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.

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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...)