Thursday Feb 20, 2014

How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?

Let’s face it; our New Year’s resolutions are long behind us. Hopefully you held on to yours, but if you didn’t, don’t sweat it. And if one of your resolutions is to become an Oracle Specialized partner, then there’s no better time than now to act on it.

The OPN Specialized Program is the most significant evolution of the OPN program in more than a decade. The focus of the new program is on specialization, which you achieve through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. The program is designed for our most experienced and committed partners to gain a competitive edge by spotlighting their strengths and special skills. For partners who resell and implement Oracle solutions, Specialization allows them to showcase their expertise in over 100+ Specializations within our growing product portfolio.

OPN Specialized partners are recognized by Oracle, and preferred by customers. And it’s simple to become Specialized:

1: JOIN OPN SPECIALIZED
Go to partner.oracle.com > Join Now
2: JOIN KNOWLEDGE ZONE
Go to partner.oracle.com > Knowledge Zones
Select the Knowledge Zone of the solutions area of interest
3: CHECK BUSINESS AND COMPETENCY CRITERIA
Go to partner.oracle.com > Knowledge Zone > Specialize tab
Meet the business and competency criteria.
Apply for specialization once the required criteria are met.
4: TRACK Competency Status
5: Apply Now!


Additional information on enablement criteria, Specialist Exam types and beta exams and vouchers can be found here.

So what are you waiting for? Join the OPN today!

Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

Oracle Teams with China UnionPay to Promote Secure Banking in China

Oracle and China UnionPay will be working together to increase awareness and use of the Java Card platform in the Chinese financial market. UnionPay is a bankcard association established under the approval of the State Council and the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). UnionPay has become a central and pivotal part of China’s bankcard industry, and plays an essential role in industry development.


The collaboration between Oracle and China UnionPay will provide current Java Card licensees and new prospects with the confidence to develop and utilize Java Card–based applications. Oracle will help develop and test the Java Card platform for use in the Chinese banking system, while Oracle and China UnionPay will offer technical support and service on Java Card to help the effective use of the Java Card platform depending on the requirements of Chinese enterprises and banks.

The Java Card Platform provides an open, interoperable environment enabling the development and deployment of portable trusted identity services to individuals and personal devices, such as SIMs and Smart Cards. To date, over 12 billion Java Card units have been shipped.

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 Aug 22, 2013

The scouting report for OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld 2013

Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld 2013 is so close we can almost taste it, which actually makes sense considering we’ll be going through roughly 108,946 cups of coffee, 14,700 hotel rooms, and 20,000 man-hours before the first session even begins!

With five targeted tracks, 50+ partner-specific sessions and 125+ certification opportunities, you may never want to leave! This week-long event kicks off Sunday, September 22 and continues through Thursday, September 26, 2013, in San Francisco.

Be sure to register soon, and don’t miss the chance to rev your engines at the Social Media Rally StationTM, where you can go from social-media dead-starter to racetrack superstar in under 60 seconds… er, 15 minutes!


Want more reasons to attend? Check out the “Top 5 Reasons to Attend OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld” and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@OraclePartners) #OPNX13, for the latest updates!

Until then,
The OPN Exchange Scouts

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 Jul 16, 2013

Early Bird Pricing for OPN Exchange @ Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco Ends this Friday!


Is it really true? Early bird pricing for OPN Exachange @ OpenWorld San Francisco ends this Thursday, July 19th! If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to register , take advantage of discounted pricing and receive a FREE Oracle Appreciation Event pass to go with it.

In case you missed the big announcement, Maroon 5 and The Black Keys will be performing at the Customer Appreciation event, and we can guarantee this is a show you will not want to miss!

Be sure to review the many partner sessions in the Content Catalog, and check out the OPN Exchange Partner Toolkit for promotional event banners, buttons and more! As always, leave us your comments and questions below, and we can’t wait to see you there!

The OPN Communications Team

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