursday Sep 12, 2013

Discover New Opportunities with MySQL

With summer finally descending on San Francisco—only a couple months late this year—it’s conference season. By now, you’ve heard all about OPN Exchange @ OOW 13. But here’s something new: if you’re in town beforehand, consider checking out MySQL Connect, a conference that brings together the global MySQL community and Oracle’s MySQL experts for a massive knowledge-share about the world’s most popular open-source database. You can add the MySQL Connect event to your Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne registration for only US$100. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity—register now!

MySQL joined the Oracle family in 2010. Since then, Oracle has been investing heavily in the product to integrate it across a range of Oracle ecosystems. It is the most popular open source database for rapidly building and deploying modern, cost-effective and secure web-based applications.

In addition to being the solution of choice for some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations (Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, among thousands of others), MySQL also offers a host of revenue opportunities for partners.

Here are just a few of the advantages MySQL brings:

  • With over 15 million active installations and a leadership position in the cloud, demand for MySQL is strong and growing.
  • Partners can benefit from MySQL’s sales opportunities, including MySQL Enterprise Edition subscriptions, value-add services, technology up-sell, and revenue annuity streams.
  • MySQL is certified with many Oracle products. The MySQL Enterprise Oracle Certifications make it easier, faster & safer for Oracle customers to deploy and manage MySQL within their existing environment.
  • There are clear complementary opportunities.

Spend a few minutes exploring the benefits MySQL can bring to your customers. For example, take a look at the MySQL TCO Calculator to discover how you can help your customers save up to 90% over Microsoft SQL.

If MySQL is already part of your portfolio, watch the recent OPN: MySQL Opportunities for Partners PartnerCast to discover new revenue opportunities and to learn more about how MySQL fits into the Oracle ecosystem.

Happy selling,

Your OPN Communications Buddies

Thursday Aug 08, 2013

Introducing the OPN Syndicated Oracle Showcase

(A Content Marketing Solution for Gold*  Level OPN Members or Above) 

Are you tired of maintaining content on your website? As an Oracle Gold-level partner or above in select pilot countries, you now have access to a new active sales and marketing tool that allows you to automatically update Oracle content on your site, and the best part is that it’s offered at no additional cost! Introducing OPN Syndicated Oracle Showcase!

Oracle has worked with SharedVue, a cloud marketing company, to help Partners maintain their Oracle product and solutions offerings by driving the most relevant marketing, product and promotional content available through their existing websites to End-Customers — all while capturing leads and converting them to sales with communication tools and web-qualifying forms.

This content syndication program will allow Partners to automatically receive updated product and solution content from Oracle, while tracking and measuring ROI metrics from a centralized Partner Console.

Program Benefits Include:

  • Content updates with lead generation capabilities
  • Product and solution accuracy and awareness
  • Partner-centric, joint-value content for End-Customers
  • Virtually seamless integration with existing website colors, styles, and other Partner design/co-branding
  • Measurable effectiveness through return on investment metrics
  • Program implementation takes less than 10 minutes
  • No additional cost to Gold-level (and above) Partners

Marketing Benefits Include:

  • Marketing automation that reuses existing Oracle collateral and content for End-Customer use
  • Access to a SharedVue Partner Marketing Representative to assist with technical implementation and to help monitor and roadmap a successful program
  • Centralized platform with Partner Administration Consoles for monitoring and managing the program
  • Customization options to change content offerings
  • Metrics (leads/Web data) aggregated from the content, creating cohesive return-on-investment reporting capabilities
  • Regularly scheduled, automated content updates
  • Continuous feature enhancements to enable Vendors and Partners to better market via the Web

Ready to get started? Visit oracle.sharedvue.net and complete the quick registration process to receive access.

*NOTE: This will be available only to Gold level members in the following English Speaking countries during this first phase: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand UK and Ireland.

We can’t wait to see you shine!

The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Aug 06, 2013

More Rewards for You to Do Business with Oracle

Did you know that you can earn rewards by selling Oracle products? And we are not talking about giving out BBQ grills, golf clubs, movie tickets, or having a point system. We are giving partners real rebates and rewards, for selling qualified Oracle products in the broad market. The bigger your sales, the bigger reward you will get. It’s that simple.

The OPN Incentive Program provides several opportunities for partners to earn incremental margin with Oracle. Let’s take a look:

  • Registration Rebate – Rewards partners for registering opportunities with Oracle early in the sales cycle so that their effort will be protected and rewarded.
  • Strategic Hardware Rebate – Rewards partners for focusing on selling eligible products that are strategic to the broad market.
  • Oracle on Oracle Rebate – Added in FY14 , this new rebate rewards partners for growing their business by delivering optimized solutions to customers based on both Oracle hardware and software technologies

You may be asking yourself, “Can it get any better?”  Yes, it can! These rebates are not exclusive to one another. Partners can earn one, two, or all three rebates in a single opportunity provided all criteria are met.

The OPN Incentive Program is the only program that rewards partners for selling across the hardware and software technologies stack, and leads the industry in terms of value of rebates offered to our partners.

There is no better time to grow your business with Oracle. With the best-of-breed of hardware and software integrated to work together, Oracle is strategically positioned to meet the enterprise needs. Maximize Returns and deliver More Value to Customers by visiting the OPN Incentive Program Resource Center for more information.

Cheers!

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Jul 25, 2013

Power Your Business at the Speed of Thought

This summer, Oracle announced the launch of Oracle Exalytics X3-4 – the industry’s first engineered system for in-memory business analytics that delivers extreme performance for Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management applications.

Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine is an Oracle engineered system that yields superfast, interactive visual analysis for any line of business.  By combining best of breed software and hardware, it is an integrated system that is quick to deploy – and with over 80 pre-packaged applications, organizations can get up and running quickly and efficiently, while maintaining a lower total cost of ownership. 

Oracle Exalytics provides the fastest middle-tier platform solution for Oracle’s Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, which can be deployed with any backend data warehouse, although it is also the ideal complement to Oracle Exadata. With Oracle Exalytics, you can:

  • Analyze Data Faster: Gain business insight in real time,  enabling faster and better business decisions
  • Analyze All of your Data: A single BI platform accessible from computers and mobile devices enabling discovery of data residing in Oracle and other relational sources, OLAP cubes (Oracle OLAP Option and Essbase)
  • Speed the Return on Your  Investment: Eliminate lengthy configuration and integration and speed time to value with an engineered system – all at a lower total cost of ownership

Watch this video to find out how customers are benefiting from Oracle Exalytics X3-4.

Don’t forget to participate in our local boot camps to get trained on how to sell, implement, and support Exalytics. You can also visit our ">Oracle Exalytics Knowledge Zone to take assessment tests and get certified. 

Here you can listen to the one hour Oracle Exalytics X3-4 training partner webcast which covers:

1. How to present Oracle Exalytics upgrade options to your customers

2. How to create Oracle Exalytics opportunities in your BI/EPM Install base

3. Help your customers become more competitive with BI and EPM

Finally, we are pleased to announce that OPN will be rolling out Oracle Exalytics X3Specialization shortly, so please check the Oracle Exalytics Knowledge Zone mentioned earlier for more details.

Best Regards,

Sam Sharp

Senior Director

Fusion Middleware Partner Enablement

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

Thursday Jul 18, 2013

The Social Media Rally Station is Ready to Rally

@oraclepartners,

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  meagan@channelmavenconsulting.com.

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,

#OPN

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