Douglas Manning


Title: IT Manager
Company: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Membership Type: User

What makes the OATUG mission meaningful to you?

The most important aspect of the meaningfulness of the OATUG mission to me is the organization’s independence (member led by Oracle customers and partners and not Oracle led) with regard to the dissemination of Oracle applications and technology product information.

OATUG provides Oracle applications and technology customers from all over the world with a place to access information and people who have “Real-World” experience using these products in an unfiltered and unbiased manner. The access to these specific and unique resources that OATUG provides, helps individuals and organizations to save time and money in their investments with Oracle and associated partner solutions.

Please list your previous and current OATUG volunteer roles, COLLABORATE experience, and other volunteer or leadership experience with other organizations:

As President of OATUG I spearheaded the effort to successfully rebrand the organization to OATUG as well as the new website and the popular and flourishing member information and connection product, “The Hub”. All of these major initiatives were introduced and showcased to OATUG members at COLLABORATE19.

I have held the OATUG board positions of President-Elect and Secretary, Chair of both the OATUG Governance and International committees as well as being a serving OATUG board member since 2016. I have volunteered my time over many years to write and present numerous papers at COLLABORATE and other Oracle conferences and my presentation on Oracle Mobile Applications Development was selected for the Best of COLLABORATE17 Webinar series, where it subsequently garnered the highest attendance of any presentation in the series.

I have been a participant at the Oracle Federal Customer Advisory Board and have been an OATUG ambassador since the program’s inception.

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

I hope to bring my unique combination of technical, functional and organizational leadership skills and experience to OATUG to make it a stronger and better organization now and in the future, so it can continue to be the trusted go-to source for Oracle applications and technology information for both Oracle On-Prem and Cloud customers.

I possess strong hands-on knowledge of Oracle EBS (22 years of experience, Releases 9-12.2.8) from both a functional and technical perspective through my many years of product usage, custom enhancement development, managing and performing product upgrades and implementations, and managing Oracle applications technical and functional personnel. Our organization also uses the Oracle Cloud products, namely Oracle’s Planning Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) product.

I am an experienced OATUG board member and know on a first name basis most of the key Oracle Executives and have been able to use these connections for the betterment of OATUG members.

Tell us about your current professional role and what Oracle products you are using and/or supporting.

A successful IT manager and mentor at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU-APL) for 22 years, responsible for managing and supporting (technically and functionally) our portfolio of Oracle applications products used by over ~7000 employees (most of which are scientists and engineers) as well as a direct supervisor for our development and support staff.

The current Oracle applications product portfolio that I help manage consists of Oracle E-Business Suite AP, AR, Cash Management, FA, GL, Inventory, Oracle Internet Expense (OIE), Purchasing, and Projects (Billing, Contracts, Costing and Management). Our organization just recently deployed Oracle’s Planning Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) product.

In 2016, my team and I developed our own Oracle mobile business application that won JHU-APL’s prestigious Enterprise Achievement award, an award whose competition went against some of the brightest scientists and engineers in the world. This solution also presented at COLLABORATE17, was selected for Best of COLLABORATE17.