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September/October 2011


Partner News


European Partners Gain SOA Specialization

Five members of Oracle PartnerNetwork—four in the Netherlands and one in the U.K.—have achieved Specialized status in Oracle service-oriented architecture (SOA). This specialization acknowledges Oracle partners that meet stringent requirements and demonstrate expertise in delivering services related to Oracle SOA Suite 11g.

AMIS Services, an IT services provider based in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, that focuses on Oracle and Java technology and is an Oracle Gold Partner, has been working with Oracle SOA Suite for more than six years. The company employs nearly 20 SOA consultants.

CIBER Nederland, an Oracle Platinum Partner based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has completed several reference projects related to SOA. It recently formed a dedicated Oracle practice team with its Oracle consultants.

Whitehorses, an Oracle Gold Partner based in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, was founded in 2001. The company uses its expertise in Oracle technologies and Java to integrate systems, processes, and data. It addresses infrastructure problems directly in small, manageable steps while maintaining a focus on achieving visible results.

Yenlo, an Oracle Gold Partner based in Hazerswoude-Rijndijk, the Netherlands, employs senior specialists in Oracle and Java applications, middleware, and database platforms. Its services include consulting, architecture, custom applications, and 24/7 hosting and management of IT environments that include Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Griffiths Waite Limited is a Birmingham, England-based Oracle Gold Partner specializing in Oracle SOA solutions. The company employs methodologies such as Lean-Six Sigma and the Open Group Architecture Framework, which allow the company to capture, leverage, and reuse architecture framework guidelines and employ operational and governance best practices.

Oracle PartnerNetwork Hosts Forum at Oracle OpenWorld

The Oracle PartnerNetwork Forum, a day of exclusive meetings and networking events for Oracle partners, will be held in San Francisco, California, on October 2, 2011, in conjunction with the opening day of Oracle OpenWorld. The forum begins at 9 a.m. with partner special interest meetings where select Oracle product, industry, and channel teams will share information intended to help partners boost sales.

After a networking lunch, Oracle executives will share Oracle’s vision for the partner community in fiscal year 2012 and brief attendees on Oracle resources that can strengthen market opportunities. Later in the afternoon, partners will break into groups by geography to discuss opportunities and issues with regional Oracle Alliances and Channels teams. Following the Oracle OpenWorld welcome keynote, Oracle PartnerNetwork members will reconvene for the annual global partner awards ceremony and reception.

This event is open to attendees of JavaOne, which starts on October 2.

European Partners Earn Hardware-Related Specializations

Oracle Platinum Partner LC Systems-Engineering AG of Basel, Switzerland, has achieved Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized status across six Oracle product areas, including two hardware-related specializations. The company, a datacenter service provider, earned specializations in Oracle Database, Oracle Linux, Oracle Database performance tuning, Oracle’s entry-level and midrange SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers, SPARC T-Series servers, and Oracle Solaris. LC Systems-Engineering has provided datacenter solutions for more than 20 years and offers a range of services in cooperation with many solution and technology specialists.

Oracle Gold Partner dignum GmbH has become one of the first organizations in Germany to achieve Specialized status in Oracle’s entry-level and midrange SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers, as well as specialization in Oracle Solaris. Based in Seefeld, Germany, dignum has experience in server and storage solutions, high availability, backup and recovery systems, and managed services.

Dell Services Introduces Oracle Accelerate Solutions

Oracle Platinum Partner Dell Services has introduced new solutions to help midsize organizations rapidly and cost effectively deploy enterprise software. This new service offering comes in conjunction with Dell Services achieving Oracle Business Accelerators certification and being recognized as an Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies solution provider.

As an Oracle Accelerate solution provider, Dell Services helps midsize organizations with limited budgets to design and deploy integrated, end-to-end solutions that rival those of their larger competitors. Oracle Accelerate solutions leverage software such as enterprise resource planning, product lifecycle management, supply chain management, and business intelligence applications. Dell Services offers rapid implementation of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1, together with services including project design and planning, as well as configuration and installation. Additionally, the company helps midsize organizations adopt industry-standard best practices and processes to help enhance productivity and competitiveness.

In related news, Dell Services unveiled an Oracle Accelerate solution for the consumer packaged goods industry that leverages Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.

The Dell Services Oracle practice provides consulting services, strategy, business process re-engineering, application configuration and customization, organizational change management, testing, and maintenance services.

Sage Expands ERP Integration

Oracle Gold Partner Sage has deepened the integration of Oracle Database 11g with Sage ERP X3, its global enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The integration improvements, found in Sage ERP X3 version 6.2, simplify the implementation of Sage ERP by integrating Oracle Database as a native component of the product; increasing the application’s performance by taking advantage of new capabilities and enhancements in Oracle Database 11g; permitting “one-click” installation of Oracle Database 11g with Sage ERP X3; and improving operational functions such as backups. In addition, Sage has made Sage ERP available on the Oracle Exadata platform for improved performance and scalability.

Version 1 Racks Up Specializations

Version 1, a leading IT consulting and managed services company in Ireland , has retained its Platinum Partner status in the Oracle PartnerNetwork and has achieved Specialized status in Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Database 11g performance tuning, Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle SOA, and Oracle Business Intelligence foundation. Version 1’s Platinum and Specialized status recognizes its expertise in delivering solutions, consulting, and support services across the full Oracle stack.

Enkitec University to Offer Rapid Oracle Exadata Training

Oracle Platinum Partner Enkitec, a consulting firm that provides Oracle Database development and support, is offering a three-day Oracle Exadata Database Machine training program. The program, called Enkitec University, uses a combination of focused lectures and problem-solving exercises. Interactive training and workshops give participants hands-on experience with Oracle Exadata hardware and software.

Enkitec University is offered at Enkitec’s Las Colinas, Texas, headquarters but can also be presented at customer sites.

Syntax Earns Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies Specialization

Oracle Platinum Partner Syntax has achieved Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized status for Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies. The specialization acknowledges Syntax’ attainment of sales training certifications and relevant customer references. It also recognizes development of the SyntaxExpress Accelerate Methodology, which incorporates industry-specific Oracle Business Accelerators.

Syntax, based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and with offices in Canada and the U.S., also holds specializations in Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne distribution and configurable network computing solutions and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne financial management applications.

Centric IT Solutions Earns Platinum Partner Level

Centric IT Solutions GmbH has achieved Platinum Partner status in Oracle PartnerNetwork and has achieved Specialized status for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne financial management applications. Centric is a leading IT company in the Netherlands and has branches in Belgium, Germany, Norway, Romania, Sweden, and Switzerland. Centric IT Solutions is part of the 9,100-employee Centric group.

Temenos Leverages Oracle Exadata

Oracle Gold Partner Temenos has made TEMENOS T24 (T24), its open architecture advanced banking system, available for Oracle Exadata Database Machine in a preconfigured core banking solution. Temenos will offer banks embarking on a legacy renewal program Oracle hardware, including Oracle Exadata, preconfigured to support T24 implementations. The combination of T24 and Oracle Exadata will enable medium and large banks to take advantage of T24’s prepackaged functionality and the efficiency, security, and fault tolerance of Oracle Exadata.

PasswordBank Joins Oracle Extended Identity Management Ecosystem

PasswordBank Technologies has joined the Oracle Extended Identity Management Ecosystem program. PasswordBank’s identity and access management and single-sign-on solutions are integrated with the framework of the Oracle Extended Identity Management Ecosystem. The PasswordBank platform provides secure access to applications in heterogeneous environments by extending single-sign-on functionality to non-Windows desktops. The PasswordBank solution works with Web-based, software-as-a-service, client/server, and legacy applications. Its features include a password manager, virtual provisioning, user activity audit, Web-based administration, workstation events monitoring and support, a password self-service portal, multifactor authentication, a time and attendance markup system, privileged identity management, and privileged user management.

Strong Authentication Provider Authasas Goes Gold

Authasas, a provider of strong authentication solutions for virtualized desktop infrastructures, is now an Oracle Gold Partner. Authasas provides authentication solutions for Oracle Identity Management. Specifically, Authasas Advanced Authentication software provides several forms of strong authentication, including biometric fingerprint, contactless smartcards, and security questions, to Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Logon Manager.

Oracle Exastack Launches

The processing and performance benefits of Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud are now available to independent software vendors (ISVs) via the Oracle Exastack program. Through the Oracle Exastack program, Oracle is working with ISVs to optimize their applications on these engineered systems.

With Oracle Exastack, ISVs can write applications once and have the flexibility to support both on-premises and cloud-based deployments.

ISVs can now develop applications more quickly and focus R&D investments on their core functionality.

SYSTIME Achieves JD Edwards Advanced Specializations

Oracle Platinum Partner SYSTIME has achieved Oracle PartnerNetwork Advanced Specialized status for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne distribution and configurable network computing solutions. The specializations recognize SYSTIME’s capabilities in assessing and deploying JD Edwards solutions. To qualify for Advanced Specialized status, a company must employ 50 or more certified specialists in the relevant product area and meet the criteria for Specialized status.

MICROS Systems and Subsidiary Earn Six Specializations

Oracle Platinum Partner MICROS Systems and its subsidiary MICROS-Fidelio International, which provide IT solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, have achieved Specialized status in six areas: Oracle Database, Oracle Database performance tuning, Oracle Database security options, Oracle Database Real Application Clusters, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Oracle Business Intelligence foundation.

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