Debra’s thoughts on Oracle 2016-05-03 12:21:00



Last week I took part in the Turkish User Group conference(TROUG) for the first time and it was also my first visit to Istanbul, I loved both.

Fellow ACE Director Gurchan Orachan and Gökhan Atil have invited me before to Turkey and I was really pleased this year that the timing worked and to OTN who agreed to fund my travel through the ACE program.

The event took part in a Technical (more...)

I Love My Job But Time to Move


When I joined Certus Solutions in Sept 2014, I loved that it was a small organisation where the owners Mark Sweeny and Tim Warner were betting everything on Fusion Apps. They believed in the Cloud and that there was a gap in the market for a niche partner.

They started weigh a few other industry experts and the first few years as told in Mark's own blog was a hard struggle, but by the time (more...)

Collaborate 2016


Finally getting around to making my comments about Collaborate 2016 and I've started by reading my summary of 2015.

This year a lot of things had moved on, there was more clarity around Oracle's strategy in Apps and in General, if you weren't there don't worry it is easy to understand the main message; It is Cloud.

C16LV – Having Fun in Vegas


As I mentioned in one of the other postings I don't actually like Vegas, however once I arrive and meet up with my friends it is fun.

This year as ever I managed to catch up with most, but the community I miss is EBS, as I move further and further away from here I see less of the team. I do see Nadia Bendjedou at a lot of events around the world, but very (more...)

C16LV – Oracle ACE Community


This was the first big event since Vikki Lira left the OTN team so it was a little sad, although we haven't lost Vikki she has gone to the User Experience Team and I do so much with that team I expect to do even more with Vikki.

I actually flew to Vegas via San Francisco (don't ask) and Jennifer who looks after us ACEs was on the same flight, so I felt (more...)

C16LV – User Group Focus


As at last year's event, user groups from around the world took the opportunity to get together and talk with Oracle. Jeb DaSteel and he gave us an update on initiatives started last year and shared with us a few ideas Global Customer Programs have for the coming year.

One of those initiatives will have a bearing on my own role in the day job, so whilst I can't share the details yet (more...)

C16LV – The Mobile App


Conferences need mobile apps, but I am yet to see the perfect one, and that includes UKOUG. In a tech world you think we could just write one but and if there is someone out there with nothing to do and doesn't need to earn any money, let me know.

Anyway there was a Collaborate16 App and it was one of the best I have seen.

Multiple Session Selection

It did allow you to select (more...)

C16LV – Celebration of Motivational, Strong Women


As is traditional at every IT conference now, Women in IT was featured at Collaborate.

At the WIT lunch session Heli Helsakyo gave an impassioned story of success in a country that the very next day was shown to be in the top countries for women on IT (all 4 at the top are scandinavian). It was very inspiring. So many people came up to her afterwards and throughout the rest of the event, saying thank (more...)

C16LV – Best Collaborate Ever


Collaborate is a conference held by 3 user groups however apart from the party and plenary keynotes the sessions and activities are separate. 

You are welcome to attend most of the sessions but some and events are limited to who you registered through. As a user group leader I wish there was a ribbon or badge that allowed me to move between them. 

Anyway Boris Brott was the motivational or re-energise speaker on the Wednesday a plenary (more...)

C16LV – Cloud Especially Apps


You will not be surprised to hear that this year Cloud was the main theme and it is certainly the Oracle mantra. When did exadata, engineered systems stop being the answer to everything?

This year Cloud Apps, my area, have I think reached maturity and I am really pleased to say I heard less presentations that added to any confusion, and in the main the name Fusion was unused. 

In the past few years (more...)

Continuous Innovation – Not Just Buzz Words


Following on from the recent posting on the need to continuously learn I wanted to give an example:

In the fast changing world we live in it is important to remember that in your particular area pace may not seem that fast as you are doing it everyday, but if you look back and take stock we come a long way very quickly.

When we first started talking about PaaS4SaaS at Certus it was only (more...)

2016 OFM Forum Valencia

The Oracle Fusion Middleware Forum Forum is the spring training for the SOA Community which I talked about in my last post

I work with Cloud Apps. At OOW 14 Oracle announced PaaS4SaaS, the ability to develop extensions using Fusion Middleware tools deployed in the Cloud. Certus identified the need to look at this and it is well covered how we did a POC with our development partner eProseed in January 2015.

Lonneke Dikmans
We won (more...)

The Need for Continuous Learning


The thing about technology is that it is constantly changing and to be any good in this world you have to keep learning.

My skill is understanding the technology that powers Oracle’s Apps, I am not a practitioner and I am sure you have heard me say I’m not technical, but I do need to learn not just what it can do but how. The technology I need to understand is the Middleware stack.

UKOUG – Thank You


I love being a user group volunteer and just this week when being interviewed for an OTN and ODTUG articles I realised just how much of what I do and have achieved is thanks to being a volunteer.

UKOUG have had a volunteer drive recently and it is fantastic to see new people step up and join our wonderful volunteer pool.

I stood again for the recent elections and just want to say a big (more...)

2016 OUGN – The Norway Cruise


This is one of my favourite events. It has that community feel that we all strive for and I guess all being together with nowhere to hide, helps!

OUGN , Oracle User Group Norway annual conference is held on the boat ColorMagic, and she sails between Oslo and Kiel.

I landed early evening on Wednesday. I had met up with Alex Nuijten , Alan ArentsenRonald van Luttikhuizen and Alex's daughter (more...)

2016 OUG Ireland – My Home Event


Last Thursday and Friday was the annual OUG_IRE event in Dublin.

For the past few years we have had a single day of sessions followed by a second day of a masterclass; Tom Kyte, Maria Colgan etc but this year after listening to feedback from delegates who wanted more content, the event went to two days of sessions.

Suitable biscuits
We moved location to the Gresham Hotel to accommodate this change within budget and although (more...)

It’s That Time Again, Please Vote For Me


It's voting time at UKOUG, and I am asking for your vote. All member organisations have a vote, if you are not the main contact on your membership please lobby on my behalf.

WHY should you vote for me - look here for official manifesto and the job specification

Two years ago I stood again for the board at UKOUG. I wanted to stand for just one year but the rules say two and (more...)

PaaS4SaaS have we got past the marketing?


At the end of 2014 at OOW one of the big announcements was PaaS4SaaS. I spent a couple of months working out what that really meant and how we at Certus could use it to add value to our Cloud customers.

Like with all new ideas, much of the first phase is about the marketing and explaining the context which is what I wrote about in my post in the run up to OOW.

So (more...)

My UKOUG 2015


UKOUG as ever seems to have gone in a whirl, and for me even more so.

your elected board members 
Normally I have a little ritual, I arrive on the saturday, do my christmas cards on the sunday morning and then stay an extra night to come down from the adrenalin rush before facing the last minute set of objectives before Christmas. But this year it was all different, I was on the APAC tour (more...)

APAC OTN Tour 2015 – Christmas Down Under



Nothing about Oracle here at all just the random enjoyment of celebrating the Christmas Holiday spirit in a warm climate. It seemed very alien to hear Christmas Music in shops when wearing flip-flops and sunglasses, but that doesn't mean they don't celebrate they certainly do.

Singapore Airport

Darling Harbour, Sydney

Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

Sydney Town Hall

Sheraton on the Park (our hotel) Sydney

Pan Pacific (our hotel), Perth

London Court, Perth

Penny's House Perth