Read the latest issue of “Are You a Member Yet?” newsletter – June 2012!
By: Nagaraj Paduvare
Welcome to the June 2012 edition of “Are You a Member Yet?” the quarterly newsletter about Oracle user group communities around the world. With this edition we welcome new customer communities from Endeca, Taleo, and RightNow to Oracle user groups! We hope that you will find this newsletter interesting and inspiring.
And we extend a special welcome to new user groups recently established in Eastern Europe – Romania, Azerbaijan, and Russia (web site to be announced)
Our global team and the greater community of user groups look forward to meeting you soon! This newsletter provides you with information about who’s doing what in our communities – it’s a great summary of all the activities offered by user communities. Our message to all who read this note is “get involved” with a user group near you! Go to www.iouc.org, click on the world map and find a group in your region! You will be pleasantly surprised! We hope you enjoy the new edition of the newsletter – and adopt our tagline: “Are You a Member Yet?”
The next edition of “Are You a Member Yet?” will be issued and posted to www.iouc.org in October 2012.
User Group Leaders’ Meetings – Asia Pacific (APOUC) and EMEA (EOUC)
Networking, sharing best practices and learning about new products and services from Oracle, user group leaders from the APAC and EMEA regions met at their regional conferences in May 2012.
Over 40 leaders representing Europe, Middle East and Africa user groups met in Riga, Latvia to share information about their organizations and determine how to collaborate on activities in their region. Organizations represented communities focused on Java, MySQL, Database/technology, industries and all applications. The leaders participated in exciting ‘unconference’ sessions, technical sessions about Java and update sessions on Oracle’s products and services. The two day meeting is important for the leaders because it gives them a chance to learn about other groups and how they are addressing issues that are common to all user group communities. “This is an important meeting for our EMEA leaders. They are able to address issues and discuss future conferences while working together with Oracle,” commented Janny Ekelson, OBUG Board of Directors and EOUC spokesperson.
And success continued in Asia Pacific as the regional APOUC Leaders’ Meeting met in Shanghai, May 16-18. Leader participation doubled in 2012 and included representatives from India, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Australia and Singapore! Leaders shared ideas about successful conferences and offered suggestions for working together in the future. Oracle provided information about upcoming events and how the user groups could be involved in events. Commenting on the value of the three days, Chitti Babu, Chairperson, India Oracle Applications User Group confirmed, “User group leaders devote quite a bit of time to their organizations throughout the year. It’s great that Oracle recognizes this and hosts a conference specifically devoted to regional leadership.”
Read more about attendee feedback:
· APOUC: http://www.iouc.org/p/bl/et/blogid=2&blogaid=33
· EOUC: http://www.iouc.org/p/bl/et/blogid=2&blogaid=34
Asia Pacific User Group Community
The region’s user communities continue to grow and thrive! From India to Japan and south to New Zealand, user group leaders are working together to deliver more information and activities to their members than ever! Please welcome a new user group relationship manager for the Australia/New Zealand region. Kim Salter joined the Oracle team in April and will be working closely with the area customer communities as they prepare for upcoming meetings and conferences. Kim is based in Sydney, Australia
ACOUG – the All China Oracle User Group launched an Exadata Special Interest Group (SIG) in China during late May 2012, Growing in popularity in the region, the SIG leadership hosted a successful meeting highlighting the value of Exadata, Cloud Computing and product implementations. Working cooperatively with the Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) the two groups share information with the communities and discuss the benefits of using Exadata. Attendees received a copy the IOUG ExaBriefing Newsletter at the event. Click here for more information about the meeting.
Working together in India
Two groups in India joined together to host their events in April – the Chennai Java User Group and the All India Oracle user Group hosted their events at Vel’s University in Chennai and welcomed over 150 attendees to the venue. Java Evangelists and technical speakers from the AIOUG provided lots information for all. More information is available at: http://www.aioug.org/aioug_techday.php and http://www.jugchennai.in/2012/04/28/jugchennai-chennai-java-summit-12-with-aioug-tech-day-21st-april-2012-vels-university/
APAC user group leaders in the spotlight:
· Murali Vallath (AIOUG) India: http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/1535351126001
· Bambi Price (APOUC) Australia: http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/1384468081001\
· Shi Qiu (ACOUG), Hiro Zhu, MySQL China, Peter Cheng, OpenSourceCamp China: http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/1561067449001
Europe, Middle East and Africa User Group Community
More than ever, the User Groups in EMEA are talking to each other and planning cross border collaboration to share resources and take advantage of guest speakers when they are available in the region! Building on a very successful “PeopleSoft Update Tour” earlier this year, the user groups in France, Benelux, Spain and the UK are beginning to plan for the next regional tour. The conferences provide members with information about the product and promote networking between users. Stay tuned for more announcements regarding User Group Tours for PeopleSoft and the Nordics (DK, SE, NO, FI) later in 2012. Go to www.iouc.org for more information!
Java User Groups and Oracle User Groups are working together too. Java leaders participate in Oracle user group events and offer suggestions on how to lead Java sessions. In addition, there were some very remarkable user group activities throughout EMEA from March through May 2012. More than 11 user group conferences were hosted – check out all the activity on IOUC.org http://www.iouc.org/p/cm/ld/fid=47 and learn about conferences hosted by:
CUORE (Spain), http://www.cuore.es/
French user group day, http://www.aufo.asso.fr/ , http://www.club-peoplesoft.fr/ , http://www.clubjde.org/
HOUG (Hungary), http://www.houg.hu
MEOUG (Dubai), http://www.meoug.com/
OBUG (Benelux), http://www.obug.be
OUGF (Finland), http://www.ougf.fi/
LVOUG (Latvia), http://lvoug.lv/
DOAG (Germany), http://www.doag.org/de/events/konferenzen/doag-2013-applications/rueckblick-2012.html
Geecon (Poland), http://2012.geecon.org/
UKOUG Exadata (UK), http://www.ukoug.org/events/exa-special-event/
DEVOXX (France), http://www.devoxx.com/display/FR12/Accueil
And did you know?....
· OUGN (Norway) hosted its conference on a cruise ship from Oslo to Kiel – 2 days focused on Oracle with only the deep blue sea as scenery!
· MEOUG (Dubai) welcomed a new president and extended its focus to include technology, engineered systems and applications!
· Inaugural event - ‘Devoxx France’ was organized to host 650 attendees but ultimately served 1250 participants! This was a great event for French speaking Java User Group members!
The EOUC on Twitter!
Follow all the leader events and activities on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/eouc
EMEA user group leaders in the spotlight:
· User groups from Israel, JDuchess (Netherlands) and South Africa http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/1535351130001
· User groups talking (mix): http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/1537218020001
Latin America User Group Community
Paola Girotti, Oracle’s user group relationship manager in Latin America has been working with the group leaders to discover new groups, support established groups and evangelize the value of user group membership to everyone in the region! The groups have been busy and we are proud to report that there are a number of new groups in the region! Thanks, Paola and Leaders!
Central America - Oracle User Group El Salvador
With this new User Group, there are now four organizations in Central America:
1. ORAUGCRC (http://www.oraugcrc.org/ )
2. ORAUGGT (http://www.facebook.com/orauggt )
3. ORAUGHN (http://www.facebook.com/oraughn )
4. ORAUGSV (website under construction).
Argentina – new Oracle User Group
This new group hosted its first meeting in 2012 and organized their first event at the Technological National University. Filled with sessions from local ACEs and ACE directors, the event drew more than 50 attendees. Keep your eye on this group – they will participate in the upcoming TOUR of user group conferences in July and you can see them in Buenos Aires. For more information, go to: http://aroug.org/
Grupo de Usuários Oracle Brasil (ORAUG-BR, http://oraug-br.org/ ) hosted a meeting on 21 March 2012 in San Pablo the "Challenges and Opportunities Tax and Business Tax," The meeting focused on promoting the exchange of ideas, experiences, technical and operational knowledge between companies using Oracle Applications, as well as integration among participants, providing excellent business opportunities. More than 190 people attended the meeting.
Latin America user groups in the spotlight:
· Andrea Baron - Argentina JD Edwards User Group, Eduardo Hahn of Grupo de Usuários de Tecnologia Oracle do Brasil (GUOB) http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/1561061068001
North America User Group Community
A Collaborative Effort - Oracle Primavera Special Interest Group hosted by OAUG & Quest International Almost one year after the initial meeting of the Oracle Primavera SIG (OPSIG), the jointly supported SIG is thriving. It is a great example of a successful collaborative effort between two users group with a shared product focus. The group currently has over 700 members and continues to grow. The SIG successfully coordinated the Primavera Track at the COLLABORATE12 conference and delivered 50 sessions to nearly 400 enthusiastic Primavera users during the Collaborate conference in April 2012.
“The rapid growth of the Oracle Primavera SIG (OPSIG) is evidence of the valuable role users groups play in providing education and networking resources for users of Oracle’s acquired product lines,” said OAUG President Mark Clark. “Coordinating efforts with the Quest users group to support user-led program and content development certainly accelerated the timeframe in which we were able to deliver value to Oracle Primavera users.”
“Quest and OAUG have a great partnership around the Oracle Primavera user community. Through open lines of communication and a great working partnership, the community continues to build and thrive within the Oracle family,” said Jeff West, Quest President.
In addition to hosting onsite meetings at COLLABORATE and Oracle OpenWorld, the group hosts bi-monthly webinars for their members. For more information on upcoming meetings please visit the website – Oracle Primavera SIG.
Another Successful Year! COLLABORATE 12
This important event drew. Over 5500 participants to Las Vegas in April 2012 and provided everyone with a week full of activities including educational sessions, hands on labs, a full exhibit hall, usability lab, support sessions and a busy and vibrant Oracle booth! Together the Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG), Quest International User Group and the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) hosted another successful conference. Oracle SVP & CIO Mark Sunday’s Keynote was delivered to an enthusiastic group of attendees who enjoyed hearing his update on “IT at Oracle. Plans are already underway for next year’s COLLABORATE13 event to be held in Denver, Colorado.
Oracle Exadata Special Interest Group – a global resource sponsored by the IOUG!
The IOUG Exadata Special Interest Group continues to expand its membership to over 4000 members. Its leaders are true evangelists – reaching out to new and experienced Exadata customers and encouraging them to learn about the products, network and share tips and techniques. The Exadata SIG will have a dedicated room at the annual Oracle OpenWorld User Group Forum on Sunday, September 30th, 2012.
This year, Oracle and IOUG have partnered to bring you ExaEverything 2012, a comprehensive, year-round community and knowledge base supporting the Engineered Systems product family, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, the Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and the Exalytics In-Memory Machine. Click here to learn how to become a member.
Higher Education, Campus Solutions and a global presence
The Higher Education User Group HEUG Education Series offers an exciting line up of webinars for their members. This program is designed to help members grow their knowledge of PeopleSoft/Oracle products all year long. This series brings together thought leaders from within the HEUG membership, Oracle, vendor partners and HEUG management to provide useful webinars that will help members with implementing, maintaining or upgrading their PeopleSoft/Oracle solutions. The Education Series is always looking for speakers to share their expertise with the HEUG community. Please feel free to send your suggestions or proposals to email@example.com.
Oracle and IOUG worked together to present a special seminar series in May that featured highlights of the IOUG Security Survey: Enterprise Data at Risk. Oracle security experts discussed why organizations are at risk and how database security best practices can help reduce that risk. During this event, attendees had the opportunity to participate in an exclusive Q&A session with Oracle security experts while networking with industry peers.
Enterprise Systems Design – a Quest Leadership Community Executive Series
Quest will launch its first executive series of 2012 designed solely with C-level and direct reports in mind. The series will focus on enterprise systems design and how the role of ERP has transformed over the years. For more information, click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Sciences User Group (OHSUG)
The Oracle Health Sciences User Group welcomed the Enterprise Adoption User Group from North American and EU members to be part of community. A special interest group “EA Focus Group” was formed to facilitate the transition and knowledge sharing among members. Save the date for the OHSUG 2012 Annual Meeting: November 4-7, 2012, Fairmont Monte Carlo, Monaco. With the theme “Building Bridges to Patient-Centered Technology,” the OHSUG Board invited Mark Poulton, ADAMAS Consulting Ltd to deliver the keynote at the conference. More information is available at: https://www.ohsug.org/events/annual-meetings/2012-annual-conference
Oracle Excellence Awards: Call for Nominations
The Oracle Excellence Awards recognize individuals in key roles for their extraordinary efforts and contributions to enterprise technology solutions. Awards will be presented at the 2012 Oracle Open World at San Francisco. Nominate a colleague or yourself today! Deadline for nominations is 17 July 2012!
Upcoming User Group Events
OHUG Global 2012 Conference
June 18 – 22, 2012
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Oracle Development Tools User Group Kscope12
June 24 – 28, 2012
JW Marriott, San Antonio, TX, USA
IndicThreads Technical conference – July 13-14
New Delhi – hosted by Pune Java User Group
Latin America User Group Conference Tour!
July 4 2012 – Columbia (Cali)
July 6 2012 – Ecuador (Quito)
July 9 2012 – Trinidad y Tobago (Port of Spain)
July 11 2012 – Guatemala (City of Guatemala)
July 13 2012 – Honduras (Tegucigalpa)
July 16 2012 – Costa Rica (San Jose)
InSync 2012, Quest International and Australian Oracle User Group
August 21-22 2012, Melbourne Vic. Australia
Save the dates! 30 September –October 4th:
Oracle Open World 2012:
Java One 2012:
MySQL Connect (event before Oracle Open World:
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Slovenian Oracle user group event
23-26 September, Portoroz
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Nordic User Group Tour: four countries in Northern Europe are organizing a user group event tour progressing from country to country focusing on technology, applications and hardware.
Denmark - 23 October / http://www.doug.dk/
Sweden – 24 October / http://www.orcan.se/
Norway – 25 October / http://www.ougn.no/
Finland – 26 October / http://www.ougf.fi/
1st Higher Education User Group conference 16-17 Oct 2012:
South African Oracle User Group Conference
21-23 Oct 2012, Sun City
Croatian Oracle User Group Conference,
16-20 Oct 2012
Asia Pacific: India
Sangam 2012 – November 2-3, 2012 - Bangalore
Co-located with AIOUG, India OAUG and JUGs
Asia Pacific - Australia
“HEUG Down Under” conference
November 7-9 2012, Surfer’s Paradise
Europe, Middle East and Africa - Belgium
12-16 Nov 2012, Antwerp
Bulgarian Oracle User Group Conference
16-18 Nov 2012
German Oracle User Group Event (DOAG)
20-22 November, Nurnberg
User Groups & Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne – San Francisco in September
Once again, the global user group community are working together to deliver User Group Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld! The planning committee helps to deliver the best of the best of user group presenters to the event and year over year, sessions are packed to standing room only capacity! New this year will be a full day devoted to Exadata and updated sessions on Fusion Applications delivered by user group members!
If you are attending this year’s conference, mark your calendars to attend the User Group Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld. More information about Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne is available at: - http://www.oracle.com/openworld and http://www.oracle.com/javaone/index.html
Global Contact and Resources for Information about Oracle’s User Group Community
IOUC – the global community for User Group leaders: www.iouc.org
User Groups on Oracle.com: Oracle User Group Central
Java User Groups: Java.net JUG Community
Global User Group Relationship Managers:
· Australia and New Zealand: Kim Salter
· China: Jim Jiang
· EMEA: Tom Scheirsen
· India: Nagaraj Paduvare
· LAD: Marina Neumann and Paola Girotti
· North America: Tina Weiss
· Java and MySQL: Nichole Scott
· Global Strategy: Mary Lou Dopart
Released: Jun 28, 2012 12:48 AM | Updated: Feb 05, 2013 09:23 AM
Keywords: IOUC | News | IOUC
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