My OOW14 – Headlines


I think we can agree the main message was Cloud, but there were lots of other messages:

A good general overview is from Tim Hall blog

Hardware - engineered systems are selling and being improved all the time. R&D is working on improving performance in all components.

ZDNet blog has good coverage here

Database - last year there was a lot about 12c and many people have already adopted this. There was a lot (more...)

My OOW14 – EOUC 12 Short talks on 12c


In my OOW14 Objectives post I talked about the planned 12 Short Talks on 12c
session I was hosting for the EOUC. As I said usergroups have their own dedicated content on the Sunday of OOW, and the EOUC had a stream with presenters as voted by the various EMEA user groups.

The idea of the session was 12 presentations all about the 12c database and was proposed by Ralf Koelling from the DOAG and I volunteered (more...)

My OOW14 – User Groups at OOW


First I have to say well done Oracle, the User Group Pavilion at Oracle Open World has found the right home, please keep it there next year.

User groups are all about community and having them next to OTN, Oracle's own community, they were easy to find, prominent and proved excellent for conversations about user groups around the world.

I have for many years attended the IOUC meetings on behalf of UKOUG but this year (more...)

My OOW14 – ACE Director Briefings

 
Seat belts were fastened for 2 days of information overload and even more importantly the opportunity to ask questions of the people who make Oracle products what they are.

I find ACE directors in two camps on how they think about these days, some and I guess the split is about 50/50, moan about how little there is in their area. I am in the other camp who think the event is about expanding (more...)

My Oracle Family


I try to keep my blog for my thoughts, both about what I do and what I think in the Oracle space (I have a private blog for random things), I keep Facebook for fun, my criteria for friends being those I would have in my home, and twitter I TRY to keep for business comments.
 
But the Oracle world is a community and you can't separate clearly the different parts, I have so many (more...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

Thoughts on Liverpool for UKOUG


You will have seen all the buzz around call for papers for both #UKOUG_Tech14 and #UKOUG_Apps14 and today I was at the venue the ACC Liverpool to look at the space for myself.









 Fiona Martin who is leading tech and myself for Apps, arrived at the venue on what turned out to be a lovely spring day. Yes I know that come December it may not be as warm but I know the welcome will be.


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Oracle EBS Support Timebomb – Not So Black and White


I was on vacation at Easter, diving in Egypt with no internet above or below the surface so did not see the ComputerWeekly article, "Businesses face Oracle applications support timebomb" until I returned.

I read the article by Cliff Saran who I have known for over 10 years many times, the sources, UKOUG who I am part off worked with Original Software on the EBS survey, I trust the data, Forrester and (more...)

Getting to Mobile: Follow the User


Another article in Profit Magazine, this time on mobile