Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Recap of the WMOUG Spring 16 Conference

The West Michigan Oracle Users Group (WMOUG), founded in 2000, is a not-for-profit organization and an official partner of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). The Spring 16 Conference which took place yesterday, May, 17, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan was a huge success with excellent turnout and standout presentations.

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Keynote

Rich Niemiec, an Oracle ACE Director and one of 6 originally honored worldwide OCMs, gave the keynote presentation on Uncommon Leaders. Interest was high on this one and the crowd was definitely engaged. Rich is the past President of the IOUG and the current President of the Midwest Oracle Users Group (MOUG). He won IOUG's Chris Wooldridge Award for outstanding service to the user group community in 2012. That year, he authored the #1 Oracle bestseller Oracle 11g R2 Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques. He was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 1998. Rich is currently President of the Oracle Consulting Practice of Rolta International.

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Presentations

A good mix of presentations were given in this half day event that included:

  • The Best Oracle Database 12c Features, Rich Niemiec, Advizex
  • Oracle's Latest Platforms as a Service, Josh Hernandez, Oracle
  • Running Oracle on All Flash Arrays, The Value & The Problems Solved, Matt Kaberlein, EMC
  • Provisioning Amazon Web Services (AWS) - A Live Walkthrough, Ahmed Aboulnaga, Raastech
  • 12c Database In-Memory option and its use in Oracle E-Business Suite R12, Prashanth Vedire, Centroid
  • Plugging the DevOps Data Gap, Adam Bowen, Delphix


Summary

The WMOUG offers a half day event, breakfast, snacks, lunch, 7 presentations, and a wide array of prizes with a 15% chance of winning... all for just $10! For the cost, it is definitely worth it to hear from renowned speakers and meet the sponsors.

The crowd from the West Michigan area is a tight knit group, and the beauty of this group is that a lot of people from a lot of companies know each other, giving everyone an opportunity to network with their peers from other companies. Attendees came from Advizex, Amway, Auto-Wares Group, Bissell, Blue Medora, Centroid, Davenport University, Delphix, EMC, Experis, Gentex, HP, Initech, Johnson Controls, Oracle, Perrigo Company, Raastech, Spectrum Health, Steelcase, TEKsystems, and ThinkLiquidity.

Prizes included 2 Apple MacBook Airs, an iPad Mini, 2 $100 gift cards, and a few other small giveaways!

Many thanks to the WMOUG volunteers, Pat, Mike, Ahmed, and Greg who made this all happen.
                                                    






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