Oracle are holding their annual conference Collaborate19 from April 7- 11 2019. It will be hosted by the three Oracle community forums: the International Users Group (Quest), the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) who ‘collaborate’ together to offer product solutions and support to all Oracle users.
Collaborate19 is an international conference, which attracts around 2,500 delegates represented by the three communities. Collaborate19 will take place at the prestigious Henry B. González Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas.
While Collaborate19 is a huge Oracle event, Primavera P6 users won’t be disappointed with the large number of sessions and tracks related to the tool suite.
Collaborate19 are offering four Keynote Speakers, Educational Tracks, Women in Technology, Community Forum Meetings an Exhibitor Showcase Networking Events and Entertainment.
Collaborate19 Keynote Speakers
Stacey Hanke is author of the books ‘Yes You Can! ‘ ‘Everything You Need to Know From A to Z to Influence Others To Take Action’ and ‘Influence Redefined.’ Stacey is a Communications Expert who has inspired and successfully influenced business leaders and executives through mentoring and training on communicating. Stacey will offer her insights on how influence can be developed as a skill through self-awareness, consistency, a positive reputation, adaptability, and impact.
Steve Daheb is Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud and is responsible for Iaas, Paas, Security, Big Data and Analytics. Steve will deliver an Oracle keynote – “How to Build Your Own Personalized Path to Cloud” Steve will offer his insights on how the Oracle Cloud Platform makes it possible to develop your own unique path to cloud from wherever you choose – SaaS, PaaS or IaaS. Steve will discuss how Oracle’s Autonomous Cloud Platform repairs, secures and drives itself, allowing you to reduce cost and risk, whilst at the same time delivering greater insights into your organization.
Lyle Ekdahl is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Oracle’s JD Edwards Product family. Lyle leads developments, product management and quality assurance. Lyle will offer his insights on JD Edwards’ strategic direction and roadmap in his keynote address. Lyle will also highlight new product enhancements and features.
Paco Aubrejuan is Senior Vice President for Oracle Applications and is responsible for all aspects of application delivery and maintenance for key Oracle solutions. Paco will offer his insights on PeopleSoft’s strategicdirection, explaining how Oracle Cloud supportsboth Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for PeopleSoft investors. Paco will also discuss the next PeopleTools release and the long-term support that investors will receive from Oracle.
Tracks, Tracks, Tracks
This is a huge event with Oracle offering over 1200 tracks ranging from novice to advanced, all led by industry experts. There will be product reviews and strategic roadmaps available for Primavera P6, JD Edwards, Siebel and PeopleSoft as well as Security, Analytics, Oracle Cloud and the E- Business Suite. We had a closer look at some of the tracks on offer.
Security and Governance for Oracle Applications on Oracle Cloud
Venkatesh Gopalakrishnan Director Product Management Oracle is responsible for leading edge capabilities in software as a service. Venkatesh will provide best practices on how to secure environments on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure so that business applications such as E-Business Suite, JD Edwards or PeopleSoft are protected from external and internal threats.
Top 10 Oracle E-Business Suite Security Risks
Stephen Kost is the Chief Technology Officer at Integrigy Corporation. Stephen will give his insights into the risks whilst properly securing Oracle E Business Suite, as it is a complex application with multiple layers. Stephen will focus on the most important security risks associated with the Oracle E-Business Suite and describe the types of security risks associated with each layer of the technology including application, database, and application server. He will also provide a recommended solution to remediate the risk.
Cloud Project Management – What are the keys to a Successful Cloud Project
Thomas Simkiss Director of Cloud SolutionsCreoal Consulting will offer his insights in this interactive track on how tools and tasks should be tailored when implementing a Cloud Solution. Thomas will highlight the differences between Cloud and On-premise projects and the tools available in Cloud that can make projects easier. Thomas will also present project approaches and communication techniques to improve the Cloud journey.
Create Your Roadmap to the Cloud & Understand the Value of Preparing for a Move
Richard George is Vice President of Strategic Services at Sierra-Ceda. Richard will discuss how organizations have prepared for a move from on-premises to the cloud. Richard will offer his insights on the value of preparing for a move to the cloud and how to create a roadmap to the cloud, which everyone is on track with. Richard will review the valuable things to complete before a cloud project.
Oracle E-Business Suite Projects: Update, Strategy and Roadmap
Cliff GodwinisGeneral Manager of Oracle E-Business Suite. Cliff will offer his insights on the Oracle E-Business Suite product line.Cliff will discuss the benefits you can expect to receive from both cloud and on-premises E-Business Suite investments and the value that the Oracle E-Business Suite application delivers now and in the future. Cliff will focus on themes for future releases of the product roadmap, as well as the capabilities planned.
E-Business Suite Upgrade Strategy
James Morrow is a consultant for BlueStones Group, Inc. James will offer his insights on the current release of E-Business Suite 12.2.8. James will review strategic planning for the upgrade, when to upgrade, maintenance strategies, the additional tasks that can be performed during the upgrade cycle and Oracle’s support policy changes. James will also discuss the advantages of upgrading to particular versions.
How to Measure Success of an EMP Project
Lee Anne Spencer is Vice President of Sales at MindStream Analytics. Lee Anne Spencer will give her insights into Success Factors Analysis at the beginning of an EPM project so that a baseline is achieved for delivering and proving Return On Investment (ROI). Lee will review best practices and explain how success criteria should be defined for each stakeholder.
Emerging Technologies in EMP
Marc Seewald is Sr. Director, Product Management, Oracle. Marc will offer an overview of the technology-led opportunities for innovation and automation across the full spectrum of EPM business processes including planning and forecasting, financial consolidation, account reconciliation and performance reporting. Marc will offer his insights on how these emerging technology initiatives being developed for EPM Cloud will transform and enhance organization’s investments.
Effective Project Leadership Based on StrategicProject Governance
Chao-Yee Watson is Program Manager at Xilinx Inc. Chao will give her insights on how the success of a project depends on empowered leadership in alignment with executive vision. Chao will explain how strategic collaboration is crucial to success. Chao will define the attributes of a successful project and how strategic alignment plays into the success or failure of a project. Chao will give her insights and share strategies and tactics that project managers can use to obtain and maintain strategic alignment through the entire project lifecycle.
Respond not React with Mindfulness Techniques
Vikash Goyal is Vice President of Product Strategy, Oracle. Vikash will give his insights on how we react to events and people around us. Often these reactions are driven by the limiting beliefs of our subconscious. Vikash will explain how you can train your conscious mind to pause, overcoming subconscious prejudices and avoid a reaction. These techniques can help improve personal and work relationships, improve focus and productivity and reduce stress and anxiety.
Employee Engagement – The Secret to Attaining Oracle Applications Ownership Success
Doug Manning is IT Services Manager/Systems Developer at Johns Hopkins University. Doug will give his insights into one of the biggest challenges for organizations that use Oracle Applications, which is how to keep top professionals who will ultimately determine how successful long term Oracle investment will be. Doug will identify what employee engagement is and is not and offer the correct methods and tools for creating a successful employee engagement process.
Communicating Your Way to Success
Jennifer Zamora Oracle e-Business Suite Database Administrator will offer an interactive session on the importance of effective communication skills in customer service in IT. Jennifer will explore successful communication methods and identify common communication weaknesses.
Women in Technology
Sharon O’Malley Burg is CEO of O’Malley Burg Consulting LLC, a technology and government strategy Consulting firm. Sharon is a Senior Advisor to CACI that provides services to federal government including defense, homeland security, intelligence and healthcare. Sharon will offer tips and advice on how she manages to stay at the top of her profession.
User Group Forums
QUEST Special Interest Group – JD Edwards for Small Business
The QUEST members will:
- Share practical JDE operating knowledge to increase JDE functional utilization
- Benchmark the JDE roadmap with other businesses with small internal IT teams
- Develop delegate’s personal network of JDE colleagues to draw upon for guidance
IOUG Special Interest Group – Developer Panel
The IOUG members will be able to ask a group of elite developers anything in this panel discussion. Oracle and Senior Developers have been invited to the panel and are prepared to answer any questions.
OUAG Special Interest Group – Oracle BI Publisher
The OUAG members will:
- Explore the new and functionality available in the latest release of BI Publisher.
- Review the Oracle BI Publisher Desktop template and layout creation utility.
- Discuss where and how BI Publisher integrates with Oracle Cloud.
- Share techniques to leverage a variety of data sources covered by Data Visualization data sets.
- Discuss the current state of affairs for E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, and PeopleSoft.
Collaborate19 Exhibitor Showcase
More than 250 vendors will be on hand displaying their products and services. They will be available to offer solutions and best practices and help to optimize your in house products or navigate your cloud journey.
Networking is scheduled after every event where best practices can be discussed with peers and a broader perspective can be gained from others in the Oracle community. Geographical networking is available which is designed to make invaluable contacts close to your work location.
Special discounts to local restaurants and nightlife will be available through the ‘Show Us Your Badge’ program for all Collaborate delegates. This is a great way to network with colleagues away from the hustle and bustle of the conference.
Quest will host the Collaborate19 party on Wednesday April 10 from 7.30pm until late. This is a popular event and access is only available for delegates with full conference passes.
Collaborate19 Registration Details
There are many different pricing options depending on whether you are member or non –member and whether you require a full conference pass or just a couple of days. Registration for Collaborate can be either through the OAUG or IOUG website.
We reviewed two top hotels, which are close to the Henry B. González Convention Center the Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown/Alamo Plaza and the Sheraton Gunter Hotel.
Residence Inn by Marriott
Downtown/Alamo Plaza425 Bonham Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Residence Inn is a three star hotel located 0.3 miles from the Henry B. González Convention Center. The rooms are big and clean and equipped with full sized fridges and kitchen utensils. The staffs are friendly and the breakfast has a full range of continental nutritious ingredients as well as the traditional “make your own stack of Texan pancakes.” A four-night stay costs $822.00.
Sheraton Gunter Hotel
205 East Houston Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
The Sheraton Gunter is a four star hotel located 0.4 miles from theHenry B. González Convention Center. The area is surrounded with restaurants and cafés and is convenient to the river walk. The hotel is clean and has very comfy beds. The staffs are friendly and helpful; breakfast here is not included in the cost. A four-night stay costs $883.00.
Oracle’s Collaborate19 has something for everyone as it caters for all levels of delegate. Collaborate19 isn’t industry specific therefore it attracts multiple industries ranging from healthcare, banking, and IT to construction and energy. For Primavera users, there’s plenty of tracks and sessions of interest.
The vast range of educational tracks provided by industry experts are designed to offer anyone who uses an Oracle product tips, best practices and future insights to enhance their product use. Networking at Collaborate19 is an invaluable tool where like-minded peers can share their experiences and make contacts, which are often long term.