Friday Jun 14, 2013

OPNX13 Shanghai— Get Certified for Free at the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialist Test Fest

The first ever Shanghai, China Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange conference is taking place Monday, July 22nd, through Thursday, July 25th, 2013. During this event, you can take part in the exciting and popular OPN Specialist Test Fest. This is an exceptional opportunity for Oracle Partners to take OPN Certifications for FREE! By successfully passing these exams, you will earn the OPN Certified Specialist recognition and help your company upgrade its OPN Specialized Program level!

There are 10 testing sessions to choose from, more than 50 exam titles available, and many are translated to Chinese or Korean!

Simply register now for the OPN Specialist Test Fest and select up to two seats from your desired sessions. All sessions are reserved for Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Shanghai 2013 attendees, so make sure that prior to the Test Fest registration, you have already signed up for the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange Shanghai 2013 conference!

Check out the study material, prepare for the exams, and join us in Shanghai at the Expo Center!

We look forward to seeing you there,

The Oracle Partner Enablement Team

Friday Apr 19, 2013

Welcome to Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange at OpenWorld 2013

Partners, mark your calendars because our 2nd annual Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld is back and bigger than ever! Join us September 22nd - 26th for deep dive content, keynotes, networking opportunities, and so much more.

Here is what you can expect at OPN Exchange 2013:

  • Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange keynote address
  • Partner-specific conference sessions with targeted tracks- Just for you!
  • Test Fest certification program – Help your company get Specialized and differentiate yourself from the competition for free!
  • Dedicated OPN lounge- Come by for some coffee and networking!
  • Exclusive AfterDark OPN reception- You’re not going to want to miss the best partner party of the year!
  • Access to the renowned Oracle Customer and Partner Appreciation Event- Register before July 19th, 2013 and get it for free!

That’s right, this year the famed Appreciation event is included at NO additional cost for Early Bird registrants only. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to not only take part in OPN Exchange, but get your hands on that golden ticket!

Early Bird registration does ends July 19th so register today and save 35% off the on-site registration fee, plus receive a bonus Oracle Appreciation Event pass just for registering early. To learn more, listen as Nick Kritikos, VP of Partner Enablement at Oracle shares more about OPN Exchange 2013.

So get those travel arrangements ready, and join our most exciting OPN Exchange @ OpenWorld to date!

We’ll see you there!

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Mar 29, 2013

Elaborating on Collaborating –What’s in it for OPN Partners! – April 7-11, 2013 Denver, CO

We got a chance to sit down with Nick Kritikos, Vice President of Partner Enablement here at Oracle to discuss how partners can make the most out of their OPN Specialization while at COLLABORATE 13, April 7-11, 2013 in Denver, CO. Let’s see what he had to say!

What does OPN Specialization have to do with events like COLLABORATE 13?

When participating in events like COLLABORATE 13, OPN partners are able to do so much more then exhibit and collect business cards.
  1. They can showcase their OPN Specializations and Specialists to further expand their network of contacts by interacting with Oracle customers, solutions providers, consultants, and user group leaders. Each year many OPN Partners submit and also get selected to present in one of the session tracks, some also get asked to present on behalf of the user community at Oracle OpenWorld, while others volunteer in the user community.
  2. OPN partners also have a unique opportunity this year at COLLABORATE 13 to get certified for free on specific exams at Oracle’s Test Fest. Partners can also meet with experts from Oracle Corporation in the campgrounds, and with OPN representatives onsite.
  3. OPN Partners also have the opportunity to provide in person feedback, and get further involved in the OPN Specialization program and process. Or perhaps partners would prefer to review their OOW abstract submission ideas since the Oracle OpenWorld 13 Call for Papers closes just after the Collaborate event concludes.
  4. Don’t be surprised if someone from the OPN team stops by your booth that is showcasing your OPN credentials and Specializations and asks to snap a photo for further recognition and Social Media!

Who puts on the event?

Oracle’s Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest), present COLLABORATE 13: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Customer Community. As an educational conference, COLLABORATE 13 helps users of the full family of Oracle business applications, database and middleware software, and hardware solutions to gain greater value from their Oracle investments. It’s an event specifically created by Oracle customers for Oracle customers where partners are invited to share and showcase their Oracle expertise.

Where do I learn more?

A paid registration through the IOUG, the OAUG or Quest entitles you to attend the educational sessions of all three organizations, network and stay current the latest education and best practices from the user community on Oracle product technology. There are a number of ways partners may wish to take advantage, and can go to the COLLABORATE 13 website to learn more.

So whether you’re an OPN Partner, or are just local to the area, you and your team can take advantage of getting certified for free on specific exams. Visit  Oracle’s Test Fest and watch Nick’s short video below to learn more!

We’ll See You There!

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Sep 20, 2012

Test Fest Pop Quiz!



Where can partners go during OPN Exchange to take complementary certification testing, and upon completing it, receive the credentials of a Certified Specialist, while having it count towards their company’s Specialization and upgrade within the OPN program?


A.) Test Fest

B.) Test Fest

C.) All of the Above

You are right! Test Fest is back by popular demand, and has been included as one of the many partner benefits for attending OPN Exchange this year. Join us from October 1-4th in the Marriott Marquis, Juniper Room at Oracle OpenWorld and get recognized!

For times and registration, visit the Oracle OpenWorld Test Fest page and be sure to “study up” by watching this short video on Test Fest at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 below!

With over 100 exam titles and four days of sessions, you’re sure to walk away with an A+!

Best of Luck,

The OPN Communications Team

Tuesday Aug 21, 2012

Top 5 Reasons Over 45,000+ Have Registered for Oracle OpenWorld


If you’re wondering why the city of San Francisco welcomes Oracle OpenWorld with open arms, or why over 45,000+ attendees sign-up each year for this week long event, or why you should be so darn excited for next month… we think we may have some answers.

Reason #5: Because you get to “rock-out” at the Oracle Musical Festival and Oracle Appreciation Event. Where else can you channel your teenage rock-star moves and enjoy a night of musical bliss?!

Reason #4: Partners can attend deep-dive training courses with Oracle University, putting them on the fast-track for success!

Reason #3: Who doesn’t get a little start struck from time to time? Especially when you can get up close and personal (well not too personal), with ORACLE TEAM USA, and the America’s Cup trophy. Autographs and photo-ops are welcome!

Reason #2: Come prepared because you may run out of business cards attending the week long OPN Exchange @ OOW program which is overflowing with networking opportunities, and home to  40+ partner sessions and a Test Fest’. Did we mention Judson Althoff will be giving a keynote?

Reason #1: Three words: Larry Ellison’s keynote.

So tell us below, what are your top reasons for attending Oracle OpenWorld?  Also, be sure to "like" OPN on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@OraclePartners), for the latest Oracle OpenWorld updates!

We can’t wait to see you there!

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Aug 17, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Awaits…

108,946 cups of coffee, 14,700 hotel rooms, and 20,000 man hours before the first session even begins…Yes, Oracle OpenWorld is so close we can taste it, and for the first time ever, OPN is hosting a full-blown partner conference within Oracle OpenWorld– Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange @ OpenWorld.

Come for the content, stay for the contacts, as this week long event kicks off Sunday September 30th and continues on through Thursday October 4th. With over 40 sessions being offered, as well as a ‘Test Fest,’ so you’re going to want to register SOON to take advantage of the Early Bird rates through August 24th.

Don’t forget to ‘like us’ on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@OraclePartners), for the latest updates!

Until Then,
The OPN Communications Team