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Oracle Certification Group on Linkedin Crosses Ten Thousand Members

Wed, 2011-06-01 00:52
On May 23, 2011 - Oracle Certification Group on Linkedin cross 10,000 members. The group consists of certified professionals, certification candidates and top resourcing and HR executives from all around the world. Oracle certified professionals have Oracle Expert, Specialist, Associate, Professional or Master credentials.

To countdown the journey to 10,000 members a contest was held to guess the date when the group will cross the magic figure. Four group members guessed within 1 day of the actual date and will be awarded $25 Amazon gift certificates. The winners are as follows:
  • Pratik Kange
  • Prahlad Sharma
  • Agha Jameel
  • Joan Marc Amenós Villanueva
Congratulations everyone!

Collaborate11: Hits Not To Miss

Wed, 2011-04-06 00:02
Oracle User Group faithfuls from OAUG, Quest and IOUG will congregate at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from Sunday, April 10 to Thursday, April 14, 2011. With over 1200 sessions and multiple mini events, 24 hours a day would not seem enough for attendees. Instead of spending hours flipping through the conference guide to decide the sessions to attend, use the My Show Planner Mobile to build your schedule and carry with you on your smart phone. Session updates and other news including cash prizes from Twitter feeds will all feature on this app. To make sure you do not miss the hit shows, here is a day-wise highlight of popular show times.

Sunday, April 10th
  • Register bright and early. Registration desk opens at 8.00am
  • Training Day Workshops - R12 Application Security Best Practices, Project Management using MS Projects, Master Data Management (MDM) Bootcamp and IBM DB2 Certification Workshop (2 day and FREE!)
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings throughout the day
  • Oracle Fusion Soup to Nuts session - an intensive deep-dive look into the latest Oracle Fusion content. Get the latest insights on OEM, Fusion Applications, Middleware with Applications Unlimited, Development Tools and Database.
  • Sunday Session Selections - Meet Your SLA with SLA, Best Practices for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher, Implementing Oracle Fusion Applications Using the Oracle Unified Method, IFRS for Beginners, an overview of the International Financial Reporting Standards, Oracle Fusion Procurement: Setting the New Standard for Supply Management Applications, 42 real Life Examples of Fusion Middleware with Applications
  • End the evening with the OAUG Welcome Reception - 21 & Legal to celebrate 21 years of OAUG
Monday, April 11th
  • Monday Menu Selections - OAUG General Ledger SIG Meeting, Have Your Cake and Eat It Too – Do an R12 Technical and Get the New Features Now, Value of Upgrading to Release 12.1 for Oracle Financials, CS - Business Case Overview for Quote to Cash and Procure to Pay Process, Migrating to Oracle R12 Subledger Accounting (SLA), Fusion Applications: A Peek Under The Hood, Understanding Oracle Fusion Financials for PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and E-Business Suite Customers   
  • Oracle Keynote: Oracle’s Cloud Computing Strategy by Steve Miranda, Senior Vice President, Application Development at 5.00pm
  • Welcome Reception at the Exhibitor Showcase from 6.00pm -8.00pm
Tuesday, April 12th
  • Tuesday Teaser Selections - Fusion Applications - Move now or Wait, ResCare Financials & HR Analytics: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly From an IT Perspective, Oracle Applications Strategy and Roadmap, CS – Accounting in R12: Quote to Cash Process, Hot Topics in Financial Reporting: IFRS, XBRL and More, OCP Advisor's Tips on How To Become An Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Fusion Applications Overview and Strategy Recommendations for Oracle Applications Customers, Mission Possible:  Upgrade to Oracle R12 in 3 Countries in Six Months, Release 12: Tackling the Question of Reimplementation vs Upgrade, Oracle Fusion Applications Technical Architecture and Deployment Overview.
  • Several GEO (Geographical User Groups) meet in the afternoon from 4.00pm onwards
  • Exhibitor Showcase Happy Hour from 5.45 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13th
  • Wednesday Winner Selections - How Fusion DOO can add value by leveraging your existing Order Management Systems, Five Steps to World Class Close: Integrate Financial Close Best Practices and Enabling Technology, Understanding SOA Maturity Phases in an Oracle E-Business Suite Implementation Lifecycle, Preparing for Oracle Fusion, to 12.1.3: A Technical Perspective, XML Publisher in E-Business Suite for Newbies, Release 12 Advanced Global Intercompany System: What's in it for you?
  • Universal’s Island of Adventure Party - 7.30 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Get ready for one of the biggest parties COLLABORATE has ever thrown because OAUG has reserved the entire Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park just for you!

Thursday, April 14th
  • Thursday Tonic Selections -  Facebook for Oracle ! All about Oracle WebCenter for non-technical folks, iSetup: Don't Let Your Configurations Manage You, Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management, The New Standard for Sales Performance Management, Record to Report Business Flow in Oracle Fusion Applications
There are over 75 sessions on Oracle fusion and more than 60 session on Oracle EBS R12. OAUG speakers are presenting 500 sessions at the conference. Follow the conference on Twitter using the hashtag #C11.

Top Ten Reasons To Attend COLLABORATE11

Sun, 2011-04-03 18:02
COLLABORATE11 - The annual Oracle Applications conference hosted by user groups invites you to join thousands in sunny Orlando, FL. For those sitting on the fence and still deciding on attending the conference or not, here are the top ten reasons (in no specific order) to book your hotel rooms and airline tickets today.

Reason # 10 - The conference is like a week-long education class. The registration fee is less than $2000 (for Federal employees it is less than $1000). This is a big discount compared to a week-long class at leading Oracle education providers. Great value for money.

Reason # 9 - Whether you are evaluating a new Oracle module, a third-party product or shortlisting service providers for your new project, the Exhibitor showcase is a must visit. Watch product demos, talk to consulting experts and pack your suitcase with conference swags. If you are lucky you might win one of the dozens of Apple iPad giveaways from various vendors!

Reason # 8 - The education tracks at the conference cover the length and breadth of your application ecosystem. From Business Intelligence, Database, GRC, HCM and SCM and Financials there are hundreds of sessions to choose from. A select group of Oracle Special Interest Groups (SIG) is presenting 14 top-of-the-class sessions on Quote to Cash and Procure to Pay Business Flows.

Reason # 7 - Oracle Support team has a big presence at the conference. Attend Oracle Support seasons to learn about new diagnostic and proactive health checks that one can do to keep applications running with maximum efficiency.

Reason # 6 - A conference provides great opportunities to network with fellow Oracle users and practitioners. Each conference day ends with a special event culminating with the mega appreciation night at Universal's Island of Adventure theme park completely reserved for you!

Reason # 5 - The line-up of speakers at the conference consists of Who's Who of the Oracle universe. Apart from speakers from Oracle Corporation, the galaxy of speakers include Oracle Gurus who are Oracle ACE Directors and ACEs. Here is a complete list of Oracle ACE Community speakers .

Reason # 4 - Participate in Oracle User Experience (Oracle UX) feedback session on Oracle Fusion Applications. Be one of the first individuals to test drive a Oracle Fusion Applications next generation product and give feedback to Oracle.

Reason # 3 - Many attendee organizations are planning or already executing Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 upgrade or implementation projects. Meet experts from Oracle at the Oracle Demo Grounds or at Oracle keynote sessions and get your questions answered about Oracle EBS R12.

Reason # 2 - Use the My Show Planner application to build your conference agenda this week. With over 1200 sessions in the conference agenda, there are a lot of choices. Plan each conference hour with sessions to attend. It also gives the organizers an idea of number of attendees for a specific session. If the registered attendees cross the room size, the session can be relocated to a larger room. While standing room only sessions are a great ego-boost for the speaker, weary feet do need rest and a comfortable chair has no competition.

Reason # 1 - The destination city happens to be the home of Walt Disney World. In 2004, my family and I stayed in one of the Disney resort hotels which is within driving distance to the conference location. Cap off a great week by spending the weekend following the conference at the Happiest Place on Earth. This one surely does not need much convincing!

Call for Papers for Oracle OpenWorld 2011

Wed, 2011-03-23 19:37
Oracle OpenWorld 2011 will be held this year from October 2-6, 2011 in San Francisco, CA. If you want to get a free conference registration, respond to the call for papers and submit a presentation proposal. If your submission is selected, you get a FREE registration!

This year the site for presentation proposal submission is a new one. So you have to register on the site first and then submit. Read the submission guidelines before your submit your proposal. There are strict character limits on abstracts and other sections.

The title should be 80 characters or less which is about 10-17 words. A creative title always helps to catch the selection committee's attention. My first submission at Oracle OpenWorld a decade ago was "Eyes Wide Shut - Migrate Your Enterprise to Oracle Applications". Thanks to Tom and Nicole, both the movie and my session had a public viewing. The abstract has to be 750 characters or less which is about 80-100 words. Review the Primary Track and Optional Track before selecting the appropriate one. Selecting the right track increases your chances of acceptance. One can aslo add tags to the submission, so the abstract is searchable using multiple criteria. Session Type can be either conference session or panel. Session category includes best practices, case study or product strategy / roadmap. The last one is usually reserved for Oracle speakers. For the first time, one can add a video link supporting the proposal content. Perhaps a creative spot on Youtube may come in handy. The official requirement is to have a video that provides more information or background on your topic.

Call for papers close on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11.59 Pacific Standard Time. So put on your thinking caps and showcase your success stories for the last 12 months at the largest enterprise application technology conference in the world. Get ready to get noticed!

Be Featured on My Next Presentation, Win Amazon Gift Certificates

Thu, 2011-02-24 02:16

My next presentation is at the annual Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) conference called COLLABORATE11 in Orlando, FL.

The session is entitled:

"OCP Advisor's Tips on How To Become An Oracle Certified Professional"

If you are Oracle Certified, here is your chance to win Amazon.com gift certificates!

Please list your Oracle certifications with year you were certified as a response to this post or e-mail me at ocp.advisor@gmail.com

I will select 4 certified professionals and include their certification story in a detailed case study. If you have any tips to share, please post here or send an e-mail. Also responders will be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the whitepaper.

Thanks in advance and best wishes for your certification plans!

For a list of sessions being hosted by your blog author, please visit the COLLABORATE11 Session Search page and select Speaker Name: Mohan Dutt