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What’s In It for You: IOUG Oracle Enterprise Manager Special Interest Group

In response to the rapid and widespread adoption of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) created the new Oracle Enterprise Manager special interest group (SIG) in September 2012.

We asked Kris Cook, senior manager of database services at SITA and IOUG SIG cochair, for an update on how members are benefitting.

Q. What inspired the IOUG to create the new Oracle Enterprise Manager SIG?
A. It grew directly out of feedback from IOUG members—and even customers outside of IOUG—who said they wanted a SIG devoted specifically to Oracle Enterprise Manager. There was a huge spike in interest after the introduction of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Q. Please briefly describe your title and role at SITA.
A. I am the senior manager of database services at SITA, the world's leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology. In this role I oversee the engineering team responsible for building databases for SITA and its customers. Our environment contains a mix of platforms including Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle’s Virtualization solutions, and Oracle Data Guard—with databases hosted in both our US and UK data centers.

Q. What has been the focus of the Oracle Enterprise Manager SIG since its creation?
A. Its focus has been on getting organized. We have a solid leadership team in place and we've been having regular discussions with both IOUG leadership and Oracle so we can better leverage resources to provide content and benefits to our members.

Q. What motivated you to get involved with the Oracle Enterprise Manager SIG?
A. In January, 2013, I attended the International Oracle User Group Community (IOUC) summit in Redwood Shores, California. As I spoke to some of the IOUG board members, they expressed a need for leadership. I volunteered to help.

Q. What feedback are you getting from members of the new SIG? How are they benefitting from membership?
A. Feedback has been positive—it is always a good sign when we receive "how can I help?" queries, which we have. The benefits of membership include

  • If you are a content provider, the SIG is a great way to share your knowledge with others in the community
  • If you are relatively new to Oracle Enterprise Manager, the SIG is a great place to learn
  • If you are a seasoned Oracle Enterprise Manager user, the SIG is an avenue to channel your feedback to the Oracle product development team

Q. What were the hot topics at this year's COLLABORATE 13 conference?
A. Several sessions were devoted to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c, covering features, best practices, and many tips and tricks.

Q. What are some of the key activities the SIG will be involved in for the rest of 2013?
Getting the word out for this SIG is our top priority. COLLABORATE provided a great environment to get the buzz going. Now our focus will be on providing valuable content to our members.

We have several Webcasts planned to educate and inform members. And we’ll have other opportunities to meet our goal of providing information, education, and networking opportunities all year round via the Web, local events, and other big events, such as Oracle OpenWorld.

Q. What's coming up in the Webcast series?
Look for the replay of “Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Metrics Monitoring and Management Repository Views: Tips and Tricks” in April.

Q. What other content do you recommend?
We have a file library on the SIG Website. It’s full of tips and best practices—and no doubt there will be plenty of new content there following COLLABORATE.

Learn more about the IOUG Oracle Enterprise Manager SIG.

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