Johannesburg Siebel User Group

Welcome to the Johannesburg Siebel User Group!

Our aim is to bring together those involved in Siebel implementations to share knowledge and ideas; grow the skill base in South Africa; and generally have a good time.

To do that we’ll be holding regular meetings in the Johannesburg area. These are set for the first Monday of every month. The general format will be a presentation on a topic of interest followed by discussion and networking.

Our events for 2011 so far:
7 February: Siebel Java Integration
7 March: Siebel Integration Methods and Scrum
4 April: Siebel eMail Response Architecture
9 May: Software Testing
13 June: DB Architecture, clustering and high availability strategies, maintenance, sharding and performance
11 July: Data Quality and Data Warehousing
1 August: 2011 Social
5 September: Sales Force
3 October: Exadata
5 December: 2011 SAOUG Feedback

To get an idea of what a typical session is like (minus the beer and pizza), check out the video of our May 2011 session below:

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JSUG March 2012 Feedback – Fusion CRM

The JSUG sessions kicked off this year with a presentation in March on Fusion CRM with international speaker James Penfold.

As with most professions there is a constant need, if not a necessity, to keep up with ever-changing technologies and approaches. This session brought to light Oracle’saggressive acquisition’ approach and where they see themselves heading. James gave a well-rounded overview of Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management (CRM), a component of the Oracle Fusion Applications suite, which sets a new standard for CRM in sales performance management, enterprise integration, and business flexibility.

We encourage all who could not make it to the presentation to watch it on the link provided and see for themselves some of the highlights James brought to the fore.

March Siebel User Group – Fusion CRM Video

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Look forward to the next User group session. See you there!

Thanks to for sponsoring the evening and for hosting the venue.

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March 2012 JSUG – Fusion CRM

Title: March 2012 JSUG – Fusion CRM
Location: Chillroom – Internet Solutions – Le Mans Building – The Campus – Cnr Sloane and Main
Description: The March JSUG will be on Fusion CRM with international speaker James Penfold.

“Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management (CRM), a component of the Oracle Fusion Applications suite, sets a new standard for CRM in sales performance management, enterprise integration, and business flexibility”

James Penfold is Oracle’s Senior Director of CRM Product Management and Product Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa. James has worked for over 15 years in the software industry focused on the delivery of enterprise applications and has held a variety of Development, Technical Architect and Product Management roles. James joined Oracle from salesforce.com where he was instrumental in building the AppExchange marketplace in EMEA and helping ISV’s develop, and deliver, commercial applications on the Force.com platform.

Agenda:
17:30 – 18:00 Drinks and socializing
18:00 – 18:45 Presentation
18:45 – onward Pizza, drinks and socializing

Please RSVP on:
Facebook
Meetup

Sponsors for the evening are Tetrad IT.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2012-03-14

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JSUG December 2011 – SAOUG feedback

Title: JSUG December 2011 – SAOUG feedback
Location: Chillroom – Internet Solutions – Le Mans Building – The Campus – Cnr Sloane and Main
Description: The 2011 SAOUG conference has come and gone. If you’d like to get the condensed version of the conference (including beer!), come and see Chris Hardy (SAOUG Director) presenting at the December JSUG.
Date: 2011-12-05
Time: 17:30

Agenda:
17:30 – 18:00 Drinks and socializing
18:00 – 18:45 Presentation
18:45 – onward Pizza, drinks and socializing

Sponsors for the evening are Tetrad IT. Please RSVP to the Facebook group or Meetup.com

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JSUG September 2011 Feedback – Sales Force

The September JSUG session saw Varsha Indurjith from Tetrad IT comparing Sales Force with Siebel. Varsha has development experience with both these platforms, so was able to give us a balanced view of the strengths and weaknesses of each. No sales talk!

As Siebel professionals in the CRM industry, we need to know of the competing products. You cannot in good conscience recommend Siebel unless you understand where it fits in the CRM landscape. The only way to get a balanced perspective is to hear from people who have experience with a particular product. This session provided just that with respect to Sales Force.

Varsha is a great speaker with vast subject matter knowledge. It was a pleasure to hear her speak and the attendees took full advantage of her knowledge in the Q&A session.

Sales Force Presentation

Sales Force Presentation

For those who weren’t able to make it, here is the presentation plus some extra material on the Sales Force governor limits:
Siebel Sales Force Comparison
Sales Force Governor Limits

Don’t forget next month’s session on Exadata!

Thanks to Tetrad IT for sponsoring the evening.

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JSUG October 2011 – Exadata

Title: JSUG October 2011 – Exadata
Location: Chillroom – Internet Solutions – Le Mans Building – The Campus – Cnr Sloane and Main
Description: Bill Flannigan from Risctec will be showing us the ins and outs of Oracle’s Exadata Database Machine:

“The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the only database machine that provides extreme performance for both data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) applications, making it the ideal platform for consolidating onto grids or private clouds. It is a complete package of servers, storage, networking, and software that is massively scalable, secure, and redundant. With Oracle Exadata Database Machine, customers can reduce IT costs through consolidation, manage more data on multiple compression tiers, improve performance of all applications, and make better business decisions in real time.”- http://www.oracle.com/us/products/database/exadata-database-machine/index.html

This is not a sales pitch! Bill has experience with Exadata and you’ll get the views of someone who’s had to implement this technology in the real world.

Oracle is sponsoring a book giveaway! “Achieving Extreme Performance with Oracle Exadata”. Bring a guest to the evening and get an extra chance to win.

Agenda:
17:30 – 18:00 Drinks and socializing
18:00 – 18:45 Presentation
18:45 – onward Pizza, drinks and socializing

Sponsors for the evening are Tetrad IT. Please RSVP to events@jsug.co.za, the Facebook group or Meetup.com

Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2011/10/03

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JSUG September 2011 – Sales Force

Title: JSUG September 2011 – Sales Force
Location: Chillroom – Internet Solutions – Le Mans Building – The Campus – Cnr Sloane and Main
Description: Varsha Indurjith from Tetrad IT will be speaking to us about Sales Force:
“Salesforce.com is the Enterprise Cloud Computing Company. Put simply, we provide CRM and Collaboration applications that you access over the Internet and pay-as-you-go. You can also build your own apps on our Force.com platform, all without the need to run and manage your own data centre and software” – salesforce.com

Varsha has experience with both Sales Force and Siebel implementations, so will be able to give us a balanced view on when each is appropriate.

Agenda:
17:30 – 18:00 Drinks and socializing
18:00 – 18:45 Presentation
18:45 – onward Pizza, drinks and socializing

Sponsors for the evening are Tetrad IT. Please RSVP to events@jsug.co.za, the Facebook group or Meetup.com

Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2011-09-05

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2011 Johannesburg Siebel User Group Annual Social

Please join us on Monday 1 August for the annual Johannesburg Siebel User Group social event. We’ll be enjoying some paintball followed by a braai. Even if you’re not into paintball, come along for the good food and company!

Date: 1 August 2011
Time: 15:30 onwards
Venue: The Woods Paintball
Fourways

Please RSVP by Thursday to
Facebook or
Meetup.com

Sponsors for the event are Tetrad IT.

Directions
8Km’s North of fourways mall, on William Nicol. Between the Jukskei and Diepsloot Rivers, across from Verwey driving range, you will find the River Sands farm, and entrance to the paintball range.

From Pretora/Krugersdrop, take the Sandton/Diepsloot turnoff from the N14 Krugersdorp Highway, travel towards Sandton for approx 4km, and find the River Sands Farm and entrance to the Woods paintball on your left.

GPS Co-Ords
25 Deg 58 min 10 sec South, 28 Deg 1 min 3 sec East.

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JSUG June 2011 – DB Architecture, clustering and high availability strategies, maintenance, sharding and performance

Title: JSUG June 2011 – DB Architecture, clustering and high availability strategies, maintenance, sharding and performance
Location: Chillroom – Internet Solutions – Le Mans Building – The Campus – Cnr Sloane and Main
Description: Agenda:
17:30 – 18:00 Drinks and socializing
18:00 – 18:45 Presentation
18:45 – onward Pizza, drinks and socializing

Please RSVP to events@jsug.co.za or on the Facebook group.

Sponsors for the evening are Tetrad IT.
Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2011-06-13

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JSUG – May 2011 Software Testing

Chillroom May 2011 Software Testing

How refreshing this month’s Johannesburg Siebel User Group  was. Held at IS chillroom, we had an experienced Speaker, Peter Sage. He is from iLab  and presented on Software Testing. Let it be known that to say he is passionate about testing is an understatement and this was clearly evident as the night proceeded. He took a different totally different approach in his presentation. In all honestly I was expected to be bombarded with details and techniques on testing and had even read up on some of the terms used in the ‘testing world’ (Regression testing, Stress testing, Performance testing, Maturity Model etc.) but all that, however, was in vain – it was like preparing for a math’s test and finding your given a session on the do’s and don’ts of crossing the highway during peak traffic. Peter addressed the issues involved around testing and how it should be looked at, from a business and development point of view. He stressed the value in communication (him being a firm agile enthusiast) and how we, all involved in a particular project, need to work together to achieve the same goal. 

Working together

Developers weren’t off the hook, they need to be as vigilant with their unit tests and not simply think testers will pick up the bugs. Overall Peter Sage said things that were of great value and I’m sure that many who attended can attest to this. Have a look at the video recording.  Thanks to all who attended and to the host, Tetrad IT as well as all involved in the organizing of this successful event. We look forward to the next one with keen anticipation.

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JSUG May 2011 – Software Testing

Title: JSUG May 2011 – Software Testing
Location: Chillroom – Internet Solutions – Le Mans Building – The Campus – Cnr Sloane and Main
Description: Peter Sage from iLab will be presenting on Software Testing. It’s not often we get to hear from someone so experienced and passionate about testing, so it should be a valuable session.

Agenda:
17:30 – 18:30 Drinks and socialising
18:30 – 19:10 Presentation
19:10 onward Pizza and drinks

Sponsors for the evening are Tetrad IT.

Please RSVP to the Facebook group or events@jsug.co.za
Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2011-05-09
End Time: 20:30

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