Oracle's three biggest user groups -- the Oracle Applications Users Group, the Independent Oracle Users Group and the Quest International Users Group -- come together every year for the Collaborate conference in Las Vegas. Each year, the user groups pick a few main topics around which to organize the conference. For Collaborate 16, they chose the cloud, security, mobility and big data. "Those are the major areas that all IT professionals need to think about," OAUG President Patricia Dues said in an interview at the conference.
It's easy to see why the OAUG, IOUG and Quest picked cloud as a main theme for Collaborate 16, since Oracle has been steadily increasing its cloud services footprint by building out its cloud platform and cloud applications. According to Dues, the other topics all fit neatly together, as well. Using the cloud necessitates a focus on data security. Big data is a major reason for companies to move to the cloud since the cost of storing all of the data in on-premises systems can get very high. Mobile computing is a major center of application innovation and gives end users an expanded way of accessing both cloud and on-premises systems, making it even more incumbent upon IT teams to ensure that their architectures are secure and can handle the processing load.
In this guide, find out more about what happened at the Collaborate 16 conference and how the major themes of cloud, security, big data and mobility could affect your organization. Some relevant articles from last year's Collaborate conference and the 2014 event are also included to provide further information and context on those topics.
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IT insights from the Collaborate conference
The presenters at Collaborate 16 were all Oracle users, and their experiences with Oracle technology form the foundation of the conference. The articles in this section showcase the thoughts, opinions and advice of some of the presenters, participants and user group leaders who took part in Collaborate 16 and the previous year's Collaborate 15 event.
OAUG president Patricia Dues talks about the technology that has the Oracle user group's attention and why it's important to learn about the cloud even if you aren't planning to use it. Continue Reading
In a session at Collaborate 16, database architect Ziaul Mannan will reveal the ways DBAs are being overlooked as potential executives and how to prove internally that DBA skills translate well to IT leadership roles. Continue Reading
The Oracle database and applications forum, presented by three independent user groups, combines hands-on experiences, networking opportunities and an exhibitor showcase. Continue Reading
In a Q&A, John Matelski, president of the IOUG, answers questions about Oracle's cloud strategy and his own organization's business intelligence and big data analytics initiatives. Continue Reading
In this podcast, SearchOracle's Jessica Sirkin details the main discussion topic at the Collaborate 15 conference, where Oracle's cloud services push was on the top of people's minds. Continue Reading
Stories from the Oracle trenches
One of the main reasons Oracle users come to Collaborate is the opportunity to learn from each other, whether that means sitting in on a presentation or sharing lunch with someone whose company recently went through an Oracle project that's similar to one your organization plans to embark upon. User stories are the foundation of the Collaborate conference experience. The articles in this section come from presentations and interviews at Collaborate 16 and the 2014 event, and they provide examples of Oracle users making the tough decisions to ensure that their IT systems can meet evolving business needs.
Moving to Oracle Fusion Financials has been a mixed blessing for the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. It saved money, but had to sacrifice integration and automation. Continue Reading
Merit Service Solutions' unusual business model called for an unusual mobile application. It developed a custom app, running on a back-end Oracle database, to manage its snow removal and landscaping contractors. Continue Reading
Merit Service Solutions implemented JD Edwards to get a more scalable platform for a growing business, but its unusual business model meant it was in for a lot of customization. Continue Reading
Blue Bell Creameries was frustrated with an inflexible mobile data collection platform that frequently dropped transactions. So what to do? Continue Reading
A former Oracle sales rep does a 180 by pushing his company not to buy an Exadata system, but to upgrade existing data center infrastructure instead. Continue Reading