2019 – Oracle Open World : London


In the middle of January, Oracle brought Open World to London. I'm not sure it is actually Open World but it was a great event and much appreciated by those in region.


For me it was my first outing as Accenture in action. We started in Accenture in October just a few days before Open World in San Francisco and although I was really welcomed felt I was still one step removed.

Wind on less (more...)

Encouragement Pays Rich Rewards


Encouragement is something we can all give. It doesn't have to be formal mentoring, just encourage someone in their journey and help them find the right path.

Many years ago, in 2007, I had the privilege of taking on a graduate in a new Business Intelligence Team I was building. I selected him because he pushed himself forward and said he wanted to learn. 

This was at the start of the learning revolution of (more...)

Fusion the Name is Back in Fashion!


In 2014 Oracle tried to drop the name Fusion from it's applications. I even wrote a blog.

I've held workshops where we had a swear box for every time someone said Fusion.

Then I was forced to start using the F Word again when Cloud Applications could also mean putting EBS in the Cloud. People were confused.

Watch here, it is used in the title of the video, on the slides and he says (more...)

The Need for Wi-Fi and Good AV


THIS IS A RANT!

Like it or not, our world is moving to the cloud. As ACE Directors we are encouraged to not only talk but to demo the cloud.

All you need to run the cloud is a browser, and ADEQUATE wifi.

When locations are chosen for events, it is not enough to ask if they have wifi and then believe it will work. Everyone is using the wifi and as a tech audience (more...)

2018 My Sangam Sessions


AIOUG has a good number of Apps delegates, both functional and those who support both Fusion and on-premise applications. So, for me I had great audiences.

One day one, I gave my ‘Back to Basics’ session. This is one aimed at EBS administrators. It might not matter to the Oracle salesman what is under the solution and probably not to the organisation, but to those who have invested time in running the current solution they (more...)

2018 UKOUG Conference


Although I am no longer UKOUG Board, I did still have responsibility for Apps 18. But you don’t do this on your own, you have a great team behind you. 

The main priority of the team is to deliver great content. After the for papers, and paper selection day we were quite happy with the agenda. However, as the weeks go on there are inevitably cancellations and then we have gaps to fill. This (more...)

Oracle Developer Advocates


Connor McDonald and Chris Saxon are Developer Advocates in Oracle. Their role is to engage with the community and encourage them to use the Oracle database. They are also 2/3rds of the famous Ask Tom with Maria Colgan, In Memory PM, being the third

They work closely with both the ACE program, who are non-Oracle, Oracle advocates and user groups who bring the users together. In fact, they often represent the Oracle side (more...)

2018 DOAG


Every blog about the DOAG could be the same. 

We expect a lot from German efficiency and they always deliver. My overriding emotion each year is venue envy. I love the building. I have been to literally 100s of events and this is the best venue by far. 


It isn’t too big, or rather it isn’t spread out over too big an area like you get in some US venues, but there is (more...)

2018 My UKOUG


My UKOUG                   

Obviously, my own sessions were on Fusion Cloud.

Monday I talked about Extending with PaaS, I had a really good audience and I was very happy. My second session was on Wednesday and was chatbots so I expected a good turnout for that. However I think 9am on Wednesday, after the party Tuesday and the only session before coffee, meant it was a bit disappointing. However, Grant Ronald the chatbot PM who helped (more...)

2018 Sangam – A Meeting of Minds



Sangam means, a meeting of Minds. It is the very definition of a community. 

Sai Penumuru is the president and a fellow ACE director. His passion is legendary, and he inspires that passion in his large army of volunteers that makes the All India Oracle User Group work.

AIOUG is made up of chapters around the country. The Yathra event in Feb / Mar visits these chapters on ‘the journey’. Sangam, or the meeting (more...)

2018 UKOUG Community Sessions – WIT and ACE


This was the first year Jennifer, the ACE Program lead was unable to attend UKOUG, but they still supported UKOUG and sponsored the speaker awards. Chris Saxon presented them on the program’s behalf and it was great to see a few more Lifetime Achievement Awards and a good showing of women in Apps, although it would be good to see more in the tech area. 

Chris also hosted the ACE dinner, which was (more...)

2018 Sangam – Encouraging the Local Presenters


At the Oracle ACE session at #Sangam18, all ACE speakers were asked what they thought the program meant to them. I talked about the part of our role that is to encourage local speakers. I shared the story that when I first went to South America on an ACE tour the events were small with few local speakers, that is now defiantly not true and they have many ACEs including Directors, they just needed (more...)

2018 Sangam – A Tale of Two Journeys


A few weeks ago, when posting I was going to Sangam I talked about my Yathra trip which whilst I loved the conferences, I hated the travel!

I have always been a nervous passenger on roads. In fact I am a real pathetic person, who used to hide behind the sofa when Dr Who was on, and have never come out from there. I can’t watch horror or sci-fi films and even dramas I close (more...)

2018 South Africa Oracle User Group


This was an amazing conference from the South African User group.



I have spoken before in South Africa, the first time in 2013 there were several hundred attendees and then they went through some tough times, but the passion never left and a few people have resurrected the event. Last year was good and this year they have done it all themselves, no outsourcing, all themselves and they excelled themselves.


Wolfgang the Conference Organiser

The (more...)

2018 SAOUG The Travel Blog


I flew out overnight from London arriving very early in Johannesburg. 

This was my first time in a 787 Dreamliner and I was not impressed. I paid myself for an upgrade to premium economy and although the space was OK the lack of restrooms in this cabin was a real letdown. In fact you had to walk all the way through economy to the very few shared facilities in the rear. The pilot said (more...)

Not a Natural Born Speaker – some Tips


I love presenting, but I believe it is my passion for the content that delivers it, not any natural born ability.

I am very lucky I don't suffer from nerves, well not about the actual speaking, more 'will anyone be interested in what I have to say?' I have taken to bribing at overseas conferences, bring a tub of quality street and everyone wants to hear your story. In America I have the added (more...)

A busy Few Weeks Presenting…………


With my trip to Oracle Open World over,  the 2nd of the two busy periods in the User Group Calendar is  upon us, (the other one being April / May).

However as this year's OOW was late it's now a jam-packed calendar for the rest of the year.

Obviously the biggest and best this time of year is UKOUG. I'm the Apps Lead again and really excited about this year. We are trying to not (more...)

My EMEA Short Talk – WhichInstance?


My contribution to the EMEA ACEs Short Talks is a very old story and could be about the time I stopped being Technical.

We are taking almost 20 years ago when I was an E Business Suite Support manager in Fujitsu.

A customer had a problem where one off payments were not generating cheques (that is the correct English spelling of check).

Despite raising a TAR (the old word for SR, a Technical Assistance Request) (more...)

2018 OOW – EMEA ACEs Short Talks


I blogged about this year's planned session before OOW.



We had a great cloud and the laughter was infectious. 

Michelle Malcher was our timekeeper and did very well, most people were so scared of going over their 4 minutes they finished early, in fact all people except Simon Haslam who went for a double slot.

At the end Michelle claimed EMEA credentials as she used to work in Germany and closed the session we (more...)

2018 OOW – Final Thoughts





I thought it was a great OOW. It seemed more joined up in the messages, across their entire portfolio.

I did think it was smaller but that its not a bad thing.

I loved Larry, he seemed less scripted than in recent years, it was Larry at his best. 

All parts of the conference, sessions, exhibitions, CodeOne, all were closer together and enabled delegates to move more easily between them.

I have a folder full (more...)