Do you smell that aroma in the air? No, I'm not talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes (although those are pretty tasty). It's the end of abstract season! Can you believe it? But now there's one FINAL push. The end is nigh. We've saved the best for last. ODTUG Kscope19 abstracts are due EOD on Wednesday, … Continue reading ODTUG Kscope19 Abstract Submission: PROCRASTINATORS UNITE!
Kscope18 is already over. It's crazy how you can spend a whole year working so hard towards something, just to have it over in the blink of an eye. First, a big thank you to all of the people who have given their blood, sweat, and tears over the past year to make this happen. … Continue reading Kscope18: Conference Chair Tales
(credit: Google images) Oracle user groups are wonderfully diverse and knowledgeable technical communities. They've been around forever and they offer many benefits to their users. I've even read someone's explanation on how being part of one has directly changed their life. My career is certainly forever changed based on my involvement, and I am thankful that … Continue reading The Importance of Oracle User Groups
In 2008, I met Wayne for the first time. We both were working for another firm back then. We were thrown together when we were tasked internally to learn an up and coming EPM product at the time - Oracle Data Integrator, or ODI, for short. What I remember about the Wayne I knew back … Continue reading My Friends Wayne and Cindy Van Sluys
Ahhhh, it's that time of year again (except that it's 2-3 months later than usual). The weather is cold (actually, really freakishly cold), people have just come back from an amazing winter holiday (and have hopefully renewed their faith in humanity), and abstract submission season seems to have died down a bit. But then... Kscope18's … Continue reading Kscope18 Abstract Submission: Procrastinators UNITE!
This post is a little late, but better late than never! Here is a recap of what I like to call the most nerdiest, fun week of the year! Thursday (pre-Kscope) ODTUG Board members arrive to Kscope early because we have an all-day meeting the Friday before Kscope starts. Therefore, the Board descended upon San … Continue reading ODTUG Kscope17: The Fun Never Stops
With Kscope17 formally starting tomorrow, there's a lot going on and it's easy to miss some of the less obvious details. Therefore, I'm going to highlight five secrets to Kscope17 that you may not have been aware of. Sunday night Exhibit Hall secret: on Sunday night the much anticipated exhibit hall opens. The vendors greet … Continue reading Five Secrets to Kscope17
(The following article has been cross-posted to ODTUG's website.) Kscope12, my very first Kscope and the one that shares this year's location, was a superbly unique event. In last year's ODTUG Cinco de Mayo #tbt Twitter party ("tbt" = "ThrowBack Thursday" for those of you who don't use Twitter), pictures from Kscope12 kept surfacing attached … Continue reading Kscope17 Preview: Your Destination Awaits
This blog post has been cross-posted to ODTUG's website: http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/ar/blogaid=665 Earlier in my ODTUG volunteerism I was asked to join the ODTUG Marketing Committee. For those of you unfamiliar with this committee, this is a group of folks who execute on marketing-type initiatives throughout the year, primarily focused on the central ODTUG organization. I joined … Continue reading 2016 ODTUG Marketing Committee: THANK YOU!
A few years ago, #GivingTuesday became a new social media phenomenon. If you haven't heard of this before, the concept behind it is that after the mass consumerism from both Black Friday and Cyber Monday (so soon after Thanksgiving), Americans remind themselves to be grateful again by giving back. This giving back can occur by promoting the message socially … Continue reading #GivingTuesday KScope16: Community Service Day at Cornerstone