With 138 members, new LinkedIn Group OKCOUG is sure to be a great resource for big data users in the Oklahoma City area. The group was designed to address a growing need in the local IT community. This group is specifically for those who are skilled in Oracle and are interested or already involved in the world of non-traditional databases.

The goals for the group are:

  • To focus on Oracle technologies in the local area
  • Continue to educate and expose IT professionals to big data platforms
  • Provide a group that speaks a common language in regards to systems and processes
  • Allow members to work as an open source development team

This group is a great opportunity for IT professionals employed by an Oracle shop to bounce ideas off of each other. If you have ever wondered what to do with unstructured data or how to explain big data systems in a way that non-users can understand, this is the place to get your questions answered.

The group meets the first Wednesday of each month between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. The most recent meeting was on June 3, 2015 at OU Health Sciences in Oklahoma City. The format for the meeting will be two short talks of ten minutes each, and then one longer thirty minute talk. The last ten minutes of the meeting will be reserved for networking. This creates an excellent opportunity for big data users in the Oklahoma City area to meet each other and develop connections with professionals involved in the same technologies. Check the LinkedIn group page for meeting dates and locations.

This group is administered by Verbus Counts who has been using Oracle since 1984. Counts is also the founder of the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference. He is a senior software consultant and IT manager.

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