Friday Sep 05, 2014

Join Oracle in our Journey to be No.1 in Cloud

Oracle Direct is starting a Cloud Sales Consulting team, supporting our continuously expanding Public Cloud Platform business in Europe Middle East and Africa, both in Romania and Ireland. Find out more about the roles by following this link: http://linkd.in/1rP6myN

Should you wish to apply, please send your CV to Alexandra Tobias at alexandra.tobias@oracle.com.

We invited John McGann, EMEA Sales Consulting, Strategy and Programs Director to give us more details about the new team that is being built in Dublin and Bucharest.

"Hi, my name is John McGann and I am part of the Oracle Direct management team, based in Dublin. These are very exciting times in Oracle: as part of our focus on being Number 1 in Cloud, we are starting up a whole new team within the Sales Consulting organization to support the Technology Cloud Platform– specifically our Infrastructure and Platform Services (PaaS and IaaS).

Oracle has a long history of excellence and leadership in Database , Middleware and Development tools, and making these available to existing and new customers via our Public Cloud is a logical next step to offer more choice and flexibility in how our products can be consumed. This change also has implications for how we are organized and operate as a sales team: we need a dedicated group of Sales Consulting or ‘Presales’ professionals who will be 100% dedicated to growing our Tech Cloud business. This team will focus on supporting customers who may be taking a trial of our Cloud Services, evaluating an initial purchase, or helping them expand their utilization of our services as we continue to release new offerings...

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Wednesday Aug 20, 2014

Is software support an option for your career?

If you have a technical background, why should you choose a career in support?

We have invited Serban to answer these questions and to give us an overview of one of the biggest technical teams in Oracle Romania. He’s been with Oracle for 7 years leading the local PeopleSoft Financials & Supply Chain Support team. Back in 2013 Serban started building a new support team in Romania – Fusion HCM. His current focus is building a strong support team for Fusion HCM, latest solution for Business HR Professionals from Oracle. The solution is offered both on Premise (customer site installation) but more important as a Cloud offering – SaaS.

 So, why should a technical person choose Software Support over other technical areas?

 “I think it is mainly because of the high level of technical skills required to provide the best technical solutions to our customers. Oracle Software Support covers complex solutions going from Database or Middleware to a vast area of business applications (basically covering any needs that a large enterprise may have). Working with such software requires very strong skills both technical and functional for the different areas, going from Finance, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Sales to other very specific business processes...

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Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

Meet Matthijs, Dutch Inside Sales Representative for Oracle Direct

Today we would like to share some information around the Dutch Core Technology team in Malaga. Matthijs is one of the team members who decided to relocate from the Netherlands to Malaga to join Oracle Direct two years ago.

Matthijs: “For the past two years I have been working as an Oracle Direct Core Technology Inside Sales representative for Named Accounts in the Netherlands, based in Malaga, Spain.

In my case, working for the Dutch OD Core Technology team means that I am responsible for the Account Management of Larger companies in the Travel & Transportation and the Manufacturing, Retail & Distribution sector. I work together with the Oracle Field Account Managers and our Field Sales Management in the Netherlands where I am often the main point of contact for customers. This means that I deal with their requests and I manage their various issues, provide solutions and suggestions based on the Oracle Core Technology portfolio. I work on interesting projects with end-customers, making financial proposals and building business cases. It is a very interesting sales environment and for the last two years I improved my skills substantially. This month I will finish my Inside Sales career in Malaga to move to a position within Field Sales in the Netherlands. Oracle Direct has proven to be a great stepping stone for my career...

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Thursday Aug 14, 2014

Stef is the new 'Most Innovational' employee in Oracle Direct

One of the words that best describe Oracle is innovation. It is one of the company’s core values and it’s essential to Oracle’s business. We encourage our employees to seek innovative and creative approaches to problem-solving and we show appreciation to those who think outside the box. Stef has been awarded the ‘The Most Innovational person in Oracle Direct EMEA in Q4' prize for the great ideas he had for closing deals and generating revenue. It is our pleasure to have him on board.

Stef is an Inside Sales Representative within Oracle Direct and his main goal is to create additional funnel and to close transactional deals. When he joined Oracle he started working with the Dutch Local Government, but then switched towards commercial accounts. Oracle Direct is a really great opportunity for anyone looking for a successful career in sales.

When you work in sales you need to find new ways of convincing the client to choose you over the competition, so innovative thinking is a must. Stef is one of the reps who find smart new ways to close deals with customers and he is always out for the WIN-WIN. He has developed amazing strategies which generated a lot of revenue. Being really open minded he finds a way to collaborate with all his stakeholders in order to get the best results for all.

What best describes Stef is what one of his colleagues said “Short of hair but never short of great ideas to help you go forward!”...

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Monday Aug 11, 2014

Meet Brian, the Most Inspirational person in Oracle Direct, Q4 FY14

We are delighted to have inspiring leaders working for Oracle and Brian is definitely one of them. He has recently been titled ‘The Most Inspirational person’ in Oracle Direct EMEA in Q4 FY14. Brian manages the Business Development team looking after promoting all Oracle applications across the UK & South Europe. The team is responsible for driving new business and proactively targeting Mid- Size Enterprise through outbound activities. In addition to this he is also the CRM Functional leader for Western Europe, having the responsibility to ensure that the goals of the business development organization are aligned to that of the wider CRM sales organization.

Here is what one of the Oracle Direct employees said about Brian: “He is an excellent Manager, the best I have worked for. He has the energy, passion and a “can do” attitude which is contagious. Brian helped me be the best I could be and always had a positive approach and was always available to me and the team. Brian is creative and his management style brings out the best in people and makes work fun.”

Brian has been with Oracle just over 3 years. He was promoted to this role in January having previously been an Inside Sales Rep selling in the UK Financial Services. We asked him to give us an insight into his role as a Manager and he said: “The most rewarding aspect of my role is watching people join the team just out of college and grow into IT sales people. I enjoy the competitive nature of the job, as a sales representative the competition to deliver “the best quarter” is ferocious and now as a manager I can see that that attitude continues amongst the managers and other lines of business...[Read More]

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Life of an Oracle HCM Sales Rep

This time we asked Régis to speak about his experience at Oracle. He joined the company a year and a half ago as a HCM Sales Representative, covering the French Market.

“I have been in the Software Industry for 4 years now. My previous job was as a Field Sales Rep on SMB Accounts in Paris and now I’m a HCM Inside Sales Rep for Named Accounts. Being at Oracle allows me to sell a large range of HCM Products, covering aspects from Talent Management (how to develop and train your employees), the Recruitment process (how to detect new Talents for your organization, through normal methods or even thanks to the advantages of the Social networks), to Compensations & Benefits. I am the main point of contact for some of the French markets biggest companies which means that I deal with their requests and I manage their various issues, always providing solutions and suggestions based on our portfolio. There is a wide range of products that companies can select from to grow their business and improve the performance.

What I truly like about my job at Oracle is that it has given me an international mindset. Being part of this fast and growing company makes you interact with people from all over the world and deal with a variety of responsibilities. As a HCM Sales representative I help my customers that require international HR processes to find solutions to their requests and challenges, according to their local policies and requirements. For instance, one of my clients which are a well-known French Retail company with shops in many countries around the world has recently decided to maximize their recruiting process. Having chosen Oracle HCM Cloud, they will now be able to support the business growth through the recruiting solutions we provided as well as through the new Social Sourcing techniques which we presented...[Read More]

Big Ideas Are Good, but Every Plan Needs Building Blocks by David Talamelli

A few years ago I attended a training course which was designed to help participants understand how they think and behave to help them make better decisions both individually and as part of a team. In this training I completed an Emergenetics Profile which helps you understand the way you think. There are 4 Distinct Categories which are Analytical, Structural, Social and Conceptual which are fairly self explanatory. The training was really insightful and helped me better understand the way I tend to approach situations and also better understand how others approach situations as well.

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When I took the test my profile was heavily weighted to ‘Conceptual’ thinking which has thinking attributes and traits such as Imaginative, Learns by experimenting, Enjoys the creative process, etc…. Looking at my work I can see this reflected in the projects and work that I do. While it is great to have a conceptual approach to creating solutions that has to be counter balanced with activity from the other categories – any plan needs elements of the other traits involved as well to be successful. What good is having a big plan if you do not take care of the basics or learn how to translate your big ideas into bite size action items.  Everyone has an idea, the hard part is taking those ideas and turning them into reality...

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Friday Jul 11, 2014

The Shift From an Individual Contributor to Manager – Some Thoughts by David Talamelli

I have been in my current role managing the Campus Recruitment Team and function here at Oracle for the past 3.5 years or so. I was previously an Individual Contributor for 5 years here before I made the shift into a management role. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to take on this current role as I have learnt so much both personally and professionally.

I am constantly challenged (in a good way) to push myself out of my comfort zone and on reflection the last 3-4 years has led to real growth for me. During this time I have made plenty of mistakes and had many growing pains but I think that I have learned from them and I think I am now starting to find my own management style. As an Individual Contributor all the projects I worked on together with my colleagues was done collaboratively and I find that I have taken that approach to my current role as well.

A few things I have observed/learned as a relatively new manager over the past 3-4 years has been that:

1)      Be transparent with your customers and with your team...

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Tuesday Jun 17, 2014

Family and friends come first

Maria Smith, Assistant Global Controller and vice president for M&A at Oracle and several other successful women speak about what works for women at work in an article for the Irish Times.

“Honesty, family support, self-belief, learning to switch off – these are just a few of the non-negotiables for getting on in life. So say a group of Ireland’s most successful women, whose achievements are being recognised at a WXN network award ceremony next week.”

Maria is among the women who were interviewed by the Irish Times about their priorities in life and how they manage to balance work and private activities.

Never give up a special family or friend’s occasion for a meeting that happens once a month. In life what you will regret is not attending events such as a milestone family birthday, a special anniversary or a son’s rugby match. If you have a good team, the works gets done. The more you balance life the more one aspect of it helps another. At work, my boss and I go through the family events of our core team and work our travel commitments around these...

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Tuesday May 27, 2014

Life at Oracle Russia: Stanislav, Tech Sales Manager

Oracle is a place that brings together talented people from various countries and with a diversity of backgrounds. We often invite our employees to speak about their life at Oracle as we think It is important to share an insight into what working for our company looks like.

This time we asked Stanislav to speak about his experience at Oracle. He is Technology Sales Manager at Oracle Russia. He joined the company in July 2011 as a Sales Representative for the Financial sector and had previously worked for another American IT company. He was promoted to a Management position in 2013.

“I have been in this Industry for 15 years and I am now Technology Sales Manager, covering Database, BI and Fusion Middleware products. What I’ve learned in my role is that respect is one of the most important values a good professional should have. By respecting and embracing everyone’s opinions, we create a very good work environment that encourages innovation and change. It eventually leads to a stronger team where people listen to each other and value each other’s opinion. On the other hand, It is mandatory to have good knowledge about the area you work in and to continously seek to improve your expertise. Last but not least, working as a team is a top priority and It is something that I’ve learned at Oracle. There’s little you can achieve by yourself comparing to what you can do when you’re part of a team.”

Stanislav shared the top three words that best describe his team and those were: professional, dynamic and smart...[Read More]

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Congratulations to Joana, the Most Helpful person in Oracle Direct EMEA Q3

We are pleased that the Oracle Direct employees are committed to helping their colleagues whenever they see an opportunity to do so! Every quarter we invite them to nominate a colleague for the ‘Most Helpful’ Person in the team award and we’re always amazed by the huge number of positive answers and the great feedback people give about their peers. We congratulate Joana for having been awarded the ‘Most Helpful’ Person FY14Q3!.

Joana is part of the Core Technology Sales French Team and she’s an asset to the EMEA group! She is always helping and taking time to answer her peers’ questions. With a very curious personality, she is aware of the Oracle rules regarding approvals, territories, communication plan, HR etc and she’s always willing to share her knowledge. Her advice is always appreciated and wise and she’s not just helping her team, but every single person who’s coming to her. Her leadership and communication skills are very strong and also highly appreciated by her colleagues.

It was a challenge to select just a few thoughts out of the huge number of answers we got from Joana's colleagues. However, here's what they say about her:

Joana is just the most helpful person I know in the office. If I have a question, especially about the process, she is the first person I will go to ask for help. Actually, all my colleagues advised me to do so because they do the exact same! Joana always finds a way to dedicate time to others, and with a smile on top of that!...

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Monday May 12, 2014

Meet Nico, the Most Innovational person in Oracle Direct EMEA of Q3

The ‘Most Innovational person in Oracle Direct EMEA of Q3’ is Nico, Inside Sales Representative at Oracle Direct’s Tech team! He is the one who gave a new meaning to marketing within Oracle Direct Berlin! He always surprises our customers with creative marketing actions and inspires his colleagues to do the same. Nico is the right believer who proved that to think different can generate competitive advantage.

We congratulate Nico for introducing a new way to talk to the customers! He is not only involving Sales Consulting to his customer meetings, but he also surprises the clients. The evidence is his idea of sending a box with engraved Oracle URL apples. The topic was green IT and he positioned products which are related to.

Nico always has great and creative ideas for Demand Generation and he is highly motivated to work hard! He continuously spreads ideas, whether it is about contacting new clients or creating a concept of making our customers understand the company Oracle and its structure better. He is also a great support to the team and has valuable input...

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Thursday May 08, 2014

Career journeys @Oracle Benelux: Francis, Apps Sales Rep

Oracle is organised for success

Today we are discussing working at Oracle with Francis, based in Belgium, and working as an Applications Sales Representative for CRM, ERP and EPM. Francis joined Oracle in 2012 as a Business Development Manager. As of June this year he moved to an Application Sales Representative role focusing on Public Sector, Utilities, Media and Communication in Belgium and Luxembourg. Before joining Oracle he gained multiple years of Sales experience at different IT companies.

Why Application Sales?

What Francis enjoys most about being an Application Sales Representative is the fact you are selling to the decision makers on C-level within a company. This job also gives you the opportunity to see how companies do business and organise themselves and what is going on in the world. You continuously meet very interesting people who have to solve challenging problems and make sure their companies remain successful and achieve the goals they have defined. As an Application Sales Representative you are able to contribute to the success of these companies.

Specialist

Compared to other Sales jobs Francis had in the past, the difference at Oracle is the amount of focus in the job. At Oracle you are responsible for selling a specific set of products within a specific sector. Francis is very positive about this approach. He can take a deep dive into the challenges his customers are facing in their business processes...

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Thursday Apr 24, 2014

Career journeys @Oracle Germany: Sigrid, Telekoms IT Expertin

1. Stell dich kurz vor und beschreibe deine aktuelle Position bei Oracle!

Hi, ich bin Sigrid, eine Telekoms IT Expertin, leidenschaftlich Köchin und Wanderin. Ich bin seid September 2013 bei Oracle im Team Fusion Middleware Sales für Named Accounts. Mein Fokus ist Deutsche Telekom und Vodafone in Deuschland. Zuvor habe ich 5 Jahren France Telekom in Paris als Key Account betreut. Ich bin seid 13 Jahren in der Industrie Telecoms.

2. Woran arbeiten dein Team und du?

Wir arbeiten eng im Verbund mit dem KAD Team als Vertriebsexperten für unsere jeweiligen Produkte. Oracle’s Portfolio ist über die letzte 10 Jahre enorm gewachsen. Dadurch können wir sehr breitflächig unser Portfolio bei den Kunden einbringen, Gesamtlösungen, Cross- und Upselling sind große Themen für uns.

3. Welche Karrierewege sind in Oracle möglich?

Ich glaube die Karrieremöglichkeiten beschränken sich nicht auf das Team, Oracle ist sehr durchlässig und fördert Flexibilität...

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Wednesday Apr 02, 2014

Career journeys @Oracle UAE: George, Techology Sales Representative

We asked George Schembri, Technology Sales Representative for the UAE Financial Sector to give us an insight into his career with Oracle! He joined the company on July 1st 2010, and he had worked for large Multinationals handling Software and Hardware as Sales Director or Sales Manager. George says “The decision to join Oracle to handle the Financial Sector was exciting and challenging, and there was no hesitation from my side to be part of this great company that is transforming the IT industry!"

"My Current role is to sell the Technology stack as well as the industry changing Engineered system into the Financial sector in the United Arab Emirates. The Financial Sector is an exciting and ever-changing industry that keeps you excited and motivated and takes you to a different level of discussion within the business. I work directly with customers and also with our large partner network to deliver solutions to our customers’ problems.

George and his team are very focused on delivering end to end solution to Oracle's Financial Sector customers...[Read More]
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