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Me & the UKOUG - Linda Barker

Me & the UKOUG


In each issue of #PTK Magazine, we reach out to our volunteers to hear their stories of being involved with us. In #PTK Issue 72, we spoke to UKOUG Member Advocate Linda Barker who shared her background, joining the user group and her experiences of representing the Applications community on the board. She was elected by our membership in September 2019.


 

I started working with Oracle products around 20 years ago, when I made the switch from accountancy to systems management, but it wasn’t until around 2007 that I joined the UKOUG. At that time our company had been facing the usual challenges of ERP upgrades and implementations and hadn’t realised that there was access to this community of organisations who were going through the same things. We saw there was an annual conference, so the whole team went along and we never looked back. We thought, what have we been missing all this time?

 

My role on the board is Member Advocate representing the Applications community. I’m an applications person, I’ve come up through that world and I want to help serve that community better. I also want to bring in more members – I look back to where I was in 2007, thinking we were on our own and, ‘This is difficult, who do we talk to?’ I want to bring those people into our network, because there are still a large number of organisations going through the same thing, or moving to Oracle applications for the first time, and we can all help each other by sharing our experiences.

 

As well as the business benefits, there are definitely personal benefits for anyone who wants to be a volunteer. Understanding what the community view is on things, and knowing what’s coming up, can only help you in your career. It’s about having your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the world of Oracle, and not just hearing it from Oracle themselves but from other Oracle customers and partners.




Linda Barker

I started working with Oracle products around 20 years ago, when I made the switch from accountancy to systems management, but it wasn’t until around 2007 that I joined the UKOUG. At that time our company had been facing the usual challenges of ERP upgrades and implementations and hadn’t realised that there was access to this community of organisations who were going through the same things. We saw there was an annual conference, so the whole team went along and we never looked back. We thought, what have we been missing all this time?


My role on the board is Member Advocate representing the Applications community. I’m an applications person, I’ve come up through that world and I want to help serve that community better. I also want to bring in more members – I look back to where I was in 2007, thinking we were on our own and, ‘This is difficult, who do we talk to?’ I want to bring those people into our network, because there are still a large number of organisations going through the same thing, or moving to Oracle applications for the first time, and we can all help each other by sharing our experiences.


As well as the business benefits, there are definitely personal benefits for anyone who wants to be a volunteer. Understanding what the community view is on things, and knowing what’s coming up, can only help you in your career. It’s about having your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the world of Oracle, and not just hearing it from Oracle themselves but from other Oracle customers and partners.