Amit Gupta is part of a small team of DBAs who provide database support for the national mapping authority of Great Britain, Ordnance Survey.
Why did you first engage with the user group?
I found some interesting topics in the agenda and it was a good opportunity to learn from people who are actually working on these technologies. Also I wanted to find out about what other companies are doing.
What value did you find through UKOUG?
I picked up lot of valuable knowledge and tips around some areas of my work. It was good to know about new technologies and enhancements that are about to come and I also got the opportunity to interact with others who are in similar roles.
What about UKOUG membership has surprised you?
This was my first year and I was very impressed with the effort that some speakers had put into their presentations. I got plenty of hints and useful tips on some topics of interest. The whole event was very well organised.
Is there a specific example where engaging with UKOUG has had a direct beneficial result for you and your company?
I attended a number of presentations on SQL tuning. This was very useful as I was looking to explore this area in my day job. I was able to find the right resource and help, attending UKOUG definitely improved my knowledge.
What are the top three reasons you would recommend membership to another Oracle user?
1. A good opportunity to learn and share best practices.
2. Good exposure about what other clients and companies are doing.
3. Great opportunity to network and raise your profile.