By Bill Dunham and Jon Riley, OAUG Geo/SIG Committee Co-Chairs
Oracle OpenWorld only happens once a year, so why not take full advantage of this year’s event by connecting with the Oracle user group community? Oracle-related user groups act as independent communities of like-minded individuals dedicated to helping Oracle customers optimize the use of specific products, and a number of groups are present at this year’s show. Here are the top eight reasons why you should make it a priority to meet up with these close-knit communities during the Oracle Users Forum on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Moscone South and West, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.:
We get specific. User groups take a deep dive into specific topics that impact Oracle users today. Whether you are engaging in a new implementation or an upgrade, user groups have resources to help you establish a benchmark and outline best practices.
We stretch and flex. The community addresses new topics or new approaches to existing topics. The Oracle space is constantly evolving, and user groups address what’s next on the horizon.
We’ve been there, done that. Community participants have real-world experience, and the real battle scars and successes to prove it! Why not talk to peers who have experienced your same pain points and can share lessons learned on how to overcome them?
We’re connected. This year at Oracle OpenWorld, there will be 30-minute breaks between the sessions on Sunday to encourage even more networking. Bring plenty of business cards and make sure you’re there to secure powerful connections.
We know who to call. There are a number of forward-thinking experts to tap into for information. Find trusted industry partners and increase your confidence to proceed with your implementation or upgrade projects.
We’ve got your back. The unified voice of the customer has influence with Oracle. User groups voice concerns, requests and actionable feedback to Oracle. And Oracle listens.
We want you. The user group community lives on a two-way street. Your experiences, questions, concerns and insights heighten the overall experience. The collective benefit of these groups increases as participation and grows.
We have information you can’t find anywhere else. In order to do better work, you need better tools. Whether it’s through educational programs, special interest groups, workshops, conferences, virtual learning programs, whitepapers, publications and research studies, user groups have exclusive valuable resources to help you advance your career.
So don’t miss out on the opportunity ahead to meet with a fitting user group (or groups) and find out the many ways it can specifically benefit you and your company. Visit the Oracle OpenWorld Session Catalog for details on the sessions and Geo or SIG meetings you want to attend.
In the meantime, check out the Oracle User Group Community Portal to see what community members are doing at this very moment! And be sure to check out our recommendations for making the most of your time in San Francisco. We look forward to catching up with you in person during Oracle OpenWorld 2016.
Bill Dunham (left) and Jon Riley (right) are members of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), an independent, global, member-led organization that maximizes customers’ investment in Oracle and partner solutions.
Visit oaug.org/openworld to see the list of the OAUG Geographic (Geo) and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) meeting at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.