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  • 1.  New Weekly Member Spotlight

    Posted 06-02-2021 09:54 PM
    If you follow us on LinkedIn, you may have noticed a new member spotlight feature we started a few weeks ago. What are we up to? We want to help you connect with each other and get to know the people who make OATUG such a powerful Oracle user community. So far, we've introduced you there to @Brian Pellegrin and @Beth McLaughlin. This week, we're shining the spotlight on a past president, @Doug Manning. Doug is the IT service manager for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Here's what Doug recently shared with us...

    What's your proudest accomplishment from the last year? 

    Upgrading from 12.1.3 to 12.2.8 while also deploying ECC with a project team that consisted almost exclusively of internal staff. 
    What challenges are you working to overcome in 2021? 

    Balancing resources between project and operations work. 
    Looking to the year ahead, what are you excited about? 

    Well, we just completed our E-Business Suite upgrade from 12.1.3 to 12.2.8 late last year so, I am excited about increasing our Oracle Advanced Procurement product area footprint this year along with expanding upon our current Oracle Enterprise Command Center (ECC) solutions. 
    What's a favorite OATUG memory? 

    Helping to lead the rebranding of our organization into OATUG in order to provide expanded services and coverage to our community with products like the Hub.  
    How have you benefited from your involvement with the OATUG community? 

    I cannot count the number of times that being a part of the OATUG community has helped myself and the organization I work for to gain knowledge and insight on the Oracle applications products that we use which has led to us saving money and time, avoiding pitfalls and increasing our positive experience in using Oracle applications products. The yearly cost of membership to OATUG has been an excellent investment and paid for itself many times over.  
    What do you know now that you wish you'd known earlier in your career? 

    Well, I just presented on that very topic at the OATUG 2020 Forum and the OATUG Professional Development Week in 2020 as well. For me it boils down to 4 items I know now that I wish I knew then: 
    1. That I recognized & understood early in my career what my true strengths and weaknesses were so I could have used that knowledge to find my true vocation and calling in IT sooner 
    2. Understanding the importance of what it really means to become a recognized expert in your field of endeavor 
    3. Realizing earlier on in my career the power of partnering, mentoring and networking to open opportunities for advancement 
    4. That I knew the right techniques and approach to ensure that my hard work and contributions were being positively noticed 
    What do you like to do in your spare time? 

    I love to hike different places that I have never been before, whether that is at a National Parks or state or local parks. Obviously, like a lot of us, some of this favorite spare time activity had to be put on hold or adjusted. However, I am very hopeful this year and in the coming years to make up for lost time and experience.

    Who would you like to see us spotlight? Answer here or message me privately. And watch for a new spotlight each week this year!​​​​

    Ragan Cohn
    Executive Director
    Atlanta GA

  • 2.  RE: New Weekly Member Spotlight

    GEO Leader
    Posted 06-03-2021 10:02 AM
    What a great idea to help us OATUG members connect!  Thanks for the thoughtful ways you are helping us all stay connected through this unprecedented time in our lives.  Great leadership!

    Beth Skerrett
    National Sales Director
    Kemah TX
    (832) 285-2694

  • 3.  RE: New Weekly Member Spotlight

    OATUG Star Partner
    Posted 07-16-2021 08:47 AM
    Yes, what a great idea! OATUG, keep up the good work!

    Elizabeth Pearl

  • 4.  RE: New Weekly Member Spotlight

    Posted 06-09-2021 09:32 AM

    I had the pleasure this past weekend (June 5th) of attending the Mid Atlantic Air Museum's WW2 Airshow in Reading, PA.  This event really brought back home to me the importance and happiness of being able to see and meet in-person numerous people of a like mind who were smiling, happy and enjoying being with other people again in an event type venue.

    One of the things that really stuck me was the impact and delight of the positive unplanned encounter that events like these foster. For me, that was meeting a gentleman named Ray Firmani (99 years young) and a former WW2 B-17 bomber pilot who flew 25 missions over Europe. After getting a chance to speak with him about his experiences, his positive physical and mental energy, exuberance and the joy for life (given the challenges and harrowing experiences he went through) really moved me.

    This August I will be attending our Ascend21 OATUG conference in Hollywood Florida and hoping to have as many positive unplanned encounters as I can, like the one I had with Ray.


    See You Soon,

    Doug Manning

    OATUG Board of Directors

    Doug Manning
    IT Services Manager/Systems Developer
    Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab
    Laurel MD
    (443) 778-3765