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

Monday Aug 27, 2012

New ATG Web Commerce Specialization is Hot, Hot, Hot


The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire! Record breaking temperatures aren’t the only things raising the thermometer this summer –not since the new ATG Specialization became available, and get this – we already have a list of partners who have achieved their ATG Web Commerce Specialization, including: Accenture, AAXIS Commerce, Knowledge Path, ObjectEdge, Professional Access and ThinkWrap. Now that’s just sizzling!

As part of this smokin’ hot Specialization, Oracle is offering ATG Commerce 10 Implementation Developer Boot Camps. Through direct hands-on experience, and technical training, developers and software architects will gain some serious insight into best practices, as well as relevant and applicable implementation experience to keep cool under pressure.

So if you’re ready to stand-out, be sensational and separate yourself from the competition, learn about the steps you need to take to become ATG Web Commerce Specialized today, and don't forget to spread the word over Facebook and Twitter!

Setting Fire to the Rain,

The OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Aug 08, 2012

The “Olympic” PartnerNetwork Specialized Activation Center

This weekend marks the final days of the 2012 Summer Olympics, and what an awe-inspiring competition it has been. With all this athletic ability in one place, we can’t help but wonder how these athletes train to become so successful.

Even though we may not know where Gabrielle Douglas learned her balance beam routine, or where Ryan Lochte learned how to swim, we do know where our partners are getting trained to become successful…Through our very own “Partner Olympic” training center of course –better known as the OPN Specialized Activation Center

Similar to the state-of-the art, Olympic sized swimming pool Michael Phelps uses to train, the OPN Specialized Activation Center houses a centralized pool of information for all OPN partner training needs. It’s easy to access and the information is easy to consume.

The goal of the site is to help our partners  get the most out of their OPN membership by accelerating their ability to sell, develop, specialize, and… bring home the gold!

Some highlights of the OPN Specialized Activation Center include:
  • Insights about our strategy and portfolio
  • Overview of marketing & sales resources
  • Steps to become resell authorized
  • Instructions for placing orders and registering deals
  • How to differentiate yourselves by achieving Specialization

Watch as our very own OPN champion and Director of the OPN Program, Kimberly Lasseter, coaches partners on the new Oracle training road-map, enabling them to monetize their OPN membership.

We Pass the Torch on to You,
The OPN Communications Team 

Thursday Aug 02, 2012

OPN Specialization Enhancement

KaZam! You've just been granted 1 wish! What's that you say? You wish that Oracle Specializations could be based on product version? Well hold on to your hat there partner, because your wish has just been granted!

New as of June 2012, specializations are now based on product version, with the most current version being what qualifies a partner for Specialization Benefits and Platinum or Diamond level criteria.  These specializations will be clearly marked as Qualifying Specializations on the OPN Portal Knowledge Zones, in the Competency Center and in the Specialization Guide.

Here are some other things you should know:

  • Specializations will not expire until the product’s end of service life (or EOSL) as long as the partner, that means you, continues to meet the criteria. 
  • When a new product version specialization is available, partners will be notified and will be encouraged to meet the criteria for the newest version within one year
  • Following that one year transition period, only the newest version, or Qualifying Specialization, will be what qualifies partners for their specialization benefits and for their level, if they’re Platinum or Diamond.
  • Getting specialized on specific product versions provides more ways for OPN members to differentiate in the marketplace and make their customers dreams come true!

Watch as Kimberly Lasseter, Director of OPN, talks more about the newly defined life cycle for Specialization.

Click here for more info, and here to get your questions answered!


The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Jun 21, 2012

Partner Milestones

Ahhh the joys of success especially during graduation time…It’s the same joy we feel when one of our partners reaches an Oracle milestone. After all, we want to help partners gain maximum exposure for their hard work and achievements. How you ask? Through streamlined press releases and social media exposure of course!

So whether you just completed a Specialization or an Oracle Exastack program achievement, we want to help you share that news  both near and far. Be sure to check out the key PR assets that are available to you, which include:

  • Easy to follow guidelines to help you create and promote your OPN successes – as well as how to submit your press release to Oracle for review
  • OPN press release templates to help develop your announcements
  • OPN’s social media outlets where you can further promote and share your news
  • Contact information for your global Oracle Partner PR representatives

Take advantage of these invaluable resources and “Go Get ‘Em,”
The OPN Communications Team