An expectant crowd of over 200 attendees walked through the impressive doors on Wednesday morning at OUG Scotland Conference 2011, this year for the first time set in the inspiring surroundings of the old Sun manufacturing plant now an impressive Oracle office in Scotland.
Kicking things off the conference UKOUG Director Peter Robson energised attendees with his entertaining welcome ensuring the conference got underway on the right note. The informal relaxed atmosphere was a catalyst to fantastic networking and discussion throughout the conference.
‘Lunch at #ukoug_scot excellent and lots of chatter between delegates , this is what we like - high value networking’ @UKOUG_chairman
The mornings keynote by Steve Gold, Vice President, Scotland & UK Public Sector, Oracle highlighted the main areas of interest for public sector which included cutting the cost of IT consolidation and shared services. Delegates then broke out into one of the seven streamed sessions which stayed busy with activity and chatter throughout the day.
‘#ukoug_scot Great event, well attended and some fantastic session content.’ @PhilipDWilson
Delegates were treated to a live demonstration of Fusion Applications and shown the importance of embedding analytics alongside transaction screens. Clarity was found in the definition of cloud computing and Oracle's position, with the distinction between private cloud and public cloud summarised.
Scottish National Heritage shared a user experience on surviving the E-Business Suite R12 upgrade. The latest on emerging RAC trends with world renowned RAC leading expert and Oracle ACE Julian Dyke was another highlight together with tips and tricks for ADF armoury with world leading ADF specialist, Grant Ronald, Oracle.
Other elements in the session mixing bowl (highlighted by attendee tweets) included SOA and AIA being identified as key to sustainable application integration, co-existence strategy protecting investments, the importance of configurability rather than customisation, supporting different customers' terminology for the same things by (mis)using languages, and using code instrumentation extensively.
Everyone agreed the conference was extremely well received and a resounding success leaving attendees looking forward to the next Conference in 2012!
‘Absolutely fabulous event, one of the best ever’ Caroline Stuart, Oracle
Many thanks go to the fantastic volunteer committee for their time putting this event together. Also thanks go to Oracle for providing the outstanding venue and all the speakers who made this event so successful.
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