Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

OPN’s 2013 Fiscal Year-End Review

With Oracle’s fiscal year coming to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reminisce on the awesome year it has been and highlight some of the key milestones for OPN.  Here is a look at our top 10 OPN moments from the past year.

PRODUCTS & PROGRAMS:

Oracle SPARC T5 and M5 Servers. From performance to scalability, availability and value, Oracle’s expanded SPARC portfolio is sure to hit a homerun with your customers.

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2. If you are ready to reduce your risk while saving time and money by managing your valuable data and applications, then you have found your solution.

Oracle Cloud programs for partners. These 5 Cloud programs have created some buzz in the Channel. Launched during Oracle OpenWorld 2012, partners can start to capitalize on the growing demand for Cloud solutions with little investment through Oracle Cloud Services Referral Partner program, or choose to get Specialized.

EVENTS:

OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld. Last year marked the first time that partners could attend a comprehensive partner event while at Oracle OpenWorld.  The program was such a success that we are doing it even bigger this year! Join us September 22- 26, 2013 to experience Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange keynotes, partner-specific conference sessions with targeted tracks, a Test Fest certification program, a dedicated OPN lounge, the exclusive AfterDark OPN reception, and so much more!

Oracle CloudWorld. This event combined both mobile and social in 10+ cities around the globe, including a partner session that reviewed the 5 available OPN Cloud Partner Programs.  Be sure to attend next year because the sky is truly the limit with Oracle Cloud!

PARTNER TOOLS & RESOURCES:

Partner Onboarding TrainingHere at OPN, we know that sometimes it is hard being “the new guy”, which is why we have made it easier than ever to join our partner program through training modules available in the Guided Learning Path.

OPN Specialized Activation Center. Designed to help our partners navigate through the steps necessary to become authorized to embed, sell, or implement with Oracle. This is your one stop shop for key on-demand training and information.

Social Marketing for Today’s Digital World video series. This series was designed to help answer your social marketing questions, while giving you the tools needed to build a demand generation campaign and close more deals. From “Laying the Foundation,” and “Building Your Online Presence,” to “Staging for Business Success,” and “Advertising to You Customers”, this series is sure to get your companies marketing engine revved up for success!

Oracle Partner Store (OPS) Enhancements. OPS is now your one-stop shop for accessing all Oracle products via a streamlined ordering process, allowing you to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions and manage your Oracle orders more efficiently and cost-effectively. Watch Titina Ott, Vice President of Business Process and Systems Enablement for Oracle, as she discusses Oracle’s Operational Excellence.

PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS:

Profit Magazine, Oracle Specialized Partner Edition 2012. Take a look at the variety of products, industries, geographic regions, and business challenges in this edition. It’s clear that OPN Specialized partners can deliver under extremely demanding business conditions and that the expertise Oracle requires them to demonstrate is effectively put to work in the field.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 2013 Fiscal Year-End Review!

Until Next Year,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Dec 07, 2012

Fusion HCM in Boots

These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do…Of course by boots, we’re referring to Oracle’s HCM Boot Camps for OPN members, which offer a hands-on approach to learning about Oracle Fusion HCM and Taleo positioning and capabilities. Those who attend an Oracle HCM boot camp will be prepared to achieve Oracle Fusion HCM Presales Specialist status, discuss Oracle Fusion HCM with customers to build pipeline, and complete competency criteria toward Oracle Fusion HCM 11g Specialization!

This in-person event offers expert-led sessions, discussion, and hands-on activities meaning you will get the information quicker and remember it better! Plus, we think a free lunch is always a good thing.

As a next step, all interested partners should:

We know you’ll be strutting your stuff after you've gained the knowledge and expertise to become Oracle Fusion HCM Specialized!

Check it out!

The OPN Communications Team 

Friday Nov 09, 2012

From Sea to Shining Fusion HCM Specialization

 

Well, the polls have closed, the votes are in and Oracle Fusion HCM Specialization is finally here! Not only is this Specialization easily achievable, partners are already seeing the “economic” value in it.

But don’t just take our word for it, watch below as Oracle Diamond Partner, Infosys, shares their experience with Oracle Fusion HCM and all the success they’ve already seen!

Here is how you can make a change and get started today:

STEP 1: Join OPN
STEP 2: Join Knowledge Zone
STEP 3: Check Business and Competency Criteria
STEP 4: Track Competency Status OPN Member
STEP 5: Apply Now OPN Member

So let’s put our differences aside, put Oracle Fusion first, and come together by learning more about this Oracle Fusion HCM Specialization

We are OPN and we approve this message,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Oct 26, 2012

Oracle's SPARC T4, 007 Style

The names 4, T4, and this power house travels hand in hand with its good friend SPARC. About 6 years ago on-chip encryption acceleration was first shipped in a commercial system, the SPARC T1. Today, thanks to Oracle SPARC innovative leadership in on-chip encryption acceleration, complex cryptographic computations was born and has since rapidly evolved. Customers can now have security with performance because we my friend, are in the Age of Big Data.

If you need some high speed action in your life, listen here. The SPARC T4 systems offer customers much more value for applications than just increased performance through its cross sell opportunity. This is done by enabling partners to integrate your own applications to Oracle’s SPARC T4 Servers for Cloud deployments, and providing direct business benefits that supersedes the commodity approach to data center computing such as security, performance and optimization.

As companies continue down this complex path of big data, eCommerce, and mobility, the need to provide better and more in-depth security is more prominent than ever. Oracle’s SPARC T4 processor allows customers to deliver the highest levels of application security, as well as deliver the necessary level performance without added cost, and complexity.

To learn more behind the value of SPARC T4, check out a more in-depth blog here. For more on the SPARC T4 family of products, click here.

Encryption Lives Another Day,

The OPN Communications Team
 

Monday Oct 22, 2012

A Big Congrats to Hitachi- Now a Diamond Level Partner!

 

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again, nothing sparkles quite like a diamond. Being named Diamond level partner is the highest ranking available in the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized program, and we could not be more excited to congratulate Hitachi, Ltd on their new glistening title!

Hitachi has helped clients maximize the business benefits of their Oracle Applications for more than two decades, while also helping them bring their business visions to life through industry led services and solutions.

Not only has Hitachi achieved Diamond level status, they also have 29 additional Oracle Specializations! Here at OPN we know that it all starts with equipping our partners with the proper tools to help their end customers succeed, and we truly believe that diamonds partners are forever!

So here’s to you Hitachi, our diamond in the ruff!

Shine On,

The OPN Communications Team

Monday Oct 08, 2012

Showing ZFS some LOVE

 

L is for the way you look at us, and O because we’re Oracle, but V is very, very, extra ordinary, and E, well that’s obvious… E is because Oracle’s new Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is Excellent, and here at OPN, we like spell out the obvious! 

If you haven’t already heard, the Sun ZFS Appliance has “A simple, GUI-driven setup and configuration, solid price-performance and world-class Oracle support behind it. The CRN Test Center recommends the Sun ZFS Storage”. Read more about what CRN said here.

Oracle's Sun ZFS Appliance family delivers enterprise-class network attached storage (NAS) capabilities with leading Oracle integration, simplicity, efficiency, performance, and TCO.  The systems offer an easy way to manage and expand your storage environment at a lower cost, with more efficiency, better data integrity, and higher performance when compared with competitive NAS offerings. Did we mention that set up, including configuring, will take you less than an hour since it all comes in one box and is so darn simple to use?

So if you L-O-V-E what you’re hearing about Oracle’s Sun Z-F-S, learn more by watching the video below, and visiting any of our available resources .


It Had to Be You,

The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

Working Towards Specialization? Your VAD Can Help You Score!

 

TOUCH DOWN! That’s right folks, football is in full swing and what better way to kickoff football season than with a great Oracle play?

Partners can now score big by side passing the ball to their VADs, enabling them to help in the process of becoming a Specialized partner. With the new functionality now available on the OPN Competency Center, Partner PRM Administrators can grant access to their VADs and have them assist in achieving their Specialization requirements.

Here are the rules of the game:

  • Partner Administrator must provide authorization
  • Details do not include individual users data
  • Access can be removed anytime

Follow the steps below to grant your VAD access to your company Specialization progress reports. It’s as simple as 1,2,3…Go team go!

  1. Login to the OPN Competency Center and go to “My Preferences” on the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Under “My VAD”, select your Region, Country and Value Added Distributor name, then simple click in “ADD VAD”.
  3. Your VAD can now access your Specialization Tracker report!

For those MVP’s who want to learn more, be sure to watch this 3 minute play by play video on the new OPN Competency Center VAD/VAR Specialization Tracker below, and click here before game day!


Are You Ready For Some Oracle Football?

The OPN Communications Team