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Oracle(R) PartnerNetwork Kicks Off Partners&apos Week at Oracle OpenWorld 2008 Global OPN Forum Event Showcases Partner Opportunities for Growth and Profitability

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ORACLE OPENWORLD 2008 -- News Facts -- The Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Forum (http://tinyurl.com/4k5wpr) kicked off the week for partners attending Oracle(R) OpenWorld 2008 in San Francisco on Sunday. More than 1500 partners from around the globe gathered to hear about expanded opportunities for business growth and profitability from top Oracle executives and network with other partners. -- Charles Phillips, President, Oracle opened the event, welcoming partners and emphasizing the importance of partners to Oracle's ecosystem and Oracle investment to facilitate partners' success. -- Safra Catz, President, Oracle joined the event in the afternoon, thanking partners for their contributions to the Oracle ecosystem and outlining the broad opportunities for them based on Oracle's growing product line. -- Guest speaker, Robert DeMarzo, vice president and editor, Everything Channel delivered the guest keynote, providing insight into the future of partnering in our industry. -- Providing the Oracle keynote address was Judson Althoff, group vice president, Worldwide Alliances & Channels, who thanked partners for their contributions, provided highlights from last year and shared the company's new partner enablement strategy. -- Partners also listened to an panel focused on Partner Enablement featuring Oracle executives: -- Mark Keever, Group Vice President, Accelerators.Oracle.Com -- John Gawkowski, Vice President, Platform Technology Solutions -- Mark Johnson, Vice President, Accelerate Applications Marketing& Business Development -- Joel Borellis, Vice President, Partner Enablement -- These executives highlighted specific strategies to help partners broaden their business with Oracle and provided an update on enhanced systems to help facilitate interactions. -- Following this, a panel featuring regional alliances and channels executives shared best practices and top priorities for specific geographies. The following regional executives joined the panel: -- Ted Bereswill, Senior Vice President, North America Alliances & Channels -- Bronwyn Hastings, Senior Vice President, APAC Alliances & Channels -- Stein Surlien, Vice President, EMEA Alliances & Channels -- Sandra Vaz, Vice President, Latin America Alliances & Channels -- Afternoon breakout sessions provided specific content addressing priorities for the Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Latin America (LAD), and North America (NAS) regions. Additionally there were sessions held with specific information for the Communications industry and Global Value-Added Distributors (VADs). -- The program wrapped up with the North America OPN Titan Awards (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/017517_EN.doc) -- Additionally, Oracle acknowledged partner excellence globally. (http://tinyurl.com/4cjja) Supporting Quotes -- "The partner channel is absolutely critical to the global sales and implementation of Oracle's more than 9,000 products," said Oracle President, Charles Phillips. "As Oracle continues to grow and scale, we increasingly look to our partner ecosystem to help deliver value and expertise to our diverse, global customer base." -- "Together with our partners, we can meet our customers' needs," said Oracle President, Safra Catz "Frankly, alone we can't. The breadth of Oracle's product line is pure opportunity for our partners." -- "We've expanded the scope of the OPN Forum to encompass our global partner network," said Judson Althoff, group vice president, Worldwide Alliances & Channels, Oracle. "Globally, more than 80 percent of our sales transactions are done by Oracle partners and we welcome this opportunity to share our strategy and direction with them, encourage networking and gain invaluable feedback to keep our collective businesses growing." -- "Each year we look forward to starting our week at Oracle OpenWorld with the OPN Forum. It's a great time for us to meet with Oracle and discuss go-to-market plans based on priorities unveiled at the event. Equally important, the Forum gives us an opportunity to network with other partners in the Oracle ecosystem." Kristin Copenhaver, VP of Marketing and Alliances, CedarCrestone -- "I was particularly interested in the continued emphasis Oracle is placing on partner enablement. If our staff can get training tailored to their needs, and better understand where to focus their product efforts, they'll be more productive -- which helps us all. The client receives a higher quality service and we can all be more profitable". Jan Richards-Foate -- Vice President, Capgemini Australia Pty Limited -- "The global focus this year at the Partner Forum made this event particularly relevant to me. And being able to hear directly from Charles Phillips and Safra Catz drives home the importance of partners to Oracle." Maureen Clifford, CEO, Ndevr Pty Ltd -- "The content enhancements that have been implemented on the Oracle PartnerNetwork portal will allow us to quickly access product repositories that are aligned to our client's business needs. The additional functionality of RSS feeds will help ensure that we are receiving up to date news and product content that are most relevant to us. Lastly, the Knowledge Zones will enable us to more efficiently share information with one another, to Oracle and to our clients." Cherie Gartner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Supporting Resources -- Oracle PartnerNetwork (http://www.oracle.com/partners/index.html) -- Oracle Partner Solutions Catalog (http://solutions.oracle.com/) -- Oracle Partners (http://www.oracle.com/partnerships/index.html) -- Oracle Enables Partner Enablement 2.0 (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/017508_ESA.doc) -- Oracle Partners Respond to Customer Demand for SOA-based Integrations (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/017509_EN.doc) -- Partner Activities Highlights at Oracle OpenWorld, including replays (http://tinyurl.com/4k5wpr) -- Oracle North America Titan Awards release (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/017517_EN.doc) -- APAC OPN Awards release About the Oracle PartnerNetwork

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — ORACLE OPENWORLD 2008 — News Facts — The Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Forum (http://tinyurl.com/4k5wpr) kicked off the week for partners attending Oracle(R) OpenWorld 2008 in San Francisco on Sunday. More than 1500 partners from around the globe gathered to hear about expanded opportunities for business growth and profitability from top Oracle executives and network with other partners. — Charles Phillips, President, Oracle opened the event, welcoming partners and emphasizing the importance of partners to Oracle's ecosystem and Oracle investment to facilitate partners' success. — Safra Catz, President, Oracle joined the event in the afternoon, thanking partners for their contributions to the Oracle ecosystem and outlining the broad opportunities for them based on Oracle's growing product line. — Guest speaker, Robert DeMarzo, vice president and editor, Everything Channel delivered the guest keynote, providing insight into the future of partnering in our industry. — Providing the Oracle keynote address was Judson Althoff, group vice president, Worldwide Alliances & Channels, who thanked partners for their contributions, provided highlights from last year and shared the company's new partner enablement strategy. — Partners also listened to an panel focused on Partner Enablement featuring Oracle executives: — Mark Keever, Group Vice President, Accelerators.Oracle.Com — John Gawkowski, Vice President, Platform Technology Solutions — Mark Johnson, Vice President, Accelerate Applications Marketing& Business Development — Joel Borellis, Vice President, Partner Enablement — These executives highlighted specific strategies to help partners broaden their business with Oracle and provided an update on enhanced systems to help facilitate interactions. — Following this, a panel featuring regional alliances and channels executives shared best practices and top priorities for specific geographies. The following regional executives joined the panel: — Ted Bereswill, Senior Vice President, North America Alliances & Channels — Bronwyn Hastings, Senior Vice President, APAC Alliances & Channels — Stein Surlien, Vice President, EMEA Alliances & Channels — Sandra Vaz, Vice President, Latin America Alliances & Channels — Afternoon breakout sessions provided specific content addressing priorities for the Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Latin America (LAD), and North America (NAS) regions. Additionally there were sessions held with specific information for the Communications industry and Global Value-Added Distributors (VADs). — The program wrapped up with the North America OPN Titan Awards (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/017517_EN.doc) — Additionally, Oracle acknowledged partner excellence globally. (http://tinyurl.com/4cjja) Supporting Quotes — "The partner channel is absolutely critical to the global sales and implementation of Oracle's more than 9,000 products," said Oracle President, Charles Phillips. "As Oracle continues to grow and scale, we increasingly look to our partner ecosystem to help deliver value and expertise to our diverse, global customer base." — "Together with our partners, we can meet our customers' needs," said Oracle President, Safra Catz "Frankly, alone we can't. The breadth of Oracle's product line is pure opportunity for our partners." — "We've expanded the scope of the OPN Forum to encompass our global partner network," said Judson Althoff, group vice president, Worldwide Alliances & Channels, Oracle. "Globally, more than 80 percent of our sales transactions are done by Oracle partners and we welcome this opportunity to share our strategy and direction with them, encourage networking and gain invaluable feedback to keep our collective businesses growing." — "Each year we look forward to starting our week at Oracle OpenWorld with the OPN Forum. It's a great time for us to meet with Oracle and discuss go-to-market plans based on priorities unveiled at the event. Equally important, the Forum gives us an opportunity to network with other partners in the Oracle ecosystem." Kristin Copenhaver, VP of Marketing and Alliances, CedarCrestone — "I was particularly interested in the continued emphasis Oracle is placing on partner enablement. If our staff can get training tailored to their needs, and better understand where to focus their product efforts, they'll be more productive — which helps us all. The client receives a higher quality service and we can all be more profitable". Jan Richards-Foate — Vice President, Capgemini Australia Pty Limited — "The global focus this year at the Partner Forum made this event particularly relevant to me. And being able to hear directly from Charles Phillips and Safra Catz drives home the importance of partners to Oracle." Maureen Clifford, CEO, Ndevr Pty Ltd — "The content enhancements that have been implemented on the Oracle PartnerNetwork portal will allow us to quickly access product repositories that are aligned to our client's business needs. The additional functionality of RSS feeds will help ensure that we are receiving up to date news and product content that are most relevant to us. Lastly, the Knowledge Zones will enable us to more efficiently share information with one another, to Oracle and to our clients." Cherie Gartner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Supporting Resources — Oracle PartnerNetwork (http://www.oracle.com/partners/index.html) — Oracle Partner Solutions Catalog (http://solutions.oracle.com/) — Oracle Partners (http://www.oracle.com/partnerships/index.html) — Oracle Enables Partner Enablement 2.0 (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/017508_ESA.doc) — Oracle Partners Respond to Customer Demand for SOA-based Integrations (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/017509_EN.doc) — Partner Activities Highlights at Oracle OpenWorld, including replays (http://tinyurl.com/4k5wpr) — Oracle North America Titan Awards release (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/017517_EN.doc) — APAC OPN Awards release

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