Board Candidate: Peter Rinde

Peter Rinde
Corporate User Member (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Professional Role & Oracle Products Used

At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I hold the position of IT Division Manager, directly reporting to JPL's Chief Financial Officer. My peers are the heads of JPL’s business units including finance, procurement, business management, facilities, and physical security.  In this influential role, I assume responsibility for guiding and empowering a team of IT managers whose teams are singularly focused on the continuous enhancement of JPL's business capabilities, in large part through the utilization of Oracle products. Our approach maximizes leveraging of Oracle solutions, employing its database, the Oracle E-Business Suite across critical domains of financials, procurement, and manufacturing. As the custodians of JPL's data-driven decision-making, we employ Oracle Analytics Server and Oracle Analytics Cloud to enable our business decision making on behalf of our business stakeholders.  We augment our robust business application portfolio with Oracle's Application Express (APEX) low-code platform.

What makes the OATUG mission meaningful to you?

The key component of OATUG’s mission statement resides in its “member-led” model and focus.  Regardless of industry boundaries, business paradigms, or geographic footprint, the reach and depth of OATUG’s membership provides unparalleled opportunities to learn and cross-pollinate knowledge and mutual sharing among its member organizations.  With OATUG being a member centric community, it offers richer member to member interactions and member to service provider interactions.  This synergistic fusion elevates the value that neither can independently achieve.  Whether through OATUG’s flagship conference Ascend, or the specialized focus of our Special Interest Groups spanning specific technologies, applications, geographic regions, and everything between and beyond Ascend and SIGs, our member organizations gain invaluable insights and know-how both from one another’s experiences while harnessing the expertise of leading industry and technology service providers.

Why are you running for the Board, and what skills, connections, resources and expertise do you have to offer the organization?

In this era of rapid business transformation, the landscape evolves at an unprecedented pace.  Products and services available to OATUG members in today's dynamic market requires collaborative partnerships and a need on collective wisdom more than ever. It is with great enthusiasm that I seek to expand my involvement within OATUG, aspiring to advance its mission, enrich members’ experiences, and optimizing value with industry partners and service providers.
In return, I will gain invaluable insights and experiences that will enhance my ability to lead and execute my 
responsibilities as the head of Business Applications Services Department at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). At JPL, my team shoulders the responsibility of supporting over 100 enterprise applications, a responsibility entrusted to nearly 100 IT professionals. Our commitment to continuously delivering business capabilities through effective leadership and support positions me to offer substantial service to OATUG and its members.

Other OATUG and Volunteer Experience:

OATUG involvement traces its roots back to the OAUG era, encompassing experiences both as an EBS implementation partner and as a user organization. My involvement in Special Interest Groups, coupled with multiple appearances as a presenter at OATUG/OAUG conferences, provides a deeper understanding of our community's evolving needs and challenges. Furthermore, I played a pivotal role in the inception of the Government Contractor Special Interest Group, serving as its Chairperson and Vice-Chair, contributing to its maturation.
Beyond the OATUG ecosystem, I demonstrate my commitment to leadership and governance through service on the Board of Directors for a community-based non-profit, having held positions of President, Vice President, and Director. Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors of a major financial institution, where I chair the Information Security Committee. These roles honed my ability to navigate complex decision-making and address critical organizational issues, making me well-equipped for the OATUG Board.