Thursday Mar 12, 2015

Why your customers should attend the Modern Sales Experience

Sales organizations are under continuous pressure to meet targets and deliver results, but the environment has changed – your customers are more informed, they have more choices, and their expectations are higher than ever. This is why Oracle has compiled the best and brightest for our Modern Sales Experience Conference taking place March 31 – April 2. The event brings together a prestigious group of thought leaders + innovative companies who are leading the industry and making impactful changes in the areas of Sales and Customer Experience.

Your customers won’t want to miss this event – but in case they're on the fence and need a few more reasons to attend, we’ve compiled our top 10:

  1. Hear from the Experts. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear from a number of experts sharing their unique perspectives.
  2. Participate in Engaging Workshops. Choose from a number of workshop sessions and interact with others who are also exploring ways to meet the challenges of customer experience. Workshops include Next-Generation Analytics, Big Data to Inform Smarter Sales, User Adoption Tactics, and Leveraging Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) to build better Customer Experiences.
  3. Rock out with OneRepublic. OneRepublic, the GRAMMY award winners you may know for their hit “Counting Stars,” will host a private concert for event attendees on Wednesday evening.  
  4. Listen to guest keynote, Daniel Pink. Daniel Pink, bestselling author and current host of National Geographic's "Crowd Control," will share insights on human behavior, what drives and motivates people, and how a deeper knowledge of the habits, motivations, and expectations of your customers can translate into outstanding business benefits. Daniel Pink is an entertaining speaker. Don’t believe us? Just check out his TED Talk.
  5. Learn About the Future of CX. Hosted by Rebecca Wettemann from Nucleus Research, a panel will be dedicated to the future with those who are already living it and helping to shape it. A panel of UNLV Lee Business School students will chat with us about their ideas, their opinions, and frank advice on how to accommodate the next generation.
  6. Discover Complete Solutions. Product experts will outline considerations, best practices, and real-world solutions for your customer experience business challenges. Topics include Adding Marketing to the Mix, Integrating Sales with Configure-Price-Quote, and How CPQ and Commerce can Lead to Optimal Results.
  7. Hear from leading CX Innovators. Customers should not miss the opportunity to hear from some of the world’s brightest and most innovative companies including LinkedIn and Visa. This select group will share what goes into a modern sales strategy, how they approach customer engagement, how they measure engagement and their sales teams, and what technologies and philosophies help to craft a modern CX strategy.
  8. Network with Fellow Sales Leaders. Networking opportunities abound at this event from meeting other attendees and industry influencers during receptions to the late-night Customer Appreciation Event.
  9. Mingle with Celebrities. Enjoy dinner and drinks while hanging out with celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum.
  10. Las Vegas. Need we say more?  The Modern Sales Experience conference will be held at the five-diamond Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino.  

Will we see your customers there? More information and a detailed agenda can be found on the Modern Customer Experience Conferences website. It's never too late to start promoting the event!

On behalf of your customers,
The OPN Communications team

Monday Mar 02, 2015

OPN Website Has Gone Mobile!

Hi there, partners! It’s hard to believe March is already here; seems like New Year’s Eve was just yesterday. Speaking of that, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? For those of you who haven’t kept them, it’s not too late to redeem yourself by going mobile!


Oracle is happy to inform you of the initial launch of the OPN website's mobile responsive interface. This new design aligns our website with Oracle.com and the OPN Solutions Catalog, leaving you with an “anywhere, any device” user experience on your tablet and smartphone.

Phase one of this rollout includes four key content areas:

  • OPN homepage   
  • 6 category pages (comprised of 40 pages)
  • Searchable product resource (Knowledge Zone) directory
  • New header design cascaded across entire site

So go ahead, give it a try. And contact us with any questions or comments!

Cheers,
Your OPN comms + mobility team


Thursday Dec 18, 2014

Oracle Exastack Program announces Virtual Compute Appliance Ready

Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance radically simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows application. The Virtual Compute Appliance is a turnkey solution for cloud infrastructure, supporting Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) deployments.


With this announcement, Oracle partners with a Virtual Compute Appliance Ready application can now leverage the Exastack Program benefits. Partners will also be able to receive incremental rebates for selling Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance through the OPN Incentive program.

For more information:

•    Watch the video and hear Senior VP Wim Coekaerst explain the benefits for ISVs;
•    Watch this brief product flash demo for more details on the product;
•    For product data sheet, FAQ and customer success, visit the Oracle Exastack Ready reference page and oracle.com/vca.

Get out there and get visible!

Best,
The OPN Comms team


Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

Endless Possibilities: Oracle OpenWorld 2014

This year, we’ve taken a new approach to our partner presence at Oracle OpenWorld. In a world of information + data overload, we’ve broken down barriers to get you to the source of the information and the main stage conversations, faster. Consider us 10 pounds lighter. With that, we bring you OPN Central @ OpenWorld.

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 will take place in San Francisco September 28 through October 2. To demonstrate Oracle’s commitment to our partners, we’ve dedicated Sunday, September 28 to our partner community by hosting the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Keynote, OPN Executive Product Update and famed OPN AfterDark Reception.

During the week, OPN will be offering Theater Sessions where partners can uncover the tools and resources needed to run a successful business. Partners will also be given the opportunity to earn their Certified Specialist accreditation through OPN Test Fest. In addition, partners have a chance to delve into social media consultations and assessments. This is your chance to discover your company’s “social clout” and determine ways to build a stronger online presence.    

Official Oracle PartnerNetwork activities are included with a Full Conference or Discover pass. The OPN Lounge will once again be in full swing, and the home of most of our OPN-specific activities.   

Oracle OpenWorld brings together innovators, subject matter experts and IT professionals, tons of program tracks that will give you unparalleled insight into today’s most relevant topics, impressive entertainment and new relationships that will last a career lifetime. 

To stay connected with everything taking place at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, follow us @oracleopenworld and @oraclepartners.

We'll see you soon,
The OPN Comms team

Thursday Aug 07, 2014

Test Fest @ Oracle OpenWorld is BACK

If you register now for Test Fest at OPN Central @ OpenWorld, you're one step closer to earning your OPN Certified Specialist accreditation. Starting Monday, September 28 through Thursday, October 2 at the Westin St. Francis, OPN will have 10 testing sessions available with a pool of 140 exams to choose from. And the best part? It's FREE for OPN members.


Join your fellow peers at this year's Test Fest and earn your accreditation that will improve your credibility in the marketplace + lead to more business opportunities stemming from Oracle's latest solutions.

Dates, times and everything else you need to know can be found on the OPN Central @ OpenWorld official website.

We'll see you next month!

Sincerely,
Your biggest fans

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