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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!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Global Oracle User Groups Calendar of Events

I just came across this really good calendar of events at the Oracle User Groups Center. It’s a comprehensive listing of all the Oracle User Groups Events and Conferences taking place around the globe up to April 2007.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

UKOUG RSS feeds

Some time ago when I visited the UKOUG web site I noticed that they had RSS feeds that one could subscribe to. When I subscribed to them, however, the feeds weren’t working. A recent visit to their site revealed that the feeds have now been fixed. You can subscribe to their news feed or upcoming events feed.

What’s in the NEWS feed?

What’s in the UPCOMING EVENTS feed?

Monday, August 01, 2005

Oracle 11i Installation, Architecture, Administration and Maintenance

Recently I was asked by a reader whether I could provide them with a diagram of the architecture of 11i10. Here’s some excellent presentations you can download and take a look at if you want to understand more about the architecture of Oracle Applications E-Business Suite (EBS) R11i.

I’ve always been impressed by the quality and content of information produced in presentations delivered by SolutionBeacon. One of the first presentations I came across that provided a very good look under the hood of 11i was one entitled “Care and Feeding of 11i” by John Stouffer.

The most recent versions of these presentations that I could find were delivered by Randy Giefer at the NorCal OAUG 2005 Training Day. I’ve linked to the presentations and also quoted their abstracts below. You should also check out the NorCalOAUG Presentations Archive where there are many other useful presentations you can download.

Introduction to Release 11i Part 1 of 2: Installation & Architecture

Abstract

In the 1st of a 2 part presentation, get a “real world” perspective as well as tips and techniques to install and understand the architecture of the complex Oracle Applications environment delivered with Release 11i, including Release 11.5.10. Release 11i is the biggest and most complex applications release ever! There have been ten 11i releases with major changes to tools and technology stack. Each release addresses bug fixes and has added new module functionality along with three specific Oracle environments that must be installed for Release 11i – database, applications and web. All environments require differing levels of support but each has to be maintained to fully utilize and make the most of the Release 11i Applications. We will discuss the underlying architectures and approaches to architecture and installation that make ongoing support more manageable for the Apps DBA.

Introduction to Release 11i Part 2 of 2: Administration & Maintenance

Abstract

In the 2nd of a 2 part presentation, get a “real world” perspective as well as tips and techniques to administer and maintain the complex Oracle Applications environment delivered with Release 11i, including Release 11.5.10. Release 11i is the biggest and most complex applications release ever! There have been ten 11i releases with major changes to tools and technology stack. Each release addresses bug fixes and has added new module functionality along with three specific Oracle environments that must be supported for Release 11i – database, applications and web. Administering and maintaining these environments has become a full time job for the Applications DBA. All environments require differing levels of support but each has to be maintained to fully utilize and make the most of the Release 11i applications. We will discuss all of these administration and maintenance processes for the Apps DBA and will share “real world” recommendations for each.

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