K Cannell for ODTUG Board ~ Keep the Spark Alive

Vote for Karen Cannell for the ODTUG Board of Directors

I seek your vote for reelection to the ODTUG Board of Directors, so I may continue to actively establish and maintain ODTUG as the center of excellence for Oracle developers.

Vote Karen Cannell for the ODTUG Board

ODTUG has a spark, an indescribable vibe that you just don’t find at other user groups or conferences. We are technical, committed, passionate and fun. Something happens when top technical experts and Oracle product teams combine, elbow to elbow to share and talk tech.  As an ODTUG Director, my job is to make sure that spark continues.

There are many challenges in doing so – engaging members, conference attendance, leading (not bleeding) edge content, member recruitment, quality practical technical resources, marketing what-where-when-how – all these balanced correctly combine to keep that ODTUG difference alive. That quality, that vibe, is our distinction – ODTUG is the best resource for Oracle developers.  It takes work to keep it that way. And I love doing that unsung behind-the-scenes work.  I gained from ODTUG, I have the experience to give back. I look forward to serving ODTUG for the coming years..

How developers work and learn continues to evolve – ODTUG must keep pace by delivering practical, actionable advice and training on legacy and emerging technologies. For all experience levels – novice through expert.

I am a senior ODTUG member, developer and consultant. I bring a quiet, steady, long-term perspective to the Board that is needed to balance the enticements of the “next new thing” with the need to deliver practical, get-the-work-done knowledge to our members. Please support my reelection to the ODTUG Board of Directors.

Experience / Attributes

Experience and attributes I bring to the ODTUG Board include:

  • Insight on developer needs and challenges gained via 30+ years of development experience, across large and small companies, government and private, large to single-person development teams.
  • Insight on user group operations gained through 13 yrs volunteering at local, regional and national user groups as reviewer, monitor, conference committee member, presenter, attendee and editor. As a board member I will have greater ability to solicit more content in more diverse formats.
  • Eye for timely, quality material on the latest Oracle tools, gained through 8 yrs as Editor and writer, for ODTUG, IOUG and APress
  • Quiet steadfast persistence to get tasks done, even the less glorious ones.
  • First-hand experience with major Board committees and activities:
    • Leadership Program
    • Emerging Technology Committee
    • Marketing Liason
    • ODTUG Innovation Award
    • APEX Community Liason
    • Various other committees on future not-yet-to-be-disclosed projects. All good stuff that may or may not be going forward, depending on research.

Read more details about my involvement in these Board activities, below in this post (just scroll to the bottom)

Reflections

As the ODTUG Board of Director election for the 2019-2020 approached, I reflected on my term as an ODTUG Director, on ODTUG in general and why an running again. This started small, then grew.  There was lots of time and experience to cover!

ODTUG Board of Directors Election

Crazy

You want to what? my husband asks. Then he laughs – that kooky, you-are-certainly-crazy-girl laugh. The one that says, “I have no clue why you do this, but clearly you love it, so have at it”.

Why do I love ODTUG?

Why do I do this stuff?

ODTUG is where I learned to be a mature technical professional. Sure, I had technical Oracle skills before I got to ODTUG. I worked at General Electric writing automation engineering drafting applications – code that produced production drawings. At Computervision, I wrote CAD-CAM Architecture, Engineering and Drafting packages. I used bit of Oracle at CV, about when that Internet thing came to be. Then I worked in state and federal government (fisheries) agencies, on Oracle databases. Forms, Reports, Discoverer, Designer. Then came Portal, then HTML-DB.

I was privileged to attend an IOUG Live conference – what a great way to learn! I volunteered – reviewing conference submissions. Presented! On Oracle Forms. Helped out with the IOUG SELECT Journal.

Then someone suggested I try ODTUG. They thought it might be a better fit, since I was a developer. Thank you, Bob Reidman, for that not-so-subtle nudge.

About that ODTUG Spark

ODTUG has a spark, an indescribable vibe that you just don’t find at other user conferences. We are technical, committed, passionate and fun. Something happens when top technical experts and Oracle product teams combine, elbow to elbow to share and talk tech. That spark was evident in the first ODTUG I attended. And I don’t even remember which one it was. I got accepted to speak,on Oracle Forms and again, and JDeveloper for PL/SQL Developers (literally days before they split off SQL Developer as a separate product). I attended – still attend – both ODTUG and IOUG COLLABORATE conferences.  By speaking and volunteering, I gained – gain –  confidence in my skills, in myself as a professional.  Good stuff.

But something is different about ODTUG Kscope. The level of technology, a bit higher. The intensity of learning, a bit higher. The technical focus and quality of presentations – higher. Willingness of presenters  and attendees to sit down and talk shop – much higher. No one scatters at the end of the day – they hang out and gab, About Oracle and related technology. Geeky stuff. Non-stop learning. The connections made I use throughout the year – if I get stuck, I know who to go to. That was before things like the ODTUG listservs (now retired). And before the Oracle forums. And before apex.world.  Now when I go to the Oracle forum or apex.world, I know who is answering – and someone always answers. Cool!  Can’t buy that anywhere.

Getting Involved, My Story

ODTUG Technical Journal Corner

ODTUG Technical Journal – submit papers now!

Of course I soon volunteered for ODTUG.  Reviewing conference submissions, writing book reviews, then as Assistant Technical Editor.  Then as Technical Editor when Donna Richey-Winkelman retired. (Thank you for all I learned from you, Donna!)  At one point I was also Associate Editor for the IOUG SELECT Journal.

The beauty of being an editor is that one gets to read content from all over, and meet the experts and make connections from all areas. 

All communities, all topics, I got to learn more, every month,  I got to meet more people in other user groups, more people at Oracle.  I guarantee many persons got tired of seeing me, they knew I was asking for another column, or another article.  I wrote articles. Edited articles. Wrote book reviews on early versions of the JDeveloper Handbook, by Peter Koletzke and Paul Dorsey. What a privilege to learn editing from Peter Koletzke! (Many Thank You’s, Peter!)

Observations

As an editor I got to see a lot. Observe a lot. Experience a lot of ODTUG and Oracle technology in general. Traditional “Developer” roles changed – are changing. Traditional “DBA” roles changed, and are changing. With Dev-Ops, the roles are even continue to blur.  How do we change with the technology?  We turn to ODTUG for the latest sound technical resources.  As an Oracle developer, I must evolve with the technology – I cannot do that alone – I can do that with resources and connections like I find at ODTUG.

Back to ODTUG.

The connections I made through ODTUG convinced me to go into consulting. (Thank you Scott Spendolini and Doug Gault!).

 I would never have had  the courage to make the jump to consulting without the support of ODTUG and the connections I made therein.

With the friends I had made in ODTUG, I knew I had the knowledge, I knew I had the technical support I needed, and I had the consulting support I needed. Fortunately, TH Technology continues to work for me and my clients.

I keep up with the latest versions of the Oracle database, or APEX, of ORDS, SQL Developer, and all sorts of earlier tools – JDeveloper, Application Server, HTTP Server,  Discoverer, (I am dating myself …).  By presenting at, and attending ODTUG Kcope, and attending webinars, and meetups when they are local, I have a bounty of training that I cannot match anywhere.  I do not have the time nor the budget for formal weeks of training on one or two topics. As a consultant, it is my job to stay ahead of the curve – to advise my clients on the next steps for their installations. Fortunately I do best when I am learning – good thing in this field, as it never ends.

Important Board Activities

This term as a Board member, I am engaged in the following activities.  If/when elected to a new term, I wish to follow on with these activities, passing some on to newer Board members, and in turn rolling on to new committees as they may fit ODTUG’s strategic direction.

  • Leadership Program, Board Advisor – The ODTUG Leadership Program prepares selected ODTUG members for leadership positions within their current organizations, or  for that next step.  LP persons read a leadership textbook, attended a series of online presentations/discussions and execute a group project, the topic of which changes year to year. The LP is NOT “how to be an ODTUG leader”.  However, when we do our job right in the LP, the graduates want to stay on and give back to ODTUG.  It is hugely rewarding to watch younger (time-wise, not age-wise) workers grow as the program progresses.  It is fascinating how persons grow within this simple program. Due to certain opportunities, I initiated a post-LP mentoring program, underway now, and possibly ongoing.  I know I am getting a lot out of this – I hope the participants are gaining as well.
  • Emerging Technology Committee – Investigate emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Internet-of-Things (IOT) and others to discern what our members need to know about, how much and when. There are lots of new cool IT things out there – which do you as an Oracle developer, EPM product manager related technologist need to learn?  Know about is one thing – need to learn to stay relevant and productive at your job is another.  ODTUG strives to deliver some of the former, more of the latter, the Need-To-Learn material.
  • Alternative Revenue Committee – Investigate alternative forms of revenue for ODTUG. As a non-profit organization, we watch expenses. We aim to give our members the best technical resources and the best conference for the best price possible.
  • Marketing Liaison – Review and recommend on ODTUG and ODTUG Kscope marketing materials – social media, email blasts, conference advertising.
  • APEX Community Liaison – The APEX community essentially runs itself, yet there are still needs for planning for ODTUG Kscope community activities, exchanging requests from the community, planning webinars, and assistance in planning meetups.

I am also involved in committees on future, yet-to-be-disclosed projects. All good stuff that may or may not be going forward, depending on initial research.

Volunteer Activities

  • Editor’s Choice – While serving as Editor of the Technical Journal, each year there was a corresponding Editor’s Choice Award for the best white paper – remember them – out of the ODTUG Kscope conference materials.  Presenters used to submit both a white paper and a presentation for each conference they attended.  The white papers served as materials for the ODTUG members, part of the overall ODTUG library. The Editor’s Choice reviews – an annual read-fest where a small group literally read and graded/ranked every paper submitted to the conference.  At one point there were 125 papers. The beauty of the Editor’s Choice reviews was that one got to read the conference material before the conference. Like attending the conference before the fact.  I learned more about Hyperion and Essbase through those papers than I ever knew existed.  By far, our Hyperion/EPM community is the most prolific!
  • Pants On the Ground – In 2011, as part of our Long Beach conference, I participated in the general session reality-TV vote-off.  I got to learn the American Idol Pants on the Ground song, and gave my husband (and no doubt many others) another good laugh.  For kicks and grins, check out those 2011 general session videos. Always practice your dancing before an ODTUG Kscope.
  • ODTUG Volunteer Award – In 2012, I was awarded the ODTUG Volunteer award – a surprise for sure. And a huge honor. And yes, they caught me off guard on that one.
  • ODTUG Innovation Award – When the Editor’s Choice was retired – mainly due to lack of papers (who writes White Papers?  The world writes Blogs now) – I initiated the ODTUG Innovation Award in 2016. The ODTUG Innovation Award honors technical excellence and innovation in the use of Oracle technology over the past year.  Innovative, Wow! stuff.  We have had great entries every year – and awesome winners:  Mia Urman, Vincent Morneau, and Stewart Bryson.   Any many more to come!

The ODTUG Innovation Award opens in April, closes before ODTUG Kcope in sufficient time for a panel of judges to evaluate the submission and award a winner, announced at ODTUG Kscope.  Best luck to all future submissions!

  • APEX Conference Submission Reviews – I am honored to review conference submissions for ODTUG Kscope and other major conferences.  This is a natural followup to reviewing Editor’s Choice papers.  I have learned through the years what works and what is new and what is not yet – and I have fun doing it.

Giving Back

In short, I originally joined ODTUG to learn. I originally volunteered to give back. As a senior ODTUG member, developer and consultant, I bring a quiet, steady, long-term perspective to the ODTUG Board that is needed to balance the enticements of the “next new thing” with the need to deliver practical, get-the-work-done knowledge to our members.

ODTUG Mission

ODTUG, as an organization, has a mission:

To establish members as leaders in their organizations through education, timely access to the latest information, communication, and networking within the community, and provide a united voice to influence the strategic direction of Oracle and other vendors.

As long as ODTUG follows that mission, I can keep working, keep learning, keep current technically, keep a great bunch of friends and connections.  And be a solid technical professional. Help me forward ODTUG’s mission, for all our members.

I ask for your vote for reelection to the ODTUG Board of Directors to ensure that the ODTUG spark, and the ODTUG flow of knowledge continues.

Happy Coding!

Karen

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Last Day! ODTUG Innovation Award

June 2nd is the LAST DAY for ODTUG Innovation Award nominations.

Make your nomination for the latest, greatest piece of awe-inspiring work using Oracle development technologies today.

It’s simple, go to the ODTUG Innovation Award Nomination page. Tell us about your nominee – or nominate yourself!  Everyone is eligible – make your entry today.

Is is a Cloud hybrid?  An APEX plugin? An open-source project that leverages Oracle tools?  A real clever in-house application of  Oracle JET? A really neat product from Oracle?  Anything goes!

Today is the last chance  to make your 2017 nomination.

The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, and innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG’s supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, EPM and Career). The goal is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shine through in their application of Oracle technology to address real-world problems.  Note that this year we are not excluding anything or anyone, so projects and individuals from all organizations (Oracle, too!) are welcome.

Remember that ODTUG members get to vote this year.  Make your nomination, then vote for it too! Member voting will be combined with judges scoring to determine an overall Innovation Award winner.

Check out the full information on the ODTUG web site here:

ODTUG Innovation Award Nominations

Best wishes to all our nominees!

 

ODTUG Innovation Award ~ Make Your Nomination Now!

Nominations for the 2017 ODTUG Innovation Award are open now through June 2nd.  Make your nomination now, before your Memorial Day weekend.

We are looking for innovative, exceptional, ahead-of-the-curve applications of Oracle development tools that stand out as examples of “the next big thing”, or maybe the really neat next small thing,  in Oracle technology.   Can’t think of anything? Nah, I don’t believe that.  Consider:

  • Do  you have, or does your co-worker have an unusually creative application or combination of new and emerging Oracle tools?
  • Did you find a new open source project that makes your life easier?  Open source projects are eligible, as long as they integrate some Oracle technology.
  • Does your latest project enable faster, smoother, cleaner adoption of an Oracle tool?
  • Are you envying someone else’s work, saying “Wish I thought of that …”?
  • Have you seen a real neat learning tool that aids others in understanding a new Oracle tool?   All projects, large and small, are eligible.
  • Does your organization have an exception program for attracting or training persons new to Oracle technology?
  • Have you created, seen or adopted a new plugin or feature, large or small, that others may not have seen yet?

We are looking for the stuff that makes you say “Wow, great idea …”  or “Neat stuff …” or “wicked cool …” (you can tell where I am from).  We need your help to get as many innovation examples in before the June 2nd deadline.

Now is the time to make your nomination.

The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, and innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG’s supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, EPM and Career). The goal is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shine through in their application of Oracle technology to address real-world problems.  Note that this year we are not excluding anything or anyone, so projects and individuals from all organizations (Oracle, too!) are welcome.

Note that ODTUG members get to vote this year.  Make your nomination, then vote for it too! Member voting will be combined with judges scoring to determine an overall Innovation Award winner.

Check out the full information on the ODTUG web site here:

ODTUG Innovation Award Nominations

Nominations close June 2nd, so act soon!

ODTUG Innovation Award 2017 ~ Nominations are Open!

Nominations for the 2nd Annual ODTUG Innovation Award are now open!

The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, and innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG’s supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, EPM and Career). The goal is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shine through in their application of Oracle technology to address real-world problems.

We are looking for innovative, exceptional, ahead-of-the-curve applications of Oracle development tools that stand out as examples of “the next big thing” in Oracle technology or as unusually creative applications of new and emerging Oracle tools.  The stuff that makes you say “Wow, great idea …”  or “Neat stuff …” or whatever rad saying you use.

Now is the time to make your nomination.

What is it this year: A new Cloud implementation?  A clever APEX integration? A cross-platform collaboration?  The sky (cloud joke) is not the limit!

New this year is Member Voting – all ODTUG members are invited to vote for your favorite Innovation Award nomination. Yes,  we want YOU to help decide the 2017 Innovation Award winner. Member voting will be combined with judges scoring to determine an overall Innovation Award winner.

Check out the full information on the ODTUG web site here: ODTUG Innovation Award Nominations

Nominations close June 2nd, so act soon!

ODTUG

The 2017 ODTUG Innovation Award nominations will be reviewed by a team of judges according to these general topics:

  • Innovation – The “wow” factor: acknowledges the exceptional and innovative
  • Quality – Not only does it have to be “wow,” but it has to work
  • Applicability – Evaluates subject matter importance, completeness, effectiveness, and accuracy
  • Topic merit – Treatment of a cutting-edge topic, technical complexity, or new and unique approach to a common problem

Judges score will be combined with member voting results to determine the overall winner.

For guidance, a perfect example of innovation with Oracle tools is our 2016 Innovation Award Winner: Mia Urman, AuraPlayer 

AuraPlayer and Oracle joined forces to mobilize the Oracle Forms based collision reporting system for the New York MTA to a new Oracle Mobile Cloud based application without redevelopment. In the past, MTA’s officers had to manually fill out accident reports in the field and then deliver it to a data entry clerk who would then enter the information into MTA’s legacy system.  Using AuraPlayer and Oracle’s Mobile cloud they were able to create a “mobile-ready” version of the application without the need for redevelopment or migration of the underlying Oracle Forms system. To enable this modernization, REST services were automatically generated from the Oracle Forms business processes using AuraPlayer. The REST services communicate with the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, enabling authentication and push notifications, as well as application monitoring and analytics.

Using this application, MTA employees are now able to gather collision information and in addition, now capture photos of the accidents and documents on their tablets.  This data is automatically updated by AuraPlayer into MTA’s Oracle Forms system.  The mobile app also works offline, even without cell or Wi-Fi coverage, this is especially important when an officer is working in a tunnel or on the middle of a bridge. With the real-time submission of traffic accident reports, MTA can assess damages much quicker, determine if a crew is needed to repair damage, and clear the scene in much shorter time—in some cases minutes, instead of hours. The need to manually type collision reports after the fact was eliminated, and the efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness of the data were improved.

See more about AuraPlayer here.

Congratulations, Mia and AuraPlayer!

 

Announcing the ODTUG Innovation Award

What Oracle development project in the past year made you say WOW!

What project, collaborative or individual, demonstrates exceptionally innovative and creative use of Oracle technology?

What stands out as an above-and-beyond example of Oracle technology applied to real world problems? 

To honor such creativity and innovation, ODTUG announces a more modern mode of honoring excellence within ODTUG’s supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, and EPM), the ODTUG Innovation Award.

The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, innovative use of Oracle development tools. The goal is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shines through in their application of Oracle technology to address real world problems in our ODTUG communities.

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We are looking for innovative, exceptional ahead-of-the-curve applications of Oracle development tools that stand out as examples of “the next big thing” in Oracle technology, or as unusually creative applications of new and emerging Oracle tools in our ODTUG communities.

To make a nomination for the award, you must be an ODTUG member (Associate or Full). If you are not a member, join ODTUG now.

Who/What is Eligible:

  • Nominees may be individuals or teams that are non-Oracle employees.
  • Nominees need not be ODTUG members, but they must work with a tool that supports at least one of our communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, and EPM).
  • Open Source and / or collaborate efforts are eligible.

Nominations:

  • Nominations Open: Now!
  • Nominations Close: May 31st

More information:

What we are looking for are the things that make us go Wow! when we first see them.  Here are a few historical examples:

  • Integration of Oracle Forms and Java ADF (years ago)
  • HTMLDB, when it first came out – and the first practical applications of HTMLDB (years ago)
  • Oracle-based applications on an iPhone
  • Oracle applications of Google Glasses
  • Our first look at Node.js integrated with (extending) an APEX application. (a few years back)
  • Peter Koletzke and Paul Dorsey’s work deciphering and promoting JDeveloper when it first launched

We know sure there are examples from every Oracle technology community. ~ let us know about them!

Judging:

The 2016 ODTUG Innovation Award winner will be decided by a team of ODTUG experts who will review all of the nominations and discuss and rate them according to these general topics:

Innovation – The Wow factor: Acknowledges the exceptional and innovative
Quality – Not only does it have to be Wow, it has to work.
Applicability – Evaluates subject matter importance, completeness, effectiveness, and accuracy
Topic Merit – Treatment of a cutting-edge topic, technical complexity, or a new and unique approach to a common problem.

For this first year, the  ODTUG Innovation Award will be awarded decided by a select panel of experts from across all ODTUG communities. In future years, nominations will be open all year long, and all ODTUG members will be able to vote for their favorite.

Watch for more information on the  ODTUG Innovation Award on all the usual channels: ODTUG emails, Twitter, the ODTUG website,

Our ODTUG Innovation Award honors innovation, excellence and amazing accomplishment in the realm of Oracle Development Tools adoption and integration.   The possibilities are endless ~ What makes you, as a developer, say Wow! ~ Nominate your favorite examples now!