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Over the last few years I have been immersed in the Oracle Cloud community as our team at More4apps develop our new Oracle Cloud integrations, and I’ve noticed an interesting shift in the internal cultures of those in the Oracle community who have taken the brave leap into Oracle Cloud. That shift, in my opinion, is positive in the long run, but for those experiencing it, has possibly felt something like pulling teeth. While Cloud, technologically, is a big shift for any organization, the cultural shift it also requires should not be taken lightly. On premise Oracle ERP systems have been around for years, and most organizations, more or less , used the same ...
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As governments worldwide put stay-at-home measures in place, organizations moved quickly to have their employees work from home while continuing normal business operations. It fell on IT managers to rapidly respond with an optimized IT infrastructure that ensured complete business continuity. Cloud computing, with its flexibility and IT agility, is a major component for optimizing operations. Migrating to the cloud adds several benefits , such as scalability with new technologies, lower cost of ownership, and security patching. In 2018, according to LogicMonitor’s Cloud Vision Study , main factors to move to the cloud are “IT agility, excelling at ...
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When you’re searching for innovative solutions and adjusting to “the new normal” wouldn’t it be great to find real answers from real people who’ve already solved the same challenges? Those people are here and they’re sharing what they know so you can work smarter, not harder. In this short video, several OATUG members share why they turn to OATUG when they need answers. Here are just a few of the ways OATUG helps members get the trusted, reliable answers they need: The Knowledge Base In thousands of case studies, conference presentations, articles, and webinar recordings, OATUG members share their experiences, successes, and lessons ...
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In the weeks since the close of the OATUG Forum Online, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the event, the virtual community we built together, and the knowledge our presenters shared. I began working with OATUG in December 2019 when plans for COLLABORATE 20 were already in full swing. In March, as companies and individuals around the world were beginning to make enormous adjustments to address the growing COVID-19 crisis, the conference was shifted to a virtual event called OATUG Forum Online. The OATUG Education Team worked with presenters and volunteers to quickly schedule the 200 sessions slated for this event, and to make the educational content ...
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This is not a brief on how to manage and experience excellent productivity while working from home; it is a treatise on how working from home affects you as a person. So I am not proposing an approach for managing your days—rather, this short read might give you some pointers on how not to manage your time. First of all, a warm thank you and deep appreciation from the bottom of my heart to those who are fighting for the rest of us in dealing with the aftermath of this COVID-19 pandemic. And, heartfelt condolences to those who have lost a near and dear one due to this medical calamity. Working from Home (or WFH in common parlance) has been something employees ...
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The movie opens with a scene from a New Year’s Eve party. It’s Gatsby themed, and long strands of fake pearls and swaying fringe make a striking visual as the camera sweeps the dance floor. Now the scene cuts to a large family -- multiple generations -- gathered in an expansive lodge-like setting, a fire roaring at the hearth while the patriarch raises a toast to “Health, wealth and the best decade this family has ever seen!” The director treats us to glimpses of similar celebrations, large and small, happening all around the world. Then she cuts to a hospital. A patient codes. The health care workers in the room don’t look sad. They look scared. One of ...
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First and foremost, I hope you and yours are healthy and safe during these difficult times. When I last addressed you here, OATUG was excited to be preparing for our COLLABORATE 20 conference in Las Vegas. We had planned our parties. We were excited about the connections we would have with one another. We had lined up our education sessions. We were preparing to celebrate 30 years of OATUG. Then, the world changed, in the most unexpected and unprecedented ways imagined. I am writing these words to you in early May, at a time when it is difficult to anticipate what our life on the job is going to look like five days from now, let alone five months. ...
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While I have worked with OATUG for a year and half, now, supporting both the board and the membership, I came from the world of board management in non-profits. I have a little first-hand knowledge here. Corporate philanthropy is merely that act of giving. To be honest, it can make you feel good and possibly give your organization a little exposure, maybe some free marketing. What I have experienced since working with OATUG is this group gets it. The members of OATUG take it one step further – social responsibility. This organization isn’t giving for potentially mutually beneficial gains – OATUG gives to a non-profit where our events are held. It isn’t ...
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As the COVID-19 crisis continues to grow, we hear from our customers, IT managers, the demands placed on them to ensure strong business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Legacy hardware can be a hindrance in those plans, especially during these times. This doesn’t have to be an ongoing worry: We can help you break free from this trap…and we can do it remotely. Martin Novak, IT Manager at Professional Target Marketing (PTM), needed to protect one of the company’s main assets. A large database of customer information was mission-critical for the company, and Martin knew he needed to ensure business continuity and put a strong disaster recovery ...
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Though Cloud applications get a lot more press, Oracle EBS is still the platform of choice for many of the world’s largest and most complex entities. Oracle’s Cliff Godwin, Sr. Vice-President of Product Development, kicked off the OATUG Forum Online on Monday with these eye-opening stats on what just a handful of customers are doing with the power of EBS: U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services processes 4.5 million claim transactions and issues $1.58 billion in payments daily. Dell processes more than 22 M orders worldwide annually. Starbucks manages its global supply chain for 30K stores, 45 distribution centers and 8 plants, including ...
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Almost exactly a year ago, OATUG Customer Support Council chairmen @Vivek Puri and @Brian Pellegrin shared with you here that -- due to the certification timing of Oracle EBS with Oracle Database versions beyond 12.1, Oracle had waived extended support fees for Oracle Database versions 11.2/12.1 for Oracle Database licenses used for Oracle E-Business Suite through December 2020. Today we’re excited to share that – after continuation of dialogue between the OATUG Customer Support Council, the EBS Development team and Oracle Proactive Support – a further extension has been granted: Extended Support uplift fees have been eliminated for Database 12.1.0.2 ...
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OATUG FORUM Online - MEETUPS & HAPPY HOURS Networking and making connections have always been a vital part of the COLLABORATE – OATUG Forum experience, and so we’re bringing that here, too! These interactive sessions will be hosted on Zoom, so be ready to turn on your camera and engage in these virtual networking opportunities during this live event. Tuesday, April 21 5 pm EDT: Women in Technology Meet Up Wednesday, April 22 5 pm EDT: Virtual Happy Hour #1 Thursday, April 23 5 pm EDT: EPM (Hyperion) Meet Up with Al Marciante (Oracle Sr. Director, Product Management) ...
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Please welcome...Dan Thurmon! In these exceptional times, called upon to change how we manage so many aspects of our lives, most of us feel at least a little bit out of kilter. So to deliver a big dose of much needed energy to help OATUG members move forward in work and personal life, we've invited Dan Thurmon as a keynote speaker at OATUG Forum Online , our live event beginning next Monday and continuing through May 1st . Dan's keynote will be unlike any other virtual presentation you've ever seen. Live stunts! Acrobatics! Knife throwing and more! Seriously, we are going to have a ton of fun while learning to go with the flow, roll with the punches, ...
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Today OATUG is sharing an open letter from one of our 2-Star Partner members, Insum Inc., as part of our OATUG #ProblemSolved Campaign . In these difficult times, there is something we can do to help. As you probably already know, we have developed a platform, free of charge, to try to help those on the first line of defense fighting the Corona virus. The objective is simple: to quickly connect those that have access to masks, gowns, gloves and any other personal protective equipment, to those that need them. While it might be for staff working in hospitals, think also of the people taking care of your deliveries, working in day cares, grocery stores ...
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We've been busy here at OATUG as we've worked hard to "lift and shift" COLLABORATE to a virtual experience, OATUG FORUM Online. And we are excited to share news of a live conversation, starting TODAY at 12:30 PM EST US, about COVID-19's impact on various business sectors, from finance to human resources, supply chain to work-from-home situations. Oracle experts--including Hans Kolbe, Mohan Iyer, Andrew Bohnet, John Peters, Jenn Rush,Tom Simkiss, and Doug Volz-- are gathering together in a 6-part series to brainstorm solutions to the many challenges we all face as we move through this crisis together. You'll have a chance to share your views, ask questions, ...
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Kathleen Fauerbach, President of Oracle Applications & Technology Users Group (OATUG), shares this message in the introduction to our Spring issue of OATUG's Insight Magazine , distributed each quarter to our Oracle user members. As a special gift, we at OATUG are sharing this full issue with everyone, both members and nonmembers. We want to give you the chance to review some of the exclusive content you can access once you become a full member of OATUG. For nonmembers, you can subscribe to Oracle-related news updates and more. “It is a big year for EBS users, and one in which we simply cannot sit back and relax. We must move forward, and when ...
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"Knowledge is power," wrote Francis Bacon in his Meditationes Sacrae published in 1597. Thomas Jefferson also referred to this phrase in at least four communications during his political career, equating knowledge not only with power but also with safety, and even happiness. Happiness, maintained Jefferson, could come about through the expanded sense of possibilities and enjoyment that only knowledge can bring. With a nod to these wise men of letters, most of us would agree that indeed "knowledge is power." Knowledge gives us options for how to think of things, options for new and better strategies. Knowledge can provide a greater sense of freedom, ...
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We’ve all been there. Things are humming along, going well – maybe even exceeding-all-expectations-well – and then it happens. The unexpected occurs. Progress screeches to a halt. The success of the endeavor -- and maybe even all the decisions you’ve made and time you’ve already invested – are all suddenly called into question. Those moments, however painful they may be, are often the ones that define us. Those are the moments when we have the choice: do we go back? Or do we go forward? Do we embrace the challenge, engage others, and invite new creative solutions? Or do we retreat to the familiar and return to the status quo? Sometimes, especially in technical ...
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OATUG is Pleased to Announce… Women in Technology (WIT) Award Winner for 2020, Ms. Mia Urman! First awarded in 2019, the Women in Technology (WIT) Recognition Program honors an OATUG member who has demonstrated a passion for helping other women excel in technology-related professions or fields of study and for increasing awareness of women’s accomplishments in technology. Mia has dedicated her career to providing solutions to Oracle applications and technology users. She founded Qesem Consulting and AuraPlayer, and currently serves as AuraPlayer 's CEO. In addition to the years of support she has provided in the technology community, ...
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Alyssa Johnson, OATUG Board Member and Vice President of Enterprise Applications at Keste, got together with Team OATUG to talk about the “hot topics” coming up at COLLABORATE 20 in Las Vegas on April 1 9-23, 2020. OATUG: With so many educational topics, trainings, demos, and insights taught and shared at COLLABORATE, what stands out for attendees and followers of Oracle applications and technology to be most aware of in 2020 ? Alyssa: T he Cloud continues to be a big topic , of course . People are still working to understand, “What are our options?” Many users of EBS, when trying ...
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