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Sunday, June 18, 2006

AUSOUG/OAUG 2006 Conference Series - Call for Papers

The Australian Oracle User Group (AUSOUG) and the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) invites all Users and Suppliers of Oracle related products and services to submit papers for presentation at AUSOUG/ OAUG’s National Conference Series for 2006.

We are continuing our acclaimed National Conference Series known as “Oracle with 20:20 Foresight” with a Theme of “Fusing IT with Business Strategies”.  The dates and venues are Melbourne 2 - 3/11/06 at the Melbourne Convention Centre and Perth 8 - 9/11/06 at the Hyatt.  The number of attendees is anticipated to be in excess of 1,000 Oracle Users and the capability of reaching an audience of in excess of 4,000 Oracle users.

The AUSOUG & OAUG Events committee are now calling for outlines from interested users, business and IT professionals to present relevant papers, training and demonstrations along the lines of our conference theme. Presentations should provide topical, engaging information relevant to the Oracle influenced professional Business and IT community. If you are interested in presenting at one or more of the conferences, please select the “Call for Presentations and Training”
link at, submit as much detail as required to describe your paper, and we will work with you to bring this presentation to market. Submitted papers will be judged on the basis of significance, relevance, correctness, originality, and clarity.

Please feel free to submit papers on any Oracle interest areas.
Topics we are particularly interested in hearing from this year:

  • Database
  • Developer; Forms, JDeveloper, J2EE, JSF, XML, Web Services, BPEL, SOA, Hubs, .Net, and Fusion Middleware
  • App’s; all incl GL, AR, AP, HR, Payroll, CRM,
  • Higher Education
  • Spatial
  • Oracle eBusiness suite, Seibel and Retek, HR
  • Management
  • Tools & Security

The deadline for the call for papers is Monday 14th August. Papers submitted before this date will receive favourable attention from the committee. Any papers submitted after this date may not be included in the conference series. Accept or decline notification will be sent on Friday 1st September.

If you have any questions regards the 2006 Conference Series, AUSOUG committee members are happy to assist.  Please send queries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Oracle OpenWorld 2006 - OAUG Call for presentations now open

I got a mail from the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) the other day informing me of their call for papers for Oracle OpenWorld, being run at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA USA from October 22-26, 2006. I certainly plan to be at OpenWorld this year whether I’m presenting or not, so let me know if you’re going to be there and hopefully we can meet up.

The e-mail reads as follows:

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) invites the family of Oracle Applications users to share its ideas, innovations and solutions during Oracle OpenWorld 2006 (OOW 06). All accepted presenters and co-presenters will receive a complimentary full-conference registration to Oracle OpenWorld 2006.

The OAUG call for presentations for OOW 06 is now open and the deadline for submission is June 11, 2006. Presentation abstracts can be submitted on the following topics:

  • Technology
  • Procurement and Advanced Planning
  • Order Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Service/Sales
  • Human Resources and Payroll
  • Financials
  • Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing
  • Public Sector
  • PeopleSoft
  • Siebel
  • Oracle Retail Users Group (ORUG)
  • Oracle HCM Users Group (OHUG)
  • PeopleSoft Distributors’ & Manufacturers’ Users Group (DMUG)

Submit your presentation abstract for consideration today!

For additional information regarding Oracle OpenWorld 2006, visit the OpenWorld 2006 Web site.

Important Paper Submission Dates and Deadlines
June 11, 2006: Presentation abstracts due
June 30, 2006: Accepted presenters notified by the OAUG

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Download Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco presentations

Although I’m not physically present at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco it’s nice to be able to follow what’s happening through OpenWorld online where you can view keynotes, sessions, online demos, webcams and the photo gallery. The blog center also provides some interesting analysis and commentary.

I’ve noticed a couple of people linking to presentations and was frustrated that I couldn’t access them as a username and password was required. Little did I realise that there is a publicly available username and password.

Featured Applications Tracks at OpenWorld this year are:

  • Applications Strategy
  • Applications Technology
  • Corporate Performance Management
  • Customer Data Management
  • Financials
  • Fulfillment
  • Human Resources
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • PIM Data Hub and PLM
  • Procurement
  • Projects
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Service
  • Supply Chain Planning

The Content catalog has a comprehensive listing of presentations that you can download. Use the following username and password:

username: cboracle
password: oraclec6

You should also check out the Oracle OpenWorld archives where you can download presentations from previous events.

There’s really enough presentations to keep you busy until OpenWorld 2006. I’m going to try and come up with a listing of the best ones I come across.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Oracle to Podcast from Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2005

In a recent press release, Oracle has announced they will be podcasting at the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco. This means Customers, Partners and Developers will be able to download and listen to valuable content anytime, anywhere

According to the press release:

For the first time ever, content will be available via podcasting at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco conference, Sept. 17 - 22, 2005 at Moscone Center. The Oracle OpenWorld podcasts will deliver news and information about each daily theme including Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Applications and Oracle Database and Grid technologies. Attendees will be able to download audio programming and store content for future use and those who are not able to attend the show benefit from access to valuable, relevant information.

Oracle already offers a series of podcasts on its OTN (Oracle Technology Network) website - called Oracle OTN TechCasts - as part of a broader effort to communicate directly to its developer and DBA community on a variety of current and technical topics. Interviews with executives such as Vice President of Product Strategy Ken Jacobs and Senior Director of Product Management Roel Stalman are currently available via podcast through the Oracle OTN website or audio portals such as iTunes.

During Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle will conduct interviews with technology experts that will be syndicated through the OTN TechCasts RSS feed. By subscribing to this feed, users will be able to download these podcasts in the common MP3 audio format via iTunes 4.9 or podcast clients such as iPodder or Doppler to portable music players free of charge. Users can subscribe to the OTN TechCasts feed - or download standalone MP3 podcasts- from the OTN website at

“Oracle is one of the first companies to bring podcasting to a conference to reach audiences who may not have been able to attend,” said Senior Vice President Oracle Worldwide Marketing Judy Sim. “Also, the breadth of information available at Oracle OpenWorld will be extensive. By podcasting, OpenWorld attendees will be able to listen to relevant content long after the show is over.”

More on this announcement at the official OTN Blog.

Since I’m not going to be at the conference this year, I’m looking forward to monitoring as much as much of the activity as I can online and this announcement is a really good one.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

UKOUG Conference Presentations - Oracle Tutor and 11.5.10

I’ve been accepted to present two papers at the upcoming UKOUG conference being held from the 31st of October - 2nd November 2005. Details are as follows: -

My first presentation is entitled Maximise your Return on Implementation Investment with Oracle Tutor
Date: Monday 31 October 2005
Time: 17:20 for 45 minutes
Topic: General - Applications
Stream: Oracle Applications


The corporate functions of any business consist of Commerce, Knowledge Management and Business Operations. This presentation will identify how implementing Oracle Tutor adds value to each of the functions mentioned, hence increasing the Return on Investment for your implementation.

Firstly, the standard Tutor procedure documents and business forms will be analysed and discussed. Secondly, the ability to customise procedure documentation and to create personalised training material will be shown. Lastly, the use of the Authoring tool to create customised help will be discussed and demonstrated. At each stage of the analysis the presenter will highlight new functionality that has been introduced to the product as well as provide advice based on implementation experiences.

I’ve got a particularly good slot for my second presentation which is entitled Oracle Financials 11.5.10 - new features and upgrade considerations

Date: Tuesday 1 November 2005
Time: 9:00 for 60 minutes
Topic: Oracle Financials
Stream: Oracle Applications


This presentation will discuss new features released in Oracle Financials 11.5.10. The modules under discussion will be Payables, Receivables, Cash Management, Fixed Assets, General Ledger, Internet Expenses and Property Manager. The presenter will provide a high level overview of the new features and then discuss the various considerations organisations should make when upgrading to this new release.

Hope to meet you there!!

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