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Reasons to Be There

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Attending the annual COLLABORATE conference is one of most talked about experiences each year. The anticipation builds during the months leading up to the event. And, the post-event storytelling and sharing is equally as spirited. Here are some of the things Oracle Applications users are looking to accomplish at COLLABORATE this year:

Solve a problem.
Everyone is talking about the cloud. But not all organizations are in a position to make a sweeping transition to cloud solutions. Maintaining existing ERP systems is still a reality for many. COLLABORATE 17 offers hundreds of sessions that focus on upgrading or enhancing existing implementations. Plus, you’ll be able to meet management from the OracleDigital License Team that supports all customers that continue to invest in on-premises license applications (PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, EBS, etc.).

Plan for the future.
Speaking of cloud, there are more than 400 cloud-related sessions at COLLABORATE 17. Many of these explore how Oracle customers have already extended functionality with cloud solutions or present the key considerations – pros and cons – for helping you plan a move to the cloud. Use the convenient Agenda Builder to browse cloud sessions and add them to your educational itinerary.

Stay on top of important changes.
Sometimes changes beyond our control require us to learn new ways of working. For example, the new standards for revenue recognition passed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) present compliance challenges that many companies must address before January 2018. Several COLLABORATE 17 sessions explore this important issue, including the Power Hour – Revenue Recognition – The Times they Are a Changin’.

Turn information into treasure.
Performance data is everywhere, and the ability to interpret and extend that data to propel decision making gives businesses a distinct advantage. More than 100 sessions in the EPM/BI track explore integrated functions covering data, analytics, processes and organizational management. The Hyperion Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting on Monday examines the latest developments in the EPM/Hyperion space, and the EPM/Hyperion Connect Reception on Tuesday evening intensifies your learning with targeted networking.

Gain practical advice.
“Being able to reach out to someone who could help us quickly solve a problem or point us in the right direction with design questions literally saved us hundreds of hours of wasted research and development costs.” - Matt Youmans, Worthington Industries.

Work with more purpose.
We spend a lot of time at work, doing work and thinking about work. Why not do it with more purpose? Energize your work with inspiring words from Jenn Lim, CEO and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of Delivering Happiness, during the opening keynote on Monday, April 3.

COLLABORATE 17 takes place April 2-6, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is still time to register to attend. I hope you’ll join the spirited conversations at the event.

Alyssa Johnson, OAUG President 
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Twitter: @alyssaEBS

There’s Still Time to Get to COLLABORATE

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With so many reasons to participate, how can you miss it? You are just a few clicks away from jumping into action to solve problems, plan for the future, gain practical advice and more.

  1. If needed, get approved to attend. Justification tools pave the way.
  2. Reserve your hotel room. Great rates are available through March 17. (Then use your confirmation number to deduct $200 from your conference registration.)
  3. There is so much educational opportunity at the conference. Do you have colleagues who wish to attend so you can divide and conquer more sessions? Contact (or call +1 404.240.0897, option 1) for a group discount code. When groups of four or more attend, everyone saves big.
  4. Get registered! Advance discounts are in effect through March 29.

Heading to COLLABORATE?

Thousands of your peers and colleagues are getting ready for an exciting week in Las Vegas! Once the conference gets underway, things move at a fast pace. Plan ahead to optimize your experience and make sure you don’t miss a single opportunity.

  1. Build your personalized agenda and install the COLLABORATE App.(Note: printed session schedules are not distributed.)
  2. Complete your app profile and add a photo.
  3. Add an optional workshop!
  4. Reserve discounted transportation from McCarran International Airport to your conference hotel.
  5. Take some time to prepare your personal education and networking goals and start reaching out to those you’d like to meet.

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Create Connections with the OAUG Young Professionals Forum

Meet with your peers and gain wisdom from experienced pros at the COLLABORATE 17 Young Professionals Forum Cocktail Meetup. Experts will be available to give advice and help you grow your career in the Oracle Applications space with the following topics: Database and Big Data, Cloud, Application Development, the Functional Areas of Oracle Applications, BI/Analytics, Management and Volunteerism. All young and new professionals registered with the OAUG are welcome to attend this event. RSVP for the event by March 20, and add it to your COLLABORATE 17 agenda!

oaugYPF LogoAnd, don’t forget to read the new OAUG blog post brought to you by the OAUG Young Professionals Forum: “Tips for High-Impact Networking.” Find advice on how to create connections at conferences including special hints for the upcoming COLLABORATE 17.

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Learn how to implement OBIEE to measure KPIs for customer service agents using Siebel Service Module. Use OBIEE dashboards to track customer service metrics in real time, collect data faster and help improve the customer experience.

“Using data hierarchies, we pulled data out of the Siebel database and pushed it into the OBIEE database to create analysis objects.”
Chao-Yee Watson - Program Manager, Xilinx, Inc.


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Welcome New Members
The OAUG would like to welcome the new members who joined in February:

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  • Archrock
  • John Nocerino
  • Kathleen Walton 
  • Michele Afetian
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Oracle News

Meet the Experts: On-premises Oracle Applications Licensing

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet management from the OracleDigital License Team during COLLABORATE 17. The OracleDigital License Team supports all customers that continue to invest in on-premises license applications (PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, EBS, etc.). We will provide insights on how to engage and align with OracleDigital to maximize your current Oracle investment. Questions are welcome.

Get Social with OAUX

The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team has launched a new set of social channels that will focus on sharing our strategy and what drives the evolution you see in the Cloud UX. To keep up with what’s new, we encourage you to like and follow our new OAUX Facebook page and OAUX on Twitter. Also, see what else is going on with the OAUX team in our monthly roundup on the VoX blog.

New Oracle EPM Cloud Service for Tax Reporting

Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud provides comprehensive tax data and process improvement and is completely integrated with organizations’ financial systems. It enables book and tax reporting in one system, including tax provision calculation and Country-by-Country Reporting (CbCR), and provides workflow and integration with key business processes all in one system that is owned by Tax. Get more information.

OAUG eLearning

OAUG eLearning provides free live and recorded educational webinars for OAUG members. Members of the OAUG can attend upcoming webinars or access hundreds of recorded eLearning sessions any time through the OAUG eLearning Archive.

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Vendor Awareness Sessions

The OAUG is accepting applications from the Associate member community for Vendor Awareness Sessions in 2017. The interactive webcast sessions provide information about a variety of products and services that complement Oracle Applications. If your company is interested in hosting a session, please contact JC Sandel

User Community News

COLLABORATE 17: Geo Land and SIG Sessions

geoland4 01Visit 28 affiliated Geographic groups this year at COLLABORATE 17 as we host the inaugural Geo Land: Your Community of Tomorrow event. The event will provide a fun way to connect with groups in your area, and will feature a BINGO-like game to help you interact and learn about all the groups. Throughout the rest of COLLABORATE, our affiliated SIGs will be presenting educational sessions focused on specific products or areas and sharing best practices amongst Oracle Applications users. Add the sessions to your agenda

OAUG Geos and SIGs offer news from Oracle and educational opportunities all year long! To find your Geo or SIG, visit the OAUG’s User Communities page. Stay up to date on upcoming educational webinars, conference calls and face-to-face events on the Upcoming Events and Live Webinars page.