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User Groups and Special Interest Groups (SIG)

Friday, June 24, 2005

San Diego Oracle User Group has an RSS feed!

This is the first Oracle User Group I’ve seen that has implemented RSS (apart from some of the OAUG SIG’s that run blogs - see my blogroll). Most of the Oracle User Group site’s I’ve come across don’t have this feature which means that to find out if the site has been updated you have to actually visit it - something you don’t really want to do if you’re tracking hundreds of sites a day. Hopefully other User Groups will follow suit. To me, the very fact that that the SDOUG has implemented RSS also means that they are intending to update their site frequently.

Anyone know of any other User Groups that have RSS support?

Incidentally, I’m building up a listing of User Groups in my Link Blog so all you have to do is bookmark that URL or subscribe to the RSS feed for the URL in question and each and every time I add a User Group to the list you will be notified.

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!!

Friday, February 11, 2005

Connect Peoplesoft Conference to merge with Oracle OpenWorld

This post contains details of the merger between the Connect Peoplesoft Conference and Oracle OpenWorld Conference.

Having just merged the Oracle AppsWorld Conference into the Oracle OpenWorld event held in San Francisco in December 2004, Oracle now has another merger to deal with. In line with the Peoplesoft take over, Oracle has recently announced it is going to merge OpenWorld with Connect, Peoplesoft’s annual conference. The event will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from September 18-22nd September, 2005 - I expect this will result in the mother of all conferences.

Of course, this begs the question will the various User Groups and Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) in existence merge as well? I guess it’s something that should be on their agendas.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Oracle User Group Feature - the New Zealand Oracle User Group (NZOUG)

This post contains a review of the New Zealand Oracle User Group Website and also highlights key presentations and white papers from their 2004 conference which are available for download.

According to their site,

The New Zealand Oracle Users Group was founded in 1989. In our early years we were part of the Australia New Zealand Oracle User Group (ANZORA). But in 1997 we decided to sever the ties with Australia and we are now a separate group.

This group is for all Oracle users and is a forum to share ideas and interests. We are always open to new ideas about how we can improve the NZOUG so please email through your ideas to a member of the committee.

The most recent User Group conference ran from 25-27 May 2004 and papers were presented according to the streams of Executive, Applications, Technology and Training. I’ve taken a brief look at some of the papers that are available for download and the quality seems to be quite good. As and when I get a chance to take a detailed look, I will write up a detailed review on this site. Highlights from the applications section are as follows: -

Thanks to Gilbert Leblanc (who has an Oracle ERP Blog in French) for pointing me in the direction of this site.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Atlanta OAUG - August Meeting Agenda

This post contains details of the upcoming Atlanta Oracle Applications User Group (ATLOAUG) monthly meeting.

The next meeting of the Atlanta OAUG is scheduled to take place on Friday the 20th of August 2004 and you can find the Agenda here. Highlights are as follows

Presentation abstracts and descriptions relating to the highlights can be found on the User Group site where you can also register to attend. Registration is FREE so if you are in the vicinity you should make the most of this opportunity.

You can download historical presentations and white papers delivered at Atlanta Oracle Applications User Group Meetings from 1997 -2004 here - there’s certainly plenty of good material to take a look at. 😊

Other areas of interest on this site are the newsletters section where you can download/subscribe to their newsletter.

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