The International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) announces its long-term strategic direction comprised of initiatives to deliver enhanced value to members and partners in 2003-2004.

In order to continue to excel as the premier provider of education, community and a collective voice for Oracle users, the IOUG will focus on existing and new programs that support the following initiatives:

  • In an effort to expand its presence as a global professional society, the IOUG will evaluate adding new services beyond education to an ever-expanding base of Oracle users. The IOUG will focus on strengthening its relationship with local and global communities and offering additional services via the Web site to create a wide-reaching community of Oracle users.
  • The IOUG will focus on redefining its relevancy to the Oracle user community. In order to continue to align with the changing needs of Oracle users, the IOUG will utilize focus groups and market research to ensure that its membership benefits continue to add value as its member base and their business needs evolve.
  • The IOUG remains committed to delivering top-notch technical education to Oracle users. A survey conducted in March 2003 will be the basis for new offerings and help determine the proper mix of delivery methods — from five-day conferences to regional meetings to online learning.
  • A continued emphasis on forming Alliances with key partners will include a renewed focus on IOUG/Oracle joint projects, IOUG’s agreements with grassroots alliance partners (GAPs) and the evaluation of partnering with other service providers.
  • The IOUG will focus on technology to ensure that it is providing the latest delivery options to facilitate members’ access to education and information via the Web. A technology team will research and advise the IOUG Board on new opportunities.

Rich Niemiec, president of the IOUG, explains that “the IOUG 2003-2004 plan is one that will help us build on the strength of our services, dedicated volunteers, and user-driven education which differentiates us in the marketplace. The IOUG is strong but wants to aggressively evaluate opportunities to better service the global universe of Oracle users.”
Oracle continues to play a key role in the future of the IOUG growth. The IOUG and Oracle have a strong relationship aimed at growing the IOUG membership and strengthening the programming at both IOUG Live! and Oracle OpenWorld conferences. Over the years, the IOUG and Oracle have worked together to create new opportunities for Oracle users to provide product usage input/feedback to Oracle and to communicate new and innovative product offerings back to IOUG members.

The IOUG Board for 2003-2004 has been newly elected and specific Board positions will be announced in May.

2003-2004 IOUG Board of Directors

Newly Elected
Kelly Cox, iDBexperts
Bill Burke, Avaya Communication
David Teplow, Integra Technology

Continuing Board Members
Kimberly Floss, Quaker Food & Beverage, Pepsico
Karen Langley, SAIC
Michael Abbey, DSOTM
Ian Abramson, IAS, Inc.
Steve Lemme, Computer Associates
Ari Kaplan, Expand Beyond Corporation
Ken Jacobs, Oracle Corporation

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