Thursday Feb 20, 2014

How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?

Let’s face it; our New Year’s resolutions are long behind us. Hopefully you held on to yours, but if you didn’t, don’t sweat it. And if one of your resolutions is to become an Oracle Specialized partner, then there’s no better time than now to act on it.

The OPN Specialized Program is the most significant evolution of the OPN program in more than a decade. The focus of the new program is on specialization, which you achieve through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. The program is designed for our most experienced and committed partners to gain a competitive edge by spotlighting their strengths and special skills. For partners who resell and implement Oracle solutions, Specialization allows them to showcase their expertise in over 100+ Specializations within our growing product portfolio.

OPN Specialized partners are recognized by Oracle, and preferred by customers. And it’s simple to become Specialized:

Go to > Join Now
Go to > Knowledge Zones
Select the Knowledge Zone of the solutions area of interest
Go to > Knowledge Zone > Specialize tab
Meet the business and competency criteria.
Apply for specialization once the required criteria are met.
4: TRACK Competency Status
5: Apply Now!

Additional information on enablement criteria, Specialist Exam types and beta exams and vouchers can be found here.

So what are you waiting for? Join the OPN today!

Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

13 is....the OPN Exchange countdown!

13 is…

  1. The number of players on each side of a rugby match
  2. The number of days left before OPN Exchange kicks off
  3. The number of times you should watch the video below (love that beat)
  4. All of the above.

Get in on all the action at OPN Exchange September 22–26, 2013. Time’s running out. Don’t miss this year’s 12,500+ registered partners, 80+ Test Fest specializations, 50+ partner sessions, and ONE hot partner appreciation event.

Register now to get in on all the action.

See YOU there,

Your OPN Exchangers

Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

Get Certified @ OPN Exchange!


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld 2013 is coming in quicker than a Randy Johnson fastball. If you haven’t registered, be sure to get yourself on the list.

If you have already registered, you should also plan to swing by the OPN Specialist Test Fest. You know all those OPN exams you complete to be recognized as an OPN Certified Specialist? You know how you usually have to pay for them?

 At the Test Fest, you can take up to two OPN exams for FREE. It’s a pretty hot deal. Take part in any of 10 testing sessions that run from Monday, September 23 through Thursday, September 26. Choose from more than 80 OPN exam titles. And yes—lest you were worried we mis-typed up there—you can take any two tests on the house.

Register for the Test Fest today! Each session is reserved exclusively for Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange attendees. Due to high demand, seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out the schedule, plus all sorts of other event details here.

See you in San Francisco!

Your OPN Test Fest Team

Friday May 31, 2013

Get recognized by Oracle and remembered by your customers

Here at Oracle PartnerNetwork, nothing is more gratifying than when we showcase a Partner/Customer Success Story! We fully understand that the only way we can succeed is with our partners, and that when you succeed, so do we!

With that being said, have you considered submitting a Customer Success story yet? Not only is it simple to do, it’s a great way for you and your customer to get recognized by Oracle for your expertise, and get recognized by other customers as well!

The Process

  1. Request for a Reference
  2. Oracle will first review your submission.  We are looking for great stories from Specialized partners!
  3. Once we select the sought after stories, Oracle will contact you and your customer to arrange for an interview for placement in one of our various communication channels.

*Please note that submission and placement is free, and Oracle reserves the right to select the stories for placement.

Helpful criteria for a customer story:

  • Innovative use of Oracle Technologies
  •    o   Multiple Oracle application deployments

       o   Oracle Cloud

       o   Use of Hardware and Software solutions

       o   Fusion Application, SOA

       o   Java 

  • Newsworthy story with an original angle
  • Brand name customer in a respective industry
  • Impactful implementation of Oracle products

We are looking forward to promoting you!

The OPN Communications Team 

Friday May 17, 2013

Grow Your Business with Oracle’s ACS

We are thrilled to announce  the availability of our expanded Advanced Customer Support (ACS) partner resell portfolio which will help you, our Gold, Platinum and Diamond OPN partners, grow your Oracle business while helping your end users experience faster resolution, higher availability and a greater return on their investment.

How you ask? Well our Advanced Support Engineers provide custom proactive and preventive support to anticipate, identify, and remediate issues for all Oracle mission critical systems - database, middleware, applications, and Sun servers and storage.

Not to mention, Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services delivers Annual, Fixed Scope, and Time and Materials services. This service also tailors specific predictive and preventive solutions to help maintain and maximize performance of all Oracle mission critical systems.

Speaking of critical, partners like you are critical to our success which is why we hope you take a minute to learn more about the expanded services now available in the ACS partner resell portfolio by listening to the ACS recorded training and reviewing the ACS key resources.

As always, leave your comments and questions below.


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 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

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