ilLOUG – Israel 2016

Last weekend I flew to Israel for the 3rd IlOUG tech days. I have been to Tel Aviv twice before but for their business days, more normally suited for a functional apps person. 

I have met Ami Aharonovich many, many times he is the ilOUG president and a very active member of EOUC and IOUC, and way back at the last OOW he asked me if I would be interested, as PaaS4SaaS overlaps (more...)

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...)

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 – 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...)