UK Oracle User Group


Debra Lilley

Debra LilleyDebra helps Oracle customers take their business strategy and understand how the Oracle offerings around applications can help them achieve it.


Why did you first engage with the user group?

I worked for a large Oracle Partner and felt we needed to 'do our bit' for the community, and I also felt that the end customers deserved the access to Oracle that we had. UKOUG is the biggest customer voice for UK.


What value did you find through UKOUG?

A faster route to understanding what users want, what Oracle are doing and how it really works, all achieved through the network UKOUG facilitates. As a volunteer right through to President, UKOUG has helped me grow in my career and the service I have given to customers.


What about UKOUG membership has surprised you?

The network I strived for has also generated real friends and led to experiences outside of IT that I would never have dreamt of, like learning to scuba dive. UKOUG is definintly where work and play mix.


Is there a specific example where engaging with UKOUG has had a direct beneficial result for you and your company?

Strengthening the voice of the user when working with Oracle development, I led the user group input into Fusion Applications and UKOUG was the conduit. Later that access was invaluable in my partner role and as I step out as an independent, everything I have learnt has been honed in my role at UKOUG.


What are the top three reasons you would recommend membership to another Oracle user?

  • Experts teaching the high level content and drilling down further on areas of interest
  • Networking with similar organisations, discussing shared challenges and ‘crowd sourcing’ possible solutions
  • Listening to others who have tried something; sharing what worked and what didn’t work


Any final comments?

My personal career and the service I have given my clients has all been enhanced by my participation in UKOUG. I worked for a large Oracle Partner and felt we needed to 'do our bit' for the community, and I also felt that the end customers deserved the access to Oracle that we had. UKOUG is the biggest customer voice for UK.

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