Final Post: Retiring from Oracle

December 31st will be my last day at Oracle.  Although I've been asked by my boss and sales management to stay on, I've decided that now is the time to enjoy as much free time as I can.

I joined Sun in September of 1995 after 11 years at Gould/Encore and have survived through the ups and downs including multiple levels of layoffs at Sun.  I successfully transitioned to the North American Public Sector Hardware (NAPSH) organization of Oracle and have enjoyed working closely with our software colleagues.  At Sun and Oracle I've seen tremendous innovation in technologies such as:

  • Java
  • Solaris
  • Engineered Systems
  • SPARC 
  • Virtualization

as well as a few flops such as:

  • Sun/Netscape Alliance
  • Acquisition of Cobalt
  • Sun A7000 storage acquisition from Encore (my former employer) 

During my time at Snoracle, I've had the pleasure to support our war fighters by providing high performance, secure and scalable systems for the Global Command and Control System, DISA Datacenters, NIPRnet, SIPRnet and other mission critical programs.  I've also worked with key government customer such as NASA, DoT, FAA and others.

My first blog entry here was posted in October of 2006 and with my final entry will be hitting number 136.  In the last two years alone, I've received over 100 comments on my entries.  Whether positive or negative, they are always appreciated.

Thanks to all my readers and coworkers for your comments and contributions over the years.  I'm glad that I've been able to help the global Sun and Oracle community to better understand our technologies.

Solaris 11 STIG update

My work on the Solaris 11 STIG will continue in the able hands of Brett Norman and Glen Brunette. I would like to thank Glenn and others from Oracle (Glenn Faden, Gary Winiger, Darren Moffat, Alex Barclay and Dave Walker) for their assistance.  Without them, the project would have foundered.  Thanks, also to Charlie at DISA FSO for keeping us moving the right direction.

Comments:

Jim,

I appreciate all that you've done for Solaris. I've enjoyed reading your blog posts and have learned from each of them.

Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Posted by Brian Bream on December 30, 2013 at 05:27 PM EST #

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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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