I’ve Done It.


So after 25 years of corporate life I have started out on my own.

Since Oracle first mentioned Fusion Applications I have been part of that journey. I led the global user group input into the strategy and design, and as a team we work closely with Development through to General Availability. In recognition of this, I introduced Steve Miranda SVP Oracle Development in his main session at Oracle Open World 2010 talking about the (more...)

A Really Big Thank You


I reached out from my heart and asked everyone to vote for Fiona Martin and I to be returned as your representatives on the UKOUG board. Times are difficult and we have had a rough ride the past few years but I really do think the tide has turned and we wanted the opportunity to finish what we and the rest of the board have started.
 
Yesterday it was announced that we have both (more...)

My 10 Worst Journeys


I feel I gave India bad press about the traffic and need to step back and talk about me and my irrational fear of anything I am not in control off.

 

I hate magic, I don't understand it so I can't control or even understand how it is controlled, so I simply stay away from it. I HATE fairgrounds and theme parks because I am not able to control the rides. I don't enjoy the 'thrill'.

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OTN Yathra 2014 – Dealing With Fame


OTN have published over 100 photos of the tour on Facebook and one comment about seeing Tim Hall with all his fans. I was simply jealous, all these people would queue up to speak to him and many wanted their photo taken with him. I tease Tim about this but the reality is people look up to those they follow, be it business, TV, film or any other celebrity.

I am not knocking this, Tim has (more...)

OTN Yathra 2014 – Bangalore



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http://my.fakingnews.firstpost.com/2014/02/21/why-nobody-honked/

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After a very hard landing at Bangalore airport in a small propeller plane we thought Hans was more famous than ever as next to us was parked a large A330 belonging to the government of Canada. Hans leaves the tour her and we thought perhaps he had alternative transport arranged. It turns out Canada opened a new consultae in the city that (more...)

OTN Yathra 2014 – Traditional User Group v University Audiences


This tour started with two universities and then ended with a third, the four events between them were tradition user group events, technology days. Sometimes I struggle with being in a pure technology day as I worry the audience wants more details on ‘how something is done’, rather than my presentations which tend to be ‘why things are done’ which is where I tend to specialise. However, if the audience are interested, I love (more...)

OTN Yathra 2014 – Last Stop Chennai


The final event of the tour and 3rd university was at  Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology (LICET).

This is a Jesuit Education and the day started with an act of worship, I am a Christian but have been on the road for a month, and to share with them in this was very humbling .

The welcome along with the lighting ceremony we first saw in Noida started “Welcome to those who will take us (more...)

OTN Yathra 2014 – Horns – Not Just My Paranoia


I have mentioned many times in this series of posts that Indian Traffic and especially the use of horns is becoming my nemesis. I have been very open about it at the sessions and had the audiences laughing with me at what is recognised by all Indians as a national identifier.

It isn't just me, even Tim has commented on how much the noise has been a factor on this tour and his total lack (more...)

OTN Yathra 2014 – Bangalore


For our penultimate event we moved South to Bangalore. The drive to the airport was horrendous, for once the road was clear but our driver decided that meant he could drive at 120km/h even when taking bends, I have laughed at my inability to accept this traffic but on this occasion I was actually in tears, thanks to Tim and Hans for keeping me sane (just).

The flight was uneventful except it was a very (more...)

OTN Yathra 2014 – Hyderabad


This was the 5th of the 7th events on Yathra and the one I was looking forward to most, as it had a dedicated Applications track.

Hyderabad is the home of Oracle Applications development in India, and most global partners who have offices in India, do so here. Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores is known for its Canadian Geese who patrol the campus but here in Hyderabad it is ducks that rule.




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