By Student Solutions Team-Oracle on Jun 26, 2014
Recently, several of our Oracle student solutions team members were in Latin America at a user group conference. Not an Oracle user group--although the conference was about and for higher education customers using Oracle software--but a Higher Education User Group (HEUG) conference.
So what's the difference?
First of all, the HEUG is an entirely independent organization from Oracle, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors. As a self-governing organization, the more than 26,000 higher education members (and growing!) actively participate in a multitude of initiatives, communications and shared-learning opportunities that benefit each of them and their institutions.
For example, one of these programs includes 16 active and effective Product Advisor Groups (PAGs) that interact directly with Oracle management, developers and business partners to provide input into product strategies and improvements. The HEUG also provides a variety of online tools to help its members navigate the world of Oracle applications software. There’s a lot more that this organization does, but you can go to www.heug.org yourself to learn more. We want to get back to our story!
Anyway, as we were leaving the HEUG conference in Latin America, one of the guests invited to attend commented: “Do these users realize and appreciate how many people from Oracle come to support them? You have a much larger representation at these types of conferences than any other vendor. It shows the tremendous support you have for your higher education customers.”
So that’s it! This is why the partnership between the HEUG and Oracle is so powerful and unique in the software industry. Two distinct, independent organizations come together focused entirely on providing the highest value and mutual benefit to each member, each organization and the larger higher education community.
Through open communications and active engagement since the HEUG was formed in 1997, our partnership today is stronger than it has ever been and membership growing globally. Result? Everyone benefits. All for one and one for all—we are in this together.
We’ve got a lot going on in the student system team and are working closely with customers and the HEUG to move ahead on continued development for PeopleSoft Campus Solutions and a new Oracle Student Cloud. Come back here for more stories, news and information!--Oracle Student System Teams