Revealing a recent hand – Four ACEs


This is my second Oracle ACE Program blog today, the first is about Community Sharing v Community Leading, and this one is about a few people who have recently been awarded ACE Director.

In May I wrote a blog about the Self Appraisal process and about how I feel when asked to nominate or endorse nominations.

When I wrote that blog, I talked about a number of scenarios that I had real experience of. I (more...)

More Thoughts on The Oracle ACE Program


I am very passionate about the Oracle ACE program and have been very open about the opportunities it has opened for me. This is not a one way street, Oracle get a lot back, not just from unscripted advocacy but also from expert input through beta programs, initiatives and working with product management.

I also believe that membership of the ACE program should not be easy, it has to be valued by both sides. I (more...)

UKOUG Conferences – The Countdown has Begun


The planning for conferences starts really early, but there is a lot to do, and this year is no exception.



The papers have been judged and the agenda planned and now it has been launched. I know you will find something to interest you come December, but start your planning now.




To whet your appetite there are some agenda highlight videos on this conference overview page, and because I am conference lead for (more...)

Next Up Latin America (Again)


One of the wonderful advantages of the Oracle Ace Program is that at ACE Director level you can apply for funding to take part in speaking opportunities overseas. The best of these are the organised ACE Tours, were usergoups in a region arrange their events in a time frame that allows a group of ACE Directors to travel together and cover several events in one trip.

They are hard work, for the speakers who have (more...)

Almost Too Technical


I bet you saw the title and thought I was talking about myself, well I wasn't, I was talking about the recent UKOUG ERP Community Applications Innovation Day held in London.

This was the 2nd of three events where the relevant SIGs came together to look at what opportunities there are to move forward with their applications. The first event was the HCM Community Applications Innovation Day at the end of May and this was (more...)

Digital Disruption – Catching Up With A Legend – Ray Wang



Over the years I have spoken to many analysts about what Oracle are doing and what that means to their users.

Some analysts are just about the figures and that is also important but those that dig into the impacts on users are my kind of people, and top of my list are Ray Wang and Den Howlett. Interestingly on the surface they seem very different but both really care and are real gentlemen. 


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2015 KSCOPE – PaaS4SaaS


Earlier this year I wrote about our PaaS4SaaS proof of concept and the white paper I wrote and I gave this presentation at Kscope.

I submitted it for the Editor's Choice Award for which I got a T shirt with a great quotation from the Dalai Lama “Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” 

What is interesting is that our customers and other users have discussed with us what they might need (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Always on Duty – UKOUG


I mentioned that this was a work based conference for me, funded by my employer, but our worlds all  run into one and I am of course representing UKOUG in all I do.

There were no formal user group meetings at Kscope, but on the Saturday, Mary Lou Dopart from Oracle who is responsible for the umbrella organisation IOUC, attended the Community Service Event and we spent a long time exploring what user groups could (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – The Day Job (still loving it)


Certus Solutions, my employer recognise my value is from understanding the technology, and we agreed Kscope is where I should attend, but you can't just take a week off work. Kscope is not funded by OTN, this was a Certus investment.

We are working on a number of bids at the moment, life is really exciting, the Cloud Applications market is really taking off.  One of these bids was coming to its final (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Women in IT and the ACE Director Program


I love the ACE Program, I love that it recognises people who share knowledge and I love the opportunities that it gives me.

I do believe the number of Women in IT is low (most sources state it between 13 - 18 %) and we need to increase that, which is why I love the Community Service this year, working with Children and STEM and the children who attended where evenly split between girls and (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Party, Party, Party


Kscope has some great off piste networking. As well as the community service on Saturday, (and my Real Deep Dive), there was a great welcome event Sunday, community events on the Monday, buses to Hollywood Tuesday and the White party at Nikki Beach Wednesday, and the whole event finished with a full room at the wrap-up session.

Pete Sharman, Me and a local Florida Resident
Dancers for Conference Main Session
Ready for the White Party (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Gamification from UX IoT


I have spoken before of where I have found gamification to drive behaviours not originally intended, or where the things measured are not really what matters, but the Kscope gamification this year was excellent.

The AppsLab part of the UX Team in Development, created their Scavenger Hunt for Kscope. The idea was to show use cases for IoT, and they used a number of methods to give points whilst driving positive behaviour at (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Passion in Action


In the last post I mentioned I accidentally attended the APEX kick off session. How I got there was because I was kicking off the Kscope Scavenger Hunt and you got points for attending one of the kick offs. I was busy working for the day job and intended to stay for just a few minutes, but the speaker caught my attention and I stayed till the end.

The speak, Joel Kallman, spoke with (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Sessions I attended


I go to Kscope to learn, I spent time planning the sessions I wanted to go to, but actually spent more time speaking to product managers, on how to expand what we are doing at work, and I cover this in the PaaS4SaaS Kscope entry.

I did attend the APEX kick off, but more on that in the next blog.

ODTUG covers 5 main areas, EPM (everything from Essbase to Financial Close), Database Development, APEX, (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Community Service


One of the lovely things about Kscope is Community Service. People turn up early to take part in an arranged good dead for the local community. In the past I have painted schools, built PC desks, wedded sand dunes, cleared weeds in a community park and this year we were helping under privileged children with STEM projects.

Kscope made a fantastic video of the event which tells you all about it. (post later when made (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Keeping Fit


Bit of an oxymoron me and keeping fit, but Kscope has daily Chi Gung from Kent Graziano.

I have been going to Chi Gung at Kscope and OOW for the last 3 - 4 years but am useless. I can either do the exercise, or do the breathing but not both!

I started Chi Gung as I thought it would help my breathing for diving, but for Chi Gung I am meant to breath through (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – A wonderful Event


I love ODTUG and especially their conference Kscope. I'm not putting it above UKOUG but I have the time to enjoy Kscope, and it's where I go to learn.

Each year Kscope goes to a different venue and this year it was Hollywood, Florida, lovely place in June.

I can't go through everything I got upto, but here are a few highlights:

A busy Few Weeks – And Breathe….


Some times there is so much on and these last two weeks have been one of those times. There were so many events on and not just in the UK, I think it must be conference season as everyone tries to get their event in before Europe slows down for the summer.

June started with the EOUC, The EMEA Presidents Meeting in Lisbon, I didn't attend, UKOUG send two people and Fiona and Linda Barker (more...)

Just How Lucky Can One Girl Get? I Love My Job


I've just finished my latest ACE Tour, and I often get asked  "How you do it? How do you manage to work, do UKOUG and ACE director duties?"

It's my job, well my job allows me to do this and #ILoveMyJob

I have a really exciting job title - VP Certus Cloud Solutions but as I said in my six month appraisal of the job it was really about enablement. You see Certus (more...)

OTNEMEA WrapUp


Finally I am home, laundry finished and even the expenses done!

OTNEMEA was a brilliant tour, despite the number of miles, it was actually quite relaxed, it only covered two timezones, so nobody had a jet lag issue, even Tariq who had travelled from the US seemed fine.

Portugal and Jordan were new user groups who I hope we have given the encouragement to keep going and gain more volunteers to help them grow. South (more...)