On to Collaborate 09 - Orlando, FL

Now that the MySQL conference is over, it's time to focus on the Collaborate 09 Oracle Users conference.   The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is a user community focused on the technology side of Oracle.   This is an excellent organization to be  a part of if you are an Oracle technology expert.    I will be wrapping up my current term on the Board of Directors after serving two terms.  While serving on the board has been a fantastic experience I am so involved in Oracle HA, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Open Source and Virtual 3D training that my time is being spread too thin so I figured its time to step down from the board.  However, I still plan on staying very involved in the Oracle user community.  I cannot recommend highly enough for someone to get involved in the technology user communities.  In the last few years I have been involved in the following groups and the personal and professional rewards and the ability to give back to the user community has been some of the most rewarding experiences of my career.  These groups include:

  • Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG)
  • Oracle Fusion Council
  • Oracle Beta Leadership Council

As I step down from the board of directors for the IOUG, I do hope this gives me more time to get involved in the virtual 3D training community, open source user community, ODTUG, Java user community and local Oracle users groups.   My personal interest in Oracle Fusion Middleware that includes Java, Web Services, BPEL, SOA, XML and application servers I am sure is going to take me on some fun journeys over the next year.  Whew, I think I just wore myself out.  :)

As an Oracle DBA for 20 years and an Oracle Ace in the Oracle Fusion middleware technologies I can tell you the IOUG is a great organization to be a part of if you want to maintain your personal technical skills, network with the largest technical Oracle users group and see the top Oracle user community leaders present on Oracle technical topics.

The IOUG at the Collaborate 09 conference is a very important conference for me.   My focus for the last ten years has been focusing on high availability across multiple tiers of the Oracle architecture.  With my background in RAC, Data Guard and Oracle streams and Oracle Fusion Middleware  it is important I maintain my skills and stay in touch with what others are doing.  In the last two years I have gotten involved in high availability across open source tiers of MySQL, Apache and PHP now allows me to talk to customers that are implementing Oracle and open source solutions.  So one of the places I go to sharpen my skills and make sure I am up to speed on what others are doing is to be a part of the IOUG.

I hope to see you at the IOUG conference in Orlando!


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