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Oracle MCNOracle Influencer Club – just nostalgia or more?

Oracle’s Barry Watts goes down Memory Lane to introduce the company’s new club for consultants.

Networking is a great way to do business, especially in the IT industry. Many of us have been around the industry long enough to have vivid memories of joint vendor initiatives, such as IBM Presentation Manager which, I recall, ended during 1988 when the two companies parted ways – IBM took over all subsequent development and Microsoft took with it OS/2 3.0, which it renamed Windows NT.

On that occasion, when the two industry juggernauts parted, another milestone along the IT industry’s historic trail was laid. As news of separation spread, we began to realise the impact and possible strategic directions.

Mobile phone technology at that time was pushed to the limit in an attempt to accommodate usage of, as then, the 1G system which struggled to meet demand. Nevertheless, communication of the facts ran right across the UK IT world, between vendors, their partners and a myriad of business-to-business suppliers. The backbone of this early ‘super highway’ was in effect people networking power.

Today’s ‘revolutionary’ social media claims to have taken networking to new heights, where the ability to link up to anyone and everyone seems to be a key global goal. But is that what we had in 1988? Was it merely the ability to talk with each other, to pass on a snippet of information? I think not.

It seems to me that a fundamental difference between the tweet and pre-tweet periods is that the pre-tweet had an inherent level of credibility. Information was nearly always linked to a real name whose credentials would be used to gauge the power of the detail.

The source, having often analysed the gem of information, would reproduce it sparingly – not cast it out with little regard as is so often the case with today’s ‘first with the news’ mantra. Interacting groups would also be smaller and somewhat tight-knit; but this in itself gave more strength at a time when knowledge had some real value.

At Oracle we have set out to rekindle some of that value by sharing specialist information, in much the same way as the earlier days.


Oracle’s Influencer Club is a ‘people-network’ reunion of industry consultants and advisers who spend each day positioning IT strategy and direction to their demanding clients.

Given Oracle’s much-reported acquisitions during the past few years, what better way to attain clear, concise knowledge about strategic direction and product development?

When Presentation Manager became an historic milestone, we already had a social network and it functioned it had one other fantastic hidden benefit – networking events were very good fun!

  • For more information on Oracle’s Influencer Club, event sand possible directions to Memory Lane, contact Barry Watts on 0118 924 4808.

Management Consultants News 2011

Oracle Influencer Club – just nostalgia or more? - 05 Oct 2011

Oracles Barry Watts goes down Memory Lane to introduce the companys new club for consultants. Networking is a great way to do business, especially in the IT industry. Many of us have been around the industry long enough to have vivid memories of joint vendor initiatives, such as IBM Presentation Manager ... read more..

Freedom has come of age - 22 Mar 2011

As a managed communications service provider, Freedom is constantly evolving to address the communications demands and challenges that organisations currently face. With more than 20 years experience, Freedom has helped over 2,500 organisations achieve their communications objectives.Led by Pat Botting (pictured opposite), Freedom aims to ensure that its proposition for ... read more..

UNIT4: the new beginning... - 03 Feb 2011

In early 2010, Unit4 Agresso NV which includes the award-winning Agresso and CODA business software solution suites changed its name to UNIT4 and applied the new name across all companies in the group worldwide. This followed a series of acquisitions in recent years that has seen a number ... read more..

Bringing Web 2.0 to the enterprise - 29 Jan 2010

Todays business applications are too inflexible to keep pace with the businesses they support. But Web 2.0 technologies can improve strategic business operations, according to leading ERP system vendor Epicor.Many business systems users have to figure out where to find information, located in isolated silos, that supports their tasks; and ... read more..

TeleWare offers Microsoft integration - 28 Nov 2007

Microsoft has signalled its intent in the unified communications market with the recent release of Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Office Communications Server (OCS). TeleWare, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, has developed a solution that enables customers using these Microsoft applications to integrate with their existing voice services providing presence ... read more..

Taming the demand for IP telephony - 15 Feb 2007

To measure the attractiveness and trust in voice over IP (VoIP) as both a business solution and as a technology, Island Telecom conducted an independent survey of hosted connections across many of the key players in the UKs convergence market. The results show that there are currently 71,350 users of ... read more..

Why fixed mobile convergence is coming of age - 04 Oct 2006

Fixed mobile convergence (FMC) is the supply of communication services based on a combination of wired and wireless technologies. Theoretically, FMC became possible at the outset of the 1990s with the granting of the first licences for digital mobile communications. However, slowness in delivery of solutions has been caused not ... read more..

New Landmark in business change - 14 Mar 2006

Lawson Software has unveiled a new standards-based business applications platform designed to increase overall software quality, and help organisations quickly modify their business processes for rapidly changing business or technology needs. Codenamed Landmark, the new technology environment has been under development by a team spearheaded by company founder Richard Lawson ... read more..

Where are we heading? - 30 Jan 2006

We have moved from an economy based on information to one that is communications-centric. As a result, companies employ different devices that access different networks in order to employ different services and applications. Its a confusing way to work, but one that people take for granted. The preferred communications device ... read more..

NetIQ expands European alliance programme - 03 Aug 2005

NetIQ, a leading provider of integrated systems and security management solutions, has worked over the last year to forge key business relationships with a number of leading IT service and consultancy firms in Europe, including Siemens Business Services Ltd. NetIQ recognises the drivers and challenges consultants face in recommending and ... read more..

Providing control over strategic decisions - 25 Apr 2005

Both publicly quoted and public sector organisations are under tremendous pressure to state forward-looking strategy and be held to account for execution against those statements. This is not new, but currently: Greater levels of transparency are demanded by new legislation such as International Financial Reporting ... read more..

TeleWare telephony Outlook integration - 21 Jan 2005

TeleWare will announce this month the integration into Microsoft Outlook of its industry-leading telephony services including its advanced intelligent numbering application which allows a personal number to be pulled to whatever location or device the owner is using. Microsoft Outlook is acknowledged as the worlds most widely distributed email client, ... read more..

Consultants play key communications role - 14 Oct 2004

The business market is rapidly changing and communications has to change to keep pace. This is a key role for consultants in the current market, says telephony solutions vendor TeleWare. Changes such as increased staff mobility, mergers acquisitions, reduced budgets and the demands created by the reducing international boundaries ... read more..

InterSystems launches integration platform - 01 Mar 2004

InterSystems has unveiled Ensemble, an integration platform which incorporates the functionality of an integration server, application server, high-performance object database and a unified development and management environment in a single, architecturally consistent product. Ensembles architecture enables companies to integrate complex systems quickly and efficiently, overcoming many of the barriers associated ... read more..

Sage offers return on investment - 09 Dec 2003

Research suggests that just about every UK organisation has some form of accounting or ERP software system. But companies are now looking for greater IT integration by switching to integrated solutions or upgrading their existing systems driven by growth, expansion or technology. The challenge in this maturing and increasingly ... read more..

Citrix named Microsoft partner of the year - 24 Oct 2003

Microsoft has selected Citrix as its first ever Global Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner of the Year. The award was presented on October 9 at Microsofts Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans. This award recognises the outstanding achievements that Citrix has accomplished as a Global ISV Partner of Microsoft and ... read more..



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