Oracle Magazine

Up Close Videos

Face-to-face is how we learn best. Up Close is Oracle Magazine's look at the Oracle user community: its user groups, special interest groups (SIGs), events, and people around the world. With Up Close Video, Oracle Magazine will bring you the personalities behind the magazine column and go deeper into the information, resources, and stories they have to share.

 

Running the Show (video)

By Curran Mahowald

Up Close: Interview with Sarah Zumbrum from Oracle Magazine

The Oracle ACE Associate and Oracle Essbase 11 Certified Implementation Specialist with interRel Consulting talks about women in technology and more.

Read "Running the Show" in the November/December 2014 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

 

Seeking Developers for Friendship (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Kyle Hailey from Oracle Magazine

Kyle Hailey, an expert DBA, shows application developers how Oracle Database 12c can improve the relationship between them.

Read "Seeking Developers for Friendship" in the September/October 2013 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

Cloud Builders Unite (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Anand Akela from Oracle Magazine

Oracle's Anand Akela talks about his experience with the cloud builder community at Collaborate13.

Read "Cloud Builders Unite" in the July/August 2013 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

How to Grow a User Group in China (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Marshall from Oracle Magazine

The VP of Membership and Events for the All China Oracle User Group, Shi Qiu (who goes by the English name Marshall), helps Oracle reach Chinese DBAs and developers.

Read "How to Grow a User Group in China" in the May/June 2013 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

Write a Better Abstract (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Gwen Shapira from Oracle Magazine

User group speaker and NOCOUG Conference Chair, Gwen Shapira, shares advice on how to break into the ranks of user group speakers.

Read "Write a Better Abstract" in the March/April 2013 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

On Code Reviews and Standards (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Martin D’Souza from Oracle Magazine

User group speaker, Martin D'Souza, talks with Jeff Erickson about simple ways to build a better development team.

Read "On Code Reviews and Standards" in the January/February 2013 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

A Path to Leadership (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Monty Latiolais, president of Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) from Oracle Magazine

Monty Latiolais discusses the new ODTUG Leadership Program.

Read "A Path to Leadership" in the November/December 2012 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

Deeper Developments (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Oracle ACE Director, Cary Millsap from Oracle Magazine

Database expert, Cary Millsap, shares lessons from a life of coding and business.

Read "Deeper Developments" in the September/October 2012 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

Big Data Boot Camp (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with IOUG President Emeritus, Ian Abramson from Oracle Magazine

Ian Abramson discusses his role as big data drill sergeant at the COLLABORATE 2012 Big Data Bootcamp.

Read "Big Data Boot Camp" in the May/June 2012 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

IT Superman (video)

By Caroline Kvitka

Up Close: Interview with IOUG President Andy Flower from Oracle Magazine

Architect by day, user group leader by night, IOUG President Andy Flower guides his organization on a powerful new course.

Read "Developing a Better Community" in the March/April 2012 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

Developing a Better Community (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Edward Roske, Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) 2011 Kscope community service day chairperson from Oracle Magazine.

Edward Roske puts community service on the agenda.

Read "Developing a Better Community" in the January/February 2012 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

New Territory (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Murali Vallath, founder and president of the All India Oracle Users Group (AIOUG) from Oracle Magazine.

Murali Vallath teaches the value of peer-to-peer learning in India.

Read "New Territory" in the November/December 2011 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

Global Explorer (video)

By Caroline Kvitka

Up Close: Interview with OAUG President Mark Clark from Oracle Magazine.

OAUG President Mark Clark wants to expand the organization’s reach beyond North America.

Read "Global Explorer" in the September/October 2011 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

The Translator (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Oracle ACE Director Hans Forbrich from Oracle Magazine.

Hans Forbrich helps DBAs understand the broader technology stack.

Read "The Translator" in the July/August 2011 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

Strength in Numbers (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with LAOUC vice president Eduardo Hahn from Oracle Magazine.

Eduardo Hahn, vice president of the Latin American Oracle User Community talks about the growing and ambitious Latin American community.

Read "Strength in Numbers" in the May/June 2011 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

Flourishing in Asia (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Quest Asia President Daniel Strassberg from Oracle Magazine.

Daniel Strassberg, president of Quest Asia, a chapter of the Quest International Users Group (Quest), is passionate about JD Edwards applications. “It’s brilliant software,” he says. “New installs in China and Asia Pacific are up, and so is our membership.“ Oracle Senior Editor, Jeff Erickson, talked with Strassberg about running a user group that stretches from Sydney to Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur.

Read "Flourishing in Asia" in the March/April 2011 issue of Oracle Magazine.

 

French Connection (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with AUFO president Jean-Jacques Camps from Oracle Magazine.

The Association of French-Speaking Oracle Users (l’Association des Utilisateurs Francophones d'Oracle, AUFO) is a lively regional user group that traditionally draws its members from France, Belgium, and Switzerland. Under president Jean Jacques Camps, however, the group is expanding its membership base into francophone Africa.

Read "French Connection" in the January/February 2011 issue of Oracle Magazine.


Multinational Collaboration (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with OBUG President Janny Ekelson from Oracle Magazine.

Janny Ekelson was once a contented member of a PeopleSoft user group in Brussels, Belgium. But successive Oracle acquisitions forced his group to seek out expertise in a broader range of applications and technologies. They found that expertise by joining forces with other regional user groups. Today Ekelson is the leader of the Oracle Benelux User Group (OBUG) serving Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxemburg.

Read "Multinational Collaboration" in the November/December 2010 issue of Oracle Magazine.



Stronger Together (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with Ecuador’s Paola Pullas from Oracle Magazine.

Paola Pullas knows how to do a lot with a little. With the nearest Oracle corporate office in neighboring Colombia and user group members spread across a geographically diverse nation, Pullas, president of the Ecuador Oracle User Group (ECUOUG) is working to forge a single Oracle user group within the country and build relationships with user groups across Latin America. Her goal: Attract top speakers to her user group and make its voice heard. Oracle Publishing senior editor, Jeff Erickson, asked Pullas about her efforts.

Read "Stronger Together" in the September/October 2010 issue of Oracle Magazine.


A Northern Light (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with OUGF’s Heli Helskyaho from Oracle Magazine.

Heli Helskyaho is president of the Oracle User Group Finland, and she also serves as representative of the EMEA user group community. These two positions give her a unique perspective on how a user group should work, and how user groups can work together. Oracle Publishing senior editor Jeff Erickson asked Helskyaho to share her experience.

Read "A Northern Light" in the July/August 2010 issue of Oracle Magazine.


Making Friends Down Under (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close: Interview with NZOUG's Lynne O'Donoghue from Oracle Magazine.

Entertainment night activities for NZOUG's annual conference are a closely guarded secret, but members are sure to find adventure and fun on the agenda. Senior Editor Jeff Erickson, caught up with Lynne O'Donoghue, NZOUG's global user group liaison, to find out how they do user groups down under.

Read "Making Friends Down Under" in the May/June 2010 issue of Oracle Magazine.


Filling the Needs of Higher Education (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close Interview: Ted Simpson, HEUG from Oracle Magazine.

Ted Simpson joined the Higher Education Users Group (HEUG) back when it was a PeopleSoft special interest group. But higher education has changed, with institutions often running more like a large business or a city, and the HEUG has changed with it. Oracle Publishing Senior Editor Jeff Erickson asked Simpson how the HEUG works with Oracle to help institutions meet the challenges of modern higher education.

Read "Filling the Needs of Higher Education" in the March/April 2010 issue of Oracle Magazine.


Top of the Stack (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close Interview: Ray Payne, OAUG President from Oracle Magazine.

Ray Payne attended his first Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) conference back in 1992 along with around 600 other group members. In 2010, with Payne as its president, the OAUG is a 20-year old organization that serves over a million members around the globe. Oracle Publishing Senior Editor Jeff Erickson asked Payne to tell us about that journey.

Read "Top of the Stack" in the January/February 2010 issue of Oracle Magazine.



Tough Crowd (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close Interview: Paul Dorsey, NYOUG President Emeritus from Oracle Magazine.

Paul Dorsey is an Oracle ACE in Oracle Fusion Middleware and SOA, and he served as president of the New Your Oracle User Group (NYOUG) from 1999 to 2006. Oracle Senior Editor Jeff Erickson met with Dorsey at the 2009 ODTUG Kaleidoscope conference in Monterey, California, and talked with him about speaking at the NYOUG, 9/11, and more.

Read "Tough Crowd" in the November/December 2009 issue of Oracle Magazine.



Exploring New Territory (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close Interview: Michelle Malcher; DBA, Oracle ACE, and IOUG director of membership from Oracle Magazine.

Michelle Malcher is an Oracle ACE DBA. But when she goes to user group events, she likes to broaden her horizons by investigating middleware and applications. It's one of the many ways, she says, that user group events make her better at her DBA job. "I can sit in on a session about Oracle WebCenter or identity management and understand where my colleagues at work are coming from when they ask for permission to access that data." Oracle Senior Editor, Jeff Erickson caught up with Michelle at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2009 to learn more.

Read "Exploring New Territory" in the September/October 2009 issue of Oracle Magazine.



Open Opportunity (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close Interview: Todd Sheetz, IOUG Linux SIG President from Oracle Magazine.

When the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) decided to start a special interest group (SIG) for Linux in 2007, Todd Sheetz saw an opportunity. "I thought there would be no better way to grow my Linux network than to lead the SIG myself." Senior Editor Jeff Erickson met with Sheets over Skype videoconference to learn about his experience.

Read "Open Opportunity" in the July/August 2009 issue of Oracle Magazine.



Seriously Practical (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close Interview: Mike Riley, ODTUG President from Oracle Magazine.

Mike Riley's first brush with a member of the Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) changed the way he thought about his career. "The consultant on our first Oracle Forms project was a member of ODTUG," Mike recalls. "He showed a willingness to share and teach that I wanted to emulate." By the end of the project Riley was also a member. Senior Editor Jeff Erickson met with Riley at Oracle headquarters in January 2009, soon after he had become the president of ODTUG.

Read "Seriously Practical" in the May/June 2009 issue of Oracle Magazine.



Expanding Intelligence (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close Interview: Dan Vlamis, BIWA Summit from Oracle Magazine.

A career goal for Dan Vlamis: "To build a community that helps members use the analytical power inside the Oracle Database to its fullest advantage." As a board member for the young and energetic user group for business intelligence, data warehousing, and analytics (BIWA SIG) he's busy fulfilling his ambition. Senior Editor Jeff Erickson spoke with him at the group's annual event, the BIWA Summit.

Read "Expanding Intelligence" in the March/April 2009 issue of Oracle Magazine.



Steve Lemme, Independent Oracle Users Group (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close Interview: IOUG's Steve Lemme from Oracle Magazine.

Steve Lemme credits user group mentoring with several good decisions in his career. Oracle community leaders such as Rich Niemiec, Kevin Loney, and Michael Abbey encouraged Lemme to become a leader in the Oracle community and even to write his own book, Implementing and Managing Oracle Databases. Lemme has gone on to become an accomplished architect and Oracle Master DBA, as well as a magazine columnist, blogger, and user group leader in the IOUG and his local Arizona Oracle Users Group. I caught up with Lemme at OpenWorld to get his advice for those coming to Oracle from recent acquisitions.



Growing with Oracle (video)

By Jeff Erickson

Up Close Video: Dan Morgan, Puget Sound Oracle User Group from Oracle Magazine.

Back when Dan Morgan was writing COBOL for a living he got involved in a COBOL-to-Oracle migration project and liked what he saw. "Hey, this thing ain't half bad!" Dan recalls thinking. Fast-forward to 2008: Dan and a fellow University of Washington professor have turned the all-volunteer Puget Sound Oracle Users Group (PSOUG) into a powerhouse regional user community with 4,000 members, an enterprise IT computer lab, and "Oracle Days"—a five-day conference where I caught up with Dan to learn more about him and his experiences at the PSOUG.

Read "Growing with Oracle" in the November/December 2008 issue of Oracle Magazine.