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!

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.

The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Jun 26, 2012

LIVE: Oracle FY13 Partner Kickoff - Red Stack. Red Team. Engineered to Win.

Oracle’s FY13 Partner Kickoff is still in full swing and what an exciting day it has already been! Oracle executives started their mornings off at 5 a.m. to address our partners from around the world. The day began with the EMEA region, closely followed by the North America region in front of a live audience, and then on to Latin America! But hang tight because Japan and APAC are up next!

If you haven’t already done so, be sure you register to watch the rest of the show. Also, join the Twitter conversation via #OPN and @OraclePartners and keep sending in those questions. Here is what the rest of the day looks like:
  • JAPAN - 6:00pm – 7:30pm PT
  • APAC - 8:00 pm – 9:30pm PT
We also had a chance to speak with Nick Kritikos, VP of Partner Enablement and host of the PKO after show, “Partner Pulse”, to get his thoughts on the day. See what Nick had to say below:

To all of our Partners, thanks for tuning in!

Until next year, Good Selling,
The OPN Communications Team

Friday Jun 08, 2012

FY13 Partner Kickoff Kick’s off Summer Right

This summer’s blockbuster movie lineup is far from disappointing – From the Avengers to Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises, there is no shortage of ‘cling-to-your-seat’ entertainment in store, not to mention buttery popcorn fingers. Will all this big screen action taking place, Oracle wanted to take part in some big premiers of its own, which is why we are happy to announce that our FY13 Partner Kickoff event is taking place June 26th.

This year we are welcoming several partners from around the globe in person to Oracle’s Headquarters, as well as another 22,000 partners tuning in to help us kickoff FY13. Hosted by Judson Althoff, SVP of WWA&C, the Oracle PartnerNetwork FY13 Kickoff is being held live — five times throughout the day — and will include a special message for each region.  Have a look at the schedule of shows below:

  • EMEA Kickoff – Tuesday, June 26 @ 2:00 pm BST (London)
  • LAD Kickoff – Tuesday, June 26 @ 4:00 pm UTC (San Paulo)
  • North America Kickoff – Tuesday, June 26 @ 8:30 am PT (San Francisco)
  • Japan Kickoff – Wednesday, June 27 @ 10:00 am JST (Tokyo)
  • Asia Pacific Kickoff – Wednesday, June 27 @ 8:30 am IST (Bangalore) / 11:00 am SGT (Singapore) / 1:00 pm AEST (Sydney)

Partners near and far will be able to get a first row seat to some exciting Oracle announcements, keynotes, round-tables and a live after-show event hosted by Nick Kritikos, VP of Partner Enablement. Did we mention there is an exciting online component which will allow partners to send in questions or comments and get them answered in real time? Now that deserves two thumbs up!

So whether you’re partial to Milk Duds or Junior Mints, grab a box of your favorite candy and sign-up for this strategy driven, partner focused blockbuster event. To get a sneak-peek at what’s in store, watch this short PKO “trailer” below, starring our very own GVP of WWA&C, Lydia Smyers to find out more.  

To the Depths and Back,
The OPN Communications Team

Monday Jun 20, 2011

FY12 Partner Kickoff – Are you Ready?

Want to know what Oracle has up its sleeve for FY12? Join us on June 28th (or 29th depending on your region) as we kick off the new year and fill you in on our latest plans. This live, interactive session will be hosted by Judson Althoff and he’s bringing some top Oracle executives into the studio with him. Take a peek below as Lydia Smyers, Oracle WW A&C vice president, talks about this upcoming event.

As if that weren’t enough, Oracle President Mark Hurd will update you on his focus for partners in FY12 and OPN will be making a special announcement for our ISV partners highlighting some exciting new offerings on how we will go to market together.  But wait, there’s more – you’ll also hear from Oracle product executives and regional sales leaders outlining their priorities for the upcoming year.  Phew – We’re tired just thinking about all of the great content that will be shared on June 28th/29th

There are a lot of exciting announcements in store for you later this month so tune in for the latest updates!

Register now to get your name on ‘the list’,

The OPN Communications Team