Chris Peckham, Senior Principal Product Manager
The Oracle Transportation and Global Trade Management platform is well known for having one of the largest and most active product ecosystems of its kind. That vibrancy will be on full display on August 5 – 8, 2018, when the Oracle Transportation Management Special Interest Group (OTM SIG, for short) convenes its 12th annual user’s conference at the Loews Hotel in downtown Philadelphia.
The SIG brings together a group of nearly 500 people, consisting of customers, partners, and key members of the Logistics Cloud product family at Oracle, for three days of learning, knowledge sharing, and networking.
The OTM SIG conference is unique in that is not organized or facilitated by Oracle. The SIG Board of Directors, comprised of customer users and partners elected to two year terms, volunteers their time to serve the organization and assemble the annual conference, which is no small task for an event of its scale.
There are many reasons to register and participate in the conference, but here are a few of the highlights attendees can look forward to:
Hear keynotes from Oracle leadership
As is the case each year, attendees will have the opportunity to hear keynote addresses from Jim Mooney and Derek Gittoes, Oracle’s Vice Presidents of Product Development and Product Strategy, respectively, as they outline the current state of affairs in the OTM-GTM Product Development organization and speak to future plans for the Oracle Logistics Cloud. These highly anticipated sessions are featured on Day 1 of the conference and always play to a packed house.
Network with fellow customers
The SIG gives users a networking opportunity unlike any other. Whereas other industry events throughout the year may provide attendees with a wide range of topics appealing to a broader audience, the SIG is singularly focused on Oracle Transportation Management and Global Trade Management. At no other conference will one find as many users with the depth of experience and OTM-GTM product expertise as at the SIG.
Speak with SI and ISV partners to learn about new offerings
Those familiar with the annual Gartner Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems know that OTM always receives high marks for its deep roster of experienced partners. Nowhere is that community on greater display than the SIG, where an exhibit hall is always a hub of activity. Attendees can meet with partners to hear about their latest successful implementations, new innovations, see demonstrations of complementary product offerings, and much more. Nearly 30 different partners are sponsoring this year’s SIG, and each will have a unique and compelling story to tell.
Engage directly with Oracle Product Development
Philadelphia is home not only to the SIG, but also to the OTM-GTM Product Development group. That fact enables Oracle to give dozens of team members the opportunity to attend the conference and engage directly with the user community. Individuals representing Product Management, Product Strategy, Development, QA, Documentation, and Support will all be on hand to give presentations, participate in forum discussions, answer user questions, listen to feedback, and network with conference-goers. At no other event will one find a larger congregation of OTM-GTM Product Development personnel.
Learn from other customers
Perhaps the most compelling reason to attend the SIG is the opportunity to hear other customers share the use case and story behind their implementation of OTM-GTM. Always among the most popular sessions of the conference, customers will lead or co-present in many of the 32 different break-outs on the agenda.
Take part in new concepts
The SIG Board of Directors always looks to put a fresh twist on the event, and this year is no exception. In addition to keynote addresses, dedicated exhibit hall time, multiple concurrent track sessions, and networking events, this year’s SIG will add OTM-GTM product demonstrations to the myriad opportunities afforded to those on hand. Details are still being finalized, but attendees can look forward to Oracle experts conducting demonstrations of new and forthcoming functionality in a new theater setup.
Mingle with friends over a cocktail at evening receptions
Although the conference is a large group of several hundred, it represents an intimate reunion of sorts. Long-time attendees and newcomers alike will quickly make friends and feel right at home. Whether at the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, one of the many partner receptions on Monday, or the big Tuesday evening gathering, attendees have ample opportunities to make new connections and renew old acquaintances as they broaden their network.
We hope to see many of you at the SIG in August. You can get all the latest details about the agenda, venue, registration, and more at the conference home page.