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President's Corner

Tech Pushes. People Inspire.

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Happy new year! We may be leaving 2017 behind, but we are certainly not escaping the accelerating waves of change — simultaneously exciting and challenging — that are now constant in our work lives.

When I first became involved with the OAUG nearly 14 years ago, my organization was preparing for change, updating business processes and embracing the new technologies that would support those changes. There was much to learn, and we became aware of the OAUG as a resource that could help us through the transition and ongoing.

As an OAUG member, I expected to learn about technology, which I certainly did. But there was so much more. The personal value to my professional capabilities and career was an unexpected benefit. I had the opportunity to make important professional connections through networking and develop leadership skills through volunteer activities on a number of OAUG committees. These additional experiences have been so valuable to me as I’ve learned to extend my contributions beyond the technology-specific skill set.

The OAUG’s strategic planning effort that began two years ago included specific goals to bolster our focus on professional development. Since that initial strategic planning phase, we have responded with some new initiatives:

  • The OAUG Collegiate Forum held its inaugural meeting in October 2017. In partnership with Penn State Erie, Black School of Business, the program hosted more than 40 students enthusiastic to learn more about post-graduate life, possibly as an Oracle technologist.
  • The OAUG Emerging Leaders program builds on its track record of success (initially as the Young Professionals Forum) to provide education and networking for those who are new on their career path with Oracle Applications.
  • The LinkedIn® Lab at COLLABORATE 18 provides a unique opportunity to receive personalized coaching on creating or updating your LinkedIn® profile. And, be sure to stop by to sit for your professional head shot photo to accompany your new profile (details coming soon).

Technology may push us, but the OAUG is about people. The pace of change shows no signs of slowing. Yet, connections made through the OAUG can inspire and empower people to build knowledge, skills and abilities — and prepare for professional advancement — no matter at what stage they are in their careers.

The 2018 OAUG Board of Directors and I will be meeting later this month to revisit the strategic plan. Please don’t hesitate to let me know what’s on your mind and how you think the OAUG can help you advance your career.

Christine Hipp, OAUG President
Twitter: @Chipp123Hipp

Every organization is unique. So is every Oracle user. Enter COLLABORATE.


COLLABORATE 18: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community, April 22-26, 2018, in Las Vegas, offers over 1000 informative education sessions and events carefully selected by volunteers, Oracle pros themselves, from a global call for content. Pick and choose exactly the sessions you need to nourish your knowledge, spark your passion and advance your organization in its unique quest to:

  • Maximize on-premises solutions
  • Evaluate a path to the cloud
  • Optimize business in the cloud

Now Live: The detailed COLLABORATE agenda and the ability to build and save your personal educational plan. Hit “sign up” or “log in” to update your profile and add away. If you want to attend and need to convince your manager, get the Justification Toolkit and show them the courses that could help you, then register early while hotel and conference rates are at their lowest.

What’s New in the COLLABORATE 18 Agenda?

Acting on your feedback, COLLABORATE’s educational sessions and events are now categorized into “SmartTracks” by product family interests and cloud-migration status, so it’s easier to pinpoint your most relevant sessions and maximize your conference investment this April. Check out the sessions in these tracks:

Also New: You can now search the agenda by business goals, including optimizing on-premises applications, building a business case for the cloud, managing rapid data growth and many more.

Like what you see? Then join us April 22-26, 2018, in Las Vegas for illuminating information, skill-building and positive energy from helpful peers.

Deepen the COLLABORATION with an OAUG Training Day Workshop

COLLABORATE 18 Logos vert descripSupercharge your week at COLLABORATE by adding one of these optional, intensive workshops.

New: Now most workshops are offered on Thursday! Workshops range in cost from FREE to $195. Times vary. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, April 22

Thursday, April 26

Unleash the Value of Your OAUG Membership

Take5logosnip“When I look at my budget for training for my people vs. what I pay for them to come to COLLABORATE, the benefits far outweigh the costs …. My folks are empowered and excited at the end of COLLABORATE to try new things, do different things, in such a way that when they go back to the organization, we can really home in on issues and get questions answered.”

OAUG members can save hundreds on their COLLABORATE 18 registration. 

Take 5 with other great tips from OAUG members.

OAUG Members Save Hundreds on COLLABORATE Registration

All employees of OAUG member organizations can save up to $415 per person on COLLABORATE registration and access year-round education and networking benefits. Organizations that are licensed users of Oracle Applications can join for $965 per year. And, if three or more employees from one organization attend COLLABORATE, the membership pays for itself. (Four or more can claim an additional group discount.)

Learn more and join or renew your membership today!

OAUG Insider

OAUGInsiderGet a glimpse into what's happening and what's new with the OAUG Insider, a weekly digest of popular and trending articles. The OAUG Insider brings you timely and relevant stories covering Oracle, business, technology, industries and more. Subscribe to receive weekly updates.

The Great Reveal

2018WinterInsightThe Real Cost and Effort of Maintaining and Administering Hyperion and BI

"Costs to administer and maintain Oracle EPM are much more than just servers and licensing. Many factors need to be considered. It is important to do a full analysis of your costs today, including software, maintenance, efficiency and the cost of risk occurrence and avoidance.”

OAUG members, log in to read the full article in the winter 2017 OAUG Insight magazine. If you’re not a member yet, join today and gain access to the information you need.

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

  • Alex Sin
  • Apex IT Services, LLC
  • Brad Edwards
  • Daniel Villani
  • DLL Financial Solutions Partner
  • Estes Express Lines
  • Helmerich & Payne
  • Jamie Elchuk
  • Mandar Kulkarni
  • Qubix
  • Ram Nagamohan
  • Seattle Genetics
  • Velocity Technology Solutions
  • Victor Taiwo
  • Vlamis Software Solutions
Not an OAUG Member? Join Today!

Oracle News

UX Highlights by Release

Are you curious about what you’ll find in Release 13 of the Oracle Applications Cloud? This release leverages the flexibility of the cloud to give customers more control of the cloud’s user interface (UI). The key user experience (UX) highlights include a new “lobby experience” and robust branding controls. Keep up with the UX highlights of Release 13 and past releases on the Oracle Applications User Experience Blog.

New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 18 Now Available

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (also known as OA Framework, OAF, or FWK) user interface libraries and infrastructure. The latest OAF update for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5 is now available.

The Modern Finance Experience Comes to New York City February 13-15, 2018

Learn from industry visionaries and cloud pioneers how software robots and cognitive systems are replacing manual tasks. These advances can help reduce costs as much as 75 percent for key finance processes while improving speed, accuracy and control. (More)

Discover Top Finance Trends You Need to Know for 2018

Each year, we survey many people about their use of and wish list for EPM to determine the top trends for the next year. By popular demand, this year we have added ERP questions to our most requested report. Complete the survey now and receive a preview of the results prior to publication as well as access to other whitepapers. Discover top finance trends for 2018. Take the survey 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.

Risk Week is coming. Are you ready to swim in these waters? 
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Join the OAUG for Risk Week from February 5 - 9, 2018. This week of eLearning sessions will equip OAUG members with the skills to wade the risk waters. 

Vendor Awareness Sessions

Interactive Vendor Awareness Session webcasts 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

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 pageStay up to date on upcoming educational webinars, conference calls and face-to-face events on the Upcoming Events and Live Webinars page

Find upcoming educational opportunities, regional and virtual networking events, and special conference events on the new Conferences and Events Calendar.