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Oracle Announces Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized

Oracle is launching the next innovation of its partner program to better support partners and help them differentiate themselves. In the new program, Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized, partners can now focus on the product solutions that best support their business. There are four levels in the new program, and as partners take advantage of training offered through the OPN Competency Center, they become specialized and can move to higher levels.

The basic partner level, Remarketer, is for partners that want to sell Oracle technology products—with no initial investment—to midsize companies. Remarketers can advance to the Silver level, which provides discounts on Oracle University offerings, development licenses, greater support options, and 1-Click Resell Rights. Silver partners can advance to the Gold level, which offers greater access to Oracle partner resources, enhanced Oracle University and support offerings, and expanded resell rights. Specialization is available at the Gold level, and after the partner has specialized in five products, it can join the top partner level, Platinum, which includes access to market development funds, channel account management, and joint marketing opportunities.

enrich IT Creates Subscription-Based Procurement Platform

Oracle Partner enrich IT has created a subscription-based, integrated source-to-pay solution for midsize to large companies, built and deployed on Oracle Advanced Procurement 12.1. The new offering provides spend classification, spend analysis, sourcing, contract management, and procure-to-pay functions and can be implemented in 30 to 90 days.

enrich IT offers a pay-as-you-use model that includes software licensing, technology hosting, application management, and business process support for a fixed monthly price.

Kalypso Launches PLM Solution for Food and Beverage Industry

Kalypso, an Oracle Certified Partner, has launched PLM Vivo, a preconfigured product lifecycle management (PLM) solution for the food and beverage industry. Built on Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process application, PLM Vivo is configured with Kalypso templates, workflows, core data, and profiles based on best-in-class implementation practices.

PLM Vivo addresses product safety and regulatory compliance, two important issues facing food and beverage companies today. It enables product and supplier traceability to quickly isolate potential ingredient issues and comply with government regulatory and reporting requirements.

Oracle Creates Industry-Specific Tools and Training for Health Sciences Partners

Oracle PartnerNetwork and Oracle Health Sciences have created training and support materials related to Oracle’s comprehensive suite of software applications for clinical development and drug safety. Known as the Oracle Health Sciences Knowledge Zone, these materials help partners and customers to network with peers and access training, support, and product information needed to implement, integrate, and use Oracle Health Sciences applications.

The new training materials include Health Sciences Guided Learning Paths, which are role-specific trainings that provide partners with predefined curriculum and assessment tests for pre-sales consultants and salespeople. The learning paths are available for Oracle Healthcare Transaction Base, Oracle’s Siebel Clinical Trial Management System, Oracle Clinical, and Oracle Remote Data Capture. Partners who pass assessment exams in the Oracle Health Sciences Knowledge Zone earn the Oracle PartnerNetwork Champion accreditation.

AT&T Launches Mobile Platform for Oracle Applications

Oracle Certified Advantage Partner AT&T has released the AT&T Mobile Enterprise Applications Platform, a comprehensive suite of products and services that enables companies to design, build, deploy, and manage dynamic mobile enterprise applications. The platform consists of middleware technology and development tools, consulting services, and application management services.

The AT&T Mobile Enterprise Applications Platform allows businesses to efficiently and securely extend their Oracle, third-party, and custom back-end applications to mobile devices. It is available in packages for sales, service, and support applications and works with Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise applications, Oracle CRM On Demand, and Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management.

Fujitsu FlexFrame for Oracle Now Supports Oracle VM

FlexFrame for Oracle, Oracle Certified Advantage Partner Fujitsu’s latest version of its dynamic self-managing IT infrastructure based on Oracle Grid Computing, now integrates with Oracle VM server virtualization technology. The addition of support for Oracle VM allows organizations to integrate Oracle databases and Oracle applications with non-Oracle applications such as those from SAP on the FlexFrame for Oracle infrastructure. It also gives customers flexibility in choosing software or hardware disaster recovery architectures for specific projects.

The new version of FlexFrame for Oracle also includes application awareness, which provides monitoring capabilities for Oracle services and a live check with configurable restart/reboot options; integration with standard data center management processes and connectivity with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) network management systems; and service priority management, failover, and displacement rules.

Accenture and Oracle Open Innovation Centers in Tokyo and Istanbul 

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Oracle Certified Advantage Partner Accenture and Oracle have expanded their global network of development centers by opening Accenture Innovation Centers for Oracle in Tokyo, Japan, and Istanbul, Turkey. These centers join others in the U.K. and the U.S.

The initial focus at the Tokyo center will be on International Financial Reporting Standards solutions and enterprise sales and operation planning transitions, using Oracle products such as Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Hyperion Financial Management. Center personnel will also assist with virtualization, enterprise performance management, and supply chain management solutions.

The Istanbul center will focus on providing Oracle-based applications and products in areas such as customer relationship management and business process management.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Acquires BearingPoint Practice

Oracle Certified Advantage Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers has purchased the majority of BearingPoint’s North American Commercial Services practice. As part of the deal, PricewaterhouseCoopers is acquiring global delivery centers in Shanghai, China and Bangalore, India. These centers will provide clients with expanded global sourcing capabilities and competitive cost advantages.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ expanded team now includes expertise in numerous Oracle solution areas, including enterprise resource planning and financial applications; business intelligence; customer relationship management; workforce lifecycle management; enterprise performance management; governance, risk, and compliance; security and identity management; supply chain management; and lease management.

Deloitte and Oracle Address IFRS

Deloitte Consulting and Deloitte Services, subsidiaries of Oracle Certified Advantage Partner Deloitte, are helping companies convert to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the new set of accounting principles scheduled for adoption in the United States by 2016.

The Deloitte subsidiaries have optimized the delivery of IFRS services and created an Oracle-specific IFRS solution set that streamlines the IFRS assessment and planning processes. Oracle’s financial management solutions, combined with Deloitte’s cross-functional service capabilities, will help Fortune 1000 organizations convert to IFRS and thereby improve information quality, manage multiple accounting frameworks, improve business processes, and enforce global standards and controls, all while complying with local regulations.

Deloitte has also introduced the Retail Business Intelligence Accelerator, a set of end-to-end business intelligence and data warehouse consulting services supported by Oracle Retail Data Model and compliant with the retail industry standard reference data model. This offering is designed to help retailers to address key business challenges and opportunities efficiently and with a low cost of entry.


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