Hey Vancouver BC, want an Oracle Users Group?

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!

6 Comments

  1. Posted 21 November 2009 at 22:52 | Permalink

    John,
    Welcome to the great white north.
    You should come to the http://bcoaug.oaug.org/ we have a meeting coming up soon, Dec 9th. There will be beer afterwards.
    info is below.
    Location: Sierra Systems, 25th Floor, 1177 West Hastings Street – Whistler Room
    Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
    Time: 1:00 to 4:00pm
    Note: Holiday Reception (sponsored by Oracle Corporation) to follow - 4:00 to 7:00pm.
    Please come and join us for our R12 PANEL DISCUSSION, with members from Oracle Corporation, BC Ferries and MDA – further details to follow.
    Cheers!
    Andy Stakiw
    Communications Coordinator

  2. Posted 22 November 2009 at 1:57 | Permalink

    Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks for the invitation, and for the welcome. :-) I look forward to meeting you on the 9th.

    Regards,

    John P.

  3. Posted 22 November 2009 at 19:36 | Permalink

    Thank you for helping get the word out about VanOUG.

  4. Posted 22 November 2009 at 22:26 | Permalink

    Glad to help however I can. Thanks for including me in the discussion; it was great to meet you.

    Regards,

    John P.

  5. Posted 8 December 2009 at 17:11 | Permalink

    Hi, John,

    Glad to hear that you've moved to my childhood home town. I don't get the impression that there are a lot of EBS users there. If you learn otherwise, drop me a line. I don't get back to Vancouver all that often nowadays, but if there's sufficient customer interest, I'd be happy to drop into the VanOUG meeting to talk about the EBS techstack.

    Regards,
    Steven

  6. Posted 9 December 2009 at 8:34 | Permalink

    Hi, Steven!
    Thanks so much for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere, and for the generous offer. I'll certainly be in touch if there's interest. Perhaps I'm biased, but I find it hard to believe that there wouldn't be. :-)

    Regards,

    John P.

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