Wednesday Nov 04, 2015

Live Webcast: 3 Ways to Drive Digital Workplace Collaboration and Mobility

Suffering from post #OOW15blues or missed last week's conference? We have got a live webcast just for you. Here is your chance to catch Oracle executive, David Le Strat and one of our customers, Mythics as they discuss use cases for Oracle cloud collaboration and engagement solutions. Don't miss hearing first-hand on how a processes-intense company such as Mythics streamlined business automation and is leveraging Oracle's holistic cloud engagement solution to solve one of their biggest business challenges in house.

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WEBCAST: Three Ways to Power Digital Workplace Collaboration and Mobility

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WEBCAST: Three Ways to Power Digital Workplace Collaboration and Mobility
Cloud Engagement beyond Simple File Sharing

A recent study showed that over a year, organizations with enterprise social collaboration saw a 96% improvement in customer response times. 96%! And with the mobile workforce reaching 1.3 billion this year, it is no wonder that organizations are looking differently at user engagement today.

Join this webcast to find out how Oracle is addressing the critical need for social- and mobile-enabled cloud engagement, and hear directly from Mythics on how the company is leveraging Oracle Cloud Services to drive workplace collaboration, streamline contracts management and accelerate business value. Learn how your organization can drive speed to market and improve mobility and productivity for Marketing, Sales, HR, Operations and Customer Experience.

You will learn about:
  • Oracle's strategy, vision and comprehensive solution to address the market need
  • Mythics' business automation and collaboration use cases and cloud strategy
  • A roadmap to driving business innovation, mobility and productivity with cloud engagement

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Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld Edition of WebCenter, BPM Newsletter Out

The OpenWorld edition of Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) newsletter is now out. Take a look to get more information on the exclusive Customer Reception we are hosting in San Francisco on Monday, October 25th; the must-attend sessions for you to hear from Oracle executives, subject matter experts, customers and partners to know the latest strategy, vision and roadmaps for both our on-premises and cloud solutions; the latest news features, product collateral, industry insights, and learn more about upcoming events and activities.

If you are in the area and have not registered for Oracle OpenWorld, you can still attend our Customer Reception so do RSVP today. And don't forget to add your favorite Oracle WebCenter, Oracle BPM and Oracle Cloud Content and Collaboration solutions to your My Schedule that is now live on Oracle OpenWorld website.

Not attending Oracle OpenWorld this year? No worries, this newsletter still has plenty of information for you to know the very latest happening in Oracle WebCenter, BPM and Cloud Collaboration world. Happy reading!

Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

Focus on Digital Experience, Cloud Collaboration, Content and Business Process Management

Each year at OOW, we drive the best and most innovative sessions for our attendees. This year is no different. With over 30 speaking sessions reflecting strategy and perspectives from our executives, technology experts, customers, partners, user groups and industry thought leaders; 10 live product demos; and 7 hands-on-labs devoted to Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) and our Cloud Content and Collaboration solutions, we are excited to showcase our product innovations, customer successes and vision at OOW 2015.

This Year’s Highlights:

  • Over 30 sessions featuring customers and partners like Lincoln Financial Group, the Sherwin Williams Company, Nextel, South California Gas Company, TekStream Solutions, Capgemini, Booz Allen Hamilton, Mythics and many more
  • A Meet the Experts session on Tuesday, October 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on “Oracle’s Digital Experience Strategy: Oracle WebCenter, Oracle BPM, and Oracle Cloud Services”
  • 7 live product demo stations; 6 hands-on labs sessions, including Cloud labs focusing on Documents Cloud, Process Cloud and offering sneak previews of upcoming cloud services.
  • Innovation Awards ceremony with winners and representation from Digital Experience, BPM, Documents Cloud Service and Process Cloud Service

Must Attend Sessions:

Don’t miss the Strategy and Vision sessions for the overall portfolio and each of the respective solution and cloud technologies. We invite all customers to attend these not-to-be-missed sessions that can help organizations plan their roadmaps. Attendees will also get an opportunity to hear from customer organizations on implementation successes.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Digital Experience and Collaboration Roadmap—Oracle WebCenter, BPM, and Cloud Services [CON9207]
11:00 am - 11:45 am | Moscone West—2024

Oracle Documents Cloud Service—Vision, Strategy, and Roadmap [CON9183]
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle Process Cloud Service and the Oracle BPM Suite—Vision, Strategy, and Roadmap [CON9181]
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle WebCenter Sites Strategy and Vision [CON9191]
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm | Moscone West—2024

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Oracle WebCenter Portal Strategy and Vision [CON9187]
11:00 am - 11:45 am | Moscone West—2024

Oracle Sites Cloud Service: Rapid Building of Mobile-First Digital Experiences [CON9199]
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle WebCenter Content and Other Oracle WebCenter Solutions: Vision and Strategy [CON9182]
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle’s Digital Experience Strategy: Oracle WebCenter, Oracle BPM, and Oracle Cloud Services [MTE10051]
7:15 pm - 8:00 pm | Moscone South—301

There are many more sessions highlighting customer successes, partner discussions, persona and/or industry based discussions, Cloud/PaaS lessons, live product demonstrations and Hands-On-Labs (HOL) sessions so do bookmark the following links for a complete listing:

Focus on: Digital Experience, Content and Business Process Management

Focus on: Content and Collaboration in the Cloud

Note that My Schedule is live for Oracle OpenWorld now. Customer and partner attendees can use My Schedule to plan and optimize time during the conferences by building personalized conference schedule beforehand. We recommend adding the sessions mentioned above and the others of interest from the Focus On documents.

WebCenter & BPM Auxiliary Events at OOW:

In addition to regularly scheduled programs of sessions, hands-on labs and demos, we have planned additional events for our customers and partners to actively engage with the Oracle and partner teams, and network with their peers. These auxiliary events include:

· Customer Appreciation Reception – Monday 10/26 – 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Invite and RSVP | OOW Registration NOT Required)

· Innovation Awards Ceremony (CON10374) – Tuesday 10/27– 4:00pm - 5:30pm, YBCA Theater (OOW Registration Required)

· Oracle Appreciation Event at OOW 15 with Elton John, featuring Beck – Wednesday 10/28 – 6:30 pm – 12:00 am (Event Information)

Your Conference on Mobile:

Attendees with Apple iOS or Android devices can access Oracle conference information via the Oracle OpenWorld mobile app (available mid-October). Download the app from the Apple iTunes store or Google Play, and get news and updates, access your schedule and the Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog, explore interactive maps, find exhibitors and sponsors, and discover social channels.

Social Media Communications:

We will be highlighting our key session on Oracle WebCenter blog periodically. In addition, please use the following hashtags to discuss OOW on your channels and follow along on @OracleWebCenter and @OracleBPM

#OOW15 | #OracleDOCS | #OraclePCS | #OracleSCS | #WebCenter | #OracleBPM | #OraclePaaS

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Customer Appreciation Event and bookmark:

Focus on: Digital Experience, Content and Business Process Management

Focus on: Content and Collaboration in the Cloud

Looking forward to a great #OOW15 together!

Thursday Sep 17, 2015

Launch Webcast: Oracle Process Cloud Service

Article originally written by Mala Ramakrishnan 

Did you miss the Oracle Process Cloud Service launch webcast? Join this webcast so you too can understand the value we can bring to your business with line of business empowerment.

Now you can hear from the experts on Oracle Process Cloud Service. Join us to listen to customer stories, see the product and consider the pros and cons of running process automation on the cloud.

Check out the replay now available On Demand: Oracle Cloud Platform Webcast Series

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Oracle WebCenter & Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) partners Bezzotech, Fishbowl Solutions, Redstone Content Solutions, Sofbang, Tata Consultancy Services, TekStream & VassIT invite you to a private cocktail reception at one of the Bay Area's premier primary destinations for live music & entertainment. Please join us and other Oracle WebCenter & Oracle BPM customers for heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at this exclusive reception.

Don't miss the opportunity to talk with fellow customers and executives from Oracle WebCenter & Oracle BPM Product Management, Product Marketing, and Oracle's premier Oracle WebCenter & Oracle BPM partners. We look forward to seeing you at this event.

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Wednesday Jan 07, 2015

IT Leaders Discuss Their Business Goals and Technology Solutions

Happy New Year! Hope 2015 is off to a great start for you.

One of the biggest highlights for us in 2014 was getting an opportunity to visit and spend some time with the IT Leaders of successful organizations around the world. The objective of each of these documentaries was to understand the business imperatives of such organizations, get insights from the IT Leaders on how they align their IT objectives with the company's business goals and how they measure the impact of their IT & business investments on their customers, vendor ecosystem, the company's employees and of course, the company's bottom line. And we then have technology experts walk us through the technical implementations that has made all that possible.

Based on their business imperatives, organizations had taken different paths and driven diverse IT roadmaps to deliver business success. Northumbrian Water in the UK enabled mobility for its remote workforce to drive 24 X 7 operations. Pella, a major windows and doors manufacturer in the USA built a contextual web experience for its online visitors while creating a self-service portal for its sales and dealers network and an online appointment scheduling tool to deliver a unique and superior digital experience. Grupo Farmacos, a major medical supplies distributor in Mexico has set up an optimized IT infrastructure that is suited to each of its four different business units, one dealing with high transaction volume, other requiring 24 X 7 availability and the other requiring high level of reliability with high performance for health needs. Ricoh Americas, an IT services and office equipment company, is delivering on its "Anytime, Anywhere" promise to its customers by allowing them to scan their products and either troubleshoot issues themselves or easily log those while in the backend, the seamless cloud to on-premise integration delivers the desired results. And Siram, an energy distribution company in Italy has automated its RFP process to deliver efficiency, bring transparency and drive cost control with automated business process management.

We were incredibly fortunate to have gotten some time with the executives of such elite companies and to be able to share their stories with you. For your convenience, we have made all these documentaries available in one place, that can be played on-demand. Hope you enjoy and benefit from these as we have enjoyed pulling these together.

Happy 2015!

Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

Middleware Strategy Recap, New Cloud Services, And More

The November edition of Oracle Fusion Middleware is now out. This post Oracle OpenWorld 2014 issue spotlights Oracle Executive Vice president, Thomas Kurian's middleware keynote where he outlined the company's strategy and middleware roadmap. His session also featured some key announcements and discussed new innovations in Oracle Fusion Middleware products spanning the areas of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Business Process Management (BPM), Identity Management, Content Management and Sites, Data Integration, Java and Developer tools, Application Infrastructure and more. If you missed the OpenWorld keynote or are looking to catch up on all the latest in Oracle Fusion Middleware, don't miss this feature.

And offering more details on some of the new cloud services that were announced in Thomas Kurian's keynote, the additional news features include overviews of Document Cloud Service, Java Cloud Service and Integration Cloud Service.

As always, the newsletter has a great compilation of latest news announcements, new product and industry materials, upcoming events and webcasts (including the just released on-demand replay of the Northumbrian Water mobility webcast), training sessions and more. So, don't miss the latest edition of the newsletter. And to make sure you don't miss a beat in the happenings, we recommend you subscribe to the complimentary newsletter. Happy reading!

Friday Sep 26, 2014

Thomas Kurian to Unveil The Cloud Platform for Digital Business

Author: Juliana Button, Director, Oracle Fusion Middleware

Want to know the inside scoop on Oracle’s middleware strategy? Don’t miss this great session with Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development, his key Product Management leads, and special guest, Steve Holland, Chief Technology and Digital Officer, 7-Eleven, as they walk you through this jam-packed session where Thomas will unveil Oracle Fusion Middleware as The Cloud Platform for Digital Business. You will hear the Oracle Fusion Middleware Strategy and see the new Middleware Cloud Services in action.

GEN8589: Oracle Fusion Middleware - The Cloud Platform for Digital Business
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Steve Holland, Chief Technology and Digital Officer, 7-Eleven, will join Thomas on stage to discuss the “Digital Guest Experience” they have implemented on Oracle’s Platform-as-a-Service.

Come and hear about the Oracle Mobile Platform strategy and learn how Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) supports rapid development across multiple devices; Mobile Security Suite provides mobile security for BYOD and COPE, shared devices, bringing together identity and access management; and Mobile Cloud Service simplifies access to enterprise mobile services in the cloud.

You will get a sneak preview of the Mobile Application Framework and Mobile Cloud Service as Suhas Uliyar, Vice President Product Management, demonstrates building a mobile demo that runs across multiple devices, and containerizes the mobile app using Mobile Security Suite.

Oracle’s Identity and Access Management Strategy provides a unified solution for managing, authenticating, and auditing user access across enterprise, cloud, and mobile applications; Encrypts mobile application data and protects mobile APIs for apps running on both personal and corporate-owned devices. 

Thomas will explain how you can simplify integration of on-premise systems with bespoke and packaged cloud applications through the new Integration Cloud Service (iPaaS) and support multi-channel delivery of applications and services across Mobile, Web, B2B, and Cloud through new API Management functionality, and REST, JSON and SaaS Adapters.

Vikas Anand, Senior Director, Product Management will show you how easy it is to connect E-Business Suite to Oracle Service Cloud using the new Integration Cloud Service.

Oracle’s comprehensive BPM Platform delivers business driven process design, mobile applications, and advanced analytics. The new Process Cloud Service supports process innovation and optimization through process monitoring and analytics, process automation capabilities including workflow, events and rules and mobile forms and workspace.

Oracle delivers a unified Data Integration platform across all enterprise systems to provide high-speed data movement across relational databases, operational systems, warehouses, and Hadoop clusters. You can integrate Data Quality with business applications to ensure clean data in operational systems and provide data governance and comprehensive metadata management for trusted business data. Oracle announces Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management that covers the full breadth of metadata management and data governance needs in an organization - data lifecycle management, harvest and integrate 3rd party metadata, data governance, stewardship and standardization.

Oracle’s Content and Collaboration strategy enables collaboration in the context of business applications and integrates content management, collaboration, and process management into an agility platform for departments. The Documents Cloud Service (available under Controlled Availability) provides document sharing securely across devices and with others using secure workspaces. Oracle Social Network provides an enterprise social platform to facilitate collaboration within and across organizations.

You can check out Oracle Social Network and the new Documents Cloud Service in the demonstration by Gangadhar Konduri, Vice President Product Management. You will also see how easy it is to go online and buy a subscription to Documents Cloud Service.

Thomas will highlight Oracle’s highly differentiated public and private cloud IaaS and PaaS - a complete, integrated, best-in-class and standards-based platform-as-a-service to lower integration costs, provide self-service capabilities to drive productivity and uniquely deliver seamless workload portability between on-premise and cloud using standard DevOps and management tools.

Mike Lehmann, Vice President, Product Management, will show us how easy it is to deploy a standard Java application to the Java Cloud Service from JDeveloper and then discuss how easy it is to move this application from the Oracle Public Cloud into an on-premise private cloud.

If you want the lowdown on Oracle’s Middleware Strategy, this is one session not to be missed!

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Sep Edition Covers OOW, Middleware Strategy, BPM Launch and more

The September edition of Oracle Fusion Middleware Newsletter is out. Top stories in this edition include: Don't miss sessions at Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) 2014, coverage of the recent Oracle BPM Suite 12c launch and the key new features and an in-depth interview with Oracle Group Vice President, Amit Zavery as he answers questions about industry trends and Oracle's strategy to support and build digital businesses.

The newsletter is your one stop shop for information on recently published resources, latest industry buzz, Oracle news and upcoming events and activities. So, we highly recommend you subscribe to the newsletter today. Find out What's hot at the upcoming OOW conference, get more information on the BPM 12c launch and get ahead with your digital business strategy by staying abreast of all the happenings with Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Get your free September edition today, compliments of Oracle.

Monday Sep 08, 2014

Don't Forget: Siram Documentary Airs Tomorrow

A quick reminder, the documentary webcast with Siram, Italy - a leading energy services management company, airs tomorrow, Tue, September 9 at 10 am Pacific. Catch the conversation between the IT leaders and have the experts walk you through Siram's IT footprint and logical architecture that brought them success in business process orchestration and end-to-end management. Learn how they automated their Request for Tender process and reaped both tangible and even some unexpected benefits.

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Thursday Sep 04, 2014

Video trailer: Siram Tackles Commercial Efficiency with EBS and BPM

Here's a sneak preview of what is in store for you on the live webcast scheduled for next week.

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Friday Aug 29, 2014

You are Invited -Siram, Italy Shares Their Success Story on Business Process Agility

Siram Achieves Commercial Efficiency with Improved Business Process

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Business Process Agility with Oracle AppAdvantage

Join us for this webcast and learn how Siram, a major energy services management company based in Italy, is leveraging the Oracle AppAdvantage pace-layered architecture—powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware—to streamline, automate, and drive interdepartment efficiencies for a more agile business management process.

Siram interview The webcast features an onsite conversation with Oracle’s Regis Louis and the Siram team about Siram's business challenges and solutions, as well as an in-depth IT architecture walkthrough.

Learn how Siram is able to:

  • Provide flexible, paperless, and streamlined request for proposal (RFP) process management across business departments
  • Offer complete transparency and visibility for end-to-end processes
  • Achieve greater operational and commercial efficiency for faster processes and time to market
  • Enable cross-application process orchestration with proven interoperability among Oracle Business Process Management Suite, Oracle E-Business Suite, and other technologies

Register now for this webcast.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Director of Information Systems and CIO, Siram

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ICT Business and Control Area Manager, Siram

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Principal Sales Consultant, BPM and SOA, Oracle

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Thursday Aug 28, 2014

Oracle WebCenter & Oracle BPM @ OpenWorld 2014: Don’t-Miss Sessions, Demos, Hands-on Labs, and More

Blog by: Kellsey Ruppel, Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle WebCenter

With more than 35 scheduled sessions, plus user group sessions, 10 live product demos, and 7 hands-on labs devoted to Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Business Process Management (Oracle BPM) solutions, Oracle OpenWorld 2014 provides broad and deep insight into next-generation solutions that increase business agility, improve performance, and drive personal, contextual, and multichannel interactions.

Key Themes

"This year, we shine the spotlight on the many ways our customers are harnessing the power of cloud and mobile technology to power the digital business," says Oracle WebCenter Director of Product Management Jon Huang. "We also focus on how Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BPM add value for our applications customers, including both on-premises and software-as-a-service solutions."

Don't-Miss Strategy and Vision Sessions

To explore the latest advances and planned innovations in Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BPM solutions, Huang particularly recommends the following strategy and vision sessions.

Product Demos and Hands-on Labs

From more than a dozen combined product demos and hands-on labs, event organizers expect special interest in two demos and two hands-on labs devoted to the cloud.

Networking and Awards

The customer advisory boards for Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Business Process Management will meet on Sunday, September 28, followed by a cocktail event sponsored by Oracle partners TekStream and AVIO Consulting.

Attendees should not miss the Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BPM Customer Appreciation Reception, sponsored by Oracle partners Aurionpro, AVIO Consulting, Bezzotech, Fishbowl Solutions, Keste, Redstone Content Solutions, TekStream, and VaasIT. RSVP required.

And on Tuesday, September 30, the 2014 Oracle Excellence Award Ceremony for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation (CON7029) honors organizations from around the globe that are using Oracle products to achieve significant business value.

Learn more and register now for Oracle OpenWorld 2014.

Consult the Oracle OpenWorld Focus On Documents for Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Business Process Management for a complete list of related activities.

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Thursday Aug 21, 2014

Announcing the Next AppAdvantage IT Leader Documentary

Close on the heels of the very successful launch of Oracle BPM 12c, we are so excited to be announcing the next video in the Oracle AppAdvantage IT Leaders Series. As you know, the Oracle AppAdvantage IT Leaders Series profiles a successful executive in an industry leading organization that has embarked on a business transformation or platform modernization journey by taking full advantage of the Oracle AppAdvantage pace layered architecture.

Tune in on Tuesday, September 9th at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern to catch our IT executive, Regis Louis in an in-depth conversation with IT executives from Siram S.p.a., a major energy services management company in Italy. The documentary will explore how the company is doing process orchestration and business process management to build inter-department collaboration, maintain data integrity and offer complete transparency throughout their Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Oracle’s technology expert will then do a comprehensive walk-through of Siram’s IT model, the various components and how Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies are enabling their Oracle E-Business Suite processes.

Experts will be at hand to answer your questions live. Check out this live documentary webcast and find out how organizations like yours are building business agility leveraging existing investments in Oracle Applications.

Register today. And if you are on twitter, send your questions to @OracleMiddle with #ITLeader, #AppAdvantage. We look forward to connecting with you on Tue, Sep 9.

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Friday Jul 25, 2014

Community Powers Oracle

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

Once you have decided on your initiative to drive value from Oracle Applications using Oracle Fusion middleware you need to think about the skills you need. Are you going to use a Systems Integrator, in house capability, or increasingly some form of cloud offering? Whichever you decide on you will still have a learning curve which is where I believe community is the answer. Not all learning has to be formal classroom led, look at the skills needed and select the formal training for the base skills, but for the areas you need an understanding of, and these won’t even be all be technical and then to learn more about the formal skills, I recommend community learning.

The Oracle Community is an enormous wealth of groups all offering their members a different angle on learning, through education, through sharing and through asking questions.

This blog, has the strapline, ‘Inside Oracle’s Middleware Community’ and is the sharing of knowledge from a wide range of contributors.

Oracle itself has Oracle Technology Network (OTN) which is a phenomenal resource. It is ‘the world's largest community of developers, admins, and architects using industry-standard technologies in combination with Oracle its articles, blogs and forums cover most of the technology’. Check out this infographic to appreciate the impact OTN has on the community.

OTN is also responsible for the ACE Program which I am so proud to be a part of, they recognise individuals who have demonstrated both technical proficiency and strong credentials as community enthusiasts and advocates. Most people in the ACE program present on their topics at User Groups and these are in my opinion the best place to learn, from people who have the knowledge, the passion and the experience.

I started my Oracle community life in my local usergroup UKOUG and love the opportunity to share my knowledge with others, and to learn. Just look at the agenda of usergroup events to see just how much opportunity there is to learn; for UKOUG we have just launched both our Technical and Applications agendas, take a look and see the wealth of content.

This year I attended both Collaborate and Kscope in the US. One of the downsides of being involved in the running of a usergroup is you don’t get the chance to attend any sessions (other than the ones you give), so I use these two conferences to do my learning. Collaborate covers the deeply technical mainly database side with IOUG, and then for this audience the Applications through Quest and OAUG. Kscope is run by ODTUG who cover development and middleware and the home of the technology this blog covers. Most countries have a usergroup and OTN through the ACE program helps great international speakers attend so be a part of the user group. In fact, usergroups have a community themselves, the IOUC, where they share and learn from each other. There is also User Group Sunday at Oracle Open World and along with both Oracle and non-Oracle speakers the whole event has almost 2,000 sessions.

And if you haven’t made that decision yet, user groups are a great place to see and hear what others have done with their Oracle investment.

Most of the great educators, ACEs, Speakers, Oracle Product Managers also blog, a quick Google search on your topic will show up the best, or check out the ACE register and subscribe to the ones that interest you.

And ever wondered where your partner learns? Well they too have communities, the Oracle Partner Network, OPN have them for different areas and the blueprint for the best of them is the SOA & BPM Community with over 5,000 members run by Jürgen Kress.

My final thought is about Cloud. It sounds like utopia, no need to worry about anything, and yes you may not need to worry about the technology, but it introduces new challenges - managing the cloud provider, new constraints and how to get the best from it? All questions that require a new community, for cloud users and in UKOUG, we will be launching this soon.

Community - no better place to start your Oracle AppAdvantage learning. 

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

Lilley has 18 years experience with Oracle Applications, with E Business Suite since 9.4.1, moving to Business Intelligence Team Lead and Oracle Alliance Director. She has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide and posts at debrasoraclethoughts 


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