GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION – FALL 2014 KANSAS CITY


Conference is free of charge to user organizations.First 125 of these users to register (and also attend the conference) receive the 2014 Central States OAUG Backpack.Conference is NOT free of charge to independent contractors, consulting firms, software/hardware vendors in the business of providing professional services or products for Oracle or other related solutions, including Big Data, even if these organizations are users.

These individuals or firms may attend and participate by purchasing one of our Sponsorship levels, visit our Sponsorship Information page.

All people attending, including Sponsors, must register for the Conference, visit our Registration page.

Registration opens Wednesday, June 4th and closes Wednesday, November 11th at 5:00 pm CST.

Tuesday, November 11th

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Central States OAUG Sponsor Appreciation Networking Reception – Venue TBD – Hors d’oeuvres and Open Bar

Wednesday, November 12th
7:00 am – Conference Check-In begins

8:00 am – 5:00 pm – 2 Keynote Addresses – Over 30 Presentations – Fantasy Football Camp, Create your Fantasy Football Team and win up to $ 1,000

Breakfast, Lunch and Beverage Breaks provided

5:15 pm – 7:30 pm – Networking Reception – Venue TBD – Hors d’oeuvres and Open Bar

2015 PRESENTATION TRACKS


TRACK ONE – ERP, HCM & CRM
E-Business, Fusion Applications, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel & other ERP Solutions

TRACK TWO – BIG DATA, ANALYTICS & BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
Big Data, Oracle Big Data, BI Foundation Suite, Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Analytic Applications, Advanced Analytics, Data Mining, Endeca Information Discovery, Data Discovery

TRACK THREE – ENTERPRISE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT (EPM)
Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting / Financial Consolidation, Close & Reporting / Profitability & Cost Management, FDM, other Hyperion Solutions

TRACK FOUR – ORACLE DATABASE, ENGINEERED SYSTEMS, MEMORY & STORAGE
Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Big Data Appliance, Exalytics, Exadata, Exalogic, Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Database and other Memory & Storage solutions

TRACK FIVE – FUSION MIDDLEWARE, CORE TECHNOLOGY & CYBERSECURITY
Data Integration, SOA, BPM, WebCenter, WebLogic, Development Tools, Programming Languages

TRACK SIX – CLOUD COMPUTING / MANAGED SERVICES / HOSTING
Cloud Computing, Cloud Application Foundation, Managed Services, Hosting

TRACK SEVEN – MOBILE
Mobile Applications & Strategy

TRACK EIGHT – CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE & SOCIAL MEDIA
Oracle CX – Customer Experience Solutions, WalkMe, Social Relationship Management (SRM), Oracle Social, Social Engagement & Monitoring Cloud Service, Social Marketing Cloud, Social-CX Central, Oracle RightNow Cloud Service

TRACK NINE – MASTER DATA MANAGEMENT, APPLICATION QUALITY MANAGEMENT
Oracle Master Data Management (MDM), Oracle Enterprise Data Quality (EDQ), Oracle Customer Hub, Oracle Fusion Product Hub, Oracle Applications Testing Suite (OATS), other Testing solutions

TRACK TEN – CUSTOMER PRESENTATIONS
Presentations exclusively (no partner) by our customer community on all subject areas

GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION – SPRING 2015 ST. LOUIS

Conference is free of charge to user organizations.

First 100 of these users to register (and also attend the conference) receive the 2015 Central States OAUG Daypack.

Professional Service firms, Consulting firms, software/hardware vendors and Independent Contractors may purchase sponsorships in order to attend.

Visit our Sponsorship Information page for more information.

Registration opens December 10, 2014 and ends March 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm CST.

Monday, March 16, 2015

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Central States OAUG Sponsor Appreciation Networking Reception – Venue TBD – Hors d’oeuvres and Open Bar

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
7:00 am – Conference Check-In begins

8:00 am – 5:00 pm – 2 Keynote Addresses – Over 30 Presentations – Fantasy Football, Speed Dating and more – Breakfast, Lunch and Beverage Breaks provided

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Networking Reception – Venue TBD – Hors d’oeuvres and Open Bar

KEEPING UP WITH ORACLE’S BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CAN BE CHALLENGING, HOW WE CAN HELP…

History tells us that Oracle’s acquisition strategy related to enterprise computing has worked, including large and small enterprise software companies (see timeline and links below). These acquisitions included established market leading software companies along with up and coming emerging technology companies.

Oracle moved into second place in global software revenue in 2013, surpassing IBM. Oracle also moved quickly and permanently into the hardware space with its acquisition of Sun in 2010. This enabled a complete, turnkey enterprise solution with the introduction of Engineered Systems and appliances, including database appliances and Big Data appliances.

So if you selected Oracle long ago or even just recently as your primary enterprise business and technology partner, you chose well. However, this is both good and bad news.

The Good News…

You want your primary ERP software vendor to be continue to grow and be profitable, increase product offerings and functionality, and keep releasing newer versions of your business and technology solutions. Oracle has performed well in all of these areas, so in selecting Oracle as your software vendor has proved out to be a solid choice.

The Bad News…

It is difficult to keep up with the newer versions of your base ERP solution, as upgrades can sometimes be difficult, complex and time consuming. In addition to that challenge, it is also difficult to keep up with new product offerings and emerging technologies. Your organization, whether you are ready for it or not, now has to have a strategy for cloud, mobile and social media (more on that later).

We have all heard too many times how quickly technology changes. This change is good for the most part, as the hardware and software products improve in performance, functionality and stability, so the value is there.

But this change also requires significant financial and human resources of your organization. Budgets for upgrading existing solutions or implementing new solutions don’t always get approved, and some of the approved budgets get reduced which in turn adds another challenge to the project.

We recommend paying for support and maintenance from Oracle. We also recommend engaging with an Oracle partner to help with these projects. If you select the right Oracle partner to help you, your chances of a successful project increase. Your Oracle partner should have experience, knowledge, responsiveness and integrity, and there are quite a few to choose from that fit this profile.

How we as a Regional User Group can help…

Regional user groups represent tremendous opportunity for Oracle customers, especially organizations that have implemented travel and education budget restrictions for their internal resources wanting and needing to keep up with Oracle solutions.

1 – Education – Your business and IT resources can learn about new products, technology and functionality. They can also learn how to get more value out of existing solutions and even how to fix or work around existing issues. They can learn best practices and how other organizations have met challenges your organization is facing. Best of all, these resources can attend the same presentations from the national tradeshows, for example Collaborate or Oracle OpenWorld.

Presentations – Central States OAUG 2014 Spring St. Louis Oracle Summit

2 – Networking – Never underestimate the power of your professional network, as this represents tremendous value and opportunity. By networking with individuals from other organizations who have the same or similar business and technology solutions as you, you sometimes find solutions to your existing issues or good advice and guidance for your upcoming initiatives. At regional user group meetings, you can network with both Fortune 500 companies and the mid-market, giving you a more complete, broadband view of how other companies have met challenges in their Oracle projects.

3 – Partners – Most Case Studies presented by Oracle customers include one very critical agenda item, the partner selection process. The importance of this is obvious and has a huge impact on the success of your Oracle initiatives. As pointed out in one of the Central States OAUG Customer RoundTable sessions by a VP of IT, just because a partner was good a few years ago does NOT necessarily mean they are still a good partner, and vice versa. In interacting with over 20 regional, national and international Oracle partners, you will hear about their recent work, who they did work for and get a better feel for if they are a ‘good fit’ for your organization’s requirements and culture.

So let’s review…

An Oracle tradeshow with a Keynote Address, 25 presentations, a Customer RoundTable session and outstanding networking.

Cost of Admission : $ 0.00

Travel Expenses : Minimal to $ 0.00

Networking Reception after the Conference : Ballpark Village, St. Louis, MO

All of this and possibly tickets to New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals, the two greatest teams in World Series history…

Sounds like a no brainer to me.

Hope to see you there! Register now if you haven’t already

Thanks for Reading!

GJH

KEYNOTE – ORACLE E-BUSINESS SUITE TECHNOLOGY: LATEST FEATURES AND ROADMAP

Abstract : Oracle E-Business continues to deliver exciting technical integrations and new features and new releases. Come hear about the latest updates on Oracle E-Business Suite technology strategy, the capabilities and business benefits of the latest releases, as well as a review of the certification roadmap for the E-Business Suite technology stack. Find out about the latest usability enhancements, systems administration and configuration management tools, security-related updates, and tools and options for extending, customizing, and integrating the Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications.

Speaker : Elke Phelps

Bio: Elke Phelps is a Senior Principal Product Manager in the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group. She joined Oracle in 2011 after having been an Oracle customer and Oracle Technologist (Oracle Database Administrator, Oracle Applications DBA, Technical Architect and Technical Manager of an Oracle Applications DBA Team) since 1993. Her primary areas of expertise include Oracle Database and E-Business Suite deployments and upgrades, platform migrations and infrastructure design.

Prior to joining Oracle, Elke was designated an Oracle ACE (2007) and Oracle ACE Director (2009). Elke is also the founder of the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) E-Business Suite Applications Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) and served as Chair of the SIG from February 2005 – August 2011. Elke has been a speaker at Oracle OpenWorld and Collaborate since 2004. Elke is the lead author of the Oracle Applications DBA Field Guide (Apress 2006) and Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide (Coqui Tech and Press 2010). She is currently a contributor to the Oracle Applications Technology blog hosted at http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenchan/

Room & Time : Gillham Hall – 8:15 am – 9:00 am

Track(s) : Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

About the Company – Oracle :

Enterprise Applications and Industry Solutions

Customers worldwide rely on Oracle’s enterprise and industry applications. Oracle Applications provide a complete choice of cloud deployment options, as well as a secure path for customers to benefit from the latest technology advances. Learn more about Enterprise Applications.

Additionally, Oracle provides solutions to address the unique problems faced by many specific industries. Learn more about Industry Solutions.

MIDDLEWARE
Oracle’s middleware layer provides the software infrastructure for building, deploying, and scaling enterprise and Web applications.Learn more about Middleware.

DATABASE
The database layer of the Oracle stack provides the grid infrastructure architecture that enables workload consolidation, higher scalability, and accelerated performance. Learn more about Database.

Central States OAUG Sponsorship Information : We are pleased to announce Oracle is sponsoring once again as a Platinum Sponsor.

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