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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Countdown to Oracle Open World: OAUG SIG’s

If you are heading out to San Francisco for Oracle Open World a bit early and have some free time on Sunday the 22nd, you will want to take advantage of the 5th Annual OAUG Oracle Users Forum being held at the San Francisco Hilton.

According to the OAUG webite:

You also won’t want to miss the 5th Annual Oracle Users Forum, which will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the San Francisco Hilton.

Over 40 SIG meetings (PDF file) will be held throughout the morning. Meetings will cover a variety of topics and can be viewed in the Content Catalog, which can be added to your agenda. You need not be a member of a specific SIG or affiliated user group to attend; you just need to have an interest in the focus of the SIG. In the afternoon, join the OAUG for four special community outreach sessions covering our newly affiliated groups of PeopleSoft, Siebel, the Oracle Retail Users Group (ORUG, formerly Retek) and Portal Software. Additionally, the OAUG will feature five selected white paper sessions. Come for the content and discover the value of the instruction available from your peers within the OAUG. The forum is open to all registered OpenWorld attendees.

Having participated in several SIG’s (Special Interest Groups) in the past, I can attest that there is tremendous value in being able to network with others with similar interests, issues, and problems relating to particular niches of the Oracle e-Business Suite.  Thinking of implementing XML Publisher into your environment?  Considering an upgrade?  Trying to understand how you can leverage the Business Intelligence components of 11i?  There are SIG’s for each of these topics and many more to help you network with others with similar questions.

Thanks for all your comments so far regarding your thoughts on this year’s conference.  Post a comment to let us know if there are other Oracle Open World 2006 topics you would like to see covered.  Hope to see you in San Francisco!


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Countdown to Oracle Open World: Hotels and Schedules

With all of the acquisitions Oracle has done over the past twelve plus months, this year’s Oracle Open World Conference is certain to set new records in both attendance and presentations.

I’ve heard rumors that San Francisco can expect around 40,000 Oracle aficionados to descend upon the Bay Area later this month.  The magnitude of the event became apparent to me as I attempted to book hotel accommodations.  Unless I want to lose some serious weight this October, I’ll have to rely on the Oracle supplied transportation as my hotel is 15 miles from the Moscone Convention Center.  The only hotels available within walking distance were well into $400 per night - something the expense account won’t tolerate (thanks iExpenses!).  The moral of the story:  If you haven’t booked your accommodation, you should do so soon… and bring your walking shoes.

Now that I’ve got a place to hang my hat, I’ll need to sort out my schedule for attending sessions.  Fortunately, Oracle has provided a handy Session Builder which allows attendees to build, modify, print, email, and even export your schedule to a PDA.  This year’s conference boasts over 1,400 sessions across four distinct tracks including Applications, Technology, Solutions, and Industries.  The difficulty I’m having right now is trying to figure out how to be in multiple places at the same time.  Given my background and interest in both Oracle Technology and Oracle Applications, there are moments when I’ll need to flip a coin to determine which session to attend when conflicts arise.  If only I could develop a cloning script for myself.

Take a look at the Content Catalog to review the sessions available for Open World 2006.  Once I’ve sorted my schedule, I’ll post it to the blog.  In the interim, if you’re having a hard time wading through all the content, perhaps these recommendations from Mark Rittman and Steven Chan can help you decide.  Much like the hotels, the sessions are filling up fast, so be sure to compile your Open World agenda via the schedule builder as soon as possible to ensure you have a seat.

Be sure to check back on a regular basis for future posts as Oracle Open World 2006 approaches, and post a comment to let us know your thoughts on this year’s conference.  Hope to see you in San Francisco!

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