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.

SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcast – May 31st 2016 Real-Time Integration Business Insight

Attend our May edition of the SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcast live on May 31st at 16:00 CET. 

Real-Time Integration Business Insight - Business Analytics: Friendly, Powerful, Immediate.

During this session, we will be joined by Simone Geib from the Oracle Service (SOA) & Cloud Integration Product Management team. Simone will introduce Oracle Real-Time Integration Business Insight, a new product in our integration portfolio that will dramatically improve the way that business owners generate and consume business analytics .

Oracle Real-Time Integration Business Insight is designed for business users to model, collect and monitor business level metrics. It comes fully integrated with Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus. Oracle Real-Time Integration Business Insight puts the business owner in control of the content, timing and format of metrics they need to make informed decisions daily. The business owner simply defines the key points along their business integrations and immediately has access to detailed and actionable data, all in real-time with no costly development engagements or production redeployments.

Simone Geib Director Product Management SOA Suite

Twitter: soaSimone

Visit the registration page here.

Call ID: 4070776

Call Passcode: 333111 

Partner Webcast – Oracle BI cloud service: Insights at Your Fingertips

Join us as we showcase how cloud technology redefines the role of Partners and IT within the enterprise; with BICS strengthening the partnership with business.

  • Start with the Data—start your analysis instantly—upload your own files, then drag and drop to combine them with gold-standard corporate data.
  • See the Story—automatic visualizations show what’s in your data, and you can drag and drop from a rich charting library to create compelling dashboards and reports.
  • Dig Deeper—easily combine data from multiple sources, discover new insights, and take your analysis to the next level with advanced and predictive analytics
  • Go Mobile & Share—all your analytics are automatically available anytime, anywhere, on any device, so it’s quick and easy to share insights and drive collaboration.
  • Right Now, On Your Terms—fast, flexible analytics in the cloud empower you to get the greatest benefit from your data when it matters most—right now.

Date: Thursday, May 19th , 10 am CET (9am GMT/11am EET)
Duration: 1 hour

Read more & register here.

Thursday May 05, 2016

PaaS & Middleware Partner Update on YouTube 15 May 2016

The May edition of the Middleware Partner Update contains three key topics:

  • Fusion Middleware & PaaS Summer Camps
  • Call for Papers Oracle OpenWorld & Java One
  • SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcast May 31st

Watch the video here.

Subscribe to the YouTube channel here.

Sustainability Innovation Award Nominations for Customers Due May 31

The Sustainability Innovation award, a category within the Oracle Excellence Award program, recognizes customers that use Oracle products as part of an environmental responsibility or sustainability initiative.

Read the latest OPN Strategy Blog to find out how your partners can nominate their customers now through May 31. 

Oracle Buys Opower: Together, Oracle and Opower will Become the Largest Provider of Mission-Critical Cloud Services to the $2.3 Trillion Utilities Industry

On May 2, 2016, Oracle announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Opower, the leading provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities. The proposed transaction is expected to close in 2016. Until the transaction closes, Oracle and Opower will continue to operate independently. 

Opower’s solutions enable over 100 global utilities, such as PG&E, Exelon and National Grid to deliver a modern digital customer experience.

Opower’s big data platform stores and analyzes over 600 billion meter reads from 60 million utility end customers, enabling utilities to proactively meet regulatory requirements, decrease the cost to serve, and improve customer satisfaction.

Learn more.

Oracle Buys Textura: Adds Leading Construction Contracts and Payment Management Cloud Services to the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform

On April 28, 2016, Oracle announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Textura, a leading provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services. The proposed transaction is expected to close in 2016. Until the transaction closes, Oracle and Textura will continue to operate independently.

Textura's cloud services process $3.4 billion in payments for over 6,000 projects each month, helping keep projects on time and under budget while reducing risk for developers, contractors and subcontractors.

Textura offers its cloud services in a consumption model preferred by the engineering and construction industry whereby the companies involved pay based on project activity.

Further, usage of Textura's cloud services creates a network effect that benefits all participants as more than 85,000 general and subcontractors are connected to the platform.

Learn more.

Oracle Buys Crosswise: Strengthens Oracle's Data as a Service Offering

On April 14, 2016, Oracle announced it signed an agreement to acquire Crosswise, a leading provider of machine-learning based cross-device data which enables marketers and premium publishers to realize the benefits of cross-device advertising, personalization and analytics. The transaction has closed.

Crosswise's innovative technology processes over one petabyte of user and device activity data from billions of unique devices every month.

By applying advanced data science and proprietary machine-learning techniques to this data, Crosswise constructs a new probabilistic Device Map™ matching multiple devices to individual users in an accurate, scalable and high quality manner. 

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Oracle and Ravello Systems

On February 22, 2016, Oracle signed an agreement to acquire Ravello Systems. All Ravello employees will be joining Oracle as part of Oracle Public Cloud. The transaction has closed. 

Learn More.