Oracle group plans to step up activities

Oracle customers can look forward to a more active user organisation as a result of new links between the New Zealand and Australian groups. However, it won't be staging a conference in 2002.

Oracle customers can look forward to a more active user organisation as a result of new links between the New Zealand and Australian groups. However, it won’t be staging a conference in 2002.

Aucklander Stu Keast, who has been acting treasurer of the New Zealand Oracle User Group (NZOUG), made contact with Australian group representatives at an international user meeting in San Francisco last month. Keast, who is IT manager at water and atmospheric research body NIWA, says the Australian group has agreed to let the NZOUG make use of member services on its website.

“The Australians have developed a site that allows other groups to be bolted on,” says Keast. In particular, billing and member record functions will be useful, he says.

According to Keast, the New Zealand Oracle group nearly went out of existence three years ago, but he and a few others have kept it alive. “It was too good a thing to let go. But we’ve been in a bit of a recess since our last conference [last April]. Now we can say we’re moving ahead again; we’re getting the infrastructure in place.”

About 300 people attended the 2001 conference, most of whom were either individual members or members through their employer.

Keast says once membership records are updated — the website will enable members to keep their own details current — an election and AGM will be held.

Aside from use of the Australian technology, transtasman links should result in greater exchange of technical papers between users in the two countries.

Keast says he also made contact with user groups from the UK, France, the US and Asia-Pacific at the San Francisco event.

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