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Q&A: Chairperson Floyd Teter Discusses IOUG's New Oracle Enterprise Manager Special Interest Group

In the wake of the rapid and widespread adoption of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has created the new IOUG Oracle Enterprise Manager special interest group (SIG).

We asked Floyd Teter, vice president of technology at EIS Technologies and head of the new SIG, what led to the creation of the new group—and how members can expect to benefit.

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.

Stepping back a little, this increased focus on manageability only makes sense as IT departments are moving beyond traditional functions to become enterprise-grade service providers, while at the same time business-critical systems grow evermore complex.

Q. What is the charter of this SIG?
A. Like the other SIGs, the IOUG Oracle Enterprise Manager SIG focuses on a particular product or area of interest—in this case Oracle Enterprise Manager—with two simple, clear goals in mind. First is the education of users and potential users by peers who are actually using the product. Second, we serve as a collective voice to provide feedback directly to Oracle.

Q. What benefits can members expect from joining?
A. First, members can expect to learn a ton about Oracle Enterprise Manager in a very focused manner.

Second, they get to share experiences and best practices directly with their peers, such as workarounds or creative uses of the product. Or if you have a question, you can reach out directly to your peers.

Finally, members have direct input into the collective voice that the SIG brings to Oracle. Whether it's product development, documentation, or user education, the collective voice resonates with Oracle product teams.

Q. What events and activities does the new SIG have, at Oracle OpenWorld and beyond?
A. We have already started a series of Webcasts, which you can find on the IOUG Oracle Enterprise Manager SIG page of the IOUG Website. We are also currently planning a new series of Web conferences.

At Oracle OpenWorld, the sheer number of activities—more than 60 individual sessions and more than 170 demos—speaks to the wide and growing reach of Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Learn more about the IOUG Oracle Enterprise Manager SIG.

Don’t miss the IOUG SIG Sunday sessions highlighted in this related article.

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