Well, here's your chance.
As a recent arrival to Vancouver, BC from Pittsburgh, PA, I'd started hunting around for a Vancouver-based Oracle Users Group. I was surprised to discover that the closest group was actually based in Victoria, BC, which I've now learned is a scenic but not particularly convenient commute. I'd arrived in BC just barely in time to make the Victoria group's November meeting, so off I went.
At the meeting, I had the privilege of seeing two interesting presentations by Dan Morgan. Dan's secondary purpose in coming to the meeting was to help Oracle lay the foundation for forming an OUG based in Vancouver, to better serve the customer base in the Lower Mainland. I tagged along to a second, more informal meeting about the Vancouver OUG at (of course) a local pub, with Dan, some folks from Oracle, and representatives of local Oracle customers. Since there was beer involved, discussion occasionally strayed, but here's the basic scoop:
- There are two upcoming events where interested parties can get involved in the formation of the Vancouver OUG: an Oracle reception on 3 Dec 2009, and the Oracle Database 11gR2 launch event on 14 January 2010. More information can be found at the VanOUG web site: http://www.vanoug.org/. I hear that the second event particularly is going to have some star power.
- This group is in the early stages of its formation; officers and directors have not been chosen. If you're interested in being part of getting a new OUG off the ground, this is a great opportunity to do so.
- Timing and location of future VanOUG meetings are keys to its success; engaging content only works if people come to the meetings.
- If you're interested in getting involved, have ideas, or want to make sure you're included in future announcements about VanOUG, visit the "Contact Us" link on the VanOUG site.
VanOUG is currently an idea and a 1-page web presence, but with community involvement it will be a lot more in a very short time. I'm looking forward to meeting some new people at the upcoming events!