Mash Program

As an experienced speaker and community advocate, I decided to join with a number of other like-minded community advocates to see if we can help others get started in the world of conference speaking.

Everybody has a story to tell about their work. Talking about the challenges you face in projects, as well as the good and bad things which happen during your business-as-ususal (BAU) work can seem uninteresting. “It’s just what I do”. The world I inhabit, Corprate IT, can be extremely complex. What may seem second nature to me, with a fair bit of experience, can be a revlation to someone just starting out. You don’t need 30 years of experience, either. Just being on the next page of the book, a tiny bit ahead of someone else, can be enough. Tell me what you did. Tell me if it worked. Tell me what you would do differently if you were doing it again.

If you think you have a story to tell – and I’m pretty sure you do – have a look at the MASH Program that we have set up. We’re here to help you take the next step into a really interesting world.


UKOUG Member Advocate: sorted!

I received an email from the UKOUG last week.



It turns out that I have won the vote to become the next Member Advocate for the UKOUG. I will (eventually) be joined on the board by Martin Widlake – who won the vote for the position of President Elect – a position whereby Martin will shadow the current UKOUG President before taking office on the Board. He has written about it here.

I would very much like to thank everyone who voted for me. I hope I can live up to your expectations. If you did not vote for me, that’s OK – I’ll represent you and your interests just the same as everybody else! Looks like I’m going to have to spend time getting up to speed with the Apps community, and re-acquainting myself with my old JDE friends.

Here’s to moving the User Group forward to meet the challenges of the changing face of our industry. See you all soon, and Cheers Everyone!

(sorry – would have posted this sooner but I was at the OUG Ireland User Group giving a couple of presentations and taking part in a Q&A panel about “18c and everything else!” – fantastic conference and lovely people there!)