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

Tuesday Jun 19, 2012

Got Ads?

Four thousand years ago ancient Egyptians invented advertising by carving public notices in steel. Today Oracle is reinventing this celebrated way of getting the message out by letting our Diamond and Platinum Specialized partners leverage Oracle's strong brand recognition to create awareness in their own markets with Oracle Advertisements. Ads can be used for printed publications, event guides or event posters/banners.

Visit the current Oracle Advertising Catalog to select an ad that best aligns with your business, and click here to find out how to get started. We look forward to partnering with you to help promote your business.

We’re Lovin’ It,
The OPN Communications Team

Friday May 18, 2012

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due- Oracle Specialized and Certified Partners

Congrats! Hooray! You did it! Though you may not personally be graduating from the class of 2012, that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a big high-five for becoming an Oracle Certified Implementation Specialist! Here at OPN, we could not be more thrilled to see just how many partners within Oracle PartnerNetwork are getting Specialized, certified and just down-right brilliant. As we are sure many partners already know, getting Specialized can go hand in hand with getting certain required certifications.

That is why after all the confetti, cake and celebrating, it is important to ensure that your company is receiving full credit for their employees that have achieved these important Oracle certifications... which is why we’re excited to announce that Oracle has a new ‘Profile Sync’ functionality within the OPN Competency Center that makes the alignment process a total snap! Be sure to go to the go to the Profile Sync Landing Pad to check it out, just don’t forget your cap and gown.

As any Professor would say, “Be sure to do your homework” by properly aligning your training portfolio with your current account. For those who are not sure if they received notification from Oracle, it never hurts to double check by clicking on the link above.

If you already have an account, here are some easy, breezy steps to take to ensure your on the path to success:

Go to https:

  1. Sign-in with your account, username and password
  2. Complete the Validation form and submit

But wait! Don’t forget these additional items you may need:

  • View your Pearson Vue Profile to locate: First Name, Last Name, Oracle Testing ID and City

For those partners in need of an account, please follow these instructions. Here is to a bright and beautiful future with Oracle!

The OPN Communications Team

Monday Apr 16, 2012

Konnichiwa to Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo 2012!

A little rain or a lot of rain couldn’t get in the way of hosting yet another successful Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo. Last week marked the beginning of this long awaited event which kicked-off right away as 220 Oracle partners from around the world attended the OPN Forum. There, central topics such as Oracle’s global alliance strategy and Oracle’s overall partner strategy were discussed. This event was followed by the Alliances and Channels Knowledge Session which included an ISV Round Table led by our very own Oracle President, Mark Hurd. Throughout the week partners were able to take in keynotes from top Oracle Executives; check out Mark Hurd’s keynote below:

Thursday wouldn’t have been complete without a roundtable of its own - the Partner Executive Roundtable - which was well attended by the dynamic companies that are helping to grow Japan’s booming market. As partners zipped through the Exhibition Hall, many took some time to learn more about the OPN program at large by visiting our OPN booth, and gained a deeper understanding of what it means to ‘Get Specialized’. Throughout the week, over 180 partners joined Oracle’s “Test Fest” which enabled partners to take part in complimentary certification exams for Specialization. We are happy to announce that 49 partners passed!

After adding another victorious Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo to our growing list of events, OPN now anxiously awaits the arrival of Oracle OpenWorld 2012. The only question is… how ready are you?

 See you in San Francisco,
 The OPN Communications Team