OOW14 – Couldn’t say it better Myself


A full time analyst / commentator has something I don't have - time. So as I build my summary of OOW here are a few already published I like:

 Dennis Howlett who I greatly admire - filmed me at Collaborate earlier this year talking about Cloud Applications and he took time to talk to me again at OOW. His summary of the event quotes me well.

 Ray Wang of Constellation Research who I (more...)

OOW14 – Oracle Applications User Experience Day



The now traditional OAUX training day was the Wednesday before OOW, and this year was opened up to a few select partners in addition to the user advocates of which I am one.




It was a great day with a full room at the conference centre in Redwood Shores and a lot of the UX team there to share their expertise. The day kicked off with Jeremy Ashley their VP talking about their work and setting the (more...)

My OOW14 Overview – Work in Progress


Trying to build up my posts reviewing OOW14. Keep coming back till the WIP goes
 
 
 
 
Just before I left for San Francisco I blogged about my objectives for Oracle Open World, and just how busy I expected to be.
 
Now when I have returned I am working my way through my notes and sharing my thoughts both formal and fun.
 
  • Oracle ACE Director*
  • Oracle Applications UX Advocate
  • Usergroup Leader
  • (more...)

ODTUG Elections


Oh how jealous I am of ODTUG

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As a user group leader I know that the success of any volunteer organisation is the volunteers themselves, and I would give anything to have 22 great, passionate people step up and be nominated to our board at UKOUG. What an election this will be.

ODTUG not many years back was struggling. When other user groups were coming together to take on the benefits of Collaboration, ODTUG saw (more...)

My San Francisco Triathlon


 

Well almost!!


I am not a fit person and actually have been having treatment for a sore hip for a few months, but I do like to have fun and this trip saw me take part in several events:

Traditionally the Saturday before OOW kicks off is the one day I have free! and to year my daughter was with me. She has never cycled the bridge and although I have twice before I was (more...)

My Oracle Open World Objectives


Every year I plan a modest OOW experience, promising myself I will keep time in my agenda, but then reality hits and here I am as ever turning down invites to really cool off-piste sessions and meetings because my dance card is full.


I always explain this is because I am wearing so many hats.

  • Oracle ACE Director*
  • Oracle Applications UX Advocate
  • Usergroup Leader
  • Speaker
  • Partner - My new job
  • With Analysts
  • Just for fun
  • (more...)

Sad but Not Unhappy

Ralph C Wood wrote Sorrowful Vision of Joy a commentary on JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and I think it sums up how I feel today.

The Oracle ACE Program is part of OTN and one of the things they do is enable ACE Directors to travel to conferences and speak to audiences who normally struggle to get good speakers across the whole range of Oracle.

Obviously OTN has a budget and one way (more...)

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.

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