Oracle Press Release

Oracle Partners Rapidly Adopt Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized Program

Rolls Out New OPN Specialized Partner Premier Site to Showcase Specialized Partner Success and Help Connect Partners and Customers

Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 31, 2011

News Facts

Just one year following its inception, Oracle today announced that a record number of partners have embraced the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized program to differentiate themselves and gain a competitive edge.
Today, nearly 1,000 partners have demonstrated expertise in close to 60 specialization areas spanning Oracle’s extensive applications-to-disk product portfolio.
Continuing to invest in new enablement resources and opportunities for partner growth, Oracle also announced the OPN Specialized Partner Premier site, a new interactive directory geared to connect customers with a partner that has the right expertise to meet their distinct business needs.

Partners Rapidly Achieve Specialization

In the program’s first year, close to 1,000 partners have achieved specialization and are using the specialized distinction to further drive customer growth and success with Oracle technologies.
Today, the OPN Specialized program includes:
Nearly 1,000 Specialized partners
22,678 OPN specialists
9,717 OPN implementation specialists
58 curriculum libraries
To support partner education and training, Oracle has offered more than 650 Boot Camp training programs and over 35,600 Boot Camp days in the past year, helping partners achieve specialization in close to 60 different Oracle application, middleware, database, systems or industry solution areas.

OPN Specialized Partner Premier Site Showcases Specialized Partner Success and Differentiation

Built on the foundation of Oracle Enablement 2.0 training and support, the OPN Specialized program enables partners to establish industry recognition by following a formal process to become specialized in key Oracle solution areas. This gives customers a system of preference and allows partners to differentiate themselves and the solutions and services they offer.
The new Specialized Partner Premier site allows partners to highlight their differentiated Oracle-based solutions and services and connect with customers looking for a unique business expertise.
Once in the OPN Specialized Partner Premier site, customers can review partner success stories, product backgrounds, news items, videos and more and directly connect with partners on additional questions or potential business opportunities.

Supporting Quotes

“We have received a tremendous response to the OPN Specialized program and already have nearly 1,000 partners delivering unique and differentiated solutions to our joint customers around the globe,” said Judson Althoff, senior vice president of Worldwide Alliances and Channels and Embedded Sales, Oracle. “Today’s customers are not simply looking for technology; they are looking for complete solutions and domain knowledge that can help solve their distinct business challenges. Together with our partners, Oracle is helping customers leverage technology to transform their businesses and bottom line results. As the program progresses, we are dedicated to finding new and innovative ways to enable our partners to grow, succeed and profit with Oracle.”
“OPN Specialized is a solid program that recognizes strong business partners,” said Darren Bibby, program vice-president of IDC Software Channels and Alliances Research. “Telling the customer community about those strong partners is important, yet few other programs do a good job of it. These are great initiatives from Oracle towards letting the world know what it means to be a Specialized partner.”

Supporting Resources

Connect with the Oracle Partner community at OPN on Facebook, OPN on LinkedIn, and OPN on YouTube, OPN on Twitter

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Contact Info

Candice van der Laan
Oracle
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candice.van.der.laan@oracle.com

Kristin Reeves
Blanc & Otus
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kreeves@blancandotus.com