New OAUG President Focuses on Education, Networking and Advocacy to Oracle

Margaret Wright, who was elected president of the OAUG (Oracle Applications Users Group) in January 2013, recently laid out her plans for the coming year in a conversation with 5 Minute Briefing. Wright says she plans to strengthen educational services, increase networking opportunities, and continue the OAUG’s focus on being an advocate to Oracle on behalf of members.

Wright has been with Southern Company in Atlanta for the last 14 years, and is currently applications portfolio manager.  Southern Company is one of the largest generators of electricity in the U.S. Wright’s team supports Oracle E-Business Suite for the company.

“We are committed to growing the OAUG and strengthening the membership services. We will also continue to strengthen our educational offerings through e-learning opportunities, and OAUG ConnectionPoint events, in addition to our flagship event COLLABORATE13,” says Wright. “We continuously survey our members and ask them for their ideas about what they are interested in and we will focus on areas like enterprise performance management and business intelligence. We know there is also great interest in the big data arena, and what to do about unstructured data.”

Specifically at COLLABORATE, Wright says, emphasis will be placed on sessions on Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle's Primavera EPPM, and Oracle's Siebel CRM to both explain new features, and make sure that members are taking advantage of the current features.

Another goal for the year ahead, says Wright, is to provide more networking opportunities for members at low or no cost to enable them to collaborate more effectively with each other. “In terms of networking, we will leverage our geographical and special interest groups more this year, and engage them to help with networking opportunities,” says Wright.  “And, certainly a big piece of our vision is to continue to be that strong advocate to Oracle on behalf of our members.”

For information on the COLLABORATE 13 — OAUG Forum, taking place April 7-11 in Denver, go to