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COLLABORATE 11 is just around the corner!

Even though it may seem like April 10th - 14th is far away there are a lot of people diligently working to ensure COLLABORATE 11 is a successful experience for everyone. Why go to COLLABORATE 11? Where else can you COLLABORATE with thousands of Oracle users, LEARN from experts and leaders in the Oracle Community, DISCOVER technology solutions and strategies, and last but not least, GAIN inside information and insight from Oracle leadership and technology visionaries. So ┬┐save the date┬┐ April 10th - 14th at the Orange County Convention Center West, Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit the COLLABORATE 11 home page often for updates! If you are unable to attend COLLABORATE, let us know if you would be interested in attending the IOUG EBP SIG meeting remotely. If we have an interest, we may hold the meeting in a room that has a conference line.

Security Patching Survey -- Available Now 


IOUG, in collaboration with Oracle, is launching the second security assurance survey.  The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback from as many organizations as possible about their security patching practices and to identify which security assurance topics are most relevant to Oracle customers.  This survey is the second of its kind:  the results of the first survey were published in February 2009.

A participant to Oracle's Secure Customer Advisory Council, IOUG partnered with Oracle Global Product Security for the creation of these surveys to provide meaningful feedback to Oracle about its security programs.  For example, the current survey provides you a chance to give feedback about Patch Set Updates (PSUs) and the CPU documentation.  It also provides you a chance to tell Oracle which Security Assurance programs you would like to get more information about: would you like more security documentation or training from Oracle, or would like to see default configurations install more securely by default?  In the past, the feedback provided through the Security Customer Advisory Council has resulted in the definition of new security policies and changes to existing policies.  This survey is a very effective means to share your experience and try to influence Oracle Software Security Assurance programs and activities.


The findings of the survey will be kept confidential.  Survey results will be analyzed jointly by Oracle and IOUG.  These results will be presented at the next Security Customer Advisory Council meeting currently scheduled to take place in November 2010.


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In architecting, implementing and maintaining enterprise database environments we are faced with several challenges related to security, managing large environments and business challenges of highly available systems as well as business continuity. The goal of this SIG is to provide members a virtual community to discuss relevant topics in regards to enterprise systems.

Major focus areas are:


  • Database and Application Security Best Practices

  • Compliance and Governance

  • Identity Management

  • Data Privacy


  • Grid Management

  • Technology Management Tools

  • Database Management Strategic Direction

  • Information Lifecycle Management

High Availability

  • Business Continuity Planning

  • Backups and Recovery

  • Disaster Recovery

  • Highly Available Database Environment Strategies

Professional Development



In working with other database professionals and sharing ideas and issues, information is available to apply best practices to enterprise environments. Also, the SIG is focused on creating partnerships with Oracle to develop strategic direction for securing these environments and learning Oracle recommendations for security to meet critical business requirements.


These topics listed above as well as others are presented via web cast or live presentations at conferences. There are white papers as well as past web casts available for download for SIG members.


Look for future web casts and discussion opportunities to get involved with the Enterprise Best Practices SIG. If there is a topic that is important to you and tools you need please let us know.

This group was launched at Collaborate 2006 in Nashville.

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