Tuesday Nov 24, 2015

Before you cut into that turkey...

We think you should know more about OCA.

Oracle’s Online Cloud Assessment (OCA) is a complimentary and confidential online self-service tool made to help software providers assess their cloud strategy. The assessment only takes a few minutes and once completed, evaluates multiple dimensions of your cloud strategy – products, sales and marketing, operations, customer success and technology. When you click submit, it instantly generates a personalized cloud maturity report outlining where improvements can be achieved across all divisions of your business. You'll receive a series of best practice tips, hints and advice on how you can accelerate your cloud strategy. Head to: www.oracle.com/partners/goto/oca to learn more.
You’ve got nothing to lose by trying it!

Wishing you and yours a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

The OPN Cranberry Sauce Committee

Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

Sustainability in Action at Oracle: An Interview with Jon Chorley

Blog post by Evelyn Neumayr

Oracle is committed to being a good corporate citizen, including being a sustainable company. Are you aware of Oracle’s initiatives to support this commitment? Did you know that as part of Oracle’s efforts we have a chief sustainability officer? As part of a new series of articles, this debut article features a Q&A with Jon Chorley, chief sustainability officer and group vice president of Oracle’s Supply Chain Manufacturing Product Strategy and Product Lifecycle Management. You’ll soon see additional articles focused on other key executives whose teams also support Oracle’s sustainability efforts.

Oracle Jon Chorley ImageQ: Jon, what is your function as Oracle’s chief sustainability officer?

I lead an integrated cross-functional team, comprised of people from many different groups within Oracle, that helps maintain our facilities and run our business in a responsible manner while minimizing environmental impact as outlined in Oracle’s Environmental Policy. While there are some key executives at Oracle that work on our sustainability initiatives (such as Randy Smith, Liz Snyder, Cindy Reese, Ron Melanson, Christina Cavanna, Laura Ipsen, and myself), fundamentally our approach at Oracle is that sustainability is everyone’s job. There is a need and an opportunity to embed sustainable thinking throughout our business.

We do have an Environmental Steering Committee that includes key executives from Oracle’s different lines of business, including real estate, human resources, marketing, IT, public policy, and both software and hardware product development. This committee was established in 2008 and meets quarterly to address strategic issues. The Environmental Steering Committee in turn provides periodic updates to Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

In addition to keeping our own house in order, we also focus on developing products that support our customers’ sustainability initiatives. These development efforts are informed by customer needs, as well as our own because we use the products ourselves. Given our immense customer base, we have a far larger potential to make a positive impact by supporting the management and measurement of their sustainability initiatives. In my role as group vice president in Oracle President Thomas Kurian’s organization, I am uniquely positioned to help understand and address the needs of our customers in our product development organization.

Oracle Green logo

Q:  Tell us a little more about the Oracle solutions that are relevant when it comes to helping our customers become more sustainable.

Oracle provides product capabilities, which are embedded within our customers’ core business activities and IT deployments, that can be leveraged to support their sustainability initiatives. Whether through measurement accounting, risk management, waste reduction, optimization of logistics networks, or hyper-efficient data center infrastructure, Oracle is in the unique position of being able to provide solutions that span the entire nexus of IT and sustainability business requirements. A great example is Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting, which we also use ourselves at Oracle.

Q:  If an employee is interested in learning more about Oracle’s sustainability initiatives, where can they find out more? What can employees do to make a difference?

Oracle just released a new sustainability video that highlights our efforts, and the Sustainability in Action at Oracle video is available. More details are available in our Corporate Citizenship Report, and we have our product information available at oracle.com/green. We have found that there’s often a lack of awareness of the many great things going on at Oracle, so a few years ago we started distributing a newsletter periodically to highlight key activities and achievements in the company.

If you will be at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015 in October, you and your customers can see many of the things we do to make it one of the most sustainable events of its size. There will also be several sessions touching on some of the opportunities for customers to become more sustainable by leveraging Oracle solutions such as business intelligence, engineered systems, supply chain management, and the Internet of Things.

One great way to make a difference is to participate in employee volunteer projects, whether it’s for the environment or other great causes. But the greatest impact you can make is during your day-to-day activities at Oracle, including recycling, being more energy efficient, and how you design and deliver our solutions.

Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

Oracle Certification issues Digital Certification Badges

Oracle is excited to announce a certification program that offers secure, digital badging benefits to our certification candidates.

This is a digital way to represent your certification achievement. The badges are secure, web-enabled credentials and digital badging provides the rigor and verification organizations need to recognize and validate real achievements.

Why do we think the new digital badge will be important to you?

According to LinkedIn, those with certification receive 6x more LinkedIn profile views. You can display your new digital badge on your preferred social media sites as you wish. It’s free to you as a benefit of being Oracle certified, simple to begin using, and it eliminates the possibility of any fraudulent certification claims. If you're not Oracle certified you will not be able to use it. Learn more.

Contact your local Oracle University Service Desk for more information and assistance.

Oracle PartnerNetwork

Wednesday Nov 04, 2015

Missed Oracle OpenWorld 2015?

Didn’t attend Oracle OpenWorld but want the full scoop? Check out the OPN Strategy Blog (you're already here, good job), Oracle OpenWorld Blog and Oracle Social Spotlight for great recaps of the General Sessions, keynotes, receptions and main stage conversations.

We'd like to thank you, our partners, once again for helping make Oracle OpenWorld 2015 the success it was. Be sure to mark your calendars for Oracle OpenWorld 2016, taking place September 18-22 in San Francisco.

See you next year,
OPN Communications team

Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

OPN Central @ OpenWorld Day 4: Must-see interviews

As we wind down our Wednesday afternoon activities and prepare to close the OPN Lounge, we wanted to share two notable interviews from theCUBE this week.

In the first interview, theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Stu Miniman talk to Oracle’s Dan Miller, Senior Vice President of ISV & OEM at Oracle. Dan discusses Oracle’s comprehensive cloud portfolio & strategy, as well as new go-to-market opportunities for ISVs. Watch the full interview.