OAUG eNews

February 2017


President's Corner: Top of My List for COLLABORATE 17


As those of you who have attended the annual COLLABORATE conference know, it’s a challenge to prioritize all your educational and networking activities and make them fit into your packed itinerary. There is so much to do and so many things to learn.

Nevertheless, in addition to the wide selection of educational sessions, these are the favorite activities I’m determined to fit into my schedule at COLLABORATE 17:

The Meeting of the OAUG Members is a great opportunity to gather with other Oracle Applications users while getting updates about the OAUG’s direction of education, networking and advocacy efforts for 2017.

Power Hour sessions are highly interactive and focused on a specific topic. For example, the Power Hour – Revenue Recognition – The Times They are a Changin’ session takes a look at the new standards based on the FASB board’s passage of ASC 606 that changes the rules for revenue recognition.

The Exploration Series goes in-depth to cover a single topic end to end. This year, we’ll cover:

Meet the Oracle Experts and Oracle Roadmap Sessions bring you face to face with executives, product teams and developers to discuss specific interests and get a view into what’s in store for the products you use.

Don’t forget the Exhibitor Showcase where some of the most experienced solutions providers can help you discover and test drive time- and cost-saving products and services. Some attendees even say that finding third-party vendor solutions to meet business needs is a key strategy for their time spent at COLLABORATE 17.

COLLABORATE 17 takes place April 2-6, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Make a place on your conference agenda for these intriguing events. And don't miss out on the best registration rates. Register before the early-bird deadline expires on February 16, 2017.

Alyssa Johnson, OAUG President 
Twitter: @alyssaEBS

Don’t Miss COLLABORATE 17: Early-Bird Rates End Thursday, Feb. 16!

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COLLABORATE 17: Technology & Applications Forum for the Oracle Community, April 2-6 in Las Vegas, is on track to be one of our best yet! There is simply nothing like being there. Here’s why:

  • Over 1200 case studies, panels and sessions were sourced from the global Oracle user community – knowledge-sharing at its best.
  • Opening Keynote Jenn Lim, CEO and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of Delivering Happiness shares how companies with a higher sense of purpose outperform others.
  • The Oracle Keynote is presented by Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud – IaaS, PaaS, Security, Mobile, Analytics.
  • Dozens of Oracle roadmap sessions and Meet the Oracle Experts panels give you direct access to leadership and development teams.
  • Power Hours include real-time collaboration and problem-solving in teams.
  • Three Exploration Series focus on improving business processes through either employing the extended functionality of R12 or coexisting with the cloud.

Gain relevant information to take back to your organization, no matter where it stands today on its journey to the cloud. Check out the full agenda and register now at by Thursday, February 16.

Claim Your Seat in the COLLABORATE Women in Technology Lunch

Less than 25 seats remain in the popular Women in Technology lunch on Monday, April 3. Featured speaker Colonel Michelle L. Hayworth, commander, 688th Cyberspace Wing, United States Air Force, will share her perspective and experiences gained conducting defensive cyberspace operations. COLLABORATE 17 participants can network and make new connections over an informal lunch. The event is included with your conference registration, however, reservations are required and only a few seats remain. Select this option when you register for the conference.

Get Approved to Attend COLLABORATE

Do you need managerial approval to attend COLLABORATE 17? You’ve got just days to propose participation to your leadership and get approved to attend at the early-bird rates, expiring Thursday, February 16. Make the case to your manager using these justification tools, which help you articulate how COLLABORATE’s educational programming will optimize your technology, increase your job performance and benefit your company. Link your organizational goals and development plan to the sessions you seek to attend, and identify how you will implement new strategies to propel key projects forward using the information gained during this powerful week.

Make the Most of Your OAUG Membership!

OAUG members who register together for COLLABORATE 17 can save up to 50 percent! Use the handy checklist below to make sure you’re maximizing your OAUG member discount when you register:

  • Make sure your OAUG corporate membership is current. Not a member yet? Join today.
  • Find three co-workers to go with you, and contact to get your group discount code.
  • Reserve rooms in one of the official conference hotels.
  • Register before February 16, 2017.

Follow these steps, and you will get the best possible rate of $1,400 per person, compared with the nonmember, onsite rate of $2,805. And, government employees can save money on their registration with a special rate. Get all the details and register online at

Top Posts from the OAUG Blog

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Subscribe to the OAUG blog to select categories of interest, receive news and announcements, post comments, share via social media and view related and popular posts.

Congratulations to Terry Komornik, systems analyst with the City of Virginia Beach, for leading the way as a subscriber to the OAUG blog. Terry won a $50 Amazon gift card from the random drawing.

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"The benefits of using third-party solutions include:

  • Customization.
  • Cost savings.
  • Streamlined process.
  • Reduced burden on IT.
  • Greater engagement of functional users.”

“For us, our primary focus when attending COLLABORATE is trying to find solutions that are going to meet our business needs.”
Jamie Weingard, Manager- Production Support, American Red Cross

Take five with more great tips from OAUG members. 

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

  • Andrew Tillman
  • ASG Group Limited
  • Bill Zeifang
  • Cedar Fair Entertainment
  • David Brunetta
  • Fite Consulting
  • Naga Voora
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  • Sally Sinden Williams
  • Targa Resources
  • Voya Financial
Not an OAUG Member? Join Today!

Oracle News

Database 11.2 Extended Support Fee Waived through December 2018

Oracle’s Lifetime Support policy has three phases: Premier Support, Extended Support and Sustaining Support. Visit the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog for details about Extended Support for Database 11.2.

OAUX Team Sets Focus for 2017

The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team has refined its strategy focus for 2017. You’ll hear us talk about these themes throughout the year:

  • Visual evolution.
  • Enterprise Mobile Application.
  • Smart UX.
  • Extensibility and user experience design patterns.
  • How we go through our day.

For more information, visit us at Have you visited the Oracle Cloud UX labs recently? Take a video tour of the labs and see what’s new.

GAME, SET and ‘Transaction’ MATCHing

Oracle Account Reconciliation Cloud, a purpose-built solution for managing the global reconciliation process, now includes transaction matching. Finance departments face increasing pressure to transform and streamline financial close and reporting while maintaining the integrity of the financial statements. A key part of the close includes the completion of detailed reconciliations, including transaction matching, which is often a major bottleneck. For more information, read our blog post How to Banish Painful Transaction Matching Now.

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.

Cloud Panel: Are Oracle "On-Premises" ERP Customers - Lost in the Cloud?
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m. ET openToEveryonebutton
Hear live pragmatic information, candid discussion and important observations relevant to Oracle “on premises” customers from a team of experts. Plus, find out how you can learn even more at COLLABORATE 17.

Register for upcoming webinars: 

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

OAUG Conference and Event Updates

COLLABORATE Keeps These Oracle Professionals Educated and Relevant

Collaboration leads to breakthroughs and YOU can be the one to deliver amazing new insights to your company when you join the conversation at COLLABORATE 17. Hear from these professionals on the "crux of a big decision" like moving to the cloud and on how they benefit from the conference.

Get Your #C17LV Booth Today!

There is still time to become a COLLABORATE 17 Exhibitor. Over 5,500 eager attendees are venturing to Las Vegas to learn about new solutions for their Oracle investments. Booths are going quickly, so capture the chance to showcase your product or service with a prime location in our popular Exhibitor Showcase. Space is limited, so secure your booth today!

Modern Supply Chain Experience 2017

February 13-15, 2017
San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA

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User Community News

geo sig logoOAUG 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.