Friday Apr 19, 2013

Welcome to Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange at OpenWorld 2013

Partners, mark your calendars because our 2nd annual Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld is back and bigger than ever! Join us September 22nd - 26th for deep dive content, keynotes, networking opportunities, and so much more.

Here is what you can expect at OPN Exchange 2013:

  • Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange keynote address
  • Partner-specific conference sessions with targeted tracks- Just for you!
  • Test Fest certification program – Help your company get Specialized and differentiate yourself from the competition for free!
  • Dedicated OPN lounge- Come by for some coffee and networking!
  • Exclusive AfterDark OPN reception- You’re not going to want to miss the best partner party of the year!
  • Access to the renowned Oracle Customer and Partner Appreciation Event- Register before July 19th, 2013 and get it for free!

That’s right, this year the famed Appreciation event is included at NO additional cost for Early Bird registrants only. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to not only take part in OPN Exchange, but get your hands on that golden ticket!

Early Bird registration does ends July 19th so register today and save 35% off the on-site registration fee, plus receive a bonus Oracle Appreciation Event pass just for registering early. To learn more, listen as Nick Kritikos, VP of Partner Enablement at Oracle shares more about OPN Exchange 2013.

So get those travel arrangements ready, and join our most exciting OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld to date!

We’ll see you there!

The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Apr 16, 2013

Meet Our April Action: Oracle Platinum Services

Have you decided on your April action for the month? Here at OPN, our April action is providing end users with easier industry leading support levels! Oracle Platinum Services provides enhanced support for high availability and performance to Oracle Premier Support end users running certified configurations of Oracle Engineered Systems—at no additional cost. We’re doing this with the automatic inclusion of the Oracle Advanced Support Gateway hardware, a Sun Server X3-2, on every Engineered Systems quote.

Effective earlier this week, the Configurator quoting tool in the Oracle Partner Store will automatically include the hardware configuration necessary to enable Oracle Platinum Services for new orders of Oracle Exadata, Exalogic or SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 Engineered Systems.

Offering these high availability services to end users at no additional cost is unprecedented and represents an opportunity for you to talk with your end users about the benefits of hardware and software that are engineered to work together, and how Oracle Platinum Services can help them further unlock the value of their investment in information technology.

To learn more, read the full Platinum Services announcement. Please visit the Oracle Platinum Services website to view collateral, qualifying certified configurations, references, technical support policies, and more. Our team of experts is available to help you position Oracle Platinum Services with your end users and help them take advantage of this highly valuable, enhanced level of support. For assistance, contact us at acsdirect_us@oracle.com. Learn more about Oracle's overall Platinum Services by watching the video below:

Here at OPN, this isn’t just an April action, but instead a year-round action. Let us know your thoughts below, and as always, be sure to follow us around the web!

Until Next Week,

The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Apr 09, 2013

Oracle Partners Are Warming up to Eloqua this Spring


Oracle and Eloqua are heating up as part of a comprehensive Customer Experience Cloud offering to help companies transform the way they market, sell, support, and serve their customers!

Here are some things you may not know about Oracle’s recent acquisition of Eloqua:

  • Eloqua solutions deliver a comprehensive revenue performance management platform with best-in-class functionality that automates and optimizes complex marketing and sales processes across multiple channels.
  • Eloqua also enables marketing teams to better track, capture and analyze a potential buyer's Digital Body Language, including their preferences, behavior and decision-making processes, to more accurately score and qualify leads and identify high quality prospects.
  • Finally Eloqua's modern marketing cloud can help customers target and nurture prospects, delivering highly qualified leads at a lower cost to sales teams. 

Watch Oracle President, Mark Hurd’s Webcast Replay “Oracle Buys Eloqua-Adds Modern Marketing Platform to the Oracle Cloud” to learn about the partner benefits of this acquisition.

For more information:

Spring Has Sprung,

The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Apr 02, 2013

Join the Oracle Database Appliance Webcast with Mark Hurd- April 3, 2013 at 10 AM PT

Are you ready to reduce your risk while saving time and money by managing your valuable data and applications? Regardless of your company’s size, Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 can be your solution. You’re invited to join Oracle executives, including President Mark Hurd, for a webcast introducing the latest release of Oracle Database Appliance this Wednesday, April 3rd at 10 AM PT.

Attend the webcast to chat live with Oracle experts and learn how the latest release offers midsize businesses and enterprise departments a simple, reliable, affordable, and virtualized appliance that:

  • Increases performance up to 2x and expands storage capacity up to 4x
  • Hosts both databases and application workloads for a variety of complete solutions in a box
  • Extends capacity on-demand licensing to all Oracle software

Be sure to register for the webcast to learn how you can benefit from the new Oracle Database Appliance X3-2. Need a little more Oracle Database Appliance in your life? Then watch this fun and short video demonstrating two different approaches for database management - building your own vs. buying  a complete pre-engineered system like Oracle Database Appliance. Which approach will you choose?

More Power, More Storage, More Flexibility,

The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Mar 26, 2013

Scoring Big with Oracle’s New SPARC Servers

Spring training is almost over and Oracle is ready for the big leagues with today’s announcement of the NEW SPARC T5 and M5 servers, and the broad expansion of our SPARC portfolio. Oracle’s SPARC T5 and M5 servers with Oracle Solaris are the world’s best platforms for enterprise computing and deliver a significant cost advantage over comparable systems.

Clearly baseball isn’t the only thing warming up this season, not since the new SPARC servers deliver to partners the reliability, availability and serviceability they need to manage the dynamic workloads of a broad range of new and existing enterprise applications, at a lower overall cost of ownership. Highlighted below are some of the many partner benefits:

  1. Performance - (Best Performance) Can run applications at highest efficiency, lowest cost
  2. Scalability - (2.5X Throughput) Can run applications and databases with larger resource requirements
  3. Availability - (Robust RAS and Security Capabilities) - Reduced downtime and  business risk for mission critical applications
  4. Value - (Best Price Performance)- Lowest TCO, highest efficiency vs. competition

Just like hitting a home run, these new servers expand Oracle’s SPARC portfolio and enable scalability from 1 to 32 sockets, with one common core, one operating system, one management and one virtualization tool, to easily address multiple application requirements and quickly meet demanding service-level agreements.

So step up to the plate and get ready to bat a .400 with your customers by watching our SPARC Servers and Storage Partnercast tomorrow, 3/27 at 10 am PT, and visit the SPARC Knowledge Zone today!

Going… Going… Going GONE!

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Mar 15, 2013

New, New, New – Partner Onboarding Training

 

Here at OPN, we know that sometimes it’s hard being “the new guy”, which is why we have made it easier than ever to join our partner program. Whether you’re a new Oracle partner, or have been partners with us for decades, this exciting announcement applies to you!

Oracle recently launched the availability of its New Partner Onboarding Training GLP . This Guided Learning Path includes training modules that outline the basics of the OPN program and how to leverage the most important membership benefits, including the steps required to become resell authorized and register deals in OMM/OPS. There are only two modules, and each are less than 15 minutes.

Another great resource is the OPN Specialized Activation Center which has been designed to help our partners navigate through the steps necessary to become authorized to embed, sell, or implement with Oracle right away! This is your one stop-shop for key on-demand training and information.

  • OPN Training Calendar for live webcasts
  • How to manage your OPN membership
  • How to register deals
  • How to achieve Specialization

For more information on how to jump start your relationship with Oracle, watch as Lydia Smyers, Group Vice President of WWA&C offers you 7 useful tips.


If you’re a new partner of Oracle’s, or have been our partner for years, complete the new GLP and visit the Activation Center for more information.

Welcome to OPN,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Mar 08, 2013

Introducing Oracle Database Appliance X3-2

Oracle Database Appliance is back and better than ever with the recent launch of its Oracle Database Appliance X3-2. This latest release not only boosts in hardware configuration, but also extends the use of Oracle Database Appliance to application workloads using the virtualized platform.

Here’s what you need to know about Oracle Database Appliance X3-2:

  • More processing power:  Increased memory and CPU
  • Support multiple databases, mid-tier, and application workloads through virtualized platform
  • Pay-as-you-grow licensing allows customer to scale up for database and applications based on their business needs
  • Option to add additional storage capacity through Oracle Database Appliance storage expansion shelf, or connect to ZFS

Watch OPN’s webcast replay on the Oracle Database Appliance or the ODA Software update below, to learn more about the product and discover the new sales opportunities. For a more customer-centric presentation on Oracle Database Appliance, register for the upcoming webcast hosted by the Oracle Database Appliance team, on April 3rd.


Best of all, from now until May 31, 2013, Oracle partners can purchase the Oracle Database Appliance demo unit at a discounted price. Take full advantage of this offer today, and let Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 take your business to new heights.

Best Regards,

Lindsey Pickle

Director, Database Partner Enablement