Please Vote for Certus in UKOUG PYA





As I’m not an end user I can’t vote in the UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards for my favourite Fusion partner but…..
 
 Do you remember that advert “ I Loved the product so much I bought the company “ ? Well not quite bought the company, but certainly bought into their offering, I have joined Certus Solutions.

 I have been looking hard at all those offering Fusion or Cloud services and in (more...)

New Challenge


Today I joined Certus Solutions.

Certus Solutions press release

Setting up DCL was great fun and really helped me to narrow down the areas I want to concentrate on. Having looked at what all the partners in this space were doing Certus ticked all the boxes for me. I  was really excited by their plans and jumped at the opportunity to be part of their success.




 

LAOTNTOUR 2014 – El Salvador – 13th August


Last leg of the tour for me, sad but I am tired and have taken the opportunity to go diving on my way home, so am ready.


Again Gurcan selected an early flight to give us most of the day in San Salvador, not quite as early a start as the previous leg but still an 0440 pickup from the  airport. Glenn and I treated ourselves to McDonalds for breakfast, I had Bacon, Onion and (more...)

LAOTNTOUR 2014 – Guatemala – 11th August


Next stop Guatemala, and did I mention the early starts! We actually flew from Mexico via El Salvador which would be my last stop on the tour. We said goodbye to Brendan in Mexico and it was odd to not have him with us.

Deiby Gomez is the president of GOUG and he met us at the airport and took us to our hotel. We said we wanted to see something of the city and (more...)

LAOTNTOUR 2014 – Mexico City – 8th August


We arrived in Mexico City late in the evening and made our way to the hotel, unfortunately when they finally got around to speaking with me there appeared to be a problem with my booking. The logistics of the OTN tour are booked via Oracle travel where possible and I had given them the name of the hotel as agreed by the group, and they assured me they booked the ONLY Radisson in Mexico City. (more...)

LAOTNTOUR 2014 – Panama 4th August


Having arrived at Miami with 3 hours before my connecting flight I was hoping for a chance to grab some food, but I hadn't factored on the queueing, immigration, baggage, customs, check in and security, arriving at the gate with only 5 minutes to spare. although the flight didn't actually take off for another 2 hours due to an air traffic control technical issue, oh how I would have appreciated that information, but the few (more...)

LAOTNTOUR 2014 – Latin America North Tour 2014




This was my third LAOTNTOUR, my first was in 2011 and then again in 2012. This year I have tried to pick a few countries that I have not visited before and 3 of the 5 are new to me.

Francisco Munoz is amazing, he has co-ordinated many user conferences in the same time period and then populated them with different ACE Directors each with a unique itinerary. Finally he has accepted help from Nelson (more...)

LAOTNTOUR 2014 – Costa Rica – 6th August


I have been to Costa Rica before and it was nice to arrive at a familiar hotel. We had a free morning so were very brave and walked into the city and created our own tour. It started with a little adventure, I went to the ATM to get some local currency and the second I keyed in the last digit of my pin my phone rang, it was my bank checking it was really (more...)

Community Responsibility



Henry Ford said,
" Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."


UKOUG is all about community and it is that working together that brings success, and key to that is our volunteers, but everyone needs to play their part. Even if you can't volunteer for whatever reason you need to contribute to the community, we need to know what troubles you and how we can improve both Oracle and UKOUG.


Community Powers Oracle


That's the title of my latest post for Oracle's AppAdvantage blog where I take a look at the different community types that can help us learn more.

To see all my posts on this subject check out the list.

Quick Update on two UKOUG Initiatives


I have been busy writing a couple of articles about UKOUG WIT initiative for the OTechMag in the run up to Oracle Open World and also for our own Oracle Scene showcasing WIT participation in our Apps14 & Tech14 conferences in December.

I was appalled in my research that the current figure for Women in STEM jobs is only 13%, which drives home the need to encourage more women to step into IT.

When (more...)

OTN The World’s Biggest Oracle Community


I have just written my next AppAdvantage blog posting on the value of community learning and was prompted by this infographic just released by OTN. I am very proud to have been quoted although not sure about the no photo profile, I look decidedly male.



Seriously the Oracle ACE program from OTN is a great initiative and I am pleased to be able to do my bit to promote it.

Still Not technical But……..


Yes I know, I'm like a broken record but I do like to understand technology even if I am not a practitioner and in my guest blogs for App Advantage I like to talk about it.

If you don't subscribe to this Oracle blog, catch up with my thoughts here.

KSCOPE14 – Awesome, Selfies, Brambles & The Cure for Low Technology


Another conference over
Yep an eclectic title, but it was a broad spectrum of content and fun at this year's Kscope the conference from ODTUG.

Apparently your technology wanes through the year and attending Kscope is the ultimate cure for "Low-T" and works "even for Fusion" (Cary Millsap 2:42 of video), but why as a non technical person did I attend? I explained this a few weeks back, I need to understand (more...)

Finally I made it to a BGOUG Conference


Milena Gerova is one of the great women of Oracle User Groups and has run the Bulgarian BGOUG for many years and is always asking me to come speak at one of their conferences which are held twice a year.

Finally this year I agreed and am currently on the return journey from their fabulous Spring Conference in Sandanski

When I agreed to go I expected it to be my first visit to Bulgaria (more...)

You say goodbye and I say hello


Words by the Beatles, but what I have been singing in my head all day having learnt that Lillian Buziak is leaving Oracle.

Lillian has been the go-to person along side Vikki Lira for the ACE Program and the person who also sorts out approvals, bookings and expenses along with all the ACE events around the globe. For some reason I seem to be a problem child and Lillian has to work much harder than (more...)

Understanding Technology – my way – ODTUG’s KSCOPE


Last week I did a video interview with Bob Rhubart as part of his series talking to ODTUG Kscope 2014 presenters, and yet I am not presenting, so why is Kscope so important to me?

I am not technical, or rather I don't practice the technology but I do need to understand it, and the value to application users which is my area of expertise.

And then I also talk to technologists as to why (more...)

Conference Planning & AGM


Wow, just into June and we have had Agenda Planning Day for our two UKOUG flagship conferences already.

Last Friday it appeared that UKOUG had taken over the Oracle London City Offices as both Apps and Tech committees met to go through the pre judged papers are create two very special agendas.

I was a little sad, this day clashed with OUGF conference which this year was held in a Finnish forest, and I wanted (more...)

EOUC Meeting


I have before explained how user groups have their own communities umbrella group IOUC which is hosted by Oracle and UKOUG are members of both this international group and the EMEA chapter EOUC.

The annual IOUC event is normally in January each year but this year it was decided that from the up coming Oracle Open World it would be held the week before, allowing delegates to attend both the IOUC & OOW in one (more...)

EasyJet – Not That Bad



I travel a lot, an awful lot and people often say I should write a book, but I can't think who would want to read it? However in my blog when talking about the places I go to I do mention the travel, especially if it is an issue.

This post is different, it is about good service, good service with Easyjet. The reason I was motivated to write this is because the UKOUG Apps & Tech (more...)