ERP user groups merge conferences

Oracle and PeopleSoft/JD Edwards users are to host a joint conference following Oracle’s acquisition of PeopleSoft.

Oracle and PeopleSoft/JD Edwards users are to host a joint conference following Oracle’s acquisition of PeopleSoft.

The Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) and the Quest International Users Group, an independent association serving PeopleSoft and JD Edwards users, have announced that the OAUG Connection Point 2005 user conference and the Quest Conference & Expo 2005 will be held together this June.

The joint conference, held at the Gaylord Texan hotel and convention centre, from 13 to 16 June in Grapevine, Texas, is the result of an alliance formed by the pair last month.

The decision to run a joint user convention comes with encouragement from Oracle, which is keen to see closer user and developer involvement from both sides of its expanded operation, particularly as it intends eventually to merge some of the product lines.

"The upcoming conferences are the first major joint effort between OAUG and Quest and are a great way to build a bridge between our organisations and provide additional benefits to our memberships," said Patricia Dues, OAUG president. 

"It is also a great way to create new links between the OAUG/Quest alliance and Oracle, which has encouraged user groups to work closely together."

Fred Pond, president of the Quest International Users Group, said, "These initiatives expose our members to new ideas and creative ways of doing business that can benefit both the members as well as their employers."

The Quest International Users Group focuses on the PeopleSoft World and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne user community. OAUG represents more than 2,000 member companies worldwide.

More information about the collaboration can be found at and

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