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

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

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!

Poof,

The OPN Communications Team


Monday Jul 02, 2012

Are You Specialized, Excellent and Want to be Recognized for your Efforts? – Submit by July 9th 2012

You’re simply the best, better than all the rest, better than anyone! We here at OPN thought this might be the perfect opportunity to quote the great Tina Turner when referring to our Specialized partners. You’re SO darn great in fact; we want you to submit your entries for the Oracle Excellence for Specialized Partner of the Year Awards!

The Call for Submission is now open in many regions, so please make note of the submission deadlines- North America’s is July 9th at 12pm PT sharp.

North America winners will receive the following benefits:

  • Recognition at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco

  • An Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year – North America trophy will be sent to the winner’s office

  • Use of the Award Logo for one year

  • News coverage in Oracle Magazine, mention in an official Oracle Press Release, quote support for their own press releases from Group Vice-President, North America Alliances and Channels

So, if you too think you’re company is the best, or just like Tina’s style, we want to hear from you! But hurry

because the deadline is quickly approaching. Click here to find out which award your region qualifies for.

What’s Love Got To Do With It,

The OPN Communications Team




Thursday Jun 28, 2012

An Oracle Exastack Recap

For those ISVs and OEMs who tuned into Oracle’s FY13 Partner Kickoff, thank you! It was with your participation and presence that helped make this year’s show another great success.

The OPN Communications team was lucky enough to get a chance to sit down with Chris Baker, Oracle SVP of Worldwide ISV, OEM & Java, all the way from London, as he recapped the achievements that were seen over the past year with the Oracle Exastack Program. Be sure to watch his short video below:



Here are some highlights:
  • Over 1000 “Readies”- Those partners that support and are ready to use the latest version of our products
  • Over 100 partners that are ready to use Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • New Oracle Exalytics machine for analysis

In less than one year, more than 100 ISV applications have achieved an Oracle Exastack Ready status and more than 35 ISV applications have achieved Oracle Exastack Optimized status. These partners can be found by Oracle customers listed in the Oracle Solutions Catalog.

Demonstrating to customers that their solutions are tuned to deliver optimum speed, scalability and reliability on Oracle Engineered Systems, Oracle partners are rapidly achieving Oracle Exastack Optimized certification. Read the press release here.

By simplifying your company’s architecture with the Oracle Exastack program, both ISV’s and OEMs are able to better concentrate on their application and deliver enhanced benefits to their customers.

Cheers!
The OPN Communications Team