Around election time, it is not uncommon to hear someone say, "I'm not going to vote because it never makes a difference." In these uncertain times, my response would be, "when is your vote more important?" Leaving politics aside, there are a couple places that your vote makes a difference right now!
User Group Survey
Several user groups, including the Independent Oracle Users Group have teamed with Oracle to find out how important your user group experience is to you and your company. The purpose of the survey is to show Oracle that their support of user groups is important and to allow the user groups to be able to better serve you, the member. Take a few minutes and let the community know your thoughts on user groups. You have until Friday, July 3 to make your voice heard. Take the survey here:
Oracle Mix Voting
Oracle OpenWorld planning is in full swing for the show in October. Did you know that you can have an influence on the content that is provided? Create an account on Oracle Mix if you don't already have one and vote for sessions that you would like to see. The link to vote is below. I voted for six sessions so far, but haven't looked at all of them. Check it out and make your voice heard so the conference is the best experience for you.
Speaking of OpenWorld, while you are registering and making your travel arrangements, don't forget about the User Group Forum on Sunday. Several of the User Groups are presenting some of their best technical content. IOUG alone is participating in nine rooms with five sessions in each. Learn about everything from RAC, Linux, BI, and Exadata to Content Mangement, BEA/Portal technologies, Spatial technologies, and Application Express. Check out all the session on Oracle's Content Catalog at the link below. Search for Session Type of User Group Forum and SIG Meeting to find the content on Sunday. Make sure to be at OpenWorld early and take part in some great technical content.