Wednesday, January 27, 2010

User Group Leaders' Summit Day 1 - #oraclesun

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Oracle User Group Leaders' Summit at Oracle HQ in Redwood City this week.  Once the Oracle-Sun deal was given the go ahead by the EC last week, we were invited to sit in live for the big announcement.  My day started early after about five hours of sleep because my flight was late getting in last night.  I met some of my fellow IOUG Board members for breakfast and ran into many others including Ronan Miles, UKOUG Chairman, who went to Brussels with IOUG President, Ian Abramson, to give the User Group position on the acquisition.  Also ran into ODTUG President, Mike Riley, Quest President, Sue Shaw, and OAUG President, Ray Payne.  That sounds like a lot of name dropping, and it is!

From breakfast, we walked over to the Oracle Conference Center and were ushered into the Auditorium.  You can check out all my tweets from the session, but to sum it up, they are pushing hard on the integrated solution, complete platform for applications.  We heard from Charles Phillips, who hoped we had a less eventful week than he has...  Charles also talked about hiring 2000 people and if the current US Administration is looking for a jobs program, "her we are!"  I won't go into politics here, but these are the kind of of things that should be focused on and learned from.

John Fowler, who is now EVP of Hardware Technologies at Oracle discussed the investments in Solaris and Sun hardware moving forward.  Mike Splain, who seems to be the real techie, outlined the accelerated road maps for UltraSPARC and SPARC64.  Oracle is putting more money into these platforms and they are hiring here too!  My question continues to be how many people are getting laid off at the same time that they are hiring all these new positions.  I'm sure the layoffs will get some money to walk away, but are they really just shifting positions?  That hasn't been asked or answered yet.

The key theme continues to be seamless integrations between existing Oracle technologies and the newly acquired server, storage, and operating system.  Supposedly all this testing has been done for many of the Oracle applications.  Can they get these all working as they are advertising with flash technologies, new storage options, and newer Sun hardware and Solaris all remains to be seen.  They keep selling the fact that they are being built and integrated together and if you have issues, you only have one support organization to deal with. 

I'm still in the Oracle/Sun session and I'm sure there will be further information later.  I also get a tour of the Usability Lab this afternoon which should be pretty interesting.  Tomorrow starts the actual meetings including my first OpenWorld 10 planning meeting.  I really wish we could finish one conference before starting planning for the next.  Speaking of Conferences, don't forget about Collaborate 10! There will be sessions covering some of the new Sun technologies!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Stay Competitive: Join Me at the COLLABORATE 10 – IOUG Forum

I invite you to join me at COLLABORATE 10 – IOUG Forum, April 18-22, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV.  As a member of the IOUG Board of Directors, I am excited to let you know about the educational content that the conference committee has created for the Forum.

You will have the opportunity to attend educational sessions in all of the tracks offered at COLLABORATE,  including: Application Strategy and Services, Infrastructure Technologies BI/Data Warehousing/EPM, Database, Development, Governance Risk and Compliance, Master Data Management/Application Integration and Professional Development.

The IOUG Forum does not only offer top-notch educational sessions that cover a variety of topics, but it’s also a great place to network with other Oracle professionals.  We are offering many exciting networking opportunities this year. Whether it’s a technical talk during a Birds of a Feather meeting or an informal conversation at the IOUG Welcome Event, the IOUG Forum is the place to meet contacts who can share solutions to your most pressing business questions.

The IOUG will not be the only user group present at the event. For the fifth consecutive year, the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest) will be co-hosting this event, which means your registration through the IOUG also allows you to attend education sessions offered by these groups.

The main reason I attend is for the networking opportunities with my peers.  In all the years I have been attending IOUG events, the opportunity to discuss current technologies and best practices has been the best way I have found to keep myself current.  The technical content is also amazing.  These are people that are using the technology on a daily basis.

This isn’t some huge vendor show full of sales presentations…it’s presented by users like you and me. If you have been to IOUG events before, you know that we feature real-world education and best practices. There is far too much content to completely list, but you can visit the IOUG Forum Web site to view the most up-to-date education details.

Make sure to register to attend and join me at the IOUG Forum! Please visit the IOUG Web site for further details and to register. Be sure to register by March 18 to save $400 USD off the onsite rate, and choose priority code PC03 during the demographic section (step 4) of the registration process and gain access to a number of IOUG-exclusive offerings. Help me spread the word and send this information to your colleagues and friends who are Oracle users.

Please contact me or the IOUG headquarters at if you have any questions.

I hope to see you in Vegas!