What's in the UK Oracle User Group Conference for Fusion Applications?
By Richard Bingham on Oct 08, 2013
Traditionally the largest annual Oracle conference outside the US, the
UKOUG annual conference has become so big that this year it has been
split in two! First up is the Apps event from the 14th to the 16th October, followed by its Tech sister in December.
Held at the Brewery in London, this event has six main streams covering each of the application categories. These are Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Hyperion and EPM, CRM, Applications Transformation (Fusion Applications), and Business Intelligence. In addition there are complementary sessions aimed at business and strategy executives. Overall between five and ten sessions run concurrently, giving attendees always something of interest but compared to OpenWorld there is less of the dilemma of having to choose between several things at once.
- On Monday, just after the welcome opener, is the event organizer, ex-UKOUG chairperson, and
advocate and evangelist of everything Fusion and UX - Debra Lilly from Fujitsu, with
her session on "AppAdvantage – The Value of Fusion Middleware with
Applications". This is sure to be both technically interesting whilst still filled
with real-world experiences and advice.
- This is followed by the "Applications Transformation keynote" from Jeremy Ashley, VP of Oracle Applications UX, is sure to deliver exciting glimpses of the future of enterprise applications, delivered as usual with clarity and his entertaining Mancunian edge.
- Especially close to our hearts will be the later session "Tailoring Your Applications User Experiences in the Cloud" delivery by our colleagues Kristin Desmond and Ultan O'Broin, with whom we share lots of initiatives, material, and collaborate with very closely.
- Regarding integration, there are some very interesting Tuesday sessions such as "To Co-exist or Not to Co-exist - That is the Question" from a speaker from IBM, plus "Fusion HCM Co-existence Strategy" by our Functional Architecture friend Kiran Mundy. She has worked very closely with some of the most successful Fusion Applications customers as they implement the products in their organization, so it's sure to be filled with nuggets of gold for anyone looking at integration.
Jeremy Ashley - Oracle- See more at: http://www.apps13.ukoug.org/default.asp?p=10024#sthash.fMTw2cZU.dpuf
In an attempt to be opaque, there are a few specific things we hope to get from the conference. Maybe you can even help with them if you're not attending - just add comments below. Firstly we want to find out more about what kinds of things the Developer Relations team can provide to help our customers and partners. This might be more how-to videos like on our YouTube channel, more in-depth whitepapers, more updates on products, services and technologies, maybe more case-studies, or maybe a shift in focus to integration, strategy, and overall architecture.
Secondly we'd like to find out more about any challenges partners and customers find around tailoring cloud and on-premises applications. The hope is to gather some real requirements that we can feed back into the Product Development process. As we walk around and talk to people in the exhibition hall we certainly hope to learn more about complementary services offered by Oracle, our partners, and third parties that help our customers adopt and fine-tune our products to fit their business requirements. Always interesting as again they are based around real customer needs.
Finally the goal is to make ourselves available to engage with those actively working with Fusion Applications, as well as those interested in this area. We want to answer questions, or when we cannot then to point people to the specific resources they'll need. So if you are attending we'd love to meet up. Please either drop us an email, put a comment below, or come and meet us on the Oracle stand where we will be when not listening to, or chasing down, the hundreds of interesting people that will be there!