Oracle has released a raft of new channel specialisations as part of plans to integrate and better recognise partners across Oracle and Sun technologies.
According to a global press statement, the new Sun specialisations cover storage and server platforms including Sparc enterprise high-level and midrange servers, Sun Chip Multithreading servers, Sun Storage 7000 Unified storage systems, StorageTek tape libraries and Oracle Solaris.
Other specialisations are based around Oracle application platforms and include policy automation, CRM on-demand, data warehousing, database security and Oracle Fusion Middleware suites such as Essbase, Business Intelligence foundation, Application Grid, Content Management and WebCenter.
The specialisation program is open to recognised gold and platinum partners. Depending on what tier an organisation sits in, benefits available range from exposure across the vendor’s websites and promotional material, access to demonstration services, free support service requests and broader partner support through to enablement initiatives, marketing development funds, discounts on licensing and programs and sales kits.
The new releases bring Oracle’s total specialisations to 35 and represent an expansion of the vendor’s Oracle PartnerNetwork announced last December. It claims 23,000 partners have passed the test and earned their specialisation stripes.
To bump up its channel resources, Oracle has unveiled new Sun Knowledge zones incorporating online data sheets and training modules. The vendor has also launched a partner webcast series providing customised information around specific specialisations and platforms.
In a statement, Oracle world alliances and channel senior vice-president, Judson Althoff, said the company was committed to providing the resources and opportunities required by a combined Oracle and Sun partner base to grow and profit.
“The number of certified specialisations we have already seen since the program was rolled out just six months ago is a testament to real and tangible benefits partners see in this program,” he said. “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 specialisations that support core Sun technologies.”
The vendor’s spokesperson had not responded to requests for comment on how the new specialisations would affect the Australian channel at time of publication.