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.

The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Jun 26, 2012

LIVE: Oracle FY13 Partner Kickoff - Red Stack. Red Team. Engineered to Win.

Oracle’s FY13 Partner Kickoff is still in full swing and what an exciting day it has already been! Oracle executives started their mornings off at 5 a.m. to address our partners from around the world. The day began with the EMEA region, closely followed by the North America region in front of a live audience, and then on to Latin America! But hang tight because Japan and APAC are up next!

If you haven’t already done so, be sure you register to watch the rest of the show. Also, join the Twitter conversation via #OPN and @OraclePartners and keep sending in those questions. Here is what the rest of the day looks like:
  • JAPAN - 6:00pm – 7:30pm PT
  • APAC - 8:00 pm – 9:30pm PT
We also had a chance to speak with Nick Kritikos, VP of Partner Enablement and host of the PKO after show, “Partner Pulse”, to get his thoughts on the day. See what Nick had to say below:

To all of our Partners, thanks for tuning in!

Until next year, Good Selling,
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

Thursday May 31, 2012

Sand, Sun and Partner Fun- Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld Program

Last Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start of summer and a time to remember those who fight for our freedom each day. It was a weekend complete with BBQ’s, beach time, and of course plenty of sunshine. Here at OPN, the start of summer marks an exciting time no doubt; a time where we finalize and fine tune some Oracle OpenWorld partner events, like this year’s Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld program!

Oracle is launching the new Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange program to offer a new look and feel for partners attending OpenWorld. Get your bathing suits ready because this week long event will feature new deep dive content that will have you swimming in networking opportunities, including an Oracle Partner keynote with Oracle executives like Judson Althoff, SVP of WWA&C.

For those who have already registered, be sure to bring your sunscreen as you take part in some exclusive, first degree exposure to Oracle’s top experts, providing a unique and unified partner experience.

For those partners wanting to make a real splash, don’t forget that you will be able to complete OPN Certification testing onsite at Oracle OpenWorld. To learn more about the many opportunities and ways to engage with Oracle and other partners, watch the below video hosted by Lydia Smyers, GVP of WWA&C.

Wishing you sun and fun,
The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday May 29, 2012

The Oracle VM Hall of Fame

“Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd. Buy me a new Oracle VM, I want my competition to be history!”...Yes, baseball is in full swing, and as we make our way to the closing of the quarter, Oracle is ready to “knock it out of the park” with its newly updated release of Oracle VM 3.1.

This home run of a server virtualization solution will let you deploy software faster, as it intelligently manages your entire infrastructure, from application to disk. As if that wasn’t enough, the competition can’t even get on base! Have a look at the final score below:

Partners will be hitting grand slams left and right because management tools, application templates and single source support, have all teamed up to create one heck of a curve ball for the competition, but more importantly, an absolute first draft pick for our partners. With no license cost and an affordable enterprise support cost, crowds have gathered to see this ‘All Star’ play some hard ball.

Watch as Jeff Doolan, Sr. Director of Linux and Virtualization Channel Sales at Oracle, goes into more depth on how Oracle VM is a real game changer and eliminates the competition.

Adding to the line-up are two key components of Oracle VM 3.1:

Enhanced Ease-of-use: The new GUI design is engineered for faster execution of workflow and to maximize ease of use and reduce deployment time. Administrators have more time to spend at the ball park or focus on the business.

New Oracle VM Templates: such as the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3; Oracle PeopleSoft FSCM 9.1; Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c; Oracle Linux 5.8; Oracle Linux 6.1; Oracle Solaris 11 – which add to the existing 100+ existing templates that are ready for download. Oracle VM Templates are pre-configured as an entire stack including OS and application fully tested, production ready and certified from Oracle.

For more information on Oracle newest player, Oracle VM 3.1, read this press release or visit our technology information page.

Batter Up,
The OPN Communications Team