Oracle Press Release

Oracle Extends Partner Enablement Commitment with Oracle Accelerate Academy

Partners Gain Learning Tools and Services to Better Market and Sell Oracle Accelerate Solutions to Midsize Organizations

Redwood Shores, CA - December 10, 2008

News Facts

Oracle today announced the Oracle Accelerate Academy, a new training program that provides a learning curriculum and services to enable Oracle Partners to better market, sell and implement Oracle Accelerate solutions for midsize organizations.
Building on the recently announced Oracle Partner Enablement 2.0 strategy, the Oracle Accelerate Academy extends the new Oracle PartnerNetwork Boot Camp curriculum with information and courses specific to the Oracle Accelerate program.
Oracle Accelerate solutions for midsize organizations provide low-cost, pre-configured applications with a wide range of industry-specific functionality, allowing for rapid best-practice implementations and significantly reduced maintenance responsibilities. Currently, Oracle partners offer more than 200 Oracle Accelerate solutions, spanning 19 industries and 48 industry segments in 32 countries.
With the establishment of the Oracle Accelerate Academy, Oracle further demonstrates its commitment to partner success by providing the information, training and resources they need to better identify customer needs and deliver complete midsize solutions.
In addition to the new training program, Oracle has expanded its Oracle PartnerNetwork Knowledge Zones with a new enablement zone titled “Oracle Applications for Midsize Companies."

Enabling Partner Success

Unique in the industry, the Oracle Accelerate Academy provides training and services that allow partners to increase their level of proficiency on selling, marketing and implementing Oracle solutions and, in turn, better meet customer needs and grow their businesses.
Additionally, partners participating in Oracle Accelerate Academy will have the opportunity to apply their skills by engaging in joint marketing programs with Oracle and Oracle’s Accelerate partners.
Key components of the Oracle Accelerate Academy include:
A “Jump Start” program for new JD Edwards Value Added Resellers, which includes Oracle Accelerate Academy training and co-funded demand generation support from Oracle, HP and IBM.
Guided Learning Paths that will help partners increase their level of proficiency in core competency areas, including marketing, sales, implementation, and more.
Hardware product training from Oracle platform partners, enabling Accelerate partners to be better equipped to provide a complete hardware and applications solutions to customers.

Supporting Quotes

“Our partners need the latest tools and resources to help them grow their businesses,” said Urs Renggli, director, Worldwide Small and Midmarket Marketing, HP. “The collaborative work of HP, Oracle and our channel partners has resulted in business solutions that help both our partners and midsized customers become more successful.”
As an Oracle partner with an Oracle Accelerate solution, PetroNet is able to continually update our skills through key Accelerate Academy training programs,” said Caroline Santora, CEO, PetroNet, LLC. “These offerings have provided us with the ability to further train our sales and implementation teams in the latest tools and software offerings. Oracle's investment in the Accelerate Academy directly impacts our firm's ability to be a successful partner and deliver midsize solutions to the Oil and Gas industry."
“This is a tremendous and focused effort to provide valued training and services for our partners in the midsize space,” said Oracle Senior Vice President, Global Accelerate Program Office, Tony Kender. “We recognize that our partners have a unique advantage with Oracle Accelerate to sell and deliver Oracle solutions at volume levels while growing a profitable business. With better trained partners, midsize customers will benefit from complete, industry-specific solutions that are cost effective.”

Supporting Resources

Oracle Midsize Customer Success Stories

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