Fulfilling its commitment to quickly integrate the Sun partner community and provide opportunities for them to grow and profit with Oracle, the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) has expanded its partner enablement resources to include new training resources and Specializations for core Sun and Oracle technologies.
"Quickly following the close of the Sun acquisition, we are delivering on our promise to embrace and support Sun partners and provide new training and Specializations that support core Sun technologies," states Judson Althoff, senior vice president, Worldwide Alliances and Channels, Oracle. "With these additions to the OPN Specialized program, Oracle becomes the only company to offer partners the training and solutions they need to expand their business - from applications-to-disk."
The expanded offerings are intended to provide partners with the tools, resources, and support they need to differentiate themselves and their offerings, be recognized for their expertise and become preferred solution providers to Oracle customers.
New Sun enablement resources include enhanced Oracle Sun Knowledge Zones and server and storage Specializations for critical Sun technologies, including Oracle Solaris and Sun server and storage systems. These knowledge zones also include new training modules and data sheets showing how to migrate from Sun to OPN Specialized.
To support the overall broad adoption of Specialization, Oracle also announced the availability of an ongoing partner webcast series. These webcasts deliver tailored information for partners based on their program and specialization needs.
In addition, Oracle unveiled new software Specializations for its Database, Middleware and Applications offerings. Oracle PartnerNetwork now supports Sun product resell in a limited number of countries and it will become available worldwide in the coming months. Partners must meet competency and contractual resell criteria specified in the appropriate knowledge zones. Existing Sun partners may continue to resell under their existing Sun agreements until they migrate to the Oracle PartnerNetwork.
To date, more than 23,000 partners have passed OPN Specialists tests. These tests demonstrate partner competency criteria required for various Oracle PartnerNetwork Specializations. New specializations have also been announced and are available immediately on the OPN Specialized page, bringing the number of OPN Specializations to more than 35 since the program's launch last December.