Another busy day in paradise for attendees of Collaborate 11, and Richard, UKOUG’s Business Development Manager was quite impressed to have the opportunity to continue his networking amongst 2,000 other attendees who had the chance to visit Universal Studios Florida.
On Wednesday night a few Collaborate sponsors booked out the entire park for those who had attended Collaborate 11. Undoubtedly Richard’s kids will be extremely jealous that he has visited Harry Potter World before they do! Ho hum.
It has not all been about fun and games though. On Wednesday Richard met more than twenty companies and had six sit-down meetings with VPs of Sales and Marketing - and a few CEOs and Presidents to boot - although no Obama - he was unfortunately too busy!
Richard’s meeting with Noetix was very successful. They are planning to run a research campaign with UKOUG targeting Local and Central Government users throughout the next couple of months. We are delighted to hear that they will also partner with us at Conference Series Technology and E-Business Suite 2011 this year. He also met with XTglobal, Smart Dog (great name!), Inatech (a fellow Brit), Zanett, Image Integration Systems, Espire Info, Startus Technologies, Talent Technology, Teradata (again), Rimini Street, Phire Inc, BTRG, ABeam Consulting, Chain-Sys Corporation, enrich IT, Excel4Apps and Construction Imaging.
OAUG has offered several Community 'zones' for PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Hyperion, however the main focus (and number of Oracle Partners) here has been E-Business Suite - great for the UKOUG Conference Series Technology and E-Business Suite 2011 event in December.
Richard’s next step is to make the 15 hour journey home, hope he brings the sunshine back with him. Saying that though, I haven’t actually heard from him since his visit to Universal Studios….. hope that he wasn’t attacked by JAWS!
Author: Jennifer Crago, Communications Manager, UKOUG