Sunday, 25 November 2012


How does anyone decide what to see at a conference? Sometimes I learn more from very small events, especially overseas where there is a single stream. I see sessions I normally wouldn't select and learn so much.

So when selecting your sessions at UKOUG where you have a choice of many, I recommend you select just one outside of your comfort zone.

How about something from the Business and Strategy stream - I recommend

Strategy. So What?! The Long and the Short of It - Dr Elaine Hickmott (Mon 1245),
Or have a look at what Fusion Applications are all about and my recommendation here is
 Crafting the World-Class Oracle Applications User Experience - Jeremy Ashley (Tue 1535) although I have to admit I am doing a mobile demo in this session. If you can't make this session go see what the User Experience team are upto.

UKOUG are looking at what we should be doing for those thinking about or already using Fusion Applications or Engineered Systems, so we will be asking people for feedback and holding sessions to get your thoughts. Should we have SIGs or special events.

If you are responsible for EBS, along with keynote from Cliff Godwin and the always great content from Nadia Benjedou we are so so privileged to have Steven Chan over. These three will then join others to answer your questions at the Willow Table session Tuesday 1310.

The Willow Table is fashioned on the world famous OakTable who will be at UKOUG taking your questions about all things database. Their excellent OakTalks started last year are back again each lunchtime.

Are you an IT employer? Then I would recommend the Oracle Academy round table Tuesday at 1405 the opportunity to talk to IT educators about what is being taught to IT students.

There are also hands on sessions like RAC attack and a mobile ADF workshop and the opportunity to take Oracle Exams.There are also the ever popular masterclasses.

There are also feedback sessions to talk about how conference should look next year, listen to Lisa Dobson at the opening session to find out about these. And then there will be a UKOUG and a Councillors & Executive stands in the exhibition where we encourage you to come ask questions and give feedback.

The Monday evening speaker this year is Martin Corry, ex Engalnd Rugby Team Captain who now works for Oracle. So what skills do you acquire playing rugby that make you successful in IT? Come along and find out before the Exhibition Drinks.

Then Monday continues with focus pubs, the chance to enjoy a few drinks with like minded people and see who are the winners for this year's Inspiring Presenters Awards.

Tuesday evening we have a Vegas Night.

Wednesday is not simply the last day of conference, it has some great sessions and along side those in the agenda we have Unconference. Do you have something to share with other delegates? then sign up for a 15 or 35 minute session to share your ideas and experiences.

Go on do something DIFFERENT this year at UKOUG2012.

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