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November/December 2011

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Partner News


Accenture Expands AFPO

Oracle Diamond Partner Accenture has rolled out version two of its Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle (AFPO), a software tool for integrating and developing solutions on Oracle Fusion Middleware. AFPO now supports Oracle SOA Suite 11g, Oracle Business Intelligence Suite 11g, and Oracle Identity Management 11g products, and also integrates and supports Oracle Database 11g Release 2, Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g, and Oracle Data Integrator 11g.

AFPO provides a reference application architecture, implementation accelerator, and common services framework for Oracle Fusion Middleware. It was developed in collaboration with Oracle, using experience and knowledge Accenture has gained through hundreds of implementations of Oracle products.

AFPO can be delivered as a fully integrated architecture, or in sections—such as SOA or security—depending on an organization’s client’s needs. It is available either on premises or through the cloud. AFPO is the cornerstone of Accenture’s Fusion Readiness Program, which helps organizations anticipate the architectural and business needs of Oracle Fusion Applications. Currently, nine Accenture clients are using the first version of AFPO through a pilot program launched in December 2010.

Mythics Opens Center for Public Sector Cloud Computing

Mythics, an Oracle Platinum Partner and Oracle GSA Schedule Holder, has opened the Mythics Public Sector Technology Briefing Center in the Oracle Cloud Computing Center of Excellence in Reston, Virginia. There, Mythics and Oracle customers and partners can access hands-on demos, training, and specialized proofs-of-concept for Oracle public sector technologies and solutions.

Since 2000, Mythics has provided Oracle licensing, training, and consulting services across the entire Oracle product portfolio. Mythics provides technology solutions within the U.S. Department of Defense, federal civilian agencies, intelligence agencies, and state and local governments, as well as the commercial and healthcare sectors.

DLT Solutions and Groupware Technology Achieve Oracle Exadata Specialization

Two Oracle Platinum partners, DLT Solutions and Groupware Technology, have achieved Specialized status in Oracle Exadata. The certification process to achieve Oracle Exadata specialization consists of seven prerequisite specializations, including Oracle Data Warehousing, Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Database Performance Tuning, Oracle Exadata, Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Solaris.

DLT Solutions has been an Oracle PartnerNetwork member for nearly two decades, and has been recognized by Oracle several times for its sales excellence, business competency, and technical acumen. Based in Herndon, Virginia, it serves federal, state, and local governments and provides hardware, software, and technical support.

For IT solution provider Groupware Technology, Oracle Exadata specialization allows the company to deliver end-to-end solutions for data warehousing, business intelligence, and online transaction processing

Cintra Achieves Specialization Status for Three Oracle Solutions

Oracle partner Cintra has completed three Oracle specializations—Oracle Database Performance Tuning, Oracle Real Application Clusters, and Oracle GoldenGate—via the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized program, and has also achieved Platinum Partner status. To attain Platinum status, partners must achieve any combination of five specializations, Oracle Exastack Ready applications, or Oracle Validated Integrations. Cintra’s other specializations include Oracle Database and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation.

To achieve Specialized status, Cintra professionals completed stringent course material proving competency development, business results, and expertise. Cintra worked with Avnet Technology Solutions and its “Under Our Wing” program to achieve specialization; under this program, Avnet guided Cintra through its selected Oracle specialization tracks from start to finish.

Brainware Achieves Validated Integration

Oracle Gold Partner Brainware’s intelligent data capture software for business process automation, Brainware Distiller 5.3, has achieved Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. Brainware Distiller allows Oracle E-Business Suite users to leverage advanced data extraction capabilities to process documents quickly and accurately into their Oracle enterprise applications. It also provides insight into key business processes.

dignum Gains SPARC and Oracle Solaris Specializations

Oracle Gold Partner dignum, of Seefeld, Germany, has achieved Specialized status in Oracle’s entry-level and midrange SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers through Oracle PartnerNetwork. The company simultaneously earned specialization in Oracle Solaris.

To achieve these specializations, dignum demonstrated technical skill and knowledge, business results, and proven success in Oracle’s entry-level and midrange SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers and Oracle Solaris. Specialization assures dignum’s customers that the company is a knowledgeable partner that can develop and implement solutions incorporating those technologies. dignum also holds a specialization in Oracle Linux.

CSC Achieves Diamond Status

CSC has been named an Oracle Diamond Partner. The company, which employs 91,000 professionals and serves clients in more than 90 countries, demonstrated its expertise in implementation and management of Oracle products in order to achieve this status. To attain Diamond status, a partner must achieve a total of 20 specializations, or have a combination of up to five Oracle Exastack Ready applications or Oracle Validated Integrations plus 15 or more specializations. Additionally, five of the specializations must be advanced specializations. 

CSC has achieved 15 Oracle specializations and five advanced specializations. It has more than 1,650 certified Oracle specialists with expertise in Oracle Database, Oracle E-Business Suite supply chain management, Oracle Solaris, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise human capital management solutions, PeopleSoft PeopleTools, and Oracle CRM On Demand, in addition to Oracle solutions for the professional services, aerospace and defense, oil and gas, and consumer goods industries.

Capgemini Group Named a Diamond Partner

Capgemini Group has been named an Oracle Diamond Partner. By achieving Diamond status, Capgemini Group has proven its expertise in implementing Oracle software and its ability to help customers worldwide leverage technology to accelerate growth and create business success. To attain Diamond status, a partner must achieve a total of 20 specializations, or have a combination of up to five Oracle Exastack Ready applications or Oracle Validated Integrations plus 15 or more specializations. Additionally, five of the specializations must be advanced specializations.

To date, Capgemini Group has achieved more than 22 Oracle specializations and five advanced specializations. Its more than 2,700 Oracle specialists have expertise in products including Oracle Database; Oracle E-Business Suite; Oracle’s PeopleSoft, Siebel, JD Edwards, Agile, and Demantra solutions; Oracle Enterprise Taxation Management, and Oracle Policy Automation.

AdaptiveMobile Picks Oracle Berkeley DB

Dublin, Ireland-based AdaptiveMobile, an Oracle Gold Partner, will embed Oracle Berkeley DB in its Network Protection Platform. The AdaptiveMobile Network Protection Platform helps mobile operators and service providers protect their subscribers from viruses, spam, malware, fraud, and inappropriate content, and it’s used by more than 600 million subscribers worldwide. 

AdaptiveMobile selected Oracle Berkeley DB for its data retrieval speed, reliability, scalability, availability, and ability to integrate with the company’s existing application environment. By using Oracle Berkeley DB, AdaptiveMobile reduced its development time and hardware and administration costs, and is now able to resolve content and access control challenges without impacting the user experience.

Kalypso Gets Specialized in Oracle’s Agile Solutions

Oracle Gold Partner Kalypso has achieved Specialized status in Oracle’s Agile product lifecycle management (PLM) applications. Kalypso, with headquarters in Ohio and the Netherlands, has extensive implementation experience with Agile PLM applications and Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process, providing guidance in Agile PLM strategy, implementation, and optimization. 

Partners Announce Oracle Accelerate Solutions

Through the Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies (Oracle Accelerate) program, several Oracle partners have created new Oracle Accelerate solutions—Oracle application bundles developed to be implemented quickly to maximize ROI. Partners in the program have access to rapid implementation tools, templates, and process flows that enable their customers to realize immediate benefit from their Oracle Applications.

Oracle Platinum Partner Akademi Consulting of Turkey has launched an Oracle Accelerate solution for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne aimed at the food and beverage industry. Its target customers are midsize companies wishing to replicate the enterprise resource planning-based success of larger companies with bigger budgets.

Business & Decision Group, an Oracle Platinum Partner with offices in 19 countries, has introduced a new Oracle Accelerate solution for the high-tech industry that leverages Oracle CRM On Demand. The new solution supports process-driven selling, triangulated forecasting, customer asset management, and other business processes used by high-tech companies.

DAZ Systems, an Oracle Platinum Partner serving the small and midsize business market, has expanded its North American Oracle enterprise performance management practice by adding an Oracle Accelerate solution for the Oracle Hyperion Planning Suite of products.

IBM Global Services France, a unit of Oracle Diamond Partner IBM, has developed an Oracle Accelerate solution for contract management in the business services industry. The new solution is based on Oracle E-Business Suite.

Oracle Gold Partner ICP Solution of Hamburg, Germany, announced an Oracle Accelerate solution for manufacturers based on Oracle’s Agile product lifecycle management solution. ICP’s solution brings a comprehensive, enterprise-class product data management application to midsize businesses at a fixed price.

Inspirage, an Oracle Platinum Partner based in the U.S., has become an Oracle Accelerate solution provider for Oracle value chain planning applications. It has launched two Oracle Accelerate solutions: one for Demantra Demand Management and one for Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning and Oracle Inventory Optimization.

Neit Consulting Achieves Oracle Hyperion Specialization

Oracle Gold Partner Neit Consulting is the first company in the Czech Republic to achieve Specialized status in Oracle Hyperion Planning solutions. Attaining this specialization demonstrates Neit’s expertise in implementing Oracle planning solutions.

Emulex Supports Oracle VM 3.0

Oracle Gold Partner Emulex’ portfolio of OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapters and LightPulse Host Bus Adapters now supports Oracle VM 3.0, the latest release of Oracle’s server virtualization platform. Emulex will provide Oracle VM 3.0 customers with high-performance protocol offload support for 10 GbE, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet, as well as 4 Gb/sec and 8 Gb/sec FC connectivity. 

Qualogy Opens Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Demo Center

Oracle Gold Partner Qualogy has opened an Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud demonstration center in Rijswijk, the Netherlands. Qualogy is the first company in the Benelux region to deploy the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud system, and is making it available to its customers as a risk-mitigated, proof-of-concept service. 

In addition to operating its Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud demo center, Qualogy’s 150 specialists deliver customized Oracle and Java application development; Oracle E-Business Suite services ranging from audits and implementations to upgrades and migrations; database and application management; business intelligence; Web 2.0 consulting; and agile development. The company serves clients in publishing, telecom, industry, healthcare, government, retail, and finance sectors.

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