My OOW16 – My Thoughts and Those From The Analysts I Follow


There is always post Open World conversations about what was it all about and what does that mean to Oracle customers. Some of these conversations are formal and many more are informal, in the street around Moscone, at the airport and with everyone you meet when you get back.


On the Thursday morning I was at an Analyst breakfast and I was quite buoyant about SaaS, there were more customers than Oracle speaking on HCM and (more...)

My OOW16 – The Off Piste Fun


Oracle Open World is busy, it is hard work, but it is also great fun. To me there is very little difference between the fun and the work, but in this post I want to concentrate on all the great things I had a chance to do.


I meet so many people at Oracle events and yet I am useless at remembering names. I am more likely to remember something silly you have done, a (more...)

My OOW16 – User Experience


User Experience is my favourite team in Oracle. How successfully we use the applications is what we are all striving to do and how easy and intuitive they are is a big part of that success. This is the UX.


The day before the Oracle ACE Director briefings is now traditionally the Applications UX Day, where they share their roadmap and what they are up to. For me this is another not to be missed (more...)

My OOW16 – My ‘Fun’ Triathlon


As promised I kept up my tradition of a fun triathlon.

On the Saturday before Open World, many people take the opportunity to cycle the bridge, there is actually a group arranged by Bryn Llewellyn but I know I couldn't keep up with them, so I like to go off with just one or two people.


Fiona has never done the bridge by bike so we decided we would have a go. Fiona has just (more...)

My OOW16 – Paas 4 SaaS


I gave my overall thoughts about the messages and where I think Oracle are in another post, and I said important to me is where PaaS, Platform as a Service, is going. The development tools part of the Oracle offering.


There was lots of PaaS content at the ACE Director Briefings and much more at OOW itself. They talked about delivering the PaaS portfolio in suites, grouping together products that you might want to use (more...)

My OOW16 – User Groups


I always feel guilty at OOW, that I don't have the time to man the EOUC (covers all uaergroups within EMEA) 
stand. In fact this year I spent more time finding it than actually talking to people on it, which is a shame, it was quite hidden away on the exhibition floor.

I did however pull together the third annual #EMEADBAs session which Tim Hall captured in a quick video. Tim didn't include me in (more...)

My OOW16 – England Rugby Presentation


The highlight of this Oracle Open World for me was definitely our customer case study with England Rugby.


This is an amazing customer to work with and as an avid Rugby (albeit Ireland) fan I enjoy every minute of working with them at Twickenham.

I submitted the abstract many months ago and when it was accepted, I started to work with their speaker, Patrick McMaster, Senior Learning & Development Partner, on the content. Patrick also (more...)

My OOW16 – OTN


During OOW itself there were lots of things going on with OTN. Their lounge became the unofficial meeting place for ACEs.


Laura Ramsey did her video streaming from here and I took part in two. One video with Marcelle Kratochvil as part of the #OTNWIT series and the second a more general discussion with Laura.



They had their T Shirt bar, which did have a special time for ACEs to avoid the queue but (more...)

My OOW16 – Certus



Right from the moment I arrived at Oracle HQ I was on duty for Certus. I met with development and made arrangements to meet with more during OOW itself.

I was joined at OOW by Tim Warner our COO and Richard Atkins our EVP of Cloud Application. We met up at the EMEA Partner Reception on the Saturday night. I ached from my cycle ride and didn't stay too long, but did enjoy catching up (more...)

My OOW16 – ACE Director Briefings


As a proud ACE Director, OTN is my sponsor at Oracle Open World.

We are asked to attend two days of briefings at HQ the week before OOW, and in fact the User Experience day, the day before the briefings is also an offshoot from the ACE program.

You can never have enough photos of Oracle HQ
The briefings are great and as I said before, the highlight for me is the Thomas Kurian session (more...)

My OOW16 – Write Up


It's a wrap! Or at least I am home. Oracle Open World usually means I come home with a very long to do list.

I flew out to San Francisco the Monday before OOW and the journey was great apart from having to wait almost an hour for the shuttle bus to the hotel. After 18 hours travelling you do just want to get to the hotel. However I love the Sofitel, they do have (more...)

My OOW16 – Same Old, Same Old or A Favourite Recipe?


As the world's most skilled procrastinator I have been in San Francisco for 28 hours and still not written my 'what am I up to' post.


So I looked at last year's pre event post and if I simply updated the session names it would work, although I don't get the post event holiday to Hawaii I had last year (why not? I ask myself).


Is Oracle Open World stale, and is (more...)

An ACE Tale of Teach, Motivate, Mentor & Achieve



I am often asked, “How long does it take to be an ACE?” and I’m sorry but the answer has to be “It depends”; it depends how far along the journey you are already are, and even then it depends on how big an impact you make.

But this isn’t a race, it is about being recognised for an on going community commitment. Even when you are awarded an ACE title we are all (more...)

What is your favourite Database Feature? Come Hear Ours at Oracle Open World


It is that time again, the run up to Oracle Open World and as is now tradition the EMEA Oracle User Groups are bringing you another two hours of ACE DBAs short talks.

The past two years they have had just a few minutes to share with you new features. This year we are shaking it up a little and they are sharing their favourite features, regardless of when it appeared. 

For me (and (more...)

Need Your Help Again


This is my third UKOUG Partner Awards whilst working at Certus and in that time I have had the privilege to work with some amazing customers. I know Certus deserve your vote in the UKOUG Partner Awards, especially in the  Cloud Applications category.

I could just ask you to vote for us. Vote Gold and if you want to just do that then thank you so much. But if you want to know why, (more...)

OTNTourLA – The Long Trek Home


After an amazing day sightseeing the area around Pereira, it was a very late night but my first flight wasn't until almost midday.

I met up with Tim for breakfast and then made my way to the airport. There isn't really a waiting area airside, just two boarding areas, so you have to wait till your flight is the next one to be called. The area landside was very busy with whole families seeing individuals (more...)

OTNTourLA – Final Sight Seeing


Alexis wife Clara, sat next to me at dinner Thursday evening and was telling what a beautiful location Pereira was the centre off, and how I should explore it. Then Pablo who had done so during the day showed me some photos and I was determined to do something on the Friday as I was not speaking.

Alexis asked me if I wanted to go with him to see some places, and that Deiby was (more...)

OTNTourLA – Last Stop Colombia


Sleep is a wonderful thing and in a much better frame of mind, we managed to get a taxi to the university for the event kick off. Once we arrived I was very impressed with the facilities which included sports halls, pool, stadium etc of almost Olympic quality.

The university appeared to be set in a bamboo forest which is very pre learnt locally, in fact we also saw a toll booth the next day (more...)

OTNTourLA – The Journey to Colombia


The journey was not my finest hour, I had a total sense of humour failure.

I think I was never going to enjoy the journey, there was 3 legs we had always seemed excessive but then we heard from local peers on the tour that there was the option to do a much simpler Guatemala, Panama, Periera than the Guatemala, San Salvador, Bogota, Periera than we were doing! This would also have allowed Tim to (more...)

OTNTourLA 2016 – Guatemala

Oracle User Group Guatemala 

Guatemala was probably the most laid back leg of our tour. Having the event in a hotel, and then staying in that hotel means there isn't too much to worry about logistics.

We arrived mid afternoon and I took the opportunity to bank a few hours sleep. Then Tim, Alex and I went for a very nice local meal. Our hotel I am guessing was classified as an airport hotel as (more...)