Some of you might be aware that apart from chairing the UKOUG Business Intelligence & Reporting Tools SIG, I also co-chair (with Kent Graziano) the Oracle Developer Tools User Group (ODTUG) BI & Data Warehousing SIG, which meets every few months at events such as ODTUG Kaleidoscope, Oracle Open World and so on.
One thing Kent, Mike Riley and I were discussion just prior to the last Open World was how to keep ODTUG BI&DW SIG members in touch between meetings, and an idea we had at the time was to set up a LinkedIn group, as most of us used LinkedIn to keep in touch professionally. However just after we launched the ODTUG BI&DW SIG LinkedIn Group at last year's Open World, Oracle Mix was announced and I let the LinkedIn idea drop in favour of supporting a single "social networking" venue for SIG members - the Oracle Mix ODTUG BI&DW SIG Group. This has done well and we've got around 60 group members now - go and sign up if you're interested, you don't even have to be an ODTUG member to take part.
Anyway, over the last few days, by co-incidence, a number of people have contacted me about reviving the LinkedIn Group, as it sort of serves a different purpose to Oracle Mix - Oracle mix is pure "Facebook"-style social networking, whilst LinkedIn is a bit more work and professional-orientated, and is particularly useful if you're looking to make contact with someone or are looking for your next position. With this in mind, I just thought I'd re-post the details of the group here, and again invite anyone to sign up, even if you're not a SIG member - we'd be glad to see you along at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2008 in New Orleans later in the year, if you find it of use though!