Oracle mends fences with US user group

After 18 months of tension between Oracle and the Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG) in the US, the relationship is now on the...

After 18 months of tension between Oracle and the Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG) in the US, the relationship is now on the mend, declared OAUG president Jeremy Young at its annual meeting this week.

The user group fell out with Oracle over its 11i applications suite and moves to cut support for the previous version, 10.7. Another sticking point between the groups had been Oracle's decision not to send technical support personnel to OAUG conferences, and to start its own user conferences.

"Initially, [Oracle] asked the OAUG to fold our conferences into the Oracle-managed conference, a suggestion that with the input of our members through a survey we declined," Young said.

He stressed the importance of the OAUG staying independent so that it could "call Oracle on the issues" if it believed the company to be headed in the wrong direction, and to assure its membership of the "objectiveness of the information" they receive.

In softening its position, Oracle may have considered the fact that the OAUG's 2,000-plus members come from some of the largest corporations in the US and are Oracle's biggest customers. In a recent poll 92% of members wanted to keep the OAUG conferences independent of Oracle.

At the OAUG's urging, Oracle announced earlier this year that it would extend support for Version 10.7 for an additional six months.

The UK Oracle User Group will hold its annual conference from 10-12 December in Birmingham.

Further information:
www.oracleuser.co.uk

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