Thursday Jan 30, 2014

GVD Poland – Painting the Orphanage

This time our colleague Robert Harris wrote a short article about the #Oraclevolunteers in Poland and the support they gave to the Dom Dziecka nr 9 orphanage located in Warsaw.

Last autumn, during Global Volunteer Days our employees from Poland spent the day painting and redecorating the hall, the main space where children, staff and guests move through every day.

Nine #Oraclevolunteers spent a couple of hours on this activity – getting the paint on before the children returned from school! It was a great opportunity to integrate during the work and later on when eating a delicious dinner served by the orphanage’s canteen.

Follow @careersatoracle and tweet #Oraclevolunteers!

Friday Jan 24, 2014

GVD Oracle Ireland: Treasure Hunting for Charity

On the 25th of October volunteers from Oracle Ireland took part in an event to raise money for the non-profit organization Variety, the Children’s Charity. The charity is dedicated to improving the lives of sick disabled and disadvantaged children in Ireland and donates wheelchairs through its Mobility Program.

Oracle’s sponsored Treasure Hunt was specifically aimed at providing a wheelchair for a little girl, 14 years old and diagnosed with McCune Albright Syndrome. Because of this rare and little understood syndrome she went through precocious puberty, meaning she went from baby to adult, with all the physical changes that come with that, with no child or adolescent stages in between.

From the age of 3 the little girl has spent most her life in and out of hospitals, and her health will worsen as she gets older. The Electrical Wheelchair will allow her to enjoy simple pleasures with her family, such as more mobility out of doors.

The Treasure Hunt gathered 23 volunteers who were grouped in teams of four or five and accumulated points by answering questions that involved visiting places all over the city...

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Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

The Most Inspirational person in Oracle Direct EMEA FY14Q2

Congratulations to Marc, Business Development Manager - DECH Region for having been awarded "the Most Inspirational person in the Oracle Direct EMEA Group FY14Q2"! This prize is part of a peer nominated recognition programme within Oracle Direct. Marc's efforts and personal drive have inspired his peers from the Inside Sales Organisation and thus he got the award!

What makes Marc the Most Inspirational?

Marc has managed to inspire each member of his team to take on more responsibility, to work on their own initiative, to go the extra mile and to think outside the box. With his drive and his motivational and enthusiastic personality he has already earned the respect and appreciation from every member of his team! He is never afraid to take a creative path, to initiate new visions and empower persons to make them grow. Furthermore, his incredible communications skills make him not only a good sales person or sales manager, but a great person at all. Most of all, Marc helps getting the best of all people around him by being extremely supportive while this sharing responsibility.

Here are some thoughts about Marc from the Oracle Direct employees who voted for him!

Every morning, Marc comes to work and spreads his engagement, dedication and good to his team and his colleagues.”...

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Saturday Jan 18, 2014

GVD South Africa – baie baie dankie #Oraclevolunteers !

#Oraclevolunteers from various locations in South Africa dedicated their time on Global Volunteers Day to the community. Read on this article by Robert Harris to see what contribution they’ve made to the society.

Oracle Durban

Oracle South Africa’s smallest office, in Durban, spent Global Volunteers Day helping the Food Bank South Africa, a registered agency that focuses on addressing food insecurity in South Africa. Volunteers contributed food items including 270 kg of rice and 144 x 400 g canned fish. The agency sees to it that the food is distributed appropriately to the various needy communities – schools, pre schools, old age homes, drop in centres, HIV and Aids centers. Oracle selected a number of Pre Schools as beneficiaries of their donation.

Oracle Johannesburg

This year volunteers spent the morning of the 19th of October at Prinshof School for the visually impaired and blind in Pretoria...

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Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

GVD United Kingdom: Clearing Gorse for the National Trust

As part of Oracle’s Global Volunteer Days initiative, a group of almost 50 Oracle UK employees with family and friends travelled down to Corfe Castle in Dorset to help the National Trust clear an area of gorse. The project was organised by Carole Speed, Linux, Virtualization and MySQL GBU.

The host Ranger from the National Trust explained that Heathland is a manmade landscape, created by the earliest stone age farmers and maintained by grazing and wood cutting throughout the years. The aim of this project was to continue this traditional form of management by clearing an area of scrub and gorse to allow regeneration of the purple heather for which the heaths are renowned.

After the safety briefing and a round of bacon sandwiches the Oracle team set to work – sawing, lopping and dragging the gorse to create a huge bonfire. It’s amazing what a large group of enthusiastic volunteers can achieve...[Read More]

Friday Jan 10, 2014

GVD Nigeria – Gift of life

Nigeria is one of the many countries where #Oraclevolunteers are agents of change in their community. This new article by Robert Harris shows the contribution they have made to the society in 2013: GVD Nigeria – Gift of life.

Oracle Nigeria’s first Global Volunteer Days activity involved a blood drive in favor of the Lagos State Government Blood Transfusion Committee.

“It was fantastic initiative,” said Ihuoma Okoroafor, CSR Coordinator Nigeria. “At first people were a bit uncertain about donating but after the health talk that the Lagos state officials gave prior to the commencement of the donation, all doubts were cleared.”

The volunteers got to see the bigger picture and embraced the joy of knowing that this was not just about giving blood, but in fact it was giving to someone...

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Tuesday Jan 07, 2014

GVD Germany: Pumpkins for Potsdam Children

Thousands of Oracle employees take part annually in the Global Volunteer Days by donating their time and talent to community service projects all around the world. We’re starting a new series of articles by Robert Harris about the various contributions #Oraclevolunteers have made to the society in 2013.

GVD Germany: Pumpkins for Potsdam Children

In October volunteers from Oracle Germany’s Potsdam office hosted a Fall Festival for the Red Cross Children’s Home Kinderheim am Stern. Oracle Potsdam has a long standing relationship with this orphanage, just as Oracle Munich has similar ties to local children’s homes.

The 15 volunteers spent many hours playing with the children and also livened up the garden with a dozen craftily carved pumpkin heads. Oracle and the children also prepared the garden for the spring, planting seedlings and cleaning weeds...

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Monday Jan 06, 2014

A Movember to Remember!

The moustaches came in all shapes and sizes - there were Hungarian, Dali, Imperial, Freestyle, Handlebars, Horseshoes – so many varieties of facial fuzz, it was hard to keep up! One thing for sure, the men of Oracle took their moustache growing very seriously during the month of Movember as the finest facial hair and the most marvellous Mo’s sprouted up around Oracle Offices in Dublin and Malaga.

Movember is an annual charity campaign which asks men to grow a moustache throughout the month of November to raise money and awareness for men’s health. It specifically funds programmes for testicular and prostate cancer and the men who are affected by the disease...

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Thursday Dec 12, 2013

Daniela Becker-Russell scoops top award at the International Women In Sales Awards 2013 in London

Daniela Becker-Russell was recognised as the Most Distinguished Sales Woman at the International Women in Sales Awards held on 4th December at the Savoy in London. The Women in Sales Awards recognises the most exemplary women in Sales across Europe in eight different business sectors. The awards were designed to bring a greater awareness of the benefits of gender diversity in sales and in executive sales leadership teams.

Not only did Daniela win the category of Best Woman in Software Sales 2013 but she was also awarded the top accolade for most distinguished Sales Woman of the Year, winning a Golf TDI for a year.

The high profile event brought together 285 guests from some of the world’s leading organisations including well-known names like...[Read More]

Wednesday Dec 04, 2013

Oracle’s First Ever GAA Team Wins Dublin GAA Inter-Firms Championship

Oracle’s first ever GAA Team recently beat off serious competition to win the Dublin GAA Inter-Firms Championship recently. The unusual GAA Team consisted of non-irish players who had previously no experience in playing Ireland’s indigenous sport.

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is an Irish amateur sporting and cultural organisation, focused mainly on promoting Gaelic games such as hurling, gaelic football and camogie.

Despite the fact that the #Oracleteam were newcomers to the game, having only been set up in the past few months, the team saw off the competition from other well-seasoned firms such as ESB, Deloitte, Media Gaels and Citi Group.

The team which was founded by Stephen Twomey, Colm Bermingham and Tony Dunne from the Business Development Group in Oracle Direct started off with 4 people...


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Thursday Nov 14, 2013

Why Oracle has an #excitingfuture - by Dermot O’Kelly

We’ve asked Dermot O'Kelly, Senior Vice President for Ireland, United Kingdom and Israel, to share his view on Oracle's future with us. Read on to find out what it looks like through Dermot's eyes.

'At Oracle we’ve got some of the best people in the IT industry already onboard with more joining us each day. If you have passion and drive to be successful, and if you are not content to be ordinary and to settle for average you should already be talking to us.

Oracle is a great place to be. We have some of the brightest minds in the industry, we have a product portfolio we all believe in and which is second to none. Most importantly, this huge knowledge and range of products can be combined to the benefit of our customers.

In today’s business climate all customers want two things: on one hand they want to cut running costs, on the other hand they want to innovate. For some IT firms with limited offerings this is a conflict but not for Oracle. We are in a unique position to deliver both to our customers...

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Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Meet Thomas, the Most Innovational person in Oracle Direct EMEA of Q1 by Susan Farrelly

Thomas was voted, by his peers,  the most Innovational person in Oracle Direct EMEA of Q1, the first quarter of this fiscal! Thomas, a Business Development Consultant at Oracle Direct’s Applications Team, taught himself how to use and leverage the power of social engagement consistent with Oracle’s Social Media Policy.  From these learning's he provided both his and other applications teams in Dublin with huge amounts of training and has presented his findings to the teams on more than one occasion. It is important to recognise that this isn't just a great idea....it actually works! The results speak for themselves. Thomas is engaging with customers and prospects via their preferred channel of communication and creating a strong personal social brand.

We congratulate Thomas for his efforts of raising Social Media to the next level within Business Development Group. He put a lot of work into Social Selling, as one of the first within the BDG and set the example for a new innovative approach on how to sell anno 2013. He deserves to be recognized for this.

His contribution to social media has been a great inspiration for all Business Development Consultants or Business Relationship Consultants. He knows what he talks about and has great conversion rates out of his social media campaigns. And he doesn't mind sharing his knowledge with everybody...

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Tuesday Nov 05, 2013

Oracle Employees Support New World Record for IYF Children's Hour

960 students ‘crouched’, ‘touched’ and ‘set’ under the watchful eye of International Rugby Referee Alain Roland, and supported by Oracle employees, to successfully set a new world record for the World’s Largest Scrum to raise funds and awareness for the Irish Youth Foundation.

Last year Oracle Employees supported the Irish Youth Foundation by donating funds from their payroll through the Giving Tree Appeal. To acknowledge our generosity the IYF asked Oracle employees to participate in their most recent campaign which was to break the Guinness Book of Records by forming the World’s Largest Rugby Scrum. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to promote the charity, support education and to make a mark in the Corporate Social Responsibility field.

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Thursday Oct 10, 2013

Spotlight on a career path: Gabriel, Hardware Sales@Oracle Sweden

1. Let's start with introducing yourself and giving us an overview of your current role at Oracle!

Hello all! My name is Gabriel, I am a Hardware Sales Rep based in Sweden. I joined Oracle in November 2012 after working with hardware sales for four years at another large American IT company.

When I was offered a job at Oracle during the fall of 2012 there was no hesitation to accept the offer. What made me accept the offer from Oracle was the possibility of working for a company that has a unique ability to offer its customers hardware and software solutions spanning from applications to disk.

My current role at Oracle is to sell Oracle Hardware e.g. Servers, Storage and Engineered Systems to the entire public sector in Sweden...

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Tuesday Oct 01, 2013

The biggest deal in my life

We’ve interviewed one of our Inside Sales Reps who have recently closed a big deal for his life.

We have asked Alexandre to share with us his fabulous story and also how it feels to close “the biggest deal in my life”.

1. Hi Alexandre! Thank you for taking the time to do this interview for our blog! Let’s start with telling a few things about yourself.

Hi everybody! My name is Alexandre, I am a Belgian Sales Representative, living in Malaga and selling HCM in SaaS on the French market. My background is made of a lot of various experiences.

I have been officer in the army (serving in Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia etc), Inside Sales for Business Objects and EMC, Field Sales for SAP and SuccessFactors. I decided to leave Paris to become back an Inside Sales Representative for the RED Company in order to be able to have a real family life and still be able to do what I do best, sell...

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