Oracle conference to hear about healthAlliance

Oracle users will have a chance to meet, share experiences and learn about new trends and directions for the vendor and its technology in a couple of months.

Oracle users will have a chance to meet, share experiences and learn about new trends and directions for the vendor and its technology in a couple of months.

Among the presenters at the Oracle Users’ Group Conference in March are Michael Sallai and Kathy Frame of healthAlliance NZ, who will talk about extending healthAlliance’s Oracle 11i financials, supply chain and procurement system to other district health boards, the first being Taranaki.

HealthAlliance is a company created by the Waitemata and Counties-Manukau district health boards to manage their shared IT, finance, supply chain, procurement and HR functions. Waitemata Health implemented Oracle 11i financials and purchasing system in 1999 before the creation of healthAlliance, which went on to adopt it. The system, which cuts out the position of purchasing officer and thus allows staff to buy directly, was then rolled out to Counties-Manukau.

HealthAlliance saw the opportunity to offer it to other boards around the country. All the country’s district health boards have moved or will move to a common chart of accounts. HealthAlliance’s share system is designed so that it could support other DHBs.

Linda Glucin of coal producer Solid Energy will discuss how the company uses Oracle Enterprise Asset Management to allow maintenance work on its mining equipment. The asset management module has been integrated with project accounting and iProcurement to fully control maintenance needs.

Topics for Oracle database users include “8i hot standby databases — usages, implementation and management” and “Constraint-based performance tuning of Oracle databases”.

NZOUG president Michelle Tierney says conference attendees don’t have to be a member of the user group.

This will be the fourth Oracle users’ conference. It will feature more than 50 sessions including strategic direction addresses from Oracle and technical and business workshops. A trade show runs in parallel.

The event, which was skipped last year, will be held at the Quality Hotel in Hamilton from March 26 to 28.

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