UK Oracle User Group

Andrew Watkins

Andrew Watkins

Job Title: Assistant Computer Systems Manager

Birkbeck, University of London

Tell us about yourself in 50 words:
I have been a Solaris enthusiast since my University days, so being a co-chair of UKOUG Solaris SIG was a natural progression. My day job means I spend too much time supporting operating systems, keeping up to date with a never-ending list of databases and coding.

What is your main goal in life?
My work goal is to make life easier for our students. My life goal is to win the lottery and spend my days on the beach with no computers in sight. 

What are your interests (inside and outside of work)?
I love sports, and, being Welsh, I have a great interest in rugby, but that is not going too well these days. I relish problem solving so I take great pleasure debugging code and applications software. 

When did you start volunteering with UKOUG?

Why did you want to become a UKOUG volunteer?
Well, initially my arm was twisted as Solaris SIG were after new Chairs, so, after enjoying the events for years as an attendee, I thought I would finally give something back to the group and joined the Solaris SIG Committee. It has been a great way of making new contacts, although you can lose friends when you keep badgering them to give talks.

What volunteering activities do you undertake?
Since 2013 I have joined the committees for UKOUG Systems events and the UKOUG Tech conferences. I write for the Oracle Scene magazine and present at the SIG.

What does a day voulunteering involve for you?
No two days are alike, from organising the next SIG meeting and locating speakers, to preparing a presentation, sending out announcements and participating in the occasional conference call.

Which volunteer contribution are you proudest of?
It has to be my involvement in the UKOUG Tech conferences where you have the chance to mould a collection of ideas into a full conference.

What is the best thing about volunteering?
The other volunteers! I get a buzz from their passion for Oracle technology.    

What's most rewarding about volunteering?
Our Solaris SIG events, where you meet a great bunch of people and while sharing a drink (non-alcoholic, which is a shame) you share a good laugh, war stories and, as a bonus, you pick up a lot of technical knowledge.               


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