The organisations will work together to ensure that their members have access to relevant resources, as well as forming a larger independent voice to have greater influence on Oracle at a strategic level. Established for more than 25 years, the UKOUG has more than 8,000 members, while UKOCN – a free-to-join, online community that started two years ago – has 30,000 subscribed members.
James Haslam, general manager of UKOUG, said: "UKOUG and UKOCN are very different Oracle community bodies. UKOUG focuses on face-to-face events, networking and lobby activities. "While we both operate in the Oracle space, we are not competing organisations." He added: "The Oracle community can only benefit from a partnership between the two organisations, which will inevitably lead to a louder, more vibrant, better informed community. The partnership will begin with UKOCN promoting UKOUG events to its membership and partners, starting with the UK OUG Conference in Birmingham next week. Meanwhile, UKOUG will promote UKOCN's online services and benefits to its membership base.
The annual UKOUG conference is taking place at the ICC in Birmingham from 5 to 7 December.
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