Oracle Users Celebrate Fun in the Sun
On Monday, April 7, under the “starry sky” of Venice at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, more than 5,500 Oracle Application and Technology professionals gathered from around the world for COLLABORATE 14.
Dedication to Education
COLLABORATE 14 offered all attendees more than 1,400 sessions in 23 different educational tracks. The OAUG Forum featured 700 sessions for Oracle Applications and Technology professionals. Covering topics across the entire family of Oracle Applications, the week was jam-packed with exciting and informative presentations.
COLLABORATE 14 was once again hosted by OAUG, IOUG and Quest. Together, all three users groups were able to bring the latest and greatest ideas to Oracle customers under one roof.
COLLABORATE 14 took networking to the next level, offering numerous events and activities to allow attendees to make new business connections, visit with old friends, share ideas and learn from some of the most innovative minds in the Oracle users community.
The OAUG kicked off the week with the largest crowd ever to attend its “Meeting of the Members.” Then, attendees ventured off to watch the NCAA championship, tour a vintage car museum and enjoy hot eats and cool drinks as the mixing and mingling continued.
Hyperion users took advantage of a special opportunity to network at the Hyperion Connect Reception on Tuesday evening. More than 150 Hyperion users gathered to share best practices, tips and tricks in a relaxed setting.
Geos and SIGs
COLLABORATE 14 hosted meetings for 21 Geographic (Geos) and 44 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), allowing members to discuss the hot topics for their region or specific focus area. The OAUG also welcomed two new user communities; the Texas-Louisiana OAUG (TLOAUG) and the Enterprise Manager SIG officially joined the OAUG family. The OAUG was also delighted to honor 12 Geos and 12 SIGS at COLLABORATE this year. These groups were awarded the Certificate of Distinction for their dedication and commitment to seeking and sharing the highest level of information with members:
- Atlanta OAUG*
- India OAUG*
- Michigan OAUG*
- Mid-Atlantic OAUG
- Nevada OAUG*
- New England OAUG*
- North Central OAUG*
- Northern California OAUG*
- Northern Ohio OAUG*
- Ohio Valley OAUG*
- Southwest Regional OAUG*
- Twin Cities Financial OAUG*
- AP SIG*
- AR, Credit and Collections SIG*
- Asset SIG*
- Configurator SIG*
- Cost Management SIG
- E-Business Applications Technology SIG*
- Enterprise Asset Management SIG*
- General Ledger (GL) SIG*
- Hyperion SIG*
- Multi-National/Multi-Organizational SIG*
- Oracle Tax Management SIG
- Public Sector SIG*
New This Year
The COLLABORATE App
For the first time at COLLABORATE 14, attendees had the opportunity to access every bit of conference information in great detail while on the go. The COLLABORATE App allowed attendees to schedule education sessions in advance, create a personalized agenda, access white papers, network with other attendees and have a little fun in the process. And what a hit it was! At last report, the COLLABORATE App was used by more than 6,100 participants, and more than 1,681,250 actions took place in the App itself.
OAUG Young Professionals Forum
Another first for COLLABORATE 14 attendees was the OAUG Young Professionals lunch. Professionals under the age of 30 gathered Monday afternoon to network and connect with other users from around the world. As the year progresses, this group will work to identify opportunities for stronger communication and better access to the tools needed for success.
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! That is, unless you were one of the app-savvy attendees who got to take home a cool wig and accessories from the new WigOUT program. Specific times and locations were posted to the COLLABORATE App, and the first 20 people who arrived in the designated sponsor booth were given a wig and a corresponding drink to enjoy! The wigs ranged from tinsel town sparklers to 80s hair band gems, and as more wigs began to migrate around the exhibit show floor, the excitement was evident. People were truly “wigging out!”
OAUG Star Presenters
This year, the OAUG made it a point to honor presenters who go above and beyond to share best practices and critical information with attendees. Their presentations were as dynamic as their information was innovative. At COLLABORATE 14, Bill Klein, an Oracle Developer for Sandia National Laboratories, was given the 2014 Star Presenter Award for User Members. The OAUG 2014 Associate Member recipient of the Star Presenter award is Lee Briggs, Practice Director for BizTech. Congratulations Bill and Lee!
Bill Klein receives the OAUG Star Presenter Award from OAUG President Alyssa Johnson and OAUG Executive Director Steven Hughes.
Lee Briggs receives the OAUG Star Presenter award from OAUG President Alyssa Johnson and OAUG Executive Director Steven Hughes.
On Tuesday, Adam Savage, co-host of “MythBusters” on the Discovery Channel, gave an innovative and inspirational opening keynote address that encouraged captivated attendees to seek and find the artistry in science, and the science in art. He proposed that we should change the acronym STEM (science, technology, education, mathematics) to STEAM (adding “art”). His closing remarks, “Full STEAM ahead!” served as the perfect segue into the remainder of the week at COLLABORATE 14.
Balaji Yelamanchili, Oracle senior vice president for Analytics and Performance Management Products, shared his innovative concepts on Big Data, explaining how to help business users create the mobility they need and the embedded analytics they want to streamline processes and drive efficiency.
Rick Clements, director of marketing and Big Data at IBM, took attendees on an in-depth journey into the ever-changing world of Big Data and the innovative methods developed by IBM to allow users to act quickly and confidently when solving problems and growing their business.
Awards and Recognition
This year, COLLABORATE took place during National Volunteer Week, a Points of Light Program. And although we were not able to recognize all of the wonderful men and women who volunteer their experiences, knowledge and time, it seemed an especially fitting time to recognize some of the outstanding contributions shared by some of our very own professional volunteers.
The 2014 OAUG Member of the Year is Douglas Volz. Volz has shown his dedication to OAUG members in various ways. He initiated and managed the Cost Management SIG, shared best practices for SQL and serves as a valuable contributor for the Item Cost Wizard. With his innovative ideas, willingness to help and dedication to utilizing the fullest potential of all programs, Volz is certainly deserving of the 2014 Member of the Year award.
Worthington Industries is being honored as the 2014 OAUG Innovator of the Year. Using standard Oracle features and new Oracle E-Business Suite R12 features, Worthington was able to tackle various issues with its quoting processes and emerge with additional benefits, in addition to seeing their problems solved. Pioneering concepts, paired with attention to detail and pursuit of best practices, make Worthington Industries a truly worthy recipient of this year’s Innovator of the Year award.
Douglas Volz, OAUG Member of the Year accepts the award from OAUG President Alyssa Johnson and OAUG Executive Director Steven Hughes.
Tusar Das accepts the Innovator of the Year Award on behalf of Worthington Industries (pictured with OAUG President Alyssa Johnson and OAUG Executive Director Steven Hughes).
At COLLABORATE 14, we also took time to thank an Oracle expert who works diligently to keep our community up to date on all of the latest and greatest Oracle products. The 2014 OAUG Oracle Ambassador, Max Arderius, product manager with the Oracle Applications Technology Group, has provided exemplary service and support for OAUG members. Thank you, Max!
Max Arderius accepts the 2014 OAUG Oracle Ambassador accepting from Alyssa Johnson OAUG President and Steven Hughes OAUG Executive Director.
COLLABORATE 15 Winner
Cheryl Thompson of ITT won the Grand Prize at COLLABORATE 14: a free pass to COLLABORATE 15! Congratulations, Cheryl!
Are you Tuned In?
You’re only a mouse pad away! Did you get your OAUG mouse pad? Special OAUG mouse pads were distributed in the OAUG conference bags at COLLABORATE 14. These colorful mouse pads include the address of a page on the newly updated OAUG website, oaug.org/tunein. From this page, anyone can get a sneak peek at some of the resources that are usually reserved only for OAUG members. These resources include the spring issue of OAUG Insight magazine, one of the top papers from COLLABORATE 14, and a popular OAUG eLearning webinar recording. In addition, there are monthly drawings for $50 Amazon gift cards. Even if you didn’t get a mouse pad, you can still Tune In every month to learn more about the resources available to members. Everyone is eligible to enter the contest.
Back by popular demand, the OAUG membership booth offered a unique combination of business and fun! Hosted by Business RadioX, users, board members and vendors were given the chance to discuss the latest and greatest wisdom in their area of expertise. Name that Tune was also a huge hit again this year, allowing attendees, presenters and exhibitors a bit of friendly competition. All twenty-eight recorded interviews can be accessed online.
Marc Ramos center being interviewd by Business RadioX.
Business RadioX host Lee Kantor, Alyssa Johnson, OAUG President and Stone Payne of Business RadioX.
“Name that Tune” got attendees fired up again this year.
Bigger and better than ever
Meeting of the Members
This year’s OAUG Meeting of the Members was standing room only before the event even began. Various panelists, presenters, attendees and board members packed in to ask the tough questions, share best practice, and learn more about how the OAUG is working to better serve users across the world.
New Attendee Orientation
Back by popular demand, OAUG veterans, volunteers and staff came together to guide more than 100 first-time attendees through the excitement of COLLABORATE 14.
Women in Technology
Once again, the Women in Technology Program, including the luncheon on Tuesday and panel discussion on Thursday proved to be a huge hit. Tickets sold out two months in advance! On Tuesday, more than 250 attendees gathered to hear Jhone M. Ebert, chief innovation and productivity officer for the Clark County, Nevada School District discuss the challenges facing women in the world of technology and share best practices for continued success.
Thursday’s panel discussion moderated by Kathy English, of Cisco Systems, Inc., allowed attendees to jump into the mix. Panelists included: Maria Anderson of Encana Corporation, Dawn Baker from Oracle, Dr. Patricia Dues from the City of Las Vegas, Wendy Plante of NYU, Langone Medical Center and Sue Shaw from Cenovus Energy Inc.
Keynote speaker Jhone M. Ebert addressing the crowd.
Panelists (from left) bottom: Maria Anderson, Dawn Baker, Dr. Patricia Dues; top: Sue Shaw, Kathy English (moderator) and Wendy Plante
If you missed the flash drive at COLLABORATE, never fear! Hundreds of white papers and power point presentations are available to all OAUG members in the OAUG Conference Paper Database on the new and improved OAUG website.
When the doors to the exhibit hall opened for the first time on Tuesday evening, 235 companies from the vendor community were eager to share brand new products and services to help attendees discover various ways to enhance their organization’s investments in Oracle products.
Congratulations to the following winners of the Best of Show Awards!
- Best Traffic Stopper
- 200 sq ft or less: Ringmaster
- 400 sq ft or more: Cisco
- Most Visionary
- 200 sq ft or less: Centroid
- 400 sq ft or more: InsightSoftware.com
- Best Exhibitor Marketing: InsightSoftware.com
- Users’ Choice: Global Software
- Overall Best of Show: ePrentise
Special thanks to all of our exhibitors for helping us make the week creative and innovative for all of our attendees, both in our educations sessions and on the exhibit hall floor!
“Meet the Oracle Experts” was a huge hit! Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss specific products and strategies with Oracle experts on site at COLLABORATE 14! Experts were available to discuss topics ranging from E-Business Suite to Procurement, Fulfilment and much more.
The Oracle Roadmap Sessions were also very popular at COLLABORATE 14. Attendees had the unique opportunity to hear directly from Oracle experts on all of the hot topics being discussed at the conference. And what a hit it was!
Oracle was also on the exhibit show floor at COLLABORATE 14 interacting with attendees. They spent time talking about the latest products and technologies, and demonstrating Oracle products, including Database, Fusion Middleware, Cloud, Server and Storage Systems and Support Service Solutions.
We closed our week at COLLABORATE 14, with a bang! At COLLABO-con, modeled after the very popular Comic-Con event, attendees were encouraged to dress as superheroes or characters from popular comic books. The evening proved to be as legendary as the famous characters represented, with costumes, a great band and fabulous decorations. It was great to let loose and have fun after a week full of education, networking and influence.
Best of COLLABORATE
Was COLLABORATE 14 so great that you never want it to end? Then, don’t miss our summer series, “Best of COLLABORATE!” We’ll be working with our presenters to transform our best presentations into OAUG eLearning webinars, making them available to OAUG members 24/7 on our website!
Save the Date! COLLABORATE 15
Mark your calendars for COLLABORATE 15 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, April 12-16 (Sunday-Thursday), 2015.
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