I am noticing a very disturbing trend in the Southeast US – the local Oracle User Groups are withering away. One of the questions I like to end a presentation with is to inquire about the presence of a local Oracle User Group. More frequently than not, the answer is, “Well, we used to have one.”
Now before I jump up onto my soapbox, I have a very big confession to make – I have never made it my MY local group here in RTP, the North Carolina Oracle User Group (NCOUG). Unfortunately it appears this is another OUG to be on life-support or worse. I have my excuse – I talk Oracle 8 hours a day and visit groups of developers and DBAs several times a month. But it’s just an excuse. I only have a few contacts locally here that I can rely on for feedback and sponsorship, and that’s REALLY pathetic.
So what’s your excuse?
If you don’t have one, I recommend you do something crazy. Start your own user group. But start small! Organize a lunch and learn in your own department or company first. You’ll need sponsorship. Hopefully your company will give you some money to buy some food. If not, there’s always brown-bagging. Present about something you are passionate about. Maybe it’s the struggles you experience supporting the local Oracle application and the few tricks you have developed to getting around those roadblocks.
If you are already managing an Oracle User Group, and are in need of help, please let me know. A Quest person would love to come present at your local chapter meeting or big annual conferences. It’s the least we can do. And I promise to try to do more in the future!
Bad Data Models…Bad Applications…Bad Scripts
I think James Garner is officially off the talk-show circuit, but other famous folks like Cary Milsap and Tom Kyte have been known to make a stop to a local Oracle user group meeting. And your chances of being thrown in jail or worse are really quite low!
Wondering if you have a local Oracle User Group? Try looking here.