Independent Oracle Users Group Offers Virtual Attendance to COLLABORATE 09

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The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has announced the availability of virtual session offerings for its annual Oracle users group conference. Companies can set up virtual access for COLLABORATE 09 - IOUG Forum to be held May 3-7, 2009, in Orlando, Fla., for their entire company.

The virtual sessions that are available will run concurrently with the conference. The Webinar sessions (30 minute, one hour, and two hour) can be customized depending on educational interests. Registering for a one-seat license allows unlimited employee access to virtual sessions.

"The sessions that are offered are some of the best from all aspects of our program," Ian Abramson, president of the IOUG, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "The focus is on technology and the database with sessions about tuning, migration optimization, RAC, database features and other subjects. In addition, there are sessions about middleware (BEA), content management, and development subjects. In total, we are presenting more than 40 sessions from our best speakers on some of the most important topics of the day."

Abramson explains, "We will be streaming the sessions from actual presentation rooms."  Additionally, he notes, there is an interactive component. "The attendees will have the ability via the chat facilities to pose a question. Each of the live sessions will have a facilitator in the room, who will ask the questions in person. The attendee will have the ability to get their questions answered."

Replays will be available following the event for attendees and members, Abramson adds. "We will be recording all sessions and that along with white papers and presentations and the podcast will be available following the conference."

This is the first time for the IOUG to stream a live in-person event, although the IOUG has been presenting podcasts and Webinars for many years.

The move by the IOUG to offer virtual sessions from COLLABORATE is in response "to a real need in our community today," says Abramson. "The size of travel and training budgets has been slashed in the past year and we have heard from our members and past conference attendees that they would love to come to our event if they had the money. So, to help these people join and learn from the best Oracle technology professionals in the world, we are providing this access. I expect that we will continue to provide this type of access to meet the needs of all members-those at the event and those who cannot attend."

COLLABORATE is co-hosted by Oracle Applications User Group and Quest International Users Group at the Orange County Convention Center West in Orlando.

To register for COLLABORATE 09 - IOUG Forum, go here.

Virtual attendance registration can be accessed here.