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Fiona Martin

Job title & company: Director, Strategic Alliances, KPMG LLP (UK)

What have been the highs and lows of your business / IT / Oracle / career?

With more than 20 years of Oracle experience as a customer, a consultant and a business development executive the highs have been numerous and include (but are not limited to!):-

  • as a customer; successful implementation of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 8 in 1996 (one of the first in the UK)
  • as a Senior Consultant; successfully managing one of the most complex Oracle E-Business 10.7 - 11i upgrades in the UK, on time and to budget against a fixed price contract
  • in 2013 involvement in one of the fist Oracle SaaS HCM customers to go live in the UK.
  • as an Alliance Executive; successfully managing possibly the most complex Alliance relationship in the industry. Adapting the strategy to drive business across new Oracle acquisitions in spite of an increased competitive background still achieving YOY growth whilst remaining a trusted individual by both

I don't dwell on lows - they are merely an opportunity to rethink, regroup and come back stronger!

What have you already achieved/ contributed to within the Oracle community?

I am proactively involved in several UKOUG activities:

  • As a volunteer I remain active in Partner Forum whose mission is consistent with all UKOUG communities; networking, sharing best practice and experience and assisting in the community relationship with Oracle.
  • Due to my engagement with Partner Forum I represent UKOUG on Oracle UK Partner Advisory Board
  • In 2013 I returned to speaking and presented at both Apps 13 and Tech 13.
  • In 2011 I joined UKOUG Council and in 2013 following resignations of the existing Council Board members I stepped forward to take a leadership role on Council and join UKOUG board.
  • In 2013 I led the Tech 13 Working Group and the volunteer (not Council) led Strategy Group.

Which communities are you active with?

  • Oracle Technology
  • E-Business Suite
  • PeopleSoft
  • JD Edwards
  • CRM / Siebel
  • EPM / Hyperion
  • Fusion
  • IT Management
  • Hardware
  • Partners

Skills and strengths I intend to bring to the UKOUG:

I passionately believe in a vibrant, inclusive, representative, active, engaging, growing and successful Oracle User Group. My work at IBM means I engage with many Oracle customers allowing me to understand their needs as UKOUG members Some skills I bring are Strategic Thinking, Leadership, Teamwork, Business Acumen, Motivator and Mentor. Additionally I have passion, enthusiasm, commitment, time, a breadth of Oracle knowledge and a proven track record in successful business development within the Oracle economy

Please identify an improvement you feel UKOUG could make:

Continuing to improve relevance for all members of the Oracle UK community in 2014 and beyond Over the last 10 years Oracle's product portfolio has grown and their strategy has changed significantly, perhaps most recent visible with the addition of Engineered Systems and Cloud. Additionally Oracle users are much more sophisticated than they were 10 years ago and have many more mediums (blogs, twitter, forums) to share experience and gain information and education around Oracle products. UKOUG needs to continue to innovate to survive. Failing to remain relevant will directly impact UKOUG ability to sustain and grow membership and improve current financial viability.

Manifesto:

I passionately believe in a vibrant, inclusive, representative, active, engaging, growing and successful Oracle User Group. My work at IBM means I engage with many Oracle customers allowing me to understand their needs as UKOUG members

Some skills I bring are Strategic Thinking, Leadership, Teamwork, Business Acumen, Motivator and Mentor. Additionally I have passion, enthusiasm, commitment, time, a breadth of Oracle knowledge and a proven track record in successful business development within the Oracle economy.

I am proactively involved in several UKOUG activities:

  • As a volunteer I remain active in Partner Forum whose mission is consistent with all UKOUG communities; networking, sharing best practice and experience and assisting in the community relationship with Oracle.
  • In 2013 I returned to speaking and presented at both Apps 13 and Tech 13.
  • In 2011 I joined UKOUG Council and in 2013 following resignations of the existing Council Board members I stepped forward to take a leadership role on Council and join UKOUG board.
  • In 2013 I led the Tech 13 Working Group and the volunteer (not Council) led Strategy Group.
  • I was also involved in Project EVO which reviewed UKOUG governance and structure and put together the resolution for change accepted by members at 2013 AGM.

    I was passionate that as part of the EVO proposal we had to do two things:
  1. Ensure the Office is fully enabled. They are full time and have a wealth of experience which they needed to be empowered to use.
  2. Lower the centre of gravity away from Council back to our communities, the experts on our member needs and the people best able to contribute

The UKOUG Council I joined had to change. Post EVO we have a better balanced, more focused organisation, with a board which works as a cohesive team able to more effectively manage our business. We also have more volunteers enabled by the office, engaged in our projects, contributing their ideas and shaping the direction of our products and services. This has to be the right model for UKOUG future.

In early 2013 UKOUG governance was in a serious position. Today it has improved (ask the office!) Some decisions were not popular but always necessary and have when reflected upon made a difference to our members.

The UKOUG board needs committed members with the right skills and experience. With this election cycle we must continue to progress and ensure we do not slip backwards to old ways of doing things.

I believe my CV coupled with my skills and experience make me the right candidate to effectively support our Board and CEO and ensure all members are represented so we can successfully deliver our 2014 commitments.
 

Elected Term: May 2015 - March 2017

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