Friday May 20, 2016

Technical Training Webcast: Next Generation Oracle Database Appliance

This webcast is a technical training designed for Oracle Channel SC's, Channel Partner SE's, Architects, etc.

This is a pre-launch technical training which will provide information on the new ODA X6-2 products.

We have three sessions available to join the training:

Oracle Cloud Applications Moving to the Global Nerve Center

Global Nerve Center (GNC) - What is it?

Oracle has invested heavily in creating the next generation of Oracle’s Cloud operation center. In addition to the 21 Cloud Data Centers and Support worldwide, we are now pleased to introduce the Global Nerve Center (GNC).

What Is the Global Nerve Center?

The Global Nerve Center centralizes the best Cloud operations resources into locations worldwide. Oracle has constructed three massive, always-on, new command and operational facilities. These geographically-distributed locations provide a 24/7 ‘follow-the-sun’ support model, with the ultimate goal to improve the customer experience and success:

  • Reading, UK – operational ramp-up started September 2015
  • Bangalore, India – operational ramp-up started December 2015
  • Bozeman, Montana – operational ramp-up planned for August 2017

These three linked facilities are dedicated to handling maintenance activities, unplanned outages and incidents, and will provide more cogent, accurate, and timely information around outages and incidents. In addition to investing in the latest, cutting edge technology, we are also 100% committed in investing in our people. At the end of the day, it is the people that make the biggest difference.

Oracle’s Cloud Services are being transitioned to this next generation Cloud operations center over time with several services already operational in GNC. The Fusion Applications Cloud Service is the next service scheduled to transition to GNC, and is targeted to be fully operational by the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Global Nerve Center Benefits

The investment in the GNC will enable Oracle to deliver a next generation cloud customer experience. Direct benefits:

  • Keeping up with your business – Dedicated to perform at ‘speed of light’ allowing you to scale when needed and reduce issue to resolution time.
  • System Availability – Continuous monitoring to minimize issues, benchmark performance, and maximize uptime.
  • Transparency – Insight into system status, notifications, and other key resources
Finally, these facilities are built to support the highest US and UK government security standards for Cloud operations. Customer visits are encouraged, and individuals who have toured the facilities are comparing them to NASA and ESA mission launch and control facilities!

Now Available Announcement: Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management 2.1.1 User Productivity Kit

The Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle User Productivity Kit for Operational Device Management 2.1.1.

Click here  for information on Available Modules and Software download!

Thursday May 19, 2016

Top Exastack ISV headlines

TAS Group’s cashless 3.0™ gains 2.4x performance increase running with Oracle Engineered Systems.

Read more here.

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Oracle Cloud Marketplace Headlines

  • Reval for Oracle Financials Cloud Now Available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Read more

Partner Webcast – Oracle Database In-Memory: Accelerate Business

Join us on this webcast and see how the Oracle Database In-Memory option with a flip of the switch, no application changes, drastically improves the response times on your existing Oracle Database queries.


  • Database In-Memory Overview
  • Identifying Objects In-Memory
  • Populating Objects In-Memory Column Store
  • Querying Object In-Memory
  • Database In-Memory Scaling out Solutions
  • Database In-Memory Use Cases
  • Summary Q&A
  • Rhine Singh – DB&O IMC Consultant – AxizWorkgroup - Oracle Partner Hub Migration Center South Africa

Date: Thursday, May 26th , 10 am CET (9am GMT/11am EET)

Read more & register here

Tuesday May 17, 2016

Announcement: May Update - Visibility into New SaaS Functionality

Dear Oracle Cloud User,

Major releases are the primary vehicle for delivering new product functionality to the SaaS fleet. In addition, the SaaS fleet receives a monthly update.

As you would expect, monthly updates address product issues discovered mid-release. But they can also serve as a vehicle for delivering "new features". 

Specifically, this communication describes new SaaS functionality added in the last 30 days and it only includes the affected product areas.

Your Action:  If you are focused on one of the product areas below, please check out the associated RCD and What's New documents (hosted on the cloud site) to learn about the recent changes.

The Revision History section at the beginning of each document will serve as your pointer.

Human Capital Management 

Talent Management 
Customer Experience
Enterprise Performance Management 

The quick access links above are provided for your convenience. You can always access the full set of Release Readiness content here.

Friday May 13, 2016

Oracle OpenWorld & JavaOne: Take Advantage of Early Bird Rates

There’s still time to save on OpenWorld and JavaOne registration pricing!

Take advantage of the Early Bird discount to save up to $500 USD on your 2016 conference pass.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco on September 18-22, 2016 at the world’s largest gathering of Oracle customers, developers and partners. 

Register for OpenWorld 

Register for JavaOne

Thursday May 12, 2016

2016 Oracle Excellence Awards: Specialized Partner of the Year Nominations

The application process for the 2016 Specialized Partner of the Year awards is now open for many A&C regions.

Nomination criteria, key deadlines and submission instructions for each region are available on the Specialized Partner of the Year awards page.

The nomination window is only open for a few weeks, so please make note of your region’s deadlines and share with your partners (if applicable):

  • North America – Nominations open May 9 – May 31
  • APAC – Nominations open May 9 – May 31
  • LAD – Nominations open May 9 – June 10
  • Japan – Nominations open Now – June 3  ; Note: Internal nominations accepted ONLY
  • EMEA – No nominations accepted ; Note: EMEA regional award winners to be selected from local country award winners.

For information about other partner award opportunities, visit the Oracle Excellence Awards website and read the OPN Strategy Blog.

Best Practices Using ZFS For SAP ASE Database

SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database 16.0 and 15.7 are certified to run on Oracle Solaris 11 systems using ZFS as data storage and logs.

ZFS is the default file system in Oracle Solaris 11 and includes integrated data services, such as compression, encryption, and snapshot and cloning. Recent testing with OLTP workloads show better or on-par performance with ZFS compared to UFS or raw devices.

Learn about best practices here.

OPN Webcast: Next Generation Oracle Database Appliance

Join us for this OPN webcast to learn about the next generation of the Oracle Database Appliance.

This webcast will provide an overview of the new products as well as all OPN related information such as sales, marketing and training resources to assist you in your selling efforts. And more importantly, great information on how you can monetize Oracle Database Appliance.

Call Logistics - VAD

  • (NAS/ EMEA/ LAD) Tuesday, May 17 @ 8:00 - 9:00 am PST
  • (JAPAC) Tuesday, May 17 6:00 - 7:00 pm PST

Register here

Call Logistics - VAR

  • (NAS/ EMEA/ LAD) Thursday, May 19 @ 8:00 - 9:00 am PST
  • (JAPAC) Thursday, May 19 @ 6:00 - 7:00 pm PST  
Register here

Oracle Cloud Marketplace Headlines

  • Verified Person and Oracle Talent Acquisition Cloud Now Available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

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Join Now - Oracle Database 12c Implementation Boot Camp

This boot camp is primarily focused on Oracle DB 12c and related features and functionality. It will cover topics such as: 12c new features, backup and recovery, monitoring and multi-tenancy architecture.

Learn to: 

  • new DB 12c Features
  • Install and configure a database
  • Implement the various replication options available to the Oracle database
  • Explain the benefits of multitenant architecture for database consolidation

Date: May 16 - May 19, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore 

Register here.

Training On Demand: Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Implementation Specialist Boot Camp

Join us for the free live ZFS Storage Appliance Implementation Boot Camp that will provide you with a thorough introduction into the technical implementation of the ZFS Storage Appliance – the hardware, software, data services as well as installation and maintenance and some advanced features.


  • Product and Data Services Overview that describes how ZFS Storage Appliance products provide a single-vendor solution with high out-of-the-box functionality
  • Installation and configuration basics to enable you to perform a physical installation of a ZFS Storage Appliance product
  • Projects and Shares concepts for easy storage administration and control
  • Maintenance and Analytics


  • May 16, 2016 - Jun 03, 2016 @9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

Read more & register here.

Tuesday May 10, 2016

VAD Cloud Open Office Hours

Join us for a Weekly Cloud Open Office Hours call for NAS Partners.Come with questions, and also hear what your peers are asking.

Each week will bring short topics around Cloud to strengthen your knowledge and an understanding how to size and scope a Cloud deal through to booking and provisioning.