Benelux User Group OBUG – Experience 2015 – 24th March


Experience 2015, was held at Evoluon which used to be a science museum owned by Phillips Electrical which practically owned Eindhoven, the town were it is located. The centre is no longer a museum but a great conference venue.




The exhibition was fantastic, Oracle were out in force and and Jeremy Ashley had bought over 6 people from the UX team, including Vlad Babu (@vladbabu), who had been drafted in for Budapest. (more...)

SOA Partner Community Forum Budapest



March was such a busy month and I just haven’t got around to blogging about what I got up to, so am taking the opportunity to put that right.

It started with the SOA Partner Community Forum in Budapest with I have mentioned in my last PaaS4SaaS update.  My daughter lived in Germany and I had spent the weekend with her and I flew from Dusseldorf to Budapest with Germanwings. As I write this (more...)

Certus-Solutions, Six Months In


Six months ago in September I joined Certus. They got ‘Cloud’ and had great ideas and success that I wanted to be part off.

I guess most of what I do comes under the title of enablement.

Get the Certus name more widely known, and yes I am speaking, blogging, tweeting and simply being known as working for Certus but it their success with customers that makes them stand out.

They retained, gold for UKOUG (more...)

OUG Ireland – My Home Conference


Favourite Conference in March was Ireland, this is my home conference, and this year we were back at Croke Park, a beautiful stadium that means so much to the Irish.

Faye Wood was the project manager and this is her last Ireland conference, and I want to say a big thank you to her, she is still working with the Irish community SIGS.

Roel Hartman
The evening before the event there was an ACE (more...)

Finally My PaaS4SaaS Workshop Blog


I know this posting is a bit late but at the end of January I took part in a proof of concept workshop for PaaS4Sass and it’s been a rollercoaster ride ever since.

When I was thinking about moving to Certus one of the things that attracted me was there intent to write extensions for Oracle’s CloudApplications using the just announced PaaS4SaaS solution.
I attended Oracle Open World with an open mind and trying to (more...)

Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance – my tale of woe


Not really an excuse but when it is your conference, you don't have time in the run up to 'polish your slides', so my top tip, Never agree to a new presentation at you own event, stick to one you are happy with so you can simply switch on the projector and go.

Great advice, wish I had listened to it.

Thursday in Ireland I had two presentations, the first was a great slide (more...)

Learning Cloud ‘Down Under’


I chose to go to Certus, because they are the leaders in Cloud HCM. It is now a little over 6 months since I started and they are living unto expectations.

In the UK everyone knows Certus lead here and in November we received two gold awards from UKOUG, best Fusion and best Training.

So we are bringing this to Australia, one of our global customers has just gone live including Australia and whilst we (more...)

Oracle Java Download Add Ons, My non technical rant


Yesterday my UKOUG board college Bryan Foss shared this article with me about Oracle including  Ask Toolbar Add ons with Java downloads on Macs.

Ughhh!!

I am new to the MAC and one thing I really liked the idea of was no viruses. IDIOT, they may not be attacked as often as PCs but just this morning Facebook presented me with the MAC Defender download option for what I now know is (I was crafty, (more...)

Social Media Rant : Influence, Reach and Gamification




A few facts first:

This is a rant:

  • I love Social Media
  • I love getting a mention on social media
  • The rant is about the gamification of social media, and why the term 'Top Influencers' is wrong
Two points of my view (is that the correct plural of My POV?)
  1. Influence is difficult to measure, reach is not.
  2. Social Media is an incredibly important platform for people who influence, especially those non traditional influencers. (more...)

UKOUG 2014 – What I like least about the UKOUG


I said in the summary blog, the problem with being passionate is you get defensive when challenged, well here is another of my rants:

Venues - yes we simply don't have the ones we need in the UK. Every venue we select for our annual conference is a carefully walked tightrope of compromise and never, ever perfect.

This week we had the review of 2014 and looked at feedback. Please never stop giving feedback it (more...)