By rickramsey on Mar 08, 2010
You know how all the ACE programs are always for Java developers? Java. Java. Java. Well, I spoke to Victoria Lira, who runs the Oracle ACE program for the Oracle Technology Network, and she is welcoming admins and Solaris developers with open arms.
(By the way, Oracle shortens "sysadmin" to "admin," and uses it to encompass application management, database, system, network, and storage administrators.)
Don't have an autographed poster of James Gosling on your wall? I don't, either. If you know your Solaris (or Linux), your development environments, your systems management tools, your Oracle Sun hardware, or your storage, step up and nominate yourself. Or tell a buddy you'll nominate her if she nominates you. Buy somebody a cheap lunch. Whatever works.
Getting nominated is kinda like asking out Sandra Bullock. It doesn't guarantee results. To be accepted, you have to be strong in a few of these areas:
- Technical proficiency
- Oracle-related blog
- Oracle discussion forum activity
- Published white paper(s) and/or article(s)
- Presentation experience
- Beta program participant
- Oracle user group member
- Oracle certification
We're still running a little slow, but we'll get to it.
Because you get special treatment from Oracle. For instance, check out this list of presentations at Oracle events made by Oracle Aces:
Bonus for BigAdmin Fans
I explained to Victoria that the Solaris community has some pretty diverse talents, so I got special dispensation for you. If you can shake your tail feathers to Ray Charles like this bird (clearly a BigAdmin fan) can, you'll get bonus points:
(Thank you, Rich Brown)
If the embedded video doesn't work for you, you can find it on YouTube.