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OAUG head on Oracle cloud strategy at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Oracle OpenWorld is Oracle's biggest event, bringing about 60,000 attendees from 145 countries to San Francisco every year. That includes the leadership of Oracle's three primary user groups. At Oracle OpenWorld 2015, SearchOracle caught up with Melissa English, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), to discuss the Oracle cloud strategy and other topics in a video interview.

English has been an active member of the OAUG since 1998 and the group's president since January 2015. She works as a deployment manager at Alticor Inc. and its multi-level marketing subsidiary Amway, where she is currently leading an upgrade to Release 12 of Oracle's E-Business Suite applications across the Americas region. In the video, English talked about the growing interest among OAUG members in running Oracle in the cloud, plus OpenWorld 2015 and the OAUG itself.

English cited the importance of the cloud to Oracle's future and the increase in Oracle cloud services customers she has seen personally. Oracle OpenWorld 2015 was full of cloud-related presentations and cloud-themed keynote addresses that included announcements of various new Oracle cloud offerings. English saw the conference as a chance for users to get a window into Oracle's cloud processes and plans. "I think that this is a great opportunity to understand Oracle's roadmap with cloud and the future it's going to bring," she said.

English also predicted that the cloud computing trend and Oracle cloud strategy would play out in a bigger way at next year's Collaborate conference, the annual event held jointly by the OAUG, the database-oriented Independent Oracle Users Group and the Quest International Users Group for users of Oracle's PeopleSoft and JD Edwards applications. "In Collaborate 2016," she said, "I think we'll see a lot more presentations and participation around the cloud."

In addition, English highlighted some of the upcoming plans of the OAUG. That includes a new special interest group for enterprise resource planning in the cloud and efforts to meet the needs of the user group's changing membership. One thing the OAUG has to consider, according to English, is "how we'll need to transform for the millennial workforce."

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