Now that you are familiar with the benefits of an ODTUG membership, our Communities, and navigating the website, what do you do next? How do you put this to use? Get involved! It doesn’t matter how. ODTUG is here for its members, and it is the members that make ODTUG the group it is today. You’ve explored the Communities and discovered what’s available to you, and now it is your turn.
Over the past few years, my involvement with ODTUG has grown from a Kscope12 newbie Ambassador, to Marketing Committee Member, to a presenter at Kscope14, and now a member of the Conference Planning Committee. In the middle of all that, the Oracle ACE Community determined I was worthy to become a member. There is no limit to where you can go with ODTUG.
So how do you get involved with all this fun stuff? Let’s take a look at some of the things I did over the years.
- Attend Kscope (http://kscope15.com/), the premier technical conference for users of Oracle technologies. This year, there are hundreds of sessions covering a dozen content areas.
- Volunteer to be an Ambassador and help make sure the presentations run smoothly and we get those all-important surveys submitted. As an Ambassador, I happened to work a session that I can say changed my life. You can read my blog about that here: http://dbaontap.com/2014/06/18/get-involved-network-share-who-knows-where-it-will-take-you/
- Do you have what it takes to step it up a notch and submit an abstract for a Kscope conference when the call for papers is made? Present something you think is exciting and interesting. If you are doing it, there are a ton of others who are interested in the same thing.
- If you are not quite ready for all that, check out the blogs section written by some of the best and brightest members of the Oracle community. Try sharing your experiences and knowledge by blogging.
- One thing I didn’t do, but is quite beneficial, is our Leadership Program. Join the ranks of some of the up-and-coming ODTUGers: http://www.odtug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=127
At the end of the day, ODTUG is what you make it.