Thursday Jun 19, 2014

The wait is nearly over for Oracle's FY15 Partner Kickoff!

Are you ready to hear from Rich Geraffo & other executives about Oracle's vision for the upcoming year; learn the latest opportunities in the OPN Specialized program as well as sales strategies that will help you to continue to grow with Oracle? We hope so!


If you haven't already registered for FY15 Partner Kickoff, you have a few days left to do so. Also, don't forget to participate in our second annual Partner Kickoff Twitter Contest by submitting a creative photo of you and your team watching Kickoff to @oraclepartners. Finalists have a chance to win Oracle OpenWorld passes! 

We're looking forward to a great event; see you on line next week!

Cheers,
Your friends on the OPN Comms team

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

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Year-in-Review: Oracle PartnerNetwork’s Top 10 Triumphs

Year-in-Review: Oracle PartnerNetwork’s Top 10 Triumphs

With six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, it’s safe to say we’re all feeling a bit frazzled. In the midst of everyone’s hurried schedules, we wanted to stop and take a moment to thank all of our partners for another great year together.

With that, let’s take a quick look at OPN’s top 10 achievements of 2013:

  1. We started the year off on an M2M and big data note, outlining how our customers can leverage Java to manage heavy volumes of structured + unstructured data.
  2. The announcement of Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 in March, which extends the use of Oracle Database Appliance while simultaneously boosting hardware configuration. Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 with enhanced hardware was launched last month, as well.
  3. The launch of Oracle’s new SPARC Servers took us into the summer months, teaching customers how to increase their share of wallet. Fun fact: Oracle’s SPARC T5 Servers are powered by the world’s fastest T5 processor, and have achieved 17 world record benchmarks!
  4. Oracle’s partners took center stage at this summer’s FY14 Global Partner Kickoff. Thanks again to those who participated in our highly-entertaining Twitter contest. It’s definitely a must-do for next year!
  5. Oracle OpenWorld 2013 was another huge success this year and came complete with the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange. Get the full download here.
  6. We’re keeping the lines between hardware and software clear as IT migrates toward a converged architecture. Or as Oracle likes to call it, Engineered Systems. Read more.
  7. The greatest come-from-behind victory in modern history came at the 34thAmerica’s Cup and belongs to Oracle! Read more about ORACLE TEAM USA.
  8. An interesting case study on the Internet of Things (IoT) and how Oracle takes the complexity out of designing, building and maintaining an IoT infrastructure for VARs.
  9. Enablement –> Cloud –> Incentive Programs –> Exastack = the four major initiatives that make Oracle the vendor of choice for some of the industry’s biggest hitting VARs. Get the full story here!
  10. Last but certainly not least, the customer experience (CX) revolution is near. See what Oracle is doing with Oracle CX and how VARs can get involved here.

What are your business’ top 10 achievements in 2013? We’ll give you some time to think them over. In the meantime, cheers to a very happy holiday season and prosperous New Year.

Season's Greetings,

The OPN Elves

Thursday Jun 27, 2013

Oracle’s FY14 Partner Kickoff Recap & New OPN Website

There is no doubt that we are off to a strong FY14! Now that Oracle’s Global Partner Kickoff has come and gone, it’s time to take what we have learned and focus on having the strongest year ever! To quote Oracle pilot, Sean D. Tucker, “FY14, it’s all about growth baby!” Here are some of the ways you can grow with Oracle!

  1. Sell into accounts where Oracle isn’t selling directly
  2. Offer customer added value solutions leveraging our technology
  3. Offer deep market capabilities that leverage transformative technology

Be aggressive, sell the entire stack, engage with Oracle in the marketplace and get engineered for growth! With this being said, we also know that to have the strongest year ever, you also need the strongest tools ever!

Ladies and gentleman, in case you missed its debut during Oracle’s Global Partner Kickoff, let OPN introduce you to the newly redesigned, Oracle PartnerNetwork website, providing  easy access to key business processes, systems and resources!

We took your advice and implemented the following enhancements:

  • A new OPN home page, highlighting paths to top tasks
  • Streamlined top navigation
  • New business process focused pages
  • Restructured Knowledge Zone areas (currently applied to select pages)

Learn more about the new Oracle PartnerNetwork website and all that Oracle has to offer, by watching the FY14 Global Partner Kickoff replay video below!

Thank you for your hard work and partnership in FY13, here’s to an even stronger FY14!

Good Selling,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Jun 21, 2013

Oracle Kicks Summer off Right with Our FY14 Global Partner Kickoff

Are you ready to see what Oracle has in store for FY14? How about hearing from top Oracle Executives like Mark Hurd and Thomas Kurian, as they explain how you can make more money with Oracle? Are you reading this blog? If you answered yes to any of the above questions and want to find out how Oracle’s strategy for the next fiscal year will affect your business, don’t miss Oracle’s FY14 Global Partner Kickoff event taking place Tuesday, June 25th at 9:00AM PT.

Kick start your summer by participating in this live Oracle PartnerNetwork event! Here is how you can:

1. Send questions during the live event via Twitter using @oraclepartners and #OPN in your tweets!

2. Take part in our exciting FY14 Partner Kickoff Twitter contest and get entered to win a FREE OPN Exchange pass! Do this by tweeting @oraclepartners a creative picture of your team watching the LIVE event. The winner will be selected at the end of the show!

3. Finally, help us spread the word to the Twitter community using this tweet:

“Can’t wait for #Oracle’s Global FY14 Partner Kickoff tomorrow 6/25 at 9AM PT! Join the #OPN conversation! http://bit.ly/12goIPR

You can join the live event by visiting the OPN homepage or OPN's Facebook page the day of the event.

Red Stack. Red team. Engineered for Growth!

The OPN Communications Team 

Wednesday May 29, 2013

Oracle's FY14 Global Partner Kickoff – Live June 25th

That’s right folks, Oracle made another movie debut and is about to hit the red carpet once again… this time in Oracle’s studios.

Oracle PartnerNetwork is happy to announce that our FY14 Partner Kickoff event is taking place June 25th and you can join us live online to start summer off right. During this event,  Oracle executives, including President Mark Hurd, will address the needs of today's IT buyer and share how to sell effectively to CTO's, CIO's, CMO's and more. Register now and mark your calendar for June 25, 2013 at 9:00am PT... just don’t forget the popcorn!

What to Expect:

  • Listen as Oracle Executives, including Oracle President, Mark Hurd, John Fowler, Thomas Kurian, and more, outline the product strategy and direction for the company.
  • Learn about the different ways to accelerate sales and make money with Oracle through our full stack offering.
  • Watch on the OPN homepage or on OPN’s Facebook page.
  • Participate in the conversation during the webcast via twitter using @oraclepartners or #opn in your tweets.

And that’s a Wrap,

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Jun 28, 2012

An Oracle Exastack Recap

For those ISVs and OEMs who tuned into Oracle’s FY13 Partner Kickoff, thank you! It was with your participation and presence that helped make this year’s show another great success.

The OPN Communications team was lucky enough to get a chance to sit down with Chris Baker, Oracle SVP of Worldwide ISV, OEM & Java, all the way from London, as he recapped the achievements that were seen over the past year with the Oracle Exastack Program. Be sure to watch his short video below:



Here are some highlights:
  • Over 1000 “Readies”- Those partners that support and are ready to use the latest version of our products
  • Over 100 partners that are ready to use Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • New Oracle Exalytics machine for analysis

In less than one year, more than 100 ISV applications have achieved an Oracle Exastack Ready status and more than 35 ISV applications have achieved Oracle Exastack Optimized status. These partners can be found by Oracle customers listed in the Oracle Solutions Catalog.

Demonstrating to customers that their solutions are tuned to deliver optimum speed, scalability and reliability on Oracle Engineered Systems, Oracle partners are rapidly achieving Oracle Exastack Optimized certification. Read the press release here.

By simplifying your company’s architecture with the Oracle Exastack program, both ISV’s and OEMs are able to better concentrate on their application and deliver enhanced benefits to their customers.

Cheers!
The OPN Communications Team