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 oracle.com 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 Oracle.com account, here are some easy, breezy steps to take to ensure your on the path to success:

Go to https: https://competencycenter.oracle.com/opncc/profile_sync.cc

  1. Sign-in with your Oracle.com 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 oracle.com 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

Friday Jan 20, 2012

Movin' On Up

Well, we’re movin’ on up… That’s right, the OPN team has moved the Solutions Catalog on up, with new and enhanced features making navigation around the site a breeze. We have traveled to both the East and West side of town to assure we have presented customers with the best directory to help them select the piece of the pie they are looking for.

This updated site provides customers with an overview of the entire OPN ecosystem, while highlighting Oracle Specialized partners and those who are a part of the Oracle Exastack program. The new streamlined search interface lists out each extensive knowledge area, allowing partners to play in the big leagues and get their hard earned turn at bat.

With the new media rich entry point into the Solutions Catalog, customers can now search for both Specialized and Oracle Exastack program partners, or they can opt to search for partner by region, product or solution, as well as gain access to provided white papers and videos.  Partners should spend some time updating their partner profile and marketing collateral, so potential customers can take a look at what they are all about.

We have also implemented a robust lead capture tool as a way for partners to request and post recommendations from customers and other partners. Finally, the new metrics capability will allow partners to measure the effectiveness of their profile. If having access to this kind of information isn’t living the good life, then we don’t know what is.

Here is what Judson has to say about the new Solutions Catalog:

Partners, take a few minutes to explore the enhanced Solutions Catalog and learn for yourself, how this valuable and measurable, demand generation vehicle runs and read what IDC has to say about this new and improved tool here.

Helping you move on up,
The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Apr 05, 2011

Keep it Simple

I was recently in Orlando, FL, at Everything Channel's 2011 Xchange Solution Provider event. There, I discussed the significant business opportunity for the 250 current and potential Oracle Partners in attendance to build their businesses with Oracle. Start by selling 1-click products as a Remarketer, and grow your business along with Oracle's expanding opportunities to sell the full stack at the Gold and Platinum levels.

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Xchange (#XSP) was a great forum to reach new partners who want to develop practices around Oracle managed services stack. Oracle has the full roster - an unrivaled bandwidth from applications to disk. Everyone can be on this team! A small services provider can get on board simply by signing up. Become a Remarketer - no membership fees or T&C required.

Oracle doesn't compete with its team by selling services, rather, Oracle looks to its partners to bring value-added services to our customers. The audience response, "Oracle got it." At the event, I caught up with Tiburon Technology's Martin C. Tarr. Watch what he had to say about delivering value-added services around Oracle solutions, while lauding Oracle's vision, technology and partner commitment:

Your invitation to join the Oracle PartnerNetwork team has arrived.

Keeping it simple,
Lydia Smyers
VP, WWA&C Programs & Communications
Twitter: @lydiasmyers

Monday Jan 24, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe it is already the 3rd week of the new year. There is a lot to look forward to with Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized in 2011 but we would be remiss to not share with you a few things we never got around to telling you about in 2010. Our New Years resolution? To give you the latest information you need on OPN Specialized through this blog. What's yours?

Without further adieu - drum roll please - here are the 2 blogs we meant to write in 2010:

Blog #1:
Looking back ....and FORWARD!

Time to regroup, everyone! We mentioned in our FY11 Partner Kickoff Recap that we were working on getting a FAQ completed to provide all the answers to the questions you asked us during the live chat session. Well, wait no more! Our specialists reviewed your questions and here you have the answers. Looking for more details on any of the topics? We have the answer for that too - contact your local Partner Business Center for personalized assistance or ping us on the OPN LinkedIn, Facebook , Twitter & Mix pages. Someone's always there to pick up your comments.

Don't forget that the FY11 Partner Kickoff videos are still available on demand. So check out the videos and YES, make note of further questions you may have for us. We'll be ready to answer them all LIVE at the upcoming PartnerCast on February 2nd at 9:00 AM PT.

Talk with you during PartnerCast,
The OPN Communications Team

How Do You Roll?

California Roll? Dragon Roll? HyperRoll? While the first 2 are delicious with soy sauce we think the third is best served with a side of Essbase. Oracle has made a lot of acquisitions over the past couple of years with HyperRoll and AmberPoint being just a few of them. Listen in as Judson talks about how you can leverage these 2 acquisitions:

Now get rollin' and join the Hyperion Knowledge Zone and Oracle Enterprise Manager Knowledge Zone; download the AmberPoint playbook and HyperRoll playbook and don't forget to spice things up with a side of wasabi.

Good selling,
The OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

Week 2: Getting Motivated

Hi there. Your personal OPN Specialized trainer here. Checking in on your New Years resolution of getting Specialized. Not quite sure if you are signed up for this specialization thing? Sometimes it is hard to get motivated, so put on a little "Eye of the Tiger" and check out what Nick Kritikos had to say to The VAR Guy about some trends he is seeing with IT spending and how specialization is key.


Feeling inspired? Good. Gear up and find out how to get Specialized here .

We'll be checking in on your progress,

The OPN Communications Team