An appreciation page for those that make our events possible. The user group volunteers are content experts who spend valuable time helping to create the agendas you love. We appreciate you.
Tony has been a major contributor to UKOUG for a decade, on the real beneﬁts that volunteering can add to your membership.
Volunteering for the UKOUG is a reciprocal arrangement. It’s quite simple, really: you feed into it, and it feeds back. It’s a genuine ecosystem that leads to greater information-sharing and recognition for you and your organisation.
I’ve been involved in data analytics since before it was even called that, back when people still referred to it as BI. I started up the Business Analytics and Big Data Special Interest Group (SIG) in Ireland 10 years ago, and have been Chair of it ever since, as well as being a committee member on various other groups over the years.
Zahid explains how volunteering for UKOUG has played an important role in his career development
I first decided to present at a UKOUG event because I had valuable insight into how to set up Oracle 12c Cloud Control in a maximum availability architecture. I thought it would be great to share that with customers and the wider Oracle community, so I presented with Telefónica, an existing customer, at UKOUG Scotland in 2015. After that, I got the bug!
Since overcoming my initial nerves, I’ve really enjoyed presenting at the events and have found it very satisfying. I’ve done it nine times now and highly recommend it. Sharing my insights and experiences and giving back to the community gives me a real sense of accomplishment.